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Title: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 01, 2013, 06:34:24 AM
This is a Lunar Module build.  It was difficult to get all the lettering in the shot, so I took photos from a bunch of different angles.  In person, it's easy to see all the lettering straight on.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/pickdropper/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids1_zps409fa805.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/pickdropper/media/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids1_zps409fa805.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/pickdropper/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids2_zpsbf73a8f2.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/pickdropper/media/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids2_zpsbf73a8f2.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/pickdropper/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids3_zpsbd91d1ac.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/pickdropper/media/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids3_zpsbd91d1ac.jpg.html)

This is the first time I used the new 1590A friendly 3PDT board I made.  Worked out OK.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/pickdropper/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids4_zpsbc4d060f.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/pickdropper/media/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids4_zpsbc4d060f.jpg.html)

It is also my first experience with PPP's new screen printing service.  As you can see, the white lettering is wonderfully vibrant.  Unfortunately, it's not very stable.  If you really look carefully, you can see that the label for the Fuzz knob is missing.  It started flaking off right as I was finishing up this build (a bit frustrating), so I just flaked off the rest with my fingernail.  You can't see that it was even there, which indicates how poor the adhesion is.

Because of the paint issues, I will soon rehouse it, or just build a second one in a laser etched enclosure.  As you can see, the laser is not as vibrant as the printed white, so it isn't my first choice for this particular build.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/pickdropper/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids5_zpsa26c8d46.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/pickdropper/media/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids5_zpsa26c8d46.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: micromegas on May 01, 2013, 06:39:13 AM
AWESOME!!
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: Parra on May 01, 2013, 06:51:07 AM
that graphic is so friggin cool, and the guts are just out of this world, they shoul start making clear 1590A enclosures just for you so everyone could see that beautys insides!
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: micromegas on May 01, 2013, 07:00:51 AM
there are a lot of T-shirt screenprinting stores here in my city. I'm going to take on of this pictures and a bare black enclosure I have and go to all of them to see if any could do it.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: midwayfair on May 01, 2013, 07:02:47 AM
Awesome build -- shame about the screen printing. :( Make sure you give PPP feedback. Maybe a clear coat and bake will be an option after the printing.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: jprizz on May 01, 2013, 07:16:32 AM
THAT. IS. FRIGGIN'. AWESOME!
Too bad about the silk screen but still amazing.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: raulduke on May 01, 2013, 07:24:29 AM
Very cool dude.

Awesome PCB layout too.

Shame about the printing.

If its any consolation I think the lazer etched version looks cooler  8)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: angrykoko on May 01, 2013, 07:30:44 AM
Love any old style gaming themes! Looks awesome!

+1 for laser. 
I mean what else would you shoot asteroids with besides a laser?

Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: jimmybjj on May 01, 2013, 07:37:35 AM
Awesome build, awesome graphics and awesome layout :)

Is the laser etching deep enough to backfill? I've done a chem etch and backfilled with crayon before. Might be a different way to get a bright white in there.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 01, 2013, 07:38:41 AM
Very cool dude.

Awesome PCB layout too.

Shame about the printing.

If its any consolation I think the lazer etched version looks cooler  8)

Thanks, that is a consolation, actually.  :-)

I have another populated and tested board.  Instead of rehousing, I think I am just going to build another one up.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 01, 2013, 07:39:58 AM
Awesome build, awesome graphics and awesome layout :)

Is the laser etching deep enough to backfill? I've done a chem etch and backfilled with crayon before. Might be a different way to get a bright white in there.

Thanks Jim.  I actually tried backfilling a bit, but the paint pen was having dispensing issues (no paint or LOTS of paint).  I've backfilled before, but nothing with lines this tight.  I didn't try crayon, though.  Not a bad idea.
Title: Re: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: stevie1556 on May 01, 2013, 08:06:41 AM
When I read the thread title, I instantly thought of that game! Opened the thread, and then saw the spot on graphics! Absolutely epic game, remember playing it when it came out in the late 80's I think!

The pedal looks great and the insides are so tidy! Well done on a great build!

Sent from my thumbs using Tapatalk!
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: juansolo on May 01, 2013, 09:05:32 AM
 8) Made of the purest awesome  8)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: eldanko on May 01, 2013, 09:38:21 AM
FAVORITE.

I've gotta get my Lunar Module working...
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 01, 2013, 09:45:30 AM
Awesome build -- shame about the screen printing. :( Make sure you give PPP feedback. Maybe a clear coat and bake will be an option after the printing.

Yeah, I reaches out to them yesterday after the first box had problems.  Hopefully, they can adjust the process to fix that.  There are a ton of ways that printing can go wrong, so it is probably his a matter of pinpointing the root cause.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: selfdestroyer on May 01, 2013, 11:19:19 AM
This is EPIC.. I just love it. The build is so clean. Man, I need to really slow down on builds and focus on aesthetics like this.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: fendman on May 01, 2013, 11:58:15 AM
So professional Dave. I remember playing those big Asteroid  arcade consuls in the 1980's  :D Wow, how things have changed since then.

