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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #520 on: October 20, 2014, 04:20:02 pm »
Haha, "Scottbot".


Thanks guys, as soon as she's done I'll try and get one of my photographer buddies to come in and we'll hopefully take some proper pictures.

Until then, let's try not to jinx anything (even though we're on the home stretch). ;)

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #521 on: October 20, 2014, 04:38:35 pm »
...you know Rick, my new place has a massive garage. And once spring comes and the snow melts we'll pull the cars out and I'll have some shop space. Might want to think about how we could get a full size Nintendo cab cut and sent to Calgary. That or I let you in on my other project i wanna do, I might need some C&C work done over the winter.

I am just waiting to hear back from Purolator, to see if they can provide me a rate for Canada, as we speak - so that full-size Nintendo may not be a problem! (I've already got the Solidworks plan in the works.) And, of course, any other idea you may have!

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #522 on: October 21, 2014, 04:38:58 pm »
Very cool. Your latest pics inspired me a bit.  I have an extra LED strip from IKEA that didn't fit under my counters but would probably fit under the front of the cabinet on the floor.  I might stick that there and see how it does.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #523 on: October 25, 2014, 03:52:40 am »
OH SNAP!  ...Update time.

First off, very impressed with OneDayGlass.com. In less then a week they made my glass to spec and delivered it to me over the border.  If you need a sheet of glass for your project they are a pretty solid choice.


Now, on with the update!  As mentioned the display glass has arrived!  It is a Dark tint ľ" sheet of tempered glass, custom made with a pencil grind on two edges. overall dimensions are 25" x 31"13/16ths.



I picked up some Ĺ" closed cell foam weatherstripping from Home Depot. Its a little thick, however it should give the glass a snug fit.



I cut two strips and attached them to the rails on either side of the display.



Next i made sure to clean the display, and add a small bit of electrical tape over the TV's green indicator light.



The glass can be installed two ways. With one person where you remove the control panel box, but that could take ages and is best done when relocating the cab. Or the second method is to use two people and prop open the CP lid. I haven't installed the nice little stay chains yet, so i had to hold it open with a half deck of cards. (Pardon the hazy picture, forgot to clean the fingerprints off lens of my iPhone).



The tolerance is just enough that it fits up into the top of the cab, then slots down into the back of the CP box mounting surface. Exactly as planned so many months ago.  ;D



I am very happy with how the display glass turned out. As i said, its a bit snug due to how thick the foam is, but its solid. I'm not painting the back of the glass. I purposefully made everything i could inside black so i wouldn't have to mask off the glass or add some kind of bezel. The added bonus is that you can see the CPU through the lower part of the display when you open the hidden utility panel on the front.



Its hard to tell in the pictures, but the glass goes right to the bottom of the base of the CP box, and totally encloses the display area off. It looks so slick and bad ass in person.



I still have a few more smaller things to do: Some 120v wiring, adding the serial number plate, make a couple changes to the CP wiring to help in game control setup/coin door operation better, some software tweaks, shelling Windows, programming the button LEDs, adding a light diffuser under the Trackball LED, and finishing the setup of the emulators.  For now though here are a couple pictures of the lighting test i ran after installing the glass to check for glare and play distractions...

It's REALLY hard to see in the pictures, but with the dark tinted glass in place, and a game running, the screen looks like its just floating in the middle of the glass. Its really cool!















...More to come... We're not done yet folks!
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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #524 on: October 25, 2014, 04:03:13 am »
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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #525 on: October 25, 2014, 04:27:49 am »
Thanks LT. :)

We'll see. If I have eggs and bacon waiting for me downstairs when I wake up in a few hours I'll cancel my plans for a Rube Goldberg style breakfast maker.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #526 on: October 25, 2014, 12:03:25 pm »


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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #527 on: October 25, 2014, 11:01:35 pm »
Nice, haha, love W&G.


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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #528 on: October 26, 2014, 12:22:07 am »
Hey Chance your cab turned out really nice. excellent work.I like the all blue leds in the dark. So you are running a mac. How's emulation with a mac.Is it windows or osX that u are using. So what front end are you using these days?

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #529 on: October 26, 2014, 12:27:56 am »
:) she's not done yet Jay.  But thanks.

