Vewlix 'Slim' worklog (plus some other bits ...)

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  • ZeroSumHappinessZeroSumHappiness Joined: Posts: 398
    It's supposed to make you inspired, not jealous!
  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    When you get round to doin the control panel do let me know. If you after Vewlix it'd be really rather easy for me to alter my files and merge two TE fighting stick panels and for you to make that panel really stand out. ;)
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  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    Thanks doomy, that sounds great! I'm planning to start within the next week or so once the main section is complete. I need to think about ordering my acrylic and buttons/joysick soon.
  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    Well if you give me a width and depth of the kind of size you are after I can certainly knock something up. Then distance you want between stcks and ZAP, done.
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  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    More progress today on the speaker cut-outs and the speaker frame. The frame has nice bevelled edges to give it a better look but you can't really see them on the pics. I neet to adjust the corners slightly for a better finish.

    Everything looks better in real life than in the pictures but nevermind....

    VewlixSlimSpeakerFrame.jpg

    VewlixSlimFrameOn.jpg
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    Here's the reason why I decided to use vinyl for the front and why I'll be using it for the main sections of the control panel. Provided that the surface is flat, free of dirt and stretched to fit, a great finish can be obtained. Apologies for the size of one of the pictures but it needs to show the detail.

    VewlixSlimVinyl1.jpg

    VewlixSlimVinyl2.jpg
  • bafiaris13bafiaris13 strava tsibukia Joined: Posts: 541
    looks real cool so far..

    what kind of panel are you gonna put on it?
    KOI..
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    It's going to be a Vewlix style CP with all the angles acrylic etc which will be interchangeable with a Vewlix PC one!
  • bafiaris13bafiaris13 strava tsibukia Joined: Posts: 541
    cant wait to see it man..

    good job
    KOI..
  • mamut5mamut5 Joined: Posts: 107
    Great job so far ericleroi! I really look forward to see more:D!
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    I've had to disassemble everything to cut the sides and then glue and screw it all back together (with the exception of the sides to the base as I will be painting this a different colour). For all those with a foot fetish, I've incuded a picture especially for you (only have 3 in place at the moment due to screwing one up on a piece of scrap).

    The rear of the sides and the top piece are also bevelled slightly to finish it off better.

    VewlixSlimCutSides.jpg

    VewlixSlimFeet.jpg

    VewlixSlimBack.jpg

    I'll be starting on the control panel soon :smile:
  • wkwong11wkwong11 Joined: Posts: 231
    nice work man, this thread is getting bookmarked! :tup:
  • mamut5mamut5 Joined: Posts: 107
    How many hours have you spent on your projectt so far m8? I have always wanted my own arcade cabinet, and with yours+ some of the other cabinet builders out there great work, I might start my own project in the future.
  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    Looking good! It looks really low though, maybe just my eyes :)
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  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    I reckon it's taken about 7 days so far at around 7 hours of actuallly doing stuff per day. I've spent a good part of 12 months thinking about putting something togeher and also to save up for the monitor and various bits and pieces. I would think that it will take me another 4 weekends to complete including spraying, soldering etc. Quite a lot of work but something I really enjoy doing.
  • bafiaris13bafiaris13 strava tsibukia Joined: Posts: 541
    btw how are you going to paint it?
    KOI..
  • dancing_destroyerdancing_destroyer Club Nintendo Member Joined: Posts: 221
    I'm really feeling this, I'm checking everyday until it's complete!
    And if I had to go back, I wouldn't change a thing/
    Wouldn't re-cut it, re-edit, or change a frame/
    'Cause it would not be fair, to turn my back on the struggle/
    When that exact same hustle got me here/

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  • dosudosu Registered Loser Joined: Posts: 300
    wow, I want one!
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    Looking good! It looks really low though, maybe just my eyes :)

