Check out my Barcade build

Hey SRK members, ive been working on a barcade for my wife and baby daughter. This is my first cabnet build. I bought a kit from lep1 customs. I went with the 21 inch XL 2 player setup. I have already painted, routed T molding and installed vinal graphics for the barcade and now have all my partd for the build. Ill show off what ive accomplished so far and continue to add when progress develops. I must say its been a very fun pleasing project so far.!

Also i love the il lorenzo 8 way joysticks. Always been my favorite. Just got the paradise arcade hollow shafts for using a different battop and changed the microswitches from the cherry 75s to the zippy 20s. The shaft is a little longer than stock which i like but not too much and the lower tenson microswitches feel amazing paired with the heavy stock spring. Its noticeabley easier to activate directionals but there is a little more deflection with the more sensitive microswitches. Really excited to getting them mounted up in the barcade. Its all going to be jamma setup. It will run pandoras box 6 jamma edition and a raspberry pie using a jamma to usb converter. I have all the parts and my jamma harness laid out with tags for inputs and microswitches already hooked up for easy installation. It will use a two way switcher as well.


A lot of other stuff is at a shop where im doing my work. I will be updating the build till its conplete. Shouldent take too long now that all my parts are in. Pretty excited to finish this and get my game on with my wife. Were a gaming family and proud of it!


More progress made! Had to add the additional btn5 and btn6 buttons on the jamma harness, then cut the coin one lead thats tied to a 3 pin connector with a 12v and ground source to hook it to a microswitch. I have the main control pannel all wired up, speakers wired, power supply hooked up and just did a dry run on my pandoras box 6 with everything in opperation. All i have to do now is cram 15 pounds of crap in a 10 pound box lol.

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Very nice!
Your CP panel wiring is a little on the messy side, though; would be extra awesome cherry-on-top if you cleaned it up.

I had planned many years ago to build myself a custom bartop cab, but never got around it and all I ever got done was some 3D models of what I wanted (at the time). If I ever revisit it, I’ll probably start again from scratch.

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Yea its hard getting those jamma wires to cooperate right. I might have to cut all zip ties and just go through every wire and connection on at a time so it can be clean. At least i went through and labled the ends of the wires so that makes it more easy.

Speaking of Barcades. I’ve been eyeing Arcade1Up’s “Countercades”. Specifically, the Space Invaders one. I love the artwork on it, it looks Sweet as hell!! There also exists a Game Elf board(Think: Pandora Box), that has nothing but 412 Vertical oriented games on it, which may go well with the Vertical screen of the Arcade1Up Space Invaders. Thinking this would be a fun mod.

Almost finished with the build. All that’s left is to fix my btn6 jamma button on the 2 way jamma switcher. Then I have to install a light for the marquee and get a cord needed to oppererate my raspberry pie. I also need to get a external volume dial hooked up. As of now I have to adjust the volume off the pandoras box or the 2 player jamma usb device used for the retro pie. It’s not super glamorous and has its flaws but I’m very happy with it. It has over 3000 games on the pandoras box and plenty more to come when I get the retro pie up. Switching is easy too. I just hold player 1 & 2 and it will switch over between pandoras box and retro pie. The power supply I had to hack open a old power strip to get multiple power connections bit that was real easy. I’ll post more pics inside when I get everything 100%.

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Nice work! I myself would rather just buy something existing and mod it. Like the Arcade1Up stuff. You can get the Final Fight version for just $150 New at Wal-mart right now. I’ve played on one in person and it’s a Quality cabinet with a solid set of default games (and fantastic artwork), and when you’re ready later on, go nutz with the mod (RPi, Pandora Box, Pc, etc).

Would of done that but I bought a lot of kit stuff like almost 3 years ago and just never got around to building it. I never had any direction as well. It was going to be like a picade build and turned into a duel mod for pandoras box 6 & reteopie. I’ve seen the 1up cabinet and definitely easier all they way. This one I did has been challenging especially with space. It’s almost 100% just need to hook up a marquee light, audio amplifier then a hdmi splitter. The side buttons left out will power the jamma switcher. Left side is pandoras box6 and right side is retropie.

so I was playing around with shaft designs and used some of my rainbow wiring looms to decorate my joystick. It actually gives the joystick a mirror effect. I think it’s a pretty cool design and gives the shaft a desirable texture feel.

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