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#51 iwan-iwanowitsch-goratschin OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:03 AM

Looking GREAT! :D


Yeah! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

How much are the shipping costs...... ? :D

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Posted Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:25 AM

Looking GREAT! :D


Yeah! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

How much are the shipping costs...... ? :D


Thanks guys! I'm getting pretty anxious being so close to finishing! :)

Iwan: UPS, Michigan to Germany = $822.94 USD ;) :D (though I did have to enter a smaller package size than it actually is)

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Posted Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:43 AM

Looking GREAT! :D


Yeah! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

How much are the shipping costs...... ? :D


Thanks guys! I'm getting pretty anxious being so close to finishing! :)

Iwan: UPS, Michigan to Germany = $822.94 USD ;) :D (though I did have to enter a smaller package size than it actually is)



Ouch! :D

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Posted Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:48 PM

Well, here is the penultimate update... at least for the cabinet construction. I intend to to have it in my basement and working tomorrow.

Ethernet jack attached:
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Wires organized and strapped to the cabinet... also have the computer power button and wire attached:
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Installing the t-molding (worship the woodgrain! :D ):
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T-molding finished and cabinet poly'd:
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Back of the cabinet with back panel in place (ie. pegboard):
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Posted Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:50 PM

The cabinet is finally "DONE"!!! :D :D :D

My wife and I got the cabinet into the basement and I completed the final assembly. Now... I just have to get the software end of the project setup how I want it. Mamewah seems to be best solution for me, so I'll start on that tomorrow-ish.

Thanks to everyone that has been reading and commenting on this for the last month-and-a-half! I'll probably have another update when I get the software done, but that won't be for a while...

Here are a few more pics to enjoy!

Everything put together:
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I really should have dusted the control panel before taking this picture... :ponder:
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Closeup of the marquee... this marquee is a temporary one I printed until I can get it professionally done:
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Jr. Pac-Man:
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Yes, that's a picture of Jesus on the computer. I bought the computer from a friend that needed the money, but as a condition of the sale he said I had to keep Jesus on the front. I am complying with his terms.
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Obligatory across the room shot:
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Posted Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:09 AM

And the result is: STUNNING! :lust: :thumbsup:

And Jesus is with it............. :D

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Posted Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:33 AM

And the result is: STUNNING! :lust: :thumbsup:

And Jesus is with it............. :D


Thanks! :D I'm really happy with how it has turned out!

Jesus might be with the computer, but right now I wish he was with the monitor... I mentioned a while back that it was a bit twitchy, well it seems to have gotten worse in the past two years that it hasn't been used. Now the picture will twitch, zoom in a bit, and blink out for a second before stabilizing. It does this randomly, but it's probably like every 10 minutes or so. So, it looks like I'm gonna have to repair or replace... I'd like to repair it, but my knowledge of monitor repair isn't much more than whack it on the side.

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Posted Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:36 AM

Wow, that cabinet looks amazing. Well done!

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Posted Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:58 AM

Wow, that cabinet looks amazing. Well done!


Thank you very much! :D

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Posted Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:04 PM

This looks great man! I like the looks of it and the woodgrain sides are cool.
One of the things I saw that stood out: Why use peg board for the back cover.

Then I got to thinking... why the hell not?!
LOL

It makes sense to me. Great ventilation, you probably already had some at the house, and it is cheap. Who the heck sees the back of an arcade game anyways?! LOL
Great job on the build. I have been slooooowly building up my tools so I don't have to borrow from the in-laws too much. I still have not bought a router yet, but I'm thinking that will be on the list soon.

Hey... if I need a saw... can I stop by your place?! You seem to have an abundance! ;)
It was great to meet you and your wife! And... don't forget... if you need a genesis, I know a guy. LOL

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Posted Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:56 AM

This looks great man! I like the looks of it and the woodgrain sides are cool.
One of the things I saw that stood out: Why use peg board for the back cover.

Then I got to thinking... why the hell not?!
LOL

It makes sense to me. Great ventilation, you probably already had some at the house, and it is cheap. Who the heck sees the back of an arcade game anyways?! LOL
Great job on the build. I have been slooooowly building up my tools so I don't have to borrow from the in-laws too much. I still have not bought a router yet, but I'm thinking that will be on the list soon.

Hey... if I need a saw... can I stop by your place?! You seem to have an abundance! ;)
It was great to meet you and your wife! And... don't forget... if you need a genesis, I know a guy. LOL



Thanks, Eric! You "pegged" it! I figured I needed the cabinet to breathe, so I had to put holes in it, or a vent of some kind. With pegboard, all of the holes are uniform (better than I could do with a drill, plus it allows the entire back of the cabinet to act as a vent, while still adding the stability of plywood. Also, as you guessed, I had some laying around. :)

When I was designing it, I wanted the back of the cabinet to look as good as the front. For the most part, I think I achieved that. I love the clean look to it.

LOL! You need a saw? I've got a saw - in many varieties... table, radial arm, miter, band, circular, hack, drywall, jig, reciprocating... ;)

I've slowly built up my assortment of tools over the last 5 years. I've bought things as I've needed them, and now I have a garage full.

We really enjoyed meeting you! Hopefully, we can all get together again in the near future. It seems to take this group 6 months to get a plan together. :)

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Posted Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:46 PM

I have learned a thing or two from restoring cabinets (I buy gutted ones instead of building from scratch):

Put the whole damn computer (case and all) in the cabinet and secure with angle brackets - nobody cares what the inside looks like

Use a coin door as access to the computer, volume control and keyboard encoder

Also, going back through your pics in regard to the monitor: what I did with my Pole Position cabinet is I took off the back of the monitor (like you did) and I was able to tap into some holes in the monitor chassis. I was then able to take some brackets and secure it to the stock monitor bracket.

I should have taken a picture but now the monitor shroud is stapled to the cabinet and I'm not removing that after the fact unless the monitor dies.

Edited by rmaerz, Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:47 PM.





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