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Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« on: September 19, 2015, 11:51:13 am »
Hi guys!!

Some months ago, I finished my first custom arcade cabinet and I want to show you the finished thing.
It is a tribute to Donkey Kong so I tried to build some of the details in that fantastic cab.
I started with a bunch of wood pieces from different sources and different kinds, but with effort, everything has finished integrated in the same cabinet.

Hope you like it!.














Donkey Kong Tribute

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2015, 12:55:44 pm »
I like the admin plate you made that's hidden behind the coin door. Nice touch.
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2015, 01:45:47 pm »
Some choices I would probably not make but a very good job and a nice cab.  Love the unique shape.

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2015, 12:46:42 am »
1982 king features syndicate?

Bottom-right corner of the bezel.  Why is that there?
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2015, 02:16:15 am »
 :applaud: :applaud:  Love it ! Looks like a lowboy cab, which design I just love

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2015, 04:42:39 am »
Nice fresh designed low-boy! I like it! :)
Nice lines, and the overall shape is easy to look at.

Though I have a few criticisms: I wish it had marquee of some kind. You could add a plexi marquee to the back-top edge, similar to Japanese Cabinets, and put a 'flyer' or Instruction/Pop-up Art in between 2 plexi's pieces. Would really finish it off nicely IMO.
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I would have scaled the foot-base art a little higher, filling up that space a bit more. All the way up to the coin doors. On the same lines of art placement the side art could be positioned a bit higher as well. Guessing those side buttons are for pinball games? Not sure if they're necessary really, giving the width of your cabinet.
Don't get me wrong, I really do like the look of this lowboy, but like harvey said,  there's just a few choices I would have done differently as well.
One thing I noticed right away was that you don't have much ventilation in there. I guess using an LCD cuts down on the heat, but with the computer + screen running in a fairly enclosed space, I'd be worried about heat buildup.

One more criticism, with the shape and well executed inspired/homepage design, this thing is begging for a nice CRT. Personal preference I guess. :)

Anyway take this all with a grain of salt, I still think your cab turned out great. Post some build pics!


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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2015, 06:36:42 am »
Thank you guys!

I like the admin plate you made that's hidden behind the coin door. Nice touch.
Yes, It is a good idea to put one of this in the cab. From it, I can disable the free credits button (green button with light on the front), shut down the buttons lights, control the general volume and of course connect a usb mouse and keyboard for additional config.

1982 king features syndicate?
Bottom-right corner of the bezel.  Why is that there?
It was a bug ;). Initially I was thinking in a horizontal cab, so I started with a Popeye in mind but then a friend give me some ideas in a vertical cab, so I started to redesign the bezel from the work I was doing for popeye. This text is from this Popeye design I was doing in Inkscape:



Though I have a few criticisms: I wish it had marquee of some kind. You could add a plexi marquee to the back-top edge, similar to Japanese Cabinets, and put a 'flyer' or Instruction/Pop-up Art in between 2 plexi's pieces. Would really finish it off nicely IMO.
Yes, I had to resign to the marquee because of the design, this is why I put it in the foot-base. Maybe I can add some kind of marquee in the future.

I would have scaled the foot-base art a little higher, filling up that space a bit more. All the way up to the coin doors. On the same lines of art placement the side art could be positioned a bit higher as well. Guessing those side buttons are for pinball games? Not sure if they're necessary really, giving the width of your cabinet.
The side buttons are for pinball but I have not added the pinball games yet. You know, when you start to work in the cab, you always want to add everything but then you think on the games you play and, in my case, basically are arcade games.

One thing I noticed right away was that you don't have much ventilation in there. I guess using an LCD cuts down on the heat, but with the computer + screen running in a fairly enclosed space, I'd be worried about heat buildup.
The PC, is an old P4 and in the original case it had no more ventilation so I think that in this cab it has more space than in it's original case so don't need more ventilation in my opinion.

One more criticism, with the shape and well executed inspired/homepage design, this thing is begging for a nice CRT. Personal preference I guess. :)
Yea!!, I had a 21' compaq CRT for this cab, but it was so big and so heavy that I had to use a TFT instead.

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2015, 07:43:38 am »
Some photos from the construction process:





























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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2015, 02:11:34 pm »
I think it's a really *** really *** great looking cab  :applaud: I think a marquee would not have contributed here. I agree the pinball buttons shouldn't have been there but we all try to squeeze in everything possible. I had the holes for the pinball buttons already drilled in the sides but filled them up again when I noticed they would look ugly along with the side art. I'm still glad I did...

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2015, 02:17:39 pm »
I think it would have looked nice as a one player, vertical only 4 - way cab. I assume you're playing horizontal games letter boxed.
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2015, 02:20:10 pm »
Congrats on this, very nice finished product and I love the design.

Would be proud to have it in my game room.  :cheers:

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2015, 05:00:30 pm »
 :applaud: Well done!

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2015, 08:11:27 pm »
Awesome and really unique  :cheers:

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2015, 12:56:12 am »
Excellent execution, really like the cab shape - makes perfect sense for a dual player lowboy  :applaud:
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2015, 10:33:18 am »
 :applaud:  Nicely done!

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2015, 01:49:54 pm »
This is a wonderful example of what these forums are all about. Original design and flawless execution.   :cheers:

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2015, 01:55:37 pm »
flawless execution.

The side art is backwards mirrored. Took me a second to notice that. However, I guess that was on purpose.
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2015, 02:13:57 pm »
Well done!  I love unique cabinet designs.   :applaud:

Now all you need to do to complete this project is to toss in a Scanline generator for that LCD.

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2015, 04:35:01 am »
....toss in a Scanline generator for that LCD.

+1!   Crafty's Mini_SLG for the win.

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2015, 04:37:27 am »
Great design.  Well done.

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2015, 04:46:56 am »
Crafty's Mini_SLG for the win.
So.. where can I buy one of those?

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2015, 06:27:12 am »
Thank you guys!!

I assume you're playing horizontal games letter boxed.
Yes, but I also modded Mame to show horizontal games a little better:



And also Mess for some systems:


The side art is backwards mirrored. Took me a second to notice that. However, I guess that was on purpose.
I mirrored the left sideart because I think It look better with the two sides symmetrical and as I redraw about 50% of the sidearts in Inkscape, It was simple to do that.

Now all you need to do to complete this project is to toss in a Scanline generator for that LCD.
Seems interesting, I will take a look.
By the way, I think I will release my Maximus theme in the weekend.

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2015, 10:21:18 am »
After think on it carefully, I decided to share all the artwork of my custom DonkeyKong tribute.
All the material is shared under CreativeCommons BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)


The cabinet artworks, are part of the AFFA project in ArcadeForever.


The Maximus Arcade Theme, is a pack. My intention is share it as I have in my cab, so not only the theme is included, it also includes the fonts, some sets of pre-rendered wheels for the theme and a Linux shell script for automatize the process of render new wheels.


I don't want to end without give thanks to the guys behind http://vectorlib.free.fr/, thanks for share so many vector arcade artwork, and also the people in http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/, thank you guys for the great work you do in all these stuff for frontends like wheels, themes, etc.
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2015, 03:11:22 pm »
Really digging your take on this.
Oh and sharing your artwork... :notworthy:

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2015, 02:38:24 am »
Thank you jmike ;)
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2015, 10:21:28 am »
Well done!  Thanks for sharing

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2015, 12:36:37 pm »
Good job!
Very clean, excellent wiring methods.
I like it.
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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2015, 07:49:17 pm »
Looks great  :cheers:

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« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2015, 08:17:52 pm »
 :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:

Nicely done.

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« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2015, 01:53:52 pm »
Awesome cabinet !!!

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Re: Custom Donkey Kong Tribute
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2018, 11:04:10 am »
This is an awesome cabinet, very clean and well designed!  Perfect for a home arcade unit.  Any chance you can share the basic cabinet plans and dimensions?

Hope you continue to make more cool and innovative cabinet designs.

  
 

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