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Author Topic: Simpsons themed scratch build upright (update: Links to project files)  (Read 13038 times)

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Hi

Finally got around to announcing the start of this project (Well I have actually been planning this for quite a while).

A quick rundown of the components i will be using:

Interface: MiniPack (Ultimarc)
Buttons: Regulars with microswitch (Ultimarc)
Trackball: 3" highlip (Happ)
Joysticks: J-stick (Ultimarc)
Monitor: De cased 27" TV (Sony)
Monitor bezel: 27" (Happ)
Coin door + mech.: Happ over under
Speakers: 4" (Happ)
Amplifier: Gutted from Logitech speakers
Marquee lighting: NovaMatrix (Groovy GameGear)
Computer:  1,7 GHz P4, 512 MB RAM (leftover from work)

The colours in the pictures are just the ones i used in the CAD system. In real life it will most likely be painted all black with black or yellow T-moulding + fullsized sideart (based on the original Simpsons sideart). The CPO + marquee will be custom made (Simpsons themed of course).

The cabinet will be build from scratch using 19 mm and 12 mm MDF.

The model is modeled in 3D using SolidWorks 2007. Everything (3D CAD files, 2D drawings, sideart, marquee, CPO...) will of course be made available to this wonderfull forum ;D. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Any kind of feedback, critique or comments are welcome (I haven't started cutting wood yet :)).

I'll update this post as often as i can.

This will probably be a slow build, so please be patient.

Update START

Well i finally got around to compiling a collection of project related files that i created for this build:

PDF containing the plans:

http://rapidshare.com/files/367256329/Arcade_Antics_Plans.zip

Complete artwork package (AI files):

http://rapidshare.com/files/367256326/Arcade_Antics_Artwork.zip

Native 3D CAD files (SolidWorks 2009):

http://rapidshare.com/files/367256328/Arcade_Antics_SolidWorks.zip

Generic 3D CAD files (STEP 214):

http://rapidshare.com/files/367256334/Arcade_Antics_STEP.zip

Interactive 3D CAD (eDrawing, no CAD software needed):

http://rapidshare.com/files/367256332/Arcade_Antics_eDrawing.zip

Let me know if there's any questions regarding the files.

Happy building  ;D

Update END

Razzer
« Last Edit: March 23, 2010, 03:28:51 pm by Razzer »

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 04:34:40 pm »
This will probably be a slow build, so please be patient.

Razzer
Is it done yet?






how about now?


Good luck!

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 06:43:46 pm »
Good luck with your cab. The only criticism I have at this point is that it looks like your marquee area sticks way out. Maybe add a larger radius to the top curve, or shorten the one on the bottom? Other than that, looking good.

Here's an idea of what I mean.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2008, 06:48:52 pm by johnperkins21 »
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2008, 11:20:57 am »
I love the Simpsons so I am totally with you on this one. I converted a machine into a Simpsons themed MAME.
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=67482

I have a Simpsons Merchandising CD (which is what Fox sends out to the Licensed Merchandisers) with lots of Illustrator and EPS files with Simpsons characters and stuff, so when you're ready to design your Marquee, Side art and CPO let me know if you want the files.

Good luck, I'll be following this build.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008, 02:36:03 pm »
, so when you're ready to design your Marquee, Side art and CPO let me know if you want the files.

Good luck, I'll be following this build.

Hi

NICE, I would love to have those files! How do I go about getting those?

You can see my preliminary work on the CPO and the marquee below.

Note on the CPO: I'm considering using the trackball as one of Homers eyes (or would that just be weird?).

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008, 11:28:54 pm »
It might look weird to have the trackball as one of his eyes, but it would definately be unique.

I'll upload the files somewhere for you to download them. They shouldn't be too big.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2008, 06:14:38 am »

Note on the CPO: I'm considering using the trackball as one of Homers eyes (or would that just be weird?).

Razzer


I think its a great idea! Even paint an eyeball on the track ball - would be cool.

The only reservation I would have about that is the position of everything else in relation to it (sticks, buttons)

Good luck with it .... :cheers:

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2008, 12:59:25 pm »

The only reservation I would have about that is the position of everything else in relation to it (sticks, buttons)


Yes that could be problem. I would probably keep everything (trackball, button...) where it is now and simply reposition the artwork.
 
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2008, 01:19:12 pm »
Heres a thought - make the trackball the center of this:


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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2008, 04:13:10 pm »
That would be pretty cool. A trackball donut hole.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2008, 04:50:06 pm »
Agreed, that is a cool idea. Razzer, did you get the files?

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2008, 01:20:26 am »
Glad to find this today as I just finished installing Mame and GameEx on the computer I am planning on using in a Simpsons theme arcade cabinet.  I haven't decided if I am going with an upright or a cocktail yet.  I'll be watching this project closely as I work on my machine.

BradC - would it be possible to get a copy of the graphics from the Simpsons Merchandising CD you have?  It would really help with the control panel and side art as graphics is one of my weakest areas.
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2008, 06:52:57 am »
Heres a thought - make the trackball the center of this:



Yes that could indeed look cool, I'll consider using the donut instead.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2008, 03:40:49 pm »
This will probably be a slow build, so please be patient.

