Homemade Star Wars Upright Cabinet
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@IanDaemon Thanks, i'm a bit OCD about wires and I like to keep things neat. Probably went a bit over the top with cable ties and those stick mounts though.
Certainly not, you have already done more than a stellar job on the exterior, the interior should look just as great. If I didn't know any better I would be certain that this was NOT a DIY project.
Also, I really love that this post keeps coming up in the recent topics so I can scroll through the pictures once again and appreciate the craftsmanship.
Enlisted some help to lift the cabinet onto the illuminated riser. Its a bit of a beast as the cabinet is constructed of 18mm MDF, no Arcade1up nonsense here!! The riser has an IEC socket on top and a corresponding IEC lead from the cabinet plugs in to supply power to the daylight LED bulb installed in the riser. This shines through the opal frosted acrylic behind the cutouts. Inspiration here was the illumination found throughout the Star Wars universe.
I've also dropped in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Jedi runs a bit slow on Advmame so I've got it running on lr-mame2003 plus. The interesting thing I found out there was that there are only 3 buttons described in the mame menu. It turns out that the thumb buttons turn the AT-ST head left or right and the triggers are duplicated, hence the 3 buttons although there are 4 physical buttons. On ly worked this out after viewing gameplay videos on YouTube and reading the installation manual for the game (found through good old Google BTW)
Here are some pictures:
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The riser looks awesome and complements the cabinet perfectly!
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So well done. Congratulations!
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Hi I amgetting info for a build and I am looking for dimensions if you have any you could post.
@sgc1 Hi there, what dimensions are you looking for? I created my cabinet in Fusion 360 and had the MDF parts CNC'd at a local firm. I had to work out all the dimensions from scratch seeing as its not a 1:1 replica. The main criteria for the size of the final cabinet was determined by the size and positioning of the yoke, 17" screen and the fact that I would be standing as in a 'real arcade'. I got this final measurement from an arcade show we have here in the UK. I was lucky enough to get actual measurements from a real cabinet of how high the yoke was from the ground. After that was determined, everything else fell into place. As you will no doubt have noticed, I have a 'riser' just like the Arcade1up products. This allowed me to keep the dimensions of the cabinet in proportion. Had I not went for the riser, the cabinet would have looked rather tall and ungainly to get the yoke up to playing height. I did not want to make a 1:1 replica as this would have been a monster, about 6 inches wider and a lot taller than my final build.
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Awesome Work !
Can you do/upload a Youtube video so we can see it in action ?
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This is incredible work! I'm building a full scale Star Wars upright at the moment and came across your build while searching for the elusive monitor surround. I've had the cabinet CNC cut and I've managed to source the metal control panel from the US (that'll be the only original bit!). I've got the Alan-1 yoke and USB adapter and I'm planning on using a Pi3B+. Display wise I've got a 19" Dell TFT.
Are you willing to share the plans for your surround? I've got a 3D printer so could print any of the plastic bits necessary but I don't have the skill to design them myself. Someone is selling a repro on eBay but it's £500 which is crazy expensive.
Any help much appreciated!
@georgek , Hi there, sure I can help you out with the bezel. My bezel is resized to suit my ¾ build cabinet. Its only 520mm wide and my monitor is a 5:4 17" Dell. I'm sure it would be possible to adapt it to suit your cabinet though.
I've had a look for the replica you said was on eBay but I can't find it, can you post me the link please, I'm curious.
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@james-milroy Any chance you would share your Fusion360 files?? I would love to get one of these cut out for my gameroom.
@ryan73 Sure, I can give you copies. Its not a kit though, from the fusion files I had to create DXF's to send to the CNC firm and the sheet metal firm to cut my parts. You'll need the fusion files to see how it goes together. You'll also need access to a 3d printer or someone who can print for you as there are a lot of 3d printed parts that would be otherwise difficult or nigh on impossible to create any other way. I'm willing to forward to you any files we used and I can recommend companies to do the CNC work etc. If I was to start again myself, there are a lot of aspects of the build I would have done differently, it was pretty much a learning curve from start to finish. On the other hand, there is a guy on eBay who is making pre built replica upright cabinets out of 18mm ply. These come bare but will take original or repro control panels and bezel mouldings. It would take a lot of the difficulty out of the build. I can forward you a link to his listing if you think my version would be to difficult to undertake. Let me know what you think.
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Just wow! Takes me back to the 80's! I wish I had that kind of talent to build something like that. I always remember the cool enclosed cabinet that you sat in from back in the day. Never lasted long though🤣
Im still struggling with just getting controls to work. God knows where I'd be without Mitu.
Really, really nice job Sir;)
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Oh, sure, more than welcome. Credit where it's due and all👍🏻. I remember when I was a kid dreaming if having my own arcade one day. It was always the cockpit, servo'd Afterburner unit that did it for me. Loved that. That and Phoenix in cocktail table version! Enjoy your unit, you deserve it😉.
Mitu's a legend. Only person who offered me any help to fix my issue's. Im sure it's obvious to those that know Retropie inside out but I've been totally lost on how to fix them. Even Pimoroni seemed to have no advice that helped....and it's their stuff. I guess it's really a software thing but I can't understand why Im the only one having the issues (esp as I can duplicate them every time). Still, Mitu to the rescue. Helps me understand doing it to help others so all's good🤞
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Awesome build !
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@james-milroy Thanks, that would be awesome!! I have a CNC machine but would have to find someone for the 3d printer stuff.
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Excellent work @james-milroy! I'm right there with you on the wiring...so clean!
I do have a 3D Printer and just bought a GRS Flight Yoke to start putting a full control panel (and hopefully cabinet) together. Would you please share your 3D files with me and please tell me what height the yoke should be off the floor? I'm doing some prototyping now. Thank you in advance!