Yeah it's a Mac mini. Amazing little quiet bit of awesome. Barely used any power too. I've bootcamped windows 7 on to it so when I get to shelling it with The front end I won't have any problems. Windows is ---smurfy--- enough that I can use a few system exploits to cut it right down. I could never do that with OS X I'm afraid. I'm currently using Maximus Arcade for the front end. It's a bit buggy, but it gave me more control over the custom GUI that I did.

A still have to get LEDBlinky and a few of the emulators setup. And as stated before there are a ton of small touches i wanna add before I "Put a Bow on it".  But it will be done before The year closes out. This is for sure.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #530 on: October 26, 2014, 01:55:05 am »
Yeah I've tried about all of the frontends, and they all kind of suck.I've used maximus quite a bit. It would be an awesome frontend if it had even a teaspoon of support. On my pincab I use pinballx, great frontend. I thought I would give gameex a try Its big and bulking with a ton of features,but you need a damn quadcore processor to make it run fast. The best thing about it is there is a ton of support. Evolution is coming out soon too. But my take on Gameex is it's too slow and complex.I'm gonna set maximus up and give it another go, if I an find my key.I may use evolution when it comes out though.If you have a pincab, pinballx is the bomb. simple, fast, lots of features. It's actually gonna get direct output framework support, When it comes it will have much better ledwiz integration.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #531 on: October 26, 2014, 02:08:55 am »
First of all, the machine looks gorgeous dude.  Honestly the attention to detail is great and it just flows really well.  The only thing that doesn't quite work for me is the marquee... the actual content is great, but I feel like it needs to have a striking blue hue like the rest of the cab.  Right now you've got a really cool blue theme going when the room is dark, but the marquee looks almost white.  It could definitely just be the lighting in the photo, but that is the only thing that looked a bit off to me.



Either way it's just awesome work man and you should be really proud of this cab!

So once again, we find that evil of the past seeps into the present like salad dressing through cheap wax paper, mixing memory and desire.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #532 on: October 26, 2014, 02:14:12 am »
Well, I tend to agree with you on that. In the light (sunlight) the cab art all matches. It's only when I moved it down here and sparked up the CP lights did I get this effect.  I might put blue gels over the marquee LEDs, or I might adjust the colours of the underglow and base CP illumination to white.

At any rate, thanks for the kind words and affirmation that I wasn't crazy when it came to the marquee

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #533 on: October 26, 2014, 12:15:24 pm »
Just swap the led strips in the marque for rgb strips, and get an rgb pwm dimmer that allows you to adjust to the color you want.  They are cheap on amazon, just feed your 12v into it, out to the strip with 4 wires, and dial in the color you want.  I think it would look good in blue too.  And less than a 20 dollar bill for all the parts (with about 4.5 more meters of rgb strip left over for other projects)..

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« Reply #534 on: October 28, 2014, 09:32:00 pm »
Hmmm, possibly, I might actually have some swatch kits of lighting jells from my days as a theater tech.  I'm gonna try those first, if I don't like it I'll toss in some of the same RGB LED rope from the base.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #535 on: October 31, 2014, 12:32:20 am »
Changed the lighting in the room to daylight bulbs, drastically changed the way the colour looks on the cab ;D



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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #536 on: November 01, 2014, 03:37:25 am »
Here's kinda a better look at how the glass works around the cab design. This way i can slide it up and out if i need to remove it, But its nice and snug in there.



I started working on the 120v, USB, and audio wiring tonight. Trying to turn this rats nest into something presentable.



The audio/Sub i'm going to hold into place with some industrial velcro bits. This will keep me from screwing brackets into the cab, and help dampen any vibrations created by the sub. I mounted the logitech speaker control on the top of the sub with velcro as well. Just cause...



I swear this velcro tape just makes this build. So easy to work with.  I must have 40 feet of it in the build so far. One of the only issues i had that i didn't see coming when i was planning is how the relationship between using headphones and the speakers would work. The unplugged 3.5mm audio jack you see sitting there is the other end of the front I/O headphone jack on the CP. If i plug it in without plugging headphones into the front panel it still cut out the speakers. Not a big deal. I will rarely ever use headphones on this cab, it was just there because A. i could, and B. just in case. If i want to use headphones on the front I/O i also need to open the lower coin door and plug this connection in. Really no big deal.



