Bartop Arcade Machine

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Mini Defender machine based on Raspberry Pi with separate interchangeable control panels.

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  • Raspberry Pi
    • PiPlay AdvanceMAME install
    • initially using a Raspberry Pi Model B+ I got from Phenoptix (for £26.99 using a 10% discount code for EMFCAMP 2014)
    • upgraded to a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to improve performance (£33.94 from CPC with 8Gb NOOBS SD card)
  • Dell e172fpb LCD 17-in monitor with broken controls
  • HDMI-VGA adapter & gender changer
    • from DealExtreme - they have many versions at different prices
    • worked fine with the Pi Model B+ but when I tried to use it on the Pi 2 B it would not work. I spent a few evenings going through many Pi config settings and eventually I came out with a magic combination that worked - I'd better write that down!
  • 2x HP PC speakers from scrap - 16ohm, nice shape
  • cabinet
    • 19mm plywood sides
      • annoyingly the plywood is not even flat! both sides bend off square to one side!
    • Chipboard base
    • Knock-Down joints for assembly --
    • T-Molding
    • slot cutter - from China for huge discount - 1/4" shaft required use of big router table which isn't flat!
    • living hinge plywood bends with laser polypropylene sheet veneer surface
    • adhesive to use for polypropylene to plywood?
      • 3M‎ Scotch-Weld‎ Hi-Strength 90 Spray Adhesive
    • backlit marquee panel
  • Control panel: Defender layout
    • original dimensions metricated!
    • laminated laser cut ply and MDF
    • gold leaf switch buttons
    • Sanwa bat joystick
      • with modified mounting plate: a diagonal cut-away that is essential to get the reverse button close enough to the joystick
      • plate 95mm x 78mm
      • square plastic housing is 65mm square. Use 66mm to be safe