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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1640 on: July 12, 2016, 06:39:07 pm »
Giddyup OND !!! This thing is too pristine to not wrap up! What an amazing build, but don't turn it into Boston's 'Big Dig'

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1641 on: July 14, 2016, 05:13:35 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1642 on: July 23, 2016, 01:56:52 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1643 on: July 23, 2016, 02:54:46 pm »
This is going to be interesting.  :cheers:
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1644 on: July 23, 2016, 04:28:23 pm »
Watchimg OND put the shine on that gonna be suhweet!

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1645 on: July 23, 2016, 04:45:18 pm »
I don't think he can do it.
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1646 on: July 23, 2016, 05:14:41 pm »
I don't think he can do it.
Spoiler Alert: When some jerk tells me I can't do something, I work harder to prove them wrong. (You're welcome for the side-effect of quicker updates.) ;)
Oh, so Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 is done?
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1647 on: July 23, 2016, 05:43:34 pm »
I don't think he can do it.
Spoiler Alert: When some jerk tells me I can't do something, I work harder to prove them wrong. (You're welcome for the side-effect of quicker updates.) ;)
Oh, so Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 is done?

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1648 on: July 23, 2016, 06:05:06 pm »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1649 on: July 23, 2016, 06:34:39 pm »
Oh, so Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 is done?

Ouch, man. Right in the feels.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1650 on: July 23, 2016, 06:35:33 pm »
Oh, so Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 is done?

Ouch, man. Right in the feels.
Work harder.  You're welcome.  :cheers:
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1651 on: July 25, 2016, 01:16:30 am »
Right on, Ond.  Glad to see you've got the inspiration to move forward on this beauty.  Enjoying the progress.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1652 on: August 03, 2016, 03:29:06 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1653 on: August 03, 2016, 08:38:14 am »
Nice job!!! I like them both, to be honest, but it's nice to see the juices flowing!
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1654 on: August 03, 2016, 11:22:56 am »
What kind of hinges did you use to make all your panels open and close so flush?

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1655 on: August 03, 2016, 05:41:32 pm »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1656 on: August 05, 2016, 06:45:32 pm »
I wandered away from the forum for a few years, and last week was struck by the thought, "Huh, I wonder how Ond's cabinet finished up?" I'm glad I came back in time for the finale.  :)

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1657 on: August 05, 2016, 10:18:06 pm »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1658 on: August 05, 2016, 11:08:31 pm »
I think I would have looked at having the entire main bumper (including wrap around ends) fabricated at a metal shop with "edges" similar to that 1/4" wrap under you see on some CPs, which slide into slots routed on the main cab. Fitting into a slot gives you the seamless look, without having to get a perfect fit. The uprights would be as you've done, added onto the main bumper via wood, bolts & bondo. Send the finished piece off to be chromed like the coin slot parts.

Wax paper wrapped lower cab, wood pieces, an lots of bondo / fiberglass + sanding is another way to go as well.

Love your re-done jukebox skin, lovely.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1659 on: August 06, 2016, 02:05:27 am »
I don't know if it's feasible. I would try to use the cab to get the shape. I would wrap something protective around the cab and then start slapping on rectangular strips of fiberglass that are bigger than needed. After having gotten the desired thickness, I would let the stuff harden and then cut the final shape out with a jigsaw. Then I would go about adding the uprights like you are doing now.
                  

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1660 on: August 06, 2016, 08:17:40 am »
Looking at it further, and knowing that I prefer to use as many "pre-fabricated" pieces as possible (ties into my abhorrance for re-inventing the wheel in software), the uprights on mine would have begun life as the pointed tips off a few cheap 1x2 yard stakes they sell in bundles at the big stores.

I assume the chroming process would be the same as the coin slit pieces, since you'd still take the finished piece to fully primed. Curious what the pricing would be on a piece that size.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1661 on: August 23, 2016, 03:47:30 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1662 on: August 23, 2016, 07:49:22 am »
BTW.  However this is no ordinary cab and will feature a limited selection of favorite console (and PC) games. 