I'm almost done. I still need to wire in all the USB lines and figure out some sort of cashbox. Either the actual HAPP box, or just something simple like a kitchen drawer utensil holder, or something... Doesn't need to be fancy.



I'm quite happy with the wiring job, Its not like A+ in my books, but its nice and clean. One thing i did notice is that i always could find a way to make a cable just the right length needed without having to bundle it. with a couple notable exceptions. I'm very glad this is all turning out quite well.  I'll need to do the USB later, but its too late and its been a long night of this already.  :D



Finally tonight i got a chance to try out mounting one of the rear access panels. It fits like a glove and is quite secure.



Thats it for tonight.  I'm running out of things to do with this build. which means its almost done  ;D

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #537 on: November 01, 2014, 03:45:48 am »
Holy crap... I just noticed this thread now has over 30k views...  20,000 of them are probably me, haha,  :D

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #538 on: November 01, 2014, 11:49:55 am »
Holy crap... I just noticed this thread now has over 30k views...  20,000 of them are probably me, haha,  :D

Probably more like 25,000.  >:D

Inside looks clean, good job.
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« Reply #539 on: November 01, 2014, 03:56:45 pm »
Holy crap... I just noticed this thread now has over 30k views...  20,000 of them are probably me, haha,  :D

Probably more like 25,000.  >:D

Inside looks clean, good job.

Actually, maybe it's more like 28,000   :D

Thanks, I'm glad I stopped at the USB last night, that might just yet be the most challenging bit.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #540 on: November 02, 2014, 09:34:52 pm »
Some big updates today...

Yesterday i stopped into my local tool supply shop and found a metal punch set for $7 because a couple of the letters were missing. I only need the numbers for this anyways, so i really didn't care. Also picked up a small rubbermaid drawer organizer for the coin box. It was a productive day.



I started by marking off and drilling some pilot holes...



I then lined the bottom with some left over black felt. This helps keep the coins from bouncing out. Its almost like the tray was made for this. It's just perfect.





Next i switched to the Serial number plate. I wanted to take some practice to get the stamped numbers in there just right. The numbers came out ok, but i really want to do a new serial number plate, so i'm not going to install this one until i get a chance to head to the shop that did this one. Still, practice makes perfect.





Oh, i finally cleaned up and routed all the USB.



Then i added some more of the weatherstripping to block light from the Coin Door LED's bleeding from the top of the back panel.



I then installed the back panels...



I took a few nice pictures of the inside now that the wires are all cleaned up. I'm so very glad i used velcro tape for everything and not those sticky zippy pylons...





With the wiring complete i turned my attention to some of the smaller things, The LED lighting for starters. LEDBlinky is pretty bad ass. I messed around with some of the lighting and animations.





I also had to remove the front I/O and make a couple of adjustments to the PowerMate LED. I also took this time to add a couple chains to hold the CP top open.



I really wasn't happy with the stock Ultimarc trackball LED kit. SO i decided to make my own. For starters, now that i have a clear trackball the light from the LEDs just shoots right through to the ceiling and its blindingly bright compared to all the other controls.  I propped open the control panel and removed the LED kit.  Just to give you an idea of how easy light shines through, you can see the display from the screen projected through the bottom of the trackball into the ball. it's so cool, like a mini hologram.

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Here's my solution, one the the same Paradise Arcade LED's that i'm using to light my joysticks, mounted to a small piece of plexi left over from my marquee. I added a layer of translucent plastic to help defuse the light a bit more, then wrapped it all nicely with some high quality electrical tape. Then i drilled a small hole and mounted it the same way the stock LED kit is attached. WAY BETTER.  If you do go the clear trackball route i highly suggest you make your own LED pack like this then use the stock one.



Next i decided to adjust the lighting in the Marquee. I dug up my old Roscolux swatch book and tested a few gels to get the best look i could for behind the marquee.



A nice solid blue to match and a deep clean grey to bring out the details in the coin on the marquee.







This looks a lot better! It's one of those things that is really hard to get on film, but in person it looks amazing. Mind you, i'm also using a smartphone for all my pictures, so there are some obvious limitations to the quality of the colour. :)



Well, thats it for this update. Not much left to do....
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« Reply #541 on: November 03, 2014, 12:44:47 am »
Wow,

This came out amazing. :cheers:

I love you all the little details.   

