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« on: October 09, 2008, 01:17:39 AM »


Hi all .

It's a long time I don't write anything on the site .
There could be many reasons ... but I'm not here to explain them  Wink !

SO

Here is the story of my "Garage / Arcade Room"

It all started years ago when I met Teo / Italiandoh ( Matteo Marioni ) , one of the best lasergames collector here in northern Italy . I went to his Lair and played Dragon's Lair and Space Ace , just like the last time I played them , since 20 and more years ago ! I was surprised watching myself defeat the two Bluth's at the 1st try  shock !



Talking with Teo about emulators I thought of building a Dragon's Lair cab ... FROM SCRATCH , like my "done-by-myself" nature wants me to do  Smiley . Before start building it I had to "restore" my garage with new paint , new floor coating and "extendend" electrical plant .

Before ...



... and after



FIRST OF ALL ... the project !
All drawings and measures came from IgorStellar .
Thank you so much Igor !!!

Then I bought from Internet all these stuff







( er ... sorry : no pictures for ORIGINAL speakers & grills , ORIGINAL score plexy panel and 19" PC CRT monitor )
I catched from the net some hi-res imgs of all the artwork , then a friend print them on three different types of "hard adhesive paper" with his color professional printer ( he owns a photo lab Grin )



I took my old PC ( AMD AthlonXP1600+ , ATI Radeon 9250 ) to throw inside the cab



Built a bent control panel ( zinc )



Bought some wood pieces ( MDF , thickness 19mm and 20mm black-plated wood ) and began cut & work on them ( vinyl covering phase included !!! )






A huge help came from my wife , applying side arts



I will now want to show you the final result , passing over the other stuff and the other cab's building



The cab on the left is a MAME cab , done starting from a not working Jamma .
I re-worked some woodpanel , built a new 2 microswitches joysticks + 4-button each player ( with some other "service" buttons ) control panel , etc...

The one on the right is a "mini Pac-Man AtariVCS cab" .
It' s the right "throne-place" for my FIRST console ( excluding a "last70's" horrible ping-pong console ) , that is a 6-switches 1st VCS release ( named "Stella" or "WoodyVCS" , due to the wooden frontpanel ). I have almost 70 games on cartridge , and some of them are very rare , like Time Pilot , Burgertime , Commando ...

Just 2 days ago I changed Dragon's Lair PC monitor with a 20" ( measured 19" ) TV CRT tube ( a Bluesky TV BL 5126 TX ) using the ATI board S-Video TVout , and it's REALLY great ! ( thanks for the tip , Bruno Wink ! ) .



I still have to work on the Scart plug to make the tube auto-switch on the AV channel ( and maybe auto-turn ON itself , too ... withOUT pressing any key on TV remote control  shock ) .

As soon as possible ( got to find some time to spend for it ... ) I'll post a detailed report of this work.

That's all , for now  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008, 01:28:27 AM »

Sorry,Bruno.
It won't load my imgs...maybe I'm not smart in posting them  oppps  roll eyes !
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008, 01:43:53 AM »

Hi Marco my friend, long time no see!
You did a super job with that Dragon's Lair, congratulations!
I can't wait to see more pics and more adventure stories. I hope you and your family are well.
Talk to you soon,
Alex
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008, 05:28:42 PM »

Sorry,Bruno.
It won't load my imgs...maybe I'm not smart in posting them  oppps  roll eyes !

Pictures are online now  Wink

Great Job  Kiss

What is the size of your garage by the way  roll eyes Tongue It looks a little bit empty  Tongue You definitively need more cabs to fill the empty spaces  Roll Eyes Tongue I hope your wife is fine with that... but I'm sure she is... 'coz she helped you to apply the side arts  Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2008, 05:57:26 PM »

Hi my friends !

Thanks , me and family are almost well  , but we're going to move from our house to another ...
And that other has less space and NO 40sqm. garage for my cabs  Cry !
I have to ensure a little room for them , but NO MORE CABS  Undecided !
I just have in project of re-building another Mame cab and sell the one I already have .

Well , Nuno , in my garage there are 2 cars , 4 shelves and a "work-bench" ( 1 saw , 1 compressor , various equipments ) too ... so 3 cabs are enough for me and my friends who always want to come and play  Cheesy !
The only cab I always wanted to own except of DL is Sega Rally championship ( the first ... with the Lancia Delta Integrale  Smiley ! ) , but I'm sure the Mame cab I want to build could have a steering weel and a gearshift , too ... maybe with a changeable control panel  Wink .

Bye for now
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2008, 11:43:01 PM »

ER MEJOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
traduction:
THE BESTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!
DAJE!
Gigi.


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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2008, 11:48:54 PM »

Hey Gigi !!!

Thanks !

And your cab ?

Did you completed it ?
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2008, 06:11:50 PM »

Nice room! Btw is that a Fiat in the there? Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2008, 07:01:11 PM »

Hi Dirk_DL_Fan

Thanks.
Yes , it is a Fiat-Abarth 595ss.
SIGH !
... we just sold it , 'cause we've to move and other "money" reasons ...
 Sad Sad Sad
But we took 11k ... so we're almost happy  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2008, 08:35:53 PM »

Damn Great Job on convering that garage!!!  It's soo clean, It looks like a photoshop Job!!   Great work!

And great work on your game cabs!!  Very Nice!!

Definatley looking foward to seeing your next games!!!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2008, 09:03:01 PM »

Thanks again !
I did my best for my garage the Dragon's Lair / Daphne cab .

Talking about arcade game rooms , the one of mine is NOTHING compared with yours  Shocked Shocked Shocked !
And with yours I mean Nuno's ( Greattt Bruno !!! ) , Arcadefever , Yesterdays ( Your's ! Greattt Sonic !!! ) , and the others we all can see here on DLfans .

Bye
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2008, 10:18:00 PM »

so if I would have gamerroom I can buy food stocks and me a long weekend to lock up without my parents!  Cheesy
It's not a joke!  Cheesy
Not rally nice room!
MfG
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2008, 02:38:36 AM »

Hi Dirk_DL_Fan

Thanks.
Yes , it is a Fiat-Abarth 595ss.
SIGH !
... we just sold it , 'cause we've to move and other "money" reasons ...
 Sad Sad Sad
But we took 11k ... so we're almost happy  Smiley
I thought so hehe. That's good you got what you wanted for it! Btw are adding anymore to your gameroom?
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2008, 08:59:38 AM »

No more games ... or cars  Wink .
Cause we'll move , and I don't know exactly where I could place the 3 I already have  Undecided .
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