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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 10 – Building the Cabinet

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 10 – Building the Cabinet

Once I had all my panels of wood cut, I could actually start the building. A nerve-wracking but also very exciting stage. This is where you really hope all your measurements are correct. But this is when all the work I put into modelling the…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 9 – Tools and Materials

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 9 – Tools and Materials

Before I talk in-depth about how I put the cabinet together, I’ll do a quick post about the tools I used. I didn’t really have many tools to start with, so I had to buy some and I borrowed some others from my father-in-law. So…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 8 – Buying and cutting the wood

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 8 – Buying and cutting the wood

Like any big project, the scary bit is often when you go from the plans to the actual physical build. Things start to get real. I had double checked and triple checked all my measurements and I knew I was ready to get the wood….

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 7 – Cabinet Plans

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 7 – Cabinet Plans

My last post highlighted my questions and concerns. I won’t really be doing that any more in these posts in a ‘live’ way because I had to put the blog post writing on hiatus while I actually focussed on getting the arcade machine built in…

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Top Ten 90s Action Movies

Top Ten 90s Action Movies

There’s a wonderful retro quality to the action films of the 1990s. It was a strange era in Hollywood, particularly for the action genre – somewhere in between the unabashed campiness of the 80s and the higher standards of the 00s. It was a time…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 6 – Online Resources

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 6 – Online Resources

I’ve obviously had to rely heavily on some online resources to get me through this project. There is no way on earth I could have done this on my own. So I just wanted to make a list of them all to have a central…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 5 – Initial questions and concerns

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 5 – Initial questions and concerns

I’ve had a few questions and concerns along the way with the arcade cabinet build. Some of which I have already answered and some of which I’m nearly there with but not quite yet. I thought it would be useful to list these in case…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 4 – Control Panel Plans

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 4 – Control Panel Plans

My joysticks and buttons have arrived! Exciting day. This was the first day that I really felt that this project was a reality and wasn’t just some ongoing figment of my imagination. I’m sure the day I get my MDF wood will be a similar…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 3 – Cabinet Design

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 3 – Cabinet Design

I saw a MAME cabinet on eBay a few months and I very nearly bought it. I could have saved myself a lot of time and effort there, instead of attempting to build one myself. But it was still quite expensive and I wouldn’t have…

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Why I Love Collecting TV and Movie Books from the 80s

Why I Love Collecting TV and Movie Books from the 80s

I recently discovered Invaluable.com, which is a great site for browsing items to add to your own retro collectibles and memorabilia, and it made me want to write a piece about some of my collections. My retro collection is pretty eclectic, I have to say….

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