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FSS/ICB/MAME upright cabinet

So having a traditional virtualpin was fun in the beginning, the problem being is 1) It took up space from my real pinball machines 2) I never liked the lack of depth perspective on the tables.  Then the FSS view tables were developed by Arconovum, got me thinking about a upright cabinet that would still allow for virtual pinball tables, but at the same time taking up less space in my basement.  So when randr started his ICB project on vpinball.com I really liked the shape of the cabinet, and thought why not a FSS view machine and throw 2 joysticks in to play virtual Ice Cold Beer as well.  So I started designing the cabinet based on some rough dimensions from the web.  When first showing my design to Arconuvum, he suggested adding vertical Mame games as well.  So adding 3 more buttons allowed all the vertical MAME games to be added to the games list as well.

Right now I am using PinballX to launch all the games and is working quite well for what I am wanting in a front end.  The build itself is a 32" TV rotated to portrait view, which allows a great view of the FSS tables.  the computer is a I7 processor, 8GB ram and a 750ti graphics card to make sure everything is looking great and plays well. I am running the Visual pinball tables on exclusive fullscreen and have had no issues with ball stutter.  inputs are run though a ledkeywiz gp16 +16 from groovy game gear (I had this left over from another idea) I will be hooking up the lit buttons to work with DOF in the future.  Also I had a older nudge and input device from Zebs boards, this has allowed for more buttons to be added and the big plus of having the ability to nudge the tables.  The joysticks are Zippy 2/4/8 ways.  I have the left joystick set to 8 way and the right to 2 way as this is a one player cabinet.

The cabinet itself is built using 3/4" black Melamine board, which allows for a nice finish but is very easy to chip the edges.  I may add side decals in the future and the smooth surface will help with application.  The control panels was built using 1/2" black Acrylic, now Acrylic is not the easiest material to fabricate with, but I have been working with it for 20+ years si I always like to Incorporate it into my builds. The bezel is a material called Dibond, which is Aluminum skin with a plastic core.  I had a piece that was silver on 1 side and gold on the other, I am quite happy i chose gold side out.  I cut the frame of Dibond and adhered Acrylic behind to protect the TV.

If I was doing this again, I think I would have the cabinet sides incorporated, to become the side of the control panel.  Also I would try to use a real lockdown bar to add to the build

In the future I plan to add a shaker motor, along with some more DOF lights, and flipper feedback to help add to the realism.





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  1. Congratulation ! That's a great vertiCab ! I'm in planning to build something similar with a 32' FullHD vertical screen. As I have a virtual Pinball , my project was building an arcade cabinet , and I realy wanted a vertical screen for the verticals Mame games. I discovered FSS and thing is a great alternative to play virtual Pinball! So , I want to make my Vertical arcade with FSS :) Maybe I'll use PinballX front end too. It's a shame I cn't post picture here , I would like you to see my project "bluescreen". Cheers , thenks for sharing

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    1. Hi Mussinger,

      A 32" vertical cab will be really nice, you will enjoy FSS as it should be seen and played. When you have a finished setup, just email me your pics and some text as this user has, and I will post it also. Unfortunately this is a blog and not a forum so I am the only person who can post.

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    2. No problem Nicholas ! I'll send you the pictures and a txt :)

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  2. Do you think a 43" 4k tv would be too large for this type of design?

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    1. No.. No.. 43" (inch) is what I have and its perfect.. To improve the impression you are not in a game but playing a real table, matching the size of a real table is necessary, and 43" inches is exactly the size to get that impression. Have a look at my latest RIG post/images, and you can see what 43" inches gives you.

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    2. Just to be sure of my facts, I went back and measured and yes my RIG is indeed 43", and for personally I would never go smaller than that.

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  3. Hello Friend. First of all sorry for commenting on this here. I really admire your work very much. I have some of your FSS tables and they are incredible. A few months ago I sent the request to be able to enter the Google Group and I still have not had a response. I would appreciate it if I could enter to download some tables that I am missing.
    Again I want to highlight the great work you have done and I hope that you can ever add more tables.
    Greetings from Argentina

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    1. TP.. Sorry for that , I refuse no applicants , so it is definitely an error somehow / someway.
      can you give me some information so I can contact you by email? you can also contact me a vpinball.com my avatar name is arconovum.

      Again sorry for the inconvenience.

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