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#1 mameman23

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:28 PM



 

Well after recently selling a batman cabinet to a fellow forum member and having a discussion around visual pinball and how I first played with it during its early years to get a feel for how the real machines played before I went and bought one, I have caught the bug.

6 years ago I used to build and sell the classic pacman cocktail tables and dabbled in pinballs on the side. Now in the final months before i relocate from the UK to the USA I bloody well get the virtual bug :)

I---> 2 sheet 3/4" Plywood
---> used legs
---> new widebody lockbar
---> new "old" bally siderails
---> used coin door
---> used pinball shooter
---> pinball service buttons
---> new playfield and backbox glass

- 46" 16:9 lcd Samsung full hd 1080p screen
- 32" 16:9 lcd Sony hd ready 720p screen
- 17" 4:3 lcd Dell monitor dmd-screen

- pc-setup
---> winxp sp3
---> Quad core Q6600 3ghz
---> Gigybyte
---> 4gig ddr3 ram
---> 64gb ssd Oz Agility (read: 230MB/s - write: 135MB/s)
---> nvidia gtx250 with 1gb ram (for playfield and dmd)
---> nvidia 9600GT with 512mb ram (for backbox/backglass)
---> soundblaster x-fi crystalizer pci soundcard
---> 2.1 Altec Lansing sound system with subwoofer
---> 600 watt 80+ arctic psu / 86% efficiency

- 2 industry relay for flipper-force-feedback
- 2 mercury switches for nudge left/right
- all connected to an ipac

- 3x 220mm artic silent fans for cab ventilation (2x cabinet / 1x backbox)
- Decals reproduced using Illustrator/Photoshop by myself and printed by local sign company


Build History (Days are working days on the build not calendar days)..

Day 1, Get pointed in the direction of the Hyperspin website by someone picking up an old Batman machine i had.
realize how far Visual Pinball has come since i last played with it on my pc 5 years ago. See the amazing machine
Chriz built, and get inspired.

Day 2, measure the Twilight Zone machine i have to get exact measurements and draw up dimensions.(pdf now attached for clear view)
 
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Day 4, run down to local wood yard and get plywood cut to size.
dig out tools needed (wood glue, air compressor, air stapler, clamps, straight edges ,etc,etc)

Day 5. schedule a 'work from home day with work' and in between answering emails, start marking out the smaller cuts that need
to occur and assemble the cabinet.

Day 5, 8 hours later stand back and admire handy work.

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Day 6, after acquiring the screen for the backbox, take the backbox apart and widen the top, bottom and back due to seller
of the monitor not knowing he had a 32" screen not a 30". ARGHHHHHHHHH.

Day 7, install the de-cased 32" and 17" DMD monitor.

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Day 8, take MAC clone apart and use it for donor PC. setup Win XP and software.

Day 9 install the PC, pinball legs and take it for a test run.

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Day 10, order up the parts i didn't have already.
Lockdown bar
side rails
Industrial relays
SSD drive
Playfield glass
Mercury switches
ipac

Away for 2 weeks due to work

Day 11, sand cabinet down and prime.
Day 12, sand primer to find low spots and fill with auto filler.
Day 13, sand auto filler down and prime again.
Day 14, sand primer down and apply 3 coats of gloss black

Day 15-17 let it dry

Day 18, test fit repro bally siderails. Find they are too long and need to be cut down, also hole precut in siderail for flipper buttons are in the wrong place. Decide to swap sides on siderails so section I need to cut off is the part with the flipper button holes

Day 19, Since the backbox had to be wider to accommodate the 32" screen I could not use a std speakerboard so I need to make one. Measure up the TZ one so i know where DMD hole needs to be and how high it is. Cut a new one out of 12mm mdf.

Day 20, decide to make dealing with DMD hole easier, I would do as Williams did and put a plastic cover over the speakerboard. Got a sheet of 2mm plexi and cut to size. Then cut out speaker holes and masked off the location of the DMD area. Sprayed inside of plexi black.

Looked for options for channel for bottom of speakerboard to sit in, found a plastic channel in hardware store that would work. Also needed something H shaped to sit over the top of the speakerboard and also accept the backglass. Could not find anything H shaped so got 2 more sections of square channel and glued them back to back to make an H. sprayed all these bits black.

Day 21, once I had speakerboard installed and found a trim piece of wood to sit in front of the top edge of the monitor, I measured the size i needed for the backglass.

Day 22, had Backglass cut by local glass company, masked of centre and painted outside edges black to hide screen surround.

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Day 23, Started down the road of doing a Transformers theme for the artwork. There has never been a transformers pinball and I had access to some really high res images so thought it would look good.

Day 30, pretty much completed the artwork for Transformers and then see the sneak peak video of oooPLAYER1ooo's Doctor Who table on Hyperspin's forum. Reminded me of the Dr Who machine I had and how much I loved it. Also with the new Doctor Who series out it just felt right so I parked the Transformers artwork and started designing a close reproduction of the original Dr Who artwork from the pinball machine.

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Day 33, send the artwork to the printers to get it printed out.

