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Author Topic: >>BLACKOUT<< A Year in the life.  (Read 27262 times)

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #80 on: June 03, 2006, 09:01:28 pm »
Dude, that sucks. Good luck getting everything back together.
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #81 on: June 03, 2006, 09:25:48 pm »
Looking at those pictures is like watching those funny home videos where some dude gets whacked in the nuts.  I'm cringing and pressing my knees together.

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #82 on: June 03, 2006, 09:26:58 pm »
Looking at those pictures is like watching those funny home videos where some dude gets whacked in the nuts.  I'm cringing and pressing my knees together.
Thank you, that made me smile.  ;D
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #83 on: June 04, 2006, 02:05:08 am »
Holy Crap! Major suckage.... You have my sympathies and I hope for a speedy recovery. This sounds like something that is later funny.

so, what have we learned here? Was the method for moving it on the horse faulty? Would some sort of safety measure prevented this?

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #84 on: June 04, 2006, 06:44:54 am »
I say sue the sawhorse company for pain and suffering.  ;)
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #85 on: June 04, 2006, 10:05:22 pm »
Behind every cabinet is a story and a lesson to be learned..

In years to come you will look back and still curse the slippage but then get on your machine and give it more of a workout than this little accident did.

Perserverance will reap rewards.

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #86 on: June 05, 2006, 04:35:55 am »
I don't even want to think about that crap.  Talk about a crappy thing to happen. :badmood:  That's one of crappiest crap things that could happen to a guy.  I would crap myself if that happened to my crap.  Crappy. :banghead:

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #87 on: June 05, 2006, 07:53:31 am »
Bah! All these guys saying that sucks... I say wonderful! Now your cab has "authentic wear and tear" - just like a real arcade machine. Rejoice!

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #88 on: June 05, 2006, 08:34:52 am »
Maybe I missed it in your posts, but how did you decide to pint?  Roller or spray? Are you using latex or oil based?  Gloss, Semi-gloss?

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #89 on: June 05, 2006, 09:16:27 am »
Maybe I missed it in your posts, but how did you decide to pint?  Roller or spray? Are you using latex or oil based?  Gloss, Semi-gloss?

I went with oils as most sprays are oils. I primed with Kilz tinted grey as there is apparently a limit to how much you can tint primer. I had done my first layer of black with Rustolium Satin Black (oil). Once I have everything back solid with the structure I will sand along fault lines and paint again. Once that is all done I will tape it all up and spray the side art. I will be cutting custom stencils. I am still waiting on pricing info for professionally cut stencils though. I have bought 6 colors of spray so that I can do sprayed gradients (see the photoshop mock up shown previously in the thread). 
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #90 on: June 05, 2006, 09:30:07 am »
So yesturday I went down to the garage and pulled the cab outside so I could inspect it in the sun to get a better idea of any left over damage. Turns out that the other side (right) had fractured nearly front to back along the top just like the left side. I had not seen it as it was somewhat dark in the garage. It had not totally split so it was just a hairline fracture. I decided that this was very much structural, so I got my ruber mallet and lightly started hitting inside my cabtowards the right. after about 6 hits I started hearing light cracks. I kept going and then 'pop'. I looked at the fault line and it was a near perfect break (very clean). I then glued the snot out of it like I did the other side and clamped the same as well. I checked it this morning. It appeares to be solid again.

Another long crack was along the right side at the coin door board. this was harder to work on as it was still connected to the bottom as well as to the clamped top. I got a screwdriver (flathead) and pushed it into the crack. I then started pouring glue in and forcing it into the crack with my finger. This is starting to sound dirty. After I had done this for a while I clamped the sides near the top of the coin door board. I have no idea how deep the glue got.

I also glued the fractures near the t-molding slot mentioned earlier.

I am really concerned how much damage is still lurking in places that I can not see. This morning it is feeling solid, but with heat or humidity something may show up later (after it is painted).

Perhaps I should strike the BLACKOUT idea and go with GLUECADE.
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #91 on: June 05, 2006, 12:34:31 pm »
Perhaps I should strike the BLACKOUT idea and go with GLUECADE.

Haha - go with a horse theme...

In all seriousness though, I hope it works out ok.

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #92 on: June 05, 2006, 01:32:08 pm »
I laughed at your "(Sorry if that is just not manly)" comment, because I remember feeling the same way one time when I had majorly screwed something up. All I could do was just sit down and feel numb for about five minutes (and stupid! :P). I bet looking at your cab after that was like seeing a couple pints of your own blood on the floor!

Well, at least your marquee is shaping up. It looks really awesome so far. :)


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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #93 on: June 05, 2006, 04:39:15 pm »
Just be glad it didn't fall on you -

this could have very easily have been a CYX Memorial Thread.

