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  • Space Invaders Bartop

    Another instance of checking an unfinished project off my list. I still have the pinball to go but this one is easy and that one is hard This one should be real quick.

    I bought this ArcadeWorx cab of @namastepat back in February. It's surprisingly large, taking up a lot of space on my garage floor so time to get it working and sitting somewhere else.

    https://www.aussiearcade.com/showthr...ghlight=bartop

    Cabs is a little banged up with a few nicks but over all pretty good.



    All black and I love the Space Invaders cut-outs in the marquee area.



    So I thought I'd continue with the Space Invaders theme and keep the cab Black and Red. It didn't hurt that I had a pack of both red and black buttons I'd also bought a power supply and jamma harness to match the Pandora 4S I bought back in April.



    I installed the buttons and joysticks. Will need to check the controls for the Pandora to see if I need the other 3 holes. I'll use what I need and try to find some of those caps to cover any not used. Also the top row holes are smaller than the player button holes

    The P1 and P2 buttons I used (STD size) will never come out again LOL!



    Installed speakers inside the audio cut-outs.



    The IEC socket I have is not round like the hole that had been cut out

    Traced around and then did a little free-styling with my jigsaw. The flange on the socket hides the shoddiness





    Wired mains socket, power supply and jamma harness power. I then fired it up to see if smoke would come out. Success!





    Damn I love how fast these Pandora's boot up unlike those shitty 60-1 jobs.

    It was getting late so I'll finish wiring in the joysticks and buttons next weekend. One last thing was to mount the fan cover into the top. The Alien one I had suits the theme.



    With the top cut-out I've love to put in some acrylic and then an LED strip that swipes from left to right. Not sure how I'd do that but lit up red and sliding across would be awesome.

    I also need to source some black t-moulding as the cpanel strip is missing.

    I am bummed its a widescreen monitor but the bezel was cut to match and the screen came with it so I can't complain.

    Cheers,

    Brad
    Last edited by Brad; 13th August 2018, 01:35 PM.
    My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

  • #2
    Hey Brad, what size T-moulding do you need?

    Regards,

    Johns-Arcade.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Johns-Arcade View Post
      Hey Brad, what size T-moulding do you need?

      Regards,

      Johns-Arcade.
      Hi John,

      I'll need to measure it when I get home. Cab is MDF and appears to be 16mm but I'll double check. Thanks a bunch =)

      Cheers,

      Brad
      My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brad View Post

        With the top cut-out I've love to put in some acrylic and then an LED strip that swipes from left to right. Not sure how I'd do that but lit up red and sliding across would be awesome.
        Excellent machine you have made there sir. Makes me want to finish off my TouchMaster bartop project.

        Something like this for the LED strip?.....

        https://www.ebay.com/itm/2PCS-Red-30...-/121723108926

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Autosteve View Post
          Excellent machine you have made there sir. Makes me want to finish off my TouchMaster bartop project.

          Something like this for the LED strip?.....

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/2PCS-Red-30...-/121723108926
          Yeah I've been looking at something like that. I could also setup an Arduino or similiar but seems overkill imo. I DO have an LEDWiz sitting here doing nothing so possibly wire up some LEDS behind a coloured plexi. Certainly a few options but I don't want to sink too much dollars into what essentially is a small gimmick. I just think it would look cool

          brad
          My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brad View Post
            Hi John,

            I'll need to measure it when I get home. Cab is MDF and appears to be 16mm but I'll double check. Thanks a bunch =)

            Cheers,

            Brad
            I have an off cut of 19mm smooth that you're welcome to Brad.

            Regards,

            Johns-Arcade.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Brad View Post
              Yeah I've been looking at something like that. I could also setup an Arduino or similiar but seems overkill imo. I DO have an LEDWiz sitting here doing nothing so possibly wire up some LEDS behind a coloured plexi. Certainly a few options but I don't want to sink too much dollars into what essentially is a small gimmick. I just think it would look cool

              brad
              A simple LED Chaser should do the trick, something like this.



              https://youtu.be/EDS7frQhhTE
              Last edited by Kaizen; 13th August 2018, 05:45 PM.
              Namco Starblade - Taito Cocktail 14" x 3, 20" x 2 - NZ SI PtII Upright - Chase HQ DX, Taito Top Speed - Taito Grand Champion - Taito Safari - LAI SI Head to Head Cocktail - SI Cocktail Clone x 2, Pong Clone x 3

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Johns-Arcade View Post
                I have an off cut of 19mm smooth that you're welcome to Brad.

