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GoodToGo!
31st October 2008, 09:34 PM
So one day I decided that I wanted an arcade machine. I have fixed a few boards in the past, and really wanted a good ‘home’ for them. First off I wanted an upright but got vetoed by the boss. So a cocktail machine it was. After a long period of scouring eBay for a suitable one, I thought to myself “Self, why don’t you try building one?”. Good idea, in theory. Now I haven’t built anything out of wood since Tech school 20 years ago. I’ve never used a router, jigsaw, or a circular saw.

Well, it was time to learn. I poured over the brilliant Pac-man CT plans freely available, purchased/scrounged materials and below is the result. Only real mistake? Not taking enough photos while I was building it.

Slapped together, only the dowels are holding it together, no glue. Little Miss Junior GTG! is having fun stuffing coins in the coin mechs.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5460sm.jpg

Assembled. Note, I didn’t use metal CP’s, I made them out of wood. I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5468sm.jpg

All the various bits opened up.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5470sm.jpg

I designed the coinbox from scratch. Not too bad…..
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5471sm.jpg

Spraybooth. Years ago I spray-painted a car. Never again. I didn’t want to get paint all over my garage (workshop?) so I built a claytons spraybooth. All up cost was about $10. (Dropsheets, stole the missus’ pegs, already had rope.)
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5530sm.jpg

Paint finished, CP’s assembled, T-molding and various bits installed.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5586sm.jpg

Time to cut out a top. I purchased a Galaxian underlay from …. Somewhere… I can’t remember at the moment, and just marked it out on MDF.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5584sm.jpg

The Donor TV. A stroke of luck this(??!?) It was in our bedroom for years. While I was painting the arcade machine, the TV went Bzzzzt! Enter Jomac and his brilliant Universal Chassis! Seriously this Guy is the best to deal with. His service is just second to none! I highly recommend him.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5585sm.jpg

Inside the machine looking back to the CRT. Eagle eye viewers will note the wood strips holding the CP back plates have been replaced with metal. Well the 20” CRT is tight! The wood was in the way.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5605sm.jpg

Picture looking back towards the coin door.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5606sm.jpg

Yes, that is an original Ms Pac-man board. Bought stuffed from the States and resurrected. I’ll get around to scratching out a repair log for it…. One day.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5607sm.jpg

The speaker, and the extender controls for the Universal Chassis. Brilliant idea!
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5608sm.jpg

The wiring for the coin door. I have to chase up lamp holders that go into this kind of door, and wire them up as well. That’s why the loop of wire is there.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5609sm.jpg

The CRT and Universal Chassis. Note the nice shiny aluminium sides!
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5612sm.jpg

The current state of the machine. Mrs GTG! and Junior GTG! are busy playing Ms Pacman. I got the glass made to (almost) fit. It’s a tad smaller than the wood top. Sanding required.
http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/GoodToGoFotos/IMG_5592sm.jpg

I still have to router out the slot for the t-molding on the top, and pull it apart to paint it black. The wiring also needs tidying up. But I have found that now that it’s actually working, I can’t stop playing it for long enough to finish it!
Lessons learnt – lots.
Money spent – lots!
Playing my own arcade machine with the kids? – priceless.


Cheers!

GTG!

opm881
31st October 2008, 09:43 PM
dam thats a good build. Yea, that seems to be the thing. Once its working it will take you ages to finish it :P Mine has been sitting here for 6 months needing a coat of paint, but seeing as its working i cant stop playing

Ford Fairlane
31st October 2008, 09:43 PM
Fantastic job. Love all the pics too

Good to go!!!!

daics3522
31st October 2008, 09:47 PM
Awesome job GTG. Lookin good

Foot
31st October 2008, 09:53 PM
Mate well done :)

I like that fold out monitor, don't think I've seen that before.

Good luck finishing it now you've got it going :D

maxpower
31st October 2008, 10:31 PM
Great job!! I love the color.

Jomac
1st November 2008, 12:51 AM
WOW !! Thats amazing well done mate :) Second those comments about the fold out monitor now that is a piece of art never seen anything like it.

AskJacob
1st November 2008, 01:01 AM
Nice build, and photos too.

I too think the fold out monitor is brilliant. No trouble with access to anything in this cocktail.

Great stuff!

Cheers
Jacob

longreach
1st November 2008, 01:29 AM
Awesome work man. Havn't seen such good progressive shots of a build for a while. Well done.

Crafty
1st November 2008, 10:43 AM
Very nice...


Build threads are always great because there seem to always be a new idea pop up...

Well done..

Davefjedi
1st November 2008, 12:44 PM
Great build there let me know if you cant find the lamp holders I think I have some laying round in the shed
as for the monitor great idea
2 thumbs up from me

Jomac
1st November 2008, 02:49 PM
Just showed this to my wife and she spotted the spray booth and said "IT"S DEXTER" , it will only mean something to people who have seen or watched the dexter series :)

@lien_Zed
1st November 2008, 10:41 PM
wow, that looks great and very well put together. top work

GoodToGo!
2nd November 2008, 07:55 PM
Ahhh shucks. Thanks for all the positive comments guys! I'm hearing your Dexter comment Jomac... gives me an idea! :D BTW, thanks for your help again sorting out the monitor issue, much appreciated. We still have to work something out though.... Whaddya drink?


Oops! Galaga is calling! :D

Cheers!

GTG!

Jomac
2nd November 2008, 08:37 PM
Ahhh shucks. Thanks for all the positive comments guys! I'm hearing your Dexter comment Jomac... gives me an idea! :D BTW, thanks for your help again sorting out the monitor issue, much appreciated. We still have to work something out though.... Whaddya drink?


Oops! Galaga is calling! :D

Cheers!

GTG!

Hehe Dexter :)

Sort something out ?? you were coming to Perth to help me out werent you :) , It's all good and fantastic to see such a sucess .

Hewitson
12th August 2010, 09:38 PM
Sorry to bump an old thread but I really like the look of this little cocktail. Still got the plans for it by any chance?