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Handy Gear - lovablechevy's ultimate Game Gear - finished!

Post by lovablechevy » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:26 pm

after about 3 months work, spread out over about 3 years... this is finally done! woot!

the handy gear is the ultimate game gear. 5" screen, internal rechargeable batteries, recased, master gear converter hard wired on, many things removed to make the game gear able to run off 7.4v (and also save tremendously on battery life). i wanted it to look as much like an actual game gear as possible. placement of everything is based off of the game gear itself. anyway, enough chattering, on to some videos and pics!

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specs:
system - game gear
batteries - 2 3.7v li-ion 5700 mAh (6 hours - video gets wobbly at 5.5 hours - power led flashes and the video colors invert a few mins before batteries die)
case - frankencased zn-40, game gear case, and master gear converter housing
screen - psone screen modded with 6 leds
controller - original game gear buttons and pads, random controller cut up for the board
random tidbits - power led changed from red to pink; case has custom made decals/sticker; has a master gear converter hard wired on to allow for sms playability

if you are interested, here is the partial build thread (that i was making during the contest here back in the day) and the link to all the pics i took.

a few measurements of the system:

weight of system (by itself/with gg game/with sms game) - 2 lbs 1.7 oz/2 lbs 2.8 oz/2 lbs 3.8 oz
thickness - 2 5/8"
height - 5 1/4"
height with sms game - 6 3/4"
length - 9 1/8"

compared to a game gear:

weight of system (by itself/with gg game/with sms game) - 13.4 oz/14.4 oz/ 1 lb 4.1 oz
weight of system with 6 aas (by itself/with gg game/with sms game) - 1 lb 2.3 oz/1 lb 3.3 oz/1 lb 9 oz
thickness - 1 1/2"
thickness with master gear converter - 2 5/8"
height - 4 3/8"
height with sms game - 5 1/16"
length - 8 1/4"

it is just a bit larger than the game gear itself. considering it has a 5" screen, internal batteries, and the master gear converter hard wired on, that’s pretty fricken awesome! not to mention it looks fricken awesome! tee hee! :) :mrgreen:

a huge huge HUGE thanks to tibia for all the help and support she gave me in this project. she provided the high def scan of the game gear front (so i could make the sticker), helped me figure out what all i could rip off the game gear (to save on battery life and make it run on 7.4v instead of 9v), and made the bar on the decal above the 1 and 2 (i really suck at stuff like that).

and what a great way to celebrate my 1000th post, eh? tee hee!

can i now has my portabalizer title...? :D
Last edited by lovablechevy on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:13 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Handy Gear - lovablechevy's ultimate Game Gear - finished!

Post by Metallica Man X » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:13 am

Finally! 'twas a long time coming, but it looks great! All hail the queen of bondo! 8)
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Post by Ashen » Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:49 pm

shmexy! nice work!
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Post by Tibia » Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:55 pm

This is my favorite project of yours by far. :D Well worth the wait. I love how clean your finished projects always turn out.
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Post by lovablechevy » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:15 am

thanks guys!

first post edited to include weights of the system.
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Post by lovablechevy » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:15 pm

first post edited with battery life
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Post by eagle5953 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:32 pm

Fantastic job!

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Post by angelwolf71885 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:40 pm

love the mod

but could you post a step by step for the RGB mod please?

ide love to be able to attempt this mod myself and thats the part thats the most complicated

thanks again and love this mod found it on engadget :D

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Post by Haunted360 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:02 am

Nice work. I hate starting a project, starting another and then all of a sudden it gets completed after a few years :P

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Post by lovablechevy » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:09 am

Haunted360 wrote:Nice work. I hate starting a project, starting another and then all of a sudden it gets completed after a few years :P
lol!

yeah, i have a tendancy to take on projects that nobody has really ever done... so when i run into issues, i really don't know how to over come them. but... in the end, they generally end up done. the HandyDuo was over like 2.5 year span, and the Handy Gear was over about a 3 year span. maybe one of these days i'll actually start and finish a project in just a literal few months time! :lol:
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Post by benheck » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:00 am

Saw this on Joystiq, very nice work!

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Post by Narik » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:59 pm

Just beautiful lovablechevy! This is a testament to the net worth of meticulous patience. 3 years to complete....more than worth it!
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Post by grey » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:49 am

Lovablechevy, what things did you have to remove to get the gamegear to operate at 7.4v? Thanks, Grey

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Post by lovablechevy » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:00 am

grey wrote:Lovablechevy, what things did you have to remove to get the gamegear to operate at 7.4v? Thanks, Grey
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and, obviously, the screen.
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Post by grey » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:15 am

Holy fast reply batman.

Lovablechevy, I noticed in the image you removed the standard parts to remove for the LED mod, and in addition the potentiometer and it appear the sound cable on the right side (I think that goes to the sound board at least). So if I just did the led mod, do you think it would be able to work on the 7.4v, leaving the sound, lcd hooked up?
I ultimately want to do something like the handy gear, but leave everything inside the original case. The video out mod appears to be the really difficult part, however, I will tackle that later. My idea is to get the GG to power at 7.4v first, then see about getting small batteries which can fit in the existing battery area.


Thanks,

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