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Author Topic: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. Now with CABINET LIGHTING.  (Read 40809 times)

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED!
« Reply #120 on: March 22, 2010, 08:38:15 pm »
I know I said I wanted to wait until I was done, but I am taking so long to complete it I changed my mind and posted the Sketchup Model on the first page of this thread.

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED
« Reply #121 on: March 28, 2010, 08:49:28 pm »
Worked on the control Panel a bit more today.  The Lexan is going to be used as a base for an Polycarbinate laminate overlay from MameMarquees.com.  Because it will be entirely covered I haven't been trying to keep it scratch free.

Next steps - add the stainless power button and my RAM Controls Atari cone switches for P1/P2 start.





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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED
« Reply #122 on: March 29, 2010, 09:50:45 am »
Looking good Santoro - I'm glad you picked this project up again!   :cheers:

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED
« Reply #123 on: March 29, 2010, 11:35:58 am »
Looking really good...Im a sucker for the woodgrain look as well. Nice find on the laminate!  :cheers:
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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED
« Reply #124 on: September 25, 2010, 12:13:21 am »
Slooow progress this month.

-I installed the Novamatrix LINX LED marquee light. 
-The FE and MAME are configured and running.
-The cold cathode lighting is installed underneath. 

Artwork and LED design/installation up next.

So a few personal notes.  Keep in mind my last cabinet had a huge W-G D9200 Arcade Monitor.  I was concerned about moving to a smaller screen.

1) Having now  played MAME on my first LCD cab I can say that it is much nicer than I thought it could be.  I played about 25 games without any overlay effects and I wasn't thrilled as it looked too modern.  I then added the RGB_KB.PNG overlay and suddenly it felt very authentic. Additionally the significantly smaller LCD feels MORE authentic than the humongous arcade monitor I had used in my last cabinet.  Classic arcade games had small monitors.

2) This is also the first cabinet I have made or played since the MAME artwork engine was redone, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised about how the sides of vertical games can be filled with cropped artwork.  The entire MAME experience has come a long way in the years since my last cabinet was built.

3) I highly recommend the GGG Novamatrix LINX LED Marquee light.  I bought 2 extra segments and it was perfect.
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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED
« Reply #125 on: September 29, 2010, 10:22:52 pm »
Started the artwork for the CP.  Any thoughts on this?  The gray border won't be there, nor will there be any bolts showing.  The controls are just a rough paste-in from visio.




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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. SKETCHUP MODEL POSTED
« Reply #126 on: September 30, 2010, 03:26:33 pm »
Here's another sun-less version.

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Almost 5 years after designing it, I am wrapping up. Did a reset on the artwork, here is a mockup.  I have ordered these from Scott.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2012, 10:16:18 pm by Santoro »

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Test fitting the control panel art.  It took six tweaks to the art to get a good fit.

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Neatened up the wiring considerably.

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Hey man, nice job on the project! I'm curious though, if the LCD monitor dies, how do you plan on replacing it?

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With considerable effort :)

My cabinets don't get tons of use so I hope that won't be an issue.  If I do have a problem the cabinet is wide enough for a 21" monitor, all I'd have to do is get out the sabre saw and widen the opening.

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The Mala front end.

« Last Edit: April 08, 2012, 07:23:23 pm by Santoro »

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right click on the vid in youtube and select "copy embed url", then paste that instead of the link in the url bar on the youtube page.  I'll trade you for you telling me how to apply the png overlays for crt looks in mame?

Love the atari style art and good looking slim cab. 

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Deal.

There are several good overlays included with MAME in the [Artwork] folder.  Just add the command line switch to your front end config.
mame <game> –effect aperture1x2rb  (for low res displays)
mame <game> -effect aperture2x4rb  (for high res displays)

I am using RGB_KB.PNG, attached with a few others I found.  Just detach these into your /mame/artwork folder and add -effect rgb_kb.png to the MAME command line.

I don't know who to credit for these, I found them a few years ago and Google isn't much help.

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Thank you for that info. 

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Artwork arrived from Gameon Grafix.  Scott did an amazing job as usual.  



This looks washed out but the colors are vivid in real life.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2012, 09:47:32 pm by Santoro »

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That looks fantastic.  Between the dark woodgrain and the artwork I'm seeing a bit of an Atari homage.  Nice job.   :cheers:

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I remember when you started this :dizzy:

looks good

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I agree with everyone else, good job!

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Nice job!   :applaud:

I really like the CP... do you have any finished pictures of that?

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Haven't applied it yet - hope to do it soon.  As soon as I get it on there I will post pics. 