Razzer
Is it done yet?






how about now?


Good luck!

 ;D Finally  ;D

Not done yet, but I actually got some work done on it

More Pics will follow.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2008, 03:44:45 pm »

More pics  :)

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2008, 03:53:00 pm »

Even more pics  :)

Well that's it for now.

Small status:

All the wood has been cut, including the control panel (pics of CP will follow), and the cabinet has been built.

Next up, sanding, priming, painting. . . . .

I'll post more pics as soon as I can.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2008, 01:30:20 am »
Nice work.. love the Marquee!

a vector of a donut would look so cool around each button on the cp


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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2008, 01:00:12 am »
Looks good so far! Keep those pictures coming. 
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2008, 10:12:41 am »
Loving this! I eventually want to build a Simpson's themed bartop for my brother as he an addict!

The great thing is the amount of resources available such as artwork, themes, icons, sounds, etc. You could even do a Simpson's intro (when the all get to the couch) as the startup video for your cab!!!

Get like 20-30 different ones from a DVD and the frontend can randomise the intro so every time you start up it is different video playing! Well that was my idea for the bartop at least! Now that would look awesome!

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2008, 02:33:00 pm »
Loving this! I eventually want to build a Simpson's themed bartop for my brother as he an addict!

The great thing is the amount of resources available such as artwork, themes, icons, sounds, etc. You could even do a Simpson's intro (when the all get to the couch) as the startup video for your cab!!!

Get like 20-30 different ones from a DVD and the frontend can randomise the intro so every time you start up it is different video playing! Well that was my idea for the bartop at least! Now that would look awesome!

Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.

I will definitely consider this!

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2008, 04:35:55 pm »
If you need some help with the intros, give me a shout.  thatitalian can vouch for me as I did an intro for him.  :cheers:
Old Arcade intro videos on Youtube channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/HAIRYDVD

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2008, 08:10:09 am »
Certainly can! And what an intro it is!!! :cheers:

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2008, 04:30:21 am »
great work on this cab, ill be keeping an eye on this one.
I love simpsons theme and your monitor frame is ace.
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2008, 12:53:15 pm »
awesome build, really cool, loving the progress pics, subscribing  :P

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2008, 03:24:43 pm »
Thanks for the kind words :D

I've attached a couple of pics of the CP.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2008, 03:49:03 pm »
what did you use to mount the joystick plates with? Just curious because I'm trying to find something thats a little easier to make flush than bolts.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2008, 11:08:54 pm »
i like the idea of the trackball for the eye, there must be a good image of homer with a big swollen bloodshot eye after being hit with something, i'm sure i can picture having seen it in an episode.
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2008, 02:27:38 am »
Thanks for the kind words :D

I've attached a couple of pics of the CP.

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nice layout, i am also to the point for making the layout, this is a nice inspiration

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2008, 11:24:56 am »
what did you use to mount the joystick plates with? Just curious because I'm trying to find something thats a little easier to make flush than bolts.

I simply took and countersunk the holes in the joystick mounting plate. I then used screws (ISO 10642 M5x25) + nuts to secure the mounting plate.

I have attached a picture of the screws i used.

If the above doesn't make sense, i'll post a couple of pics.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2008, 01:53:54 pm »
Can you post your solidworks files?  I really like your cabinet.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2008, 06:27:16 am »
NICE cabinet and I like the artwork too..control panel looks great(even with trackball right on homer's face lol)

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2008, 07:22:03 am »
Can you post your solidworks files?  I really like your cabinet.

Hi

Yes of course, that has been my intention since the beginning of the project. There will be a complete package (3D CAD + drawing and artwork) but i am kind of short on time at the moment  :). We are in the middle of selling / buying houses and we have a new baby coming in 1 month so i got my hands full at the moment.

I'll post some CAD files as soon as i can.


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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2008, 02:17:21 pm »
Is the baby room ready  ;D ?

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« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2008, 01:57:53 pm »
Did you have the baby yet?

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2008, 08:15:26 am »
Did you have the baby yet?

Yeah!!

My wife gave birth to a lovely little girl on the 4 th. of november.

So the arcade building is put on hold for the moment.

And to top things of we are in the middle of move (living with the in laws at the moment  :))

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #35 on: November 23, 2008, 01:49:45 pm »
Its been two weeks, time to get back to work  ;D
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #36 on: December 27, 2009, 03:52:52 pm »
Its been two weeks, time to get back to work  ;D

Well how about that it's all done!!! ;D That didn't take long  ;)


Link to artwork thread:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=95502.msg1005129#msg1005129

More pics will follow.

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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #37 on: December 27, 2009, 05:10:15 pm »
Love the "Whohooo!" in the marquee!  ;D

Awesome job.  :applaud:

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« Reply #38 on: December 28, 2009, 04:16:33 am »
What a sweet cab! I think I might add it to my favorite-cab bookmark folder. :) Great work!
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Re: Simpsons themed scratch build upright
« Reply #39 on: December 28, 2009, 05:59:09 am »
That would be pretty cool. A trackball donut hole.
MMM...trackball donut hole...   :laugh2:

It DOES look great in the center of the donut, by the way, I love it.  I love the whole cab!  Nice work!