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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2019, 02:25:10 pm »
I think it improves the shape.  That might just be me - what do you think, Jennifer?

I was curious how it would look with a narrower neck, so I took some crude photoshop to your photo as an experiment to save you the trouble.  A narrower neck would look something like this for comparison, which is approximately what I was initially imagining.

What really matters is, what do you think?  It's for you - don't let me prod you in a direction you aren't inclined to go.  (I don't think it's bad looking in any of these variations.)

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #41 on: November 27, 2019, 05:29:20 pm »
Oh yes, I think it distracts the eye just enough to bring it all together, and really liking that smaller pedestal look... Although The stress of gameplay, and weight would be a concern, and would seriously consider some sub structure under that sill plate (or at least some angle iron brackets)...Overall it is a really nice build, with obvious integrity, Incorperating old, new, and conceptual techniques all in one machine.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #42 on: November 27, 2019, 08:45:59 pm »
Thank you both. I do agree that the narrower spacer looks better and I can easily work up a support system for the rigidity. I will work on that this weekend. I have the rest of the panels cut, just need to get the hinges for the doors and attach the filler panel.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2019, 11:11:40 am »
+1 more who likes the new mock-up.  The proportions look a lot better to the eye.  Love this thing so far!

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #44 on: December 04, 2019, 06:41:00 pm »
Spacer is made. How's this?

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #45 on: December 04, 2019, 09:38:53 pm »
You nailed it!!!...Now the disassembly, If you want to save some time and work, it is IMO ready for color now that everything fits...Not what you wanted to hear I would imagine but it is far easier now before you start anymore assembly, Baggies work well for this keeping hardware organized, Quality Latex house paint and a fine foam roller is probably the cheaper solution of choices but will give a nice finish if applied in thin multiple coats. (Over a sealer of course)

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #46 on: December 05, 2019, 09:46:58 am »
Definitely better.  :applaud:

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #47 on: December 06, 2019, 02:43:01 am »
Love it.    :D 

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #48 on: December 06, 2019, 07:26:36 am »
Agreed - nice adjustment.   :applaud:
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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #49 on: December 18, 2019, 08:03:54 pm »
Not what you wanted to hear I would imagine but it is far easier now before you start anymore assembly

Actually, that was always the plan. After months of work, this is what I have today. Sanded all panels down to 220 grit (60, 80, 120, 220). This is what I am left with today

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #50 on: December 24, 2019, 10:28:32 am »
Are you planning to glue the cabinet body together before paint?

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #51 on: December 24, 2019, 01:21:04 pm »
Yes. I will prime and paint the inside first, leaving bare wood in the contact areas. After that, glue and screw together and finish off the outside.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #52 on: January 04, 2020, 12:05:52 pm »
Got some of the cabinet internals primed and painted. Stuff no one but me will ever get to see. Also, started body filler and primer on the backbox spacer using the OND painting guide. Starting on the smallest piece first. Also painted the "coin door" carriage bolt heads

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #53 on: January 04, 2020, 12:11:53 pm »
You may as well just start putting that back together, it won't be any harder to paint it...And it has to be killing you to see it like that.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #54 on: January 04, 2020, 12:36:38 pm »
I'd rather take my time and do it right. I know it's not going to be perfect, but I want it to be presentable. I should have been further along, but the weather has been unseasonably wet here on the weekends.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #55 on: February 05, 2020, 09:54:53 am »
I'm having a ---smurfette--- of a time with paint. I have the prep work down. Sanding to 320 grit, 2 coats of high build primer with 600 grit between coats, and final coat of sandable primer hit it with 600 grit wet sand. Nice and smooth outcome. I then tried to roll on some satin black with a foam roller on a small piece of the cab, and the paint bubbled on me pretty bad. So sanded again and prepped the board as before down to 600 grit wet sand. Tried spraying satin black and although the paint went on smooth, the finish came out blotchy, with some flat spots and some glossy spots. At this point I figured I would try gloss black. Picked up a can of gloss, and the sprayer was defective and splattered all over the board  :banghead: Back to sanding again.

On the bright side, we got a 3D printer at work so I had to play with it a little. Printed some leaf switch holders for my buttons and test fitted



I may have to shave a bit of material off the switch contact surface to get the button a little closer to the contact point


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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #56 on: February 05, 2020, 11:54:18 am »
What type of black paint?  If it bubbled and it didn't self level, you need to reduce it.

Latex = use Floetrol
Oil - I use a little turpentine..

It gives the paint time to level before setting..
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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #57 on: February 05, 2020, 12:24:37 pm »
It's latex. The bubbles did not settle fully. I was hoping they would.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #58 on: February 05, 2020, 12:31:31 pm »
Do a test with this:  Floetrol

Helps Latex level by extending dry time..  I'm using this on my cab now.. 

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #59 on: February 05, 2020, 01:33:43 pm »
Only use a few drops of that stuff at a time!

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #60 on: February 05, 2020, 01:41:41 pm »
Only use a few drops of that stuff at a time!

I've gone 5%-10%  - have you had an issue?  The directions give a good ratio to add...
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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #61 on: February 05, 2020, 02:34:53 pm »
Only use a few drops of that stuff at a time!

