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Author Topic: The Dream Machine (First full sized cabinet) DONE! Link to Plans included!  (Read 15714 times)

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So I've started work on my first full sized arcade machine. When I was a kid my favorite arcade was in the food court in our mall and it was called the Dream Machine. I decided to name my cabinet after my favorite arcade. I'm also incorporating their logo into my design. So far I've finished the base and today I got the sides cut out. I'm using 3/4" black melamine board for the construction material. The heart of the system is an Intel Core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 240GB SSD. I'll be using Hyperspin for the front end. The monitor I'm using is the largest 4:3 LCD I could find. It's an NEC 21.3". I've got a long way to go but I'm happy with the progress I've made so far.

The Dream Machine's company logo:


This is an idea of how I want it to look. The artwork is still a bit of a W.I.P.:


Building the base:






I didn't really take any photos of the process of mounting the vent, power socket, and Ethernet jack in the base. :banghead:


Cutting the sides:




I got both sides out of a single sheet of melamine!  ;D

Link to the updated plans:
http://tinyurl.com/zkvefkp
« Last Edit: March 15, 2017, 07:20:39 pm by Vidiot »


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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 08:45:03 am »
You live in northern RI by any chance?

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 02:06:05 pm »
You live in northern RI by any chance?

I'm in Northern Virginia.


I got my kickplate finished today and test fit the coin door:





I also cut out the top piece of the cabinet but there isn't anything exciting about that so I didn't take any pics of it.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2015, 02:11:49 pm by Vidiot »


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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 02:15:43 pm »
Nice work getting that cut that clean with a jigsaw.   :applaud:

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2015, 02:38:39 pm »
Nice work getting that cut that clean with a jigsaw.   :applaud:

Thanks but I actually finished it up with a flush cut router. >:D I guess the pics are a little misleading. I'm not that good. lol


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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2015, 08:32:35 pm »
Got the top piece finished and started assembling the cab today. Starting to look like an arcade machine now.



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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2015, 06:55:49 am »
You live in northern RI by any chance?

I'm in Northern Virginia.


Huh... we had an arcade with the same name and logo up here. I guess they were a chain. You learn something new every day.

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2015, 09:29:37 am »
You live in northern RI by any chance?

I'm in Northern Virginia.


Huh... we had an arcade with the same name and logo up here. I guess they were a chain. You learn something new every day.

Hah! I was thinking the same thing.....Rhode Islander here! I loved the Dream Machine, never realized it was a chain either (of course I was like 8 or 9...lol)

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2015, 08:29:47 pm »
We had a Dream Machine in our mall and I have the best memories from it!  :D

I thought I'd share a little more progress. I got the back door fitted and mounted in place.




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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2015, 12:37:15 am »
That coin door looks pretty mint. Did you restore it?

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2015, 06:37:37 am »
That coin door looks pretty mint. Did you restore it?

Actually I lucked out. Bought it that way. It was N.O.S.. Got it from a local company that sells old coin-op equipment.


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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2015, 09:33:30 am »
Great biuld man  :)
can i ask you what type of hinge did you use for the back door?

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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2015, 10:43:02 am »
Great biuld man  :)
can i ask you what type of hinge did you use for the back door?

Thanks. I used these hinges from Lowes:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_173167-93052-BP1062GU___?productId=3576254&pl=1&Ntt=cabinet+hinge


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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2015, 10:53:23 am »
Love the hinges! Is the top panel going to be hinged as well, or just solid?

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet)
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2015, 10:59:16 am »
I'm not a big fan of the artwork, but I must say that I am very impressed with how your machine is coming together. The back door looks good, and everything else looks nice and clean. Good job on the cab so far.  :cheers:
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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2015, 11:09:48 am »
Love the hinges! Is the top panel going to be hinged as well, or just solid?

Yeah the top will be solid but the control panel will hinge open. These hinges are really strong heavy duty too.


