Just a little teaser of my latest hobby and project… building an arcade cabinet!
I had the pieces cut by firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!