New project: Making a game of it…

March 23, 2010

 

Just a little teaser of my latest hobby and project… building an arcade cabinet!

The sides

I had the pieces cut by troy@arcadeworx.com.au who is one of the most helpful and friendly guys you could ever deal with. He even let me design my own marquee and door as you’ll see in the next few pics.

Yep, that's an L!

... and Death Note will be the theme!

The ‘H’ will be cut-out and I will add the inside pieces of the ‘D, A and O’ to a mesh or perspex backing later. Superb job by the way!

Speaker grills

Nice, simple control panel

The cabinet will hold my media centre PC I showed in an earlier blog and run all the emulators pretty much, which will equate to thousands and thousands of games.

Most of the pieces shown here

I decided to stick with a modern LCD (24″) for the screen, rather than the old school CRT look. I felt the emu’s can add scanlines and effects well enough to give the original look and the widescreen and hi-res will be perfect for more recent stuff like Dreamcast and the odd PC game like Street Fighter 4 for example.

Quick 3 in 1 sealer, primer and undercoat

The cabinet will be a slightly glossy black if things go to plan. I’ve got an idea for some Death Note laminate and possibly even a plexi-glass top for the control panel, but that will be way down the track if it happens.

Spray paint test on some scrap

I never was a ‘bomber’ when I was younger so have no spray can experience but hopefully I’ll manage. While painting the undercoat I kept waiting for Mr Miyagi to come in and teach me some karate…

The garage - where I'll be spending the next few months...

The plan is to get all the pieces painted then assemble it all upstairs, inside. I received the joysticks, keyboard/button encoders and some other little bits today so am just waiting on the buttons, t-moulding and some other stuff. It’s going to be a fun project to work on and even moreso if I can actually pull it off!