Another minor update, mainly because there just isnt much left to do on the cab. All the exciting stuff is done and it’s now really just about wrapping it up and sorting out any final issues.
The main new thing to show off is the coin door attached. I decided to go with doing a similar coin door to my last cab, this time using smaller aluminium angle, and I like the effect better. Originally I planned to purchase a full complete coin door, similiar to the original pac man cab, but it was going to be too costly to get something of a decent size. After stuffing around with getting the hinge attached correctly to the door and then the cab frame, not to mention having the door complete, only to find it was 2mm too big and had to be scraped and started again – I will outlay the cash next time – it was more trouble than it was worth.
Inside the door, I’ve hooked up the coin counter also. The wiring is complete and just needs a little tidy up at the end.
The game panel is almost ready to go. The Wonderboy board is attached – can’t wait to fire this up! The service and test switches have also been attached. I chose to get different coloured switches this time (my last cab has two red switches) to help me remember which is which. The are two things missing – a CGA to VGA board, so I can use the VGA monitor, and a 19-in-1 horizontal game board that I can switch to when I need a break from Wonderboy. The service/test wiring is complete and ready to hook up once the panel is installed in the cab.
Finally, just a quick shot inside from the rear – The harness is ready to go with all wires separated out. Some wiring has been tidied up (on the left), but I plan to wait until the game pcb panel has been installed before tidying the rest up. The white box at the base of the cab is where the IEC switch is wired up to the powerboard. I have installed an EMF filter and varister to help deal with any power surges also. I decided to use a smaller powerboard this time, but it still has enough spare plugs for any expansions if needed. All metallic surfaces are earthed to a central earthing block also. The game panel will be attached to the right side wall. It looks like the monitor is resting on some white box, this is actually the outside of the coin box (located just inside the coin door) – the monitor isn’t touching it.
What else is there to do? Well I will be finishing the lid for the coin box this week – it just needs a hole cut in the top, and some pipe installed to ensure all coins from the coin mech drop into the tin. The marquee artwork will be ordered shortly (I have the brackets ready to go once the artwork is ready). I have the screen and marquee acrylic ready. I need to order a LED strip for the lighting, and the CGA to VGA pcb.
Not much left at all 🙂