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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #80 on: March 10, 2009, 04:48:10 pm »
That CP unit is just amazing.  It looks like it just rolled off the line of some professional manufacturing outfit.

I am truly glad that I finished up most of my project before your build pictures started going up, or else I may have gotten really discouraged when mine didn't turn out to have anywhere close to your level of professionalism!

I look forward to reading this thread every time that I see you've updated it!
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #81 on: March 10, 2009, 06:28:47 pm »

....I am truly glad that I finished up most of my project before your build pictures started going up, or else I may have gotten really discouraged when mine didn't turn out to have anywhere close to your level of professionalism!....


it's a dilemma that, some people might feel discouraged by some projects on here.  One thing I didn't mention is that I was lurking around these forums as a guest watching projects come together quite a while before I ever got started.  Every now and then my jaw would drop at the skills on display.  I remember reading similar things said about other peoples work. 

Some one wiser than me  said something about his own work - so I'll quote it -  "Don't let this put you off. If I was put off so easily, one look at Spacies work or Knievel Mountain (s**t, half the projects) on BYOAC, I'd never start." and then "Its important to have your own standards... only the builder can appreciate the true effort and detail that goes into a hand made project, and conversely, probably knows more about the imperfections than the photos show."

The good thing is that skills and methods that would be kept hidden from this great hobby are made available to everyone here.  If I know I'm doing something I haven't seen before - I'll share it, such as the finishing methods I use etc.  So to - those considering kicking off their projects and reading this - go to it!  ;D  this forum is an awesome resource and some of the best threads are by  people picking up a router for the first time and sharing their thoughts - definately.   I'm sure there's plenty would agree.
 

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #82 on: March 11, 2009, 04:09:48 am »
I've just caught up with this thread, wow, just wow!  :dizzy:

I love the finish. I'll definitely be following some of your steps for future projects. Thanks for sharing!  :cheers:

Looking forward to the next updates already :)

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #83 on: March 11, 2009, 08:46:13 am »
Holy crap man...  That is too sweet.  That spray putty is the bomb, it makes your cab look like plastic.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #84 on: March 22, 2009, 04:38:51 am »
Been thinking about a ‘coin plate’ (I use the term loosely) for the coin slot at the front of my cab. 
After playing with some designs which had flashing LEDs and lit panels around the slot I had a
re-think.  Then something caught my eye.  Pixelhugger’s avatar!  For those who aren’t familiar
with it (however unlikely) here it is.



The reason I liked it was because I was also inspired by something else the, glowing centre of
Iron Mans Chest, I thought about combining the two into a ‘Glowing Gear’ type arrangement with
a thick white PVC backlit  centre powered with whatever LEDs are needed to achieve the right effect.
So firstly I asked Pixelhugger if he minded me using the basic shape less the centre rocket (cool as it ). 
With his blessing I proceeded.  His cabinets sport the logo in various forms, I’m happy to have the
recognisable shape on mine.  It will certainly remind me of the inspiration gained from forums long
after the cab is finished.

Here's the concept..(Ignore the long object sticking out the front, that's a cutting guide for the coin reject slot).



So.....much time was spent coaxing the shape out of various materials and methods but the end
result is ok so far.

First I drew the shape as an object..and printed it out at exact size.


The stuck it to some very high density foam, cut out the shape and embedded into plasticine. 



Put the plasticine in the freezer, took it out and removed the foam shape leaving behind a mold.

Mixed Plastibond up and poured into mold with this result....lots of air bubble holes....



Then followed firstly a centre hole cut, (using template guide) then some refining using Dremel tools
and sandpaper with some over coat of Plastibond into air bubble pits.  Finally sprayed over with good
 ol spray putty.. and test fitted with chrome collar.


 
The PVC centre was router cut out of 20mm thick white PVC (using template) and then
rounded off by mounting onto my drill press with sandpaper and Dremel tool.  Some more finishing is
required as can be seen.



I’ll cut the coin slot with Dremel router bit later.  Next post will cover LED wiring and final assembly. 
My idea is for the unit to flash bright red twice after coin insertion, but normally glow white the rest of the time.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #85 on: March 22, 2009, 06:11:29 am »
Now that is sexy. Love it  :afro:

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« Reply #86 on: March 22, 2009, 11:20:58 am »
Wow that's a sweet cab. I don't think I could ever make anything like it. Great work!
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #87 on: March 22, 2009, 11:43:58 am »
Very cool -- I love the details on this cab!
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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #88 on: March 22, 2009, 01:05:57 pm »
Holy :censored:.

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« Reply #89 on: March 22, 2009, 08:29:04 pm »

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #90 on: March 23, 2009, 10:59:27 am »
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o and :o

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #91 on: March 24, 2009, 08:11:34 pm »
be careful your giving me ideas of making that lady's hair 3d now with tubing ..... lol .... Nice one mate looking good again.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #92 on: March 25, 2009, 07:58:13 am »
Nice work Ond! How did you go about cutting the foam?    Also, I don't understand where the pvc is located.. Is that in the center and creating the rounded edge on top center?



