About Me

Curriculum Vitae

A brief list of my current skill set

MAME Cabinet Diary

Week One

Buying an empty cabinet

Week Two - Part One

Looking at the bits I'd bought

Week Two - Part Two

Wires and control panels

Week Two - Part Three

Cleaning it all up

Week Three

Replacing the control panel

Week Four

Control panel refurbishment

Week Five

Spraying panels

Week Six

Building the arcade PC

Week Seven - Part One

Coin mechs and painted glass

Week Seven - Part Two

Speakers and fans

Further Modifications

Adding a marquee and changing software


Gosh This Site Is Old
Thursday, 18th November 2021, 22:08

I might update this one day, but until I do take a lot of it with a pinch of salt!

Automatically Cropping Images is Hard
Monday, 21st October 2013, 19:00

But maybe we can use face detection?

The Git Cheat Sheet
Friday, 6th September 2013, 11:30

for github, bitbucket, that kinda stuff

CoffeeScript and TypeScript are a Burden
Saturday, 17th August 2013, 11:21

Be sure you understand the cons as well as the pros

Changing the Order of the jQuery Event Queue
Wednesday, 3rd July 2013, 20:27

It's just a push to the left

Projects and Sillyness

MAME Cabinet Diary

How I built my own arcade cabinet

The Little Guy Chat Room

It's a Pitfall inspired chat room


A fully featured MP3 player what I wrote

GP Space Invaders

My first little emulator

GP32 Development Page

Some info and links about this cute little handheld

Disney Nasties

Uncensored images, you must be 18 to view them

Diary of a Hamster

Learn about how hamsters think, first hand


Time Calculator

A simple little online utility for working out how many hours to bill a client

A Few Links

Week Four

Sunday 24th February 2002

So, time to get going on the control panel, the interface which the user will twiddle and fondle lovingly, as the beeps and psychedelia eminate from the machine.

The first job was to remove all the buttons and joysticks, then rip off this covering and find out what was underneath. Alas no pot of gold, but what became visible was a bare metal surface ideally suited to a spraying.

The wiring was all good, that would be kept as to replace it would be time consuming and pointless, but I needed spankingly clean and new controls, so where better to purchase such arcade goodness but Happ Controls, who have been since purchased by Suzo, please excuse the pointless trivia.

Alas these would require some time to arrive, so this week far more thought and planning took place than any actual work.

Anyhow, here we have the bare metal scrubbed up control panel, just waiting for the last two sticks to get removed. Next week, painting would be the job of the day! Woohoo!


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