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  • #77240
     Bikertrash00 
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    I am finally getting started on my first virtual pinball machine and will post the build as I go. I am starting with a 1978 Gottlieb cabinet I picked up with the playfiled, backglass and boards removed.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    Scott

    #77241
     Bikertrash00 
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    I did get the side rails off using tips off the link provided and being a gearhead I grabbed one of my flat tools for removing door panels and then used nippers to pull nails.


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    #77245
     Bikertrash00 
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    I created this thread from a build that is basically complete and posting hoping to help others.

    I am built this cabinet using:

    1978 Gottlieb Dragon Cabinet

    40″ Sceptre X405BV-FSR Playfield

    27″ Olevia TV (old) Backlglass

    15″ Dell (old) DMD

    Computer Specs:

    MSI B250M Pro VDH

    Intel G4560 (7th Gen)

    EVGA GTX 960 SSC 4Gb

    G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400 8gb (2x4gb)

    Seasonic 750FM PSU

    Samsung 850 evo 256GB

    Windows 10

    #77253
     randr 
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    Cabinet looks very clean.  Makes things a bit easier!

    We need a POP front end signature!!! Or no?

    #77330
     Bikertrash00 
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    Thanks, the cabinet was in decent shape and I am going the keep it original.

    I routed the cabinet and installed supports to get the TV in without decasing, Added pieces of MDF to floor. I am working on back glass monitors and speakers, I will get more pictures posted shortly!


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    #77435
     richmidd 
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    Looking forward to the build.  Just starting my own build with a old Prospector cabinet.  Need lots of ideas.  :good:

    #77442
     Bikertrash00 
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    Back Glass & DMD. I ended up de-casing our old syntax 27″ TV and it fits perfect with some mods, as far as the DMD I am using a 15″ monitor, I am making a template to cut cut my final piece of MDF and I set up the template for the top half of that 15″ screen so the opening is 4 1/2″ x 12″. The speakers are 5 1/4″ Kenwoods and I am cutting a 4 1/4″ hole for those, total width I have to work with is 25 1/2″

     


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    #77446
     randr 
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    making good progress!

    Great use of old television for backglass!

    We need a POP front end signature!!! Or no?

    #77467
     Ark Malmeida 
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    Looking good!  Nice clean build so far.

    #77545
     Bikertrash00 
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    Well for the same reason I did not build a cabinet from scratch I am more a Framer and defiantly not a Finish Carpenter LOL, could not cut a straight line to save my ass even with a strait edge (jig), I hope to clean it up with a router.


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    #77603
     Scottacus 
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    Looks great!  One suggestion that I would make is that if you are planning on putting addressable LEDs on the sides of the playfield, consider making routes in the cab sides for them so that they are flush with the sides of the cab.  I added mine after my table was finished so I had to put them on removable aluminum strips that are screwed into the sides of the cab.  It is a pain to pull them out every time you want to raise the playfield monitor to get at what’s under it and you also run the risk of damaging the thin traces on the addressable LED strips every time you unplug and replug them in.  If you can set and forget them you will be much happier in the end!

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    #77664
     Bikertrash00 
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    Scottacus, thanks for the great heads up! Too bad I am already past that point, I stated earlier in this thread that the project is pretty much done. I have not even looked in to any lighting yet and it is almost spring so it might have to wait till next winter…lol.

    #77863
     Bikertrash00 
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    I got the router out after my terrible cuts and straightened everything up and cut the speaker holes. I decided to attach bottom monitor and speakers to the MDF so I have easy access by just swinging the back glass from open, I made 4 tabs to attach monitor and instead of putting speaker grills on the front I picked up a large speaker grill from thrift store for $0.49 and I will use the cloth off of it.

    #77864
     Scottacus 
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    Nice job!   I’ve not seen a swing open backbox front, that seems like a great solution for your situation.  What will you use to keep it closed?  I have a shaker motor in my cab that shakes the heck out of the machine when turned on so I’m curious about how you will keep the door closed tight should you add one of those in the future.

    I thought about your cab and how to install addressable LEDs should you choose to in the future.  An option for you would be to attach them to the monitor bezel.  I had to uncase my monitor so I didn’t have that option but in your instance, the LEDs could be attached to strips that sit on top of the bezel and help close off the gaps between the edges of the monitor case and the machine sides.

    #77875
     Bikertrash00 
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    This is the clip I used, it is spring loaded and works great, only used one for easier access to turn the backglass monitor on. As far as the addressable I will figure something out I did see someone used magnets or maybe some velcro will work.

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    #77891
     Scottacus 
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    That will work great.  You mention needing to get into the backbox to turn on your monitors.  I don’t know what you are using for input controls but I highly recommend mjr’s Pinscape boards for the job (I don’t know if Mike is on this site but he is active on vpforums).  These boards will take care of all of your input/output needs including the ability to turn on multiple screens on startup.  The also take keyboard inputs, have a built in accelerometer for nudging, handle plunger position input, power flashers, strobes, knocker and can integrate with other boards for chime units, contactors and anything else you might possibly want in a cab short of addressable LED strips (Teensy handles that).

    #77899
     Bikertrash00 
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    Yes I am using the Pinscape cotroller (KL25Z)

    #77994
     Bikertrash00 
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    Finished up the backglass/DMD/Speaker panel and installed case fan in cabinet.

    #77995
     Thalamus 
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    My cab is using monitors, so, I only need to turn the power on/off. I have DOF, Backglass and Playfield controlled by remote. Another benefit from this solution is that all units are powered on slightly after each other so the fuse doesn’t blow.

    https://www.prisjakt.no/product.php?p=3984725

    To turn the computer on/off I open the coin door and push a button.

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    #77999
     Bikertrash00 
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    I do have a smart strip that powers everything when I turn the PC on and the DMD monitor is fine but the back glass and playfield I have to manually hit the switch, I will have to use an IR type trigger, I have the playfield IR receiver removed from case and hangs inside cabinet, the back glass monitor is decased and the receiver also hangs in back glass cabinet.

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