First, I'd like to give a huge shout out to the entire arcade community - from HS and Mame, to BYOAC and everything in between, THANKS! Building my own cabinet has, in a way, completed something in my life.
After thinking of the ideal shape cabinet for me, I thought the classic Galaga was great. Besides being one of my favorites, I love the classic shape.
I am a huge fan Tron which is what was initially driving the whole project. Guess I always wanted both a Tron and Galaga cab.
I have the x-arcade Tank Stick so the inner part of my cab had to be about 30". I decided to make the side panels more narrow (24") as it needed to fit through most doorways. Also, the back 2 wheels are stationary horizontal and the front 2 spin. That way I can move it sideways easily but it won't move front to back when my friends are jamming away on it.
I have 3 florescent lights inside the cabinet, one behind the marquee, one in the whole center to light up my front board, and one underneath for the 'floating' look. I found 5" of translucent blue decal vinyl at a local printing shop. It stuck to the light bulb fine (florescent lights don't heat up.) I mounted it to the bottom and wired it up into the cab, presto!
I mostly use Hyperspin as my FE. I also have and use Maximus Arcade.
I found a carbon fiber vinyl decal on Ebay, usually used for covering car parts. Worked great to cover the sidewalls and inside shelf. It was highly adhesive and cut down very easily. I ordered a 5' by 7' sheet and had plenty to work with. $30. Here's an example:
I got the Galaga side art on Ebay as well (or just search Galaga Side Art,) $35 per side:
I got a swivel TV/monitor mount from Walmart, here:
This mount was perfect. Now, I can very easily rotate the monitor (19"Dell) for the classics.
I was able to Shell Hyperspin with this helpful guide:
I was nervous about it but it worked flawlessly. I also shutdown upon exiting HS so the Windows environment is pretty much completely hidden.
Many parts, including the retro Tron joystick, spinner, and more came from GroovyGameGear.com:
The very helpful guide for powering on your pc with arcade button is here:
I have my button slightly hidden so guests don't accidentally hit it. When the system is on, one push of the button will force shut down.
Marquee came from GameOnGrafix.com. Scott is great!
Every build is unique to its builder and that's one reason arcade gaming is so much fun on a variety of levels, from building to actually getting to enjoy your project. Everything on this cab was done with lots of thought and effort. I may install a bezel at some point if I can figure out how to still allow the monitor to spin. Otherwise, here it is and thanks for looking...
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