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  • My minicab project (that started life as a bartop...)

    As promised, here's my cabinet that is being built at the moment. It was started some 3 1/2 or so years ago as a bartop with a rotating monitor that may have even ended up with interchangeable control panels. During the painting process, it became time to shift house, after which time life got in the way, with a large number of other projects getting in the way.

    A month or so ago the bug was revived and I decided to finish the cabinet. However, due to the change of circumstances, space is not at a premium, meaning that I don't need a bartop that can do everything. Whilst it may have been easier to have started from scratch, I decided to convert it into a vertical minicab. This meant stripping out the rotating monitor framework, adding a base to it and making sure that it doesn't look like it's a bodge job.

    There was also the issue that I had made the bartop overly complex for what it was, which was bothering me - not only the screen, but the manner of holding the CP down, the side door that had to be opened so the screen could be rotated, and so forth. Wasted effort for sure, but I've learnt from the experience.

    It's still underway, but it's at the paint stage. As the pictures below show, the bartop (painting of which isn't shown well in the picture) has now become a 1.20m-tall minicab. No rotating monitor, but it won't be bog standard either.

    It's now getting to the stage of finalising the colour scheme - I still need to settle on the theme, but I have one main idea I want to use, but am not sure if I can get the artwork at a decent resolution yet. If I cannot, I'll have to either learn how to vectorise what I do have or change themes.

    Anyway, enough of this - this is how it looked when I revived it (roughly - it had progressed a little further and was usable), and how it looks now:
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  • #2
    Nice work.....more than I have achieved in 3 1/2 years

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    • #3
      I think thats gonna come up a treat!!!.

      Well Done!!!! What are going to go with in terms of colours?
      WTB: Genie, Black Hole, Gorgar, GnR...

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      • #4
        Thanks both of you In terms of colours, it depends on whether I do get the artwork I need. Either way, it's going to be lighter in colour (no black - partially because it won't suit where it will be located), but very much early to mid-1980s in style.

        The artwork isn't going to be replica because it isn't a replica cab (although I did start out with a Pac-Man-inspired machine in mind, albeit not with Pac-Man artwork), but I've gone off of that idea. The only influence left will be the orange t-molding that I got at the time, but it fits what I have in mind, so I'd have bought it anyway.

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        • #5
          Okay, a quick update. Thanks to work commitments, the time of year and the Adelaide weather of late, I haven't made the progress that I wanted to. However, I did finally get outside tonight to sand back the last undercoat before the first topcoat goes on.

          Yesterday I received my Ozstick order, as can be seen below (as well as some leaf switches I bought a while ago and a piece that was cut off the bartop during the conversion that comes in handy for cleaning out the t-molding slot ).

          I also got permission - and high resolution copies - to use the artwork that I wanted to have, so the cabinet's got a definite theme now. All will be revealed soon(ish)
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          • #6
            Time for a quick update. Due to the time of year, not a lot has happened since sanding the undercoat back for the topcoats. Having said this, I've been agonising over the colour scheme for over a week, but I think I'm almost there now. Will sleep on it tonight and if I'm still happy tomorrow, I'll settle on it.

            Still got some leave to go, so there heaps of time for painting

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            • #7
              Today's update: finally got around to getting the paint and sticking on a coat of each. Despite what the image shows, it's actually a deep olive green colour (the combination of wet paint and the energy saving globe without a shade doesn't help matters).

              Mucked up a little on the control panel by leaving it resting on the floor and accidentally kicked my drop sheet into it. Ah well, nothing a bit of sandpaper won't remove
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              • #8
                keep those pics comin mate!!!!
                WTB: Genie, Black Hole, Gorgar, GnR...

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                • #9
                  Nothing much done today - sat the cabinet out in the sun to help dry the paint a bit quicker, but I did paint the base late this afternoon.

                  Next step is a bit of sanding and the next coat (after a good clean of the room to get rid of the cat fur ).

                  At least this warm weather is good for something.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by captainpotato View Post
                    At least this warm weather is good for something.
                    Yeh, such as having a beer

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pooyan View Post
                      Yeh, such as having a beer
                      Yeah, that happens as well

                      Okay, today's update: bought a cheap car amp from JB Hifi for the cabinet. Sanded back the first layer of topcoat (went a bit crazy on the white, I think) and cleaned it up. Since then, the second layer has gone on. I am now sitting here, enjoying the fumes in an enclosed, heated (from the weather) room. Yay.

                      This is how it looks this very minute - in the foreground is my next project.
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                      • #12
                        Another day, another sanding back, another topcoat. Moved to finer grade paper, so it didn't take as much off. Discovered that in the slightly cooler weather of the last two days, the paint along inside edges hadn't hardened fully, so it took a bit of careful sanding to clean up nicely.

                        It's looking better with each coat, but as it looks essentially the same, no new images today Still debating how many coats I'll put on it, but as I have a heap of paint still and nothing else that I[m likely to paint with it, I reckon at least a couple more. May as well make it hardy.

                        Tomorrow will see another coat on the base (as it's the base, I'm not as fussed about the finish, so I won't sand back, I think), so that the wheels can go on late next week.

                        I may still have quite a bit of time up my sleeve, but I doubt the Sprint 2 cabinet will see much action before I go back to work - the garden has become the main activity whilst the paint is drying

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                        • #13
                          Okay, time for a further update. It's been a while since I've posted because I've been busy working on the cabinet. This and the fact that the last week or so of 40-plus degrees has meant that my computer has been in a sauna (even today it's not good).

                          Upshot is that it is now assembled, playable and approaching completion. At the moment, I'm sorting getting the artwork printed and have already ordered the toughened glass for the bezel. The hardware is all installed and the software is running smoothly.

                          Anyway, here's a shot to give you an idea of the current status.
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                          • #14
                            Hmm, I'm sorry to hear that its in a playable state. It would have been nice to see this reach completion.




                            Seriously nice work, I love how seamless the transformation has been from bartop to 'mini upright'. It looks very to-scale.

                            I'm afraid that paintwork looks a little too nice though, can you share your secrets of how you prepped/painted the inside panels?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dmworking247 View Post
                              Hmm, I'm sorry to hear that its in a playable state. It would have been nice to see this reach completion.
                              Well, I *did* start getting the artwork quote organised and stuck the covering over the rear vents today, so it hasn't stopped completely ;0

                              Seriously nice work, I love how seamless the transformation has been from bartop to 'mini upright'. It looks very to-scale.

                              I'm afraid that paintwork looks a little too nice though, can you share your secrets of how you prepped/painted the inside panels?
                              Not really too much to it, to be honest. The plywood finish was pretty crappy, so Polyfilla took care of that. Sanded back, several undercoats, sanding back after every second one, and then at least five topcoats, sanding back after each one (apart from the last one). Sure, it's not perfect by any means, but it does look pretty decent. Either way, I'm happy

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