    Hi doomy, it's your eyes! I've used the original plans of the cab to get an idea of some of the measurements. The height to the top of the CP will be about 71 cms which is the exact height of the Vewlix.
  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    Been a while since I been in an arcade to be fair so.... Im thinking of doing a cab myslef and limiting myself to less than 200mm protrusion from the wal l ( IE GF safe). Obviously, panel will be removable, thinking MATX and brutal graphics card.
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  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    btw how are you going to paint it?

    doomy mentioned a process called thermoforming but I'm tight on funds now which is a shame judging by how some of his work has come out. I have a spray gun (a contibuting factor to the lack of funds) and I'll be painting the base satin black and the sides gloss white both with a polyurethane varnish (or similar) finish. I've had good results before just using a roller but hopefully the gun will be a step up again. Here's a previous attempt The picture is from the nose cone on my racing pod.

    finalfinish.jpg
  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    Funds are a bitch on a project like that, you always spend more than youd like but dont mind anyway. Trouble with painting MDF on that scale is the whole sanding thing, it leaves a texture unless you spend months sanding/painting it. It's why I suggested thermoforming it piece by piece in its flat state, gives you an instant perfect coat. You can even get silk/satin thermoform sheets so you can see your face in them. Do look into it tho, costly or not...
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  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    I'm really feeling this, I'm checking everyday until it's complete!

    I'd love to take a week off work right now and complete it but I do have 3 days off next week so hope to brake the back of it then. I can't work on the constuction side of things during the week as I get home fairly late and try to be power tool friendly to my neighbours!

    wow, I want one!

    So do I! Can't wait until I finish it.
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    Been a while since I been in an arcade to be fair so.... Im thinking of doing a cab myslef and limiting myself to less than 200mm protrusion from the wal l ( IE GF safe). Obviously, panel will be removable, thinking MATX and brutal graphics card.

    Sounds like a design challenge! Another reason I'm skint atm is because I bought myself a GTX285 black Edition about 3 months ago. Having withdrawl symptoms because I can't really use it while I'm building this. That's why I want to make swapable CP's.
  • bafiaris13bafiaris13 strava tsibukia Joined: Posts: 541
    doomy mentioned a process called thermoforming but I'm tight on funds now which is a shame judging by how some of his work has come out. I have a spray gun (a contibuting factor to the lack of funds) and I'll be painting the base satin black and the sides gloss white both with a polyurethane varnish (or similar) finish. I've had good results before just using a roller but hopefully the gun will be a step up again. Here's a previous attempt The picture is from the nose cone on my racing pod.

    http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc26/SpaceHedgehog/finalfinish.jpg


    this one looks pretty nice for spray painted, i didnt expect you could paint something of that size so good..

    and are you gonna paint it all together? also sanding sounds pita but i guess you ll have to bear with that if you want it to come out that good..

    googling the thermoforming thingie :rofl:
    KOI..
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    this one looks pretty nice for spray painted, i didnt expect you could paint something of that size so good..

    and are you gonna paint it all together? also sanding sounds pita but i guess you ll have to bear with that if you want it to come out that good..

    googling the thermoforming thingie :rofl:

    I think the google search for thermoforming will double at this rate! The nose section is actually painted with a roller and lovingly sanded down between coats:lovin: It took ages:sweat:

    The side/ top section still comes off so it will be sprayed seperately.
  • mamut5mamut5 Joined: Posts: 107
    Thanks for your answer ;) Yes, if you want something to be perfect it takes time hehe:) I will be looking here often to see if theres any updates, that for sure. Is it in any way possible that you will post some sketches/blueprints with measurements of your cabinet in the future??
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    Thanks for your answer ;) Yes, if you want something to be perfect it takes time hehe:) I will be looking here often to see if theres any updates, that for sure. Is it in any way possible that you will post some sketches/blueprints with measurements of your cabinet in the future??

    I will put some plans together. I did some for my racing pod but these were only drawings. I've looked into Google sketchup but haven't had enough time to get to grips with it yet. A sample of my previous hand drawn plans are here :

    http://www.thewayiplay.com/mainforum/index.php?topic=443.0

    Quite a few people have made them. One person even made 4 of them and has taken them to race events where the race drivers have used them (money made on them went to charity)! I had some really thoughtful feedback from him which was great.

