Tutorial! Make Your N64, A Ultra 64!

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  1. Madsmaten

    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    Hey there!

    Remember those early ad's for the N64, it had a awesome Ultra 64 logo which was later removed upon release.

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    I always wanted to have a Ultra 64, and therefore I started to work on a template in photoshop.

    BTW: I know that I'm not the first one who have done this, and that it isn't rocket science, but hey, it's totally free! :D

    First thing you need to do is to take your N64 apart, and take the top of.
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    If you look where the N64 logo is placed from the inside, you will notice two small holes.

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    Pry on both of them, with some sort of tool you have layin around. Use only little force, we wouldn't want to break anything.

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    Take some of that horrible, packaging plastic. You know what I mean, that one that should be illegal! I used some from a pack of small halogen light bulbs.
    Cut a matching shape.

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    When you are done cutting, you should download the Ultra 64 template I made.
    Notice that It isn't the right size!
    I have uploaded this one, so if anyone have any improvements, or want to use it to anything else (Like cover on Everdrive 64 etc).

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    However, you should print a couple of test's and find one that fits you. The original shape is around 5 Cm in width, and 3 Cm in height.
    When you have found the one you want to use, cut it out.
    I put some black isolating tape on the backside of the paper, that way you won't see the red light through the logo, when the N64 is powered on.

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    Now then, put some double-sided tape on the N64's front (Where the N64 logo used to be)
    And put on the N64 logo paper.

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    You could take the logo cover we made out of packaging plastic on now.
    I found, that mine's just fitted after a little fiddling around the edges, without the need of taping anything.
    (I apologise for the quality on this one)

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    All done! Enjoy your new Ultra 64!

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    I know that this isn't a "Perfect" method, however I must admit I was supprised of how well it looks.
    I currently got a acryllic version in the making, however this one works out perfect for now.
    If you have any inputs, or suggestions how to make this better, let me know!
    Feel free to upload your logo "Mods" on this page.

    Thank you! And happy gaming to you all!


    - Madsmaten.
     
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  2. proarturs

    proarturs The force is with me

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    Time to make my N64 ULTRA.
    Thanks for this.
     
  3. LeHaM

    LeHaM Site Soldier

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    Could you strip the original logo off the acrylic?
     
  4. Madsmaten

    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    Happy to hear that you could use it!
    Feel free to upload a photo, once it's finished!

    Unfortunately, it's not possible, since the logo is actually painted on the plastic.
     
  5. dakooldog

    dakooldog <B>Site Supporter 2013</B><BR>

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    This would be great if the original jewel could be reused. The premise of using cheap packaging plastic to replace an ascetic feature on the case kinda turns me off.

    You know what would be cool? If someone started selling 3d printed jewels that are exact copies, but completely clear. This way the jewel still maintains a nice curve to it with the added feature of putting something custom printed behind it like a U64 logo, or even the normal N64 logo if someone were to be repairing a broken jewel. I'm sure they would be pretty cheap to produce/sell too. But, hey, its just an idea.
     
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  6. HEX1GON

    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag

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    That would be super cool! Someone make this happen... please?
     
  7. retro

    retro Resigned from mod duty 15 March 2018

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    You really should draw the artwork at 300dpi, at the correct size. Then it would be high resolution and print correctly.

    The original clearly isn't domed. It does look a bit thicker (less recessed), though.
     
  8. LeHaM

    LeHaM Site Soldier

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    The original jewel is domed slightly..
    and 3D printing is probably out of the question as doesn't it usually have fine lines in the finished print from each layer
     
  9. Pulsar

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    Maybe could do cast acrylic or something of the sorts. Cool idea, would really like to see some company run with this and make some custom jewels for classic (outdated) systems
     
  10. LeHaM

    LeHaM Site Soldier

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    Yeah casting would be much cheaper, you could just use resin.. For most people cutting a peice of plexiglass would surfice
     
  11. Madsmaten

    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    I have a jewel, I am willing to donate to this cause.
    I don't think that, I myself, would be capable of starting a production like this.
    I wouldn't even know were to start!

    Anyway, I will upload the "real" size logo, in a couple of days.
     
  12. retro

    retro Resigned from mod duty 15 March 2018

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    You use liquid plastic for domes. I could probably have it done professionally as I used to make PC badges, although they might be iffy about making a Nintendo product. As might Nintendo.
     
  13. LeHaM

    LeHaM Site Soldier

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    I doubt they would be funny about it seeing as the ultra 64 isn't entirely copyright of nintendo, the reason why they changed it.. Such a small scale production, nintendo either won't care or even know.. It's a logo that was never used in production, most people didn't even know the n64 was called that..
    Heck, they didn't even bat an eyelid at the retron5

    you could always just make clear domes and sell them as that, people could then use whatever logo they want (great for custom paint jobs). Just get the logos printed in china on some adheasive vinyl.

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    ok so to make a new jewel, it seems pretty simple.
    get some poly resin (cheap)
    make a mold, I was thinking modeling clay but it's probably too pours. But a vaccume mold would work.. I think..

    I might try it.. Make some xbox jewels too
     
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  14. Madsmaten

    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    It would be amazing, if you could get these done!
    I actually happen to have an approval for making N64 stickers, from Bergsala A/S (Which is the official Nintendo distributor in Scandinavia).
    And as LeHaM also says, a production of this size wouldn't matter at all :)
     
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  15. Auction_Sniper

    Auction_Sniper Rapidly Rising Member

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    Subscribing to this for the updates - I'd love to get a few of these if someone does a production run of them.
     
  16. retro

    retro Resigned from mod duty 15 March 2018

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    Small size doesn't matter... is that your ethos, guys? ;)

    You can't make a clear dome the proper way - the print is cut to shape and the plastic is applied and cured on it.

    When I get some free time, I'll have a word with my people.
     
  17. Madsmaten

    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    Haha :D

    Anyhow, that sounds great!
    Can't wait to hear what they say!
     
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  18. steven

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    Chuck it on ebay and watch the suckers line up ;)
     
  19. dakooldog

    dakooldog <B>Site Supporter 2013</B><BR>

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    Awesome man, subscribing for updates.
     
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