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« Reply #542 on: November 05, 2014, 01:44:44 am »

I've been holding off on commenting because this build just keeps getting better, the attention to detail is incredible.

I'll be stealing the weatherstrip idea when I have LED bleed issues on my build (which I'm sure I'm going to). 

I also will be using velcro to secure some of the wiring.

Honestly,  along with Blip this is one of my favorite builds...nice work  :applaud:

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« Reply #543 on: November 05, 2014, 10:17:27 pm »
Thanks guys!

The Velcro brand actually got wind of this build and tweeted their Aproval.



Also, I've decided the build will not be complete until I make a new serial number plate that's a bit more realistic in both size and values. With more know how from Scott, I've figured out a couple ways to get a proper amp rating. I tried using my multimeter, but I found the best way in this case was to plug it in through my AVS2000 and crank it up. Peaked at about 0.90/0.92 amps. So let's say that my rough guess on the first plate was crazy accurate. I still want to print a 4" plate rather then this 7" one. Maybe in the next couple days when I find time to get to the place I had the first one done. Then we can stick a pin in this build.   




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« Reply #544 on: November 05, 2014, 10:23:35 pm »
 Oh, and I've ben thinking, I want to release the CAD/Plans for my side panels. I know they've helped a couple other builds over the last year, and it would make me quite happy if I could give something back that some people seem to like and find helpful. As soon as I figure out how I want to do that I'll post them up.

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« Reply #545 on: November 06, 2014, 01:55:30 pm »
been a while since I checked in on this one....

It looks awesome!
Getting the bezel glass in place always makes it feel much more finished.

The inside looks too nice.  :laugh:

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« Reply #546 on: November 06, 2014, 01:57:57 pm »
 :laugh: "too nice"?

An electrician buddy of mine gave it a 7.5/10. It's almost inspired me to rip it all out and start again.  :laugh:

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« Reply #547 on: November 06, 2014, 02:23:46 pm »
:laugh: "too nice"?

An electrician buddy of mine gave it a 7.5/10. It's almost inspired me to rip it all out and start again.  :laugh:

Please do. And make sure you post about it. With photos.  >:D
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« Reply #548 on: November 06, 2014, 05:54:14 pm »
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I really wasn't happy with the stock Ultimarc trackball LED kit. SO i decided to make my own. For starters, now that i have a clear trackball the light from the LEDs just shoots right through to the ceiling and its blindingly bright compared to all the other controls.  I propped open the control panel and removed the LED kit.  Just to give you an idea of how easy light shines through, you can see the display from the screen projected through the bottom of the trackball into the ball. it's so cool, like a mini hologram.

Here's my solution, one the the same Paradise Arcade LED's that i'm using to light my joysticks, mounted to a small piece of plexi left over from my marquee. I added a layer of translucent plastic to help defuse the light a bit more, then wrapped it all nicely with some high quality electrical tape. Then i drilled a small hole and mounted it the same way the stock LED kit is attached. WAY BETTER.  If you do go the clear trackball route i highly suggest you make your own LED pack like this then use the stock one.

Or you could just ask me for a set of my boards and modded your t-ball.  Side firing leds  :)





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« Reply #549 on: November 06, 2014, 08:00:13 pm »
That...  Also, would have worked. :)  ...if I knew that they existed.

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #550 on: November 06, 2014, 11:11:10 pm »
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,132054.msg1355944.html#msg1355944

I ran into the same issue with my clear ball projects, so i had some of these boards fabbed to keep from burning my eyes out.  :)

Awesome work man....... :applaud:

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #551 on: November 07, 2014, 01:36:56 am »
 :laugh: thanks. Thes are really cool. Way more elegant than my electrical tape.  That retinal burn is starting to be an issue.

Hey, this gives me an idea for another project I'm looking at. Completely unrelated. But I want to take the wrist remote from a Recon Instruments Snow2, keep the housing and the buttons and scrap the board inside for my own contact switches and bluetooth module.

How hard is it to spec up a custom PCB and have it made? Especially if I just want one or two?
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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #552 on: November 07, 2014, 09:47:07 am »
It's not hard, you have to know how to use eagle cad and create some gerber files.