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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #93 on: March 25, 2009, 11:10:41 am »
Hey OND, where did you get that chrome collar? (and do they come in other sizes?)

I searched online and cannot locate anything like that. I want to make a button similiar to yours, but have it be the power button for the machine.

Thanks,
Deefish

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« Reply #94 on: March 25, 2009, 03:03:27 pm »
Nice work Ond! How did you go about cutting the foam?    Also, I don't understand where the pvc is located.. Is that in the center and creating the rounded edge on top center?




Hey OND, where did you get that chrome collar? (and do they come in other sizes?)

I searched online and cannot locate anything like that. I want to make a button similiar to yours, but have it be the power button for the machine.

Thanks,
Deefish

cornishHen, The foam was cut with a stanley blade knife and a craft scalpel.  The unit you see in the pics is in three parts the outer shape taken from the mold, the chrome collar and a rounded, shaped piece of white pvc which fits inside the collar in the middle.  It's a bit hard to see in the pic.  As a white piece of plastic its not that impressive.  But it diffuses LED light really well when lit and produces a very cool effect...stay tuned for the next post where I will cover lighting it and final finish.

Deefish, the chrome collar lol, yes I forgot to mention where I got that.  Here in Australia we have the almighty  ;) Bunnings (a large chain of hardware stores) where you can find dudes like me endlessly wandering the isles muttering to ourselves about the things we need for our cabs.  The collar is from a light fitting - the low voltage halogen type.  It was cheap so I bought it, pulled it apart and took the chrome collar.  Different sizes? sure check a lighting store and see what you can find.  It might be larger than it looks in pics (make a big button) I hope that helps.  I'll cover wiring the Led panel and some other cool things next post.

 :cheers:

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« Reply #95 on: March 25, 2009, 03:37:22 pm »
Man, that is going to be an awesome setup, I'm very impressed

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #96 on: March 25, 2009, 06:47:39 pm »
I have just read this thread, and I am speechless...
Great work!

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« Reply #97 on: March 25, 2009, 07:43:24 pm »
Ahhh I see. Yea I scrounge alot of stuff too. I try to search the interweb for anything that could be frankensteined into something cool for my cab.

I just found these today and ordered a couple for experiments. See pics below.

These were from this website: 

http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G1616

They have a pretty good selection of parts and pieces for all kinds of stuff.

Ok OND, thanks for the info. I can not wait to see more progress with your awesome Retro Cab.

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« Reply #98 on: March 25, 2009, 07:48:49 pm »
Yahooo ... Im not the only one then
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where you can find dudes like me endlessly wandering the isles muttering to ourselves about the things we need for our cabs.


My misses thinks im mad and i just come back and say no love this is like you shopping for clothes except i dont go into a dark room afterwards and try to wear what i buy i just think right what can i do with it lol ....

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« Reply #99 on: March 26, 2009, 04:53:32 pm »
all i can say is "Wow!!!!"

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« Reply #100 on: March 27, 2009, 01:00:57 pm »
I really like these original design arcade projects. I find them much more interesting than a standard box. And this cabinet is turning out beautifully. The quality of the finish on that control panel is unbelievable. Very sharp and professional looking. I am really impressed.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #101 on: April 03, 2009, 04:25:38 pm »
I'm putting only one switch per side for flippers but making a 'tilt' sensor switch for inside the CP.  The unit will be on castors and have some movement so tilt is possible.  I'll test first before really committing to that though, if it sucks I'll add extra switches near flippers as you say - be nice if it worked though  ;D .

First off, great build thread - I am just now enjoying catching up on your unique design.  :applaud:

Second, did you happen to see the announcement of the new U-HID-G? It might save you quite a bit of fiddle time.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #102 on: April 03, 2009, 06:09:12 pm »
Thanks to all of you that are taking an interest in this cab.  Also thanks to Neverending Project for the very useful tip, that's exactly the sort of thing I've been looking for.  I like the option of having both a manual 'button' tilt and a movement sensor as well.  Not much progress to date, life has been getting in the way a bit but that is about to change.  I'm taking some leave around Easter and will be right back into it.  I should be able to make some major progress then.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #103 on: April 08, 2009, 10:04:16 am »
Sorted your pinball titlt mate hahaha -. http://www.u-hid.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=24

Im going to order one asap.

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Re: Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet
« Reply #104 on: April 21, 2009, 03:17:51 pm »
WTF man! :hissy: :cry:

You know this is going to be one of the sexiest cabs in existence when it is finished!

