Built full cardboard prototype and preliminary quotes on steel fabrication
June 2003

Been quite a while since my last update. Unfortunately, I don't have too much to show for the time. Here you can see my final cardboard prototype. I built the base as well just to check my trigonometry. You see, the top panel is suppose to have a lean of about 6 degrees so I had to work out how big all the side pieces need to be in order to incorporate this angle. Looks pretty good to me, although from the front view you can see that my cardboard wasn't quite wide enough. I knew this was the case but wasn't about to go and get boxes that were less than 10mm wider just for this.
Some news on the steel panel, though. I finally got some quotes back from a couple of companies, although they aren't quite finalised. One came in at about A$800, and that's without any sort of painting! Luckily the other quote is less than A$200 including powder coating so that's far better. I'm just waiting to hear back on that after sending them images of the brackets to be attached and we'll be all set.
Unfortunately this seems to be just in time for the end of my holidays so I'll be back to working on it during the evenings and weekends. Still, at least that will pretty much be it. I only need to wire in the IPAC and OptiPAC, stick the controls in and away we go. Well, I still need to work out the electronic coin-mech but that can wait.

NOTE: I am NOT an electrician. Don't think that I know what I'm talking about when it comes to electricity. I like to think I know what I'm doing but I'm NOT qualified in any way. Reproduce my work AT YOUR OWN RISK.