I'm not a big fan of the artwork, but I must say that I am very impressed with how your machine is coming together. The back door looks good, and everything else looks nice and clean. Good job on the cab so far.  :cheers:

Thanks man. Yeah it's funny, I'm not really a fan of my artwork either. :laugh2: I mean I like the marquee and bezel okay but I really want to come up with something that doesn't just have random arcade characters scattered about for the sides. One thing I really want to keep though is the Dream Machine logo. I mean the whole theme kinda revolves around that.
Here's what I think I'm gonna go with for the Marquee and Bezel:





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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2015, 11:17:40 am »

Thanks man. Yeah it's funny, I'm not really a fan of my artwork either. :laugh2: I mean I like the marquee and bezel okay but I really want to come up with something that doesn't just have random arcade characters scattered about for the sides. One thing I really want to keep though is the Dream Machine logo. I mean the whole theme kinda revolves around that.
Here's what I think I'm gonna go with for the Marquee and Bezel:




Yeah, the logo is fine, and I love the fact the name has actual meaning to you (as opposed to a generic -cade name). The color scheme and stars are fine - I'd lose all the characters and do something diffrerent, like maybe different random colored stars or something like that, with the name still on the sides. You've got a good foundation to work with.
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« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2015, 12:50:26 pm »
Definitely can't change the Dream Machine theme or I will hunt you down, and I WILL kill you...lol. Build it for all us East Coasters who enjoyed many dark lighted days pumping our paper route money into these wonderful buzzing machines! As for the side art, it's a toss up. I kind of like the multi-characters, but I think the Dream Machine logo on the side with the stars all over the cab would be pretty cool.

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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2015, 02:40:42 pm »
Yeah, lose the characters and I think it looks pretty good.  Nice to see something besides black laminate....


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« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2015, 10:48:08 pm »
Definitely can't change the Dream Machine theme or I will hunt you down, and I WILL kill you...lol. Build it for all us East Coasters who enjoyed many dark lighted days pumping our paper route money into these wonderful buzzing machines! As for the side art, it's a toss up. I kind of like the multi-characters, but I think the Dream Machine logo on the side with the stars all over the cab would be pretty cool.

Hahaha. No hunting and killing required. :lol My main inspiration for this build is the Dream Machine theme.
So the arcade characters are definitely out. I'm just playing around with different ideas for the sides and the control panel. I don't want to rush it. I don't want it to end up something I get tired of looking at.
Thanks guys for the critiquing. While I might not use everyone's advice I do appreciate the input.

So this is the layout I've chosen for the CP. The artwork is still a w.i.p.:



I like the Neo-Geo button pattern for the bottom row buttons and all black for the top row. I'm using the new Ultimarc "Goldleaf" buttons for the action buttons. They feel awesome but I haven't actually played any games with them yet. The joysticks are Happ Perfect 360's with blue and red ball-tops. I'm using the 3" U-Trak trackball and above that will be a SlikStik Tornado spinner. I'm using these cool little "angel eye" buttons for the admin buttons. I don't want a lot of crazy LED lit controls. There's nothing wrong with LED lit controls but I really want this to be classic arcade-like. The "angel eye" buttons have a subtle lit ring around the button. Here's what they look like lit up:





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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2015, 09:50:40 pm »
I used to live in Alexandria. I assume the coin op warehouse you are referring to is Lloyd? I think he was in sterling. I went there for stuff a few times.

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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2015, 12:08:45 am »
I used to live in Alexandria. I assume the coin op warehouse you are referring to is Lloyd? I think he was in sterling. I went there for stuff a few times.

This place is called Coinop Warehouse but it's located in Hagerstown, MD. They have a facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/coinopwarehouse


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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2015, 08:42:05 am »
I used to live in Alexandria. I assume the coin op warehouse you are referring to is Lloyd? I think he was in sterling. I went there for stuff a few times.

This place is called Coinop Warehouse but it's located in Hagerstown, MD. They have a facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/coinopwarehouse

Been a few years. That's Lloyd alright. He moved or has multiple locations.

Good guy - lots of fun. You are lucky to have him by you. He sells games/parts for reasonable prices.

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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2015, 10:57:12 am »
I used to live in Alexandria. I assume the coin op warehouse you are referring to is Lloyd? I think he was in sterling. I went there for stuff a few times.

This place is called Coinop Warehouse but it's located in Hagerstown, MD. They have a facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/coinopwarehouse

Been a few years. That's Lloyd alright. He moved or has multiple locations.