Maybe this is a good thing. You've got your first ding out of the way and you can treat it like a true arcade cabinet.

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #94 on: June 05, 2006, 05:09:01 pm »
hey someone at BYOAC "aged" his gaming tokens....look at it this way...you just "antiqued" your cab to be like a real cab from the 80's!

Don't fret....it's probably not as bad as you think.

Once you have the art/games going you'll get over it.

It's all part of the process screwing stuff up here and there.

 :P
Seriously. Will it fit in my basement or what?

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #95 on: June 07, 2006, 03:13:22 am »
The theme here seems to be "live and learn"

At least it was nothing that totally derailed your project.
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #96 on: June 08, 2006, 01:11:15 pm »

As soon as I read that part about your cab slipping a tiny voice in my head silently screamed NOOOOO.

sigh.


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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #97 on: June 08, 2006, 01:20:52 pm »
Gluecade lives. Clamps and elmers make the world go round. I put a new full layer of black paint on last night. I tried a more nappy roller at the recomdation of my next door neighbor. He said that it would give me a more mirror smooth finish. For the most part he is right. What I did not count on is LITTLE FRIGGIN HAIRS from the roller stuck all over the finish. Guess I will be sanding and painting again tonight. I will only be redoing the outside sides and front as it is a nice smooth surface inside and on the back and no one will really be seeing it on a regular occasion except for me.

The cab seems solid so I think I am somewhat out of the woods.
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #98 on: June 08, 2006, 01:42:23 pm »
Long live GLUECADE!!! 

:applaud: (One person clapping slowly...)

 :applaud: :applaud:  (two people clapping slowly...)

 :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:  (more people clapping, getting faster...)

"You can do it!!!"

:applaud: :applaud: :applaud:  (more people clapping, getting faster...)

[Farmer Fran Mumbling Indistinct]

 :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:   :applaud: :applaud: (Even faster...)

 :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:   :applaud: :applaud: (Even faster, people cheering...)

[Vicki Vallencourt shouting: "I love you Bobby Boucher...I mean...GLUECADE!!!"

:applaud: :applaud: :applaud:   :applaud: :applaud: (Even faster, people cheering...)
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #99 on: June 08, 2006, 06:19:24 pm »
* Gluecade  steps out into the crowd and trys to bow. The action of the bow sends the MDF into a million splinters and gluecade again comes crashing to the ground. Shed a tear for the poor little Glucade.

Ok well perhaps not.

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« Reply #100 on: June 08, 2006, 06:45:33 pm »
Is there a Mamey for "Greatest Comeback Ever"? 8)
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #101 on: June 09, 2006, 11:11:58 am »
Congratulations on your speedy recovery.  I too cringed when I read of your mishap.  I think I've got some artwork you might consider for your marquee.  Orange & blue works.

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #102 on: June 09, 2006, 01:50:04 pm »
I'm surprised those little plastic sawhorses could hold the weight of the cabinet to begin with.  Good work on the repair job.

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #103 on: June 09, 2006, 01:51:13 pm »
That's funny! They could be like a sponsor.
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« Reply #104 on: June 09, 2006, 02:30:04 pm »
YOU CAN DO IT !!!
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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #105 on: June 09, 2006, 02:41:02 pm »
YOU CAN DO IT !!!

I'm almost ashamed to be punning this, but shouldn't that be:
YOU CAN GLUE IT !!!
?

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #106 on: June 09, 2006, 03:02:09 pm »

YOU CAN GLUE IT !!!
YOU CAN GLUE IT ALL NIGHT LONG!!!

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Re: MYX Machine "BLACKOUT" >>TRAGEDY STRIKES<<
« Reply #107 on: June 09, 2006, 04:24:46 pm »
Yeah Baby....Yeahhhhhh
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« Reply #108 on: June 09, 2006, 04:52:36 pm »
I AM GONNA GO GLUE IT!!!
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Re: MYX "BLACKOUT" Update w Pix 7-2-06 Massive Update
« Reply #109 on: July 02, 2006, 08:38:02 pm »
Ok, After the near demise of the cabinet, I thought that I would take things a little slower. I also decided that I would not make any posts until I reached a mile marker. This way I would not be trying to hastily make decisions I might regret later on. May sound stupid, but there were several times that I rushed through something, just so I would have pictures to post. It is partly why I couldn't wait for someone to help me lift the cab I had to do it myself...right then. Having a 6 month project nearly go to splinters right before your eyes will adjust your thinking a little.

Anyway on with the show. (Announcer voice) It is with pleasure and pride that I give you the next installment in the building of BLACKOUT.

