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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2009, 02:49:02 pm »
Thanks parag0n (and Bender). I think I'm going to cover the both cabs with laminated vinyl from http://www.arcadestickers.co.uk/.

Hot glue is crud. Both back doors have come apart, so They're being PVA'd together at the mo. I don't know whether the hot glue is not very good on MDF or not, but sticking it to pine 1/4 dowels doesn't work for me.  :angry:

Don't use hot glue for that.  Use simple wood glue.  Much much better results.

I want one of those tiny monitors, by the way... lol.

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #41 on: June 24, 2009, 02:51:54 pm »
Yep, but I had to use my new hot glue gun on something!

The monitors are dinky, yet flippin' deep (and heavy). There's no way these things are going to move  about. They're almost a two-man lift.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #42 on: June 24, 2009, 02:56:17 pm »
Yep, but I had to use my new hot glue gun on something!

The monitors are dinky, yet flippin' deep (and heavy). There's no way these things are going to move  about. They're almost a two-man lift.

Use the hot glue gun on wires... after soldering...   :)

I wish I could find those monitors here in the US.  I could think of many a neat project for those.

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #43 on: June 24, 2009, 03:54:09 pm »
Ah, I get you  ::), I'm a bit new to this and haven't tackled a wordworking/eletronic project since school (20+ urm yrs).

I was lucky to pick the monitors up. They were the inspirational, cheap basis, along with Zorg's brilliant tracing, of the cabs.

Although as leapinlew said in his Galaga bartop thread, I'm now (and my bro) down X00's with bits left over.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #44 on: July 09, 2009, 03:44:56 pm »
Long time, no post.

I've designed the bezel artwork using the original design plus the artwork from between the monitor glass and control panel.



The polycarbonate is now roughly cut for the marquee and monitor. I'm using 3mm clear, with the artwork behind, backed by 5mm smoked. It should be fairly sturdy.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #45 on: July 09, 2009, 04:00:37 pm »


The polycarbonate is now roughly cut for the marquee and monitor. I'm using 3mm clear, with the artwork behind, backed by 5mm smoked. It should be fairly sturdy.

Just out of interest where are you getting it from? I think you mentioned in a post somewhere else you are in the West Mids.

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #46 on: July 09, 2009, 04:22:01 pm »
All from eBay. There are some good prices for off-cuts occasionally.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #47 on: July 09, 2009, 04:25:30 pm »
Some more photos:

Air vent holes drilled.



Grille attached.



Current front view.

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #48 on: July 09, 2009, 04:45:43 pm »
What a nifty and unique cab!  The artwork compliments that monitor really well.  I see you got your barrel lock in, there's something pretty satisfying about being able to lock up the cab, or is that just me?  :lol

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #49 on: July 09, 2009, 05:13:20 pm »
Thanks Ond. Yep having a lock is part of the experience... it doesn't lock yet though  :(  I'm going to put an aluminium bar across the cab for a positive lock down.

The top and back is hinged allowing complete access to the upper innards.
« Last Edit: July 09, 2009, 05:15:30 pm by retrofuture »
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #50 on: July 09, 2009, 06:35:23 pm »
I've been watching your cabinet grow (as a lurker). Turning out great. I like how well you did the artwork and how it literally looks like you cut the game in half but yet still compliments the artwork that was in the latter half of the game. Good stuff.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2009, 06:42:55 pm »
Thanks Pinball. The artwork's really down to Zorg's great tracing. I'm really basing it around that. The premise of the cab is 'what if Atari created a smaller version of the full size cab for use on, for example, a trans-atlantic plane,... etc'.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #52 on: July 10, 2009, 12:49:14 am »
great work!

Love the curved CP

and the art just looks awesome :cheers:





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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #53 on: July 10, 2009, 05:17:50 pm »
Cheers Bender. My woodworking skills aren't up to much, the curved CPO is 1/4 dowel, but it will do.

I'm really tempted now to mount the extra bezel artwork, at the bottom of the artwork above, on a separate 'plate' that sits proud of the main screen bezel... much like the original cab.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #54 on: July 10, 2009, 05:20:36 pm »
The polycarbonate is now cut for the screen. I'll move onto the marquee next.

I'm still pondering whether to cover the inner sides with vinyl or paint them... ???
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2009, 05:37:43 pm »
Bezel(s) cut:



3mm clear + 5mm smoked x 2:

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #56 on: July 13, 2009, 10:58:42 pm »
The polycarbonate is now cut for the screen. I'll move onto the marquee next.

I'm still pondering whether to cover the inner sides with vinyl or paint them... ???

Vinyl all the way!
It's cleaner, more even looking, and will take less time.

I'm super excited to see your project completed, keep up the good work!

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2009, 04:56:58 pm »
Yeah, I know I should go vinyl...  thanks for giving me a kick!

I managed to cut the marquee polycarbonate to size at the weekend:



I've moved from the aluminium retainer to some plastic extruded angle lengths. They have some 'give' in them that will allow for the angles that the marquee sits at.



The image above shows the angle.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #58 on: July 16, 2009, 01:42:10 am »
So damn cool!!!   :cheers:
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #59 on: July 16, 2009, 03:11:25 am »
where did you get the plastic retainer? some hardware store? if so what dept woudl i look in? i was JUST looking at some aluminum angle iron tonight....

