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Author Topic: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010  (Read 17319 times)

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC - Sanwa JLF's or JLW's? 3-26-2010
« Reply #80 on: March 26, 2010, 01:24:27 pm »
Epyx,

Ok I see, so this way keeps you from having to buy an extended shaft for the j-sticks.

 :laugh2:, not touching that one with a 10 ft. pole.........

Opt2Not,

I read the thread and seems he's a bit high on those shafts, $15.00 a piece, plus I would have to drill the ball top, and I need a blue led, not RGB.

Seems that Thorsten has the whole setup, shaft, ball, led, resistors, all assembled for about $37.00 for 2 sets, shipping included.

You've already sold me on the JLW's so I'm going with Thorsten,  I'll just contact him later on tonight or ealry tomorrow morning....Thanks for the heads up though...

 
   

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC - Sanwa JLF's or JLW's? 3-26-2010
« Reply #81 on: March 26, 2010, 01:27:29 pm »
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Ok I see, so this way keeps you from having to buy an extended shaft for the j-sticks.

Yep exactly.  Also I just checked and Thorsten hasn't been online since the 20th so he may just be out of town etc...give him a day or two.
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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC - Sanwa JLF's or JLW's? 3-26-2010
« Reply #82 on: March 26, 2010, 01:42:12 pm »
I was emailing with him this morning....It was probably late and he shut it down....I just need to finalize with him....
   

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC - Sanwa JLF's or JLW's? 3-26-2010
« Reply #83 on: March 26, 2010, 02:22:35 pm »

Let me just say this right now...I *LOVE* my JLWs...for me it blows every other stick I have tried out of the water.


+1 I love my (modded for silent running) JLWs too, very rugged, great feel.

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC - Sanwa JLF's or JLW's? 3-26-2010
« Reply #84 on: April 08, 2010, 10:15:30 pm »
Quick updates.

This what i used to mount the monetary switch to the back of the keyboard drawer to trigger the neon light.

L-Bracket



Monetary switch

The predrilled holes in the bracket were a perfect fit



Pulled out

Pushed in

I pondered on how I was going to mount the smoked glass over the monitor.  Took a stroll in Home Depot and came across shelving brackets, already painted in semigloss black and comes in 5ft. lengths.

small left over piece

I simply cut to size  drilled wood screws through the holes in the brackets into the admin panel, i did the same for the speaker panel.  this is a test fit, i plan to fill in the gap behind the glass with weather stipping, so there shouldnt be any rattling.







Top mounted my Sanwa j-stick panels ala Franco B's tutorial, his baby, so i'll just post photos to illustrate the concept.







this pic may be confusing, this is how i lined up the base to draw the cutout.  I did this after i routed out the top layer, this pic just doesnt show that.  Anyhow, i just looked for the daylight in the holes so i knew it was lined up to draw the template.







about as flush as you can get with screws

I've seen a few button mods to tone down the brightness of the led in a pushbutton.  So I tried to come up with my own as far as i know, if someone else has done it. I apologize, but haven't seen this simple mod to get a different look out of a button and at a cheaper price.

My concept is use what you have, just swap em out....

I bought 15 black buttons and 16 clear buttons (on order)....I had enough parts on hand to make one test piece.

I've seen most mods create the ring effect around the button to get rid of that intense glare when lighting underneath.  So I just took the clear casing and installed the black button.  These will be for my gaming buttons p1,p2, spinner, p1 & p2 start(which will be black also.)







These will be fore my pinball buttons, (admin panel, pause and coin buttons -  these buttons will have coin inserts naming each button appropriately)....






I'll be doing some serious soldering for the leds and resistors, but that's the fun of it, and 31 buttons with this look for $80.00, is a great deal.

If I stole someone elses idea, someone let me know I just haven't seen this done, not saying it hasn't and credit should be given to the right person.  It's so simple but sometimes we overlook the obvious.
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Nice. I like the black button with clear ring idea. Simple but effective.

And the keyboard tray that automatically lights up is slick!

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I haven't posted many photos in awhile so i just posted this video to show my progress on my project....

This is a video of the completed control panel

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 5-2-10 Control Panel Complete - Video
« Reply #87 on: May 02, 2010, 06:52:50 pm »
Nice. I really like those clear rings with the black buttons. They turned out very nicely!

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 5-2-10 Control Panel Complete - Video
« Reply #88 on: May 02, 2010, 07:27:04 pm »
I love it...turned out awesome!  :cheers:

I really like what you did for lighting the spinner in particular.
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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 5-2-10 Control Panel Complete - Video
« Reply #89 on: July 23, 2010, 09:49:15 pm »
Hello All,

Black's Magic is 100% structurally complete.  I've been configuring software for the cab and playing games as I go.

Just been too lazy to post photos.



Many thanks to:

Rdowney aka blinddado, Epyx, Dr. Venture, OND, and Gamester for all of their expertise and insight.

Most important a thanks to SAINT for creating this forum and inspiring us to build works of art.

I will try to post a video of how it works, but here are a few photos.  I have more photos of the construct and wiring work if anyone is interested.

It's been fun and real..........

FYI, for anyone who sees this and is a beginner, I have no prior graphics, electrical, or wood working experience.  This project was done from scratch with 7 months worth of research, and questions.  Cool thing is 100% of the reasearch for every question started here on this forum...Amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it....
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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010
« Reply #90 on: July 23, 2010, 09:54:38 pm »
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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010
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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010
« Reply #94 on: July 23, 2010, 10:42:50 pm »
Fantastic job!  :applaud:

Making me wish I could finish mine....

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010
« Reply #95 on: July 24, 2010, 12:17:38 am »
Very nice, stirling job, the black buttons look great on the CP and the finish is nice and clean.

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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010
« Reply #96 on: July 24, 2010, 03:35:19 am »
Nice job rablack97!  Congrats on the finish...now enjoy and join some of the high score comps!  :cheers:
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Re: BLACK'S MAGIC- 100% Structurally COMPLETE - PHOTO UPDATES 7-23-2010
« Reply #97 on: July 24, 2010, 03:25:23 pm »
Just read through this for the first time... great documentation!

The fans idea is realy novel. I remember a sit down game where you pedal a flying bike to pop baloons (pilot wings?). It had a fan mounted that gave an impression of speed and height. Worked quite well.