I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:53 am

My marquee artwork has finally been delivered. I can finally start knocking bits of wood together now.

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by Balloon Sod » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:24 am

Rex Kramer wrote:My marquee artwork has finally been delivered. I can finally start knocking bits of wood together now.

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by Ad7 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:32 am

Nice!

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by Preezy » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:33 am

You spelt GRcade wrong :|




very nice though :D

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:38 am

No idea what it'll look like when it's backlit. Could be awesome, could be awful. I think I'm going to need some electrical tape to cut out the light leakage around the edges.

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:30 am

Little final update. Managed to get it all finished for Christmas and it was a surprising hit with my kids, they absolutely love Simpsons Arcade. Well worth it and I had good fun knocking it together. Now I need a new project for 2017....

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by jawafour » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:36 am

Rex Kramer wrote:Little final update...

Wow! Impressive work, Rex - the unit looks ace and it's great to see folk playing on it!

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by Pedz » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:41 am

That's ace, would love me one of them. I don't not have the skills though. Well done on you arcade machine dude.

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by Ad7 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:42 am

Nice one rex, looks great!

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:47 am

Sledz wrote:That's ace, would love me one of them. I don't not have the skills though. Well done on you arcade machine dude.

Honestly, no skills necessary. The cabinet I bought was pre-cut and I just sprayed it before assembling it. The buttons/sticks are all connected up with push on spade connectors and the usb controller cards were the ones Ad7 talked about earlier in the thread and they shipped with all the cables. The only work I had to do was with regards sound and lighting and that was mostly a bodge job.

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by Pedz » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:55 am

Fair enough, it's sounds easier than I imagined. I'd likely strawberry float it though.

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by degoose » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:18 am

That looks like absolute quality work. The stranger things inspired 80's arcade logo as well is a nice touch. Love the Mr Do logo as well :D

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by Rex Kramer » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:37 am

Cheers! Trust me, you can certainly see the bodges close up (the cardboard bezel for the screen being one of them). I'm really happy with the Mr Do! logo's though, they work really well.

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by mic » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:06 pm

That looks amazing Rex- is it heavy? And won't they break it?

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by Green Gecko » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:10 pm

Now I do cnc I can probably sort out a nice perspex acrylic black bezel.

Edit: ah its perspex over the top, black polycarbonate is much cheaper.

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by Rex Kramer » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:20 pm

mic wrote:That looks amazing Rex- is it heavy? And won't they break it?

Yeah, I can carry it about ok but I wouldn't let the kids try and move it. All the sticks and buttons seem fairly robust though I haven't given it a real hammering yet on Track and Field, that'll be the ultimate test.

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by Ad7 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:30 pm

Green Gecko wrote:Now I do cnc I can probably sort out a nice perspex acrylic black bezel.

Edit: ah its perspex over the top, black polycarbonate is much cheaper.


Remember I wanted a bezel doing a while back? Can you do that sort of thing now? It's what's holding my one up, need various bits laser cutting.

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by Green Gecko » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:00 pm

Advent7 wrote:
Green Gecko wrote:Now I do cnc I can probably sort out a nice perspex acrylic black bezel.

Edit: ah its perspex over the top, black polycarbonate is much cheaper.


Remember I wanted a bezel doing a while back? Can you do that sort of thing now? It's what's holding my one up, need various bits laser cutting.

Yes, give it a few weeks and I'll have my tooling sorted out. Hopefully going to get basic flat mills sorted out sooner.

It's better than laser as there's no singing and I can cut through anything. Can do chamfers, bevels etc, think 2.5D. Fine details are limited until I get smaller mills that won't snap (in other words I've done enough jobs that I've destroyed a few tiny mills and can afford more.. this is hard :shifty:).

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by Ad7 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:08 pm

Excellent. As I said with the vinyl stuff (before I changed my mind.) I'd rather give my money to a forumite.

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by Moggy » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:24 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Little final update. Managed to get it all finished for Christmas and it was a surprising hit with my kids, they absolutely love Simpsons Arcade. Well worth it and I had good fun knocking it together. Now I need a new project for 2017....

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That looks fantastic. Well done!


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