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Light box for arcade marquees?


By billsfanmd

6 years ago



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    #51 6 years ago
    Quoted from chi-town_stop:

    Also Phetish, just got the marquee in and fired 'er up. This is so incredibly awesome!!! I'm an architect/design guy AND a perfectionist, and I could not be more pleased. I only threw in the architect thing because I think the design is perfect, it just oozes class and arcade retro. Thanks so much for your hard work. You are amazing!

    Thanks man. Did you get your issues sorted out?

    #52 6 years ago

    Some top notch light boxes you make there fetishboy. Excellent work. They look better than any other arcade light box I have ever seen. Keep making game rooms look better one box at a time.

    #53 6 years ago

    PM sent... these are really cool..

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    #54 6 years ago

    Hey guys, sorry for the delay on posting progress pics, but I finally have some boxes nearly complete. In addition to real life and trying to find a new job, I have also been having trouble getting in contact with my printer, or I'd have these done and ready to ship. He was the tatooed guy who had the Fix it Felix Jr. game in the basement at MGC if you were there. Well anyhoo, in the weeks leading up to and since that show, he has been busy and sporadic with communication. I will let you all know when these are ready to be paid for and shipped out. In the meantime, a few progress pics:

    Dr. Jeff's Pacman:

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    #55 6 years ago

    Laseriffic's Robotron:

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    #56 6 years ago

    phetishboy - very impressive! I like the T-molding touch for the arcade marques.

    I'm curious if you would share some of your experience.

    I've built similar boxes for my pinball translites and while I've done about 4 now.. there are certainly areas I'd like to improve.

    For mine I used christmas LED lights stapled to a backboard.. a good benefit is they have the different lighting modes so I can get some of that animated look that pins have. But I can still struggle with hot spots and diffusion. The hot spots I focus on the arrangement of the lights and keeping the LEDs further from the translite.. and diffusion I found if I keep the protective plastic on the plastic I use for sandwiching the translite.. that works pretty well as a diffuser. I know for the arcade marques you have a static light which isn't as noticeable but I'd love to hear how you handled lights and diffusion.

    Also for a switch, I put a on/off push button (from HD) on the bottom. It's not recessed, and is a little stiffer than I wanted. I considered a pull chain, but have used this switch each time so far. I also wired in a socket to plug the lights in, rather than hacking the light strand plug.

    Here's a short video showing one of mine.. the hot spot at the W is very noticeable but mainly because I've been too lazy to open it up and readjust the single light again.

    I appreciate any experience you're willing to share!

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    #57 6 years ago

    If you drill a 7/8" or 1" hole in the bottom of your box frame, then mount your switch on a metal plate with a smaller hole drilled thru that, you can recess your switch pretty easily. Just mount the plate on the inside of the box with the switch centered in the hole you drilled. For marquees, I just use an 18" fluorescent fixture like the original games did. I drill small 1/4" air vent holes in the top and bottom panels for releasing any heat. Here are some pics of a Movie Poster Light Box I did where 2 fluorescent fixtures were used:

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    #58 6 years ago

    Very nice touches there with the reflective tape(?) and grounding.

    I see you used a toggle switch. I was torn because the sides are not thick enough to recess the entire switch.. but your mounting plate suggestion addresses how to mount it further back. I like the idea of the push button switch.. I just wish this one was 'softer' - when mounted to the wall it would be possible to knock the box off center or even off the wall if one wasn't careful. I might have to try your method on the next one.

    I also opt'd to make the top removable on mine.. originally thinking it would make it easier to swap out translites... but I found at least with the ones I have on hand.. everyone is different size

    Having the removable top complicates the build of mine as I need to support the 'box' structure without the top, and I built it so both the backboard and translite are removable.

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    #59 6 years ago
    Quoted from flynnibus:

    Very nice touches there with the reflective tape(?) and grounding.
    I see you used a toggle switch. I was torn because the sides are not thick enough to recess the entire switch.. but your mounting plate suggestion addresses how to mount it further back. I like the idea of the push button switch.. I just wish this one was 'softer' - when mounted to the wall it would be possible to knock the box off center or even off the wall if one wasn't careful. I might have to try your method on the next one.
    I also opt'd to make the top removable on mine.. originally thinking it would make it easier to swap out translites... but I found at least with the ones I have on hand.. everyone is different size
    Having the removable top complicates the build of mine as I need to support the 'box' structure without the top, and I built it so both the backboard and translite are removable.

    Very innovative with the removable top. I actually keep refining my designs as I go. The reflective tape was an experiment. It works well in the larger enclosures, but isn't needed on the smaller boxes. I was asked to do a box for a pinball translight, but have stalled on some of the details as the guy who makes pinball stencils is having serious health issues, and I planned on getting mini stencils for the side panels. I planned on using LED rope lighting for mine, but I have no idea what I would use as a sequencer. Your Christmas light idea may be what I end up going with.

    #60 6 years ago
    Quoted from Phetishboy:

    Very innovative with the removable top. I actually keep refining my designs as I go. The reflective tape was an experiment. It works well in the larger enclosures, but isn't needed on the smaller boxes. I was asked to do a box for a pinball translight, but have stalled on some of the details as the guy who makes pinball stencils is having serious health issues, and I planned on getting mini stencils for the side panels. I planned on using LED rope lighting for mine, but I have no idea what I would use as a sequencer. Your Christmas light idea may be what I end up going with.

    Yeah, I refined a bit between proto #1 and #2.. you can see more photos here
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    My first box had mitered joints, which when not perfect were distracting. For proto #2 I switched to a m&t butt joint. And then used a roundover bit on the side panels to add a bit of style to it instead of just a box. The joints could probably just be nailed, but I had some fantasy that I was a wood worker

    I also considered trying to make a backbox shaped head.. but opt'd to try to for the 'poster' look instead. Mine is made with dimensional 1x4" and squeezing it thinner would take significantly more work.. but seeing it on the wall I don't think I'd want bigger ones on the wall. Maybe as a shelf standing one a backbox shape would be cool (thinking like 80s bally style, etc)

    I mounted the control box for the lights on the backboard and drilled a hole to make the control button accessible from outside the frame. My last electrical compromise is using the socket... it adds cost and you have to ensure you don't create a dark area or shadows... but it keeps the fuse in the lights. A smarter man would probably just hard-wire it and get it over with

    The removable top adds a lot of convenience.. but complicates the build quite a bit. I'm happy with its final outcome, just not with the build annoyances it causes. It also complicates the wall mount - but I ended up using picture wire mounted from the sides. End result, the top cap is cosmetic only and not structural.

    I had aspirations of offering to build them for people... but the raw materials cost just seemed prohibitive. Even buying material to do 3+ at a time.. the acrylic has significant waste and the small bits cost adds up.. never mind any labor costs. I was hoping they could be built for like $75 or so people would buy them easily.. but costs were not much less than that! Obviously people have paid for your marques at the higher price.. so maybe people would be willing to pay $150-200 for them.. but then it seems like a much harder pitch.

    #61 6 years ago
    Quoted from flynnibus:

    I had aspirations of offering to build them for people... but the raw materials cost just seemed prohibitive. Even buying material to do 3+ at a time.. the acrylic has significant waste and the small bits cost adds up.. never mind any labor costs. I was hoping they could be built for like $75 or so people would buy them easily.. but costs were not much less than that! Obviously people have paid for your marques at the higher price.. so maybe people would be willing to pay $150-200 for them.. but then it seems like a much harder pitch.

    Tell me about it. I can't stress enough how expensive and time consuming these are to make. The marquee boxes cost around $50-55 in materials and another $20-35 to ship. Light fixtures ($15 a piece), power switch ($7 with mounting plate), wood ($7), aluminum angle ($5 - 7), art ($10-20 per box), pegboard ($5), t-molding, mdf panels, etc. It's real hard to ask enough money to make it worth while and still keep people happy with the price. I had been charging $155 shipped, and am upping it to $175 shipped.

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    #62 6 years ago

    OK, have a few more of these finished. First up, Pacman:

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    #63 6 years ago

    Next up, another TRON:

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    #64 6 years ago

    Finally, Robotron: 2084:

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    #65 6 years ago

    Wow those came out great

    Thanks so much for doing these! I really like the side art. The Pac-Man looks like a mini cabinet and the Tron chicks - well they are the Tron chicks Need I say more ?

    I cant wait to see what you have in store for my Ms. Pac and Galaga.

    Great job !

    #66 6 years ago
    Quoted from drjeff112:

    Wow those came out great
    Thanks so much for doing these! I really like the side art. The Pac-Man looks like a mini cabinet and the Tron chicks - well they are the Tron chicks Need I say more ?
    I cant wait to see what you have in store for my Ms. Pac and Galaga.
    Great job !

    Thanks Dr. Jeff. Both of yours turned out great. Time I crafted a few of these for myself.

    #67 6 years ago

    Wow man those are awesome!!! I'm tempted to buy one!

    #68 6 years ago
    Quoted from myork82:

    Wow man those are awesome!!! I'm tempted to buy one!

    Thanks brotha.

    #69 6 years ago

    Definitely some nice looking work there! Well done, well done indeed.

    #70 6 years ago

    Phet, glad to see you peddling your wares over here too. As I've always said, you do great work.

    #71 6 years ago

    Just got pics of my most recent box, Super Mario Bros. I only had a Dr. Mario marquee to test it with, but you get the idea:

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    #72 6 years ago

    AWESOME I like them very cool

    #73 6 years ago

    Very nice work

    #74 6 years ago

    Looks great!!!

    #75 6 years ago

    Thanks guys. Just finished my latest, Q*bert.

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    #76 6 years ago

    These are bad ass. It's one of the coolest Ideas i've seen. Great Work!!!!

    #77 6 years ago
    Quoted from Trident:

    These are bad ass. It's one of the coolest Ideas i've seen. Great Work!!!!