Mike

Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: wgc on May 01, 2013, 08:32:14 PM
Awesome... I spent many an afternoon with asteroids as a kid
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: slimtriggers on May 01, 2013, 09:31:39 PM
I spent a lot of lawn mowing money on that game as a kid.  Really brings back memories.  Great looking build.  Too bad about the printing  :(
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: lincolnic on May 01, 2013, 10:48:54 PM
Bonus points if you label the input jack "INSERT QUARTER" next time.

(The output jack can be "Coin Return"! Okay, I'm done.)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 02, 2013, 07:03:34 AM
Thanks for the compliments, guys.

I too remember Asteroids from growing up in the 80's. I re-discovered it later in college when we realized that it was a hidden mode on our Agilent oscilloscopes in the lab.  Good times.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: rullywowr on May 02, 2013, 09:07:58 AM
Very cool!  I love the etch.   :)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: bigmufffuzzwizz on May 02, 2013, 11:02:11 AM
Digging the finish..your not the only one having problems with that silkscreening from them. I've been hearing rubbing alcohol will just wipe it off..
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: micromegas on May 02, 2013, 12:20:29 PM
Thanks for the compliments, guys.

I too remember Asteroids from growing up in the 80's. I re-discovered it later in college when we realized that it was a hidden mode on our Agilent oscilloscopes in the lab.  Good times.

Tell me more about that "mode" in Agilent's oscilloscopes, I have access to a few at university...
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: nzCdog on May 02, 2013, 02:02:32 PM
Dang! Nice one  8)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 02, 2013, 03:12:06 PM
Thanks for the compliments, guys.

I too remember Asteroids from growing up in the 80's. I re-discovered it later in college when we realized that it was a hidden mode on our Agilent oscilloscopes in the lab.  Good times.

Tell me more about that "mode" in Agilent's oscilloscopes, I have access to a few at university...

I believe it's called ROCKS and it is available on the 54622D scopes.  There are YouTube videos that show how to get it going.

I believe some other models have Tetris.  I  sure you can find the info online.

Hmmm, Tetris.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: micromegas on May 02, 2013, 03:44:00 PM
Thanks man, I'm totally going to try it :)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: icecycle66 on May 02, 2013, 04:23:55 PM
LOOK AT ALL THOSE POTS IN SUCH A TINY SPACE!

 :facemelt:
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: MattOcaster on May 02, 2013, 06:22:27 PM
Mr Pickdropper,

If I build a 1590a or get something laser etched,
It will be YOU to thank  ;D
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: aballen on May 03, 2013, 02:24:34 PM
I was thinking the same thing.

It does of course not disappoint Dave.  Great work as usual.

Awesome build -- shame about the screen printing. :( Make sure you give PPP feedback. Maybe a clear coat and bake will be an option after the printing.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: croquet hoop on May 05, 2013, 05:08:21 PM
This is jawdroppingly awesome. And so inspiring. I was considering getting a few Mini Muff pcbs, if by any chance you also sold mini Module pcbs I'd be happy to get some.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 05, 2013, 08:06:07 PM
Thanks croquet hoop.  I wasn't planning on selling the Lunar Module boards, but I have a couple extra if you want them.  Shoot me a PM.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 05, 2013, 08:06:53 PM
I had another board built, so I decided to go ahead and stuff it into the laser etched enclosure.  I ran out of silver knobs, the black ones look OK to me, so I may leave them on.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/pickdropper/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids2nd1_zps1108c997.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/pickdropper/media/Guitar%20Pedals/Asteroids2nd1_zps1108c997.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: jimilee on May 05, 2013, 08:19:32 PM
Oh well hell, I was wondering how you could top the first one,and well, you just did!
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: Stomptown on May 05, 2013, 09:25:26 PM
I think the black knobs look great! Are those from small bear?
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: pickdropper on May 05, 2013, 09:37:26 PM
I think the black knobs look great! Are those from small bear?

Yep, Small Bear caries them.  They are small, diamond knurled knobs.  In fact, I just had to order more to go with the silver knobs I'm out of.   ;D
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: Stomptown on May 06, 2013, 01:59:25 AM
I think the black knobs look great! Are those from small bear?

Yep, Small Bear caries them.  They are small, diamond knurled knobs.  In fact, I just had to order more to go with the silver knobs I'm out of.   ;D

I'm pretty much addicted to expensive aluminum knobs! ::) I've used the large knurled ones from SB but I need to get some of those small ones...
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: gingataff on May 06, 2013, 04:08:31 AM
Great concept build.

I've always loved asteroids even though I'm terrible at it.
Title: Re: Asteroids!
Post by: mshuptar on May 07, 2013, 04:05:31 AM
Incredible design! "Asteroids!" was one of my favorite Atari games!