Posts Tagged ‘case making’

Last weekend I did a small case commission for ModRetro user [Bud] who has been an old trading partner for awhile now. The speakers that are in the two controllers for the SNES-001 Advance project were from him as well the Li-P0 batteries that are in my GeneBoy came from [Bud] as well.

Two weeks ago I got a request from him to take the case he had in store for another (and incredibly small) N64 portable he’ll be working on over the summer. However he was having trouble getting the button holes to have the nice finished look as he lacked a Step-Bit and countersink. I took this on as a favor to him as after the summer, he will be joining the men and women of our Air National Guard and will be serving our country in the years to come, so I applaud you!

With that said, [Bud] also sent the buttons and the pre-drilled case halves for me to clean up. Simple enough, however I still managed to find a way to screw it up… Not noticing that the back half of the case had two holes in it for Z and R, I assumed that the A & B buttons he had sent were going on the left side (I have no idea why I thought that) and then the two actual A&B buttons for the controller were the matching NES buttons. Long story short, I made an oops, however when he got them, he found a solution that would work out just fine and all way good! Much to my relief as I really don’t like screwing up!

But good luck to you [Bud] and I can’t wait to see your progress with this. Keep in touch!

Rainy days are great for progress! My new A/V cable with 3.5mm jacks & plugs works 100% with little to no interference unlike what I was getting before. Picture is clear and audio is crisp.  I started wiring up the buttons for the controller and only have a handful more to do. I’ve seen a lot of things I’ve could have done better so when I start the next one I’ll have a good idea as to what needs to be done to do it right the first time.

Current problem at the moment is the D-Pad as the way I have it mounted is making it not as responsive as I’d like. So I’ll be playing around with that a bit and hopefully I can get it fully functional. As mentioned on the forums, I will be selling this unit once complete, so I need to make sure the quality is there because if my name is going on this outside of my home, it damn well better hold up!

But, as always be sure to check out the forum for a more in-depth update as well as more pics!  Shooting to have this done by the end of April, but we’ll see how that goes. I will be in Holderness tomorrow evening working on the final design for the vacuum box of my vacuum former. This is going to be one hell of a machine when it’s done. Though it won’t be as grand as a $10,000 dollar system, this will be the highest end DIY vac-former out there. Keep you all informed about that one as well!

Well this could not have gone any better! On December 25th, 2011; Jonathan (Tchay) Shine posted a video of his finished Game Cube Portable that he’d been working on for nearly a year. And man, did he Rock It!

Not only was his You Tube video a viral hit (almost to the 100K mark so far) but his work log on the Mod Retro forums hit count reached a whopping 88K and climbing. Put in in perspective, some of the most successful topics only reach 8 to 10K and even that was doing damn well!

Needless to say, this was the start of something great for this site as well because not only did he post a credit to me and this site in is You Tube video and in his forum posts, but he let me know what it felt like that know 100s of thousands of people are now looking at something I had a hand in creating! Even if most them aren’t aware, this sites stats have hit three new high hit records since then!

This has also in turn opened the door to do even more work for some of the biggest names in the field of modding and 2012 looks like it’s gonna be a great year for the hobby!

Anyway, my project is getting closer to done. Unexpected obstetrical have hit but are being over come. Shortly that will be finished and then I’ll be able to start back up on a few smaller repair and house projects that have taken second place to the desk. But here is a video of the video by Tchay and I must say he did a damn fine job on it!