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Oooohhh, SHINY!!

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:42 am
by Austin
Behold... My white Jaguar! :D


Got my "dental" Jaguar housing in the mail today! Apparently another box of these was found a little while ago and I was able to finally snag one to save my "beater" Jaguar that's in horrible cosmetic shape.

All in all the process of switching the casing wasn't too bad. Because this was made for dental units, I had to sand down the power button area (it would get stuck), and I had to chop off two tiny front posts inside the housing and realign them to where they normally are on a stock Jag (otherwise, the motherboard at the controller port would wobble).

So far so good though! I spent about 45 minutes with Pinball Fantasies, with no problems. It works well, and it looks cool to boot! :)

More are still for sale in case anyone wants one:

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:25 pm
by Trev
That's actually pretty cool looking. How long from start to finish did it take you to swap out the shell?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:41 am
by Austin
It took me a few hours primarily because I didn't know what I was doing. And when I first moved the inner posts around, I didn't mix the proper compounds together so they didn't stick and I had to do it again (this is the first time I've messed around with something like this, so I guess you can say I'm a noob).

If I had to do it again, now that I know exactly what to do, probably have it done in ten minutes, not counting the 45 minutes or so for the compound on the mounting posts to dry and hold. :)

To give you an idea, there are only about four screws underneath the unit, and there are only four more screws holding the motherboard in place. So getting the Jag motherboard out isn't hard at all. It's laid out very nicely, actually, with the main PCB having a nice metal shielding around it. Less chance of messing anything up from static!

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:33 pm
by 3DO Experience
That looks really snazzy! If I had more than one Jag I would do this.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:58 am
by mattyg
or I can paint an existing housing ANY colour :wink:

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:49 pm
by Trev
Good to hear from you Matty.

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:25 pm
by Mobius
Ah, I saw one of these shells at the Midwest Gaming Classic a couple weeks ago. I wondered at the time if it was from the dental units -- I guess it was! Very cool!

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:20 pm
by sneth
yeah it's a bizarre use of the mold. I picked one up about a year ago for fun.