I applied the Control Panel Overlay and boy did it turn out nice. I am extremely satisfied with the product and service I received from Gameon Grafix. I have been using them for years and am always thrilled.
Apr 19 2012
Styles change over time. I was originally toying with a space theme (attached first below).
Eventually I decided I wanted a design that screamed “RETRO” a little more. I also felt my space theme lacked any particular style. I really wanted to use this project to develop my Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills a bit so I did a reset. Using my Facebook friends and family as critics, I solicited feedback on the various mock-ups. Here is the progression…
Mar 23 2010
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.
Mar 23 2010
Finally I spent some time fashioning the control panel and lexan overlay.
Apr 04 2009
I am still working out the details of my control panel layout, but I know that I am going to use these – genuine Atari ‘volcano’ start buttons. I ordered them from RAM Controls. The switch is NOS (“New Old Stock” – 25 years old but never used) and the cones are high-quality reproductions. I think these will complement the stainless token top spinner knob very nicely.
I got a kick out of the old hand-typed label too.
Mar 30 2009
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 22 2009
Made some more progress yesterday. I decided to stay with a square CP box but will make a curved front edge on the panel itself. I did wind up using laminate on the CP sides. If you look really close it’s not perfect, but it looks very nice.