I've been working on my cocktail cab for a few weeks and ButeLegz has talked me into posting some pics. I'll get a big of a blog up somewhere online, but I thought i's start here.
The cab is a typical Aussie "school desk" cocktail style. It was originally running Time Pilot '84, but was DOA so i'm making it into an MP3 jukebox with mame, running Mamewah as a front end.
The top half was originally sparkle gold laquer, so I've painted it black. Currently there is no guts in it, except for the coinmech.
I want to fit the monitor in before I finish the controllers and get a PC for it (I was going to use my old AMD 333Mhz, but it's too slow for what I want). I picked up a 21" monitor from work yesterday, but it's waaayyyyyy to big for the cabinet. I *could* fit it on, but it's too heavy and there's no knowing how long it will last (it's 10 years old already!). So i'm currently shopping for a 17" or a 19" which will be more practical.
*update, I tested the 21" last night and the colours are screwed and one corner is slightly greyed out
My goal is to have a horizontally mounted screen (just like Butelegz "Corey Feldman table for 2") don't say it can't be done
, with 1P & 2P controls side-by-side on side A of the machine. This way I can play both horizontal fighters and vertical games (eg 1943). Side B (opposite)will have a single stick & 2 buttons for 'cocktail' games as well as a trackball for all the trackball games such as Crystal Castles and Marble Madness.
I have to finalise the controls, as they're a bit cramped side-by-side. I had it perfect with 4 buttons per player *but* after discussing it with a mate, some of the best 2 player games are fighters ... that means i'll need *6* buttons each if I want to play Street Fighter, SNK vs, Mortal Combat etc etc Although there are plenty of other good games if I don't include fighters eg NBA Jam, co-ops such as Double Dragon, Simpsons etc.
Here are some work in progress photos:
Not much room in there
This is the old top which will be replaced
You don't need a hacksaw when you have an angle grinder
My prototype control panel. I'll wait until all my parts arrive to make them final. These are the buttons, sticks from the old machine. The black plastic above is the old panel.