                Regards,

                Johns-Arcade.
                Thanks John. Happy to take it off your hands!

                Cheers,

                Brad

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                Originally posted by Kaizen View Post
                A simple LED Chaser should donthe trick, something like this.


                Yep thanks for that!

                Something along these lines is what I was looking at except I'd buy it. The above is way above my skill level and I reckon could source something retail on ebay for similiar dollars?

                Cheers,

                Brad
                My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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                • #9
                  I'm happy to knock up the circuit on Vero for if you want to go that way.
                  Total cost of components is $4 and around $1.30ea for 10MM Red LEDs from Jaycar, will run on 9-12v and you can connect more than one LED per output.
                  Last edited by Kaizen; 13th August 2018, 05:58 PM.
                  Namco Starblade - Taito Cocktail 14" x 3, 20" x 2 - NZ SI PtII Upright - Chase HQ DX, Taito Top Speed - Taito Grand Champion - Taito Safari - LAI SI Head to Head Cocktail - SI Cocktail Clone x 2, Pong Clone x 3

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kaizen View Post
                    I'm happy to knock up the circuit on Vero for if you want to go that way.
                    Total cost of components is $4 and around $1.30ea for 10MM Red LEDs from Jaycar, will run on 9-12v and you can connect more than one LED per output.
                    Damn that would be awesome Kaizen and very generous of your time. If you have the time PM me with what you need, money, measurements etc

                    Cheers,

                    Brad
                    My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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                    • #11
                      I've tested it with the 10mm red waterclears but they need to be more diffused, I'll test it with some other LEDs tomorrow.
                      The speed and duration are adjustable.

                      https://youtu.be/qcW-MMh8u5c
                      Namco Starblade - Taito Cocktail 14" x 3, 20" x 2 - NZ SI PtII Upright - Chase HQ DX, Taito Top Speed - Taito Grand Champion - Taito Safari - LAI SI Head to Head Cocktail - SI Cocktail Clone x 2, Pong Clone x 3

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                      • #12
                        Wow awesome job! The adjustment parameters are also a fantastic bonus

                        Brad
                        My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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                        • #13
                          How's this look?
                          When the pot is in the middle position the duration is around 1 second and can be varied from 4 seconds up to 'fast'.
                          The triple LED strips seem bright enough and if needed you can add a second one for each section.

                          https://youtu.be/0djmPqpLjWM
                          Namco Starblade - Taito Cocktail 14" x 3, 20" x 2 - NZ SI PtII Upright - Chase HQ DX, Taito Top Speed - Taito Grand Champion - Taito Safari - LAI SI Head to Head Cocktail - SI Cocktail Clone x 2, Pong Clone x 3

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                          • #14
                            It looks awesome!

                            I've just finished wiring up the cab, mounting the monitor, PSU and Cart. Just some tidy ups, mount the door then I can add this unit. It's going to look fantastic! Thanks again mate

                            Brad
                            My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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                            • #15
                              Update:

                              Finished connecting up the jamma harness to all of the player controls. I then mounted the monitor. I created a bottom rail and attached a piece of angle the hold the monitor in place. I then used some metal strapping to hold the top in place. Easily removed with a screw in each corner.



                              I then fixed the PSU and Pandora into the base, tidied the harness with cable ties and used brackets to attach to side. Actually took this photo before tidying and mounting harness



                              Here is is all fired up. The Pandora has a couple of annoyances though. The games list are not sorted alphabetically and you have sequels pages before original etc. Also they included Ms Pacman but it scaled to the widescreen and plays super fast. No doubt there are others so I disabled that game. A bit of reading and it seems it may be an SD card running xmame so I might take it apart, image it and see if I can tweak it somewhat. Others games that I've looked at run really well.

                              I definitely would not put a 60-1 or one of these in a full cab. PC all the way imo. They're just handy for small spaces.



                              Attached the back door.




                              Still need to fit the barrel lock, the light panel that Kaizen has kindly built for me and then I'm going to do up some Space Invaders themed artwork to finish it off.

                              Cheers,

                              Brad
                              My Projects - Space Invaders Bartop, Williams A-Go-Go, Galaxian Bartop, Jukebox Kiosk 1&2, Jukebox Kiosk 3, Virtual Minipin, Generic Upright, MultiCab, Rampage,

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