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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2017, 10:41:42 am »
Is that SAE years or metric years?

Haha. Metric. :)

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #41 on: January 18, 2017, 10:56:49 am »
Love the Scorpion and Sub-Zero art.  Will that file size look pixelated when stretched?  I need to add side art to my cab but I was under the impression that you needed a massively large file for an image to stretch that big.

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #42 on: January 18, 2017, 11:35:11 am »
Love the Scorpion and Sub-Zero art.  Will that file size look pixelated when stretched?  I need to add side art to my cab but I was under the impression that you needed a massively large file for an image to stretch that big.

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They are just small versions I made to upload. The photoshop files are around 500mb themselves.  The DPI has been upscaled on them but I'm still not sure myself how they'd turn out yet. They look pretty sharp still with an 80" canvas size being displayed on my projector at 100" or so. Even when zoomed in. I'm willing to bet a few bucks on it I reckon.

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #43 on: January 18, 2017, 11:39:20 am »
Awesome!  Let us know how it turns out.  I've got  a Batman and a Superman pics I need to try out.

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #44 on: January 18, 2017, 04:02:11 pm »
Love the Scorpion and Sub-Zero art.  Will that file size look pixelated when stretched?  I need to add side art to my cab but I was under the impression that you needed a massively large file for an image to stretch that big.

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They are just small versions I made to upload. The photoshop files are around 500mb themselves.  The DPI has been upscaled on them but I'm still not sure myself how they'd turn out yet. They look pretty sharp still with an 80" canvas size being displayed on my projector at 100" or so. Even when zoomed in. I'm willing to bet a few bucks on it I reckon.

I'm no Photoshop or artwork expert... but when I did my art I used a program called Photozoom to artificially increase the resolution of my source images. It's not perfect, but the results turned out ok, YMMV. My understanding is while you can put images in Photoshop and increase DPI, this does not increase the resolution of the source image. There may be some Photoshop tricks that help, but again I'm no expert.

I'd also recommend dropping in to Officeworks and doing a full scale black and white test print on plain paper. You'll get an idea of how good the resolution is and you can see how it looks on your build. A1 and A0 prints are like $5-$7 a page I think.

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #45 on: January 21, 2017, 06:07:28 am »
I'm no Photoshop or artwork expert... but when I did my art I used a program called Photozoom to artificially increase the resolution of my source images. It's not perfect, but the results turned out ok, YMMV. My understanding is while you can put images in Photoshop and increase DPI, this does not increase the resolution of the source image. There may be some Photoshop tricks that help, but again I'm no expert.

I'd also recommend dropping in to Officeworks and doing a full scale black and white test print on plain paper. You'll get an idea of how good the resolution is and you can see how it looks on your build. A1 and A0 prints are like $5-$7 a page I think.

Yeah I'm pretty sure photoshop is somehow filling in the gaps coz I cant see any degrading. There are a few settings you can mess with when increasing dpi and image size too like smoothing/sharpening. I used to be great with photoshop but I've lost it all I've gotta google to do almost anything now lol. I might check out that program you mentioned anyway and see what looks better.

And thanks mate that's a great idea getting the test printout I'll do that.

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #46 on: January 21, 2017, 06:17:28 am »
Well life got in the way and I didn't get my bracing stuck on yet. Just finished tonight cutting it all up. I'm just happy its over lol gets a bit tedious.
Also I scored a 32" Full HD LCD today for nothing. Gotta love visits to mums house there's always some goodies to be found there haha. Gonna swap her for the 26" so she still has a spare TV there in case she needs it. She also gave me a circular saw that had been in the shed for years unused. Really coulda used that a couple weeks ago...

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Re: Project BEAT EM UP DOWN UNDER
« Reply #47 on: January 21, 2017, 07:58:41 am »
Hey fellas, ya reckon these screws protrude far enough? Measured it 10mm. Going into 18mm wood. Should be right yeah?

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #48 on: January 21, 2017, 12:00:04 pm »
Should be enough, wood glue as well ?

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #49 on: January 21, 2017, 08:47:36 pm »
Should be enough, wood glue as well ?

