Okay, Here's a pic showing the t-molding, side art, coin door and control panel installed. I've also started wiring up the cabinet. I still have to finish the marquee, install the Pi-zero, program the controls, and test. Then once that's finished, it's time to connect Robotron to Bosconian. That will be my next post. I plan on doing a video walk around of the whole project at that point. All most done with this segment of the project.
I started building the cabinet and control panel at the same time. I don't have any images of the cabinet being built, but I do have a few images after I painted the Robotron cabinet (and installed the marquee light and speaker). I used latex paint (gasp). It was cheap and it is easy to apply with a foam roller. It's hard to tell from the pics but the sides are actually a light grey color and the front is black. I mixed the grey myself using white and black paint that I already had from my Bosco
Building the control panel was a little tricky as I never really found good cad drawings of the panel. I did find this post on KLOV: https://forums.arcade-museum.com/sho...19&postcount=3 With that info in hand, I set out to make my control panel. The control panel shown here is actually my second attempt at making this panel. The first one was off just enough that I couldn’t get my paper based control panel overlay to wrap nicely around all three sides. I kept getting a buckle in the mid
Keep in mind, though the cost is fairly low for the parts, much of my time and energy went into research for the most efficient (i.e. cost effective) way to connect and power everything. I really didn’t want a bunch of different power supplies for all the different piece of the build. The monitor is the key to the whole system. The main reason I decided on the Dell monitor was because of the built in USB powered hub and the 12 volt DC supply output (designed by Dell to power your speaker syst
The Bosconian portion of the my first ThinCade pair is done. I still have to finish the Robotron side of the pair. There really isn't much to these. Most of the work is the cabinet itself. You can see what I mean when you see the inside of the cabinet. This was my first attempted at making an arcade video game and I learned a lot. So hopefully Robotron will turn out a little better. Here are the final pics of Bosconian: Robotron 2084 is up next.
Unfortunately, I really started this project long before I decided I was going to set-up a blog. Which means I don’t have pics of the entire Bosconian build. Here’s a pic from when I was about 75% done with Bosconian side of the project:
A lot of time went into creating the marquee, control panel overlay, bezel, kick art and side art. - The way I made the CPO was to download a low res image of it (mainly because I couldn’t find a high res image) and I redrew it. Once I had the file d
To buy or make a coin door? It seems simple. The easiest choice at first seems to be “buy” the coin doors. After looking at a few, the best price I found was about $30-35.00 and that was for beat up coin doors. I would still need to restore them enough to make them look good. Then I thought, it sure would be nice to have the coin reject button be the actual “coin up” button. Meaning no tokens or quarter necessary. With that in mind I decided to make my coin doors. Right off the bat I can t
I know this may seem like a really small detail that shouldn’t matter, but I’ve decide to see what I can do about the Robotron player select buttons. For those that don’t know, the proper player select buttons on Robotron are translucent blue and they light up. The problem is, no one makes true replacement arcade buttons like these today. (Here's an example of an original Robotron control panel showing the blue buttons):
So my task was to recreate these buttons with a “reasonable” lo
This long term project is to make my own arcade machines, but I have some limitations. Back story: I own six arcade machines currently that I lucked into back in 2007. None of them worked. By 2010 I got all of them working. I did the work myself. The truth is I really don’t have the money or space to be in this hobby, but I still wanted more arcade machines. So I hatched a plan around 2014. So, here are the guide lines I set for myself: • Can’t spend more than $250.00 total on each completed