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#1 WibbleWobble

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:30 pm

Hi All,

 

As you may have seen from some of my previous threads I have been collecting the bits to try and build a freestanding MFME cabinet. I have been inspired in this by Uptown and Reg and No1Stoney all of who seem to have made absolutely amazing cabinets. I just hope that my attempt will be playable once it is finished.

 

This weekend I managed to get some time and cut the sides of the machine, and when glued together they look like:

 

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The reason that they are glued and not a single piece is that I do not have the space to handle a single sheet of MDF, so after some testing I have found that I can edge glue them and the result once cured is nigh on impossible to break at the join.

 

Once these were fully cured (next day) I then started to assemble the cabinet using join blocks so that the various panels can be removed to allow access to the innards.

 

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And once the other side and a base frame were added we have a self supporting basis of a skeleton.

 

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This evening, I have been trying to create a screen mount and get the positioning of the buttons round the screen to a position that I am happy with.

 

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#2 Reg

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 06:15 am

Good luck with this.

 

When building - always make sure that you can access the insides - if I have to change an LED bulb or anything on the front panel across the front of the machine - it's not as "easy" as it should be.

 

I had to fudge something due to that area of the cabinet being broken when I got it ( the cabinet was hacked into something else ) prior to me getting it.  The JPM Vogue cabinet actually had an MPU4 board in it !

 

Always ask yourself - how will I get to X or Y when this is completed should I need to ?

The chances are you may not - but always worth a plan - space is going ot be thing in here.

 

Loving the look of the shell - please keep us all updated.


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#3 Bungle

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:07 am

Looking good matey,unfortunately for me i have no woodworking skills atall or i would love to do something like this.lucky if i can strike a match.But good luck and will be interested to see the finished product. :D


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#4 thecodfather

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:31 pm

Good luck with it Pete, 

 

Keep us posted.


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#5 fatdad

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 05:57 pm

when putting screws into mdf i always put a drop of super glue on the screws so that they stay tight...



#6 No1Stoney

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 06:32 pm

Looking forward to seeing the progress you make with this. Please keep us all updated. I have no previous experience in wood work when I made mine and still cobbled something rough round the edges. Like Reg has already said, plan how you will access all the parts inside such as the lamps, hopper and coin mech. All the best with your project

#7 WibbleWobble

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 09:02 pm

Hi Folks,
 
This evening I have been trying to create/refine the main panel which will hold the monitor and some of the buttons.
 
I have decided to go for 5 round buttons down either side of the screen and a row of 5 square buttons beneath the monitor. I think that this should give me plenty of options.
 
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The monitor itself will be an HP z24i which i picked up on eBay for £22. It had some minor scratching on the screen but following some polishing out and once the emulator is running they cannot be seen.
 
Unfortunately the monitor didn't come with a stand so I am planning to use the VESA mounting points and a board which will screw to block mounted on the back of the panel.
 
Taking on board what both Reg and No1Stoney have said has meant that I have had to slightly rethink the position of the mounting blocks as they were going to impede access to some of the lamp positions. Thanks gents.
 
Thanks for the comments thus far
 
Pete

Edited by WibbleWobble, 11 October 2018 - 09:05 pm.


#8 Reg

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 08:49 am

This is how I mounted my monitor - I used a keyboard panel that didn't go to plan and that was the verticle that the Vesa mount screwed into.

 

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More pictures here if you're interested...

 

http://www.desertisl...-mfme-cabinet/


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#9 WibbleWobble

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 06:32 pm

Hello Again,

 

Managed to make some further progress on the build today.

 

The monitor now has been mounted onto it's panel and the blocks for this to mount on have been put on the back of the front panel.

 

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Below is the main panel fitted into the cabinet with the buttons in place. I think that it is going to work quite well and the height and layout feels good.

 

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When the monitor was screwed in place to test I was really pleased with the fit and the space around the sides for access to the buttons for wiring etc.

 

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Next was to look at creating the main button panel for below the monitor, I have added the following fixed buttons on this panel

 

Cancel, Hold, Hold/Hi, Hold/Lo, Hold (for Club machines), Collect, Exchange, Special (Let's play Barcrest etc) and Start

 

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And when the control panel is fitted to the cabinet and with buttons in the holes:

 

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Really starting to get a feel for how it will look, and I have to say I'm really pleased thus far.

 

Pete

 

 

 

 

 

 



#10 evo1

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 06:55 pm

Great work shown here. Really love the creativity/idea's when a FME cab is being made,will be watching this throughout. 



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Posted 14 October 2018 - 08:30 pm

Coming along very well.

Are you going the whole hog and doing hoppers etc ?  Or just making it keyboard only ?


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#12 WibbleWobble

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 08:37 pm

Hi Reg,

Hoping to go the whole hog and have coin mech, and hoppers. Having a slight issue with the hoppers at the minute that it over pays due to a random coin out signal being sent when the motor starts. I'll get that sorted though, might need to buy new hoppers, I've currently got Money Controls compact hoppers.


Hoping to fit the coinmech tomorrow.

Will post a further update once done, hope I don't bore folks to death with my updates.

Pete

#13 richy1976

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 09:27 pm

Looks great.




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