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Author Topic: [ LAZY CAB ] Giant Space Invaders Bartop as a TV Rack/Housing for my big screens  (Read 4842 times)

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Hey Guys,

long time no see  :cheers:

After finishing my Big Bang Pin Visual Pinball my next arcade project will be the

LAZY CAB  ;)



A bartop style TV Rack/Housing for my giant 40" 4:3 Pioneer VGA Plasma or 37" NEC CRT Monster.



First I used a simple TV Rack for my big screens, but it looked never right in my arcade - I missed the arcade style...




so the idea was to build a retro styled housing/bench for the screens... and to play my arcade and console games comfortable (thats why I call it the LAZY CAB ;) ) on a nice sofa/couch via wireless controller.

quick and dirty sketchup:


inspired by:



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specs

cabinet
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- solid MDF cabinet (19mm base / 16mm cover) for the heavy screens (the NEC CRT is over 100kg!)
- control panel with 2-3 jumbo buttons to power and start the PC, TV, sound and lights (we play the games with wireless controller)
- shelf under control panel for RF/Bluetooth Controllers, remote controls, games and other stuff
- shelf under TV for PC, soundsystem and maybe original consoles
- chrome T-Molding
- grey/black tinted glass for bezel and to get a better TV black level
- LED animated Space Invaders Logo/Marquee
- RGBW LED-strip for under-floor

screens
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- 40" Pioneer 4:3 Plasma with VGA resolution (nice for retro arcade games)
- alternative: 37" NEC CRT

pc-setup
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- win7 64bit
- Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition (nice to overclock to 4.5 Ghz, open multi)
- 120GB SSD for operating system and all games (using All Killer, No Filler - best of MAME, just about 600 Games)
- Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H Z97 Mainboard
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB
- X-FI SB0460 soundcard (love the "crystalizer" function)
- 450W PSU high efficiency
- PC case

sound system
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- 4.1 Teufel Concept E 100 4.1 Multimedia-System with big subwoofer

controls
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- wireless XBOX360 controller for PC
- wireless arcade stick with original arcade components like buttons and joystick
- AimTrak Lightgun
- maybe extra original controller for consoles

artwork
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- Space Invaders themed retro artwork printed on laminated foil


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Let the party begin!


first ideas and sketches:



edit... new plan. more place for all my original consoles, games and other stuff which should be hide


inside the cabinet, shelf for soundsystem, PC, controllers


Stay tuned,

cheers Chris
« Last Edit: October 08, 2017, 02:05:43 pm by chris77 »
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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I'm not one for going off the theme of things and suggesting different plans but this idea popped in my head.

What about an arcade cabinet like you want but the design of the cab looks like its melted into the table. That way you get everything about the cab at a lazy height without the cp. I'm not near anything to sketch a drawing of what I mean but you seem to be a visual person anyway so probably doesn't need much more explained about it. :)

This probably doesn't fit the style your looking for but why waste a perfectly warm pile of meadow muffin of an idea. Perhaps I've inspired someone reading this idea... to press the ban button [emoji53] lol

Anyway good luck with the build ;)

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Hey Dal1980,

I updated the first post with some specs about the build. The control panel is just to power the PC, TV, sound and lights, we control the games via wireless controller on a sofa/couch.

But I like your idea with the transformed arcade styled table  :cheers:


cheers
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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I dig it. Better than my sideways CRT on a plant stand. Gonna be cool to follow this one. Always a fan of that cabinet's art.

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next steps:

a ton of MDF ;D







cheers
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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routed slots for T-Molding


also for the glass stand


LED jumbo buttons



PC and soundsystem


cheers
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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This looks like a really cool idea. Will be watching!  :cheers:

~Building Arcade Cabinets are like raising children, you always mess up your first~

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thanks guys  :cheers:


woodworking in progress:


more stuff arrived:


LED christmas lights for animated marquee lights:


magnetic clips and holders:


cheers
Chris


« Last Edit: September 01, 2017, 12:50:55 pm by chris77 »
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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had to change the plan a little bit, to get more stabilization at the back






cheers
Chris


my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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Looks good!

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I was thinking the same thing, using x-mass lights to light up my next build but then i remembered that those animated lights need to be set every time you power on they dont remember the setting :banghead:
Unless you extend the function button.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2017, 02:32:14 pm by TOMMYGUN »
When i build it they will come

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leapinlew, cheers  :cheers:

tommygun, thanks for the info, I have to check this out, but if I remember correctly I read something about a memory-function.


more woodworking:








greetz
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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grey/black tinted bezel glass arrived today - it's callled SGG Parsol Glass  :)

I will use it to cover the screen behind the glass and to get a better black level for the Pioneer Plasma.




love the tinted glass on a Ninja Warriors cabinet




EDIT:

new project name: Gargantua - go big or go home :D LOL




cheers
Chris
« Last Edit: September 04, 2017, 07:30:44 am by chris77 »
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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working on the control panel and a bit on the glass (routed a slot for "glass-stop")









cheers
Chris

my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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today's arrivals








greetz
Chris
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 07:59:19 am by chris77 »
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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next steps...


roll on ;)


mounted aluminium stripes as a cooling element for the LED strips


added some cornices to get more stabilization



cheers
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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rip off that crappy adhesive on your leds and replace it with this...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DZ5KIYA/ref=biss_dp_t_asn


   

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routed holes for low noise fans at the back






time to get some primer for the MDF, ready for painting the cabinet...

cheers
Chris

my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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This has gone from "stupid idea" to "I want one", personally.


