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I'm going to be adding a page featuring the top 20 most inspirational example projects (10 cabinets, 10 stand alone desktop arcade controls). I'm asking for your help in selecting the top 20 projects.  The first step will be a nomination process - anyone can nominate up to 3 projects, listed in order of most inspirational.  After a nomination period, then voting will occur.

A project may be inspiration because of artwork,  design features,  "first of breed", completeness of web site, etc...

The only criteria that must be met is that the author of the project must be reachable via email.  If you know this ahead of time that's great, but don't worry about it if you don't.  I'll be attempting to contact them.  If I cannot reach them they will not make it to the voting.  Those whose projects are voted on and whom agree to allow it will have their projects mirrored on the BYOAC web site for posterity.

Please help out and nominate your favorite projects!

*Edit* Please include a web link if you can. :)

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2003, 12:09:34 pm »
1up all the way.

edit:Phenominal website too--the layout and content is second to none.  There are others who have borrowed and modifyed his design who deserve a nod, but I believe his design was the turning point.  T
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2003, 12:34:16 pm »
I have to nominate Scott's Unicade. His project has had the largest effect on my own by far.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2003, 12:42:09 pm »
Tons of people base their plans off of LuSiD's so that'd get my vote.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2003, 12:48:12 pm »
Lusid's, Scott's Unicade, and Mr. Salty's projects.

I began construction on my first mame cab based just on those three project websites before I even found the arcadecontrols.com resource.   :o

The new cabinets like 1UP's and Frosty's are definitely worth mentioning, too.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2003, 12:54:40 pm »
I've definately gotta add my vote Mr. Salty's cab.

That was the one that inspired me to build my first upright, not to mention all the info about how to wire the encoder. (I started with a Hagstrom KE24 and god bless him for the details on the matrix).

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2003, 01:15:04 pm »
Well lemme add mine before you start.  ;D


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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2003, 02:08:28 pm »
I nominate the Roswell cab and Mr. Salty's.

I based my swappable panels on the Roswell cab (not to mention that the cab is still one of the most unique ones out there).

And I got a Hagstrom encoder and based the keyboard matrix on Mr. Salty's.

As far as newer cabs go, 1Up's cab definitely needs to be in the mix.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2003, 02:16:44 pm »
Pacman cocktail cabinet by Kyle Linstrom.  An excellent set of plans from which many cocktail cabs were built.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2003, 02:26:13 pm »
1.ULTIMATE ARCADE 2 ! !
NUFF SAID ! ! ;D

2.MAMESTATION THE GAME IS NOT OVER ! :D
Well,I honestly didn't like his first cabinet that much except the cool artworks.
It was generic lusid style but gotta give him some credit for the artworks.
I designed one of my sideart after his(almost same).
Mamestation 2 looks better(ua2 style) and his site looks great.The flash intro for mamestation 2 is great too.
Very nice all around 8)

3.Then scott's unicade.Excellent looking cab and lots of info.

4.The "BEAM"  :o
http://www.geocities.com/brian_coney/maincabinetpage.html

5.Lusid flashback.ALL my panels looks like his(even the litte onces I sold).
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2003, 02:35:34 pm »
either of jelloslugs, i mean, he's the guy behind the real modular control panels.
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2003, 02:37:02 pm »
scott's unicade

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2003, 04:11:51 pm »
Kevin's defender replica (site now gone) and Bilder's DigDug were the ones who inspired me into this hobby more than 5 years ago. However the Roswell (removable panels) and 1up (rotary panels) are the most technically revolutionalry examples. Although credit is due to Xiaou for first exploring the concept of rotary panels way before 1up.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2003, 04:27:45 pm »
I've got to nominate (in order)
1. 1up
2. Ultimate Arcade II (No mater how "commercial", MANY MANY MANY cabinets have been built off this design.. I'd nominate mamestation here, but this isn't an artwork category, and the UAII was the inspiration, or basis of this project).
3. Roswell ---  Noone really remembers this..  but this was one of the first project i remember with swappable control panels, and with just amazing design.. The diamond steel kickplate, the moon artwork.... Truly inspirational.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2003, 04:29:01 pm »
(sorry android, didn't even read you nominated roswell in the post before mine, didn't read the whole thread..  ;D)

