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#1 settingsons

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:50 AM

I always dreamt of one-day making my own arcade cabinet ever since I played the pre-Mame Sparcade arcade emulator by Dave Spicer many moons ago (mid 90's). It was always a long-term plan but never materialised. Then around 1999 when these forums were created and I saw the first vritual pinball cabinets appearing by the early pioneers such as Rawd, and then I knew my priority was to build a Virtual Pinball cabinet. I did that at last year and I love it.

But now it was time to build a mame cabinet. I liked the bartops that have been made but I also wanted an upright arcade machine to re-kindle my youth (smile.gif). Therefore I decided to build a self-contained bartop, and then build a simple base to stand it on to make it like an upright arcade cabinet (the bartop bolts to the base and can be easily removed). The base is in fact a cupboard for my wife to use for her books/paperwork/etc. so that is how I convinced her to let me put it in the living room .

I was very lucky to find a secondhand 19" Dell 4:3 LCD monitor with a stand which allows the screen to rotate. Absolutely perfect and only 5 euros at a street market! I managed to detach the rotating bracket from the monitor stand and mount it on a baton.

I built this last Oct/Nov and started with a cardboard prototype. I used the Ultimarc 4-way/8-way switchable joysticks with ball-tops which I have to say are superb. Pacman plays so well in 4-way mode.

I use the Mala front-end with videos, and have a button to rotate the video output between Portrait and Landscape. The screen is easily rotated manually by removing the plexi-glass, rotating the screen by hand, and replacing the plexi (as shown in the video).

I currently run Mame, Atari VCS Stella, and Dolphin. I use a desktop PC standing at the side of the cabinet for now, but there is plenty of room in the bartop to build a dedicated PC (once funds allow). I we vill eventually add two pinball buttons on the side although this isn't a priority as I have the Pincab.

I have uploaded a few pictures below (probably too many) and a youtube video. Any questions please ask!

Cheers

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Edited by settingsons, 06 April 2012 - 12:24 PM.


#2 mameman23

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:18 PM

Looks good, just building a bartop myself. You should post it over on byoac forum also.
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#3 Zablon

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:32 PM

NICE! Can I has the cardboard version? biggrin.gif lol

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (mameman23 @ Apr 6 2012, 02:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Looks good, just building a bartop myself. You should post it over on byoac forum also.


Thanks mameman - funnily enough I was preparing a post over there as you wrote this..... it is now done smile.gif

QUOTE (Zablon @ Apr 6 2012, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
NICE! Can I has the cardboard version? biggrin.gif lol

lol - I think the wife has burnt it killwithfire.gif , but if I had known...... smile.gif

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

Nice cab!

Edited by Tomcat Leader, 06 April 2012 - 04:15 PM.

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