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Author Topic: Arcade Legend (Formally Dragon's Lair) Custom  (Read 5673 times)

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Arcade Legend (Formally Dragon's Lair) Custom
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:22:05 am »
I am a huge Dragon's Lair fan and I have decided to start a new project.  Now, this is not a full authentic restore and will be a custom DL dedicated cab with custom artwork.  It will take me a few months to finish this thing because the cabinet is in rough shape.  The cab I picked up in El Paso at a jukebox distributor back in 2006.  They were throwing away about 50 cabs and I grabbed as many as I could get in my pickup over several trips.  This one is in the worst shape and decided to start with it.

Standard generic Dynamo cab and it was bare when I got it.

Already ordered the Ipac2, 2 large Happ buttons, stick, vinyl, harnesses and have a 25" Plasma TV to drop in it.  All the new custom artwork is drawn up too.  I'm keeping this one simple so Im dropping an older laptop in it because Daphne is the only thing it will be running.







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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 09:20:04 am »
because Daphne is the only thing it will be running.

That is serious DL fan love right there. 

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 09:40:22 am »
 ;)
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 01:17:45 am »
Should be a fun one :)

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 01:44:23 am »
If I had the space I'd be building one as well.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 01:51:24 am »
I have 6 arcade cabs altogether just waiting to be done and I too have limited space so I figure I could go one DL, one Ms. Pacman and one 2 player MAME.  If I can ever get my garage started I'd have more.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 01:57:27 am »
I have 6 arcade cabs altogether just waiting to be done and I too have limited space so I figure I could go one DL, one Ms. Pacman and one 2 player MAME.  If I can ever get my garage started I'd have more.

I hear you, bro.

Love the Dynamo. I'd drive to El Paso myself just to pick one up!  :cheers:
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 02:05:58 am »
Heck man, they threw away 2 perfectly good Dynamo Showcases that I nabbed too.  Just do not have the room for one.  :(
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 03:20:33 am »
Custom bezel CPO:


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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 04:40:34 am »
Sample marquees:



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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2014, 10:01:14 am »
Got all the holes and dings filled in with some putty and just doing the sanding now...  I'm a little worried about swelling with the big holes, there is a lot of wood putty in there.

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2014, 01:10:50 pm »
I like the second version. I'd tone down the stroke around the text, myself.  :cheers:
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 01:20:23 pm »
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I like the second version. I'd tone down the stroke around the text, myself.  :cheers:
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 01:21:58 pm »
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2014, 02:04:26 pm »
Roger that, I'll fix it before print.  Thanks for the input fellas.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2014, 02:39:50 pm »
Agree with above advice.  Overall looking great!   :applaud:

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2014, 07:44:47 am »
Jumpman, who printed out your side art if you dont mind me asking?
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2014, 11:00:26 am »
Game On Graphix did all my art.

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2014, 01:38:04 pm »
Ah yeah, good guys over there.  Thanks man, I'll probably go with them too.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2014, 04:13:12 pm »
Looking good so far.  Love the dynamo cab.   :cheers:

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2014, 03:32:39 am »
Nice artwork!
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2014, 02:02:55 pm »
TY fella's.  Means a coming from you guys.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2014, 10:12:15 am »
Need some expertise here.  I usually strip them down and apply fresh vinyl but I have been reading up on painting it instead.  Can anyone give me a few pointers here?  Just wondering if 1 coat of primer is enough and about how many coats of paint should I go minimum?

Any and all suggestions welcome.

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2014, 11:36:13 pm »
Well, a crap load of wood putty, sanding and about 4 coats later, it is coming along.  Need a few more coats for good measure and then I'm going to finish the CP and bezel.  Also reworked the marquee art a little.


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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2014, 11:54:12 pm »
Messed around with the CPO, think I'm going with this one.

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2014, 11:57:35 pm »
I need to build me a Daphne machine.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2014, 12:21:32 am »
;)  Wish I could man!  Wait till you see Daphne working.  Back in 2007'ish, I converted the XBOX 360 HD files to Windows format files and spliced them into scenes, frame per frame, using the 1997 Digital Leisure version as reference to get it as close to the original Laser Disk as possible.  I am also using a special modified version of Daphne Loader from 2003 which is the 124 build to play the HD files.  Took me about 6 months to do.  Now a days you can just download it but at the time I was dedicated to doing it myself.  I'm going to drop a Sony theater surround system in there if I have room.  I know its overkill but the audio is in full HD, why not rock it like it supposed to be?
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2014, 11:39:56 pm »
Quick update.  The Dragon's Lair has been canceled for another cabinet.  This cab is going to just be a generic 2 player Multi-cade style instead.  I found my 4 player control panel in storage that goes with this cab and dont want to waste it by leaving it in storage.  Yes I know 2 player on a 4 player CP is wasting a lot of acreage but me, my friends and family are...  large people and need the space, I like a lot of elbow room.  I have enough cabs to still make Dragon's Lair later.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2014, 11:40:50 pm »
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2014, 09:37:34 am »
yotsuya, it will all work out lol.  ;)
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2014, 10:39:31 am »
Quick update.  The Dragon's Lair has been canceled for another cabinet.  This cab is going to just be a generic 2 player Multi-cade style instead.  I found my 4 player control panel in storage that goes with this cab and dont want to waste it by leaving it in storage.  Yes I know 2 player on a 4 player CP is wasting a lot of acreage but me, my friends and family are...  large people and need the space, I like a lot of elbow room.  I have enough cabs to still make Dragon's Lair later.
Years ago I collected action figures.  I had considered making a diorama of the DL action figures in the marquee area.  I had to let the cab go because we were moving.  One day...

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2014, 10:18:18 pm »
Getting ready to paint the bottom of the control panel.



Test fit of the CP.



Still need to sand the heck out of it, round those corners and touch it up a little.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2014, 10:30:19 pm »
Quick update.  The Dragon's Lair has been canceled for another cabinet.  This cab is going to just be a generic 2 player Multi-cade style instead.  I found my 4 player control panel in storage that goes with this cab and dont want to waste it by leaving it in storage.  Yes I know 2 player on a 4 player CP is wasting a lot of acreage but me, my friends and family are...  large people and need the space, I like a lot of elbow room.  I have enough cabs to still make Dragon's Lair later.

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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2014, 10:35:11 pm »
Quick update.  The Dragon's Lair has been canceled for another cabinet.  This cab is going to just be a generic 2 player Multi-cade style instead.  I found my 4 player control panel in storage that goes with this cab and dont want to waste it by leaving it in storage.  Yes I know 2 player on a 4 player CP is wasting a lot of acreage but me, my friends and family are...  large people and need the space, I like a lot of elbow room.  I have enough cabs to still make Dragon's Lair later.

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lol, Dragon's Lair will be the 3rd. project.  I got 8 project going at once.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2014, 10:35:58 pm »
Art concept:

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Re: Arcade Legend (Formally Dragon's Lair) Custom
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2014, 02:50:17 pm »
control panel reminds me of moonwalker


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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2014, 02:58:43 pm »
Art concept:



Love it as side art, not as a control panel. Buttons and joys get in the way of the picture.
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Re: Dragon's Lair Custom
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2014, 09:00:32 pm »
Art concept:



Love it as side art, not as a control panel. Buttons and joys get in the way of the picture.

Yeah I was thinking that too while I was throwing it together.  I might go another direction in the end.  My issue is that when I think I am going to commit to a certain style, I'll change it at 3 in the morning.
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