Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Control Panel Artwork

I just spent a few hours designing the artwork for my 4 player control panel. The control panel itself will be made from wood, however I am hoping I can have a lexan top as apparently lexan is as easy to cut as wood. The artwork would go between the wood and the lexan creating a scratch proof top.

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Last set of arcade components

Yesterday I received my last set of components for my arcade cabinet. I had to pay £74 in custom charges as the parts came from GrooveyGameGear in the US. This shipment included all my push buttons, LEDWiz control board and arcade spinner.

The players 1-4 buttons are plain white in colour so that the RGB LED's can illuminate the controls in any colour of my choosing when the system is switched on.

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The player 1-4 select buttons, admin buttons and coin buttons are clear so I can insert the relevant symbol inside, these will then be illuminated by white & red LED's respectively. The red LED's will illuminate the coin buttons and the white LED's will illuminate the player 1-4 buttons.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Decided on my custom arcade Marquee

This evening I spent half an hour in Photoshop and developed my own Marquee to go in my arcade cabinet. This is the final design I landed on.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Modified RGB LED Balltops

Today my modified Sanwa balltops arrived from Germany all ready to be fitted to my Sanwa joysticks. The arcade cabinet I plan to create will utilise RGB colour changing LED's for the Joysticks, pushbuttons and trackball. I intend to rig the LED's upto a LEDWiz control unit and run LEDBlinky to control the LED's and change colours.

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First Arcade Parts

Just recently I was away in Australia on business, when I got back I was pleased to see the first set of arcade parts had arrived. The first set of parts to arrive were my Sanwa arcade joysticks from www.arcadeshop.de.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

2nd Hyperspin frontend demo

Here's another clip of my arcade PC which I have been configuring. This clip shows my Hyperspin frontend, plus a few games including Street Fighter IV.

Friday, 1 January 2010

My Mame arcade project

I have toyed with the idea of building a MAME arcade system ever since a colleague in the US first sent me some pics of his system. I downloaded the full Mame 0.120U rom set a few years back and played around with various frontends. At the time my sticking point was not having the tools to build a cabinet myself.

I have now decided that I don't want to wait any longer and so have taken the decision to get a cabinet built by someone else. I contacted Craig from Turnarcades and started talking to him about a 4 player slimline cabinet. I plan to use the excellent Hyperspin as the frontend for my arcade system and have spent most of the Christmas holidays getting it configurated.

I built a new PC up for my arcade system using an existing Coolermaster 220B case I had. The video below shows the PC running Hyperspin.