I've gone 5%-10%  - have you had an issue?  The directions give a good ratio to add...

Last time I used it the paint really thinned out and took forever to dry.  When I dialed it back to a few drops it worked a little better.  YMMV

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #62 on: March 14, 2020, 06:53:16 pm »
Finally got the paint on the inside to where I can live with it.
The main cab is now glued and screwed together. I have the first layer of body filler on the outside sanded and the second layer applied. Should be ready for primer tomorrow.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #63 on: March 17, 2020, 09:28:07 pm »
First go around with primer is done. Dry sanded with 600 grit and more Bondo applied where needed.
I swear I have spent more $$$ on primer than the plywood to build the damned thing.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #64 on: March 17, 2020, 09:53:52 pm »
Do you own a plot across the street?

I aspire to be involved in the classic gaming community.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #65 on: March 17, 2020, 10:39:44 pm »
Lol, no, my fat ass is getting cremated, but I do like the quiet neighborhood.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #66 on: March 17, 2020, 10:55:55 pm »
So, I tell my wife not to cremate me... Unless she did it and needs the insurance.

I tell my friends that I don't want to be cremated... And if I am, it means she did it.



Some day, probably soon, this will create a lot of drama.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #67 on: March 18, 2020, 10:13:07 am »
So, I tell my wife not to cremate me... Unless she did it and needs the insurance.

I tell my friends that I don't want to be cremated... And if I am, it means she did it.



Some day, probably soon, this will create a lot of drama.

This my friends is how you tell a joke.   :cheers:

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #68 on: March 22, 2020, 10:46:35 pm »
Got paint on the front and back panels. Looks pretty good. I will need to go get some more paint to start on the sides. For whatever reason, I can't attach pictures. I get an error that there is a security problem with the attachments?

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #69 on: March 23, 2020, 01:04:57 am »
Looking good, man!

Re: attachments, that's a known bug with the board.  Try resizing your pictures down by like a pixel or so, anything to change the checksum, and they will probably work.  I run into it sometimes too.  Occasionally I have to tweak a picture twice before it will take it.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #70 on: March 23, 2020, 08:11:45 am »
Thank you. I will try to resize the pictures. It's odd, I haven't had the problem before.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #71 on: March 23, 2020, 02:26:32 pm »
Ok, got the pictures to upload
I'll have to wet-sand before the next coat, but that should't be too bad of an ordeal.

Getting paint in to all the hidden spots no one but me will ever see.


Front and back panels first coat.

(Sides are still in primer)
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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #72 on: March 26, 2020, 11:15:04 am »
Paint is finished and the main cab is upstairs ready for assembly. On to the backbox.


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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #73 on: March 31, 2020, 07:53:39 pm »
Got the legs on. Installed the buttons and made up the wiring harnesses. No power supply installed yet but I did get a temporary 12VDC power source in to see how the buttons look all lit up. Also modded my blank coin door with some 25c buttons and fake 3D printed return slots.


Found this terminal block in one of my tool boxes. It's probably been in there for 15+ years. It is 24 position and that's exactly what's needed for the Zebsboards analog plunger kit I bought a while back. Got the harnesses wired up to the terminal block.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #74 on: March 31, 2020, 09:56:09 pm »
Ooh, pretty. 

That's lookin good.  I dig the modded coin door.   :applaud:

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #75 on: April 03, 2020, 10:19:16 pm »
Ooh, pretty. 

That's lookin good.  I dig the modded coin door.   :applaud:

Thank you  :cheers:

Got the LED exhaust fans installed in the back. Moving plenty of air and virtually silent doing so. I was going to install the cheapo ebay intake fans in the bottom of the cab, but the bearings are already making some noise, so I just ordered another set of the LED fans on Prime.

Also getting the PC location finalized inside

and almost ready to get the wiring finished up. I'm just contemplating the wire management  method I want to go with.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2020, 07:59:10 pm »
Wire management figured out. Found some 1"x1" finger duct laying around (also have some 2"x2" to mout behind the PC to hide the larger wires. I see some projects that leave the wire management as one of the last things to do, but not this guy.


All wires labeled. 1/4" shrink labels printed on my Dymo 5200 label maker. I did hit them with the heat gun after the pictore was taken.


Here it is all buttoned up. The sub is now mounted as well. The printed wiring diagram will get laminated once our office is back up for business again, and I'll attach it where it's sitting right now. I still have 4 more maintenance buttons to install and wire up inside of the cab, so the terminal block will be a little more populated.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #77 on: April 05, 2020, 07:35:57 am »
That is crazy nice looking!  :applaud: I am terrible at making wiring look good. I always give up.

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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #78 on: April 06, 2020, 10:08:10 am »
Minor update from yesterday

Installed the "Service Menu" buttons inside the coin door and finished wiring the controls


Mounted the PC and installed the 2"x2" finger duct


Extended the Playfield TV controls so that I can move them to just inside the coin door for any adjustments needed. Also, since the TV does not turn on on power restore, soldered leads to the power button that will go to a relay that will pulse on power up.
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Re: My very slow Virtual Pin build thread
« Reply #79 on: April 06, 2020, 02:01:45 pm »
You are doing nice work  :applaud: :applaud: