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Museumsteve's cocktail table

Discussion in 'Off Topic - All other stuff here' started by museumsteve, May 21, 2020.

  1. museumsteve

    museumsteve Member

    Feb 3, 2012
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    My Motion Simulator:
    2DOF, SCN5
    So I thought I'd share a project of mine from some years ago. I don't really have the tech knowledge of most of you here but I like to think of myself as a 'practical hobbyist'. I'll look at something and just make stuff up as I go along, sometimes it works ;)

    Anyway I bought a cocktail arcade table in kit form with a view to adding a PC and Mame but once as I was building it I kept thinking of other stuff to do.

    I bought a 22"touchscreen for it as I fancied playing with touchscreen stuff and having a touchscreen jukebox in my racing room at the time.
    I hadn't really thought the table through and ended up with 2 players on the same side, I felt this may be annoying if we were playing 2 player side by side hunched over the screen so the obvious solution was to motorise the screen so it could be upright when playing.
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    I found a motorised TV bracket and adapted it to fit inside the cabinet and after a week of swearing and a bit of blood it fitted. It took some head scratching to attached the screen to the bracket and keeping the screen looking complete from all sides.
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    Once this was working I thought I was done, but at around the same time I came across something that was new to me, digital pinball. So after a bit more head scratching I decided to install the software and add a couple of buttons to either side of the table, that was all good but I needed a plunger. My solution was to chop up a sealant gun for the plunger mechanism and hook it up to a leaf switch. Rudimentary but the spring of the plunger felt great and it all just worked. I added a CD slot to the front just to give me options for every occassion.
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    The video I took at the time wasn't great but gives you an idea.

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  3. Lesmore222

    Lesmore222 Member

    Aug 29, 2020
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    My Motion Simulator:
    Steve I cannot believe there are not more comments on your transformation. I have a soft spot for these old arcade game units (Space Invader, Astroids etc). I don't know how you came up with the idea to use a chalk/sealant gun for the plunger but you have inspired me looking around the house now at different things to use in unexpected ways.
  4. Pojo

    Pojo Member Gold Contributor

    Mar 1, 2019
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    My Motion Simulator:
    Looks like a very nice table. I also built an arcade cabinet during Covid lockdown and had a ton of fun making it and now playing on it. I'd really like to build a virtual pinball to go next to it later on this year.