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Author Topic: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - Adding guns many years later  (Read 104656 times)

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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - looking near finished anyway
« Reply #160 on: January 05, 2015, 02:36:10 am »
Apologies for the old bump, but I had a few questions for the OP.

First, do you have any plans for this cabinet that you'd be willing to share? Also, did you manage to fix the issue with the Taito Type X/X2 emulator in regards to the controllers?

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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - looking near finished anyway
« Reply #161 on: January 08, 2015, 03:33:36 am »
Looks like I'm going to have to design my own plans based on what I've seen in this thread. Is there a board on this forum for plans? I'd like to post them there once finished.

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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - looking near finished anyway
« Reply #162 on: January 08, 2015, 09:10:10 am »
Looks like I'm going to have to design my own plans based on what I've seen in this thread. Is there a board on this forum for plans? I'd like to post them there once finished.

Post them here
http://newwiki.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?title=Cabinet_Plans


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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - looking near finished anyway
« Reply #164 on: January 08, 2015, 01:31:33 pm »
Apologies for the old bump, but I had a few questions for the OP.

First, do you have any plans for this cabinet that you'd be willing to share? Also, did you manage to fix the issue with the Taito Type X/X2 emulator in regards to the controllers?

Sorry, didn't see this until today.
I have an accurate outline of the side profile saved as a png somewhere.
Always planned on releasing the measurements so other people could use them, but didn't want someone else to finish theirs before me.  ;D
I've shared it with a few people who PMed me.
I'll get off my butt and post it here this weekend if not sooner.

I still haven't fixed the taito type X controls.  Got as far as installing xpadder, but that was it.


I love this cab...

Thanks!

I've thought about just calling it done, but it's still missing a few things that fall short of my total vision of it....so it's not done.

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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - looking near finished anyway
« Reply #165 on: January 15, 2015, 07:49:03 pm »
Ok, here are some measurements.  PROVIDED WITHOUT GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY

These are not blueprints.  These are not instructions.  I typically build on the fly without strict plans.
These measurements are taken from the near finished cab as it ended up given my style of building.


Some comments:

I am 5'10" tall and really like the ergonomics.
The coin door is easy to reach down and put a quarter in.  It isn't too low or hidden under a deep CP.

My cab has a weird sliding CP that just kind of evolved.  ;D
You'd probably want to handle the area just under the CP differently if solidly mounting the CP.
Maybe come out to a full point, or not come out as far, maybe have the cab shaped so the CP just sits in between the sides.
If I weren't going for the Neo Geo thing, I'd have had the CP overhang the sides like a Mortal Kombat cab.
You may also want to change the point at which the side of the cab starts to lean back (where it meets the CP).
Sometimes I think it's too far above the CP on my cab.  It rises above the CP about an inch before it starts to lean back.
The whole area is rounded so it isn't that noticeable, but I'd probably do it differently a second time around.

The 32" (30.5" inside) width is enough to fit some 32" TVs.  Too big IMO, but others have different opinions.
If not for the rotating monitor, I'd have only made it 24-26" wide.  This would have actually saved a lot of money on the bezel acrylic.

On these tall widescreen cabs, the bezel space between the CP and the bottom of the monitor is always an obstacle as far as aesthetics are concerned.  I chose to have a moves list holder that leans back at an angle to lessen the amount of "vertical wall" before the bottom of the monitor.  This could be handled differently (admin panel, cell phone charging station...whatever)




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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - Dimensions provided
« Reply #166 on: November 07, 2022, 11:46:18 am »
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Been a while.

Almost a decade after I bought some cool looking Wii guns hoping to use them on this cab, someone finally writes software that makes them usable by my standards.
(my standards being line of sight accuracy and working at a normal distance from the cabinet)
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,167028.0.html

I 3D printed some holsters in ABS, but didn't want them to look 3D printed.  Sanding the corners sucked, but the random orbital made quick work of the flat parts it could reach.



