|What I started with (off eBay)||
What is it?
MAME is an emulator, it allows you to play thousands of arcade games from a computer, and my arcade machine has exactly that.
How much was it?
A fair bit, but very much worth it
How long did it take?
2 years of planning and buying (with a target of Christmas 2005) and 4 soild weeks of building starting december.
Easier to rotate, looks the same to me, elegant
How did you mount the trackball?
I routed out 10 mm or so, so it sat flush with the surface, then put a 'bracket' on the other side to support it - a similar thing was done with the joysticks. This was to avoid any bolts showing on the surface of the control panel.
How does the monitor rotate?
A DPDT momentary switch with 90 degree NC microswitches connected to a geared motor that runs off the computer's 3V rail - that's how! In other words, don't ask, it was probably the most ambitious part of the project. Here's a video of it in action (right click, save as)
How did you do <this>?
Email me at: ajpodnar(at)yahoo.com.au and I would be more then willing to help you out.
|Mortal Kombat machine from the side....|
|Got all the computer work out of the way early, and the 19" LCD monitor on display|
|Stripped it bare, and got ready to cut the back off to reduce the depth|
|Routing the t-moulding slot on the back|
|The control panel about to be put together|
|The rotateable monitor mount|
|A good idea when planing any sort of edge, otherwise you will most probably chip some of it off|
|Taking shape after a coat of paint|
|Marking out of the control panel + one of the handiest tools for the entire job (verniers)|
|Monitor and t-moulding in place + control panel cut out|
|The back of the monitor with the motor mount (the same one you use for the pig on the spit!)|
|Front view - just clears the sides....|
|Control panel with viynl overlay and moulding coming together|
|Almost ready to play|
|A very handy tool|
|A couple of hours of soldering|
|Positives all wired up|
|Common all done, while trying to keep it all tidy|
|Almost there, just have some internals to do....|
|But still playable|
|Programming the buttons|
|Playing some street fighter II|
|The whole thing done, the maruqee looks washed out, but it was a bad picture, looks really great in real life|
|In the sunshine|
|And in the dark|
|The motor all wired up with microswitches at 90 degrees to stop it from overloading|
|Track and Field!!!!|
|Some dreamcast fun|
|Ikaruga vertically :)|