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The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:29:54 pm »
Greetings all,

I've had an arcade addiction since I was young and have played so many arcade machines, consoles and handheld's over the years. This project will be my official foray into the MAME World and will be my second build (the first was for a family member and done as a proof of concept). I'm starting off easy by putting together a simple bartop machine that will reside in my office to be used to entertain family and friends. My theme for this bartop will be based on the classic Space Invaders and I'll be using one of Pete Diak's kits (http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=98248.0) for the initial construction.



If you've never seen one of Pete's Kits you be pleasantly surprised on how well it is packaged and how easy it is to put together. The package includes everything you need and the documentation is simple enough to follow.



I started with bottom and worked on attaching the side supports.



Next up was attaching my sides and then top along with the marquee supports.



Once the marquee supports were in the last step was to install the kick panel at the bottom.



Here is where I am after Day 1, a few of my measurements were off and I had to go back and do some re-adjustments to make sure everything was level and even. In between the top and bottom marquees I installed a few retaining clips to hold two these..



While browsing my local electronics shop I came across a box full of 9" Sylvania LED Strips which is normally used for under cabinet lighting. The nice thing about these are that are linkable and use only one power source and were very cheap. Originally I was planning to use white cold cathodes but changed my mind after finding these and seeing how bright they were.
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 01:31:15 am »
Dang!  Wish I could find some of those!  I can't seem to find any deals on marquee-ish lighting.  :dunno
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 07:48:25 am »
I've always been a bit weary of those arcade bartop kits. They seem to be made out of the crappiest particle board and resemble sub-ikea quality furniture. Yours seems to be holding up well though.

Dang!  Wish I could find some of those!  I can't seem to find any deals on marquee-ish lighting.  :dunno

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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 11:26:01 pm »
I've always been a bit weary of those arcade bartop kits. They seem to be made out of the crappiest particle board and resemble sub-ikea quality furniture. Yours seems to be holding up well though.

Dang!  Wish I could find some of those!  I can't seem to find any deals on marquee-ish lighting.  :dunno

Sylvania 72073 Sylvania Under Counter 9" LED Linkable Strip Light White

You can source these LED strips or similar products at your local hardware store. I'm based in Toronto, Canada so the hardware store of choice is Canadian Tire, Home Depot or Lowes.
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 12:05:38 am »
To continue where I left off, I started to compile my laundry list of goodies that I would need to complete this build and placed a few online orders. Here is what I ordered:

  • 20ft coil of 5/8" Blue T-Molding
  • 2 x Happ Competition 8-Way Joysticks
  • I-PAC2 Board
  • PacDrive USB Driver
  • 18 x Ultralux Translucent Illuminated Pushbuttons (P1, P2, 4 x Red, 12 x Blue)
  • 1 x Daisy-Chain Harness
  • Retro Space Invaders Marquee, CP and Side Art from Game on Grafx



I started tonight's build by working on the back portion of the bartop. The kit includes one solid piece for the rear so I cut off  a 1/4 portion in order to create a mount for dual 120mm exhaust fans as well as power and reset buttons. The power and reset buttons are standard vandal switches while the 120mm fans are covered by 120mm Billet Honeycomb fan grills from MNPCTech.com.



I started working on my LCD monitor mount by using a spare piece of plywood and angle aluminum. The flip side of this mount will be holding two 1TB Western Digital Black Drives which I'll show later.



Front view of the LCD monitor mount which will be using a simple Dynex 13"-26" fixed flat TV wall mount that I picked up from Best Buy for $20.



Here is the back side of the mount for the 19" HP LCD that I will be using for this project. It was a nice free score from work which cut some of my costs for purchasing a new one.



I did a test fit of the LCD and it lines up nicely so with that work out of the way I can now start to work on my control panel.
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011, 06:59:39 am »
Where do the speakers go on that kit?

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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011, 03:14:25 pm »
I've always been a bit weary of those arcade bartop kits. They seem to be made out of the crappiest particle board and resemble sub-ikea quality furniture. Yours seems to be holding up well though.

