Hi Lads! I’m delighted to be part of this forum, nice to meet ye!
So I’m looking to get into the hobby of building arcade cabinets and collecting PCBs (mainly the JAMMA stuff). I’ve extensively looked up the How To videos on YouTube and feel I have a theoretical handle of it – of course actually doing it will be another.
To start off my aim is to build a miniature JAMMA cab, and as I think about it I find myself with some queries that I was hoping to find help with.
Size / Dimensions – what would ye reckon the ideal dimensions would be to have a cabinet that is relatively small or portable, but can fit in the electronics, screen, board, power supply and the coin mech comfortably? I know that boards come in all shapes and sizes but I’m reckoning the approximate 20W x 20D x 20H of a standard bar-top may be a bit small… (let’s pretend I’m looking to fit a Mortal Kombat, WWF Wrestlemania or a CPS2 board in there as they’re on the larger and thicker side of the PCB scale).
Acquiring PCBs - I know there’s Ebay, but depending on the game the prices can get pretty crazy. I’m looking to start with a Tekken 2 and that comes in fairly reasonable but other games not so much. Is there anyone that does trades for instance?
So that’s the start of it. I’ll update the thread if I think of anything else.
I look forward to hearing people’s insight on these and any other tips ye may have on this stuff.