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  • #43036
     Drybonz 
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    Hey guys… I don’t have a cabinet, but I play with two monitors on my desktop and use a modified X-Arcade tankstick as my controller.

    The tanksticks are on sale right now for $129… usually $199.  I felt they needed some modification to suit me, but it was a good starting point, and especially at that sale price.  I really wish it had been that price when I bought one.

    Anyway… the reason I mention it is because I know there are probably some other guys that, like me, can’t have a cabinet due to space/cost/time issues and might want something like this as an alternative.

    Here’s a picture of mine… I added better joysticks, an arcade spinner and a pinscape inside.  It comes with two buttons on either side for flippers and nudging/magnasave, whatever.

     


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    #43039
     Jesperpark 
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    Great Heads up.

    I always thought a desktop version of a pinball machine would be a neat project.  Plunger, buttons, accelerometer for nudging.

    I’ve seen a few like it, even could put a lockdown type bar across the top for that metal feel when playing

    #43041
     Drybonz 
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    Yeah, I don’t think it could ever be as good as a cabinet, but it’s a nice alternative.  If you are into MAME, it’s a nice all-in-one solution too.

    #43042
     randr 
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    I have pinball in my bar top. It’s great. Accelerometer and all.

    #43073
     STAT 
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    Really cool Stick, always wanted to buy it, but then i build – and have a Arcade Cab since 2013 ( Pin Cab since 2014 )

    #43074
     randr 
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    this is my bartop


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    #43080
     Drybonz 
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    Those are sweet.

    #43090
     Jesperpark 
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    A buddy of mine makes these, uses the parts from and x arcade but makes everything else himself.  The top is a little bigger than the x arcade, then the stand is below which the top can be removed from.  He calls it a couch arcade as 2 people can sit at a couch and play.  You can either put a CPU in the bottom, or can put a pi into the top allowing it to be portable.

    I like the bartop Randr, does not surprise me with your level of detail in building.  That lighting/gaming controller the wolf…. Does not seem to be available any longer, I like the lit up buttons with color matching for controllers I never had the desire to build with those until now… :wacko:  

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    #43100
     Jodannar 
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    Ive had most parts to build an arcade bar-top cab for the last year, but it keeps getting ignored. Aim is 2 players with an eventual dynamic marquee(maybe, i like fancy things). I keep going back and forth as to whether to use a pc or a pi. Any feedback? Sorry to derail thread

    #43102
     Drybonz 
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    Derail away… that was all I had.    B-)

    #43172
     MnHotRod 
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    RandR: Love your bartop. I’m new to this hobby. Had no idea so many consoles/devices could be played on (me coming into this) a “Mame Arcade”. Initially I hated the idea of having to learn so much about my original focus Visual Pinball. Now I find myself fascinated with how much more there is do do with these cabs. Way cool.

    #43174
     Jesperpark 
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    Hey what’s wrong with a little off topic, on certain topics like this at least.    I think we are all a little ADOS here,  Attention Deficit Oh Shiney  :wacko:

    @mnhotrod If you are looking for a combination type pinball and arcade check out terry red machine listed in builds.  But yeah there is endless possibilities of emulators and designs out there  :bye:  

    #43200
     TerryRed 
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    Yah, I do have a somewhat…. mutant of a cab!  …and I love it!

     

    #43213
     wrd1972 
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    If anyone is interested for a custom build:

    <<<FOR SALE (2) Ultimarc Mag-stick plus 4/8 way Joysticks $70 shipped…normally $100 new>>>

    My VP Pincab /MAME Arcade Specs: Dell T3400 workstation with Core2 Quad core 3.0GHZ (Q9650) CPU - 8GB of RAM - Nvidia 760GTX (MSI Twin Frozr)

    40" PF Sony gaming LED TV, 22" upper and 19" lower monitors in the backbox - Virtuapin controller w/ analog plunger - Full DOF - Full MAME arcade support

    #62854
     Stevo 
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    Hey Drybonz, I have a similar setup.  40in for PF, 22in for BG and X-Arcade Tank Stick for controller.  Some day, I will build a cab.  You mentioned that you modified the x-arcade tank stick.  What did you modify/change?

    #62880
     arconovum 
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    @stevo from the image it’s clear he changed the two joysticks, and added a spinner, this does not really affect the x-arcade IO card because they are all USB components,  but that being said he still could of swapped the IO card with an i-pac.

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    #63921
     Drybonz 
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    Yes… sorry for the slow response, but I added two Ultrastiks and a Turbo-Twist spinner… this is for arcade stuff, obviously.  They are all USB so I didn’t have to change the board, I just added a USB hub inside so that I only have one wire coming out of the box to the PC.  I also added a Pinscape inside for pinball nudging.

    #63931
     freelunch 
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    I’ve considered getting an X-Arcade tankstick, but I didn’t even think about adding pinscape inside. This is a nice budget-friendly idea for me.

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