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    Slimline Defender-esque upright

    So after a long time lurking in the forum and getting easily distracted every time I saw something that took my interest, I have finally decided that enough is enough and time to get something built.

    The plan is something quite simple - Bartop powered by a Raspberry Pi with controls for two players. Since I want to relive my youth and lose hours playing Double Dragon, SF2, Golden Axe etc it doesn't have to be the fastest thing on the planet - hence the use of the pi.

    My ideas around a shopping list are:

    • A ready to assemble cab
    • 2 Joysticks
    • 6 buttons per player
    • Coin button
    • 4 'other' buttons
    • Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 with appropiate sized SD card
    • iPac 2 encoder or 2 Zero Delay encoders
    • Speakers and Amp
    • T-Moulding


    Anything that I am missing?
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    Glass, monitor, power packs, powerboard, led light for marquee if you want that. Start button, but you can use one of the 4 other buttons

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    I wouldn't bother with a Pi 2 (not sure if they're still available). Just go with a Pi 3 and you're covered (also has wifi and bluetooth should you ever want to use a wireless controller with it).

    As far as SD card goes, size you need will depend on what you want to play. If you're planning to play Playstation or Sega-CD games, you'll want at least a 64Gb card, maybe even 128Gb if you want a good selection of games. If you're only interested in arcade and (non-CD based) consoles a 32Gb should do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redferatu View Post
    Glass, monitor, power packs, powerboard, led light for marquee if you want that. Start button, but you can use one of the 4 other buttons
    Ahh yes, some basics there that had slipped my mind

    I do already have a roll of 12v LED's that I used for my 3d printers, so sorted on that part, and I have a couple of monitors stashed at work.

    Glasswise - is it normal to use perspex? (do they sell it at Bunnings??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilBert View Post
    I wouldn't bother with a Pi 2 (not sure if they're still available). Just go with a Pi 3 and you're covered (also has wifi and bluetooth should you ever want to use a wireless controller with it).

    As far as SD card goes, size you need will depend on what you want to play. If you're planning to play Playstation or Sega-CD games, you'll want at least a 64Gb card, maybe even 128Gb if you want a good selection of games. If you're only interested in arcade and (non-CD based) consoles a 32Gb should do the job.
    Yeah make sense to just get a Pi3 - I won't be looking at P2 games etc so the smaller one will be fine.

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    I use glass because it's harder to scratch when you clean. Others use Perspex. Guess it's up to you. Cost wise glass is cheaper I think also.

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    I like the idea of cheaper and easier to clean

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    Perspex may be easier to work with and won't break easily if you accidentally drop it, it's also much lighter than glass.

    I've seen acrylic sheeting (perspex) at Bunnings, but you have to buy a big sheet. Check out any number of plastic suppliers, they can cut it to size for you and shouldn't be more than $10. 2mm thickness is all you'd need.

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    If you go Perspex be careful on the chemical you use and the cloth. I've have two machines that come with Perspex and were scratched beyond the point of use IMO. Most of these arcades things there will be 2-3 ways of doing things all with merits.

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    Have to see what works out easiest - I do like the idea of slightly tinted glass.

    Started a mockup in Fusion 360 :

    Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 9.33.47 am.jpg

    Bartop RetroPie v6.jpg

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    Cluster you player buttons IMO. Start and credit under each player. Helps with friends playing. In your case 2 - 2 - 2.

    Here is the front of one of mine.



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