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2003, 04:30:16 pm »

 Thanks Andriod  ^_^  

  Wish I could have finished it earlier...  but months of unemployment, teaching kungfu privately, and current marble madness remake project have halted any building/re-building latly  : (      Someday tho... it will arise a new beast : )



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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2003, 04:40:26 pm »
Roswell and Scott's Unicade helped out alot for me :)  Roswell was my inspiration and the Unicade is a great design to work with.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2003, 05:01:21 pm »
For me the following were of great help:

The Lilypad
Scott's Unicade
Mr Salty

I'm also really digging Carlos' Centipede cabinet.  That is my favorite style
of cabinet and he's doing a great job with it.  All the goodies I wanted
in mine ( rotating monitor, swappable controls, etc ) with very good
authentic artwork ( donkey kong panel ).

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2003, 05:24:52 pm »
I really hope Saint meant 3 of each (Cabs and desktops) and even then, I'm going to take some liberties and throw in some "Honorable Mention" votes:

First the desktops.  (No offense if I leave someone out.  I decided pretty soon how my desktop panel was going to go together and haven't paid much attention to the recent examples).

1.  Joey's Arcade panel - http://www.arcadecontrols.com/arcade_joey.htm (The guy built his own yoke and DOT spinner from scratch) (YEARS ago!)  PM me if you need his E-mail.

2.  Brian Coney's Panel - http://www.geocities.com/brian_coney/index.html  (Remember when black marble contact paper was all the rage.  I still have a roll of it, although I changed my mind about using it.  This was the compromise between "Be nice to make something like Joey's" and "Hey, I can almost do this and it looks great!"

3.  Robotron 2010 ??? - Can't find the website anymore.  He had some great custom overlays on it.  Mckehsonny or sth like that.  I think he did some logo's for Mameworld also, maybe KC has his E-mail?

Uprights -

1.  1Up - (everyone knows the cab and website).  Really innovative and really professional.
2.  Roswell - This blew me away when I first started getting into the hobby.  Still looks good.
3.  Gromet - http://www.arcadecontrols.org/yabbse/index.php?board=10;action=display;threadid=10761;start=msg83182#msg83182  I really like that you can play almost anything on this cab without having to swap panels out or rotate stuff around.  And it's a 4-player cab without having the CP hang over 1 foot on each side.

Honorable mentions -

1. Xiaou2 - The guy builds some awesome stuff, from the rotating hexagon, to the lightswitch shifter, to the motorcycle handlebars, sinistar joystick, etc, etc,

2. LusiD, gave me the idea to draw templates out in Word.  Tons of people using his plans.

3.  Well, it's not real, but I really like OSCAR's design in this thread:  http://www.arcadecontrols.org/yabbse/index.php?board=1;action=display;threadid=3994;start=0  If anyone know of someone using a Showcase cabinet with a removeable control podium, please nominate it.
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2003, 05:34:11 pm »
Most of the inspiration for the shape of my cab came from the original Defender, Centipede, and T2 cabs, but I definitely took inspiration from Xiaou2's rotating design.  I actually was sketching plans for a 3-panel rotating setup weeks before discovering his site, but his design helped me think about things like locking mechanisms and internal space for controls.  His cab was the only forerunner I could look to for hints, since it was the only rotating design at the time.  I credit him all the time and even have a link on my webpage to his site!

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2003, 06:36:28 pm »
1 UP
Roswell ( awesome )
Lusid

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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2003, 06:57:12 pm »
We even call some cabs a "Lscid" cab at this point, so I would consider it a travesty if it wasn't #1.  

1ups would have to get in there somewhere.  There have arguably been "better" rotating panels since then, but his was the first one to be properly intergrated into the cab and still look somewhat stock from the outside.  Quite brilliant in my book.

Also salty's modular panels and ect have been ripped off a lot(plus, unlike other psuedo-modular rigs, they don't look brutally awful) so that'd have to be my #3.  

