Category: 3) Control Panel

Control Panel Overlay Applied

I applied the Control Panel Overlay and boy did it turn out nice. I am extremely satisfied with the product and service I received from Gameon Grafix. I have been using them for years and am always thrilled.

Control Panel Art

Styles change over time.  I was originally toying with a space theme (attached first below). Eventually I decided I wanted a design that screamed “RETRO” a little more.  I also felt my space theme lacked any particular style.  I really wanted to use this project to develop my Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills a bit …

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Progress Check

The cabinet is 90% finished.  As soon as I get my new high-lip trackball I can wire up the control panel and move my focus to the software configuration, artwork, and LED-lit bling. .

Control Panel work.

Finally I spent some time fashioning the control panel and lexan overlay.

More parts – Volcano Switches, Spinner Knob

I am still working out the details of my control panel layout, but I know that I am going to use these – genuine Atari ‘volcano’ start buttons.  I ordered them from RAM Controls.  The switch is NOS (“New Old Stock” – 25 years old but never used) and the cones are high-quality reproductions.  I …

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Monitor Glass Support

I uesd my tablesaw to dado out an angled groove in a block of wood to support the tinted safety glass in front of the monitor.  I then used glue and pocket hole screws to fasten the block to the inside of the control panel.  This block will not be visible as the control panel …

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Building the Control Panel Box

Made some more progress yesterday.  I decided to stay with a square CP box but will make a curved front edge on the panel itself.   I did wind up using laminate on the CP sides.  If you look really close it’s not perfect, but it looks very nice.