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Right on for that, the mini-arcade lives!!
I'm aiming to bring all 4 of mine to Cambridge with maybe the odd suprise Wink Who else is in? Thumbs Up


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If only there was an event (based at an awesome retro-focused venue in Cambridge) where you guys could all bring your Dino Kings together... on Sat 2nd September

http://www.ukvac.com/forum/the-arcade-experience-in-cambridge_topic357853.html

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Originally posted by Flinnster Flinnster wrote:

Thanks Bods!

Also had some various blonding chemicals arrive from t'internet, so if the weather holds for next weekend, I'll be doing some retrobriting for the first time too!


Yeah, I really need to start doing that too, I got a bottle already, should of thought about it last week with that blooming sunshine we had for days. Not just Arcade bits I want to do, got loads of Commodore stuff, Shoe Phone I bought for the missus that should be White, be great to restore some stuff

It's worth taking time on these things though. 3 cabs of mine I was going to use for mame, looking to install jamma loom though instead of just wiring up an Ipac, then you can play arcade pcb's too if I want, trying to plan it out so I can fit everything in. I was trying different options like old ArcadeVGA Cards but they don't work very well, it seems to stretch the image to wide and you can't adjust the monitors right, Soft15khz is fantastic though, no issues with width. Was going to work on the Missus machine first but then I picked up a cheap Virtual Pinball with fault so cracked on with that as I only had a month to sort something for birthday but need to get back to the Dino cab soon

Been thinking of options to make switching Control Panels easily, one game I wanted to play is Discs Of Tron, original cabs are too much for me to pay but I have original Joystick and spinner so thats one Panel I will have to swap on it, could add some UV LEDs I guess into the panel to light the Joystick up too, make it look cool


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Dave, you saw inside of mine... if you have the original loom then if you pull all of the wires out of the original sockets then they are the perfect length already to vcreate a Jamma harness and you have no need to crimp anything... i didn't need to.

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Thanks Bods!

Yeah, I'm trying to do things properly rather than just hack... whether I manage them all is another matter! Wink The JST connector for hot-swapping was originally suggested by Paulie, so I'm running with it! It all takes a lot more fiddling and faffing, but I'm making these for my enjoyment so it's a total labour of love.

The mini arcade is great Smile This evening Metal Slug X, Bubble Bobble and Street Fighter 2 were on in a row Thumbs Up

Also had some various blonding chemicals arrive from t'internet, so if the weather holds for next weekend, I'll be doing some retrobriting for the first time too!


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Nice to see someone doing things properlySmile

Glad the machines I got all have the internals still so I can use the connectors like yourself for wiring the panels up as I was planning one having different ones with special control layouts for other games than standard joystick n buttons

Don't know why people rip all that stuff out and shove wires through, yeah it's quick way to do stuff but to me it's just a bodge job

They make an awesome Mini Arcade setup don't theySmile

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I don't seem to have had much chance to get hands on with cabs since Revival, which flew by as a complete blur!
Hello to everyone I met up with and happilly geeked out on arcade and retro stuff with for the whole weekend  Wink

Unfortunately the Pang cab didn't make it (last minute logistics!) but Wonder Boy went down well, many not realising the artwork was all custom designed, which was cool - means I did the job well enough!


My attention has turned to the hot-swapping of control panels - I have some more metal panels coming from afar at the end of next month so I'm getting all my bits and pieces together for these.
Firstly I grabbed some cheap Sanwa sticks and gave them a good refurb scrub / bubble bath and sunbathe.
With a couple of new ball tops they came out really nicely I think - just gotta get some connecting cables and dust washers for those now.



Then I worked out a plan for wiring the pins on the JST connectors, that sit in the metal panel behind the CP.
Looks like I can cram everything for all the various combos of 1 & 2 player panels onto a single 21-pin connector, which is ace:






Next up I think I need to go shopping for a crimp tool, as I'll probably be crimping JST pins for the next few months! Wacko


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Looking cool though! Big instruction strip and a load of blu-tack maybe? Confused


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My LCD Dino is ready to go too, check out the cracked bezel, I'll put some stickers on it or something!

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I have been working away getting some custom marquee art finished for printing for 2 of the cabs. The art is a 'homage' - it's not meant to recreate the original marquees, but I have taken plenty of cues from old flyers and instruction strips to keep the vibe there, I hope.



I carefully removed both sets of artwork from the back of the monitor bezel so they can be reused in future if I want to.
Then trimmed the new art to fit and carefully mounted it into place, ready for the cabs to head to Revival this weekend.

So here's how they look now:




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LOL It's because it has the word 'CAVE' on it! Still got to love it all though.
But yeah... woah

Hang on.. that ebay listing says Uo Poko is co-operative 2 player?! Cool




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And sparkly unicorn poo ain't cheap: link Shocked
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Good luck with that. They are made out of sparkly unicorn poo.
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Originally posted by virtvic virtvic wrote:

You need some Mr driller pcbs. Or maybe even Uo Poko?


I still have the Mr Driller marquee and CP art Tongue Although I missed out on a board a while back.

As for crazy Uo Poko (isn't that the current 10p compo game?), I would need to obtain the kitty paw joystick ball!
(Or... rig up an old-skool toilet flush!)



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You need some Mr driller pcbs. Or maybe even Uo Poko?
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Told yer you'd be impressed with Vic's panels :-)
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Thanks again! I now need to up my collection of cute and colourful 2 player game boards! Thumbs Up


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Much better now that collars match cuffs :D
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More updates Smile

Vic sent over some 2 player control panels that he'd kindly manufactured for me, having spent ages re-working my bonkers measurements to something a little more sane for his engineering mind and machines Tongue They have a nice smooth white surface on top, and the backing is more textured, like brushed metal in style.

Thanks Vic! I don't think it was actually possible to put any more holes in one of these panels was it?



He even sent over a green ball top so I was able to have matching sticks and buttons!
Here's how it all looks in place:






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Long time no progress on the cabs. I got a bit of tidying up done this weekend though - finally got round to sorting out a proper base to mount the switching supply on to free up more space at the bottom of the cab.
Now my solution is nothing snazzy (not as impressive as Franco's creations, that's for sure!), but it gets the job done.

Normally my switcher and any additional boards like the MVS or PGM motherboards have to share the tiny little mounting board where the card dispenser used to live. It's pretty cramped:



My plan is to move the switcher to the space in the back corner of the cab:



I cut a C-shaped MDF panel to fit, and drilled countersunk holes to match where the original
cable tidy hole points are in the base. All hand-cut here, no motorised tools unfortunately:



With that done, I gave the bottom area a good clean and made sure I'd have enough length of wire to reach where's needed:



Slotted the MDF shape into place, which fits around the existing transformer mounting panel to be fairly snug:



But to be completely secure, I've bolted it into place using M4 bolts and nuts, that use the existing holes already in the base of the cab:



With the MDF tightly in place, it was just a case of mounting the switching supply again, and
popping the front area panel back in.. space at last!




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