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Watchmen Pinball - 40/27/DMD - Standard Body

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Update

started on the back box today. put together the rough shape with cabinet fixing blocks, just to check final positioning.

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countersunk the holes for the top led's, with a 38mm forstner bit (only to the depth of the heatsink)- here shown with the LED & heatsink installed with the octagonal flasher cap installed.

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on Sunday, should be slot cutting the back box for the t-mold and running a 1-2mm channel for the stainless steel sheet to sit into, will also start measuring up the cuts required in the sheet for the TV and the LED's..

will also be trying to fit this to the back, as it can be bent to the radius of the back box..

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essentially its slots cut into the ply (cut down to the last layer of ply) to allow the wood to bend (otherwise known as kerfing)

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Other work completed

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managed to find some small PCB's to attach the resistors to.

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Also attached some leaf springs to the coin door with "L Brackets" so i can push the coin reject buttons to insert credits..

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Looking good Mike. Can't wait to see how the backbox turns out.

Thanks, hopefully it will look sort of industrial and 80's, so will fit in with the cab.

I just hope I don't mess up the cuts on the sheet, or it will be expensive to replace...

Sent from my mind, using the psychic friends network..

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looks great care to show us the tool you are using to cut the slot for T-mold

You'll have to wait for sundays installment for that...

Sent from my mind, using the psychic friends network..

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todays lesson.. how to slot cut :laugh:

first take your slot cutting router bit (good luck getting one in the UK - I had to get mine from the US) and install it.

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set the router depth to 50% (the middle) of the wood you wish to slot cut..

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ensure you are wearing safety glasses and respiratory protection (ie. a mask)

run the router along the wood you wish to cut.. then add t-mold to flavour...

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admire your work.. :beerglass:

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now - on with the days work..

didn't really get that much time today to complete all what i wanted.. but hey, there's always next year :laugh:

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slot cut the sides, following the above tutorial.

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cut the channel that the stainless steel sheet will sit into, using a 3mm bit on a Dremel (which is why the curves look a bit rough).

This took far longer than I thought initially, as we had to work out how to get it cut. the channel is only 4mm deep, so we might be able to cut a couple more mm's out to fit the sheet better. can't go too deep otherwise the cut will hit the t-mold slot cut.

totally run out of time to fit the sheet into the slots, so that will have to be the next instalment.. (anyway have to measure and cut it to size first, which will take a good couple of hours)

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update

not really great progress today

started cutting the stainless steel sheet.

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this is one of the pieces for the back of the cab. we cut 4 pieces in total for the cab

the sheet was cut with a jigsaw using a stainless steel cutting blade.

we then tried to form the sheet to the backbox shape, but the radius is too tight for us to bend the sheet easily, so I'm going to have to re shape the backbox sides to work with the sheet. (smoother curves)

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so over the coming week i'll get some new sides cut and slots routed for the stainless steel sheet to fit into. (fingers crossed).

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update

got the new sides done today in preperation for the weekend fitting.. well what i mean to say is i got them made for me at work.. :flute:

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sometimes its really tough watching somebody else do the work...

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but a far better finished result than if I would have done them myself though.

the new sides were cut out of 18mm MDF, as they didn't have any decent quality sheets of 18mm ply available..

hopefully the stainless steel sheet will fit better to this not so tight radius.

(the slot is made with a 3.2mm router bit to a depth of 4.5mm)

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Very cool...whats the slot for

For the stainless steel sheet in the previous post to sit in..

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Artwork, is pretty much ready to be printed. just waiting for the build to progress to a stage where i can get it ordered from Lucian.

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Looks awesome! A friend of mine was very interested to see the finished artwork. Looking forward to printing this out!

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Looks awesome! A friend of mine was very interested to see the finished artwork. Looking forward to printing this out!

should be ready in about a month for you to "work your magic" :party:

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thanks for the compliment Kris.

I hope this thread helps with your build. basically I'm just pulling info from all the other people on this forum who have worked out 95% of all this stuff and mixing it with some of my own design ideas.

Mike

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update

sorry for not doing any updates on this for a while, but i hate working in cold garages, just cant really get motivated..

got some 15x3mm pine disks from a local craft shop and grouped them in threes to curve the kerfed piece of 12mm ply around.

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inside view

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side view

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top view - just a couple of screws to hold it all together...

will cut the surplus portion of the disks when fitting to the back box

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update

sorry for not doing any updates on this for a while, but i hate working in cold garages, just cant really get motivated..

got some 15x3mm pine disks from a local craft shop and grouped them in threes to curve the kerfed piece of 12mm ply around.

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inside view

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side view

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top view - just a couple of screws to hold it all together...

will cut the surplus portion of the disks when fitting to the back box

Thats some fine woodworking my friend....whats it for?

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It's for the top of the backbox.

Need to drill it next for the flasher caps.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note II.

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Weekend update

Test fitting of dmd panel today into cab, behind main playfield (hole still has to be cutout for dmd)

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still at the loose fit stage - nothing glued as yet so can make adjustments (also why there are gaps at the sides on the panel joins)

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had to drop the tv side rails by a further 3cm to make space for the dmd screen to fit

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once tv was fitted due to the drop, its very close to the leaf buttons

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So I've had to change the angle of the leaf springs to vertical, to avoid them fouling on the tv bezel

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