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First Pinball Ecno Cab Build - "Johnny 5" - Working Name

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#1 rtkiii

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 02:06 PM

Started building this with a buddy over labor day weekend.  Made some good progress but still a bit to go.

 

Dual Screen Cabinet  25" PF - 19" BG

Quad Core PC 8GB RAM - 1GB Video RAM

Plan on doing 8 buttons

No Plunger, No movement(too expensive)

 

Cabinet Dimensions

PF Box

20 3/4" wide and 33 3/4" long

13 1/2" Tall at front to 16" at the back(Originally had it at 17 1/2" in the back but had issues)

 

BG Box w/ Speaker Box

Cant remember right now   :)

 

The design took an interesting change when we had everything together.  In short it just seemed like the BG was not tall enough.  So we improvised some tubes to raise it up.  Need to really get this cabinet on some legs and then tweak the height of the BG.  Hopefully in the next week or two.

 

 

Back Glass

 

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Abe working on the slider guide and trim for the speaker box,  This turned out really well.

 

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Back Glass and speaker before mounting and ventilation holes

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Abe putting the sides on.  We had a couple of silly user errors on this one...but we made it through

 

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Playfield with bracing inside and few buttons drilled.  The button on the front panel in the top left are hitting a brace on the inside of the cabinet. Need to sort that.  Front door will open from the front for maintenance.

 

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Closer shot of the bracing.  This went surprising well also.

 

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Full shot.  Not bad after about 16 hours.  More to come!

 

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#2 jorro666

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 05:34 PM

nice! would keep the option of plunger in a later state open?have fun!!!

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 12:18 AM

nice. with a name like that though, heaven help you if you try to disassemble


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 05:57 PM

LOL!! NO DISASSEMBLE!!!  



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:58 AM

Number 5 stupid name... want to be Kevin or Dave!

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 03:24 PM

Worked on for a few hours this past Friday.  Made some good progress.  Wired speakers, fans, LCD cables.  Attached audio board to main playfield box and also cut the remaining holes for the buttons.  Also had to add some bracing that secured the BG to the PF a little better, we have hidden them behind the pipes.  My buddy, Abe, attached the front door and latching system for easy access in the future.  We did find an issue with our first idea for the LCD mount...which was it was a pain to mount.  Ended up redesigning that and cutting a hole in the back for the BG box for easier access.  

 

Remainig Issues

Need to get the bezel for BG and PF done

Hand Rest

Wiring buttons

Purchase and connect Legs

Paint(that will be a whole other project :)  )

 

Attached a few pictures

 

Close Up of LCD with new bracing.  Level, not crooked and way easier to mount

 

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Brace from backside of BG Box

 

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Front Panel

 

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Last one.  Full pic with LCDs in place.

 

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 11:11 AM

Abe ended up doing the Bezel and hand rest yesterday afternoon.  Looks pretty nice.

 

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 12:45 PM

That is a very unique, well at least to me, looking pinball machine  :D .  Very nice workmanship.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 02:47 PM

Just bought the leg hardware for just under $100.  More than I was expecting at the start of the build but not a bad price at all considering other sites I checked out.  and considering I have spent less than $25 thus far on the build I'm ok with it.

 

Hopefully should be here by the weekend.


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 08:09 AM

I can see why you call it Johnny 5!

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 11:42 AM

After a few hours of working and beers to go along with the work we assembled the creation and my buddy went out to smoke a cig and I here him laugh.  I continue to clean up the work area when he says "Dude this looks like something, I'll be curious what you see."

 

I go over and sit..."Short Circuit! - Johnny 5"

 

He laughs..."that was better than what I thought...I was thinking E.T."

 

Glad someone else sees it...LOL


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Posted 12 September 2014 - 06:27 PM

A couple ideas for the BackGlass side art and playfield side art - "Johnny Five" is the official name.

 

BG - I need to tweak for the varied size top vs bottom but this is the main idea.

 

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PF - SideArt

 

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:04 PM

We have legs!

 

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:52 PM

Looks really nicer!!! :D
And it dont have to cost you hundred and hundreds of $$$!!!
Keep posting WIP's! :D



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Posted 29 September 2014 - 11:47 AM

Brought the cabinet home this past weekend to and found my playfield has something wrong with it.  Damn!  We custom built the mounts for this TV...hoping it is a just power board I can buy on Ebay...

 

I was able to wire my buttons...which is at least some progress.

 

more to come.



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Posted 29 September 2014 - 05:17 PM

Kool concept man :) ...  Pinball is not only a question of budget... Never forget before anything it's always for fun and as long as you keep that in mind, Your build will rock and give you many hours of pleasure at the end.  What ever you tend to create it's going to be unique.... Keep going it's a great project :tup:



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 03:44 AM

I like the unique design. Keep on going!

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 02:09 PM

Well I bought a 29" LCD on Amazon this week.  which is nice since it will be 4" bigger than what I originally had in.  Not sure if the "uniqueness" will stay but we will see early next week how it looks.  Hopefully the mounting system does not need to change.  :)



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Posted 06 October 2014 - 11:45 AM

New TV arrived but doesn't fit length wise, which I was kind of expecting.  Need to redo the support inside the cabinet and adjust the hand rest some to get this to fit.

 

Also primed and did the first coat of White paint on it.

 

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 11:44 AM

New TV...is broken.  Sending back and bought a 28" LCD.  This whole part is far more annoying than I ever thought it would be  :)