Man, oh man, do I ever want to see the final incarnation.
You and me both! Hopefully it won't be long. Construction begins on Jan 28th - (when I get after hours access the the big power tools at the local high school woodshop)!
Doc - It's the curves
Oh, yes, there will be pics of the real thing. More than anyone will care to d-load! I'll have a dedicated site up chronicling the entire construction process with plenty of close up macro shots of all the details! When researching for my panel design I was always frustrated to see great examples at thumbnail resolutions.
The mini-marquee thing is a backlit instruction panel mounted above the monitor, it's recessed back into the cabinet so the Super-Marquee (TM)
hangs over it. I need a prominent instruction panel since I'll be parking this at work to let clients play on. It'll run )p('s Emulaxian front end, so I wanted to give people an easy reference for how the system works without having to explain it every 5 min. "Uh...whaddaya mean insert a coin?"
Today a co-worker and client were playing dual player Mario Bros. and Simpsons, and alternating 2 player Zaxxon, Donkey Kong, and Centipede on the control panel portion of the project. It was a solid hour or so of laughter, expletives, and "Aw, man you SUCK-take THAT" put down's and it convinced me that I have to finish the project if for no other reason than to enjoy it at work -where I spend most of my time.