Hey there! I’ve been using Google Sketchup to figure out a new layout for our arcade. I’m hooked on it. You can checkout more about this in my post on CoinOpSpace.com.
Here’s a couple of models I made with it so far, make sure you spin them around!
Awhile back, I bought an antique payphone on eBay, which looks similar to this one:
This phone is a bit too old fashioned to look good in our arcade. I’ve been planning on putting it upstairs in our hallway. It’s been sitting in the corner up there for 2 or 3 years now so I figured I should get around to mounting it. I don’t have keys, but managed to get into the top box and have a plan for mounting it. I’m making my own enclosure for it, which I modeled in sketchup:
Here’s a 3D view:
and an exploded view:
The plan is to make a custom TELEPHONE sign for the top, and have it light up. I’ll post more pics as I put it together.
I was planning on taking pics of everything as I went along but in the excitement I forgot to. Here’s the gist of how this was made…
Parts from Walmart:
- 8″ white styrofoam ball
- Yellow woman’s top made out of spandex (need’s to be stretchy)
- Mickey Mouse (on clearance)
- Black fabric paint
- Pink cloth
- Baby Sneakers
Other stuff we had lying around:
- Wooden broom handle
- Metal coat hangers
- Thread & Needle
- LCD monitor stand
- Cardboard shirt box
- Finish nail
- Staple gun and staples
You can pretty much tell by the components how this went together. I severed the arms off Mickey (see last post). We made some tubes out of the yellow to go over the black dead mouse arms. I cut some wire from the coat hangers and used them to stick the arms into the foam ball. We made the legs the same way, stuffing them in the shoes and sewing them to the body.
The bonnet thing has a piece of cardboard we cut to shape, to make sure it would stick up.
For the nose, I cut the very tip off a broom handle and put a finish nail in the end. I wrapped the yellow cloth around the wood and stapled it to the bottom. Then I pushed it through the cloth and foam ball and it stuck pretty well.
I had an old LCD monitor stand that I never used and was saving for something like this. I used velcro on the back of her head to stick it to the stand. The stand has some velcro on the bottom to keep it in place, as does her sneakers.
Here’s a couple more pics:
I’ve been working on my Baby Pac-Man cabinet for about a week or so. It’s been a struggle, and I learned some things the (very) hard way. Here’s what went down…
I got the cabinet sanded, patched up, and sprayed some Kilz 2 primer on it. I did 2 or 3 coats, sanding after each. It looked pretty good:
My Baby Pac-Man has been in the garage since I got it, and it needs to come inside. I left off last year with all the boards working, and the playfield restored and looking like new. All that remains is to prep the cabinet, paint it, slap on some new side art, and put it all back together. Oh, and find a spot in the house for it somehow.
I was more focused on getting some work done on the cabinet, and didn’t take many pictures as I went along. I used a heat gun to get the old side art off. I tried some Goof Off to get the old adhesive off, which worked wonders. I followed that up by sanding the entire cabinet.
Here’s a pic of one side right after I hit it with Bondo:
I have since sanded the Bondo down. I’ll flip it over soon and do the same to the other side. I hope to have some paint on it this weekend!
Hey! This is my 2nd post in 2 days! I’ve been waiting for several people to get back to me at work and consequently figured I had enough time to goof off and post this.
Put on your bunny feet pajamas, slip under the covers with your laptop (or desktop if you are weird), and enjoy this bedtime story that I just picked up on eBay.
Sometime towards the middle of last week, I got sick of dealing with useless jerkfaced bastards customers and quit work early. I headed to the garage to start working on prepping my Baby Pac cabinet for painting.
Look at all the crap I had stowed away inside:
I am a lazy bastard. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?
I hadn’t cut my grass yet this year, and it was getting shamefully high. Neighbors jogging by would throw up a little, and small children riding their tricycles stopped in front of the house on the way by for a good cry.
We had some company coming over Saturday, so I figured It was time to get my butt out there and cut it. I had one problem however…my lawnmower was trapped in the garage. I had so many arcade games in there I couldn’t get at it. I figured it was a good excuse to take the time to bust up the old water logged Baby Pac cabinet that I was going to toss anyway.
I took the restored playfield and working parts out, and put them in a safe spot in my cellar.
Here it is after I took the back door off and knocked the bottom back panel out with my foot.
I put my feet on the bottom, and pushed it forward…the bottom fell right out as planned.
(Check out the grass in that pic above, and compare it to my neighbor’s lawn!)
Then, with the cabinet still in the position above, I grabbed each side at the base of the cabinet, and pulled them apart like the Incredible Hulk. I did have to hit it a few times with a hammer afterwards, and this was the sad result:
I did feel a little bad about doing this, but there really was no saving this cabinet. It was swollen worse than Angelina Jolie’s sausage lips.
Here’s what the garage looks like from the front now:
This is after I pulled the lawnmower out and cleaned up a little. The lawnmower is normally on that left wall where the broom is.
I actually have a tiny bit of space now! I think I have enough room to lay my good Baby Pac cabinet on it’s side to work on it. I think I’m going to repaint it, but I’m still not 100% sure if I will, as it’s in pretty good shape already.
While I was busting up the cabinet, a neighbor was riding by on a bike with his kids. He stopped to ask if I was selling any games, and I told him how I had to make room to get the mower out. His kid cuts lawns in the neighborhood, so I ended up having him do it. It was perfect timing, with me being lazy and all.
Now that I have a little more room, I think I will be working on getting that good Baby Pac cabinet restored soon.