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    For anyone who has fond memories of the old stand up arcade machines you can build your own these days if you have the time and inclination.

    Mine started off as a bartop arcade which I bought as a shell in raw mdf flat pack form. The display is an old dell pc monitor. The brains is a rpi running retro pi as the software.

    I found a website that could supply the rest: buttons, joysticks, wiring loom, speakers etc... and with a bit of help from my bro we got it up and running first time.

    It was an enjoyable project and not difficult buy any means although you probably will need a bit of IT knowledge and a good few man hours.

    As it was being put away and not used much I've just finished a stand I made from a single slab of 2.4m x 1.2m 18mm MDF and b&q doing most of the important cuts. Hopefully now it will get a bit more use, by my kids and me.


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    Outstanding.

    I was after one of the old tabletop ones for years but they are so expensive. I noticed you can get kits now but I'd never get round to it and I'm totally cack-handed. Which you obviously aren't. Settled for one of the Atari retro consoles instead.

    Has it got a selection of games on it or just Pac Man?
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    Top job there Paul! Fabulous.
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    Cheers lads.

    Macca it's got about 300 old games on it and not just arcade. Some of the early console games are available and all selected from a pretty home page.

    A couple of things left to do like moving the power socket so I can have it flush up against the wall and might install some better quality sanwa sticks over the soft and unresponsive zippy ones currently installed.

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    Looks like a proper professional job, well done mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperamip View Post
    Cheers lads.

    Macca it's got about 300 old games on it and not just arcade. Some of the early console games are available and all selected from a pretty home page.

    A couple of things left to do like moving the power socket so I can have it flush up against the wall and might install some better quality sanwa sticks over the soft and unresponsive zippy ones currently installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperamip View Post
    Cheers lads.

    Macca it's got about 300 old games on it and not just arcade. Some of the early console games are available and all selected from a pretty home page.

    That's brilliant. I really want one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    That's brilliant. I really want one.
    Give it a go, it's easier than you think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperamip View Post
    Give it a go, it's easier than you think
    It would have to be a lot, lot easier than I think. Yours looks perfect. Mine would look like a ten year old with ADD had built it. And it probably wouldn't work.
    Martin



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    Technics SLP1200 CD Player * Nelson Pass DCB1 Pre amp / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *


    'You fool! To think that your ape-brain could contain the full knowledge of the Krell!'

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    Lol holes are already drilled fro buttons and sticks and you even get a wiring diagram with it. Only got attach the spades to the relevant terminals.

    Here's what you are after:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DIY-ARCAD...AAAOSw1R1aufet

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    Amptastic Mini-1
    Klipsch KG4.5 Speakers with Titanium Diagphrams and Sonicap Cap upgrade

    110aH Leisure Battery powers the Mini-1 & Digione

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