On an unrelated note:  Is 20 really the best number?  Mind you there are a ton of nice cabs out there, but when we are looking for inspirational after about the top 5 or so the quality drops off tremendously.  It's kind of like a classes grade sheet with 5 A+'s, a ton of B-'s and the rest D's or below.  ;)

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2003, 07:07:09 pm »
Also salty's modular panels and ect have been ripped off a lot(plus, unlike other psuedo-modular rigs, they don't look brutally awful) so that'd have to be my #3.  
Well, it's more swappable panel than modular

I forgot to add jelloslug's is my inspiration fo my next control panel to be modular.  Splut!

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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2003, 07:50:59 pm »
I think this one deserves to be thrown into the mix, its clean, and very professional looking!

http://www.robboweb.com/mamecab/

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2003, 09:58:13 pm »
Upright

1) Rick's MAME Project II -
http://home.neo.rr.com/martinko/mame.htm
This was the first MAME cab I saw, so naturally, I studied it like mad, the gears of my mind turning with every word and image :)  I even ended up using the same cabinet (TMNT)!  I roughly followed his cp layout, and he sold me on the IPAC!  So, Rick was a wonderful inspiration and guide, from dream to reality.

2) 1up -
http://www.1uparcade.com/arcade-const-plans.html
I love his rotating panel, and even though I decided not to go that way, his cab was a great inspiration of creativity and ingenuity.  I used an e-stik because of him.  The website is top notch and informative for newbies and veteran builders alike.  THE most invovative in mamecab technologies in my opinion.

3) Scott's Unicade - http://home.austin.rr.com/shumate/unicade/index.htm
Great cab with a lot to offer on his website.  I used his cp layout, along with Rick's to design my own upright cp!

4) Supercade -
http://www.cybercoma.com/supercade/
This cabinet is very well done and gave me some pointers in chosing a monitor.  Inovative with the duel layer design.  Great site.

5) Mr. Salty - http://www.mrsalty.net/
I used his website off and on.  His modular design is the best one I've ever seen, and he gives in depth information for prospect builders(even a cost anaylsis- ouch!).  I also seriously considered following his rotating monitor solution.  I used his idea in powering the cabinet with a button wired to the comp's power.  Wonderful website.


Stand Alone

1) http://home.broadpark.no/~njbrekk/
The website doesn't work anymore?  Well, I based my stand alone off of this guy's, so I give homage.

2) John IV of MAME32 -
http://www.classicgaming.com/mame32qa/controller/controller.htm
I enjoyed reading his adventure in building his own controls!  Gave me some insight into the "plexiglass" phase of my project, as well as the simplistic artwork for a cp overlay.

2) GSXRMovistar - http://www.runriot.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/arcade/
The best standalone I've seen.  The artwork is freak'n awesome...I want to copycat it someday :)  His website is fairly new, and I didn't see it until after my cab construction, but looks great!


PS- I like the "top 5" in each category idea over a "top 10".  Which ever way you go though, great idea in giving honor to these wonderful build your own arcade control masters!


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« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2003, 04:08:28 am »
I love my Lunacade...so my vote goes for it ;=)
(and the site is very cool too)

www.lunacade.com
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2003, 06:03:41 am »
If anyone know of someone using a Showcase cabinet with a removeable control podium, please nominate it.

Tiger-Heli,

Mate this is exactly what I am looking at doing myself once I return home at the end of the year. I am hoping to have enough time to complete it. I just had to say great minds think alike.

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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2003, 07:24:14 am »
1) Roswell 88201
-For its swappable contropanels, and clean look. The first example I loved at first sight those days I started this stuff

2) 1up
-Of course, the only real alternative for swappable controlpanels, and a nice guy, too!

3) My most inspiring cab is obviously the original Centipede upright, but guess I can't vote for that?  :)



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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2003, 12:50:55 pm »
GSXRMovistar's Cab gets my vote.

Forum link GSXRMovistar

Web Site

I think its beautiful, I know its based on Lucids cab, but the work on the graphics etc just make this cab stand head and sholders above the rest.

As a side bar: I emailed GSXRMovistar, to ask him about the dimentions of his control panel, and within 2 hours he sent me a full size plan of it, just print, cut, and drill. What a nice guy! :D
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2003, 04:52:08 pm »
Is that cabinet actually finished?
As far as I can tell it's just planned at this stage. Anyone know?
I think to be eligible for this the cab needs to be finished.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2003, 09:30:06 pm »
Two nominations for me:

1) LuSiD's cab first - because his plans have inspired so many of us !