SIDE ART P.1
If you saw on pg. 2 on this thread, I did a mock up of the sideart. I decided to take the CP theme and put it on the sides too. So, After the cab was mended and I put a fresh new coat of paint on it, I went to work on the side art. In the background of the CP is a blue haze that sort of clouds with black. This has sharp black lines that seem to dissapear into the distance. I decided to invert this for the sideart. Using 2 in painters tape I placed the first line (at the bottom). I Measured up 2 inches and placed another strip. Then I went up 1/8th of an inch short of 2 inches, then 1/4 short and on and on. Each line getting 1/8th of an inch closer together.  When I got down to a 1/8 in stripe between tape, I switched to 3/4 in painters tape. I did 3 lines at 1/8 in. Then I started expanding again at 1/8th of an inch. Being that the strips were 3/4 inch the expansion happened much faster towards the top. I did this on both sides and in the front. I then masked off the whole rest of the cab to prevent overspray. I decided to use Rust O Lium Painters Touch (Home Depot) spraypaint because there was such a beautiful range of colors available. For the lines, I used
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Re: MYX "BLACKOUT" Update w Pix 7-2-06 Massive Update
« Reply #110 on: July 02, 2006, 08:39:28 pm »
Speakerboard Pt. 1
I am using 5.25 in SPL speakers. I measured and started planning the speakerboard. I used a compass to draw the circles as I could not find any glasses, coffie cans, soda bottles, or anything that was 5.25 in. I wanted to not see the speaker it'sself. I wanted the classic arcade slotted hole thing. So I measured and drew that all out. In my planning, I wanted a little cavity directly below the speaker before the slots. This is for maximum airflow for the best sound possible. I did not want the speaker banging against the mdf during heated game play.
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« Reply #111 on: July 02, 2006, 08:41:14 pm »
Speakerboard Pt. 2
Routing
I decided to route freehand vs. making a template. I had to do this for the trackball body hole and felt pretty comfortable doing it that way. So, I routed the speaker side first. I went half way through the MDF. I started in the center and made my way outwards (learned that the hard way with the TB hole). I left 2 notches at 45 degree angles for something I will be doing later. I flipped the board over and then did the slots. I did use a guide for the slots. After that was all done, I spray primed and painted the speaker side of the board. The player side of the board I did a proper prime/sand and painting of.
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Re: MYX "BLACKOUT" Update w Pix 7-2-06 Massive Update
« Reply #112 on: July 02, 2006, 08:43:10 pm »
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Re: MYX "BLACKOUT" Update w Pix 7-2-06 Massive Update
« Reply #113 on: July 02, 2006, 08:45:02 pm »
CP Plexi
Again using the router (ghaw I love the router) I took off the edges of the plexi using the
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« Reply #114 on: July 02, 2006, 08:47:17 pm »
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« Reply #115 on: July 02, 2006, 08:47:50 pm »
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« Reply #116 on: July 02, 2006, 08:49:13 pm »
CP TB Hole Bondo
I was worried that the little void around the edge of the trackball plate and the CP. There was only a little space, but I did not know if the CPO would settle into the crack or not. So I made up a batch of bondo and schlopped it in there. Also, when the guy sent me the TB plate, he sent the wrong one. He sent hammered. I wanted just flat black. So I used the remaining bondo and schmeared it across the surface of the plate. Once hard I sanded it smooth. Now, I know that you'll never see the surface of the CP after the overlay is on, but I would know. So I sprayed it to a fine finish.
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Re: MYX "BLACKOUT" Update w Pix 7-2-06 Massive Update
« Reply #117 on: July 02, 2006, 08:50:42 pm »
CPO Arrived
Once again MAME Marquees did a wonderful job on the CP. One thing to mention though, I wish that he would not fold the CPOs in half before rolling it up. Made it hard to work with during the install. He did put it in a tube which was an upgrade since the last I ordered from him.
BTW, I put a copy of my Marquee on the same print as the CPO. I paid for 23 x 35 so I figured I should get my money's worth being that my CP was only 12 inch deep.
After cutting the CP to seperate the marquee and cpo I installed the CPO. I have done several CPO installs and they all get really intense as you really only get one shot.
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« Reply #118 on: July 02, 2006, 08:57:52 pm »
Side Art pt. 2
I wanted to maintain the theme of the CPO on the sides of the cab. I spent a few hours tapeing the sides and once again masking the cab. For this part of the side art I used RO Painters choice again. This time the colors were Sun Yellow, Real Orange, and Apple Red. I started with yellow, then orange, then red. Then I did a second round.
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« Reply #119 on: July 02, 2006, 08:58:32 pm »
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