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Author Topic: The Dream Machine (First full sized cabinet) DONE! Link to Plans included!  (Read 16769 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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« 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.:



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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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« Reply #40 on: May 27, 2015, 01:19:22 pm »
Okay definitely time for another update. I've made a lot of progress since my last post. The Memorial day weekend allowed me some more time to get some things done too.

I got the box and shelf made for the coin bucket:



Speakers mounted:



Control panel area built with hidden coin buttons and USB ports:




Marquee light mounted:



Then I moved on to cutting out the bezel wood and finished up the hole with a router:




Mounted the monitor. One of my screws split the surface of the laminate  :banghead: I just glued it back down. It wont really matter because it will be completely covered by artwork anyway:






I mounted a piece of angled aluminum on the bottom of the bezel wood to hold the plexiglass in place. This is how I split that laminate  :banghead::



Also routered out a spot for the light gun sensor above the monitor you can see it in this pic:



Plexiglass in place mounts really well up behind the speaker panel:



Whew! Now on to the control panel! Also I got my art ordered today from Lucian045!


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« Reply #41 on: May 27, 2015, 01:59:57 pm »
A very clean and sharp looking build with some tight woodworking going on. Looks great  :cheers:
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« Reply #42 on: May 28, 2015, 10:01:29 am »
A very clean and sharp looking build with some tight woodworking going on. Looks great  :cheers:

Thanks man.  :cheers:

I got the control panel cut out and even managed to router fit the plexi to fit as well. I' needed to find a piece of wood 5/8" thick to use with my plexi so the 3/4" t-molding will fit properly. I found this melamine shelf board at Lowes and it was just right for the CP. Now I need to get those holes drilled!




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« Reply #43 on: May 29, 2015, 11:19:43 am »
Well I've got the computer mounted inside now and while testing out the complete system to make sure everything functions inside the cab I realized that I mounted my monitor a little too high for me to be happy with it. So now I need to remake the bezel wood piece. :banghead: Not too big of a deal but still a setback! On the upside it will allow me to perfect the mounting of it so the control panel mates up better with the little metal trim along the bottom of bezel wood.

Another snag I ran into was not getting any audio from the right speaker. I verified that that amp is working properly so hopefully it's just a problem with my speaker wiring and not the speaker itself.


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« Reply #44 on: June 04, 2015, 08:55:47 am »
Another progress report!

So I decided to use the existing bezel wood and just cut the hole a little lower for the monitor. It turned out really well and saved me a lot of work. I bought a piece of black poster board to go between the wood and the smoked plexi that will hide the extra hole above the monitor. Sorry, I didn't really take any pics of this process. :(

I got the control panel finished up. It really took a lot of tweaking to get things to line up good. I decided to mount the joysticks under the panel recessed into the wood as deep as I could. The shafts are a little short above the panel but they still feels pretty good to me and I think I can get used to it.





I got one side of the side art on and the t-molding installed as well! I tucked the vinyl over the edge and under the t-molding. I'm leaving the protective film over the chrome t-molding for now until I'm finished.





I did get the audio fixed. It was just a bad audio cable. Replaced it and now the sound is perfect. Now I've discovered that the trackball isn't rolling well. It's like its binding up inside. I'm wondering if the bolts are too tight or something. I need to have a serious look at that now. I'll be getting the rest of the art applied asap to finish that up. Then on to wiring!





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« Reply #45 on: June 04, 2015, 09:53:51 am »
Now I've discovered that the trackball isn't rolling well. It's like its binding up inside. I'm wondering if the bolts are too tight or something. I need to have a serious look at that now.

Tip from the Ultimarc website :

After installation:
You will likely find the ball is quite stiff to rotate in certain directions. This is owing to the fact it has to slide over the rollers to some extent and is quite sticky from the manufacturing process. It will ease with use. For an immediate perfect usage, you can apply a small amount of liquid soap or hand cream to the ball.

I had the same problem, took mine apart, applied some hand cream to the ball, put it back together. Worked like a charm.
                  

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« Reply #46 on: June 04, 2015, 10:01:02 am »
YOWSA! That looks great!!!!  :cheers:

Nice job on everything so far! Can't wait to see this one up and running. Bravo!

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« Reply #47 on: June 04, 2015, 10:37:09 am »
Always a joy following your work. Good pictures and descriptions of your build make it a breeze to follow. Really love your artwork. I'm also glad you decided to go with the sideart that didn't have characters plastered all over it. Sometimes less is more.  :cheers:
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« Reply #48 on: June 04, 2015, 10:42:12 am »

Tip from the Ultimarc website :

After installation:
You will likely find the ball is quite stiff to rotate in certain directions. This is owing to the fact it has to slide over the rollers to some extent and is quite sticky from the manufacturing process. It will ease with use. For an immediate perfect usage, you can apply a small amount of liquid soap or hand cream to the ball.

I had the same problem, took mine apart, applied some hand cream to the ball, put it back together. Worked like a charm.

Thanks. Do you remember what kind of hand cream you used? I'm thinking my issue might be a little more problematic. The ball rolls much harder than it did before I mounted it. Also when I roll it I can hear a roller underneath still spinning without the ball. I think I've got it too tight. Anyway, I would love to smooth it out though so if you can remember what cream you used I appreciate it. :)

And thanks guys for the compliments!  :)


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« Reply #49 on: June 04, 2015, 11:01:30 am »
Just some normal hand cream.The brand is Nivea, I don't know if you can buy that in America. That shouldn't matter, though.

When assembling the trackball, mind the location of the rollers. It is possible to position them slightly off, which results in cranky movement. I had to take my trackball apart again to correct that.
Which reminds me : Do a test BEFORE you put it back into your CP. And before you screw the CP back into the cab. I didn't.
                  

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« Reply #50 on: June 04, 2015, 11:13:24 am »
Just some normal hand cream.The brand is Nivea, I don't know if you can buy that in America. That shouldn't matter, though.

When assembling the trackball, mind the location of the rollers. It is possible to position them slightly off, which results in cranky movement. I had to take my trackball apart again to correct that.
Which reminds me : Do a test BEFORE you put it back into your CP. And before you screw the CP back into the cab. I didn't.

Sounds good man. Thanks for the tip.


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« Reply #51 on: June 04, 2015, 11:36:30 am »
No prob. Hope it helps.
                  

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« Reply #52 on: June 05, 2015, 10:27:24 am »
Thank you guys for the kind words. ;)
I was able to get the trackball rolling good again and I got it to fit better in the panel. Thanks again yamatetsu for the tips :)

I spent some time yesterday tidying up the cabling inside:




Got my artwork finished as well:





Now I'm ready to move on to mounting the control panel and wiring everything up! I still want to block the back of the marquee lighting somehow. I'll be working on that soon as well.

I wanna give a shout out to Lucian045 (Brad) for the excellent artwork printing. I'm very happy with it. :)


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« Reply #53 on: June 05, 2015, 10:49:16 am »
 :applaud:  Nice, looking awesome!
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« Reply #54 on: June 05, 2015, 11:06:55 am »
I still want to block the back of the marquee lighting somehow. I'll be working on that soon as well.

If you mean to block the black border around the marquee : Make a cardboard bezel in the shape of the black border, tape it to the inside of the marquee.
                  

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« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2015, 11:30:13 am »
:applaud:  Nice, looking awesome!

Thanks Borgdog!

If you mean to block the black border around the marquee : Make a cardboard bezel in the shape of the black border, tape it to the inside of the marquee.

Actually I want to do that too :lol but I was referring to the whole area behind the marquee / speakers. I just want to do something simple like maybe cut out some black poster foam board and velcro it in there. That way I can just take it out if I need to work on it. I'll post some pics when I get around to doing it. I like your idea of using black cardboard behind the marquee. I was thinking of blocking off the black areas with electrical tape but I think I will use some black poster board instead.


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« Reply #56 on: June 07, 2015, 09:35:51 pm »
This a damn nice build.
I love the art theme used throughout.
The attention to detail inside the cab is also very nice.

the jiysticks and buttons do look a little high up on the ckntrol panel. Are they comfortable to use?

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« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2015, 08:43:41 am »
This a damn nice build.
I love the art theme used throughout.
The attention to detail inside the cab is also very nice.

the jiysticks and buttons do look a little high up on the ckntrol panel. Are they comfortable to use?

Thanks man. The controls feel good. The joysticks are little short but I can get used to it. Feels strange trying to play pacman with my left hand though. I'll probably configure the player 2 stick for pacman & ms. pacman.

So, I'm really trucking along and I feel like I'm in the final stretch and of course I've got another nagging problem to figure out. My "smart" surge strip is not turning the other components off anymore. When I shut the computer down the marquee light, audio amp, and monitor stay on. It worked fine until I started hooking up controls. Seems that the usb devices and even a connected Ethernet cable are drawing enough power from the "off" computer to leave the surge strip on. I checked the power settings on the motherboard and it looks like everything is disabled such as Wake on LAN, turn on by keyboard, etc. So I'm really not sure what to do about it other than try a different "smart" strip. Anyone ever have a similar problem with smart surge strips? I was thinking of hooking up a powered USB hub for the controls to see if that would stop the power drain from the motherboard. I wish the smart strip I'm using had a sensitivity setting.  :banghead:



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« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2015, 10:43:45 am »
I've got another nagging problem to figure out. My "smart" surge strip is not turning the other components off anymore. When I shut the computer down the marquee light, audio amp, and monitor stay on.

Not sure which smart strip you have but if it's like the Bits Limited ones there's a sensitivity dial on the side that handles exactly what you're describing.

http://catalog.bitsltd.us/power_strips/

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« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2015, 10:56:16 am »
I've got another nagging problem to figure out. My "smart" surge strip is not turning the other components off anymore. When I shut the computer down the marquee light, audio amp, and monitor stay on.

Not sure which smart strip you have but if it's like the Bits Limited ones there's a sensitivity dial on the side that handles exactly what you're describing.

http://catalog.bitsltd.us/power_strips/

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This is the one I have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812220052&cm_re=cyberpower_surge-_-12-220-052-_-Product

Unfortunately it doesn't have a sensitivity setting on it. I just ordered a different one from Amazon. I got this one this time:
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Strip-4941-Autoswitching-Technology/dp/B000P1QJXQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433775065&sr=8-1&keywords=smart+strip&pebp=1433775067122&perid=0BDS67X8A44YW7ZQSBPV

Hopefully this will fix my problem.


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« Reply #60 on: June 08, 2015, 11:04:01 am »
 I have the Belkin smart strip which doesn't have the sensitivity adjustment either but I've never had a problem.
However I do use a powered usb hub.

As far as control mapping for 4 way. On my panel, I kept my player 1 stick as an 8 way with a round gate because that's the feel I prefer for shmups and what not and my player 2 is a 4way/8way.
My reason for this was because the player 2 stick is more in the middle of the cab so it allows me to play left or right handed on 4 ways even if the game uses buttons.
The downside is that I have to explain the setup to others but that's hardly a big deal

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« Reply #61 on: June 10, 2015, 02:46:32 pm »
I have the Belkin smart strip which doesn't have the sensitivity adjustment either but I've never had a problem.
However I do use a powered usb hub.

As far as control mapping for 4 way. On my panel, I kept my player 1 stick as an 8 way with a round gate because that's the feel I prefer for shmups and what not and my player 2 is a 4way/8way.
My reason for this was because the player 2 stick is more in the middle of the cab so it allows me to play left or right handed on 4 ways even if the game uses buttons.
The downside is that I have to explain the setup to others but that's hardly a big deal

I just got the new surge protector smart strip today and it does have a sensitivity adjustment on the side so it should work out.

I am more concerned now about my joysticks. I had one of my perfect 360s stop working and they don't make them anymore. :banghead: It stopped working left and right. Up and down still work. I'm sure it's a problem with the PCB but I'm not sure I can repair it. So now I am considering new sticks. MGB I saw your post in the reviews section on the new Dominux 8 joystick from GGG. Did you ever get a chance to play on it? I'm considering that one. Thanks.
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« Reply #62 on: June 10, 2015, 04:07:03 pm »
Sadly I haven't had time to install it yet but Delusional has them on his machine and I gave them a try.
It's a nice stick.

The perfect 360 should be repairable though.

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Well I'm about ready to call this 99% done!

I was actually able to fix my Happ perfect 360 joystick. I took it apart and started checking voltages across the board to see if anything didn't seem right. What I found was that the sensors for the Left and Right controls were not getting the proper voltage. I traced it back to the IC Inverter chip on the board. I found a replacement chip from Mouser (Part Number MM74HC14M) for .51 cents. Of course the shipping was 7.99. lol. But anyway after I replaced the chip I check voltages again and they were now correct. I reinstalled the joystick and it still wasn't moving Left. After more investigation I discovered that one of the inputs in my IPac was dead. After I rewired the Left to another input on my IPac everything is working properly!

Here are my final build pics. I hope to have a youtube video up as some point as well. When I do I'll post it in here.





I found a couple Dream Machine tokens, polished them up, and glued one of them to my spinner. I couldn't think of a better place to put her:


























Now the real fun begins! Game on! ;D


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Well I'm about ready to call this 99% done!

You gotta call it 100% if you want to be eligible for any awards.  >:D
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Oh, and nice job. Probably my favorite build from this year so far.  :cheers:
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Nice work Vidiot! Wow, you have been busy since your last post. I've always appreciated your attention to detail, cable management and problem solving skills.

The fold down control panel is a convenient feature. And the serial tag on the back is a nice detail. Very nice cab overall.

What's next for you?  Too soon?  ;D
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Well I'm about ready to call this 99% done!

You gotta call it 100% if you want to be eligible for any awards.  >:D

Well I guess she is 100%.....for now :lol I mean you fellow builders all know that our cabs are never really 100% done after all. ;D

And thank you so much for the kind words. I'm really happy with how she's turned out. I feel like I did the Dream Machine arcade of my memories a justice with this homage. However, award material? I dunno if I'd go that far but thank you!

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Nice work Vidiot! Wow, you have been busy since your last post. I've always appreciated your attention to detail, cable management and problem solving skills.

The fold down control panel is a convenient feature. And the serial tag on the back is a nice detail. Very nice cab overall.

What's next for you?  Too soon?  ;D

Thank you! What's next? I dunno maybe too soon? I would love to build a cabaret some day. Maybe a Multi-Williams. It'll be a while though. :lol


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Well I'm about ready to call this 99% done!

You gotta call it 100% if you want to be eligible for any awards.  >:D

Well I guess she is 100%.....for now :lol I mean you fellow builders all know that our cabs are never really 100% done after all. ;D

And thank you so much for the kind words. I'm really happy with how she's turned out. I feel like I did the Dream Machine arcade of my memories a justice with this homage. However, award material? I dunno if I'd go that far but thank you!

My favorite part of this build was it's evolution. It's no secret I'm not a fan of characters being plastered all over the cab, marquee, and control panel in random and haphazard manner, and I love how you removed those elements but still maintained the theme and ended up with a machine that looks unique and still pays homage to your memories. I'll be the first to nominate it for a UCA (or whatever it's going to be called) when the time comes.  :cheers:
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This machine just screams "FUN! PLAY ME!"

I love it. Absolutely.

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It's no secret I'm not a fan of characters being plastered all over the cab, marquee, and control panel in random and haphazard manner,

I 2nd that! I don't need every character on the side of a cab to help me understand that it is an arcade machine.  :D  I was also very happy with Vidiot's final artwork. Now drink a beer and enjoy your hard work.  :cheers:
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My favorite part of this build was it's evolution. It's no secret I'm not a fan of characters being plastered all over the cab, marquee, and control panel in random and haphazard manner, and I love how you removed those elements but still maintained the theme and ended up with a machine that looks unique and still pays homage to your memories. I'll be the first to nominate it for a UCA (or whatever it's going to be called) when the time comes.  :cheers:

Ya know, I love classic arcade characters and I've seen collages of them that look cool but I just couldn't come up with something I liked. And all of them use characters from the same source so there isn't anything unique about that design other than how you arrange them. I really took your suggestions to heart and I totally agreed. You, Reptileink, and PL1 really helped motivate me with your ideas and suggestions and I appreciate that. I love this community.

To even be considered for an award is an incredible compliment. Thank you so much. There are so many awesome builds on here. :cheers:

This machine just screams "FUN! PLAY ME!"

I love it. Absolutely.

I 2nd that! I don't need every character on the side of a cab to help me understand that it is an arcade machine.  :D  I was also very happy with Vidiot's final artwork. Now drink a beer and enjoy your hard work.  :cheers:

Thank you guys! :cheers:


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nice work! real clean!   :applaud:

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It's funny, I didn't want to say anything, but I felt like I was a part of this build. Having the same amount of love for the Dream Machine, and helping in the initial stages with artwork suggestions really made me feel like I was at least a "part" of this community.

Great clean build, and I LOVE the serial tag on the back. It's a shame that little details like that get hidden from the cave men who point and say, "arcade nice" .......lol.

Can't wait till your next one, and you sure were an inspiration!  :applaud: :cheers:

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It's funny, I didn't want to say anything, but I felt like I was a part of this build. Having the same amount of love for the Dream Machine, and helping in the initial stages with artwork suggestions really made me feel like I was at least a "part" of this community.

Great clean build, and I LOVE the serial tag on the back. It's a shame that little details like that get hidden from the cave men who point and say, "arcade nice" .......lol.

Can't wait till your next one, and you sure were an inspiration!  :applaud: :cheers:

You were definitely a part of it Reptileink. Thanks for your kind words and thanks for the suggestions you had. ;)


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Just came across this thread today and read through everything. Looks great! I'd say you made the right choice with nixing the characters on your side art -- the logotype and stars tell you everything you need to know. I don't have anything substantive to add, but I did want to at least say, "hey, man, this looks great!" And now I've said it twice. So there you go! :)

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I love the lift rod on the cp.

And you put the dust washers under the artwork!!!?
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bravo my man, bravo.

very nicely done.
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Thanks guys.

I love the lift rod on the cp.

And you put the dust washers under the artwork!!!????
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bravo my man, bravo.

very nicely done.

Yeah the bases on those joysticks are already recessed on the top so the dust washer can just sit on top of the joystick base under the panel. I figured it might give the CP a cleaner look.


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 I just realized that my last post showed the face with question marks over it.
sorry, that was an accident.

I prefer the dust washers under the artwork when possible.
great job

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A truly Amazing build :applaud:  I liked both your star and final sun rays backgrounds. Did you create these in photoshop and then vector to full size. Thanks and Congratulations!

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A truly Amazing build :applaud:  I liked both your star and final sun rays backgrounds. Did you create these in photoshop and then vector to full size. Thanks and Congratulations!

Thanks. I used Paint Shop Pro X5 for my artwork.


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amazing work, great job.
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Fantastic work, one of the best machines I've seen  ;)

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet) 100% DONE!
« Reply #83 on: June 26, 2015, 12:06:07 am »
Thanks for the compliments guys!

As promised here is a youtube video tour of the cab. Also attaching a PDF file of the parts list for the cab.

https://youtu.be/6A5UlsyY1UE
« Last Edit: June 26, 2015, 10:19:18 am by Vidiot »


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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet) 100% DONE!
« Reply #84 on: June 26, 2015, 10:07:38 am »
Thanks for sharing the video tour! What a great result, and a great way to relive the nostalgia from your youth!

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet) 100% DONE!
« Reply #85 on: June 26, 2015, 10:13:40 am »
Great work Vidiot!  Enjoyed the video and thanks for sharing. Bravo man...bravo.  :applaud:

(Also, I think if you remove the letter 's' from "https" in your YouTube link, the forum will embed the video in the thread.)
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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet) 100% DONE!
« Reply #86 on: June 26, 2015, 10:20:18 am »
Great work Vidiot!  Enjoyed the video and thanks for sharing. Bravo man...bravo.  :applaud:

(Also, I think if you remove the letter 's' from "https" in your YouTube link, the forum will embed the video in the thread.)

Cool. Thanks for the tip! :cheers:

And thanks for the love guys. Appreciate it. :D


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« Reply #87 on: June 28, 2015, 05:16:11 pm »
Lovely looking cab, very colorful, glossy and shiny! Thanks for sharing the video  :cheers:

Click a pic for a video tour 

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Re: The Dream Machine (My first full sized arcade cabinet) 100% DONE!
« Reply #88 on: June 28, 2015, 07:05:12 pm »
Damn - great job - very tidy and no fuss. Great 1st time full-size build! And in 6 months too!?

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« Reply #89 on: July 01, 2015, 09:08:53 pm »
Damn - great job - very tidy and no fuss. Great 1st time full-size build! And in 6 months too!?

Thanks!

In case anyone is interested, I just updated the thread with a PDF document of some basic plans. Just tried to include some of the more important dimensions and concepts. I apologize for the rough drawings. I don't use Autocad or anything. Hopefully they do get the idea across. You can grab them attached from the first post or get them here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4xcmaimc2ldzlgo/Dream%20Machine%20Arcade%20Plans.pdf?dl=0


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True kudos to you, Vidiot. Great plans - clearly made out with others in mind. Most people in this hobby just take, a lot of the time without even a thank you. It's refreshing to see someone give back to people selflessly. A rare quality these days indeed. Keep up the good fight, brother! :)

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True kudos to you, Vidiot. Great plans - clearly made out with others in mind. Most people in this hobby just take, a lot of the time without even a thank you. It's refreshing to see someone give back to people selflessly. A rare quality these days indeed. Keep up the good fight, brother! :)

Thanks a lot man. Very kind of you to say.  :cheers:


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Hi, looks like the after they restored the server, all the August post have been lost. So I wasn't able to see your last response.

From memory, I think I was asking you if those marquee brackets are at 90 degrees and if not, what angle would they be. Also, are the angles at the same width or is one side longer than the other. If it's possible can I have the dimensions of the brackets.

Thanks

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Hi, looks like the after they restored the server, all the August post have been lost. So I wasn't able to see your last response.

From memory, I think I was asking you if those marquee brackets are at 90 degrees and if not, what angle would they be. Also, are the angles at the same width or is one side longer than the other. If it's possible can I have the dimensions of the brackets.

Thanks

They have a curve to them so they fit a variety of cabinet styles. They were a little longer than I needed so I just cut them to fit the width of my cabinet. I bought them from twistedquarter here:
http://www.twistedquarter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=219_224&products_id=221

Here is a photo of what they look like from the edge:


This is a page from my cabinet plans detailing how I did the marquee area:


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Great Work, This is a great build.
Where did you get your casters? I am looking for those . Thanks


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Great Work, This is a great build.
Where did you get your casters? I am looking for those . Thanks

Thanks! If you're referring to the rear casters I got those at twistedquarter. Here's the link:

http://www.twistedquarter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=219_222&products_id=984


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Thanks so much for the pic and details.

Hi, looks like the after they restored the server, all the August post have been lost. So I wasn't able to see your last response.

From memory, I think I was asking you if those marquee brackets are at 90 degrees and if not, what angle would they be. Also, are the angles at the same width or is one side longer than the other. If it's possible can I have the dimensions of the brackets.

Thanks

They have a curve to them so they fit a variety of cabinet styles. They were a little longer than I needed so I just cut them to fit the width of my cabinet. I bought them from twistedquarter here:
http://www.twistedquarter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=219_224&products_id=221

Here is a photo of what they look like from the edge:


This is a page from my cabinet plans detailing how I did the marquee area:


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Hi, I would like to know where have you buy this kind of hinge
Thanks in advance

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Hi, I would like to know where have you buy this kind of hinge
Thanks in advance

If you're referring to the silver strut holding the control panel open I think I bought it from a seller on eBay. Just look for a "cabinet lift". I believe the strength is measured as 50nm. I love this thing. Works like a charm to hold the control panel open and take the strain off the hinges.

If you're referring to the piano hinge, this type is referred to as an "offset piano hinge". Again I purchased it from eBay.
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ok thanks very mucho for your complete answer

i was referring to the piano hinge
i am looking for it in ebay

if you remember what did you exactly purchased, please let me know

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ok thanks very mucho for your complete answer

i was referring to the piano hinge
i am looking for it in ebay

if you remember what did you exactly purchased, please let me know

This is the guy I ordered from.
I don't remember specific sizes but this is probably the one I ordered:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-1-4-x-5-8-x3-4-x-062-Single-Offset-Aluminum-Piano-Hinge-with-3-16-Holes-/151997418433?var=&hash=item2363c08bc1:m:mDLN_SdUzuvjly-VipSmbUA


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Re: The Dream Machine (First full sized cabinet) DONE! Link to Plans included!
« Reply #101 on: October 28, 2016, 10:18:09 am »
I updated the plans to correct a couple wording mistakes and improved the overall quality of the document somewhat. As a result, the PDF is too large to make as an attachment to a post so I am sharing it from dropbox. Here is a link for anyone interested: http://tinyurl.com/gmxzuu7

The plans include a parts list at the end.


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ok thanks very mucho for your complete answer

i was referring to the piano hinge
i am looking for it in ebay

if you remember what did you exactly purchased, please let me know

This is the guy I ordered from.
I don't remember specific sizes but this is probably the one I ordered:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-1-4-x-5-8-x3-4-x-062-Single-Offset-Aluminum-Piano-Hinge-with-3-16-Holes-/151997418433?var=&hash=item2363c08bc1:m:mDLN_SdUzuvjly-VipSmbUA


1000000 of thanks again

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« Reply #103 on: February 11, 2018, 11:15:03 pm »
Great machine, are the plans still available anywhere?

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« Reply #104 on: February 13, 2018, 03:50:56 pm »
Great machine, are the plans still available anywhere?

Thanks man. Too big to attach to this post so here is a link:

http://tinyurl.com/zkvefkp


  
 

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