The MAME cabinet has been painted

Finally, I have painted the arcade machine (black) and got it back together.

Here are some pics of the first black coat going on.

Here are some pics of the arcade machine after the final topcoat went on. It took exactly 1 litre of black semi-gloss to do the two coats of black. It was really way too hot to have been painting.

And finally, here is a pic of it getting it’s first series of use in the “production” environment:

//TODO: Proper marquee lighbox reverse-printed on perspex

//TODO: Bezel to cover TV

//TODO: T-molding on base

//TODO: Holsters for light-guns

//TODO: Reinstall operating system, emulation software and get drivers for dual lightgun working

Art resources for DIY arcade machines

The second coat of black paint went on this afternoon. As things were moving along quite nicely I started thinking about the side art I wanted to get printed. I went to localarcade.com only to find they’ve been shutdown due to spam-related activities!

Luckily google came to the rescue and found http://vectorlib.free.fr/ – they had exactly what I was looking for. Adobe Illustrator versions (vector graphics) and all.

The beginning of the end…painting the arcade machine

I have started painting the arcade machine. I had a first draft attempt at the undercoat this afternoon. I have to flip the top half over tomorrow to finish. It’s quite hot at the moment (low-to-mid 30 degrees Celsius) so I shoud nearly be able to put the first coat of black gloss on tomorrow afternoon…

undercoat-going-on-top-and-bottom

Completed the speaker shelf for the MAME cabinet

I got some time during the school holidays to get some work done on the MAME cabinet.

I prepped the speaker shelf and got it mounted. I used the speakers that came with the TV. I had to cut the speaker wire and extend it so the speakers could be mounted in the shelf. I made a plug so I could detach the speakers from the TV if I ever needed to pull the TV out (for repairs, replacement etc)

Speaker Shelf:

speaker shelf - front

speaker shelf - inside

Speakers:

speakers

Plug:

plug

MAME Update – The Top Is On

I had a big session in the garage the other day and managed to get the top mounted, with the top shelf and speaker shelf attached.

I also managed to get a grill attached to the rear of the base to allow a little bit of air flow for the PC (and keep out little fingers, and cats).

I’ve have managed to get the base door attached (finally). I was originally intending to use hinges you find in your kitchen cupboard, but was having some dramas with them, so I fell back to using steel piano hinge. Really glad I did as it has worked better than I thought. It looks nice and is really sturdy.

Here is what I’ve got so far:

Left Side front Right Rear

Here is a view of the mounting bolts, from the outside and inside:

The mounts viewed from outside  Router Bit used to countersink the mounting screws mounts viewed from inside

The mounting bolts are 10mm thick so for the countersinking I had to resort to using my router as my standard countersinking bits were not deep/wide enough. With six of these one each side the left and right panels are not going anywhere.

I had to cut the speaker wires from the tv to mount the TV in the cabinet. I am planning on rigging up some kind of quick disconnect so that if I ever need to remove the top I don’t need to cut and resolder the speaker wires again.

TODO NEXT:

  • Raise the tv by an inch
  • Attach rear panels on the top half
  • Solder the speaker wires to plugs

TODO Later:

  • Get a marquee printed and attached
  • Sort out the plugs and soldering for the control panel
  • Figure out how to mount the control panel to the base so it does not move, but is still removable.

Arcade machine progress – top half going on

Cleaned up the garage – now have enough room to move about in there. Decided I’d better get cracking on the top half of the mame cabinet. Here is a pic of one of the top sides going through a test mounting.

mounted top half

I used some tiny corner braces to hang the top sides on the base so I could step away and get an idea of how it will really look.

TODO:

  • Looks like I will need to straighten up the top half (rotate a few degreees anti-clockwise in pic) to make the back edge truly vertical. Once I’ve sorted out exactly where the top half will go relative to the base I will mount it using the fancy-pants mounting screws I purchased ages ago.
  • Change the mounting screws for the monitor to move the monitor back a few centimetres. To give more room for bezel/glass.
  • cut and splice the wires from the TV speakers to extend them so they can be mounted in the speaker panel below the marquee.