The cheapest route is to have them fabbed overseas, it takes awhile but very cost effective.

Depending on the size of the boards, you can get 10 2 layer boards done in green for about 15.00 shipped.  Haven't found a fab shop that will do 1-2 for a decent price. 

http://imall.iteadstudio.com/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping/im120418001.html

Or a second super cheap option is to make them yourself by etching copper boards.  I've done that for simple one off boards, but they have to be 1 layer, the 2 layers are a pain in the ass to pull off.

So if your routing calls for 2 layers i recommend sending them off to fab, you'll just have a few extras for testing purposes.. :)



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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #553 on: November 09, 2014, 10:44:03 pm »
ITíS DONE! I think itís time to official put a pin in my first arcade build. First of all I would like to thank the many people that helped with this build. In no particular order (and pardon me if i forgot anyone).

PL1 - For a TON of advice and help on things to numerous to mention.
Nephasth - inspiration, parts sourcing, crippling help, and the driving force for neat cable standards. :)
HaRuMaN - CAD work and design help.
yotsuya - for the constant heckling.
Jarrett - the basis of the CP design
SpaceHedgehog - For help with his paint process
CraftyMech - for his SLG Mini, and a ton of tech support
Lucian045 - for printing my artwork, and providing art samples and advice.
EMDB - for the help with the castors
blind_dado - for the inspiration with the Griffin PowerMate
OldTymeToys - Custom keychain work

Also HUGE shout out to the fine folks at Paradise Arcade, GroovyGameGear, ArcadeShop.de, and Ultimarc for dealing with my orders, special requests and constant barrage of questions. As well a whole bunch more local Calgary vendors, and small parts vendors around the world. Its crazy to think/say but this build wouldnít have been what it is without parts from Germany, Asia, the U.K. all over the US, Canada, and the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Everyone iíve missed, (you know who you are), that provided insight, inspiration, and tips. As well as those of you who follow this thread. Extra special shoutout to those of you who have the email notifications going, (sorry for the 2am updates, haha :D )

This build was made possible with the inspiration from the following other builds. Check them out:
Nephasth - Two-Headed Beast
edekoning - Magneto
SpaceHedgehog - R-Pod MkII Racing Simulator
blind_dado - Arcade Odyssey
mcseforsale - The Blue Pill
EMDB - Project RetroCade

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Iíll hopefully be taking some really nice professional pictures of the build in the next few weeks with help from my friends at: Karyn Lee Portrait



...oh and 1,000th POST!  hahahaha  :D
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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious)
« Reply #554 on: November 09, 2014, 10:50:50 pm »
yotsuya - for the constant heckling.

Wuv you too, brah!

Bummed you're done. I was waiting for the multi-picture post where you show us how you switched from oval-head screws to pan-head screws.  >:D

Congrats on being done. Best feeling in the (BYOAC) world.  :cheers:
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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious) - FINISHED
« Reply #555 on: November 10, 2014, 12:40:21 am »
Congrats man! This project turned out great! :applaud:

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious) - FINISHED
« Reply #556 on: November 10, 2014, 10:25:51 am »

Nice work, I've really enjoyed following this thread.   :applaud:

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious) - FINISHED
« Reply #557 on: November 10, 2014, 10:32:08 am »
That turned out great !  :applaud:

I have to admit that I really hate CP boxes that are wider than the cab because it just looks clunky, but you, Sir, managed to pull it off with aplomb. Well done !

                                                                                                 
                  

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious) - FINISHED
« Reply #558 on: November 10, 2014, 10:40:10 am »
I have been lurking here for a while but this project made me finally come out of the shadows...

Chance, this is just a gorgeous cab!  :applaud:

Quick question for you- After reading the entire thread I noticed you did quite a bit of work putting molex connectors and other quick disconnects in when wiring your cabinet. This is a fantastic idea! Why didn't you put in quick disconnects on the back of your Control Panel so you would be able to remove it without pulling wires from the cab interior?

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Re: FLYNN'S ARCADE (Project Code Name: Overambitious) - FINISHED
« Reply #559 on: November 10, 2014, 11:53:05 am »
Read through this entire post over the last two days. (took me that long haha). Great work as everyone has already stated, and I just bought a role of velcro for my cable management. :cheers: