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Small viewlix inspired build
« on: August 28, 2016, 06:36:57 am »
Now complete










I've been away from the scene for a while. Originally built a tron bartop and have been itching to get back into the hobby.
What to build though?..no room in the house for a full size cab so another bartop it will have to be.
This cab will be placed on a coffee table so not so much a bartop this time..
Anyway..
I'm hopeing to raise the bar with this one.  The cab will have clear perspex on the back and front so all the internals can be seen meaning that I'll have to be super neat with the wiring.
2player with trackball and 24inch ips display.
Some images of how far I've got









Will update with more pics soon
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2016, 03:22:12 pm »
Nice kerfs. Don't see that very often on builds.
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2016, 04:22:29 pm »
Yes, much props to you for the rounded kerfed corners. It looks way better than some of the squared-off ones people have been building.
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 06:26:38 pm »
Thanks it took a few attempts to get the kerf right. All about getting the grain the correct way in the wood that's to be bent and being brave enough to only leave a few mm left in the depth of the cut.
The only problem with this type of curved top piece is how to make it look finished in the final stages (the edge that's facing you).  T molding is a no go due to the direction of the curve and any bevelling needs to be done before the kerf cuts which if I'm honest I didn't realise. So I've decided that the speaker panel and glass screen will need to go to the extreme edges of the wood either side. I'll have to see what happens but it's definately something I overlooked.





I don't recommend these either if using ply. Need an 8mm hole and hammered in but ply splits so easy. Ended up with a 9mm hole loose fit and glued them in.
Should look nice with the stainless bolts and will be easy to take apart if needed.

The cab will be in two parts with the monitor and speakers easily removable from the Base.  I struggled with the tron bartop after building it doing any upgrades or repairs was allways a pain. Hopeing this one will be easier to maintain...






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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2016, 09:58:31 am »
The only problem with this type of curved top piece is how to make it look finished in the final stages (the edge that's facing you).  T molding is a no go due to the direction of the curve and any bevelling needs to be done before the kerf cuts which if I'm honest I didn't realise. So I've decided that the speaker panel and glass screen will need to go to the extreme edges of the wood either side. I'll have to see what happens but it's definately something I overlooked.

Fill the voids with either Bondo or a paste made with wood glue and the sawdust from cutting the wood - overfill a bit - let dry and sand smooth and you will not even be able to tell it was cut (esp. if painting)  -- will also make those corners solid again so you don't have to worry about it snapping. Also after filling and sanding you are back to where you can cut the T-mold slot or round the edges if you want !

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2016, 10:11:53 am »
Thanks jd...I've never seen t mold bent along its face If you know what I mean..is that possible?
What's bondo like when routerd over do you reckon a small bevel would be ok or maybe it would destroy the kerf...

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 12:19:41 pm »
Thanks jd...I've never seen t mold bent along its face If you know what I mean..is that possible?
What's bondo like when routerd over do you reckon a small bevel would be ok or maybe it would destroy the kerf...

Yeah - I guess that would be pretty difficult to do ! --- Perhaps using a rounding bit to create a rounded edge and then taping it off and painting with a plastic paint ( ie. Plasti-Dip)

Probably best to try it first on a test piece and see what the results look like - but once dried BONDO is pretty much the same to work on as the MDF so don't think it would destroy the kerf and would probably actually make it stronger since it fills in the voids rather than having the airspace.

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2016, 10:47:23 am »
Some progress today

Loosely screwed up using those joining blocks. I'll be changing these for something more permanent eventually.



Just needed to get it together to see if every thing will fit..







The black spacers will be changed for chrome ones. The gap is to allow air to enter the sides into 2 92mm fans that will be drawing air into the case.
There's another panel missing from the top about 4 inches deep that will house the speakers and tweeters.
Plexiglas curved etched panel will cover the rear and Plexiglas in the front so the whole insides can be seen. All lit up of course.

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2016, 11:51:13 am »
Looking good.
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2016, 03:02:07 pm »
Very clean.  :cheers:

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2016, 04:40:26 pm »


Rough body complete now both sides have all the bolts in..next step is to roundover the edges (will be interesting around the curve).
Then think it will be a test fit of the parts dry to mark out where the base needs routing to carry all my cables under the motherboard.  Don't forget this build will all be visible inside behind some plexi.
Also need to cut two fan exhausts both sides..





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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2016, 11:02:29 am »
I'm really digging those curves! I'd have never thought about bending plywood like that.

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2016, 04:18:31 pm »
I assumed the ultimarc trackball would of been smaller than it his.
It's going to have to be this way round.anybody know if they can be installed this way?



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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2016, 04:44:04 pm »
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anybody know if they can be installed this way?

Should be fine just when wiring you will have to place the wires so that it reports the correct directions (ie. left and right are now up and down - so wires will need to be swapped when connecting so that the trackball movement matches the encoder input !)

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2016, 05:34:12 pm »
Great thanks..I've scrapped it now. It's just to big would ruin my two player layout. I'd be sacrificing space between the sticks and buttons for it

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2016, 05:38:10 pm »
Great thanks..I've scrapped it now. It's just to big would ruin my two player layout. I'd be sacrificing space between the sticks and buttons for it

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Since you have the trackball already -perhaps build a small control panel for it that plugs into the machine - that way you could connect it when wanting to play a trackball game and remove it when playing other games.

