After a lot of tinkering with original cabinet blueprints and old pc parts i had lying around , i have came up with a suitable scaled design that would fit some basic principles:
- Would not take a lot of space in my apartment;
- Preserved the lines of arcade cabinet of that era;
- Blend with the rest of my furniture;
- Mixed type cabinet ( it is bartop type but has a stand
making it full cabinet )
Step 1: Planning...
I also saved by using wood i had stored from an old clothes cabinet,(i also wanted to recycle - that applyes to wood also)
Firstly i drew only the bartop portion, the whole hardware would fit into it, then i realised i did not had any place to put it on top of, so i drew a stand to acompany it ( this part is hollow )
Step 2: Test Fit Assembly
The top of the barcade would have an oppening for the marquee and the bottom top board would securo two small 6cm speakers for the sound.
Step 3: Control Assembly
An old Commodore Amiga joystick was scrapped too, to be used as main control, only the board and stick was saved ,and wired directly to the encoder
Openings were carved on the wooden control board, metal sheet coverings made out of 1mm thick steel sheet were added, as support for the stick and buttons (to ease the replacement of faulty controls )
Step 4: Core Assembly
The encoder was fixed to the bottom beneath the monitor.
Step 5: Side Finishings
Then it was disassembled again and the contours of the side boards were covered with bolted rubber strip at intervals of 5cm.
At this time the stand had been built also - it received the same rubber treatment.
Everything was assembled again to test fit without monitor and core system
Step 6: Marquee
The marquee was assembled, it was made out of a plain printed paper sandwished between two layers of plexy , an old scanner lamp served as light source
A reflector was made from a cardboard tube cut in half over itÂ´s lenght, aluminium foil was glued on the inner side of the cardboard tube facing the plexy sandwish
The hole thing was bolted together and hot glued to the oppening on top of the arcade, power was derived from the pc psu,and a small switch added to turn on/off the marquee light.
A plastic grill 5 1/4 bay covering from an old server was cut in two sanded , painted black and added as covers to the oppenings for the speakers.