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post #1 of 9 Old 09-14-2007, 06:49 AM - Thread Starter
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So I've always thought my Ultracade was kinda bland. So, I decided to trick it out a little....here is what I did.
  • Put lighted tracked balls in it
  • replaced the yellow coin slot with a traditional red one
  • got rid of the bland control panel overlays and put a custom design in it.

Here are some pics...what do you guys think?











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I like it! I'm having a MAME build for me and it isn't going ot have the decal for the controls. Did you make that or buy it from somewhere?

I'm also getting the lighted track ball. How do you like yours? Does it work normally? It looks pretty good lit up!

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Thanks.

The Ultracade cocktail was made by Ultracade Technologies in 2004. They have since been bought out by Global VR.
I didn't like the stock CP overlays that came with my machine, so I designed new ones. I made them in Photoshop and then had Scott at www.mamemarquees.com print them out for me.

I also thought the standard white trackballs were boring, so I switched them out. I love the lighted trackballs. They work exactly the same as any other trackball, only there are lights underneath the control and the ball is translucent to allow the light to filter through. They are a little hard to photograph though, so the pics don't look as good as they do in real life.
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Very nice!
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mbott1701, I like what you did with your cocktail machine. I just picked up a standup ultracade, but it doesnt have a trackball in it. I wanted to install one like yours ( assuming thats a happs ) but need to know how you made the connections to the computer. Was it usb? I have the trackball classics game pack on the way in the mail, but it only includes the games, no trackball, and i doubt any wiring instructions.


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The trackballs were already installed in the cocktail version...I just replaced them with illuminated ones. The buttons, joystick, trackballs, etc are all from Happ.
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Do you have a happ part # of the trackballs that you used?

How is the connection made to the computer?
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Here is the link to the page on Happs' site that has the trackball

http://www.happcontrols.com/trackballs/560100xx.htm

I didn't need to get a whole new unit, I ended up getting translucent replacement trackballs and then installe the lamp underneath.

This part from thier FAQs helped!
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Q: How do I illuminate / light my 3" trackball ? 09/28/05
A: First of all, you will need a TB with either a Translucent ot Transparent ball in it. The solid balls can not be illuminated.
You will need to purchase a few extra parts with your 3" trackball.
91-1224-00 T3 1/4 wedge base lamp holder.
43-0303-00 Screw
91-0161-00 14v #161 bulb
On the underside / bottom of the 3" trackball case there is a hole where the screw will be inserted holding the lamp fixture in place beneath the ball. You will need an external power source to operate the 161 bulb which its typically operated at 12VDC @ 200ma.
A small plug in wall transformer type power supply is sufficient such as 80-0001-00.
For trackballs smaller or larger than the 3" you would have to mount the lampholder yourself as no hole is supplied in the case. Double sided tape or velcro can frequently make this work as well.
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I'll have to double check the type of connections to the computer for you.
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Well, well well... this looks just gorgeous. Well done!

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