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Post by boyo » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:32 am

My tuppence worth as I have built a few cabs over the years (mainly cocktail cabinets and a few Bartops).

All the arcade components I use are new i.e. joysticks, buttons, I-pac, wiring, coindoor, graphic underlay, toughened glass, t-molding, 19" bezel etc. When you start totting that up you get to quite a nice chunky amount of a few hundred quid.

Then add the wood, the cabinet covering, screws, L-plates, castors, hinges screws, locks, monitor, PC, gang strip, speakers, speaker grills, fans and fan grills, tools, router bit for t-molding etc then you can a chunk more cash on.

The end result is authentic though and comprises of a large number of new parts.

The cabinet below cost about £450 in parts:

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You can check my other cabs out at www.digitalarcade.co.uk

I am about to build 2 more Midway cabinets with Donkeyspank building his own alongside me. I will be blogging the build here : http://www.retrofusion.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=497

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:28 am

Boyo, that is beautiful.

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Post by psj3809 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:57 am

Dont resist !

Join us ! You know you want to !

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This is the bartop that Boyo made for me the other year....

http://www.sabremultimedia.com/arcade.gif

I love it !

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Post by boyo » Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:05 pm

Started the next one....

Check the blog here:
http://www.retrofusion.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=497

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I bought one!!

Post by Adnic » Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:33 pm

Going back to RRR, (www.redrocketretro.co.uk) I actually bought one of their 'Mini Retro' cabinets, the Mini Korrupt for my 6 year old sons room.

They requested a phone number to arrange any components to be fitted and delivery details. The chap on the phone appeared very pleasent and helpful, also making suggestions to lower the price!

I had to wait 3 weeks for delivery, as it suggests on the site.

Also, as it suggests on the site, the delivery is included!! I live in Fleetwood near Blackpool and the company is based in Haverhill, Suffolk; quite close to Cambridge. Thats roughly a 320 mile round trip!!

The young man driving their hire van, kindly assisted me in hauling the bubble-wrapped cabinet into position in my sons room; although its from their Mini range, the thing is still damn heavy, especially noticable when hauling up a flight of stairs.

So, I've covered politness and helpfulness, what about the item itself??

Incredible!! -It looks, feels and plays just like the real thing (in a smaller carcus). The supplied PC boots straight into an attractive front-end and game selection is easy using the joystick. -the machine comes with NO games installed, apparently this is illegal. Fortunatly I had a couple of disks with stack-loads of MAME ROMs on. The driver had to phone back to base on how to install these... Once installed, wow; what an experience!

I've since ordered side-art for the cabinet, from RRR, which really finishes it off.

We've had absolutly no problems with this machine since we bought it in August 2006 and my sons friends simply adore playing on it -(for hours).

I highly recommend this company and find the price tag spot on.

Thanks go out to Red Rocket, my son and I are delighted.

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Post by Sega2006 » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:08 am

I could fit one of those mini-cabs in my room quite easiley, now all I need is the money
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Post by Tellah » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:36 am

I found I got more enjoyment in creating my mame/DC cab than playing on it (and I REALLY enjoy playing on it).

I'd say do it yourself for the experience.

Built mine about 8 years ago from a knackered old jamma cab and it cost about £300.

Boyo - that really is a thing of beuty. You're a skilled craftsman.

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Post by boyo » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:16 am

Tellah wrote:I found I got more enjoyment in creating my mame/DC cab than playing on it (and I REALLY enjoy playing on it).

I'd say do it yourself for the experience.

Built mine about 8 years ago from a knackered old jamma cab and it cost about £300.

Boyo - that really is a thing of beuty. You're a skilled craftsman.
Thanks m8 - appreciate the compliment :D

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Post by Dr Zoidberg » Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:56 am

Hiya.
Just wandered in here and started checking out some of the old forum posts so I thought I'd pop this link in about the construction of my MAME cab - a conversion of an old Jamma box.

http://www.techangel.co.uk/articles/mame/

It's out of date now but it's still fairly relevant.
I far prefer the authentic look of a converted cab compared to some of the awful kits that look nothing what I remember seeing in the arcades
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Post by boyo » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:43 am

Latest and greatest:

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Those buttons light up by the way :D

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Post by boyo » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:44 am

WIP:

A teaser - 2 cabs, one day of fun with a m8....


The two cabs :

My cab:

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My m8's cab at the end of the day:

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Post by mamemeuster » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:05 pm

boyo wrote:Latest and greatest:

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Those buttons light up by the way :D
Oh, thats a nice cab.

:wink:

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Post by boyo » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:11 am

mamemeuster wrote:
boyo wrote:Latest and greatest:

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Those buttons light up by the way :D
Oh, thats a nice cab.

:wink:
I bet you can't wait to pick it up :wink:

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Post by mamemeuster » Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:32 am

boyo wrote:I bet you can't wait to pick it up :wink:
Quick! Someone call the understatement police!!

:wink:

Out of pure curiosity Boyo, when did you actually build it?

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Post by Shin_Gouki » Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:22 am

boyo wrote:
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That truly is magnificent - even my wife is impressed!
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