Thursday, February 1, 2007

What I Learned

  1. Utility knives are sharp. I cut my fingers pretty badly trimming the T Moulding by drawing the knife towards me. Now kids out there reading this, don’t do what I did, always cut away.
  2. Assembling the UAII is a two person job. It was very difficult doing it myself.
  3. You can spend way too much money putting one of these together.
  4. Your end result will probably be different from what you though it was going to be.
  5. Gizmos are cool. Light guns, bigger hard drive, cathode lighting, coin doors. Be sure to see # 3 above.
  6. MDF weights way too much.
  7. When in doubt, reinforce.
  8. Tint your primer with some of your final color paint
  9. Cut you T Molding slot prior to assembly. Once put together, you wont be able to.
  10. Don’t loose sight of your goal.
  11. Don’t try to please everyone. Know what you want to play and work around that.
  12. You will spend more then you want (see #3 and 4 above).

If you are going to build from scratch, you will need the following tools

Circular Saw
Jig Saw
Palm Sander
Belt Sander
Tape Measure
Framing Square
And most importantly Patience.

Also for the electrical work you will need
Continuity tester
Soldering iron
Wire stripper / crimper