Mame cabinet (build your own)

Discussion in 'Tech' started by ivwshane, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    cool thanks, yea the mk2-3 cabinet is by far been my favorite
  3. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    I got the plexi (polycarbonate with AR) on the cp just to make sure everything fits before I do the final work on the cp.

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    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    How hard is it to move? I imagine its pretty god damn heavy.
  6. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    that is ace.

    a big ol "Tweak3D" on the sides would be nice. :p
    what design have you come up for the lightbar?
  7. randomtask

    randomtask Chimp.

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    the last lot of pictures you posted make the paint work look far more attractive. Good job!
  8. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    yea the black looks alot better in these pics
  9. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    What would you total the hours of labour at (not including research time)? And the cost of the components?
  10. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    It's hard to calculate the time spent on this thing because I only get to work on it on my days off and usually one of my days off is dedicated to my wife. Total man hours probably are around 150 (a good chunk of that is from painting and finishing which I will be redoing again:().

    I've been researching it for a couple of years with the last year involving serious reading.

    As far as the cost goes, probably around $2000. I good chunk of that was the tv ($400).
  11. Mr. Ali

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    Damn that's a lot of money. What else did everything else cost? I didn't know wood and paint would cost so much.
  12. -=Lurker=-

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    Yes because all you need to build a MAME Cab is a TV, some logs and some paint.

    /smartass
  13. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    lol

    I had the wood already which is what prompted this project really (I haven't been able to park in my garage because I had four sheets of mdf on the floor).

    Another $700 came from arcade parts (I could have gone much cheaper but I went all out). The rest came in the form of tools and odds and ends (paint, paint tools, etc).
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    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    Hahaha, man am I dense, I completely forgot about all those other parts. :(
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    Well if you built a p0rn Cab you'd know...slacker.
  16. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    damn thats alot of money.

    he hasnt factored in the pc yet.
    but thats about how much you'd spend anyways on a prebuilt cab
  17. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    The pc will be free or at the very least be the cheapest thing in the cab.
  18. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Progress is being made, just nothing significant. Hopefully by next week I will start the wiring.

    I've got my marquee light installed and temporarily working, I need to mount it to the cab still and fix some light leaking issues.

    These shots are just to give an idea of what the marquee will look like (brightness wise), the marquee in the pics is just some poster of similar material I got from work.

    The light isn't as bright as the pics make it out to be, overall I'm happy with the brightness.

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  19. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    at&t

    "more bars"

    lmao, i love it
    "mame cabinet: sponsored by at&t"
  20. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Too cool. You should host a Mame party so we can all come over and play. :D
  21. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    In reality it really is sponsored by at&t;)


    I will but it has to be 100% complete!
  22. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    I'm finally making some progress on the cp.
    I've got player one completely wired up and ready to go, next up is player 2 and the track ball.

    I've also got a torrent running for all the new roms I need (hopefully that finishes before my deadline is up).

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  23. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    that panel is nice and clean
  24. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Here is a crappy video of it in action:
    YouTube - mame arcade

    To do list:

    Art work (side art, marquee, cp)
    Wiring for auto power on with one button/switch
    Mounting USB powered hub
    Programing lights
    Programing auto input maps (makes the joystick act like the original arcade game, ex: 8 way or 4 way sticks)
    Programing and designing of frontend software
    Make back cover for cab
    wire up coin slots
    add coin return buttons for quarter less play
    mount cp securely to cp box.
    create power input/output receptacle
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    MAn that totally pwns. I wish I had the time but more importantly the vision and talent you obviously have on this project.. and it shows as Torx mentioned with the clean wiring. The details are very nice indeed. A pet-peeve of mine on any type of project is skimping on the wiring job. No issue here at all.

    Great job!