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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 14 – Artwork

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 14 – Artwork

Right from the start I was excited about creating the artwork for the cabinet. One issue with artwork and design, however, is that I’m normally so full of ideas for things that I take ages deciding on what design I want. There are so many…

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Captain America: Civil War leaps to the top of my Marvel Cinematic Universe rankings

Captain America: Civil War leaps to the top of my Marvel Cinematic Universe rankings

I saw Captain America: Civil War this week and absolutely loved it. Perhaps it’s because it’s fresh in my mind but right now it’s on top of my Marvel Studios movie rankings. It’s certainly top 3 anyway and I’m more than happy having it at…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 13 – The Coin Door

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 13 – The Coin Door

I knew from pretty early on that I wanted a real coin door on the front. It just makes the whole thing look very genuine. I was hoping I might find a broken one on eBay but I couldn’t really find one. Arcade World UK…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 12 – Sanding and Painting

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 12 – Sanding and Painting

The arcade machine was basically all built at this stage and I had to prepare it for painting. Before doing my research I would probably have just painted it there and then, after maybe giving it a quick sand down very roughly. But the more…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 11 – Building the Control Panel

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 11 – Building the Control Panel

To be honest, the control panel was one of the parts of the build I was most nervous about. I had a specific idea in mind for the control panel. A lot of people build control panels that are square but I stubbornly wanted to…

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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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