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So very much subbed. Just got a house, wife gave the go ahead to use half of the basement for a man cave and I've been thinking of doing this myself. Love the progress. How much did all the buttons cost?

The buttons I've gotten so far along with the spinner and joysticks were all won on Ebay from somebody who used to have a MAME cabinet and hadn't used them in several years for just under $140 shipped. The rest of the controls I need to order, along with t-molding, barrier strips, trackball mounting plate, and a special coin return pushbutton will be ordered from GroovyGameGear.com. Another good site is TwistedQuarter.com. They are a little more expensive, but they have a larger selection. In my opinion, I would say Groovy Game Gear is better for the home-built cabinet, while Twisted Quarter is better for a professional arcade restoration. I would recommend you make a cart at both sites with everything you'd need and see which comes out cheaper with shipping, or you may find a "must-have" item that one of them has that the other does not. You could order some from both sites but that would probably cost more due to shipping. If you only need one specific thing from Twisted Quarter, they do have an Ebay store. The item cost is a little higher but the shipping makes it cheaper for one or two items. Hope that all helps.


Edited by sadeter - 10/9/13 at 8:58pm
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It does, you're awesome man. biggrin.gif Definitely looking into it later. +1.
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It does, you're awesome man. biggrin.gif Definitely looking into it later. +1.

No problem and thanks. If you have any other questions along the way, feel free to ask. 

 

I wish I had enough REP to sell some of these leftover items here. As-is I'll have to sell them to work and/or Ebay.

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This is pretty incredible! Makes me want to get a Pi myself
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This is pretty incredible! Makes me want to get a Pi myself

Thanks! You should get one. So many different things to do with one. I'm thinking about getting another one after this to mess around with Linux some more. Although now that I think about it, I think I have access to an old laptop that might work better for that particular project. Who knows? It sure is fun to mess with.

 

Sorry for the lack of updates. I think I've got the final layout and I'm working on getting the artwork out of my head and onto the computer the way I want it. I also had to take a couple days off this to give my brain a break. I am thinking about this almost literally all the time. Hopefully I'll have something postable soon.


Edited by sadeter - 10/12/13 at 9:08pm
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Thanks. I enjoyed watching your Pi build. Maybe this will give you something to do with yours, lol.

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Looks awesome. Subbing to this one for sure. :D

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Looks awesome. Subbing to this one for sure. :D

Thanks. Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to comment, critique, complement, question, criticize, or otherwise provide any input, feedback, or feelings about this build or log. Thank you.

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Control Panel Artwork

 

Well, after taking a few days off to clear my head, I finally got to work on the artwork for the control panel. Having done very little previously with vector graphics, it was quite a learning experience. It ended up taking about a week and a half working on it a few hours almost every day.
 

The first thing I had to do was get my layout to scale and into the computer. This was what I ended up with.

 


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I printed it out full scale and made a cardboard mockup of the control panel to make sure everything was good before I proceeded. It's a good thing I did because the top panel was not nearly deep enough due to the angle of where the monitor and glass will be. I also wanted a little more space on that panel to rest palms in front of the controls.

 

 

Once I made those adjustments, I started working on the artwork for the panel. I wanted the top panel to reflect a close replica of the Ms. PacMan/Galaga Reunion control panel and the bottom to combine the control panel designs of Robotron:2084 and Missile Command. Here is the final result.

This version shows the controls and T-molding in place to give an idea of what the final look will be. The lower panel is 32" x 14" and the upper panel is 26" x 8".

 

This is the actual version to be printed with the borders removed and cutout markings for the controls.

 

 

I will say that I was able to get a lot of the graphics I needed, already in vector format, from ArcadeArtLibrary.com. I did have to manually trace over raster images for the Galaga background and Missile Command logo. I took letters from Move and Start Play on the Ms. PacMan control panel and pieced together the x, i, and n for the Enter and Exit button labels. I had all the letters for the Player 1 and Player 2 labels from the Robotron control panel, so I just had to mix them into the right order. Other than that, I just did a lot of stretching, moving, and otherwise manipulating what was available.

 

 

Next on the To-Do list is the artwork for the marquee and possibly the sides and kickplate. I have to get all of this artwork done so I can get some quotes and get it printed. Hopefully the marquee will take me less than a week. The sides and kickplate I don't know about yet due to the time required to make the artwork and the cost to print it. I still have a lot of wood and paint work to do on the cabinet itself to get it ready, and I'm down to 2 and a half weeks to finish. I have a feeling the first week of November is going to be one of those fun-but-not-because-it's-so-stressful kind of weeks.


Edited by sadeter - 10/25/13 at 10:04am
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