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WayneD
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A friend had booked a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles arcade machine for their forthcoming Wedding in October. They'd paid for the hire but the company has mysteriously vanished and obviously I don't have enough ongoing projects so...

The kids' old bunk beds:

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Bit of measuring and cutting:

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Some screws:

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The screen is going to be the 27" tube from the abandoned Samsung TV along with the Chinese arcade monitor chassis in the other thread, mounted horizontally though:

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I'm probably going to use an original Xbox games console for the actual game as long as the monitor chassis can cope with "sync on green" although there's other options.

This is what I'm aiming for:

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Probably won't have the graphics on the sides.

 

 
Posted : 05/09/2023 5:17 pm
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Posted by: @wayned

friend had booked a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles arcade machine for their forthcoming Wedding in October. They'd paid for the hire but the company has mysteriously vanished

...just like the bar steward who promised my late wife and I a Mark IV Dorchester Zodiac for our wedding... 🤬 My father was most unimpressed having to drive us in his to the reception.

 
Posted : 05/09/2023 6:17 pm
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@cathovisor My Dad had an ex-police Mk3 Zephyr when I was a kid. It was like 20 years old then and hand-painted with Smoothrite! 

I distinctly remember the last letter of the numberplate was "A" because it kept falling off and after a while my Dad just drew it on with chalk.

 
Posted : 05/09/2023 7:05 pm
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WayneD
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Installation of the monitor. I made the frame from scrap steel:

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 The Thomson tube from the Samsung TV:

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Very nearly got necked when the downstairs toilet door decided to fall off it's hinges as I was walking past with it! 

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Now safely installed. Not wired up yet.

 
Posted : 12/09/2023 3:39 pm
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It lives!

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I forgot I had this multi arcade box that not only outputs RGB but also has Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles loaded in the games:

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The 230-110 volt dropper is for the monitor chassis as it's 110 volts. 

Next step, control panel.

 
Posted : 13/09/2023 8:23 pm
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Well I desperately need to get the degausing circuit working but...

I think that's a success! Not 100% sure if I'm going to use this multi arcade box as I can't figure out why it won't let me set it to free play. Normally I'd just put a button on so people could just add credit but the coin function doesn't seem to work like that. Might use a modded original Xbox or PS3.

 
Posted : 14/09/2023 8:09 pm
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Just arrived today!

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 I need to build a frame around it which was expected.

 
Posted : 20/09/2023 12:17 pm
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Frame for the marquee built:

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Lit up: 

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Lots of panelling to do. I certainly don't want the light spilling out the bottom and top of this!

 
Posted : 21/09/2023 7:03 pm
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Added a 2ft LED strip light:

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And I'm seriously impressed with how it looks in the dark: 

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I was trying to get hold of a 2ft fluorescent strip light like the originals had but that's easier said than done these days!

 
Posted : 27/09/2023 7:59 pm
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Added a degausing thermistor to the monitor from a scrap (possibly Philips) board:

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This was done as a "plug in when required" rather than powered whenever the monitor starts up.

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However, the degausing thermistor is now dead. I suspect the huge coil on this 27" Thomson tube was a bit much for it (it likely came from a 14" set) I've just ordered a selection of Degausing thermistors so hopefully at least one of them should be suitable. I probably could've found another from the many spare boards I have but there's no guarantee that they're good.

 
Posted : 28/09/2023 8:16 pm
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Tried a new old stock PTH451B instead of the random Philips:

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NOTE: this is VERY dangerous. Once confirmed as working this will be insulated and put in a plastic box. I shouldn't have to point this out but it is 2023...

Degausing activated and:

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Success!

 
Posted : 02/10/2023 7:38 pm
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Coming along nicely, Wayne. 👍 

Well worth pointing out the danger as indicated, you never know who's looking in who might think, "Oh that looks simple, I’ll do likewise" Bzzzzzzt Fizz! Nee-Naw-Nee-Naw-Nee-Naw!

Also, I've been given grief by silent (or not so silent) lurkers about not pointing out dangers more often.

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Posted : 02/10/2023 7:51 pm
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@crustytv yeah, the thought of someone complaining about it entered my head as I was posting it! 

Progress hasn't been as quick as I would have liked but it's getting there. I'm very impressed with the picture quality of the Chinese arcade monitor chassis. 

 
Posted : 02/10/2023 8:19 pm
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I know some 'engineers' who would have secured that with a plastic cable-tie and regarded it as 'job done'.....!

 

Seriously...there is nothing like a good bodge to proves something is working!

 
Posted : 02/10/2023 9:25 pm
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Making the control panel:

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Some Granite Fablon from B&M:

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Not the neatest job but it works. Ideally I'd like to get some green rubber trim around the edges but time's running out. 

I know this is quite different to the four player Turtles arcade cabinet that was more common than the two player version but when you realise the original was designed for kids and having four adults crowded round the thing is going to be a tad cozy, I think two player is best.

 
Posted : 12/10/2023 7:50 pm
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Excellent work Wayne.

 
Posted : 13/10/2023 7:20 am
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Yes, I'm super impressed too, can't wait to see the finished project. I'm not surprised how good it's turning out though, after seeing your Dalek and Tardis.

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Posted : 13/10/2023 8:01 am
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Thanks guys!

Like both the TARDIS and Dalek it'll have to be dismantled and transported in a car!

 
Posted : 13/10/2023 2:03 pm
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