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  1. Most of the time, when one pops up on gt, fb or what not, people usually post here.
  2. Wireless Phone Charger using Sega AIME card reader For a little while now, I've been using the Sega AIME Control panel for Astro Cities (I've also since purchased another 2 of these panels giving me a total of 4 since I like the style so much). Since I'm not using any PCBs that would make sure of the AIME card reader, I thought, why not re-purpose it all since it's already there. A number of people I know use a wireless phone charger on their NesicaLive card reader, so I figured I'd do the same with the AIME. Enter this 5 dollar fast charging unit from Aliexpress I purchased 4 of these units and they arrived yesterday. There's really not much to them. I initially thought my phone chargers would be sufficient as they "fast charge" my phone, however, these chargers don't fast charge properly using the wireless charger Grabbed one of the kids spare ipad charger from ebay and found it fast charged. It's just a bigger unit all round and also has 12v Secured the charger with some gorilla tape, nothing fancy at all, these units can't be seen. Voila! Fast charging while playing!
  3. Yeah it's crazy money! I thought the Taito stools were expensive... But taito benches are next level
  4. Let me fuel it even more... Here's someone I chat to online (kagadan) in the US who has one hell of epic Pras and Chuni setup.... WOW! Definitely wouldn't mind a pair of those!
  5. There's no way I'd be getting a City. I don't even like the look of the. Love that setup of yours! Lucky I got your NNC, Sega cabs don't suit your boutique cabs 🙂
  6. Lol nah.. I'm done for candies and anything - until I get a bigger space 🤣🤣 Realistically, I only want 3 cabs left - point blank, daytona and time crisis 2
  7. Yeah fair enough 🙂 I'd take a vewlix too over a lindbergh.. It was more an ocd comment haha.. At the price I got my noirs, there's no way I would've been able to get a pair of lindberghs.. Unfortunately there's no original vewlixs around at a reasonable price. The prices of those are too rich for me, so chewlix it was. I dare say a Sega city is in the realms of the Neo 19/Cute/Egret 2 prices.. That's just insane for my tastes. I'm OK with not having a Sega City it's older than the Aero and that cab is already old. I've seen a couple of Americans with a Sega City - full restore too.. Can only imagine how much it would've all cost.
  8. Not sure whether to take that as a jab or as a joke.. There's no emoji so I'm going to take it as a jab??
  9. In terms of crimping tool, I highly recommend the Hozan P706! They're not cheap, but good quality tools aren't. I know of people that have purchased other style crimpers and they just don't crimp the way the Hozan's do. I've had this since 2010 crimping away and making harnesses for people during the last 12 years with this unit. It's showing her age now, I'm in need of a new pair as the handle is continually falling off after each crimp. I got mine from Akishop at the time, but I believe you can easily get them from ebay as well. Stripper wise, I purchased a set from Jaycar the same time I got my Hozan and it's done the job well - I've had no complaints from people that have had harnesses made from me. Cutter wise, I've just purchased some Plato ones from ebay. I purchased 3 or so a few years back and I've been a massive fan of them as it cuts the cable ties quite flush and they're great for wire cutting As for all the different terminals/crimps and parts, I've got 3 of these containers that range from Sega TE Amp Up connectors/crimps to Taito JST YL's to Namco Molex to random power, cps2, hirose, JST RA, NH etc various projects and wiring jobs over the years, I've collected a whole heap. But this container is by far the most popular due to Sega harnesses, CPS1/2/3 kick harnesses and button quick disconnects Wire wise, I use 22awg hook up wire from RS Components, I made my own spool rack as I ended up making quite a bit of harnesses for people and it was getting tedious. I wish I could get all of sega's wire colouring but finding white and another colour locally is really hard. These 8 colours do me fine, it's enough for the 6 buttons, start and ground. White is by far the most popular for me as that's ground and all my wiring doesn't piggy back grounds like others do, I cap them so I'm using MUCH more ground wire than most people
  10. in hindsight, it would've been good to get 2x lindberghs instead of 2x noirs - that would mean I'd only be missing the Sega City and Sega Pras in terms of major candy cab iterations from Sega's line up 😄
  11. Yeah it was a solid few hours worth of wiring. I've become pretty confident with wiring, I've made enough harnesses for people over the years haha - but that jlf got me! 😅 Thanks mate.. You know you can always reach out when you need to. Always happy to help when I can.
