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Watchmen Pinball - 40/27/DMD - Standard Body

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update

put the completed pc tray into the cab body and attached some batons for the main screen to rest on

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test fit of the de-cased 40" screen

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power the pc... i can feel productivity decline imminent....

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shame no other work was done today though :party:

but you have to test it works ok..

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its a great feeling when you play your cab for the first time.

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T2 is such a great test of the system, it looks stunning

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MM picture taken with the lights out to minimise reflections

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Heh, the functional system danger zone! I know some people find their progress slows when they can get side tracked by playing on it, but personally when I have builds working I get more motivated to finish them and get them ready for people to interact with.

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heh, I know the feeling, happened to me with the bartop.

The system has been dismantled again, so it can be completed properly and not just sit there in the unfinished state.

i have to start work on the feedback side of things next, as i have put together the test board but not set up any of the LEDWiz stuff on the PC.

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this TV does look amazing inside the cab! I understand you used thinner wood to create more internal space?

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this TV does look amazing inside the cab! I understand you used thinner wood to create more internal space?

I used the metric standard 18mm ply (opposed to the imperial 3/4", which equates to 19mm).

So a standard cab body width is 564 (- 36 for the sides) leaves 528 internal. Whereas a non metric build would have 526 internal space, so the sides would need routing 1-2mm each side ( slightly larger to facilitate easy slide installation)

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Oh my god that looks amazing ! I can hear young Skywalker scream "its working!

The correct pinball analogy would be "it's alive" ( from monster bash if you didn't know)

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I used the metric standard 18mm ply (opposed to the imperial 3/4", which equates to 19mm).

So a standard cab body width is 564 (- 36 for the sides) leaves 528 internal. Whereas a non metric build would have 526 internal space, so the sides would need routing 1-2mm each side ( slightly larger to facilitate easy slide installation)

sorry to keep bugging you about TV's and sizes and all, but you say a standard cab body is 564 mm, well, my Last Action Hero is 556 mm (for the wood, so excluding the siderails). But the 564 sounded familiar: about a year ago i made a pinball controller and took the width from freezy's cabinet plans: 564 mm, i attached a williams lockbar on it, without siderails, and it fits like a tight glove: i am guessing the difference is the siderails: I am pretty sure that for your cab, the lockbar will not fit over the siderails like it is supposed to. This also means that i only have 556-19-19=518 mm of inside space for the TV, and that the 40" samsung is going to require some effort to fit...

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the siderails do fit on my cab with the lockdown bar, it is a very tight fit as the bar is snug on the cab as normal - i might have to skim a couple of mm from the sides where the rails meet the lockdown bar, to enable easier installation and removal of the bar.

however you are correct in that I followed the plans from Freezy and my external dimension of the cab is 564mm, so my internal free space is 538mm, so the 40" TV sits quite happily on batons without routing the sides.

you would need to route a 10mm slot into each side of the cab to get the TV to fit - that would look quite good, as the side bezel from the screen would be non existent as the playfield screen would be edge to edge.

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sorry for the length of time with no updates - holidays and work tend to get in the way...

not much real progress on the build, but i have picked up some "bling for the cab"

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beautiful chromed coin door. I will also be adding a mirror polished lockdown bar and polished siderails to the cab (on order)

it's funny how this was cheaper to be ordered from the US & delivered, rather than to get a standard door chrome plated in the UK. (oh the joys of living in "Rip Off Britain")

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Blue leg protectors, will match up better with the artwork.

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Yellow flipper buttons.. didn't like the feel of the clear buttons when playing. (will still be using the RGB flipper LEDWiz assignment - this will power the LED strip on the underside of the cab)

I have been working on the backbox design recently and have decided that the DMD is going to be mounted behind the playfield under the glass (as per Cirqus Voltaire) along with the strobes. this will mean that i will only have one set of LED's on the top front of the cab.

will be playing around with the fitment of the dmd and playfield later this week.

still looking for a supplier of tempered anti glare glass at a reasonable cost for the playfield and backbox, don't really fancy paying £300+ for a sheet of glass if i can help it..

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Nice. Good to see some playing with things like the coin door. I'm leaving mine black, but have plans to powdercoat the legs/rails/lockdown. These are custom jobs, might as well go all out!

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This is great. I am actually considering to do the same, but I'm a bit afraid of losing the 3D effect since the DMD will never be covered by the playfield objects (ramps, etc.).

What will be your design for the backglass? Screen only or will you also integrate a section for the speakers (see the Elvira and the Party monsters' pin)?

If I follow that route, I will probably integrate the speaker bar (see the Elvira and the Party monsters' pin) below the backglass screen, and not above.

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This is great. I am actually considering to do the same, but I'm a bit afraid of losing the 3D effect since the DMD will never be covered by the playfield objects (ramps, etc.).

What will be your design for the backglass? Screen only or will you also integrate a section for the speakers (see the Elvira and the Party monsters' pin)?

If I follow that route, I will probably integrate the speaker bar (see the Elvira and the Party monsters' pin) below the backglass screen, and not above.

I will be incorporating 4 speakers in the panel with probably a smiley face badge in the centre. (Below the screen)

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sorry for the length of time with no updates - holidays and work tend to get in the way...

not much real progress on the build, but i have picked up some "bling for the cab"

That looks awesome! I've been following this thread closely. I can't wait to see it all done.

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time to quote the immortal words of Rolf Harris "Can you tell what it is yet?"

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2000mm x 1000mm x 1mm perforated Stainless Steel sheet, with 3mm holes

let me explain...

I've sort of had an idea for a backbox design... I've been toying with this for a while, but have never really figured how to get it to work until now.. (which is also why you haven't seen any back box construction photos)

instead of the normal square box design, mine is going to be sort of curved back and top. the box design is going to match the sides, so the top and sides are going to be curved as well..

the sides will have chrome t-moulding attached (as per Pin 2k designs) , and the whole of the front through to the back will be covered in the perforated sheet (with cutouts for the screen and the top flashers).

rear venting will not be an issue, as i'll line up the vent holes to match the perforated sheet.

the speakers in the backbox will be hidden by acoustic cloth, behind the perforated sheet. the holes are large enough that the sound will pass through with no issues.

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side view design

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Sweet, that bar looks really nice. I think I'm going to powdercoat mine with a two stage candy, but there's no question that polished chrome looks really good.

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more items for the wow factor...

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mirror polished side rails (sorry lack of light is making the rails look like a kind of smoke effect)

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