Since reading Ben's book I have become extremely intrigued in making a portable NES, and after reading up on this forum I have decided to start my own project. I will post updates and justify my design decisions to make those whom undertake this later will have a better perspective on portable modding in general and the process involved. Please don't rant without proper constructive criticism or questions, I will not answer you.
So let's get started. I have chosen a to invest in a cheap 3.5" rear car monitor about $30AU (search 3.5" LCD and set max price to $40). The quality to price ratio I think is good, especially for me (I live in Australia one of the hardest places on earth to buy stuff like a PS1 screen etc). The reason why I have chosen 3.5" screen is because I want it to be rather compact and portable, for a bigger screen you'll need a much bigger case. Most TFT LCDs are NTSC and PAL switchable but some aren't so just be cautious before buying it.
As for the case I think 'Franken-casing' would be the best option it's far cheaper and I can only assume would be easier to modify than make. Sure your rather restricted with case design but for the less creative (and experienced) people it's a better option. I found an old 'Game n Watch' type console called 'The Dracula' I've researched it and know it's of no value. Even so I still disconnected and guttered it with care. Now I have a two part case, one that will house the screen, motherboard, speakers and everything in between. The other is for anesthetic (for looks) purposes it also gives the mini a better grip. I won't go into the specific details of the case because you won't have the same case as mine. Just remember you need sufficient space for: the motherboard, screen, battery, and speakers.
BTW I have to go with a NOAC because the case size is a quarter of an inch to big for the original NES!
PLEASE NOTE: Things have come up at home and school that take priority this project will be slower than expected.
Here's a time plan for the project:
August: Design the mini. Done
September: Gather equipment and start on case Not done
October: Wire up the console with screen and speakers. Not done
November: Finish case and do final touch ups. Not done
December: Put it all together/Test Not done
1/1/11: finished (hopefully) Not done
I've finished the design comment on what you like and more importantly dislike about this design.
Here is also the link to the sketchup file that I designed it in:http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=9a921fb6c53f1ff656748de927d5cf06&prevstart=0
Here is the case in it's current crappy state:
Thank you all for your patience reading this thread, Lachy17689.