Yeah wood glue all round too. Cheers mate.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #50 on: January 22, 2017, 07:37:55 am »
 :applaud: should be nice and solid when the glue dries :)

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #51 on: January 23, 2017, 07:05:19 am »
Cheering. Had a look inside this TV and it looks like the controls will be pretty easy to relocate to the cab.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #52 on: January 26, 2017, 02:46:19 am »
Cool. My chrome player buttons rocked up today. I ordered these on a whim when I first started and planned to use all chrome buttons then started thinking about other options. These are off ebay from China.  I was looking at proper arcade seller sites thinking they may be better quality there but I'm not sure. I'm guessing the ones they sell would be the same as these and come from China anyway.  As someone mentioned to me earlier in the thread they feel quite "clicky" with a loud and solid click to them. I haven't played an actual arcade machine for a long time but I have the feeling the buttons used to be a bit softer on the click and not so loud. I would really like to use some of these chrome buttons all round if I can. Perhaps I could change them to a better switch in them. Any thoughts?
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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #53 on: January 26, 2017, 02:57:39 am »
Also, here is a picture of the actual switch in them. No doubt a cheap and nasty brand. Anyone know these?

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #54 on: January 26, 2017, 03:44:55 am »
Never heard of them :p
Maybe a rip off of OMRON switches?

I like Cherrys the most of all the types I have tried.
A good quality switch (like the cherry) will reduce the click.
If the springs are stiff in the buttons you could change them out but it depends what they are really.

You will always have a bit of a click with microswitches.
Allot of old cades used leaf switches which are basically silent.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #55 on: January 26, 2017, 09:25:22 am »
Never heard of them :p
Maybe a rip off of OMRON switches?

I like Cherrys the most of all the types I have tried.
A good quality switch (like the cherry) will reduce the click.
If the springs are stiff in the buttons you could change them out but it depends what they are really.

You will always have a bit of a click with microswitches.
Allot of old cades used leaf switches which are basically silent.

Thanks for chiming in. I did some searching after reading your reply and yeah I like the idea of the leaf switches. Me and my buddies are old school street fighter veterans and we will be playing a lot of that and mortal kombat and killer instinct. We go nuts and my control pads get absolutely hammered. I know for sure this clicking would be unbearable at the rate we smash buttons. I've read that most of these chinese cheapies use 125g switches I'm guessing that what these ones are.

Paradise Arcades has these chrome buttons with the option of the 20g switches and say they are light and barely audible. Think I'll give them a shot as they are well priced and a reputable company by the looks. If they aren't soft and responsive and quiet enough I'll look into replacing all the switches with leaf ones later on. Next up, joysticks.

Link to Buttons: https://paradisearcadeshop.com/paradise-led-30-m/295-blue-chrome-led-pushbutton.html#/microswitch_force-20_gram_microswitch_upgrade/voltage-12_v_dc

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #56 on: January 26, 2017, 09:36:18 am »
You could just buy the switches and replace the ones you have.
GGG have micro leaf switchs which are pretty good but smaller qd's than normal.

Tbh a good quality switch you wont notice the click when you are mashing the buttons to hadu-ken ure mate ;)

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #57 on: January 26, 2017, 09:50:30 am »
You could just buy the switches and replace the ones you have.
GGG have micro leaf switchs which are pretty good but smaller qd's than normal.

Tbh a good quality switch you wont notice the click when you are mashing the buttons to hadu-ken ure mate ;)

Thanks I'll check them out too. Yeah those 4 player start buttons are all I've got so far. They will be ok with the heavy switches. Still gotta order all the actual playable buttons so may as well get them with the 20g switches as they're only $2.50ea. See if I like them.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #58 on: January 28, 2017, 08:18:40 am »
Woohoo!! Its starting to look a bit like a cab! Finally, up to the good bit.

PS Anyone know how I stop these portrait style pictures being rotated?
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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #59 on: January 28, 2017, 08:22:42 pm »
Cab is looking good!  :applaud:

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #60 on: January 30, 2017, 08:50:30 am »
Cab is looking good!  :applaud:

Thanks champ! Its getting there.


Been putting in some hours on photoshop playing with marquee design. Such a time vampire but you can do some really cool stuff.
managed to find a Street Fighter 4 font set and made up a copy of the colour scheme/style. Came out pretty good I reckon.