I've never acetone vapor smoothed before.  Attempted it here, but only the bottoms were softening from the acetone vapor.  The big flat part toward the interior was untouched by the rising vapors.
So I brushed acetone on, which I have done before.  It comes out shiny, but always has "brush marks" regardless of how much I try to flow it on.  Probably should have dunked them, but this is good for now.  This pic is with bright morning sun coming from the side.  This is as bad as it will ever look.  (only one screw is installed because I am waiting on wire for the switch)



I didn't want the IR LEDs on all the time so planned to control them from the 12v motor controller operating the monitor rotation, but contrary to my memory it didn't have any extra outputs.
The next thought was to have them controlled by the servo controller operating the 4/8 way joystick switching, but that would require another device to either convert the servo signal to an on/off or a low level 5v signal to higher voltage and current.  Even after adding that extra complication, I would still have to figure out how to launch the bat file to control it only for gun games.
Then I wised up and figured out that I could just put a switch in the holster inline with the LED power wire.  Pull gun out=IR LEDs come on.  Put gun back=IR LEDs turn off.



I forgot how much fun making Mala layouts is.  (I forgot a lot of things, but they came back to me easier than expected.)


I wanted to keep the light gun and positional gun games separate.  The play mechanics are different and sometimes it feels weird for the bullets to be coming from the bottom of the screen.  I couldn't come up with a good name for the positional gun list.  I wanted something to convey "spray bullets from a fixed gun", but the best I came up with was "fixed gunner".  Too many of my layouts are white/grey so I might redo this one.



I'm limited by the 12 year old 3.5Ghz Athlon II X3 in the cab, but was pleasantly suprised by advances in Singe and Supermodel emulators.
The 750ti video card in the cab is incapable of running the HD H.265 versions of the American Laser games, but the standard versions still look a lot better than my old XP versions.
Also added Teknoparrot games, but the only one I've launched is Alien Extermination.
So I updated some emulators other than MAME and made my gamelists, but have not set up or calibrated the guns in any game yet.  I did previously play test on my desktop so know they will work.
There are some issues to work out with switching between games played in 4:3 and widescreen, but I'll cross that bridge later.

The biggest issue is that I originally installed the monitor as far back in the cab as it could go and then installed the smoked acrylic bezel as close to the monitor as possible.
There wasn't enough room to have the LEDs on the front of the monitor, but having them on the sides means the gun won't work as close to the screen.  With the LEDs taped in place, I managed to make enough room by tilting the top forward a bit, but the bezel didn't really fit back in correctly.  I am going to have to remove and redo all the bezel mounting stuff and the back part of the CP.   :cry:
Also, the black duct tape holding the LEDs looks like crap even through the smoked acrylic, so that is being redone.  I am waiting on new wire to be delivered.



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Re: NEO GEO Evolution (EVS-1) - Adding guns many years later
« Reply #167 on: November 09, 2022, 07:58:44 pm »
Repeating some stuff from the Lichtknarre thread for the sake of having the info about my cab in this thread....

Having the LED duct taped in place looked like crap, even behind tinted arcylic.
I was also worried about the lack of heat dissipation shortening the LEDs life.

So I thermal glued each IR LED and a heatsink to a thin strip of aluminum.


Then I painted the shiny parts with a flat black paint pen, bent it to fit around the edges of the monitor and affixed them in place with vhb tape.
The VHB tape is pretty gummy and let them wiggle around a bit much for my taste, so I broke out the duct tape again and taped them on the sides of the monitor.
They still wiggled a bit, so I ran some electrical tape (with good adhesive) on each side.  Not quite as clean as I wanted, but acceptable.
I've had electrical tape over the many monitor logos from the beginning and it isn't noticeable under the smoked acrylic.
There was probably a better adhesive to use, but I couldn't think of it.


Redid the wiring with 18 gauge silicone wire and duct taped it out of sight on the back of the monitor.
(lens flares are from my phone camera)


I worked out how much the bezel needs moved forward and predrilled holds for the mounting screws.
Sanding and painting were required where the bezel supports originally were, so waiting on paint to dry.
Next step is figuring out the position of the bottom support for the bezel (it will have to sit lower).
After that, the back part of the control panel (non-sliding part) needs some sliced off the back to fit the new bezel position.