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    Default my take on the "mame cabinet"

    so i have had this idea in my head since 1998 or so when i first saw roms. though then i was in middleschool and had no source of income. now though i am married and can final build what i have been planning out these last 10 years.

    anyway my plan was simple, i didnt want a cabinet design as i want to also be able to sit and enjoy the home console games. i decided on a coffee table. this seemed to be the perfect idea. however though the cost of such a project, and the fact that i live in an apartment with limited space led me to this decision.

    http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/252/pic12qu5.png

    this was made by johnny boy over at arcadecontrols.com



    im basing my project off of this guys design, basically its a smaller mame all in one.

    anyway the construction has begun, i have bought the arcade controls,(2 joysticks and 24 buttons, $40 dollars counting s&H ) and this wednesday my marquee wich i will place behind the control panel comes
    (20x30 print made at wal-mart for $16 dollars )

    i will update as more falls in place, this project will also include home consoles in additon to mame. (mame being the smaller focus).

    here is a mock-up i did in photoshop, basically this is the plan for what it will look like when its done. i'll post more as it comes

    http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/268...dmockupkh5.png
    My home arcade project is offically underway!

    keep posted on it!!!

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    Default Re: my take on the "mame cabinet"

    Looks pretty nice. I assume this is gong to attach to TV via vga to hdma? The box design looks good. Are you going to slide a computer case in there or build everything in to the box? Well cant wait to see it progress, keep us up to date..

    BTW: What is the bazaar looking thing in the lower left corner?
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    Default Re: my take on the "mame cabinet"

    just bought the plywood today, 3 pieces of 3/4". not doing anything with them till the weekend though, i worked 11 hours today and i have to work 12 tomorrow so im taking it easy.

    the plan is to build everything into the box placing the screws into the bottom so they wont be noticeable from the outside.

    your right i already have a tv-out cable. so 27" monitor ( or 15" if my wife is trying to sleep and i have to play downstairs) thats another great advantage of building it this way, arcade to go!

    lol im sure you wouldnt know what that is its my mockup of your blissbox snugly secured in its home

    couldnt buy plexi today like i planned they blocked off the plexi isle and wouldnt unblock it for me.....damn home depot.

    more pics will be added this weekend
    Last edited by Genome; December 18th, 2007 at 07:12.
    My home arcade project is offically underway!

    keep posted on it!!!

    Pictures of my nearly finished box up now at...

    http://forums.emulator-zone.com/show...5707#post85707

    and video at...
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...8-6a57fad40dac

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    small update, i just got my 20x30" poster print that im going to use for the background (behind my arcade buttons)...
    i also recived 4 buttons extra that i now have to find uses for.


    not being able to post pics is f-ing lame. dont worry though a whole load of them are coming.


    sorry i cant add more right now.
    My home arcade project is offically underway!

    keep posted on it!!!

    Pictures of my nearly finished box up now at...

    http://forums.emulator-zone.com/show...5707#post85707

    and video at...
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...8-6a57fad40dac

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    update!

    well i got off to a late start today, my father in law was out in the woods taking a walk for most of the afternoon and it was pretty cold out, so we didnt get started. tommorow looks better. warmer, sunny. he said he would call if he was available for helping me.

    anyway here are a couple pics, not much to look at right now but hey its better than nothing.

    http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/3511/dscf2490pg5.jpg
    first here is my prototype control panel. i cut myself a 20x30" piece of cardboard which was very easy to come by as i have an unlimited supply.
    i think the control is very intuitive
    2 sets of 8 buttons, 2 joysticks, 2 coin buttons, 1 and 2 player start, pause, reset, exit, and console buttons.

    http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/5629/dscf2491xh5.jpg
    this is my current supplys. 3 sheets of 24x48" 3/4 plywood ($40) and a sheet of 1/8 25x35" plexiglass ($13).

    and here is the last my control panel decal that will lay under my buttons and joysticks and will be covered with plexi to protect it.

    its a 20x30" poster i got at walmart. it only cost me $16 and took one week to get it. in fact i ordered it on my own at the photo kiosk.
    http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/2699/dscf2493hp0.jpg

    well i hope to have more productive posts soon, im only $30 bucks away from ordering my motherboard and cpu. its a work in progress but im very happy with it so far.
    Last edited by Genome; December 24th, 2007 at 06:33.
    My home arcade project is offically underway!

    keep posted on it!!!

    Pictures of my nearly finished box up now at...

    http://forums.emulator-zone.com/show...5707#post85707

    and video at...
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...8-6a57fad40dac

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    well i got alot done yesterday. we put the box almost entirely together. i have lots of progress pics.

    first you can see in this one the slope of the box. i noticed most people who make mame cabinets seem to forget that arcade control panels are sloped. i wanted to recreate this in my project. in this picture you can see the angle that it slopes. this should provide much greater comfort for playing and give the ability to play for hours more.
    http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4589/web1uz0.jpg

    in this picture you can see the box assembled. all that is missing is getting some piano hinge to attach the top, which is also a lid.
    http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/3040/web2zi0.jpg

    and you can see in this last image my cardboard mockup placed on top. my father in law is holding one of the joysticks up.
    http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/3192/web3cv4.jpg

    more to come as time allows. what do you guys think?
    My home arcade project is offically underway!

    keep posted on it!!!

    Pictures of my nearly finished box up now at...

    http://forums.emulator-zone.com/show...5707#post85707

    and video at...
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...8-6a57fad40dac

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    good solid construction, perfect precision on the measurements, superb artwork, I think you underway of a nice looking vintage piece of equipment. Keep it up..
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    Default Re: my take on the "mame cabinet"

    This sounds cool man I hope you finish soon.............

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    Default Re: my take on the "mame cabinet"

    me to lol. i plan to finish up the control panel tommorow. it wont be wired yet but i dont want to wait for my board. ill add pics of the wiring to once i do it.

    hopefully another update is coming sunday.
    My home arcade project is offically underway!

    keep posted on it!!!

    Pictures of my nearly finished box up now at...

    http://forums.emulator-zone.com/show...5707#post85707

    and video at...
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...8-6a57fad40dac

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    Hey Genome, if you and the wife ever decide to move to FL, we can open the first emu-arcade LOL!.
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