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    4 player mame cabinet

    Apologies if you are on Arcadecontrols as this is posted there too... however i have some Aus specific Questions
    http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/inde...,159991.0.html


    So many years ago I built a 2 player cocktail cabinet, fairly standard construction at the time, plywood, computer inside and a crt monitor. Eventually I moved overseas and gave it away to a friend.

    It's been 15 years ish since I built it and the itch to build another has been ever present, but I have not kept up with the ever changing technology. So I have a few questions.

    Firstly the plan:
    I now have 3 small kids so the aim will be a 4 player stand up cabinet. I want to do this one properly with quality side vinyls and a lit marquee, coin box, etc
    4 player games I am thinking of are my childhood classics:
    TMNT
    Sunset riders
    Battle toads
    AVP
    Simpsons.
    DnD
    But I also want to be able to play classic 2 players like street fighter etc.
    My initial thoughts regarding 2 main players in the middle with 6 buttons each and another player on each end with 4 buttons each.

    My basic plan is based of the ever popular flynns arcade but with a simpler control panel. I am attempting to design it in fusion 360 but i am thinking this is not the best plan... Seems ok for the side panel design but i am struggling with the CP design to get it looking even etc.

    Hardware:
    I think i want to go with black buttons with transparent sleeves and rgb leds underneath.. not sure yet.
    Joysticks i will probably go the replica Sanwa from Ozstick (last time i bought everything from ozstick, is there somewhere better now?)
    Ipac 4 to control it all
    TV. likely an off brand 32"

    Construction:
    was planning MDF but i saw on one of the forums someone was using black melamine MDF, this sounds like a great plan, anyone have any idea where in AUS you can get that, google has lead me to no decent leads.
    also planning T moulding

    My questions:
    What is the go to computer/ processing hardware nowadays? Still computer a computer ? aiming at a 32" TV at the moment
    Which OS/ software are people recommending?
    Where in Aus is good for buttons etc?
    Where in Aus is good for Tmoulding?
    What are you using for designing CPOs ? I vaguely recall when i did my last one there was an online software..
    Can I set it up so a single coin slot will give generic credits or will I need 4 slots?

    cab side.PNG

    control.PNG

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    Current state of side art... I am an Illustrator noob... but am getting somewhere. Started with the "very mame" image that floats around.


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    What is the go to computer/ processing hardware nowadays? Still computer a computer ? aiming at a 32" TV at the moment

    - Plenty of people using Raspberry Pi's but a bit fiddly imo. Use a second hand Windows PC for easy configuration. Screen is your choice. CRT or TV for reasonable authenticity, LCD for convenience. I wouldn't be using a widescreen format though. Needs to be 4:3 ratio

    Which OS/ software are people recommending?

    - Any Windows flavour will have you sorted

    Where in Aus is good for buttons etc?

    - Check out out sponsors section for suppliers

    Where in Aus is good for Tmoulding?

    - As above

    What are you using for designing CPOs ? I vaguely recall when i did my last one there was an online software..

    - A tape measure and pencil.

    Can I set it up so a single coin slot will give generic credits or will I need 4 slots?

    - You'll need 4 slots. You could just use buttons, so your call.

    Cheers,

    Brad

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    Thanks mate!
    really dont want to shell out for a 4 coin door, maybe a 2... hmm

    Here is an alternate art that i am working on too:

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    Like I said you could always use buttons instead. Mounted vertically with Insert Coin Decals. I've done this and they look great especially if you get the LED versions

    http://www.ozstick.com.au/product/coin-button/

    Cheers,

    Brad

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    Yeah will look into it.
    Some more art variants

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    Like I said you could always use buttons instead. Mounted vertically with Insert Coin Decals. I've done this and they look great especially if you get the LED versions

    http://www.ozstick.com.au/product/coin-button/

    Cheers,

    Brad
    Methinks I will get a couple of these buttons myself.


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    I recently took delivery of a couple of those sanwa replica joysticks you mentioned, and they are great. a step up from the basic zippys for only a few dollars more, they are really precise joysticks. they passed my 8-way joystick accuracy test of a game of scramble - getting through the maze section is almost impossible without a decent and accurate joystick.

    I've used a pi for all my emulation needs for the last few years and i'd never go back to windows/pc again. too much un-needed system and power overheads, need for cooling, fan noise etc. Pi is 5v, no heat, no fan, no noise. you do have to invest a bit of time learning a new platforms ins and outs but it's really pretty simple once you get to know it, and there are a ton of resources on the web for pi and the retropie system now. i like emulation station's (the retropie front end) built in media scraper which gets all snaps, box art, marquees, cabs, videos etc automatically just set and forget. and the automatic process of downloading and installing new emulators via it's menus, and the ability to transfer files from any networked computer via wifi. Retropie rocks.

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    Hi exleb, I based the cab side design from Flynns arcade here: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/inde...topic=135116.0 However by all reports and research i have done his CP is not a good design, so i have altered mine to what you can see below.

    Jed, Thats great news about the joysticks! I have not heard great things about the Pi and its processing power and ability to run all the controls to the TV etc. Have you used one in a full cab setup?

    Also where in AUS do you get side art and cpo printed? (still a long way away, but budgeting)

    Below is the current plan for the CP. Thinking the machine will have a 2 coin door and the other players will just have buttons. This should keep the cost down a bit and should still look good.


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