Dang!  Wish I could find some of those!  I can't seem to find any deals on marquee-ish lighting.  :dunno

Sylvania 72073 Sylvania Under Counter 9" LED Linkable Strip Light White
:o

Found this link.  Will have to check out my local Home Depot.  BTW, is anyone here from Oregon?  (Or Washington?)

http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-Under-Counter-Linkable-Strip/dp/B000IV5PB0
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2011, 08:49:49 pm »
Where do the speakers go on that kit?

Good question, most people will install their speakers inside the marquee area but after mounting the lighting I had no room. I'll be re-locating the speakers on the rear of the cabinet and explain in greater detail what I did.
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011, 09:45:57 pm »
Most of my order has started to come in but ran into a little snag with my artwork from Game On Grafix. I was accidentally sent two left side panels instead of a left and right. I've been working with Scott on correcting the mistake and he's shipping me a new set for this project. I mentioned in my last post that I was going to focus on my control panel so let's begin..



I headed over to the Slagcoin Joystick Controller Page (http://www.slagcoin.com/joystick/introduction.html) and used one of the fantastic templates to lay out my joystick and button controls. My goal is to make this bartop comfortable for two players.



Used my drill and hole saw to drill out the joystick and button mounts.



Applied my CP and started doing some test fittings with the Ultraluxx push buttons.



Finished the detail portion of the control panel by installing all the buttons, adding my acrylic protective panel and black trim on the top and bottom.



Spent over a day wiring up all the buttons, I-PAC2, PacDrive and both Happ Competition 8-Way Joysticks. This has probably been the most time consuming part of this build so far but finally got it done.



I couldn't put the I-PAC2 or PacDrive flush to the backside of the control panel so I ended up elevating them a little by using some white plastic spacers. This actually worked more in my favor and simplified doing my wire runs.



I was anxious to see this thing lit up so I plugged in a USB cable to my PC and was happy that everything works.



Started doing some tests with the WinIPAC panel design software as well as played around with some animation sequences using LEDBlinky. My first time using both pieces of software but the learning curve was not to difficult.
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2011, 03:49:27 pm »
Impressive.  Nice use of lighted pushbuttons.  Seems like a lot of buttons, though, for a bartop.  Of course, since my own (bartop!) cab. project has many more, I am not one to speak.  :laugh2:
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2011, 04:38:23 pm »
very nice details, love the back panels.


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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2011, 12:01:36 am »
Thanks for the compliments guys, now onto today's update..



Earlier in this thread I mentioned that I couldn't go the traditional route of installing my speakers between the top and bottom portion of marquee so here is what I came up with. It starts with a local trip to one of my favorite computer stores (Canada Computers) which had a nice 2.1 speaker set on sale.



The speakers that I am using are Altec Lansing BXR1221, which includes two 2" full-range drivers with a 4" subwoofer. Total power for this combo is just under 18W which more than what I need for this project.



First order of business was the tear the speakers apart with my dremel just to get at the internal circuit board. The circuit board would then be installed into a project box and re-wired back to both speakers on the back side of my bartop.



Here is the final assembly after a few hours work. I'll be keeping the subwoofer as is and will connect it outside the cab.



Final test of the night and everything is working correctly. I hooked the back panel up to my laptop and played a songs from the Cee-Lo Green's The Lady Killer album. I'll be attaching this back panel once I complete the installation of all the internal components.
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Re: The Invader Bartop
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2011, 11:36:21 pm »
Did some more work tonight this time concentrating on the internals of this bartop. First I start off with a picture of what I plan on putting inside:



Parts include:

  • Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2 Motherboard
  • AMD Phenom II X4 840 (95W) Quad Core CPU 3.2GHz
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 8GB (2x4GB)
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 Video Card
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio Sound Card
  • 2 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA Drives
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 PRO CPU Cooler
  • OCZ StealthXStream 2 Ultra-Quiet 600W Power Supply



I salvaged an old mATX motherboard tray from an HP desktop machine that was discarded at work and mounted it using standard finishing screws.