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1663 on: August 23, 2016, 02:20:39 pm »
You're planning to emulate the console games, yes? I've seen a number of places online that do (and offer tutorials) USB conversions of console controllers. That plus an external USB jack hidden under our around your CP would seem the simplest solution. Though, um, this maybe should have been suggested prior to that gorgeous fiber glass finish being applied.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1664 on: August 26, 2016, 12:13:32 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1665 on: August 26, 2016, 12:35:41 pm »
Yo do what you don Ond... One thing about opinions...they are like ---uvulas---, everyone has one.

In the end it's about what you want...ultimately the cab is going to be sitting in your house so as long as your satisfied with it that's all that matters. I think a majority of people are in awe of the cabinet it's self, not what's going to be on it, ya know?
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1666 on: August 26, 2016, 06:54:00 pm »
From my own experience, I wouldn't build an authentic cabinet again. My cab was in my kitchen, and it was just mame. It got played some, but the novelty wore off a bit. When the original PC died, I modified the cabinet to have front-USB ports on the bezel. Then I used it for music, movies, internet, and old console games. I used my Xbox 360 PC controllers for most games, but NES games were fine with the arcade buttons and joystick. Much of the time, the keyboard just sat on top of my CP. It was hardly elegant, but it got used a whole lot more. 

And after I switched PCs, the bottom half was empty. The cabinet was so bloody big, I used the bottom to store board games. But since I hadn't built the cabinet with storage in mind, it was a pain in the ass and never quite good. The only time it got used as an arcade cabinet was during parties, and we'd mostly stick to Joust.

Next time I'll either build a slimmer cabinet with built-in storage to minimize the impact in the room, or a more artistic piece, so it's a piece of respectable furniture in its own right.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1667 on: August 29, 2016, 06:48:43 pm »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1668 on: August 30, 2016, 08:04:56 am »
I pretty much missed the whole console era, had no interest in it. Others here grew up with it i.e. younger guys.

I'm with you here. My first console was a Colecovision, and thankfully, it came with some sort of a joystick. I've played on the NES and other consoles, and my thumbs just don't work like others' do. Also, I get to say "GET OFF MY LAWN!" anytime I want, so there's that.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1669 on: November 19, 2016, 06:24:47 pm »
If I was building a classic cabinet shape, for starters I wouldn't be putting an LCD in it.  It would have a few choice mame games only or a dedicated board and a CRT.

A CRT would be awesome in this, but I assume a standard sized one (19") wouldn't physically fit. The curved surface of a classic spherical CRT goes along with the curves of the cabinet. Also, your cabinet reminds me somewhat of "futuristic" TVs from the '50s and '60s, such as this 1958 Philco Predicta:



The spherical tube is a huge part of what makes that TV look so cool. The effect could be simulated somewhat with a spherical piece of plexiglass covering the whole front of the monitor pod, like on the Panasonic Orbitel and similar "space age" TVs of the era, like the JVC Videosphere.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1670 on: November 22, 2016, 09:05:31 am »
I think i am the LAST person that should offer suggestions on this project, but...haha

Since you're building a new computer for it, why not add bluetooth for the games that need analogue controls, and go with something like this? http://www.8bitdo.cn/fc30pro/  (can be purchased other places, but even the colours are close!)

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1671 on: January 16, 2017, 07:00:13 pm »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1672 on: January 16, 2017, 07:27:28 pm »
My limited edition blueprints got even more rarer. ;-)

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1673 on: January 16, 2017, 09:45:17 pm »
Vegas is now offering odds on the year of completion of this project. Get your bets in!
Man, will my cab EVER be finished?

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1674 on: January 21, 2017, 03:49:01 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1675 on: January 21, 2017, 08:32:10 am »
It's so great to see you back at this Ond!  :applaud: This journey has been an amazing one so far. I'm glad you're sharing it with us every step of the way. I get excited every time I see this thread gets a bump by you.  :cheers:


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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1676 on: January 21, 2017, 09:06:53 am »
Amazing. Nice work Brother. It will be worth the wait for sure!

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1677 on: January 21, 2017, 03:16:31 pm »
Wow.

Your ability to fair complex shapes amazes me.  I think that in another life, you could have been a coachbuilder making one-off aluminum car bodies, or schneider trophy seaplanes.

Great work.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1678 on: January 30, 2017, 05:13:32 am »
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #1679 on: January 30, 2017, 09:56:54 am »
I get why you changed it, but man... Those little seams screamed craftsmanship.
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