Clean Mod Work Thread!

Skips

Giga Shock!!
I figured we could use something like this since it would be nice to see alternatives to the droves of shitty modders that tend to plague the internet with their presence. I figured I would put this here since its tech and modding related but if that's wrong an admin can move it.


THE CLEAN MOD WORK THREAD!

This thread is intended to be a place you can post clean and proper mod work done by yourself or others. People need a place they can come and see that there is a right way of doing this sort of work.

What does not qualify as clean modwork:
  • Excessive hot glue usage
  • Hotglueing of solder joints
  • Rats nest like wiring
  • Cold solder joints
  • Using electrical tape where it should not be
  • Using the incorrect components for the job
  • Poorly drilled holes or crappy case work

I would also like people to post good notes about clean modders that offer their services to others in this thread as well. If you do post about someone please include pictures of their work and the price that they charged for it (if there was one). Posting and advertising your own work is fine provided it is clean and professional looking and you are not out to price gouge your customers. I want people to see that their are affordable options available to them that don't include fucktacular shoddy craftsmanship.
 
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Skips

Giga Shock!!
I guess I will start off with some of my mod work that people seemed to like. I am not currently open to commissions but do tend to do stuff out of boredom from time to time so don't be afraid to ask.

NEW RGB NES








Phonedork's AV Famicom







Consolized MV1FZ (In Progress Still)

This is the rough looking PCB I bought off James for cheap, it is turning out nice. Still needs the plexibase and the Neo-Geo Logo decal slapped on the back








OLD PC10 PPU RGB NES MOD




OLD PC10 RGB FAMICOM MOD







NEO-GEO 2 SLOT CMVS





OLD MV1FZ CMVS (Component Video Only)





[URL=http://imgur.com/DVNNaAT]
 
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xsq

Thou Shalt Not, Question Rot.,
that sure is nice work. Craftsmanship. Respect!
(Can't wait to see more and submissions from other members ;))
 

Yodd

Kyo's Flame
MV1C I built last year (sadly the cart slot isn't as neat/smooth as I would have liked):

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RGB modded white PCEngine:

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Region chip modded CoreGrafx (chip wiring could have been neater):

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Duo-R RGB modded:


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Skips

Giga Shock!!
Skips did you solder all the wires on the underside of the cmvs?

The wires on both MV1FZ units are all underneath. It was a pain to get it like that but looks way cleaner when you do. I still need to put a base on it, slap the neo-geo decal, and buy a plastic report cover spine for the Jamma edge cover.

The 2 slot is soldered to the top of the since the shell covers them.
 

Skips

Giga Shock!!
MV1C I built last year (sadly the cart slot isn't as neat/smooth as I would have liked):

That is some pretty clean work. Square holes are something i have always sucked at, its why so much of my work uses circular din connectors.
 

skinny503

Giga Shock!!
skips,

I'm glad you started this thread. Was a little depressing seeing only bad mod work! Hope my work ends up in here, actually I dont care what thread it ends up in as long as a learn from the experience!

Side thought, we should make up stickers that say "No hot glue used" to put on mods hahahaha
 

goombakid

Giga Shock!!
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"Stereo" Mod to my FL NES. I did use a little hot glue, but only to hold down a couple of components, not my solder joints :P. More to add to this thing as soon as Tim W. has more NESRGB's in.

Because of the other thread, I've been going back in and cleaning up some of my mods. I since have better tools to work with so I'm definitely gonna do a better job on my stuff.
 
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ApolloBoy

330 Mega Shock!!
Because of the other thread, I've been going back in and cleaning up some of my mods. I since have better tools to work with so I'm definitely gonna do a better job on my stuff.
You're not the only one, I've been going back to my systems and redoing stuff whenever possible. Just earlier today I redid the AV jacks on my AV-modded Famicom and I had redone the AV mod itself a few weeks back. The only hot glue inside is just to secure the power LED I added. Now I make it a point of heat shrinking connections where I can and now I'm looking into using DuPont connectors like Skips uses.
 

goombakid

Giga Shock!!
You're not the only one, I've been going back to my systems and redoing stuff whenever possible. Just earlier today I redid the AV jacks on my AV-modded Famicom and I had redone the AV mod itself a few weeks back. The only hot glue inside is just to secure the power LED I added. Now I make it a point of heat shrinking connections where I can and now I'm looking into using DuPont connectors like Skips uses.

