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Stock to Rock:
The making of the RockStar Games
Table Tennis Xbox 360

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A new modded 360 has taken a great deal of our time over the last several months.  Rock Star Games has requested another custom 360 based on their Table Tennis game.  We were glad to take on a box with a strong theme.  This time we did two boxes one will go to the developers of the game the other will be given away by Rock Star in an upcoming promotion. 

We started with a concept of a pattern wrapped box with the table tennis logo on one side and a window with parts from a real ping pong paddle covering part of the window.   We were also planning for a nice emerald green metal flake and a ping pong power button, those bits didn't work out but we kept true to most of the initial plans. 

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Paint Mask Vinyl
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2” masking tape
super thin masking tapes
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PPG Deltron DBU Black Base Coat
PPG Deltron DBU Olympic White Base Coat
PPG Deltron DBU Passion Red Base Coat
PPG MC260 Clear Coat
DT870 Reducer
30 AWG Wire
White Flux LED
470 Ohm Resistor (using 12V supply)
Solder
Sandpaper
Few Ping Pong Paddles from Wal-Mart
White and Red 0603 LED’s

 

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We asked RockStar if they had any balls and they said yeah plenty… they sent over a big bag of ping pong balls with the table tennis logo on them.  We sorted through them and found several that didn’t have the seam going through the logo and also received the logo print well.  Originally we thought we would be making the ping pong ball as the power button but ultimately the power button is so small it just becomes a small button that no longer even looks like a ping pong ball sitting on top of the face plate so we ditched that idea and went with a floating flux LED lighted ball in the window.  The flux led has a wide angle >100 degrees of dispersion and high light output so it was ideal for evenly lighting the ball with little room for clearance.
052306 006.jpg (61337 bytes) As we developed and mocked up options we started with some old Thomson DVD lids just to get an idea of proportions to paint the DVD lid to look like a table tennis table.    
052306 011.jpg (73536 bytes) We did a quick mockup with a window cut lid and went from there to figure out exactly how it should all lay out
  The lid was first cut with our #4 cut done the same as in our Perfect Cuts Service but we installed a cut down paddle into our router template.  The benefit of templating and jigging the lid allows us to do perfect copies of a cut pattern every time.  The downside of router cutting is that you can only make a point as small as the router bit itself.  We normally use a ˝ inch bit but for this we finished up with a Ľ inch bit to get a little closer to the ends.  We sill had plenty of manual plastic whittling and sanding to achieve sharp flowing points around the paddle. 
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The handle was a bit of a sticking point do we stain and mount the handle, or try to paint wood with car paint?  We thought there might be some issues with painting the handle and the wood expanding and what not.  Also the red stripe in the handle is a foam substance that likely nothing would adhere to properly.  Now what?  Mould one out of epoxy resin of course.  A company nearby that sells many varieties of resins, silicones, aluminum polymers and all this crazy stuff you can work with.  Basically you take a two part silicone that is the approximate consistency of marshmallow ice cream topping - mix it with hardener then pour it over the part you want to reproduce.  We used a paper towel tube with our part inserted to retain the silicone.   We added toothpicks and clay to makeup the drain tubes.  The mould needs a day to harden and then can be cut open down one side with a sharp blade, a zig zagy approach works best to help keep the shape when it is time to close the mould.  We like to let the mould setup an extra day before pouring with epoxy.  The epoxy needs to setup for about 48 hours before you can work with it and heat aids the curing process .  A running Xbox make a great little warm air blower and we have plenty around. 
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Originally we wanted to go with this crazy emerald green metal flake but decided that the color and our pattern would just be too much so we went with white as the primary color.  We opted to paint the entire box white first and then paint each color on top of that.  Prior to painting white we needed to prep the side the logo would be painted on to remove the words “Xbox 360”  We found a good body filler with high adhesion properties that works well with plastic at a local supplier Express Composites.
TTROPEFinalSmall.jpg (3470 bytes) Graphics are not our strong suit but we were able to sample a rope pattern from some nautical clip art and combine with the two paddles from the table tennis logo hoping that we would capture a table tennis net / Louis Vutton hand bag pattern kind of thing.  This was amongst the most challenging part of the process 20+ renditions later the single cell that makes up the pattern looks like this.  (save it and set as tiled desktop wall paper to get the full effect)  It was important to make this as detailed as possible the so a vinyl cutter could cut the pattern into paint mask effectively.  The high resolution version of this image is about 800X800.  This allowed the intricate lines that make up the paddles and handles to retain their detail so it can be cut to the mask.  If you would like to hear more about what a vinyl cutter is and how it can be used in paint masking feel free to read our review here.
