Category Archive: 2) Cabinet

Oct 02 2012

Glass Bezel and Light Gun Sensor

Here is the new and improved painted safety glass. It’s a thousand times better than the matteboard.. I am delighted with how it looks.  The monitor image seems to hover in the blackness of the glass.

 

 

Here you see how I mounted the Aimtrak LED Lightgun Sensor.

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The foam board bezel I was using just wasn’t doing it for me.  I could see it through the tinted safety glass and it looked homemade. To make a painted bezel, I masked off and painted on the back of the tinted glass.  The little notches are for the Aimtrak LEDs.

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Oct 02 2012

A Note on Sound

When complete, this machine will provide as close to the entire arcade experience as possible.  Part of that is Neon lights which will be discussed later. The other part is the electronic arcade ambient noise. The two speakers in the back will reflect arcade sounds subtly off the wall behind the cabinet for realism.  I accomplish this with TheShanMan’s Arcade Ambience App.  It uses a separate sound card to play the effects. I am using sounds from the Arcade Ambiance Project. I am specifically using the 1981 and 1983 files from the download section.

The Front speakers will play a random playlist of late 70’s and early 80’s pop while in the game menus, which will fade out when a game is started up.  When you quit the game, it fades up to the place you last left in the song.  This functionality is built into the MALA Front End I am using.  I highly suggest MALA.  It is extremely flexible and supports plugins that I will discuss later.

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Apr 25 2012

And Here is the Final Artwork Mockup

This is the final mock-up.

Apr 24 2012

Marquee Artwork

This is the image I found online that served as my initial Marquee inspiration:

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This was the final product:

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Sep 02 2010

Long overdue update.

Slooow progress.
-I installed the Novamatrix LINX LED marquee light.
-The FE and MAME are configured and running.
-The cold cathode lighting is installed underneath.
Artwork and LED design/installation up next.
So a few personal notes.  Keep in mind my last cabinet had a huge W-G D9200 Arcade Monitor.  I was concerned about moving to a smaller screen.
1) Having now  played MAME on my first LCD cab I can say that it is much nicer than I thought it could be.  I played about 25 games without any overlay effects and I wasn’t thrilled as it looked too modern.  I then added the RGB_KB.PNG overlay and suddenly it felt very authentic. Additionally the significantly smaller LCD feels MORE authentic than the humongous arcade monitor I had used in my last cabinet.  Classic arcade games had small monitors.
2) This is also the first cabinet I have made or played since the MAME artwork engine was redone, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised about how the sides of vertical games can be filled with cropped artwork.  The entire MAME experience has come a long way in the years since my last cabinet was built.
3) I highly recommend the GGGovamatrix LINX LED Marquee light.  I bought 2 extra segments and it was perfect.

Slooow progress this month.

-I installed the Novamatrix LINX LED marquee light.

-The FE and MAME are configured and running.

-The cold cathode lighting is installed underneath.

Artwork and LED design/installation up next.

So a few personal notes.  Keep in mind my last cabinet had a huge W-G D9200 Arcade Monitor.  I was concerned about moving to a smaller screen.

1) Having now  played MAME on my first LCD cab I can say that it is much nicer than I thought it could be.  I played about 25 games without any overlay effects and I wasn’t thrilled as it looked too modern.  I then added the RGB_KB.PNG overlay and suddenly it felt very authentic. Additionally the significantly smaller LCD feels MORE authentic than the humongous arcade monitor I had used in my last cabinet.  Classic arcade games had small monitors.

2) This is also the first cabinet I have made or played since the MAME artwork engine was redone, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised about how the sides of vertical games can be filled with cropped artwork.  The entire MAME experience has come a long way in the years since my last cabinet was built.

3) I highly recommend the GGG Novamatrix LINX LED Marquee light.  I bought 2 extra segments and it was perfect.

Mar 23 2010

Progress Check

The cabinet is 90% finished.  As soon as I get my new high-lip trackball I can wire up the control panel and move my focus to the software configuration, artwork, and LED-lit bling.

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Mar 22 2010

Speaker Grille Fabrication

It was a gorgeous day out so I made did some more work finally.  First up, the speaker grill.  I made it out of 1/2″ MDF that is held on with really powerful rare earth magnets.

First I screwed in some temporary router guides and cut the speaker holes, then I rounded it over and spray painted it black.  I held the frame in position and drilled four small pilot holes to be guides for drilling the retainer magnet holes.  The magnets were epoxied into holes that were already a snug fit.  I stretched the grille cloth over and secured with staples and hobby glue.   Everything came out great:

Mar 30 2009

Monitor Glass Support

I uesd my tablesaw to dado out an angled groove in a block of wood to support the tinted safety glass in front of the monitor.  I then used glue and pocket hole screws to fasten the block to the inside of the control panel.  This block will not be visible as the control panel will be angled and close over it flush against the glass.

Mar 29 2009

More Progress – Reworked Monitor Mount, Speaker Panel

I have redone the speaker panel and monitor mount, I am much happier with them now.  I ordered a piece of smoked tempered glass today, and will be spray-painting a ‘bezel’ on the back of it.   I also hope to cut the marquee plexi this weekend.

Temporary router guides to cut the monitor opening:

The new speaker panel:

The back of the monitor bracket prior to drilling:

I added this hunk of wood to make it easier to move around with a dolly.

The ‘secondary speakers’ to be used with the Ambiance App.

I found a nice matching pull.

Mar 13 2009

Laminating the Front

Next Step: laminateing the drawer fronts and finishing them with T-molding.

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