Good guy - lots of fun. You are lucky to have him by you. He sells games/parts for reasonable prices.

Yeah every once in a while he has an open house day and the public can come in and walk around. So dangerous when that happens. The warehouse is only an hour away from me.  >:D



So I've been playing around with my artwork a little and I think I'm starting to settle on this for the side art:





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« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2015, 11:15:25 am »
That side art is almost EXACTLY what I was thinking....creepy...lol.

Have you thought about making the stars red? I think they would pop!

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« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2015, 11:43:20 am »
That artwork is spot on!
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« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2015, 11:53:58 am »
Sideart looks nice.  bonus points if you stencil it  >:D
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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2015, 12:16:47 pm »
That side art is almost EXACTLY what I was thinking....creepy...lol.

Have you thought about making the stars red? I think they would pop!

That is actually an idea worth exploring! Here is another possibility:



I think I really like that.



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« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2015, 12:57:12 pm »
How would the stars look with yellow and red swapped?
(yellow center, red outline)


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« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2015, 01:01:53 pm »
I love how your project art has evolved. You don't need every single ---smurfing--- arcade character out there plastered all over your machine, screaming "THIS IS AN ARCADE CABINET!!!1!!!" for it to look great. definite kudos to you and your choices. :cheers:
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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2015, 02:16:20 pm »
Crappy paint mock up here (again, at work...lol)

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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2015, 02:26:26 pm »
Damn ! You beat me while I was typing my reply  :)



I think the left one looks better.
                  

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« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2015, 02:27:40 pm »
Definitely the first one.
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« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2015, 02:36:15 pm »
I love how your project art has evolved. You don't need every single ---smurfing--- arcade character out there plastered all over your machine, screaming "THIS IS AN ARCADE CABINET!!!1!!!" for it to look great. definite kudos to you and your choices. :cheers:

Thanks man. I've worked up a bunch of different art for a couple months now. I've never really been happy with anything until now.

Damn ! You beat me while I was typing my reply  :)

I think the left one looks better.

I have to agree. I do like the yellow stars with red borders better. I was actually in the process of making one with some of both types of stars and then I got busy at work.  :banghead: :laugh2:

Thanks guys for the ideas and inspiration.  :cheers:
Now I need to start figuring out what to do with my control panel art.


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« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2015, 03:37:47 pm »
The yellow in the stars makes the yellow in the word machine look washed out or faded.

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« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2015, 04:36:43 pm »
Yea, when I "eyedropped" it in paint, the "yellow" in "machine" is actually like a greenish yellow versus the bright yellow of the stars. I would match the yellow all around if I were the OP, as I can see what you are saying now, and did notice the difference.

I think the true yellow looks much better.

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« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2015, 06:35:27 pm »
Yea, when I "eyedropped" it in paint, the "yellow" in "machine" is actually like a greenish yellow versus the bright yellow of the stars. I would match the yellow all around if I were the OP, as I can see what you are saying now, and did notice the difference.

I think the true yellow looks much better.

Yeah the colors in the Dream Machine logo are the actual colors they used so I kinda wanna keep that. I did lighten the yellow in the stars some and I do think it looks a little better. It's strange though because when I first made the colored stars I used the dropper tool from the logo so I would have the same exact shade of yellow. I dunno how it would have changed.

Anyway the change is pretty subtle but here is what I did:



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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2015, 07:28:20 pm »
I like it better that way, now the logo really pops.

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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2015, 01:09:33 pm »
 :applaud:

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« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2015, 09:07:32 am »
Small update to show some progress. I was able to spend a little time this weekend working on the speaker panel below the marquee area.

First I mounted the speaker grills to the board where I wanted them and then used a 3" hole saw to get the hole started:



Then I flipped the board over and used the flush cut router bit to finish up the holes using the speaker grills on the other side as a trim guide for the bearing on the flush-cut bit:



This is what it looks like installed. I also mounted the marquee retainers:



While I had the machine laying on it's side I thought I would take some pics of the bottom to show how I did that part:



This shot shows the cover plate that hinges up so you'll be able to access the leg levelers from the front of the cabinet:



  
 

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