    Thanks man. I've got another cool one in the works. Should be ready for pics by tonight. One of my favorite vids for sure.

    #78 6 years ago
    Quoted from Phetishboy:

    Finally, Robotron: 2084:

    really like the sideart on this one. well done!

    #79 6 years ago

    That Q-bert is another work of art! I love the side art on these, they look like mini arcade cabs, sure brings back memories of hanging out at the local arcade dropping all my quarters on these games.

    #80 6 years ago

    That Q-bert is another work of art! I love the side art on these, they look like mini arcade cabs, sure brings back memories of hanging out at the local arcade dropping all my quarters on these games.

    Thanks Jeff! And now for one of my favorites. I just finished this one tonight. I give you,

    Moon Patrol:

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    #81 6 years ago

    And I thought I mentioned it in this thread, but I musta just been typing It in pms. Just so there is no confusion, I DO NOT PROVIDE A MARQUEE, you do. Either you have a marquee from your favorite vid already, you buy one off of ebay or you get a repro from Arcadeshop.com, Thisoldgame.com or Phoenixarcade. I merely build you the box, wire up a light fixture and power switch, provide marquee mounting brackets and finish it with art and Tmolding. Can you imagine the sheer volume of different original arcade marquees I would have to have laying around, just to anticipate which marquee somebody may want a box for? If I didn't have one, I'd have to drop anywhere from $20 to $75 shipped to get one for you. Price and availability of original marquees is too much of a crapshoot for me to procure one for you. So please, if you want a box, make sure you secure a marquee first. Thanks!!

    #82 6 years ago

    They look so awesome. Great job !

    Can you do pinball size translite boxes like that ?

    LTG : )

    #83 6 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    They look so awesome. Great job !
    Can you do pinball size translite boxes like that ?
    LTG : )

    Thanks Lloyd! I could do them for back glasses/ translights, yes. A gentleman asked me to do one for a Centaur back in like January, but I couldn't get ahold of the pinball stencil guy. Soon after i found out he had had a stroke and may never be back, so the project kinda stalled. I wanted to get the head stencils resized to fit a shallower box, say around 3.5 ". I'd just try to do graphics, but I don't think they'd do a Centaur back glass justice.

    #84 6 years ago

    Latest, TRON with Chrome T-molding:

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    #85 6 years ago

    I feel responsible for this thread since I bugged him to make a Tron. Mine looks awesome.

    Great ob on Moon Patrol!

    Mike

    #86 6 years ago

    Can anyone tell which box is the most popular? My word.

    #87 6 years ago

    Tron with Chrome Trim looks super awesome!

    #88 6 years ago
    Quoted from Phetishboy:

    Can anyone tell which box is the most popular?

    The furry one.

    LTG : )

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    #89 6 years ago

    Just wanted to publically post a kudos to Phet for great service after the sale! My Tron arrived beaten up by the post office. The box was crushed and both sides cracked and broken. I contacted Phet and he was very responsive with instant email communication. I sent it back to him and he fixed it for me. I just got it back today and it looks perfect !!

    So just for anyone on the fence about buying one of these, he is a great guy to buy from and work with!

    Thanks again! Very happy with my purchase

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    #90 6 years ago

    Thanks for the endorsement Jeff and I'm glad everything worked out the second time around on TRON. Next up, Galaga (too bad I only had a Galaxian Marquee to use for pics). Just imagine the background of the marquee black instead of white:

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    #91 6 years ago

    Not sure if this thread should be moved to marketplace or not. Anyhoo, if anyone is still listening, here's Ms. Pac. I think this is my favorite one so far. I didn't have a real Ms. Pac marquee, so i just printed one out and stitched it together for the pics:

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    #92 6 years ago

    slightly different angle showcasing the side art:

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    #94 6 years ago

    Thanks man. Next up, another Ms. Pac and a Joust.

    #95 6 years ago

    Woo-Hoo my Galaga and Ms. Pac boxes look great!!! Thanks Phet !

    I can wait to hang these up in my game room

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    #96 6 years ago

    Back from vacation and my printer finally came thru. Joust is complete:

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    #97 6 years ago

    That one mine.

    #98 6 years ago

    Final one in this batch, Ms. Pac with yellow T-molding:

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    And with that, I am finally caught up and all orders have been completed. For anybody else that wants one, I will start building these again in mid August. You can place your order now or wait til then. I will take up to 5 orders with a deadline of August 15th. I will either stop taking orders when I hit the 5 or the 15th, whichever comes first. All of those orders (if there are any more) will be completed sometime in October. Cost for each box will be $150 + actual shipping, packing materials & ins.

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    #99 6 years ago

    OK, Mid August is here and I'll be starting a new run of these babies. Cost for each box will be $150 + actual shipping, packing materials & ins. (usually around $175 shipped total) If you want one quick, I have the art and parts to do a Pac or Ms. Pac Box. I've also got the art for a Super Mario Bros/ Nintendo box. The Ms. Pac T-molding comparison:

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    #100 6 years ago

    Last chance, ill be starting the next run this weekend. If you want one, PM me.

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