Did a lot of measuring to make sure that all my components would fit together and keep the insides clean and uncluttered.





Build a simple mount out of two pieces of angled aluminum to support both the video and sound card.



Final work of the night was the installation of both hard drives and Windows 7 Ultimate.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2011, 03:16:40 am »
Looking really nice man!

The cp looks great both illuminated and non-illuminated  :applaud:

Are you planning on using this as a jukebox/multimedia/pc gaming rig in addition to the usual mame stuff?

it's a very hi-spec set up, and you probably have the biggest hard drive set up on this forum -2TB!

Cant wait to see the side art.

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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2011, 04:25:32 am »
2 TB of...what ???

is this a porncade too?

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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2011, 05:43:18 am »
2 TB of...what ???

is this a porncade too?

I think he's future proofing the box so 20 years from now when they start dumping huge rom sets he'll be ready!   :applaud:

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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2011, 05:50:07 am »
And I thought the 160gb drive in my bartop was overkill!

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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2011, 01:54:29 pm »
Looking really nice man!

Are you planning on using this as a jukebox/multimedia/pc gaming rig in addition to the usual mame stuff?

I've have two dedicated HTPC's so I won't use this for jukebox or multimedia. The original plan was just to run multiple emulators but I will also be working on getting some of my favorite PC's titles on here as well.

2 TB of...what ???

is this a porncade too?

I think he's future proofing the box so 20 years from now when they start dumping huge rom sets he'll be ready!   :applaud:

Porncade now that is some funny stuff, has anyone ever attempted to build one in this forum? I can live with the future proofing explanation since I want to drop just about every ROM I can get on hands on into this system. I just received confirmation from Game on Grafix that my replacement side art is in the mail also received my order from t-molding.com so I'll be in a good position to start working on the outside of this bartop pretty soon.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2011, 09:52:27 pm »
Very nice setup so far. I look forward to seeing the rest.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/8/2011
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2011, 03:06:54 pm »
The aluminum supports for those cards is very nice!

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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/13/2011
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2011, 07:49:40 pm »
I haven't had any time lately to work on my project the last few days due to work and family. I had a few cycles last night so here my the latest update:



My replacement art work and blue t-molding have finally arrived. These were the last pieces needed to finish this off.



Installed my marquee and trimmed it with black angle aluminum secured with black finishing screws.







Prepped the side panels to get the artwork done. This was a bit of a challenge but cleaned up real nicely after cutting off the excess with an exacto knife.



Here is a full profile shot of what the bartop looks like so far and I'm really liking the retro look. To finish this off, I went to a local plastics shop and had them cut me a custom piece of tinted lexan which was added to the front of the LCD display.  In my next update I just have to get the t-molding installed and do some minor cosmetic changes to the back panel and I will finally be finished.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/13/2011
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2011, 10:32:26 pm »
 :o  Looks incredible!!!
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/13/2011
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2011, 03:02:58 am »
Amazing! :applaud:

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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/18/2011
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2011, 04:30:20 pm »
Thanks for the compliments guys, I appreciate the positive comments. I had some free time this weekend and managed to get the blue t-molding installed, here is the final result:





At this point the project is about 95% complete, looking over my work I wasn't satisfied with my rear panel and selection of Altec Lansing BXR1221 speakers. I've decided to go in a new direction and start over using traditional car speakers and a 12v amp. After watching a few YouTube videos I decided to purchase a Lepai LP-2020A+ amp off of e-Bay. I'm looking to compliment the amp with 4" Sound Ordnance™ P-40 (http://www.crutchfield.ca/Sound_Ordnance_P_40_4_2_way_Speakers_Mylar_Tweet_p/777p40.htm) or 4" Kicker KS40 http://www.crutchfield.ca/Kicker_11KS40_4_Coaxial_Speakers_p/206ks40.htm). I'm not the most knowledgeable about car audio and methods of EMI shielding so I'll probably seek some advise from the forum members on how to best proceed.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/18/2011
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2011, 08:17:29 pm »
I considered using car stereo speakers, but I ended up just using some PC Altec-Lansings.  Let us know how it turns out.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/26/2011
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2011, 10:56:52 pm »
The week leading up to the holiday season has been busy but I've finally managed to get some free time to work on this project. On to this mini update..



