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Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« on: October 21, 2006, 12:39:30 pm »
I figured it would probably be good to have a "Resource Gallery" of sorts of all the homemade Control Panels we have made, to help give ideas to those who are somewhat new to the scene or just want to make something unique.

If you want, feel free to explain the specs of your CP, heck, even give it a nickname, but lets keep it brief and not get carried away writing essays  ;D

The "All Arounder"

2 Player, 6 Button Layout, Trackball (Update: Spinner & Twin ACTLabs Guns Added)
Admin Buttons (Green = Enter, Yellow = Pause, Orange = Menu, Red = Escape)

The "Micro"

2 Player, 3 Button Layout, Trackball
Admin Button (Above 2P Joystick for Menu)

The "Franken-Wing" (1st Practice CP that was never finished)

4 Player, 6/4 Button Layout
Admin Buttons (Green = Enter, Yellow = Pause, Orange = Menu, Red = Escape)
Quick Save/Quick Load Buttons (Under Admin Buttons)

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2006, 07:08:37 pm »
I posted this on another thread but Ill go ahead and throw it in the database. Here is the control panel i built. As far as the measurements between the buttons and joysticks, i took it straight off of my Street Fighter 2 cabinet so if your looking for somthing similar here are the measurements. The coin mouse buttons are on the sides like pinball flippers and the exit button is on the bottom.
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2006, 08:56:27 pm »
I'll play

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2006, 09:01:09 pm »

And Spy Hunter and Tron for good measure - (That Moon Patrol is actually an 8-way stick, the game was all original outside, mame inside  ;D I built that for a friend though)

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2006, 10:17:38 pm »
23" wide. With a magstick plus, I pac and happ buttons. The cpo is from classicarcadegrafix.  :)



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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2006, 08:23:46 am »
the generic cp. magstik plus for p1; t-stick for p2, happ buttons.

ignore the ugly skate sticker bezel.
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2006, 10:42:14 am »
Here you go, that reminds me, I should submit this to the examples page!

Centipede theme cab (actual centipede w/restored sideart)
Dual competition sticks
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2006, 09:54:18 am »

x-arcade encoder/buttons/sticks (bought that a few years before deciding to build a cabinet)
two 8 way sticks, 6 buttons each player,  4way betson stick,  3" wico trackball(mouse hack), homemade spinner(mouse hack). homemade pinball plunger, pinball flipper buttons(double as mame pause buttons)  mouse buttons located on ends of control panel. two yellow admin buttons: esc(left) and enter(right).  no coin buttons, must use coin slots.


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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006, 10:56:25 am »
The first pic is the only pic I could find of my showcase cabinet CP before the showcase was finished. The panel is approximately 26" wide. Some mistakes I made with it that you may want to consider when building yours
  • The trackball is lower than the joysticks and a few people have actually stubbed their fingers and hurt their hands taking wild swings in bowling
  • The red button is exit and the white button is pause - these buttons occassionaly get hit during games.
It's hard to estimate how crazy people get when playing trackball games!

The second pic is my driving cabinet. It has a home brew steering mouse hack for a steering wheel. It's a 360 degree wheel and a return to center shifter. If you have kids - they'll love playing this arcade. It's the most complicated arcade I have since people don't automatically understand how the shifter works in various games.

The last pic is on my favorite games cabinet. It's a 4 way cabinet and the monitor is vertical. It plays the classics. The super has since been replaced with a Wico 4 way.

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2006, 02:11:28 pm »
Best pic of my CP is from before I put it on the cab:


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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2006, 02:29:18 pm »
what's with all the dust washers showing?
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2006, 02:37:22 pm »
what's with all the dust washers showing?


ahh, the age old debate. I prefer mine "under", but can see the argument to have them "over".

My Omega Race multiwilliams panel was under with Wicos, but I had to put them on top for Ultimarc Mag Stiks as they cannot be removed from the shafts. :(

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2006, 02:45:56 pm »
what's with all the dust washers showing?
Growing up every arcade I played at had the dust washers on top, so regardless of whether they're supposed to be on top or not, to me it feels more like an arcade machine with them on top.  I have always spun them with my thumb when I'm waiting between levels/rounds/etc., so it brings back a more realistic memories to me having them on top.

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2006, 02:51:53 pm »


Little boost to get the ball rolling - http://retroblast.com/newsitem.php?cid=2845

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2006, 05:06:06 pm »
Woohoo, I made it onto Retroblast :) 

Heres the CP to the project I'm currently working on.  The cab isn't complete yet, but the CP is together (although it still needs to be wired).  Its a 3/4 scale cab, so the CP is a bit smaller then my last one.

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2006, 07:32:38 pm »
Signature tags are dumb.

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2006, 08:00:08 pm »
Alright, since I love "Panel Porno" as much as the next BYOACer, I figure I should contribute what I've got.  This is great all in one place.