2) CmdrTaco's Jubei cab.  It was my first inspiration, and the first cab I ever saw with a wood finish.  Check it out at:
http://cmdrtaco.net/cabinet/

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« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2003, 06:59:50 am »
Can you submit your own cabinet??? ??? ??? www.ajmmame.webajm.com

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #32 on: August 25, 2003, 07:10:28 am »
Is that cabinet actually finished?
As far as I can tell it's just planned at this stage. Anyone know?
I think to be eligible for this the cab needs to be finished.

You mean they get finished sometime?  (I'm not sure I understand the word in this context???)
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2003, 07:20:39 am »
Is that cabinet actually finished?
As far as I can tell it's just planned at this stage. Anyone know?
I think to be eligible for this the cab needs to be finished.

You mean they get finished sometime?  (I'm not sure I understand the word in this context???)

as i just ordered a tornado spinner even i can't say mine is finsihed anymore...so after 3 years of being finished it's wip again   ;)

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #34 on: August 25, 2003, 02:03:13 pm »
Is that cabinet actually finished?
As far as I can tell it's just planned at this stage. Anyone know?
I think to be eligible for this the cab needs to be finished.

You mean they get finished sometime?  (I'm not sure I understand the word in this context???)

as i just ordered a tornado spinner even i can't say mine is finsihed anymore...so after 3 years of being finished it's wip again   ;)

Hehe, same here.  Mine was finished.  Then I decided to re-do
all my control panels.  Now it's "finished" again.  But who knows
for how long.     :)
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #35 on: August 25, 2003, 04:12:18 pm »
LOL, most of us here will agree. The cab will never ever be "finished", always an ongoing project for renovations, improvements, and all-out construction on a continual basis.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #36 on: August 25, 2003, 04:50:56 pm »
For me the most helpful was Mr. Salty's , as his cabinet (and mine) was a converted Defender cabinet.  But I got got inspiration from Lusid's, 1Up's, and Scott's Unicade.

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #37 on: August 25, 2003, 06:20:54 pm »
You mean they get finished sometime?  (I'm not sure I understand the word in this context???)

Me three!  At least if I had a real monitor already, I could finish my bezel the way I want to, and my cab wouldn't change much visually after that.  But I still need to add 5V LEDs to my illuminated PBs, paint the aluminum bar across my front door, block out the light leaking out the sides of my marquee, add a DOT spinner and/or knob, add DOT inserts on my Tron sticks, add artwork to my backsplash panels, and finish my 3rd CP with artwork/Lexan!  A new CPU would be good too, so I can finally play Area51, Cruisn', KI, Primal Rage etc...  ;)

Plus, I have a couple super-secret projects coming up that will keep my cab in WIP status for some time to come!
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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #38 on: August 25, 2003, 07:39:37 pm »
By finished I simply meant is it more than just a 3DMAX rendering at the moment?
You are all well aware of what I meant lol  ;)

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Re:Nominate a project for the Top 20 most inspirational example projects
« Reply #39 on: August 25, 2003, 11:22:31 pm »
Some of my favorite projects in no particlular order.

Roswell - Original, swappable panels

Rick's MAME Cabinet - Great cabinet art

Motorfish Cabinet - Great art, nice looking light blue t-molding

1up's Cabinet - Rotisserie at it's finest

Mr. Salty - Nice swappable panel designs

GSXRMovistar's Game Not Over Control Panel - Very nice art

Arcade Solutions Ferrari control panel (correct name?)- One of the coolest control panels I've seen, couldn't find his web site so here's a few pics.
Ferrari 1
Ferrari 2

Pete's Joystick Workshop Control Panels - The first home-made arcade control panels I ever saw, inspired me to build one also
Pete's Joystick Workshop

Tiger-Heli posted about my Robotron 3000 control panel, so here's some pics. My site has been down for almost three years, maybe I should update it :-)
Robotron 1
Robotron 2
Robotron 3
Robotron 4
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