Here we are. Lacking any creative talent, this was a big sticking point for me and one of the main reasons the project sat idle for years.
The background is just a Photoshop cloud rendering. The artwork around the controls (arrows, etc.) and the font came from the super-nice Arcade Paradise guy. The MAME logo was picked up somewhere on the net... I think Oscar of Oscar Controls originally designed it. The original MAME logo was a JPG, so I spent some time deleting the black around the logo.
The control panel overlay (CPO) was printed by MameMarquees.com and turned out pretty nice.
Control panel facts:
Here's the wiring:
20 gauge stranded and 0.187 crimped quick disconnects. Hey, look at the cool light socket I put under the trackball. Guess what? The ball isn't translucent. Hmmmm. There's a piano hinge that allows the top to easily open.
The encoders are mounted in the bottom of the control panel box:
On the left is an older IPAC from Ultimarc. Check out those large XT/AT-type 5-pin DIN plugs for the keyboard connectors! The right board is an Optipac, also from Ultimarc. They work great. Highly recommended.
To the far right there's an 8-position barrier strip from Radio Shack with a matching shorting bar connected. There are about 10 black wires going to the buttons, daisy-chained 3-4 buttons per ground wire. The green wires are the ground for the trackball.
Click here to move on to the audio stuff.