5/01/2005

GBC Mod Part 2 - The BlingBoy Version 1.0

Go here if you would like to read part 1 of the GBC belt buckle mod.

After painting the tops and side of the GBC and let them sit overnight to dry, I noticed that the bottom edges where the two plastic case pieces meet were still green, so I had to flip over the cases, prime, and paint them. But, somehow the primer got under the front piece and when I flipped it over this happened:




After shouting obscenities that would even make a pirate cringe, I calmly repainted and continued with the mod.






Much better. Now to reassemble everything and see if it works:





Everything going to plan :) Now to move onto how to attach it to the belt. Asking around a suggestion was given to me about using velcro. So, I bought a few strips of industrial strength velcro and figured out where to place the pieces. The GBC won't actually hold the belt together, because I'm making it to be detachable.



I took two pieces of velcro (the side with the small hooks on it) and placed them on the back of the GBC. I didn't place one large strip there because it would make it difficult to change the batteries. I also placed three small pieces of velcro near the head of the GBC:



Only the top and right side pieces are pictured, but I also placed another above the link cable port on the other side. Now to make what the GBC will attach to. I took the other side of the velcro (the cloth part) and marked the width of the belt on it back of the velcro and also marked where the holes were to be made.







Are you wondering what the heck that 3-pronged thingamabob is on the right end of the belt? That's the other part that the GBC will attach to.



Once again, pardon the fuzziness of the pictures, but hopefully what I'll be talking about can be made out in the picture. I cut a strap from the shoulder-strap of one of my old backpacks, measured the length it was from one of the top velcro pieces near the head of the GBC, across the back of the GBC, and to the other side and cut a strap that length. I seared the edges of the straps after I cut them so that they wouldn't unravel. I also measured how far it was from the top piece of velcro on the GBC to the strap travelling across the sides of the GBC and cut that distance out of the strap as well, and I then sewed the two pieces together. I attached velcro pieces of approximate dimensions of their GBC counterparts to ends of the straps. Now I had to attach it to the belt. I used another section of strap to fashion together a belt loop and I then sewed it onto the back of the head attachment I had just made (resulting in what you see above).

Now all I have to do is put all the pieces of the big GBC belt buckle mod puzzle together to get this:





I present the BlingBoy! Fully functional and ready to play:





All you have to do is detach it and you're good to go. I've been walking around in it all day and it stays together nicely.

Mind you this is only version 1.0, and much is in line for improvement (maybe an upgrade to where it's the actual belt buckle). If you have suggestions/ideas that can help me in the development process, please send me an e-mail at franklid[at]gmail[dot]com.


*Edit* I just realized how hard it is to tell what I've done for the final product, so here's another picture of me wearing something OTHER than black to show it looks:



*Edit 2* I've placed the pictures on a second host (my photobucket bandwith was exceeded). Thanks for pointing that out one of the anonymous readers, and thanks for the suggestion of ImageShack, Mazz.

47 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's not a functional belt buckle, then it's lame.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

trying a little hard are we?

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quote " If it's not a functional belt buckle, then it's lame."

+1

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lame

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pointless

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't you use an SP? you could've blinged the front, it would've looked like an actual buckle. Just saying.

-LO2

12:12 PM  
Blogger pillowcase said...

dope. i wanted to do this with my palm V. but instead i'm selling it

12:28 PM  
Blogger Frankli said...

I've been on a limited budget. If I had the money to buy an SP, Nintendo DS, or even a PSP I would've done that. Like I stated earlier: this is a work in progress (hence why it's called Version 1.0). I'm currently underway of making this a more functional buckle that will require no use of adhesives whatsoever.

2:59 PM  
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5:59 PM  
Anonymous Mazz said...

please use imageshack

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont listen to the flamers, thats an awesome mod, even if its not a functional belt buckle you can still take it off and play it

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Groxx said...

Awesome idea :D I have no CLUE how you thought of it, but it looks pretty cool.

*looks up* oh man, a "blinged" psp would look GREAT with this. Though I'd be afraid to actually do it with something that expensive :D

9:52 PM  
Blogger Frankli said...

Thanks you two. I'm going to buy another GBC from a friend of mine for real cheap and hopefully have better luck with that one on how to make it an actual belt buckle instead of an add-on. I have other ideas in line for more belt buckles as well, but you'll be seeing those later (and to the haters, they won't include velcro... one will inlude LEDs that I'll solder in). I mainly did this for a learning experience (for this has been my first mod), and now that I see the feedback I've been inspired to work on this harder. Of course, like I said in the later part of this entry, any suggestions/ideas someone would like to e-mail me to help improve this design would be greatly appreciated. Of course, I don't see the haters doing anything better so what could I expect from them?