071006 005.jpg (48768 bytes) Now we have a sheet of pattern.  Our method was to remove every piece of vinyl we wanted black and then apply the mask to the box.  When removing the mask most of the intricate pieces are left on the backing.  Being that we were dealing with 1000’s of little black pieces still meant a great deal of plucking with a tweezers to fully prep the mask.
071006 006.jpg (16180 bytes) Time to wrap the 360
071206 001.jpg (60051 bytes) Even with the contour fitting special paint mask vinyl, we found it impossible to actually wrap a continuous pattern around the faceplate.  With the concave shape of the faceplate there was no way we would have a continuous matching pattern wrapping the box.  In the end this worked well, we just did the two patterned sides and ended up with having to do something different with the face.  We liked the idea of bringing the black from the top down into the front faceplate. 
071206 003.jpg (48864 bytes) Applying the logo we made some reference lines to find the perfect center of the case horizontally and vertically.  We then made similar reference marks on the logo itself. 
071206 004.jpg (19500 bytes) This made lining up the pattern easier in the end we moved it a bit from perfect center to a spot we like better for the overall look, a little forward and a little up as I recall.  This spot seemed to be the best balance point. 
071206 007.jpg (21003 bytes) We then had to manually cut away the lower mask so the logo could be applied directly to the white painted surface. 
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Back to making some graphics… sigh…  Lets try to pick up the large black oval from the logo and make it straight rather than curve.  After hours of developing the graphic within the sticker cutter LXI Express software we found the machine was unable to cut the graphic with the vector images as well as the letters that were imported via a JPG.  It seems we needed to export to a raster image and then resample the image via the vector tracing tool.  Trouble is if you do that it works at some of the lower settings that produce a jagged edge but fails to load the image if you do it at a setting above where it is looking almost acceptable. 
072606 006.jpg (97166 bytes) With the graphics complete and masks applied.  We went on to work with our base coats.  Items that needed to be all white or included white were painted first.  Its a good idea to have everything out in front of you and a notebook to fully plan what needs paint and the best order to hope to avoid repainting.
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Painting the DVD and the Paddle Handle required a different approach to the rest of the components. The anodized coating of the DVD drive and the epoxy of the handle just does not play well with basecoats.  Weand really required a different primer to adhere properly.  We found an epoxy primer that we like well for the task. 
081606 010.jpg (24302 bytes) Once primed we masked out the lines on the DVD lid and painted green over the white.  We also painted most of what will not be visible black.  In this step we went with the closest green we could find in a spray can with a matte finish
071206 012.jpg (109833 bytes) Black painted over white.  Notice the red paddle is black, this is mask left on the lid to help allow us to align the next full mask that only leaves the red paddle area uncovered.
071606 020.jpg (93946 bytes) Once red is painted and the mask removed the result is something like this.  Note the matte finish as opposed to our clear coated finished pieces.
071606 014.jpg (105941 bytes) All the base coats are now complete.  The red rubber is just laying in place for the photo
081606 005.jpg (35162 bytes) Preparing the window we started with our typical window pattern and then added drill holes to accommodate the extra screws for the paddle handle, all the pegs and the middle bump behind the O in Xbox.  This divot where the O in Xbox fits on the surface of the lid seems to explain the extra bump in the back of the lid. 
072606 002.jpg (26147 bytes) To complete the pattern theme we added the black and white to the fan shroud so it can be seen through the window.
081606 003.jpg (45687 bytes) Installing the new black painted epoxy handle we used a couple Xbox motherboard screws and washers to offer the clearance needed... just to be sure we also epoxy it in place.
081606 007.jpg (75833 bytes) We used 3M Super 77 spray contact adhesive to apply the red rubber paddle surface.  We had some old school brush on stuff that seemed to grip even better but it was so noxious it actually broke down the rubber making it soft which seemed okay until we realized it also made the rubber grow, so much so that it no longer fit on the pre cut surface.  Super 77 on the other hand did not affect the rubber in any way but when it was setup you can in fact remove the rubber if you really try to peel it off. 
082106 021.jpg (19962 bytes) Black feet were installed to replace the stock gray ones to maintain our black and white theme. 

 We also swapped the thumbsticks and D-pad on the controllers to replace the gray stock ones with black sanded down original S-Type thumbsticks.  We changed the controllers LED from green to white surface mount leds and signature white rumble activated back and start buttons.  More about controller mods

 

 

 

 

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