My new amp has finally come in and thankfully I was able to source it locally instead of having to order from the US.



I absolutely love the compact size of the LP-2020A+ and this shipment included a power supply which I originally thought I'd have to purchase separately.



My original plans were to purchase 4.5" car speakers from Crutchfield but couldn't find a good solution for EMI shielding my HD's and monitor. While doing some pre-boxing day shopping I managed to find a sweet deal on some M-Audio AV30's.



I had no intention of using the existing amp, audio jacks, volume control or built-in power supply so I opened it up and started stripping out the components that I would need.



Here is what I was interested in 2 x 3" polypropylene-coated woofers and 2 x 1" ferrofluid-cooled silk cone tweeters. Best of all is that everything is magnetically shielded so I don't have to worry about EMI.



Did a pretest hooking everything up to the amp using a mini IPOD player and was extremely pleased with the results. This was a vast improvement from a sound quality perspective over the original Altec Lansing BXR1221 I had originally planned to use. My next step is to re-fabricate the back panel and create some custom mounts for the speakers.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - Updated 12/26/2011
« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2012, 12:30:44 am »
I had some time over the holidays to complete this project so here is the final update..



Cut my rear panel to size and used my holesaw and drill to cut out the mounts for the dual tweeters, subs and desk grommet for passing cables.



I had some extra side art work that I wasn't using so I decided to skin the rear panel and then proceed with installing all my speaker components.





Finished off all my wiring for the speakers and the amp. Added some additional speaker grills on the opposite side to finish the look.



Rear panel is finally mounted and cables have been routed out the back.



Powered everything on and final shot of the marquee lighted.





I've selected Hyperspin as my front end after previously testing out Maximus Arcade and absolutely love it. There was a slight learning curve to get all the custom artwork, media, themes and emulators working but very impressed with the overall presentation.



My main reason for working on this project, my daughter finally has another one of daddy's toys that she gets to play with.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2012, 06:36:34 am »
Looks great.  Love the artwork.  Game on Grafix makes some great stuff.

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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2012, 01:12:48 pm »
very nice build, so clean. Ill build a bartop some day...


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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2012, 03:34:36 pm »
Thanks for the compliment guys, my next project will be a full size cabinet. I'm just contemplating whether I will build it from scratch so I can customize it more or source and empty cabinet and do a complete restore.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2012, 09:57:02 am »
I love it. Great work! :)  :applaud:
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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2012, 10:02:28 am »
As i mentioned earlier, I'm not a huge fan of the weecade kits but i must say, this is hands down the best weecade style bartop i have ever seen!

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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2012, 10:27:55 am »
Looks great.   I did a build with one of Pete's kits but your attention to detail brings it to a new level.  Now I will have to look for some artwork for mine.

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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2012, 12:36:14 pm »
Looks awesome!  :cheers:

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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2012, 12:56:30 pm »
That's a nice build.  Good job!  :applaud:

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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2012, 01:51:30 pm »
Looks great.

Question: your control panel artwork. Is that a cutout for a trackball?

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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2012, 02:43:12 pm »
Looks great.

Question: your control panel artwork. Is that a cutout for a trackball?

In the original graphic its just the targeting symbol for guns shooting up at the aliens but I'm pretty sure if you sized it correctly on the control panel you could add a trackball or spinner.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2012, 10:17:34 pm »
What software is it running?
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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2012, 06:40:47 am »
What software is it running?

I'm using Hyperspin as my front end with the LEDBlinky plug-in to control the animation sequences for Ultralux buttons.
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Re: The Invader Bartop - (FINISHED)
« Reply #39 on: January 16, 2012, 12:14:46 am »
I really meant emulators et al.
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