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LOCA Tips | Bye Bye Bubbles

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Bubbles are any modders nightmare when installing your Game Boy Color frontlight with LOCA. They haunt you, remaining unseen when applying your front light, only to appear when you rig her up. There is a better way to install your frontlight with LOCA and can avoid 80% more of those nasty bubbles. Here's the tip.

Install your frontlight upside down in the front housing to ensure that it will align with your LCD panel. After applying your LOCA, remove any air bubble left with a fine screwdriver by simply scooping them out. When you are satisfied, slowly set the LCD on top of the LOCA instead of setting the front light on the LCD.  Place a weighted flat object on top of the frontlight (such as a large candle, paper weight... etc.) to help distribute the LOCA and create a thinner layer of glue. A thin layer of loca sets the LEDs closer to the LCD and helps to provide a brighter panel when lit. The frontlight will be held in place by the frame when you observe from underneath.

Turn your setup over and leave an object under the panel to support it from below. allow some of the LOCA to cure while the panel is in the housing in order to hold it in place. Afterwards remove the front casing and fully cure your glue. Be sure to remove the reflective tape on the back of the panel before application and after in order to cure the entire setup. Let the edges of the panel cure in the window after and you are almost set to go. 

No more bubbles for a professional install! I have also seen the option to autoclave your setup. Unless you have one of those, this is your next best option.

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LOCA Tips | Bye Bye Bubbles

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Bubbles are any modders nightmare when installing your Game Boy Color frontlight with LOCA. They haunt you, remaining unseen when applying your front light, only to appear when you rig her up. There is a better way to install your frontlight with LOCA and can avoid 80% more of those nasty bubbles. Here's the tip.

Install your frontlight upside down in the front housing to ensure that it will align with your LCD panel. After applying your LOCA, remove any air bubble left with a fine screwdriver by simply scooping them out. When you are satisfied, slowly set the LCD on top of the LOCA instead of setting the front light on the LCD.  Place a weighted flat object on top of the frontlight (such as a large candle, paper weight... etc.) to help distribute the LOCA and create a thinner layer of glue. A thin layer of loca sets the LEDs closer to the LCD and helps to provide a brighter panel when lit. The frontlight will be held in place by the frame when you observe from underneath.

Turn your setup over and leave an object under the panel to support it from below. allow some of the LOCA to cure while the panel is in the housing in order to hold it in place. Afterwards remove the front casing and fully cure your glue. Be sure to remove the reflective tape on the back of the panel before application and after in order to cure the entire setup. Let the edges of the panel cure in the window after and you are almost set to go. 

No more bubbles for a professional install! I have also seen the option to autoclave your setup. Unless you have one of those, this is your next best option.

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Update - Backlights - Game Gear - Buttons and Screens

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Here are a few updates for those of you who have been asking about when we will be restocked with various items. We will be away July 18th - 25th. Store will be open but orders won't go out until the 27th.

  • New Backlights Version 2.0: Completion date is set on the 24th of July. I hope to have them and available on August 1st. Sorry for the wati! Pushed back again...
  • Screens: Complete date was the 29th of June and is not the 27th of July...  hope to have them and available on August 1st. Sorry for the wati!
  • Buttons have been revised so the ETA here is August...
  • Game Gear/Lynx Backlights are back in stock
  • OSAKA LOCA order placed - and shipment is being prepared. Hope to start selling July 27th.
  • Clear GBC shells are on backorder. We hope to have a lot of them in by... (you guessed it) August... I HOPE

What other products would you like to see in the shop? Comment below.

 

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Update - Backlights - Game Gear - Buttons and Screens

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Here are a few updates for those of you who have been asking about when we will be restocked with various items. We will be away July 18th - 25th. Store will be open but orders won't go out until the 27th.

  • New Backlights Version 2.0: Completion date is set on the 24th of July. I hope to have them and available on August 1st. Sorry for the wati! Pushed back again...
  • Screens: Complete date was the 29th of June and is not the 27th of July...  hope to have them and available on August 1st. Sorry for the wati!
  • Buttons have been revised so the ETA here is August...
  • Game Gear/Lynx Backlights are back in stock
  • OSAKA LOCA order placed - and shipment is being prepared. Hope to start selling July 27th.
  • Clear GBC shells are on backorder. We hope to have a lot of them in by... (you guessed it) August... I HOPE

What other products would you like to see in the shop? Comment below.

 

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**NEWS*** New Thinner Backlights with Flat FCP Coming Soon

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Thats right, we are designing a thinner, flatter, easier to install DMG/MGB backlight. The new model will not sacrifice the HHL quality that you have come to recognize and appreciate. You can expect a flat FCP cable with solder pads for and installation without cutting the plastic DMG frame. The cable will be to the left, like other models, for worry free MGB installation. Knowing the timeline for this process, samples are set to arrive in June. After approval production will begin and we can expect to have them in a few weeks into July. Lets hope for an on-time delivery. Would you like to see a pre-order for these units?

In the mean time, check out our new GBC Frontlights. Now on SALE! And DMG buttons are coming, screens for the DMG, MGB and GBC too.

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**NEWS*** New Thinner Backlights with Flat FCP Coming Soon

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Thats right, we are designing a thinner, flatter, easier to install DMG/MGB backlight. The new model will not sacrifice the HHL quality that you have come to recognize and appreciate. You can expect a flat FCP cable with solder pads for and installation without cutting the plastic DMG frame. The cable will be to the left, like other models, for worry free MGB installation. Knowing the timeline for this process, samples are set to arrive in June. After approval production will begin and we can expect to have them in a few weeks into July. Lets hope for an on-time delivery. Would you like to see a pre-order for these units?

In the mean time, check out our new GBC Frontlights. Now on SALE! And DMG buttons are coming, screens for the DMG, MGB and GBC too.

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Game Boy Color Frontlight Preview (Installation Video)

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Get a sneak peek at what our Game Boy Color Frontlight will look like and how to install. Coming Soon!

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Game Boy Color Frontlight Preview (Installation Video)

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Get a sneak peek at what our Game Boy Color Frontlight will look like and how to install. Coming Soon!

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New DMG and GBC Colored Screens in Stock

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Find new custom colored screens for the original DMG and GBC with their original art work. We have altered some of the accent colors to stand out better against their new background. These are self adhesive and are 1.0mm thick for a flat fit on your DMG or GBC. Check these out on the products page. Your feedback is welcomed.

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New DMG and GBC Colored Screens in Stock

Posted by Kyle Capel on

Find new custom colored screens for the original DMG and GBC with their original art work. We have altered some of the accent colors to stand out better against their new background. These are self adhesive and are 1.0mm thick for a flat fit on your DMG or GBC. Check these out on the products page. Your feedback is welcomed.

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