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thanks pbj  :cheers:

first layer of paint applied








greetz
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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This has gone from "stupid idea" to "I want one", personally.

..thinking the same
Currently building http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137777.0.html Mass-Replicate
Built "n0tsq3" cocktail cab http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,133913.0/all.html
..and restoring a Sega MegaLo 410 Candy Cab & Moon Patrol Cab

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This has gone from "stupid idea" to "I want one", personally.

You know when the forum regulars are coming around that OP has started a great project. I too want one.

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thanks guys!

under-floor painting is ready


got a RGBW LED strip, hope to get some nice effects and some lightness to the cabinet


cheers
Chris
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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This has gone from "stupid idea" to "I want one", personally.

You know when the forum regulars are coming around that OP has started a great project. I too want one.

I personally don't think it's a good idea, but Chris makes quality stuff, so I think if anyone can pull it off, it's him.
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I dont think the wheels are a good idea, atleast not for me, when i play fighting games like Final Fight i pull the joystick realy hard BAM BAM BAM, that tabletop would fly right off the table 
When i build it they will come

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I dont think the wheels are a good idea, atleast not for me, when i play fighting games like Final Fight i pull the joystick realy hard BAM BAM BAM, that tabletop would fly right off the table

There are no joysticks on the Lazy Cab.
Chris will use wireless joypads and will sit on a couch in front of the Lazy Cab.
This is just a replacement for an ordinary tv bench and a very coo replacemelnt, if you ask me ;)

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I dont think the wheels are a good idea, atleast not for me, when i play fighting games like Final Fight i pull the joystick realy hard BAM BAM BAM, that tabletop would fly right off the table

Table top????? Paul Bunyan's maybe!  :lol


I personally don't think it's a good idea, but Chris makes quality stuff, so I think if anyone can pull it off, it's him.

I love your honesty, and get where you're coming from, but you want to see this finished just as much as the rest of us... cuz it's gonna be cool.

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thanks guys!

@morton: LOL, Paul Bunyans Bartop  :lol  :lol
@koolkolo: thanks for the explanation, hope everything is clear now   :applaud:


OK, the beast is on wheels, I love the hover craft effect, it seems that the cabinet is an inch in the air... can't wait to see it with LED lightning.






now it's time to apply ground coat everywhere on the cab.

cheers
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46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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I had a similar idead to this. I got a megnavox oddysey 3000 pong consle. Its curent setup is in front of a 15 inch black and white crt surveillance monitor. I was thinking about framing up the monitor with a marquee for it.

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I dont think the wheels are a good idea, atleast not for me, when i play fighting games like Final Fight i pull the joystick realy hard BAM BAM BAM, that tabletop would fly right off the table

Table top????? Paul Bunyan's maybe!  :lol

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yeah i did not see it was a big cab, i have been watching the entire forum including finished builds, i thought it was a tabletop, its fu :censored: in huge realy cool stuff :applaud:
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When i build it they will come

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ground coat day :D



cheers
Chris
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46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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...meanwhile working on the control panel

the top gun switch is the power switch





EDIT...

some progress on the fans and the grill

can't decide which fan grill... the chrome or the brown one (can be painted black)













greetz
Chris
« Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 06:53:33 am by chris77 »
my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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Brown but paint it black

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I can see you are a German, that would make this cab german kraftwerk  :)
When i build it they will come

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tommygun, leapinlew: thanks guys  :cheers:

small update... painted the grill black


cheers
Chris
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46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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first layer of black:



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46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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Crazy idea...but I love it.   ;D

I have a 36" crt monitor sitting on top of a wood AV stand that houses my retro consoles.  Now I am considering building out a faux arcade enclosure around the TV - it would look sorta like a 36" monitor bar-top enclosure.  It's in the basement with my other arcade machines so the wife is unlikely to see it.  Thanks for the inspiration...I think...  ;D 
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hey smass, cheers  :cheers:

some contrast for the cabinet



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my arcade projects

46" visual pinball big bang pin * taito egret29 candy cabs * indiana jones & star wars pachinkos *
17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ILihnUCMc

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There's something about this that's so black, it's like how much more black could this be?

And the answer is none. None more black.

  
 

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