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Supremicus
8th July 2008, 02:30 PM
I've always needed a home for my Neo Geo 4 slot so when a cab appeared on ebay i just had to grab it. Overall the cab was in pretty good condition, pretty much everything minus the monitor and 4 slot board. Side laminate had some damage on both sides which was to be expected with the age of it & some chipping in one of the corners. So here is my progress so far after getting her home.

Organising a replacement monitor & chassis to suit. Everyones friend Joey at Jomac helped me out with this. Pic is of test fitting the chassis.

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/5972/dsc00081iq3.jpg

Getting ready to strip the cab so i can redo the laminate on the sides.

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/4568/dsc00075xa0.jpg

Side laminate stripped & damaged areas fixed plus some spots where the ply just didn't want to let go of the glue.

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/9063/dsc00086fu0.jpghttp://img70.imageshack.us/img70/1245/dsc00085ph1.jpg

New laminate applied and trimmed. (Color is Olympia Red from Laminex)

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/1896/dsc00088sd4.jpghttp://img70.imageshack.us/img70/3463/dsc00091lq9.jpg

Oh look stickers & a test print of the control panel so i can check sizes. I'll get it printed from mamemarquees since i can't get it printed on the right material locally.

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/4082/dsc00089ec9.jpg

Sides completed.

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/8049/dsc00094zv1.jpghttp://img70.imageshack.us/img70/3576/dsc00093av6.jpg

Currently repainting the marquee holders and the instruction header bracket & waiting for my order from OzStick.

opm881
8th July 2008, 02:34 PM
looks great! cant wait to see more. Did you re-paint the black parts on the bottom of the cab?

Supremicus
8th July 2008, 02:36 PM
The base ? No not yet it's on the list of things to do.

MetalSkin
8th July 2008, 02:39 PM
bloody nice looking mate, love the laminex, what method did you use to remove? the old heat gun? Also when it wouldn't let go did you have to sand or did it damage the ply and you had to bog?

Mind if I ask how much you got it for?

BettyCrocker1942
8th July 2008, 02:46 PM
Looks good.
I have to get cracking on my NeoGeo.

For your side letters, are they single letters, or a large clear piece with the letter printed on it.?.?.?.

My cab seems to have a clear sticker that the sides are starting to color, so if they are single letter stickers, might have to upgrade to using them.

Keep up the good work :D

Strangeways
8th July 2008, 02:46 PM
Great work.. I want to restore a couple of cabs myself. One of them is an old Car game - "Sprint 1" and the laminate is crap - so I'll be watching this with interest..

Supremicus
8th July 2008, 03:06 PM
bloody nice looking mate, love the laminex, what method did you use to remove? the old heat gun? Also when it wouldn't let go did you have to sand or did it damage the ply and you had to bog?

Mind if I ask how much you got it for?

Heatgun as spacies suggested in the other thread. Had to bog, was only about 1mm of damage to the ply. $170 i think i paid for it.


Looks good.
I have to get cracking on my NeoGeo.

For your side letters, are they single letters, or a large clear piece with the letter printed on it.?.?.?.

My cab seems to have a clear sticker that the sides are starting to color, so if they are single letter stickers, might have to upgrade to using them.

Keep up the good work :D

Just saw my mate at the signshop, he vinyl cut the letters and you just stick it on rub it down and removed the paper stuff off top and are left with the end result. They're all seperate.

hamish_nz
8th July 2008, 03:09 PM
nice work

Davefjedi
8th July 2008, 04:33 PM
mmm nice neo geo ey

Mickey Juice
8th July 2008, 04:44 PM
Just saw my mate at the signshop, he vinyl cut the letters and you just stick it on rub it down and removed the paper stuff off top and are left with the end result. They're all seperate.

Must be how they did the Chuck Norris sign then :D

http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php?t=13002

Arcade King
8th July 2008, 05:52 PM
Well done indeed, I hope you share that CPO with others :)

Supremicus
8th July 2008, 06:38 PM
Well done indeed, I hope you share that CPO with others :)

Only have to ask, as with all the other art i've done ;)

PARRA
8th July 2008, 07:08 PM
Not bad at all, are you still using the aluminium cp?, i could make up matching kickboards for ya!, cheers PARRA 4 EVER

Roxbury
8th July 2008, 08:11 PM
I like it!

Arcade King
8th July 2008, 08:13 PM
Only have to ask, as with all the other art i've done ;)

good to hear mate, good to hear!

Supremicus
8th July 2008, 10:37 PM
Not bad at all, are you still using the aluminium cp?, i could make up matching kickboards for ya!, cheers PARRA 4 EVER

Not sure yet, still trying to decide which button layout i want to go with.

Mr_Staypuft
9th July 2008, 08:59 AM
Wow - the sides look amazing.
I'd love to put a new "NEOGEO" sign on the sign of my machine.