I'm still unsure of the title for this cab So far I'm running with BEAT DOWN ARCADE. Here's a few I was playing around with.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #61 on: January 30, 2017, 10:07:55 pm »
I like #3 best because of what you did with beat down. It would be interesting to see #3 with just beat down straight instead of on an angle. Just a suggestion... what if you just called it Beat Down or Arcade Beat Down? That way Beat Down is your marquee focus instead of arcade.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #62 on: January 31, 2017, 07:45:34 am »
I like #3 best because of what you did with beat down. It would be interesting to see #3 with just beat down straight instead of on an angle. Just a suggestion... what if you just called it Beat Down or Arcade Beat Down? That way Beat Down is your marquee focus instead of arcade.

Yeah my first ones were pretty basic weren't they. I was digging the Rick picture though lol. Thanks for the feedback mate!

Been playing around a bit more -

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #63 on: January 31, 2017, 07:49:00 am »

And a bit more. Considered just going mortal kombat all round as it would look more professional. Also considered the opposite end of the scale...

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #64 on: February 03, 2017, 07:54:47 pm »
Looking slightly more cabby. :) These angled cuts are a real batch I must say. Probably not so much If you have the right tools though.  Hopefully today I'll have the last few panels cut and temp fitted then I'll get her primed up.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #65 on: February 04, 2017, 08:05:10 pm »
Well I didn't get her primed yesterday had some real life stuff to take care of. Ended up spending some time on the lower frame and got that finished up. I wanted this thing to be able to roll easily sideways to fit through door ways so opted for these 4 360 degree rollers. Had to chisel a bit off of the lower  frame edge so they would rotate in all directions without getting snagged. So nice to be able to move this around easily now. I think I will still install 2 levelers on the front a bit later for more stability when the cab is being hammered on.

Can't help thinking of marty's grandpa from back to the future "Whoa ho ho,  look at it roll!!" Haha :)

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #66 on: February 13, 2017, 08:24:12 am »

Second day trying to order some joysticks and buttons. This is getting out of hand. Lucky this PC has heaps of ram to handle all these tabs lol.

PS has anyone had a go with these round restrictor joysticks on fighting games?
http://groovygamegear.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=366&number_of_uploads=0



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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #67 on: February 13, 2017, 09:23:28 am »

Gotta say, the postage rates from these online arcade shops to Australia are bloody ridiculous. $100+ is an outright joke when your spending near $200 at their store. Looks like I may have to buy what I can locally and just order the micro switches from overseas. Would get them locally too but cant find anyone who does the 20 gram switches around here. Starting to piss me orrrf. Someone told me this was supposed too be fun lolz.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #68 on: February 13, 2017, 09:45:49 am »
Have messaged Groovy Game Gear pleading for mercy. Also messaged Paradise Arcades yesterday haven't heard anything yet. Fingers crossed. http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/Smileys/default/bow2.gif
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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #69 on: February 13, 2017, 07:24:04 pm »
You could try ordering heavy items (like joysticks) from Oz Stick (Vic based) or Austin Amusements (Sydney based). Should be about $15 flat rate postage for 2 or 4 joysticks.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #70 on: February 14, 2017, 07:38:06 am »
You could try ordering heavy items (like joysticks) from Oz Stick (Vic based) or Austin Amusements (Sydney based). Should be about $15 flat rate postage for 2 or 4 joysticks.

Thanks man I'll check those guys out.

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #71 on: February 20, 2017, 09:06:30 am »
Well I've finally decided on the joysticks and buttons. Got the buttons on order. Have the button controllers and TV mount on the way. Got some rgb led strips with remote controller to light up under the cabinet and the marquee. Also finished up some more on the cabinet. Got the first coat of primer on.
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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #72 on: February 25, 2017, 12:38:10 am »
You gotta go with the beat your face to a bloody pulp marque :notworthy:

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Re: Project BEAT DOWN CENTRAL
« Reply #73 on: March 01, 2017, 07:03:07 am »
You gotta go with the beat your face to a bloody pulp marque :notworthy:

Yeah I quite like that one too gives me a laugh :)

Got the first coat of satin black on. Time to start looking at ordering some side art.

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« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2017, 12:14:08 pm »
You gotta go with the beat your face to a bloody pulp marque :notworthy:

Yeah I quite like that one too gives me a laugh :)

Got the first coat of satin black on. Time to start looking at ordering some side art.


Looks great I agree on the above marque title


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