Awesome thread, cool posts!
Figured I share mistakes and first projects, wish I had pics of early proto stuff…that would have been a good laugh. Around 2002-2004 I started doing actual wood work, I think 2001 was my first time actually ordering parts from Happ (IL back then) and trying to see what to make of them with project boxes.
First stick ever built from scratch, used Pixel art from Kawaks, it had a nice interface to work graphics and I was into mugen then so sprite ripping was a thing for me and XMvsSF was one of my favorite games, specially the sprites on the vs screens, always so dynamic.
Mistakes were made, plenty, lol.
This monster was product of spending too much time at BYOAC, spinner meant to be added to the end below the extra 3 buttons.
I was a Robotron fiend, enjoyed Golden Tee and was feverous about Tempest, of course fighting games were also my thing, so one stick to rule them all…
I wish I had pics of the inside now, damn shame. Nothing spectacular but worth a chuckle.
I did another dual setup, same frame as this one, found some inside pics, unfortunately not wired. Button layout was a hybrid of sorts I wanted to try, very good for neo and a bit of a getting used to for Capcom games. Not awful but hey, I was trying stuff out.
Jakks TV fun project I did just 'cause I loved those things, I used to think they were so nifty, specially with the twist balltop for pole position which I made a separate knob for.
Project boxes were a thing too. Something fun to do.
First Arcade CP I ever did work on…it was a HIgh IMpact Football Midway cab, same type as Rampage.
Another early project, grabbed a generic cab shell for 100 bucks and did a TV in there with a DC and a sound system, it was hideous but hey, it was the sheer will of naivety and discovery.