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Scratch Build – In Progress R-kaid-6 > (UPDATE 07.05.12 Additional wooden gamepad)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by quizz_kid, 12 Sep 2011.

  1. quizz_kid

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    Two of the final pictures, check page 6 for more of them

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    This is my second modding attemt and I´m here to recycle. I´ll be turning my very old computer into a kind of arcade console, emulating classics from the NES, SNES, SEGA, NEO GEO and many more. I´ll be using the arcade interface program Maximus Arcade for autoboot. I want to keep this artifact very simple, with sharp edges and small stylistic features, all covered in hardwood.. If you´ve seen my previous mod sputnik 0667 you´ll be familiar with the color concept: walnut, brass and matte black. I just can´t get enough of that combo! I´m going to use walnut lumber and some veneer on MDF.

    My old computer:

    ASUS M2R-FVM
    AMD Athlon 64
    Geforce Winfast px7600 gt
    DDR 512 mb
    HDD 160 GB

    I´m not gonna use the DVD due to the lack of space.

    Well, let´s get started...

    And here, some dust and some RAW HEEEEE-MAN POWER!!!:
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    Look at this beauty! I love it... and so did the worms too once...
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    Okay, so I´ve just cut the lumber, some 18mm MDF and glued them together in six side pieces.
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    Tomorrow, it´s veneering time!
     
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  2. craig - toyoracer

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    Another retro looking, cool idea build starting. :thumb:
     
  3. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Subbed I'd like to see how this turns out, nice idea :).
     
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    Thnx man!

    Well me too... Thank you
     
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    Veneering's done and done!
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    Cutting those angles
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    The front. Those smaller holes were not suppose to look like nostrils, but they DOOO!:sigh:
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    Main push button
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    These are the joystick connectors. I wanted them to be unique in some way and figured standard USB wouln´t do it. So I picked these DIN 4-pin connectors which I found kinda retro looking
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    The front fans, or the "eyes". Never though I was gonna use led fans, but why not? Those eyes will burn in the night...
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    The backside. I´m going to use the fan from my PSU for intake on the back.
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    Originally, I wanted to use a S-video to RCA-adapter for the retro feeling, but it turn out that wasn´t gonna work. When I plugged it to my TV, all I got was a bad b&w picture. Left with a few choices, I chose the VGA connector. So now I have to use a seperate cable for sound :miffed:
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  6. LeandroJVarini

    LeandroJVarini Mod is my life!

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    I love the project wood! following
     
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    Today I extended the PSU fan...
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    and put all the side pieces together!

    Fronts
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    Backs
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    Bottom piece. nothing fancy, also 18mm MDF. I think this console´s gonna be quite heavy
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    Close up
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    Glue and let dry...
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    Finished shell!! The holes near the top are for dowels carrying the upcoming roof piece
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    I also made a mount for the HDD...
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    That´s it for today! yay!! :lol:
     
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  8. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    Subbed - neat idea.
     
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    Today I began working on the foot. It´s almost identical to the one I made for Sputnik 0667.
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    I also made the VGA cables. That´s a lot of soldering for two sockets...
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    thank you
     
  11. craig - toyoracer

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    Solid work, coming together nicely :)
     
  12. Waynio

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    Verrry nice :clap:.
     
  13. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    Really nice job mate!
     
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    thank you friends!
     
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    Started on those joysticks today. pieces cutted and glued...
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    The making of customized usb cables, where I combine 4-pin DIN connectors with standard telephone coil cords. Gives it a nice touch I think.
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    Turned out it was a bit tricky soldering the small fragile copper wires into to the pins...
    They would just break, break and break
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    ... so I made these "briges", and heated directly on the plastic instead. It worked much better.
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    kinda creepy looking thing
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    finished and works just fine!
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    That's some pretty impressive work. I like the Sputnik 0667 alot so I have high hopes for this !
     
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    Awesome! Makes me want to mod all me retro consoles into one big box. (I wont of course, that would be sacrilege)

    Will enjoy watching this grow :)
     
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    Thanx man. I too have high hopes, but if Sputnik is the meanest monster broiler from "Licence to grill", this project is more like a standard toaster. This one is going to end up more than fine, I just put a lot more heart and time into the Sputnik-mod.

    Thank you. I know all about bad sacrilege
     
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    The joysticks are getting top sides

    cutted for a perfect fit
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    glued, dried and off to the sandpapers
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    support pieces
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    veneer cutting
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    glue, maybe a bit too much, I don´t know :confused:
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    some support for the pressure
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    pressure over night. C Yall 2morrow :D
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    continued on the joysticks today...

    veneer for the bottom pieces
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    here they are, dried and cut.
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    controllers
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    a bit of sandpapering and ready for the drill. customized layout printed out on paper. I just marked the holes with a pricker. No ruler reeded...
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    I then used a 30mm bit for the standard 6 push buttons and a 25mm for the rest.
    The buttons are being shipped from japan as we speak. They´re not cheap, but it´s worth it!
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    I know I said I wanted sharp edges, but decided to use a milling machine anyway. I made these tiny 45 angles just incase a decide to do some hardcore gaming :naughty:
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    Almost done now
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    I put one more support piece inside. I don´t trust 6mm MDF
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    bottom pieces on. brass screws coming up
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