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I was checking out my GBC earlier for modding possibilities. I was able to remove the LCD and clear plastic front bit with no trouble at all! Just use a very very tiny screw driver and (I know this sounds bad) pry the edges of the LCD panel at the corners. The edges are all metal anyway and if done slowly and gently, no damage should occur. Then use the same tiny thin screw driver and pry off the clear plastic front by finding a large enough gap on the side of it.
I think this is easier than custom fitting tape into the curved corners.

11:20 PM  
Blogger mcgibfried said...

cool mod

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it holds well, and doesn't fall off (which it shouldn't, if you're using industrial-strength velcro) then it shouldn't matter whether it's 'functional' or not. It looks cool as is, and if it really is the belt buckle, how do you plan on playing it at all? (the SP turned upside-down would let you play, AND serve as a belt buckle)

Applause for the effort, and more for the final product.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw this. This is like 1+1=2. Enough said.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

belt dont work, i can velcro many things to my pants easily.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats kinda cool. less like a belf buckle and more like a gameboy clip like for a cellphone though. cool anyway.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think is an awesome mod looking forward to your next buckle mod

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its lame if you dont have a shirt that says give my 'boy a play...



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8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know your cool when

4:39 PM  
Anonymous travwell said...

okay, so if it's not a functional belt buckle...

it certainly is a functional gameboy-carrier (and much more fashionable than those clip-ons or gameboy purses...remember carrying around those?)!!!

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Tyler said...

TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!! this is the coolist mod ive seen yet.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous monster said...

it shouldn't be called a belt buckle since it doesn't actually buckle the belt. this could also be placed anywhere on the belt, unlike a buckle (i know all those emo girls think it's cool to put the belt on sideways or something, but they need to go into a dark room and cut themselves while listening to "My Chemical Romance" or something similar. maybe they'll bleed too much and we won't have to listen to them cry about how their surburbanite lives are so meaningless and painful... bitches.) therefore, it cannot be called a buckle.

now if you made some apparatus that clipped onto the GB and it was removeable (so you could play without one hand needed to hold your pants up) that waould truly be a bitchin mod.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool idea, makes me want to use an old snes cartridge as a belt buckle type thing

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that looks ridiculous. that somthing a geek with no freinds who still plays fbi would wear. a gameboy micro would be good

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, great idea, though a psp or a gameboy micro would've looked better. Just saying

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4:40 PM  
Blogger Sedgwick said...

Don't listen to those flamers (they don't know crap). This thing's an awesome start. I think the idea of using velcro is kinda' flimsy not to mention you could really velcro anything to your belt. I suggest you should make a shell (out of plastic or metal or whatever) and THAT is the buckle. Then the GameBoy can slide in and out of it whenever. Anyways, I'm thinking about trying this with my old GB Pocket (what's that???). Chick magnet right there ;D. Will certainly be checking this blog again.

Sedgwick

8:25 PM  
Blogger red said...

Oh, that's cool, but you cant use a gba micro, because who wants a micro holdin' up their pants? Lol.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! That's given me a good idea on how to secure my NES controller to my trousers, because I'm not for paying £25 for the privelage, plus I'm not the most DIY-saavy female in the world. So velcro shall do =] Great work!

3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really fucking cool, just found it through hackaday.
I'm going to either use an SNES cartridge, or a game gear, or both.
Thanks for the help!

6:40 PM  
Anonymous murderbydeath222 said...

very awesome dude.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man this is kind of a good idea just not for a gameboy maybe a gameboy micro =/ but other than that it wouldnt really work because you would feel the weight and bulgyness of it but it looks sweet man im not gonna make this for my gamboy micro but i was thinking what i could do with this annoying peice on my headphones its like this huge thing that hangs down and pulls the headphones out of my ears enyway im gonna try it with velcro thanks for the idea and keep up the good inventing!

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it might be cool if you painted the buttons silver too.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Spork said...

No silver buttons(that would be messy, and the buttons are awesome)

If you had one of those old game boy color... Not sure what to describe them as, but they go on your gameboy, like a protective surrounding thing. It was made of translucent rubber....

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