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2006, 08:03:34 pm »
Panel Pr0n
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2006, 09:02:58 pm »
Figured I'd throw my two panels up as well. 

The first Missile command version uses two 4/8 switchable ultimarc T-stick plus with balltops and a 3 inch happ trackball running an ultimarc interface. It connects to the cab with two large bolts and can be swapped out in 1 min or so.  I matched the missile command layout and added the T stick and extra buttons for the most classic games.

The second is my Robotron model using Groovygame gears interface and two 47-ways. The spinner is a GGG. I wanted to make a perfect controller for the standard classic button games such as asteroids/defender. I'm a huge tempest fan so the tempest knob and button placement pretty much match that control panel as well.  The graphics were printed by mame marquee (awesome job)



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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2006, 07:35:50 am »
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2006, 04:11:31 pm »
This is the control panel Tim has graciously been building for me.  I figured I would go ahead and post it since it is pretty much complete.  I did the artwork myself from vectors taken from localarcade.com, and all the other hard work was done by Timoe :)  The panel is around 17 inches deep, by 29 inches wide.


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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2006, 04:27:50 pm »
lol I guess I should have read the previous post looks like mine has already been posted :)

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« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2006, 08:50:41 pm »
How do I upload my image?
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« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2006, 08:54:25 pm »
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2006, 10:04:27 pm »
T-Stik Plus 4-way/8-way joystick, original Galaga 2-way joystick, street fighter button layout.  The distance between the Galaga 2-way and the far right button is the same distance on an original Galaga CP.

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« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2006, 11:34:32 pm »
I just started my project a couple weeks ago, but here is the pic of my control panels so far...

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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2006, 10:39:51 am »
My first CP.  Uses P360s and Happ buttons.  Art was custom made in photoshop 6.0 using the actual CP as a design template along with the art.  Buttons in the middle I put there to take up the dead space, P1+red button is quit, and the black button is pause.

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« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2006, 04:22:10 pm »
Vegas/casino themed panel....whole cabinet, actually.  All graphics are orginal, drawn in Illustrator.  Yeah, vector art!


Panel designed in Illustrator and Autocad.


Final art before t-molding added.


Here's what the 'showgirl' looks like on the control panel.  Sketched first, vectorized in Illustrator, then painted.

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« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2006, 03:31:36 am »
Two player, 6 buttons each.
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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2006, 03:38:38 am »
here's mine. plays a *lot* of different types of games. see the link in my signature for lots of details. the photo is a little bit out of date: the 8-ways are now sporting shorter red plastic wico handles instead of the taller metal ones in the picture.

to see my "Frankenpanel" and design notes, click here.

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« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2006, 06:23:31 am »
Nothing too exciting, but I do have a "Mame" engraved spinner knob from Oscar Controls. Getting ready to completely re-build my cab, so the panel will change too.

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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2006, 09:15:27 am »
I did add a illuminated blue ball top handle to my dedicated 4-way stick since this picture was taken.  All buttons light up with 2 LEDS each, pushed into 2 holes drilled in either side of the HAPP translucent buttons.

P1 and P2 start buttons are original Atari volcano buttons.  The 2 purple buttons are Mouse 1 and Mouse 2.  On the back right (no pictured) is a HAPP momentary button that is wired to the power button on the computer.  Back left is a volume knob wired between the computer and the powered speakers in the arcade cabinet.

I'm also including a picture of how I mounted the 3 LEDs under the HAPP translucent blue Track Ball, basically drilled three holes in some spare Lexan and screwed it into a hole in the TB.

This is from my Alien MAME cabinet.
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« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2006, 10:27:00 am »
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Re: Control Panel Database: Post a picture of your Control Panel!
« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2006, 05:28:29 am »

mine isnt 'panel porn' as such but it might be useful for someone to see how i put it together...












note the dust washer underneath  ;)

oh, Patrickl, you just HAVE to post your galaga control panel (",)


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« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2006, 03:26:44 am »
note the dust washer underneath  ;)

oh, Patrickl, you just HAVE to post your galaga control panel (",)
Lol, love the dust washers :)
My Galaga control panel sux (note the sticky tape to hold down the CP art), but sure why not




Which reminds me I really should start finishing the new control panel :(

Or see the insides of my other Galaga control panel

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« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2006, 04:15:54 am »

patrickl, i actually meant the bottom of your two pics (",). have you got another pic of that? your full sized one is nice too though.


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« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2006, 12:19:57 pm »

patrickl, i actually meant the bottom of your two pics (",). have you got another pic of that? your full sized one is nice too though.
Lol, yeah I guess the PocketGalaga is the only working "cab" that I have :) I have no better pictures of it though (other than maybe the one with the cat)
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« Reply #39 on: October 31, 2006, 02:33:02 pm »
My work in progress; getting close!! Half a yo-yo for my homemade hard drive spinner... Illuminated buttons and trackball with LEDs.
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