Time to rename my project for the second time...
Pacific Rim is an awesome movie and I'm proud of the work we did on it, but now I got two sons, James and Mathias (Jam.Ma ... got it? ) and this machine will be theirs one day, so I'll FINALLY name it after them.
I got some exciting updates to show. I should post something over the weekend, if time permits. Rest assured that the name DOES have to do with the updates!
Done and done! Thanks to Russ and RoccoC, who were kind enough to send me some courtesy transformer/pinDMD2, I was able to FINALLY put all pieces together. Next stop: finish the artwork!
So happy that the Plasma DMD is now fully working!!! :DDD
Watch it in HD:
Ps,: background sound effects by my wife and son
Coming back to my project. I decided to move to a "Pacific Rim" theme this time around!
I'm really proud of the work we did on this movie and the artwork will be featuring a giant robot and a giant creature I modeled for it, so stay tuned!
Long time reader, first time poster!
Thank you so much for all the inspiration, generous contributions with all your knowledge and thanks for the amazing work done by people like Noah, Zebulon and Mameman, who are producing some of the key pieces of my built.
The theme for the artwork will orbit around the movie "Rango". I was lucky enough to have the chance to work on this movie, as a Senior Modeler (I sculpted a few characters, like The Mayor, Waffles and The Spirit of The West, among other background characters). Since the movie won an Academy Award for best animation last year, I decided to pay homage to it. If you haven't seen it yet you should! It's a great little flick.
I consider myself ok with computer hardware/software stuff, but I'm almost clueless about the electrical stuff (although I managed to put together my own mame arcade machine, but that was a fairly simple built), so I'm pretty sure I will learn A LOT from you guys in the process.
Here's a little bit of what I have in mind (thanks chriz99 for the inspiration and the template
- Noah' Widebody VirtuPin, flat pack and no holes cut
- The backbox is slightly wider than the norm, about 1-1/2" to accommodate my 32" TV
- Speaker panel is being CNCd by mameman to mimic a WPC95, only slightly wider to conform to the custom back box
- I took the time to photograph and carefully trace the Williams logo applied to the original speaker panel from my Monster Bash pinball machine and I'll be doing some tests trying to get a good match to the original one, possibly by getting it laser cut in metal. If I get a good match I'll not mind making more copies for anyone interested.
- Ultimate Cabinet Kit Widebody: brand new legs, all metals, lockbar and trims
- Perforated Aluminum Sheets to cover the fans
- Routed channel to fit the 46" playfield in the Widebody cab
- New Williams/Bally Pinball coin door
- Tempered glass to protect playfield and backglass
- Fully wired/functional coindoor (I hope...)
- Internal trays: not sure if one or two. I'll be using two Ikea red doors that we removed from a bookshelf (my wife hated color )
- white interior (easier to locate things under low light)
- black exterior (matte)
- 46" Samsung LED Full HD 1080p UN46ES6003 via HDMI - great viewing angles, excellent contrast and black levels. Recommended TV! (got a great deal before Xmas)
- 32" Panasonic Viera TC-L32X5 720p - via HDMI
- Plasma Vishay DMD 128x32... not the 12v kind :-/ (I'm aware this is not going to work with the pinDMD2 for lack of power supply, but I'm hopeful that a solution will come to light at some point soon, thanks to some of the geniuses in this forum, so I'll hold to it for now
- Windows 7 64-bit
- Intel i7-920
- MSI X58A-GD65 Motherboard
- 6GB RAM (OCZ3x3GB RAM DDR3 1600 - PC3 12800)
- Galaxy / Nvidia GTX650 GC 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 DVI/DVI/MINI-HDMI (Hardware render and all Nvidia settings set to max. The games run smooth like butter!)
- Samsung 840 Series SSD-250GB Sata 6GB MZ-7TD250BW (overkill for VP, but since this machine will double as a juke box, it turned necessary)
- Onboard Realtek HD Audio
- Logitech 2.1 Speaker System Z623
- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular PSU (main system)
- Antec VP-450 - 450Watt (dedicated to Zebulon's booster board)
- Ledwiz USB + Zebulon Booster board to control: 5 3w RGBs, 4 LEDs, 8 Siemens 3RT1016-1BB41 24v contactors, shaker, knocker and gear motors.
- Looking for a good digital nudge solution, mostly between the mini mercury switches or 3 tilt bobs
- Plunger will be a simple giant button, just like the one in my original Monster Bash
- Belkin Conserve Socket with Energy Saving Outlet
- I found this nifty little PSU, 2A, with a molex connector that can feed all my cabinet fans at once. Kind overkill since I can use the main PSU for it, but for 11 bucks it works great and it will surely be useful if not in this machine, in my arcade or home theater! Picture attached
I'll keep updating the list as I go. For now, here are some pictures of my progress while I wait for my cabinet (make it happen Noah! ), Zebulon's board and mameman's speaker panel to arrive.
All cabinet fans, 3x 200mm + 2x 120mm and perforated aluminum sheet to cover them up, also covering the back vents:
Little PSU with a molex running all fans:
32" LED will not fit the regular backbox. Noah is building a custom one for me:
Some parts delivered, waiting on many others:
Bare-bone computer waiting for the cabinet:
Good deal on those two. The Samsung has a kickass image quality!
Trying out some tables:
LedWiz and IPac ready to go. Waiting on Zeb's booster board, probably delivered this week:
One of my favorite tables. I can't wait to play it in the cab:
Edited by antropus, 04 February 2014 - 12:46 AM.