I am also struggling with whether to put the laminated/adhesive CP on top of the existing plexi or under a new piece of plexi with a sexy beveled and polished trackball hole.

Thoughts?

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a new piece of plexi with a sexy beveled and polished trackball hole.

This would like nice.

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The CPO came out great and I decided to apply it on top of the plexi.  I had a few issues applying it and it's not completely straight.  If I can suppress my 'OCD' I may keep it.  The more likely scenario is that I will rework the CP properly sometime.  I am very happy with the artwork though.

Up next - wiring the RGB LEDs.




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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #144 on: April 21, 2012, 08:08:50 pm »
Looks good! Really like the Atari cones.

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #145 on: April 21, 2012, 10:00:31 pm »
Thanks - the volcanoes make it for me too...

Did some more work today -

1) I mounted the Aimtrak LED bar...



2) I masked off and painted the 'bezel' on the back of the tinted glass.  The little notches are for the Aimtrak LEDs.



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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #146 on: April 22, 2012, 09:14:22 am »
Earlier in the construction, I said this:

I made a bezel today out of black hobby foamboard.  It will probably not be too visible behind the smoked glass.  On my last cabs I painted the bezel on the back of the glass but if you handled it you risked scratching it.. I am hoping that this will have the same effect without paint.





The foam board bezel just wasn't doing it for me. I could see it through the tinted safety glass and it looked homemade.    Here is the new and improved painted safety glass. It's a thousand times better.. I am delighted with how it looks.  The monitor image seems to hover in the blackness of the glass.

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #147 on: April 22, 2012, 09:22:40 am »
And here is where we are now. 



The heavy lifting is done, all I need to to is the finishing touches:

-Add pinball flipper buttons- I have some extra orange or yellow buttons and I think those would look nice.
-Wire the RGB-drive LEDs to the LED-Wiz
-Install a few RGB LED strips to provide ambient lighting
-Install the new electrical cord setup (it's removable like a PC cord)
-Tweak the Mala layout to include an 'instruction card.'
-Cut a few vinyl button stickers for the admin buttons
-Add virtual pinball
-Cut and paint the back panels

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #148 on: April 22, 2012, 09:41:31 am »



Note to self: get out the Fantastic and clean the laminate.


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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #149 on: April 22, 2012, 09:55:38 am »
Nice Job!  Really like the CP.  :applaud:

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #150 on: April 22, 2012, 11:49:52 am »
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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #151 on: April 22, 2012, 12:47:23 pm »
Thanks!

Got the trackball and coin reject buttons lit.  I will be ordering red inserts, right now it is yellow inserts lit with red LEDs.



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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #152 on: April 22, 2012, 12:54:04 pm »
The traditionalist in me really isn't a big fan of slim cabinets, but I have to be honest- I love everything about this cab! It looks like an authentic relic from the 80s. Great job.

From the photos, I also like how it serves a dual purpose as a deterrent to would-be thermostat changers!
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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #153 on: April 22, 2012, 12:54:33 pm »
Here's how I mounted the LED behind the trackball.




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« Reply #154 on: April 22, 2012, 01:25:10 pm »
....but I have to be honest- I love everything about this cab! It looks like an authentic relic from the 80s. Great job.

It really thrills me to hear this from you and others because I agonized over the details to get this feel...thanks.

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From the photos, I also like how it serves a dual purpose as a deterrent to would-be thermostat changers!

lol... usually the cab is over more to the left.  I have been moving it all around while working on it today and didn't center it right for the pic.
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Love the CP, Looks new from the factory, only 30 years ago.... If you see what I mean

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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #156 on: April 22, 2012, 03:48:53 pm »
I got the power receptacle wired up today.


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Re: "Arcade Replay" - Slim LCD cabinet. CPO applied.
« Reply #157 on: April 23, 2012, 04:33:41 pm »
The sketchup model I posted in the first post has been downloaded 145 times, I was wondering if anyone has actually used it?

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« Reply #158 on: April 23, 2012, 11:34:56 pm »
I'm getting ready to install what looks like the exact same power block as you. 

I tried soldering the wires directly to the power block but was not happy with the results. I went and bought some female connectors tonight.  Did you do anything special besides crimping them in place?

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« Reply #159 on: April 25, 2012, 11:37:05 am »
Nothing other than shrink-wrapping them afterward for safety.  The kit I bought also had a rubber boot that went over the whole thing behind the panel, and I secured that tight with zip-ties 

If you don't have something similar I'd consider somehow protecting it with an electrical box or a lot of tape.  You obviously don't want ANY chance of electrocution if you or loved ones happen to reach into the cab for some reason.