  12. Since I've pretty much decided on putting the DS CPS2 Multi on the Horizontal Aero, I figured it'd need a 2P panel. It most likely won't be permanent, but having the ability to swap it around is always handy. Enter a 60 dollar Aliexpress repro... The post man delivered the Aero panel and I must say for the price, it's usable The buttons fit, the overlay is back printed on a thin perspex, the artwork looks solid - it doesn't look like a scanned and blown up The back looks and feels powder coated in white with the typical sanwa mount The one caveat is, the overlay doesn't have the carriage bolt holes cutout correctly, it's way too small The panel itself has the correct size, but the overlay doesn't Carriage bolt fits on properly from the bottom. Nothing major, I will just drill gently so it doesn't crack the overlay However, after a proper test fit, I found I needed to drill out out a bigger hole than what it came with. I totally forgot about the carriage bolts having that square piece. She's all good! And she fits! For the price I paid, I honestly can't complain. I wrote it off before I purchased it thinking it was going to be rubbish, but I'm surprised with how well it's turned out. I would take this over a rusty CP (that i'd have to restore) any day of the week. Of course, if you wish to pay a premium, there's alberto and Raf, but this will work especially for those that aren't too fussy Was purchased from here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004102674938.html?spm=a2g0o.order_list.0.0.24bc1802tGCrvH Now it's all about wiring the buttons and JLF as it came stock with a Semitsu. I took out the original and trusty multi meter to identify the wiring schematics, 30 mins in, I looked at the Aero City Manual online and also found the wiring schematics (RTFM/Facepalm moment). Fortunately for me, I had the correct molex connectors except for the 3 way which is now in transit, but I have something I can use as an interim. An hour and a bit later, we've got a JLF and 3 button harness setup! A quick test had me stumped as only the "up" input was registering when I hit left - on both harnesses, so I obviously had my wiring incorrect. After reading the wiring guide again, I realised I had placed the wires based on the bottom left instead of the way it should be wired. I went yellow, green, red, orange, black instead of black, green, yellow, orange, red - yep! another facepalm moment . I've done these almost over a hundred times and I've still screwed it up. Fortunately for me, the JST NH pins are easy enough to take out without damaging anything, so a quick change around and all is well! The last challenge was the kick harness! I didn't realise, but the Aero city hasn't got any pass through cabling for kick harnesses. Every single cab I've ever owned has kick harnesses installed, so it was time to build one in the same logic as my Astro city - it's a 3 part thing. The kick harness from the game board to the pass through, the pass through kick harness and then the pass through to the actual buttons. Sure I could've just made it one component, but I figured I'd do it like the way all other cabs are, even though it takes a little longer (and by little, I mean A LOT ) Top right = molex to molex pass through (the same purpose as the 10 way in the astros) The middle = molex to te amp converter (so I don't have to do a cps2 to molex, since I've already got cps2 to te amp) The bottom = molex pass through to buttons After installing all that wire (about 20m of it), cable ties are a persons best friend - here's the best I could wire manage it. Grabbed together whatever spare sticks/buttons I could find to test (haha I had no more 24mm button so a 30mm it is for test purposes! 😄 will eventually buy some brand new ones from @xb74) and to my delight, the kicks work first go!
  13. They look like 24mm ones so it should with some mods.. This is what I did to allow tokens to be used https://www.arcade-projects.com/threads/found-100Â¥-coins.22056/post-337585
  14. A drill bit sufficed 🙂 had to also drill out a bigger hole than what it came with. I totally forgot about the carriage bolts having that square piece. She's all good! And she fits! Those MVS tokens look pretty good.. if I wasn't all token'd out, I'd buy some too 😄
  15. The post man just delivered the Aero panel and I must say for the price, it's usable 🙂 The buttons fit, the overlay is back printed on a thin perspex, the artwork looks solid - it doesn't look like a scanned and blown up The back looks and feels powder coated in white with the typical sanwa mount The one caveat is, the overlay doesn't have the carriage bolt holes cutout correctly, it's way too small The panel itself has the correct size, but the overlay doesn't Carriage bolt fits on properly from the bottom Nothing major, I will just drill gently so it doesn't crack the overlay I'll give it a test fit at some point today or the weekend and see how it goes, I'm confident there'll be no issues. For the price I paid, I honestly can't complain. I wrote it off before I purchased it thinking it was going to be rubbish, but I'm surprised with how well it's turned out. I would take this over a rusty CP (that i'd have to restore) any day of the week. Of course, if you wish to pay a premium, there's alberto and Raf, but this will work especially for those that aren't too fussy Was purchased from here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004102674938.html?spm=a2g0o.order_list.0.0.24bc1802tGCrvH
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