My 6 slotter has the classic "wear down to metal" on the CP at the front.

I've always wondered what that red CP material is though.
Is it the same stuff that MameMarquees prints on?

Supremicus
9th July 2008, 12:39 PM
Wow - the sides look amazing.
I'd love to put a new "NEOGEO" sign on the sign of my machine.

My 6 slotter has the classic "wear down to metal" on the CP at the front.

I've always wondered what that red CP material is though.
Is it the same stuff that MameMarquees prints on?

No it's the same stuff the original sideart is printed on but i'm going for the stuff mamemarquees use since it's hard wearing.

Supremicus
16th July 2008, 05:42 PM
Just a minor update, week has been pretty busy so far.

Stripped and repainted the instruction header so it's ready for when the artwork turns up, cleaned up the bolts and painted. Have also started on the t-molding, will finish the other side tomorrow.

http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/1614/dsc00095yc5.jpg

http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/5959/dsc00096tp4.jpg

Supremicus
19th July 2008, 05:27 PM
Ok another update. I was going to get some new metal bent so i could go the other button setup instead of the original one since it's layout is ****ing horrible, only there was one slight problem. I couldn't find anyone in town who had a pan brake that could bend anything thicker than 1mm. So i said **** it and made it out of mdf which will make the controls abit quieter. Been working on it all day and here's the results, just need to fill the holes and it's ready to be covered. And yes you may make fun of my routering skills, i couldn't find my jig.

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/4320/dsc00099fm6.jpg

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/2015/dsc00098vy5.jpg

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/2236/dsc00097gp0.jpg

Roxbury
19th July 2008, 06:21 PM
Nice job with the CP, good innovation.

Supremicus
21st July 2008, 07:41 PM
Control panel covered and ready to go, currently working on the harness.

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9800/dsc00100pa9.jpg

AskJacob
21st July 2008, 08:22 PM
mmm minty :)

Looks good!

Roxbury
21st July 2008, 09:10 PM
Wow!! GREAT JOB!!!

Mr_Staypuft
22nd July 2008, 09:16 AM
Looks AMAZING.

My only wonder is... how durable will your new "red stuff" be
on the "90 degree bend" of the CPO?

(That's where all our NeoGeo cabs have been worn down, sadly.)

But I gotta say again, that last pic really looks nice.

Supremicus
22nd July 2008, 12:09 PM
Looks AMAZING.

My only wonder is... how durable will your new "red stuff" be
on the "90 degree bend" of the CPO?

(That's where all our NeoGeo cabs have been worn down, sadly.)

But I gotta say again, that last pic really looks nice.

Should be ok the top has a layer of clear plastic over it. Was concerned about it myself so my mate said he'd chuck the clear on it.

spacies
22nd July 2008, 12:10 PM
Well done. That looks very nice.

Supremicus
22nd July 2008, 09:58 PM
Harness is done, slowly putting it back together. Had to make sure the harness was working ;)

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1723/dsc00101we4.jpg

Still need to finish painting some bits. Still waiting for some artwork to be finished. Needs a new power supply the 5v rail seems to have a bit of a prob with more than 1 cart in the board or even 1 cart and the credit board plugged in, also needs some new speakers. Need to get some glass also.

dr teeth
23rd July 2008, 09:52 PM
Very well done, it looks like it just rolled off the assembly line :D

Strangeways
24th July 2008, 10:35 AM
Outstanding work..

I love the attention to detail. Well done

:038:

Supremicus
24th July 2008, 05:25 PM
Cheers nino that means alot to me ;)

Got the glass organised this afternoon and it looks great, i'll just say 3rd time is the charm and leave it at that you can guess what happened the other 2.

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/3284/dsc00116eb8.jpg

New power supply is in. Had to do a minor repair to it one side of a resistor wasn't actually soldered onto the board, there was solder there it just wasn't connected to it. It's been running all afternoon without dramas the 5v is strong under load and now i can load 4 carts into the board without a problem and the credit meter works now. Also like to add the minor interference i was getting through the monitor has magically disappeared with the new power supply.

Still waiting on my new el panels so i can repair the boards for the marquee, and my mate at the print shop to not be so busy so i can get my marquee done.

Wob
24th July 2008, 06:55 PM
Hey, just wondering where you had the Control Panel Overlay printed? MameMarquee has had a price jump so I am looking for somewhere cheaper, and closer :)

Also is it just vinyl or is it laminated?

Cheers,
Beau

Supremicus
24th July 2008, 08:03 PM
It's printed on white vinyl with clear overlay on top to protect it, had it done locally since i found out my mate owns the print shop.

Wob
24th July 2008, 11:30 PM
That's always handy, what would the damage be to a normal customer for something like that?

