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  • #95532
     Gwen 
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    I am in the process of building a Nikola Tesla themed virtual pinball cabinet. I recently finished building the backbox and coin door. I am building the cabinet from 3/4″ birch plywood and a few original antique furniture parts.  The backbox is topped with a Tesla coil driven device that generates lightning inside a 6″ glass disc and 4 homebuilt faux Tesla era vacuum tubes lit with LEDs. I built a coin mechanism into the door so that it accepts pennies. I will get started building the main cabinet once I have purchased the playfield monitor (43″ 4k).  I just ordered one of Zeb’s digital/analog launcher packages.

    I’ll post updates as the work progresses =)

     

    Gwen

    Here are a few photos of where I am with the build right now:

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

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    #95533
     vogliadicane 
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    sick! :good:   :good:   :good:

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    #95576
     wrd1972 
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    Mehh…needs a real Tesla coil on the head shooting out 3 ft. lightening bolts.

    JK, looks pretty awesome. :)

    My VP Pincab /MAME Arcade Specs: Dell T3400 workstation with Core2 Quad core 3.0GHZ (Q9650) CPU - 8GB of RAM - Nvidia 760GTX (MSI Twin Frozr)

    40" PF Sony gaming LED TV, 22" upper and 19" lower monitors in the backbox - Virtuapin controller w/ analog plunger - Full DOF - Full MAME arcade support

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    #95580
     HauntFreaks 
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    I’m a huge Tesla fan, this is very cool…

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    #95581
     Gwen 
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    I’m a huge Tesla fan, this is very cool…

    Thanks!  I’m a big Tesla fan too.  The man was truly brilliant (if a bit crazy) and was so poorly treated by his contemporaries.

    Oh, and I’m a fan of your work too =)

    Gwen

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

    #95583
     BorgDog 
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    Looking pretty cool Gwen!  love the penny coin/cupboard door  :good:

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    #95585
     randr 
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    Very DIFFERENT :good:

    I like it! What size screens? hard to tell in photos

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    #95586
     Gwen 
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    Very DIFFERENT :good:

    I like it! What size screens? hard to tell in photos

    The backglass monitor is a 28″ and the DMD is a 19″.  I am planning to use a 42.5″  3840 x 2160 monitor for the playfield.

    The Backbox is fairly large and heavy.  It’s 35 1/2″ wide and about 36″ high at the top of the topper disc.

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

    #95588
     randr 
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    Oh WOW photos not good for scale. so its really a full size build not a mini. looking forward to this cab build

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    #95593
     Nemo 
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    Damn, loving this build, soooo cool…….my avatar is happy  ;-)

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    #95601
     Gwen 
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    I wanted to do something really different from what everyone else was doing and do a bit of an homage to Mr. Tesla.  It feels really nice to get such positive feedback on my project.  Thanks   :yahoo:

    Gwen

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

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    #95608
     Onevox (PeteM) 
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    Shockingly inventive! Will it have Queen Anne ball and claw legs from on old dining table? :)

    #95609
     -RpT 
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    Love this, big fan of Tesla also! Please keep us updated on your progress :heart:

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    #95625
     Johngreve 
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    That Tesla ball on the center of the backbox is an amazing touch. I would be absolutely the first person in line to buy one of these if they were for sale.

    #95657
     Gwen 
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    Shockingly inventive! Will it have Queen Anne ball and claw legs from on old dining table? :)

    I thought of something like that, but ended up going with some simpler wooden legs.  You’ll see once I get to the main cabinet build :)

    Gwen

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

    #95729
     randr 
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    Just showed the wife this and she likes it. So she is another person waiting for updates

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    #95781
     Gwen 
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    Duplicate… sorry

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

    #95782
     Gwen 
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    That Tesla ball on the center of the backbox is an amazing touch. I would be absolutely the first person in line to buy one of these if they were for sale.

    If you are really interested in having a setup like mine I would be willing to build one for you. It may take a a bit of time to souce some of the unique parts but I should be able to manage it.

    Gwen

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

    #95813
     Dark 
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    It needs a reference to his love for his beloved pigeon.  :P

    3dcreation

    #96103
     Gwen 
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    My ball launcher board from Zeb’s boards and my parts from Pinballlife arrived so I just built a mock-up of the top front of the full sized cabinet to test my button locations and to have something to use on my desk until I can afford the playfield monitor.

    Here are a couple photos of my my mock-up I built from scrap plywood.

    Gwen

    Gwen
    - wonky builder of the steampunk-y Nikola Tesla cabinet.

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