Step 9: Making the Marquee and Panel Artwork
Choose any design you wish for the control panel. I chose to do a collage of classic and favorite NES games. I measured the panel and made sure the digital canvas size was slightly larger than the physical panel. I printed a rough copy and placed it under the plexiglass panel to mark the holes for the buttons and joystick (it's easier than measuring the panel and picture and trying to line them up that way). Once I knew where the holes would be I added the labels for the buttons (B,A, Start and Select). A final copy was printed, the holes were marked and cut.
This next step would have been a lot easier with a laser cutter. I located the Nintendo logo online and blew it up to fit nicely on the plexiglass. I printed the logo and carefully cut out each letter as well as the outer oval. I then covered the entire piece of plexiglass with painters tape. The logo was centered on the plexiglass *backwards* and then traced around each letter and outer oval with a pen. Once everything was traced, I removed the "stencils" and took a utility knife and carefully cut the outline of everything. I slowly peeled off the tape being careful not to pull the letters or outer oval off with it. I spray painted the entire logo with a few coats of black, waited for it to dry, then peeled off letter masking. Now with a couple coats of red everything was finished.