Supremicus
25th July 2008, 12:01 AM
Prob same price he charged me $25

Supremicus
28th July 2008, 05:38 PM
EL Panels arrived today so i could replace the old ones. Should look quite nice with the marquee infront of it.

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/4462/dsc00119wq9.jpg

AskJacob
28th July 2008, 05:41 PM
EL.. cool!

How come you are using the EL panels instead of the good old flouro?

Cheers

Supremicus
28th July 2008, 06:16 PM
Main reason is fluro's give me pretty bad headaches. 2nd reason the el's look cool and light up on the selected game :D

AskJacob
28th July 2008, 08:39 PM
Ok thats doubly cool - lighting the selected game!

I'm not a flouro fan myself:D

Cheers

Mr_Staypuft
29th July 2008, 11:37 AM
EL Panels arrived today so i could replace the old ones. Should look quite nice with the marquee infront of it.


Any tips / contacts / guidance
you can share with us re EL Panels? :)

Supremicus
29th July 2008, 12:04 PM
Any tips / contacts / guidance
you can share with us re EL Panels? :)

http://www.elec2go.com.au/prod8.htm Same specs as the old panels, just need to trim to size only prob was the connectors arn't in the same spot but some wire soldered on solves that. Using the original mv-ela (http://www.hardmvs.com/html/marquee.htm) inverter with harnesses off a US cab which i managed to source from quarterarcade. Just a simple matter of hooking up 5v and ground onto the powersupply and plugging the other bit of the harness into the 4 slot board and bob's your aunty.

Mr_Staypuft
29th July 2008, 04:46 PM
thanks :)

Supremicus
23rd September 2008, 06:51 PM
Don't know if you can see too well from the pics but i'm not really happy with the way the printing of the marquee turned out, we're going to try another way but i think we'll end up with the same results. Might just end up seeing what mamemarquees can do, but i was preferring to do everything locally.

If anyone has suggestions let me know.

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/6182/dsc00133ep1.jpg
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/2307/dsc00132oa3.jpg

(Card isn't actually mounted just have it sitting there to test the el panel.)

AskJacob
24th September 2008, 12:49 PM
EDIT: I'll leave it here anyway, but ran off without re-reading the original post... The question was about the marquee, I started raving on about the insert card...


Could you describe what the problem with them is? (can't really tell from the pic)

The only think I can think of is unless you get them printed onto backlit film (white plastic) instead of paper, the grain will show through with backlighting.

I managed to find good backlight film that can be colour laser printed from Officeworks of all places. Not on their shelves but in the print centre as "permanent paper" - I bought it from them for $1.25 a sheet of A4. Unprinted. I printed my stuff myself as officeworks were a ripoff and also reduced the size of my print by about 5% which was enough to make it unuseable...

Cheers

So was the marquee a printed vinyl sticker attached to perspex and cut out?

If so, it looks like you may have stretched the vinyl while sticking it down :unsure

Supremicus
24th September 2008, 01:04 PM
The black is reversed printed on clear and we did a layer of white on the back & yeah we ****ed up a little by cutting the holes out first. Our main concern is with it reversed on the perspex if you look at it from a good meter away it looks shit lol, you can literally see the adhesive. Prob should have worded my other post a bit better, was looking for suggestions for other ways to do the marquee.

For the mini marquee that was just a test i did on a bit of photo paper, i actually did one of a bit of high res matt gloss paper and it looks great infront of the el panel. But i'll look into that back light film, i was only going to use the high res and laminate it.

AskJacob
24th September 2008, 01:11 PM
The black is reversed printed on clear and we did a layer of white on the back & yeah we ****ed up a little by cutting the holes out first. Our main concern is with it reversed on the perspex if you look at it from a good meter away it looks shit lol, you can literally see the adhesive. Prob should have worded my other post a bit better, was looking for suggestions for other ways to do the marquee.

For the mini marquee that was just a test i did on a bit of photo paper, i actually did one of a bit of high res matt gloss paper and it looks great infront of the el panel. But i'll look into that back light film, i was only going to use the high res and laminate it.

Oh ok then. Yeah check out the film as the paper grain makes the image look darker and grainy.

Did you do a wet or dry method with the vinyl? If you can see the adhesive is is because there are a lot of tiny bubbles trapped?

The wet method would be ideal for this!

Supremicus
24th September 2008, 01:17 PM
yeah we did do the wet method, either didn't do it right or the vinyl he has isn't the best something isn't right with it. was only a test piece to see if it would work but i'm really not happy with it.

AskJacob
25th September 2008, 10:50 AM
Perhaps just take it to where you got the printing done (a signwriter?) and ask their opinion/advice on what went wrong/what to do?

Cheers
Jacob

Supremicus
25th September 2008, 12:21 PM
Thats who i was making it with jacob lol, we're going to try another way and see if we get a different result.

solderfumes
12th October 2008, 04:10 PM
Excellent work :)