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vanrose72

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Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« on: July 03, 2011, 10:51:28 pm »



I started this project six months ago with the goal of modding a Space Invaders Deluxe cabinet and turning it into a MAME machine. I was very happy with the results.

When I bought the SID cabinet, it was almost completely gutted. The only parts left were the monitor, mirror, and cardboard backdrop with blacklight. I tracked down the coin door, speaker grill, and control panel from a few online sources. The original SID CP had only a few buttons, so I used it as a reference model and hired a woodworker to build a new CP based on my new layout with extra buttons and joysticks.




I was going for a retro style when I created the control panel and bezel. My inspiration was the 1983/1984 cartoon series Saturday Supercade. I couldn't find any high quality images of this cartoon out on the Web, so I used my graphic design skills and created my own illustrations based on scenes from the show.




I have installed Happ competitions sticks and True-Leaf Pro buttons from Groovy Game Gear. The bezel backlighting comes from four 12-volt LED modules. The computer is running Windows XP with a Maximus Arcade frontend.

Overall, this project was incredibly fun. I learned a lot about arcade cabinets in the process and have even more respect for classic gaming than before. I'm looking forward to hosting a game night at my house so that others can enjoy playing classic games as they were intended - on an arcade cabinet.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. I welcome any feedback or questions you may have!


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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 11:13:31 pm »
Very tidy job, looks great!

Do you have any pics of the innards?

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 11:30:11 pm »
Neat looking machine.

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 11:33:52 pm »
The innards are less than spectacular. The control panel is relatively small, so it took some finessing to get the leaf switch pushbuttons adjusted. It's not pretty in the least!

Interestingly though, I removed the original Space Invaders monitor (which was horizontally-mounted) and installed a shelf by bolting a board into the existing mounting holes. It was super easy to set a flat panel monitor on the shelf, eliminating the need to attach it to anything. It's just sitting in there like it would on my computer desk.

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011, 11:40:46 pm »
sweet!

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 11:44:21 pm »


Here's a shot of the control panel underside after it was finished. The woodworker did an amazing job with this project, especially the countersinking for the joysticks.

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 12:28:40 am »
Really good looking marquee and excellent, simple panel.  Good job!

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2011, 01:42:47 am »
Very nice design... I think it turned out fantastic.  This cab looks very clean and very awesome.
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So once again, we find that evil of the past seeps into the present like salad dressing through cheap wax paper, mixing memory and desire.

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2011, 01:44:27 am »
whoops double post... please don't drink and use the forums.  :cheers:
« Last Edit: July 04, 2011, 01:46:49 am by thatpurplestuff »

So once again, we find that evil of the past seeps into the present like salad dressing through cheap wax paper, mixing memory and desire.

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2011, 07:52:03 am »
Really nice an clean, I like it.  I wish I had design skills like you.  The only thing I'd change is adjust dk/mario a bit, to me it kinda looks like dk's foot is a big cigar mario is smoking.   That what I thought it was at first glance anyway lol.  I do like the theme alot, Id love to make graphics of my fav 80's cartoons.

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2011, 08:12:52 am »
I like this design, looks like a lot of fun to play.  Will you be keeping it black or putting some side art on?
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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 12:15:45 pm »
@syph007: What's Mario smokin'? Ha ha ha! Now I'm going to think about a Donkey Kong foot cigar every time I look at it! :) Thanks for the compliments!

@Corbo: I'm considering putting side art on it in the future. Right now I'll probably take a break since I've devoted nearly seven months to working on it. Thanks!

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 04:59:40 pm »
@thatpurplestuff: Thanks for the kind words!

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 06:15:11 pm »
Nice clean build.  Looks great  :applaud: :applaud:

Have to agree that Mario definitely has a toe up his nose.  :D

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 10:18:18 am »
Good job!  Looks nice!  :applaud:

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Re: Saturday Supercade Arcade Cabinet
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2011, 09:53:41 pm »


Mario takes an adamant "no-toe" stance.

  
 

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