Tagged: Space Invaders

This is another project that I developed, this time for a client who asked me to set up an arcade with the original theme of the famous Space Invaders … but in green …

I used a Spanish  cabinet model very common in Portugal, because it´s very rare or even impossible to find original cabinets here. I did the adaptation of the Space Invaders artwork which included turning all the original colours to several shades of green.

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I started by preparing the cabinet for painting, taking everything out from the inside (monitor, PCBs, etc.) so it was completely empty. As there was no intention to replace the t-molding, I protected it with tape so it wouldn´t be  damaged by the sandpaper and also to protected it when painting.

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Some parts of the cabinet are not going to be fully covered with the decal and will be painted black, so I chose to paint everything black to be more consistent.

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Some metal parts had to be cleaned of rust and painted again. Typically in these cases, I use Hammerite (applied directly to the rust) in order to give it a good finish and make it resistant to oxidation.

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The original acrylic control panel of this cabinet was in very poor condition and its design was unsuitable for the theme of Space Invaders in green, so I had to redo the part in acrylic, using a transparent, and shaping with a gun hot air, the curve identical to the original.

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Applying the decals was relatively simple. It’s very important that all surfaces are well prepared so the decals fit properly.

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With the decals applied, I tested the buttons and joysticks to see how it looked, and the result was great.

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Since greeen is the predominant colour, I chose to apply some green chrome effect iluminated arcade buttons and arcade joysticks with a white ball, which I bought at Gremlin Solutions. This is all connected to an I-PAC, below the control panel, so it doesn’t have too much wires. From the control panel there is only one cable to the PC, connecting to an USB port.

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Finally … Power on and this is the final result 🙂 Hope you like!

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This is the artwork for Space Invaders Green adapted by me. You can find it all here in low resolution.  I have them in PDF upon request, so contact me at thearcademan2@gmail.com

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Codebits VI was truly an amazing experience! Everything was organized to the most tiny detail, the audience was great, interested in learning and sharing they knowledge. I met some of the most brilliant techie minds both from Portugal and abroad. So in the end, although very, very tired I was very, very happy and with a sense “mission accomplished”!

The Arcade Man space was located at the Hardware Den next to my “partners in crime” of Artica, that developed the most amazing remote control car that you could drive with one of my arcade machines, the Sega Rally one. Next to us, was also:
Altlab – http://altlab.org/
InMotion – http://inmotion.pt
Eric de Bruijn from Ultimaker 3D printers – https://codebits.eu/erik

the coolest inventor ever, Mitch Altman – https://codebits.eu/intra/s/user/762 

and last but defenitly not least Rob Bishop from the Raspberry Pi Foundation – https://codebits.eu/RobBishop
As I said before it was the most amazing experience and I can’t thank Celso Martinho enough for the challenge and trust. He really is a believer and I dare to say we made a bit of history at Codebits VI when we joined forces with The Raspberry Pi Foundation and built an arcade machine with a modern twist: using a Raspberry Pi computer on the 15 Hrtz arcade  monitor (HDMI->VGA (31Khz)->RGB/S(15Khz)! So thank you Rob Bishop for helping us out!
But I can’t end this post without thanking all of you Codebits geeks for having my “Arcade Fix” badge and of course Rafael Pereira who became a surprisingly awesome helper!
I hope to see you all next year and beware … some really wacky things are on their way 😀
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