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #60 on: July 16, 2009, 04:51:41 am »
The retainer was from my local independent hardware store 5.49 for an 8 foot length. It's 10mm by 40mm. and fairly pliable. I've had to use 5 screws per 14" length to stop it from bowing up due to the pressure it's under from bending forwards. It would be a hell of a lot easier if all the angles were 90!
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #61 on: July 16, 2009, 01:42:09 pm »
I used HD's version of that retainer...easy to paint black and works perfect.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #62 on: July 16, 2009, 01:58:41 pm »
Nice FF cab Epyx  :). How did you secure the retainer? I cant see any screws/bolts. Very clean.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #63 on: July 17, 2009, 04:46:51 pm »
I printed out some test colour lasers of the artwork for positioning:



I need to make a few positional amendments, but other than that I'm pleased with how it looks so far.  :)
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #64 on: July 17, 2009, 05:13:09 pm »
Wow! Is that just printed on your home printer? Looks pretty good as is!
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« Reply #65 on: July 17, 2009, 06:00:46 pm »
Colour Laser A3. It doesn't look that great in reality!
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #66 on: July 18, 2009, 10:47:42 am »
looks fantastic!

can't wait to see the actual art if the mock up looks this good :applaud: :applaud:

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #67 on: July 19, 2009, 08:22:58 am »
Cheers Bender  :cheers:

I drilled out the control panel today, including the recesses for the cone buttons. 12mm hole for the led, forstner bit for the switch recess. There's approx 2mm of mdf holding the cone in place.





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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #68 on: July 19, 2009, 08:26:16 am »
Test fitting the CP confirms that the depth of the Mag-Stik Plus means I'm going to have to drill a hole in the cab base for the 4-8 way mech to fit into. Still, at least it will give more ventilation.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #69 on: July 19, 2009, 01:06:25 pm »
After a bit of fiddling the test marquee is now at the correct angle:



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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #70 on: July 19, 2009, 09:35:52 pm »
Nice job.  Good test artwork always makes you stand back and go,, "Did I do that?"

Bring it!!  >:D
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« Reply #71 on: July 20, 2009, 10:04:26 am »
Nice job.  Good test artwork always makes you stand back and go,, "Did I do that?"

Or in my case reassures me that the dimensions are correct ;)
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« Reply #72 on: July 20, 2009, 10:13:04 am »
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #73 on: July 20, 2009, 06:15:11 pm »
I drilled out the second cabs CP tonight.

I'm toying with the idea of replacing the polycarbonate clear monitor with 3mm tempered glass.

Also filled in a couple of holes in each marquee retainer. It seems now I've got the angles correctly aligned that there's not so much tension between the retainer and the marquee polycarb. I don't need five screws, and it looks alot better going back to three.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #74 on: July 21, 2009, 01:53:26 am »
I've been giving the subject of marquee retainers some thought for my bartop project. It's one of those fiddly and awkward parts to get right. I been looking at these: (scroll down to the "flexible lipping" and also "flexible hockey stick"):

http://www.pvcextrusions.co.uk/html/plastestrip/EDGING.HTM

Not sure which would be best. Also have to buy in a 15m coil so will be loads going to waste (plus I haven't priced it up yet). I do plan on using two strips back to back to make the lower marquee/bezel retainer on a DK project. I've ordered from this company before and they are really nice and friendly to deal with.

Your Xevious is looking really cool man. I've been looking more at people's bartop projects and getting more inspiration for my own. That monitor was exactly what I was looking for originally before I settled on a 15" LCD. Does the guy have any of those left? I might be interested for a future project. How heavy are they exactly?

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #75 on: July 21, 2009, 04:43:08 am »
Thanks LeedsFan. That site has some pretty useful extrusions on it, and in black to boot.

I'm afraid that the chap has sold out of monitors. I quite fancied buying some more from him for other projects :(

I haven't weighed the monitor, however I do know that it weighs nearly as much as the rest of the cab put together. It has a 15-pin VGA connector and cable hard-wired to it.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #76 on: July 21, 2009, 04:02:22 pm »
I ordered 4 of these today for the back admin buttons:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/searchBrowseAction.html?method=getProduct&R=174-2496#header

They 'should' look like mini Atari cone buttons, albeit chrome throughout, but you never know when you're ordering blind fro the RS site. I'll post pics when they arrive.
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« Reply #77 on: July 22, 2009, 02:23:12 pm »
As promised, here are the pics. The buttons look fantastic  ;D







So good in fact, that it seems a waste to put them on the back of the cab. They're also available with black plungers. No led versions I'm afraid  :(
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« Reply #78 on: July 22, 2009, 02:43:06 pm »
The button are available from RS in the UK:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/searchBrowseAction.html?method=getProduct&R=174-2496

RS Stock No. 174-2496
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Manufacturers Part No. 1213MC8

Data Sheet:

http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0032/0900766b80032e0d.pdf
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #79 on: July 22, 2009, 02:50:05 pm »
can these buttons be used for on/off buttons/

as in,for powering on/off a pc on a mame cab?

i agree they do look nice.

i got a couple of realy old push button things that have microswitchs on and i am unsure if they are any good for powering on/off a pc.i am wandering if a microswitch is capable for on/off switch?
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