It should be "Retro-Futuristic Mame cabinet" it should be called "Retro-Future Mamey cabinet". Yeah, that is more appropriate!
« Last Edit: April 21, 2009, 03:19:40 pm by thatitalian »

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« Reply #105 on: May 03, 2009, 11:22:09 am »
@thatitalian, heh heh thanks very much.   :cheers: 

Well, picking up from my last bit of work the coin slot design has now come together.  After a lot of mucking around with leds and wiring and trying to figure out what colour to make the damn thing I finally finished it off today.  Plenty of pics follow to show the result.  In fact I painted it black to begin with and hated it.  After stripping the paint and starting again  :angry: the chosen colour,  a kind of 'candy apple red', will form the theme for the cab finish.  Iron Man type colours for the cab  or maybe red and silver (with some dark panelling on CP as well).   The unit is lit with 40+ ultra bright leds, in three colour groups.  These groups are wired separately to allow for colour effects on coin deposit etc.  There are also two standard red leds either side of the slot so when you've had a few beers you can still guide the coin between the lights!  :P .  My digital cam didn't quite pic up the blue or red lit effect as well as it really looks but hey, you get the idea.  I have made progress on the overall finish of the base of the cab as well, but no further major structural changes.  The unit will mount securely on to the cab by way of three screw threads araldyted into the rear of it - so it can be removed for servicing if needed.










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« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2009, 01:18:09 pm »
sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. that is friggin awesome man. just....wow.  :applaud: :notworthy:

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« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2009, 03:35:39 pm »
That is insanely cool.  Color me very impressed.

So once again, we find that evil of the past seeps into the present like salad dressing through cheap wax paper, mixing memory and desire.

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« Reply #108 on: May 04, 2009, 09:26:53 am »
I don't know maybe it's me...your coin slot looks a bit perverted. :censored:

J/k it looks amazing...very well thought out.

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« Reply #109 on: May 04, 2009, 10:16:26 am »
 :o :o :o :o :o

Damn.  That is unbelievable.  I'm so jealous of your skills.  How did you achieve such even lighting?  The LEDs diffused nicely along the surface.  I can't believe the level of work going on here.  That thing looks like it came right out of the factory.  Unreal.  I can't wait to see what's next.

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« Reply #110 on: May 04, 2009, 05:06:31 pm »
Thankyou all for comments and feedback - this was a time consuming component I wanted to get right before getting back to the main cab again.

@ javeryh, I was lucky with the lighting. I found a plastics supplier who happened to have thick white PVC available which acts as a great diffuser for ultra bright leds.  It was a matter of experimentation.  Before committing to actual led positions I tested the groupings.  One thing though, I found running the LEDS up to around their 'normal' rating which is about 30mA with 3.5V was way too bright - I had a torch instead of an interesting effect.  By bringing them down using differrent resistors I got a more balanced result.

@ bosco, LOL, it's not just you, but it wasn't my intention.  Thing is, this cab will be very different from most when finished.  If it's curves and shapes etc get people thinking - then good, that was ALWAYS my intention.

The next lot of work will be mainly filling some cracks here and there - re-enforcing some joins in the base of the cab and preparing the surface ready for paint.  After that I'm going to focus on the monitor rotation, motor drive, controller etc.

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« Reply #111 on: May 04, 2009, 05:42:44 pm »
Speechless. Just unbelievable work. :notworthy:
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« Reply #112 on: May 04, 2009, 07:08:00 pm »
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« Reply #113 on: May 06, 2009, 10:05:48 pm »
A few more pics of coin slot being fitted to front of cab..

The bolts I've set into the unit can be seen



loosely test fitted and lit



Here is a support I made from some angled aluminium for the CP lid.  Most of the stuff I'm building for this custom cab are of little use to others but this support could be used for any hinged CP lid.  I used rivets to join the two pieces together.  A nylon spacer sits between the lower end  mount point bolt and the cp.

It locks into placed when completly straight and needs to be 'pushed'  to fold and close.




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« Reply #114 on: May 07, 2009, 05:52:40 am »
Pure awesome'ness  :afro:

I presume that the CP lid supports won't foul on your pinball buttons?

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« Reply #115 on: May 07, 2009, 06:24:49 am »
Pure awesome'ness  :afro:

I presume that the CP lid supports won't foul on your pinball buttons?

Hey thanks Franco,  it clears em nicely.  I actually just wanted to get somthing from the hardware store ready made that would do the job but could'nt find anything, so resorted to making that instead.

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« Reply #116 on: May 07, 2009, 06:37:43 am »
I didn't think they would do, I just wasn't sure by the pic. I didn't expect you had overlooked it but just wanted to check :)

Good work on the BYO hinges, they look great and I bet they work very well too. Keep it up  :applaud:

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« Reply #117 on: May 07, 2009, 04:02:07 pm »
that looks like the ironman chest thing. awesome work.

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« Reply #118 on: May 11, 2009, 02:03:13 am »
Probably the best work I have ever seen on BYOAC.  The arcade is simply awesome.   :notworthy:

Just makes you want to say God  :censored:

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« Reply #119 on: May 11, 2009, 12:22:13 pm »
thats it, its now official. I FREAKIN HATE YOU MAN!  :angry: That is the sickest ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- I have ever seen. You are a true Craftsman. ( I still hate you but you are a god)

  
 

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