Perhaps using something like this DB9 connector :
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2016, 05:54:46 pm »
Not sure if your trackball can be installed like that as if I'm looking at your picture right - you have it rotated 45 degrees which won't map directly to X and y directions properly...

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2016, 12:14:28 pm »
Thanks..any body got the dimensions of the pacled64 board..? Can't find them on ultimarc..

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2016, 10:12:54 am »
Not looking like much progress but I've spent many hours with the router making the edges nice, cutting the t mould slots and checking clearances etc.

Just thought I'd put some pics out there so people can comment before I'm really committed with paint etc..





This first pic shows the complete side. The thin piece across the front will house the player start and coin buttons and possibly a slot load dvd drive.
The psu mounts upside down in the base with the fan blowing outwards and the whole cab will be on 15mm feet.
Control panel will be 5mm plexiglass and also under the control panel will be plexiglass bent to fit. 



This next pic shows the rear view with a piece of plexiglass pushed in.  The finished plexiglass will be bent to form and will sit in a slot on the base. The gfx card on a riser ribbon cable. So the gfx card will be just below the plexiglass.







The panel at the top will house the speakers it's a bit deep at the moment as I've yet to buy the speakers...
There'll be a 24inch Ips display below the speakers.

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2016, 05:18:41 pm »
Hi

This is where I'm up to now..

Appreciate any comments

Got a few issues






I'd planned on having the ipac and pacled64 mounted in the center of the cp in view but it leaves me without anywhere to put the coin buttons start buttons and 3 hyperspin controls..Thinking of having the coin and start buttons down side of monitor both sides at the bottom..or source some smaller buttons !!!

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2016, 07:45:41 pm »
What about putting the buttons on the front of the cp?

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2016, 03:02:18 am »
They'd have to be in the middle which I think would look odd. There's no space in front of the joysticks or the buttons on the front panel

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2016, 01:17:04 pm »
How about Ultimarc Goldleafs or screw-type Sanwa/Seimitsu buttons?

For comparison, here are a Happ/IL and a Goldleaf installed on 3/4 MDF.




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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2017, 02:19:10 pm »
What do you guys think of the orange and white contrast. I'm aiming for a retro look.
If you having noticed it's actually wrapped in car vinyl..

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2017, 07:12:08 pm »
I like it a lot  :cheers: nice details and different use of  materials

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2017, 03:08:22 am »
Cheers. I'll  be doing more wrapping soon hope to have some better pics up

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2017, 12:46:08 pm »
When using led blinky can you set buttons to stay permanently lit independent of the current pattern animation??

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2017, 12:54:49 pm »
Making good progress btw..


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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2017, 03:39:18 am »
coming together great richie.

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2017, 10:44:13 am »
coming together great richie.
Thanks Nivo, currently on my 3rd version of the control panel which still has a minor issue so maybe 4th time lucky.
Just sent the top half to a local car sprayer as it's actually cheaper than buying rattle cans!!.
Hoping to reveal the whole thing in maybe a month (or 2)...
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2017, 03:11:40 am »
Looks like someone is trying to tease us!!

Come on man! Show us some more pics!!!

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2017, 04:36:20 am »
Your Plex events came out really nicely. Did you use the heat gun or you have an actual heated bender?

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« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2017, 07:01:27 am »
Your Plex events came out really nicely. Did you use the heat gun or you have an actual heated bender?
I used a company in London called Denny plastics. Cnc engraved and then they bent with a line bender. 
I'm waiting for the rear piece to be made before I show anymore pics. Rear piece will just need a slow curve in it. 
I've also just sent the top half off to a local car sprayers which I'm really looking forward to see how it turns out.
Thanks for the comments

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #34 on: April 21, 2017, 06:00:59 pm »
Does anybody know of a similar card to my current evga gtx 780 ti that has a lower form factor gpu cooler.  I'm really struggling with it's large heat sink.
I could do some mods to get a better fit but was thinking maybe a small downgrade would be better. Card would need to be at least 5mm less in depth..
Can anybody help?

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #35 on: April 21, 2017, 07:22:00 pm »
always water cooling if you need another route

gtx 950, 960, 970, 1050 all have low profile form factor cards as well
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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2017, 09:07:44 pm »
Can you recommend a decent single slot gpu?

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« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2017, 09:08:13 pm »
It's the depth that's an issue length and width no problem

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2017, 05:14:52 pm »
if you require the power of a 780 ti gpu performance you wont find a thing in single slot. you'll need a LP(low power) alternative. Depends on your needs. If you plan on pc gaming then of course youll want the power. If its just an arcade based machine(game wise) any old card will just about do it. If you are in europe, Galax and KFA2 make a GTX 950 LP. From what i understand though they can be hard to find.

GTX 960 or 970 will get you 780 ti results using much less power. They do make low profile versions of those cards but if im not mistaken, are still a bit big in depth. if you can gather info as to what your space constraints are, try and match that up with a low profile card. bad news is those versions cost a bunch more than a standard edition card.

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Re: Small viewlix inspired build
« Reply #39 on: April 23, 2017, 02:33:20 am »
Thanks for the info nivo..

  
 

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