Black and Translucent Red CM3

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Black and Translucent Red CM3

Post by dasfool » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:06 pm

I spent a lot of time deciding on a color scheme. I'm happy with how this little guy turned out.
Money Shot
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Parts List: How I filled the LED holes
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Side: SD/Mode/USB-C
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Front with Screen Off
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Lights at Night
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Re: Black and Translucent Red CM3

Post by dasfool » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:16 am


I ended up replacing the NES buttons and D-pad with classic Gameboy ones. The buttons sat just a little too low and were a bit uncomfortable to use. DMG ones feel great. The D-pad I liked but I couldn't feel that nicely defined "popping" that you get when depressing the membrane. I get a better feel when using the DMG one.

I also seemed to have wired the analog incorrectly and wound up in the same situation as another forum member where everything seemed to work fine accept diagonal down right wouldn't register. Rerouting the wires fixed it.

Lastly, I went with a darker grey for the start and select button membrane. The ones from Retro Modding are nice and they feel a bit harder and less mushy than the ones included with most DMG cases.

Edit: Added images with the changes.
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Front Inputs
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Re: Black and Translucent Red CM3

Post by dasfool » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:27 am

I found a few more pictures on my phone that I thought may be useful for some.

Here's the fan, fan cartridge and the screws I used to secure them together:
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Screws Used for Fan
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Here's the back of the case showing the fit of the Power board with support bracket securing in the fan cartridge and everything fitting with the back button board:
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Fan and Fan cable extension, Power Support Bracket, and Back Button Board
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I used clamps to keep anything from moving, ensuring the epoxy cured well. The epoxy package said something about it setting in 5 minutes, but you really want to make sure you let it cure at least over night. Also this stuff smells awful so do it somewhere well ventilated. I don't have it pictured here, but on the other side of the case (the front), I have the plastic screen protector that came with the Gameboy case in place to keep the clamps from clamping directly to the screen and likely damaging it. I originally bought clamps from Home Depot, but the clamping force was really strong and I worried about it bending or marring the case. I found these cheap plastic clamps from Harbor Freight that were perfect for the job since the clamping force was much lighter.
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Securing the LCD and Screen Bracket with Clear Epoxy
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