Vewlix TE Complete Guide
Alright folks, this is it: the 2nd to last complete post discussing my Vewlix Tournament Edition arcade cabinet. I’ve had a lot of questions over the last few months, and this is my attempt to compile everything into 1 concise this-is-everything-i-can-possibly-tell-or-show-you post.
So, let’s get started:
One of your most valuable resources is my Flickr Photo Gallery. I made the mistake of not promoting it more. I took photos every day during the project and all of them have titles and most of them have helpful captions. This should give you a ton of insight into the project.
- MDF, 32″ Sony Bravia, PlayStation 3, MadCatz TE Fight Sticks covered in Worklog 01
- More components and prices are discussed in Worklog 03
- Using your own (different) TV w/ my plans is discussed in this reply to Michael
Creating your plans:
- I released the design as a Google SketchUp file, you’ll need to download Google SketchUp to view and edit it
- You can download my final Vewlix Tournament Edition Google SketchUp file in this post
- There is a more complex version that shows the 45º bevels you can download in this post
- Necroticart’s SketchUp file (mentioned in the above posts) is hard to get, I mirrored it here
- I gave some instructions about how to create your own plans using the Google SketchUp File in this post
- I created some narrated Screencasts demoing how to use Google SketchUp available in this post
- A discussion of the tools used is available in this post
- A clarification on the router bits is available in this reply to Jon & Anthony
- The first worklog to cover construction is #5, which discusses the trickiest part: building the side panels
- The next worklog, #6, covers the other tough part: building the control panel
- Building the base and cutting the miscellaneous support pieces is pretty simple, so I won’t be covering it
- Building the rounded top part of the marquee is tougher, so I cover that in the final Worklog 07
Sanding, Priming, Painting, Lacquering:
- The tools used to paint are covered in Worklog 02
- The materials used to paint are covered in Worklog 03
- #5, tells you how to finish the side pieces in Worklog 05, this applies to all pieces though
- My reply to Chris discusses the dry times for the finishing process, although be sure to follow the labels on the product you are using over my advice
- Paint and lacquer is discussed more indepth in this reply to Anthony, and here’s another one too
- As pointed out by Thomas Brown, I used red spray paint on the back of the marquee to give it its color
- One of your most valuable resources is my Flickr Photo Gallery. I made the mistake of not promoting it more. I took photos every day during the project and all of them have titles and most of them have helpful captions. This should give you a ton of insight into the project.
- I used the official Japanese Vewlix move list, a Japanese, fighting system and move list sheet, and a Japanese PlayStation 3 move list. All of which can be downloaded from the Official Japanese Street Fighter IV page.
- I’m told the above link has removed the move lists, so download them (mirrored on this site): Command list for 360/PS3, Vewlix compartment PDF, General arcade PDF.
- I was going to edit the above files to translate them into English, but it became unreadable at the size they needed to be. Since the move motions were the most important to me, I just left them as-is.
- I created a Vewlix Tournament Edition logo for the marquee to tie the Mad Catz Tournament Edition sticks into the cabinet more. I had it printed at a local sign shop. You can download it from this reply to Anthony
Send me your projects:
I’ve had several people show me their works in progress and I continue to be blown away. When you have finished your project, please link it here or send me an email to donovan [at] donovanmyers [dot] com. I would love it if you could get someone to take a picture of you sitting in front of your finished cab, preferably with your favorite game on the screen (doesn’t have to be SF4, BlazBlue, KoFXII, and Tekken 6 are all on the way). That way I can create a post devoted entirely to everyone else’s projects and use that photo as your link. If you’re shy, I’ll understand, a finished cab all alone is cool too.
From now on, this page will be the main resource for the Vewlix Tournament Edition project. Please comment with all your questions that don’t apply to any of my other blog posts and I will answer them. Heck, just post all of your questions on this page anyway. That will save me the trouble from updating this page with a link to your question/answer.
Many thanks to everyone, keep up the awesome work.