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Game King 2 - Vewlix (it's playable!)
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:03:37 pm »

The old Game King coffee table was a lot of fun. However it also functioned as an actual coffee table... and the interior has received a makeover. So the coffee table is about to be replaced.
Lucky my wife supports my hobby and we found a nice spot for a worthy successor: thus project "Game King 2" was born.

Features:
  • Vewlix style- for longer game sessions.
  • Reuse of old Game King components: servosticks, 32" TV, the PC.
  • Coin door - so I can use the BYOAC tokens, Saint gifted me years ago.
  • Illuminated buttons and joysticks (Ultimarc IPAC Ultimate I/O).
  • A Playstation4 style 'lightbar' in the control panel, using an addressable LEDstrip.

I will post some pictures later. For now; this is the test setup for the PS4 style lightbar in the (unfinished) control panel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ruHjkRU4U
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Re: Game King 2 - Vewlix type cabinet
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 04:03:41 am »
I got myself a few components to get started:
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In the picture you can also see a testfitting I did with the buttons. Inspired by the illuminated controls on Flynn's Arcade by ChanceKJ.
Some components (for example the Servosticks) are still in my old cabinet- but I'll remove them once needed.

At the start of the project, I checked a lot of other Vewlix builds so I had a clear picture of what to do and get some sense of dimensions.
Most of those builds start out with a "box" as a base unit. I figured to do it a bit differently. I feel it would reduce a bit of complexity without sacrificing the looks of the cabinet.



The idea is that the two side panels stack to create the outer frame part of the Vewlix look, however the inner half is also part of the box. Luckily I have a mill to copy the sections.
The sides will rest on a piece 3cm x 4cm x 50xm.
This is the result for the side sections:



This is the result with the front panel not yet fixed:


The front panel is fitted with ball catch fastener so the panel sits firm but can be easily removed. This way the cabinet can sit against a wall while I'm still able to access the PC inside the cabinet via the front.

For finishing I use Vinyl used to cover cars; it is flexible but also durable enough for the arcade. I picked black with a carbon finish.


This is a preview with the mockup control panel:


Another shot with the artwork behind plexiglass:


Finally a shot of the test with the lightbar:
« Last Edit: October 03, 2018, 04:06:44 am by Felsir »

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Re: Game King 2 - Vewlix (pictures added)
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 05:17:37 am »
Looks great!  I love the vinyl wrap - looks so much cleaner than paint. 

Do you think the ball catch would be strong enough to secure a control panel in place?


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Re: Game King 2 - Vewlix (pictures added)
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 01:35:24 pm »
Do you think the ball catch would be strong enough to secure a control panel in place?
It's strong enough to keep the front panel in place- I have to apply a bit of force to remove it. I can imagine that it works for a control panel- it really depends on how much abuse your arcade gets, YMMV.

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Re: Game King 2 - Vewlix (pictures added)
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 03:45:32 pm »
Spend time to create the arch/marquee. It was quite complicated to mill this thing by hand. A CNC machine would be much better. I made a few small errors while creating the edges. So far nothing that cannot be fixed befor painting.

The TV is also in place:


The controls and RGB leds work! The LEDstrip is not yet connected so it's not yet visible in this photo.


The height is perfect for the stool. Also the overhang is nice so my knees won't bump against the coindoor. So in all I'm happy with the form factor.


Next up is the speaker panel and finishing the sides of the control panel. After that, lighting of the coindoor and the LED strip.
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