Day 34, artwork back, pinball legs off and time to sand the cabinet yet again. once sanded a good wipedown to remove any dust and start applying decals.

Day 35, Trim decals and fit legs. put playfield monitor etc back in and test run.

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Day 36. Sit back and enjoy. Send picture to mate who has the Dr Who real table and when asked about the pictures believes it to be a real machine

finally got around to getting the coin door painted.

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1 weeks from now, load into a container and ship to North America when we move

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Edited by mameman23, 10 January 2013 - 03:07 PM.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:48 PM

What for a big project. The final table im Doctor Who design looks awesome.
Fantastic work mameman23, thanks for your story.
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 12:05 PM

Great job mameman. You are very industrious and talented. I imagine you have also built a MAME machine.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:37 PM

QUOTE (dendoh @ Jul 10 2010, 01:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great job mameman. You are very industrious and talented. I imagine you have also built a MAME machine.



thanks yes, over the past few years i built a replica donkey kong upright, and a pacman cabinet. I also built my fair share of replica cocktail tables and flogged them on ebay. At one point i was turning out a cocktail machine per week smile.gif

I think for the time being I will be focusing on pinball machines again. already planning the next one now.
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:14 PM

this is GREAT ! really !

i have to build mine, but not so expensive, will go for 2 screens i think...

and after, also a MAME cab

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 08:44 PM

Nice build mameman - like the fact that your mate thought it was a real Dr Who pinball biggrin.gif
What motherboard you using for the 3 monitor rig - notice you got 2 different models of card in there - always thought you had to use identical in sli mode ?

Just watch those voltages in USA as compared to our 240v wink.gif

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 08:53 PM

QUOTE (pinball buzz @ Jul 16 2010, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just watch those voltages in USA as compared to our 240v wink.gif

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Officially it's been 230V since 1995!
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 08:56 PM

Ooops - thanks WH - now why did i think they were still on 110v ohmy.gif

Hey - whats 10 volts between friends !

Must have been thinking about vintage Williams EM`S again........

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 09:17 PM

QUOTE (pinball buzz @ Jul 16 2010, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice build mameman - like the fact that your mate thought it was a real Dr Who pinball biggrin.gif
What motherboard you using for the 3 monitor rig - notice you got 2 different models of card in there - always thought you had to use identical in sli mode ?

Just watch those voltages in USA as compared to our 240v wink.gif

Cheers Buzz


motherboard is a gigabyte ep45-ds3r
no cards do not need to be the same.

QUOTE (pinball buzz @ Jul 16 2010, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ooops - thanks WH - now why did i think they were still on 110v ohmy.gif

Hey - whats 10 volts between friends !

Must have been thinking about vintage Williams EM`S again........

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yeah not looking forward to shelling out for a step up converter sad.gif
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 01:25 AM

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:43 PM

video added :
quick play of Dr Who and Gilligans Island


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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:55 PM

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video added :
quick play of Dr Who and Gilligans Island



Nice video, and nice job on the completed cabinet!

I noticed you got the ball stuck in Gilligans island in the same place that I did. I am going to post your video in that thread.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:01 PM

QUOTE (pinball buzz @ Jul 16 2010, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ooops - thanks WH - now why did i think they were still on 110v ohmy.gif

Hey - whats 10 volts between friends !

Must have been thinking about vintage Williams EM`S again........

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QUOTE (mameman23 @ Jul 16 2010, 10:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yeah not looking forward to shelling out for a step up converter sad.gif


Errr.. sorry for any confusion...we, the UK, are on 230V (used to be 240V)...and it's a step-DOWN transformer you'll need,as the US are still on 110V.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:40 PM

no most certainly a step up converter. the screen are UK so 230/240volt. USA is 110volt, so you need to step up the 110v to 230/240v.

step up 110v to 240v
step down 240v to 110v (as in a site transformer for tools, safer @ 110v)


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 03:08 PM

finally got around to getting the coin door painted this morning.


 


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 03:36 PM

That looks very professional. Very nice job.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 06:35 PM

How much did the sideart cost you to get printed? Do you have copies of the art files?

That's a really great build!

I actually have a gutted Doctor Who cabinet I had always planned on turning into a VP cabinet.
You've taken it to the next level for sure!

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 02:21 PM

QUOTE (Rook @ Aug 10 2010, 07:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How much did the sideart cost you to get printed? Do you have copies of the art files?

That's a really great build!

I actually have a gutted Doctor Who cabinet I had always planned on turning into a VP cabinet.
You've taken it to the next level for sure!

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good deal on the printing, it was only 50
Yes i have the artwork files as i created them wink.gif

a real cabinet would be cool, just working out now what the next replica machine i do will be.
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Posted 23 August 2010 - 09:43 PM

Did you put glass over the main display, or is it just the display surface itself?



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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:46 PM

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Did you put glass over the main display, or is it just the display surface itself?



Yes there is std widebody playfield glass above the lcd screen. you certainly would not want to risk not having tempered glass between the lcd and the outside world smile.gif
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