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  1. I'll add a few helpful & constructive tips: Wire management: Your conductors are a little disorganized and would appear that little thought or emphasis was placed into clean pathways & wire management. Keep the conductors as short as possible, and lay your wires as efficiently as you can. When you're doing any kind of modwork; visualize the shortest, most efficient wire route prior to touching an iron to anything. If you have a pretty good road-map of your wire layout in your head, you'll be less likely to be wiring "on the fly" and end up with a rats-nest at the end. Stranded cable is quite forgiving. 26-28 gauge will suffice for video/audio signals. Always, always consider your wire grouping and the most efficient way of negotiating around other components that share space with your additions. Case tooling: I noticed that the composite jacks on your Heavy 2600 are badly out of alignment. If you're having difficulty with squaring up your holes and working with a drill to get dead center holes, build a template! Create a simple template on your PC that's to scale with whatever parts you're working with, taking into account spacing and dimensions; Print it, tape it, and let it be your guide. When dealing with more brittle plastics, I like to use a 1/16'' drill bit to create a nice pilot hole. I'll then move onto a nice stepper bit that will gently hone out the material without damage/cracking the casings. Also, by using a small diameter drill bit in the beginning, you have much better control of where you plant your bit. This naturally improves with practice. Also, I noticed on the back of the top-loader that you A/V modded. You left a plentiful amount of the 1-800 sticker residue on there. Simply cleaning that off will yield a much more professional result. Something your customers will certainly recognize and appreciate. Making your job easier: I notice that you're using strip-board for some of your modifications. If you find yourself doing those kinds of mods in any sort of volume, it would be beneficial, both fiscally and time-wise to put those circuits onto a production PCB. There are plenty of simple, entry level & beginner friendly CAD software packages out there that can help you turn those out quite quickly. Consider taking a couple of weeks and learning Eagle Lite. It's free, and all board houses love it. Top Loader NES A/V Mods, for example, build up a little circuit and send it off to OSH-Park or another cheap fab-house. It's very inexpensive, it saves you considerable time, and it yields a much more professional look. Hell, just take the composite circuit off of the AV Famicom and throw it on a board. Not dogging you. You're off to a really good start and your mod-work isn't terrible. Everyone is a beginner and improves their craft by good practice. Though, if you're striving to improve your craft and give your work a more professional look. I'd with 100% certainty take the advice from others in this thread into consideration.
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