Friday, January 29, 2010

Extra Inning

I completed this project last year. The cabinet was an old Midway Extra Inning. The glass was perfect so I decided to incorporate it into the design. It ended up being a 3-button/2 joystick configuration. Had plenty of green leaf switch buttons in my stash so I used them liberally. It plays about 100 classic video games, and about 50 sports-themed games, including several baseball-type games.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Monitor Mounting in Pacman Style Upright Cabinets

Got a couple of 19" monitors mounted last night. Went pretty fast since I had all the blocking strips prepared already.

Here is a set of blocking strips for a Pac/Ms Pac/SuperPac/Galaga style cabinet.
First 3/4 x 3/4 x 23-1/8"
Second 3/4 x 3/4 x 23-1/8" plus 3/4 x 2 x 23-1/8" (this is the L-shaped blocking strip)
Third 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 23-1/8"

First strip (3/4 x 3/4 x 23-1/8") screws onto the baffle at the very bottom of the monitor area.

I usually lay the cabinet on the front for this next step. I position the monitor so it rests on the first blocking strip and the baffle between the CP and monitor areas. If you have the right monitor, it should balance nicely on there with out help. I then position the top edge of the monitor, and screw in the second blocking strip (L-shaped with metal brackets).

I use 3/4" hex head screws. They normally don't poke through to the other side of the cabinet. 1/2" hex screws will work, as will the original coarse-thread 3/4" screws from the cabinet.

Finally, the rear blocking strip (2x4) goes on, making sure it does not block access to the AC and VGA inputs.

I then stand the cabinet upright, center the monitor in the cab, and install the side blocking strips to keep it from shifting.

Here is a rear view of the mounted monitor.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chattanooga Pinball Walkthru Video

This video was taken a while ago. I need to go out there again to make another video soon.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Projects for 2010

It has been too cold to work on any projects in the shop, I have been mostly sitting on the couch, chillin' with the puppy, and watching Netflix. The UA Multicade, the Tetris MAME, and the MultiWilliams are gone... so I have a new batch of projects to start on.

Here are 3 cabinets I primed. Used that thick grey primer... like molasses in this cold weather. Did all 3 at the same time. Its not much but it's a start. Super Pac, Ms Pac, and Dynamo MAME.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Midway Cocktail PC Monitor Mounting

Here are some pictures of the monitor mounting in my Pacman cocktail table.

The monitor I am using is a 19" Dell Flat CRT (model M992) with a black casing.

At the bottom of the cabinet, I have a shelf (about 12-1/4" x 14") that supports the monitor.

The shelf sits on two supports (5" high). The short support (on the right) is attached to the bottom of the cabinet using a sheet metal bracket. The long support (on the left) is screwed directly to the wood where the coin bucket sits.

There are two strips of wood on each side of the monitor that keep it in place. These are attached to the sides of the cabinet using drywall screws.

The monitor will rest on the shelf and be held in place by the two strips on the sides. Once the table top is closed and locked into place, the monitor will be held securely inside the cabinet.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Just made a slide show of an old project where I restored a converted Robotron cabinet.