Yup. Thanks, Skips. You're setting the bar. LOL!
 

Skips

Giga Shock!!
Yup. Thanks, Skips. You're setting the bar. LOL!

I just want people to be aware that Drakonian style mod work is not acceptable. These old game systems will become scarcer and scarcer as time goes on. We really should do our best to keep our work clean, tidy, and professional to ensure the systems, and our work, lasts a good deal longer. I personally just don't want to see electronic barbarism become an accepted norm within the various modding communities. That could very well happen unless we try to correct it, and educate those that do it when we see it.
 

Yodd

Kyo's Flame
I personally just don't want to see electronic barbarism become an accepted norm within the various modding communities.

I laugh a little while letting out a tear from my eye every time I see someone mod a console and not bother to make sure the RCA jacks are installed level and straight across.
 

Skips

Giga Shock!!
I laugh a little while letting out a tear from my eye every time I see someone mod a console and not bother to make sure the RCA jacks are installed level and straight across.

I used to be pretty bad at it myself but have gotten tons better in the past year. Although now I just wire things for RGB since most people I do work for (including myself) use an RGB monitor or XRGB.
 

goombakid

Giga Shock!!
I laugh a little while letting out a tear from my eye every time I see someone mod a console and not bother to make sure the RCA jacks are installed level and straight across.

Yeah, my first Genesis mod ended up like that. I never bothered to line them up. I've since changed my ways.
 

GohanX

Hollywood Hulk Gohan
Ha, the first time I did it the jacks were crooked and I drilled the holes too big so I had to use washers to hold them in place. I can't remember if I ever fixed that.
 
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skinny503

Giga Shock!!
Im going to have the machinist here make me a template for drilling! I can line my marks up perfectly, but once the bit hits the plastic they can differ slightly and it drives me nuts!
 

Terot

Kabuki Klasher
Side thought, we should make up stickers that say "No hot glue used" to put on mods hahahaha

There are legitimate uses for hot glue in mod/custom build work. The key is to only use it as necessary to keep your work neat, not as a substitution for decent soldering work. I use hot glue to position wires out of the way (keep it neat) and to reinforce thin wire to PCB joints where I am afraid the wire will break (although I am seriously considering moving to Sugo for this [just wish it was more affordable]).

Other useful notes: Please use appropriate amounts of solder, pre-tin wires and spend the time to clean up your work.

EDIT: Removed photos of custom build work as they were too large and this thread is specifically for mods.
 
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Skips

Giga Shock!!
There are legitimate uses for hot glue in mod/build work. The key is to only use it as necessary to keep your work neat, not as a substitution for decent soldering work. I use hot glue to position wires out of the way (keep it neat) and to reinforce thin wire to PCB joints where I am afraid the wire will break (although I am seriously considering moving to Sugo for this [just wish it was more affordable]). Also, please use appropriate amounts of solder, pre-tin wires and spend the time to clean up your work.

The latest version of my JAMMA PCB to Neo-Geo MVS Multi-Slot Cabinet Adapter:
Dam, those be big photos.


What is the big ass wire you have plugged into itself? Are you just using that to jump two points together or something else? Also when using hot glue to re-enforce tiny wires (the very scarce few times you should have to) you don't hot glue the point the wire is soldered to, you glue the wire itself to the PCB right before the solder point. This will hold it in place without covering up your solder joint.
 
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Terot

Kabuki Klasher
What is the big ass wire you have plugged into itself? Are you just using that to jump two points together or something else?

EDIT: Skips is referencing the wires in the photos of the latest design of my custom built JAMMA PCB to Neo-Geo MVS Multi-Slot Adapter which I removed from this thread as it was a custom build not mod work.

The wires are a 3.5mm audio cable. The male end is connected to the mono audio out on the PCB and the female end is connected to the left and right speakers on the cabinet side. This allows for easily connecting stereo from PCBs that support stereo though a separate connector (I make a 4 pin to 3.5mm cable for each of my boards) or just taking the mono off the edge.

Also when using hot glue to re-enforce wires you don't hot glue the point the wire is soldered to, you glue the wire itself to the PCB right before the solder point. This will hold it in place without covering up your solder joint.
I agree, the ability to access solder points to test, repair and rework is important.
 
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