    The pod was build before I had a router. It really helps to get all the edges straight and accurate.
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    Some more pictures of the progress assembling everything into the front panel. I've attached the monitor and a lower bezel to the bottom of the monitor to hide the logo and controls etc. It's stuck on with double sided tape at the moment but I'll be making it detachable so I an still get access to the controls at the front if necessary. Sorry about the size of the last picture, it needs to show the detail.

    VewlixSlimBottomPanelandMonitor.jpg

    VewlixSlimMonitorSide.jpg

    VewlixSlimMonitorCloseup.jpg
  • dosudosu Registered Loser Joined: Posts: 300
    flush and awesome!
  • TamaThpsTamaThps Joined: Posts: 113
    This is so awesome, you're doing a great job.
  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    What speakers you putting in there? 2.1 would be nice.
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  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529
    flush and awesome!

    Thanks! I'm trying to get everythig to fit as precicely as possible taking into acount the thickness of the paint and varnish etc when it's applied.
    This is so awesome, you're doing a great job.

    Thank you! I'm putting into practice all the techniques I've learned from previous projects. I still have a lot to improve on, particularly with my router which I've recently invested in.
    What speakers you putting in there? 2.1 would be nice.

    It'll be a Logitech Z-5400 5.1 system which I bought some time ago. I don't think I'll integrate the sub into the cabinet (although I will give it a try for fun) as it'll probably adversely affect the sound quality. I'll be making some rear speaker mounts but I'll probably use these that I made previously to start with:

    RearSpeakerStands-1.jpg

    My wife has recently accepted my addiction to building things and has given over one of the rooms in our house for them (very lucky I know). I'm planning the layout at the moment. I know what you meant about the GF factor you mentioned earlier. I'm sure my wife wouldn't be quite as understanding if the things looked like Frankenstein's monsters. It's further incentive to build things to look as good as I can make them.
  • RiotbladeRiotblade the scrub Joined: Posts: 301
    It's looking nice so far. GJ!
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  • EVAWINGZEROEVAWINGZERO Slacktivismist Extraordinaire Joined: Posts: 2,229
    Looks great man!

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  • doomydoomy Joined: Posts: 312
    Does SF4 have a surround mix then? I got to be honest I've never noticed it if there was.. If there isn't, I wouldnt bother.
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  • tokerbluetokerblue Joined: Posts: 444
    Does SF4 have a surround mix then? I got to be honest I've never noticed it if there was.. If there isn't, I wouldnt bother.
    - The Xbox360 version does have limited use of it's surrounds. Some ambience music, some sound effects, etc. It's not notable.

    Great job on the cabinet so far. I have an enormous deck that I've been painting and some brutal deadlines at work, so I haven't found time to start my Vewlix project other than ordering the TV and keyboard.

    How are you mounting the TV? Can you take a picture of the back of the cabinet if you have a chance?
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  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    Looking good!
  • ericleroiericleroi Joined: Posts: 529

    How are you mounting the TV? Can you take a picture of the back of the cabinet if you have a chance?

    I'm using a monitor rather than a TV so it's a lot easier to work with. The principles would be the same I guess though. Basically I made a board with a VESA style mount (posted previously), glued and screwed some wood strip to the outside edges and then screwed the whole panel into the back, keeping it flush with the wood trim on the front for a tight fit. The back of the panel in the picture also shows a VESA style cut out very similar to the one on the other side. This piece was to get the mounting screws to fit properly (the screws I had were either too long or too short). The monitor is also resting on one of the supporting bars.

    VewlixSlimMonitorRear.jpg

    I still need to cut out a recess at the bottom to allow access to the ports and the power.
  • dosudosu Registered Loser Joined: Posts: 300
    your going to use a TE stick? or getting the 1/2 player vewlix panel?
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