Hey guys! Presenting the start of my first Mame cabinet build. All I have so far is the gutted cabinet (bought off gumtree for $200) and lots of ideas! Here she is: Notes: - Cabinet does have back panel, it's out of picture, not attached. - No screen - Coin slot doesn't work - No control panel - I'm assuming there's no light behind the marquee, since there's no wires dropping down - Includes a bezel, sized for about 22" - Has two wheels and 2 indented handles at the back; very easy to move around! So I'm looking at the following tasks (in roughly this order): 1. Clean-up. It's fairly dusty and although the paint job is nice, it could use a varnish or something (suggestions?). I like the red. So while I wait for things to arrive, I'll clean it up a bit. 2. Build Control Panel (16mm MDF) either to the Width of the cab or slightly wider. The Height can be either level with the bottom of the glass or be positioned under the lip (i.e. slightly lower). I would like to hinge the CP so the top flips up towards the glass, so the lip idea, while it may look neater, probably won't be practical. The Length can be the length of the little alcove I'll be putting it on. It even has a hole at the back where the wires can go. It's like someone just chucked an x-arcade on it or something I'll be going with a standard setup, nothing fancy at all. Linear layout of buttons for easiest use. Mum says she's gonna come over and play so I have to make it easy for anyone to use. For cutting the big pieces, I'll probably have to use a jigsaw or grinder. Small pieces for the joysticks/buttons I'll be using a few different sized spade drills bits. Failing that, a router. As I said, the top will be hinged to the back side, the sides and bottom will be stuck together and to the Cab (after painting) with hot glue. So that way the only screws I have to conceal are those for the hinge. 3. Buy joysticks/buttons. I've actually already gone and bought some from Austin Amusements, as well as a usb keyboard encoder with quick connects (this one). They're having a sale atm so I got two joysticks (red and green knobs), 12 player buttons (3 each of red, yellow, blue and green with LEDs), and 1 each of the player 1/2 buttons. Altogether with postage was about $80, which isn't bad! Will update when they arrive! 4. Paint CP. It will be red, and I'm hoping to get the same red as the cabinet, but that will be a stretch. Anyone know if bunnings or similar can make paint colour to hexa code? I guess I'm half-serious - Was thinking of taking a photo and getting the code of the red from photoshop and giving it to a paint place. Failing that, I could just take a picture in and compare myself. I'm also planning to get an overlay for the CP, so the closeness of red doesn't matter tooooo much since people will be staring at the overlay mostly. For painting, I know there's lots of methods, but I'm thinking of going with primer -> light sand -> first coat -> light sand -> second coat and sand if necessary (good idea?). Also a third coat if required. 5. Get a screen. The bezel I'm keeping, and it's sized for a 22" CRT by the looks of it, but I'm thinking of going LCD. This would mean adding something to the top and bottom to cover the gap, or getting a screen that's tall enough but would have to be squished to 4:3. So I'm really in the air about this one, since a CRT might get complicated but would fit better. I'm assuming an old flat screen tv still counts as CRT (I'm not a TV person ). Mounting either LCD or CRT will be one of the only foreseeable challenges, but it means I can be creative. 6. Install speaker/s. There is a speaker grill (hard to see) under the marquee, so a single speaker could fit in nicely without tearing the case apart to add more speakers. I think one in the centre would probably be enough, I'm not trying for surround sound or anything! 7. Mame it up! I've already got a spare PC, dual-core, no GPU (which doesn't matter), 8gb of RAM, 2TB hdd etc, so I'l just whack that in the bottom. The challenge of course will be setting up Hyperspin, which will probably take a while. I've got a few quick-settings files to try out and see if it needs much more work, so hopefully should have to start from scratch. 8. Improve Aesthetics. So at the moment I've got a "Golden Tee Classic" cabinet with stock instructions on the bezel. Not sure about you guys but I'm not really a golf kinda guy I'll be adding a light to the marquee and getting a custom one (bubble bobble or something so the missus is happy) and order some classic side art (not interested in making my own when there's lots of good, authentic ones out there). As I said, I'll probably touch up the existing paint job and make it look shiny. 9. Final touch-ups. This includes replacing missing screws, cable management and anything else I think of that needs doing. Looking forward to getting started!