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The Technodrome Arcade Project


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G'day all you arcade enthusiasts.

I stated "The Technodrome Project" about a year ago now.

Basically its a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed cab.

Nothing like the original TMNT cabs, That would be awesome!

I really should have documented the progress a little better then what I have.

This is my first attempt at building an arcade and I've had a heap of fun along the way.

First the tech inside;

Asus N53S Notebook

  • Intel Core™ i7 2630QM Processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM

External 1TB HDD (Hyperspin, Games ect).

Logitech X-530s sound system (Over kill).

LG 32" LCD TV.

7 port USB hub.

Combat King Joystick (2 Player USB).

Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver

2 Xbox 360 controllers.

Blutooth USB dongle.

Xbox 360 (JTAG) ;)

Wii (CFG Loader)

PS2 PHAT (Open PS2 Loader)

10 port power-board.

I made this tech map to get my head around the setup.


Now to the cab.


White base coat to seal the wood.


Black gloss paint. . .1st mistake, but it's my first cab so it's all a learning experience.

Painting the cab gloss made it very difficult to paint the art work straight on.

As you can see I originally put a light up in the marquee area. . . 2nd mistake. It has now been moved.


I installed a shelf so you could easily access the various consoles and notebook.

Super Meat-Boy up and running ;)


Plenty more to upload.

To be continued shortly.

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Where do you house the platforms? In the case? Just curious why not use emulators for the platforms, so you don't have to use disks. I am asking as a newcomer to learn, not shoot holes in your build. I am planning a build myself and like to understand why people do what they do.

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I jumped the gun a bit and got stuck into the graphics.

Trolling the net I came across this guy Lucaclaretti

I loved his work. in particular his Bebop & Rocksteady renditions.



I projected the images with a projector onto the side of the cab

and used Posca paint pen's to draw/paint the images straight on.


It took a few coats to get the colour to pop.



You probably have see these Combat King controllers on Ebay before.

Far cheaper then the X-Arcade controllers. Easy to setup and and easy to take apart.


So I replaced the buttons and sticks to match the rest of the cab.


Update soon. . .

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