It is with great excitement to announce that everything is set for my first trip to the Midwest Gaming Classic in a little less than a week! The exploded view display of the kit and the finished portable have been boxed up and shipped to a fellow modder from the Bitbuilt forums who’ll be making the drive there and spare me a TSA hassle.

What a ride it’s been getting these systems as far as they have come and the places this hobby still continues to take me. Looking forward to meeting up with some old modding friends as well as meeting several other members of the forums I’ve yet to meet.

It will also be a good chance to get a feel for the kind of interest this could have on the general public and other modders who might want to give it a go. I don’t anticipate a great deal, but it should be educational regardless and I will hopefully be posting a video compilation of my time there.

As for the completed portable itself, there were a few firsts in this one as well, most notably the custom battery charger which eliminated the need for two different power jacks (one for wall power and one for the battery charger) and the new custom controller board which utilized an FRAM chip which effectively replaced the need to wire up a standard memory card. Another big thanks to RDC for doing those up for me!

There were a few other small changes to make the layout a bit cleaner and I am very happy with how this one turned out. The paint work is also one of my cleaner attempts and the 3D printed stand for it made it present nicely.

Again, I’ll be making a post about the experience at MGC and updates on the kit interest! Talk with you then!

 

It’s been 10 years since I first got into the hobby of console modding and for a long time now, I’ve wanted to go to an event like MGC or PAX East. Never really had the time or money to make it happen though, but this year things seem to have fallen into place and I will be attending the 2018 Midwest Gaming Classic, April 13th – 15th in Milwaukee, WI. It’ll be my first time ever making a trip to the Mid-West and I will be meeting up with several other modders from the BitBuilt Forums who will be showcasing some very cool projects!

I don’t really know what to expect or how the process works when it comes to doing a showcase, but I will be bringing a small 3D display I’ve been working on that shows off all the details of the new Portable Nintendo 64 Kits I hope to make available. This will allow those who might have interest to get a better look at how the project would go together and also serve as an interest gauge so I can find out what level of actual interest there really is. But if nothing else, the experience of being able to “Geek Out” with others in person for a change will be a fun experience.

Building The Display

The display itself was actually quite the project in its own right. Basically just a sliding frame that holds each of the 4 case components which have all the parts already mounted in place. Made up entirely of custom designed and 3D printed parts and #4-40 hardware. There are 8 knobs on 4 sliding carriages, mounted on 2 rails supported by 3 legs. This holds each case component so they can be rotated and moved back and forth so everything on the inside can be seen.

The Completed Display Frame

The first version of the “duck” clamp before I realized I needed a bigger bill. These were two separate parts joined together with #4-40 nuts and machine screws.

The duck army grew!

The rails were then attached to the legs and the duck clamps attached to the rails. The rails also ended up being changed out for a version that had 4 slots (one for each duck) instead of 1 big slot because it was too flimsy.

The duck was also modified with a larger bill and a nut trap to make single handed loosening/tightening possible.

The last step was printing 8 knobs and gluing in a #4-40 hex bolt in place to use for the tension knobs. This worked surprisingly well.

When it was time for it all to come together, I was very happy with the results! For getting a general idea of what goes into these systems, a 3D Exploded View lets people get a very good idea of what goes into the process.

Leaving as little to the imagination as possible in this case is a key feature.

I’ll still be making tweaks to this before April arrives but for the most part I’m happy with it.

Building A Finished Version of The Kit on Display

That being said, I’m also about 80% complete of another N64 Portable which I hope to show off right next to this as an example of what the finished product can look like. This one also includes some of the biggest revisions to the design that have been done yet, including a new power system which ditches the 2 power ports and utilizes a custom battery charger/adapter as well as a new version of the Mini Controller board which has a built in memory card!

Yes it’s stuff that most people aren’t going to see or know about, but when it comes to building one, these improvements take tons of time and wiring out of the equation. And this one happens to be one of the prettiest finishing jobs I’ve done so far. Can’t believe I’d never done any kind of wet sanding before and here it makes all the difference! It’s a beautiful thing! Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have a video of both side by side as a glimpse of what MGC may look like at the BitBuilt table in April!

The Front Face Assembly looking sharp!

 

 

Wow, over 3 months without a post! Yeah the real world is taking up so much of my time to actually work on any projects at all, it makes it next to impossible to make posts and build logs. But that being said, in the past week and a half I managed to finish off and ship out two large projects that I’ve been working on the past few months.

The first to ship was a pilot run of (4) N64p Kits that I’ve been working on developing for quite awhile now. I can’t say too much on this yet as there are a few more details that would need to fall into place to make this work, but if it does there may finally be a viable option for DIY modders who want to try their hand at building one of these with a fraction of the guess work. Again though, more on that later.

The second of course was my 8th Portable N64 Commission and my 4th this year alone. It has been a great deal of fun but they have been a lot of work. Fortunately though, the design of each system has been consistent enough that when I put this last unit together and fired it up, everything worked on the first try!

So sorry this post is kind of short, making that video took up most of my free time today and Christmas Parties are on the agenda for this evening so I have to get ready for those, but at least you know I’m still working on projects when I can! Thanks again and there will be more posts soon!

 

The JN64p Complete

Posted: 09/01/2017 in Uncategorized

Hey everyone! This has actually been done and shipped off for about a month and a half now, but finding time to produce even a short 2 minute video seems that it has to be put on schedule!

That said, there’s really not a whole lot different from this one vs the Shnyaps 64 that was completed a bit before it as they were both built at the same time. Other than the color and a couple wiring differences on the inside, not a whole new to talk about.

However, my Prusa i3 MK2S 3D printer is fully assembled and printing and so far I’m every bit as pleased with its quality as I hoped I’d be. Makes me want to try my hand a building one from scratch but again, the problem of “time” always seems to come into play. But, the raw footage has been taken and I hope to have a video of that process up in the next post.

More to come soon!

What a week this has been! In addition to finally shipping off the 2nd N64p that I’d been working on for months now (video soon), a French friend of mine posted his video on the PSOne Mini which I printed and shipped to him (the SLA version) about two months ago. This guy’s videos are an amazing representation of what truly goes into making mods like these and I’m very excited to have been a part of its creation. It’s a long video but very detailed in terms of explanation of methods and pro/cons of each. A great watch and I highly recommend you check it out! I also thank him for the shout out’s he provided towards the site!

And, Ol’ Ben Heck finished off an N64p himself which he’s been working on for many months now as well.

For some reason or another this has sent a great deal of traffic my way which has added to the excitement of the past few days.

Also, I’ve just started assembly on my new Prusa i3 MK2S ┬áPrinter which I got earlier in the week. I’ll have a video of that process posted once complete, but this is what I’m hoping for for an end result. Time will tell if I can assemble the way it needs to be done to achieve the same results, but I’m hoping for a very nice basement upgrade for my FDM 3D printing projects! More to come soon!

The SHNYAPS 64 Complete

Posted: 07/07/2017 in Uncategorized

Hey guys,

So the first of two commissions that I’ve been working on is now complete. It was a process to find the time to work on it but it’s finally done and will soon be ready to ship overseas. I’m very happy with how these have been turning out in the end, especially now that I have the ability to turn out HD case work with the Form 2.

Again these are very basic portable systems as far as modern standards go, but are still packed with very modern components aside from the actual mother board. I hope the reliability I’ve tried to build in stands true for many years after the buyer get’s the system, but as it stands now, the system is solid and I’m happy with the end result!

I’ll have more updates soon when the next commission is complete which shouldn’t be too long as all that’s left is a bit of troubleshooting with a bit of the wiring, but keep an eye out for another completion video when the time comes!