Hyper PI Bar Top Retro Arcade. Part 2 Wiring part assembly

Right a little later that advertised in prior post. dident get wrapped up till the early hours and still waiting on perspex so i can mount the monitor in the box.

started off wiring up all the buttons using the quick wiring loom

you have 4 wires to connect yellow and black are on the actual button on and off. the red and the black wires are for the led power they will only light if connected the right way around there are no markings.  So i would connect usb board to a laptop and plug molex in to connector board and loosely connect the red and the black if it don’t light first way swap it over to get button to light.

After wiring all the buttons and joystick switches make sure all right if using windows pc to check open up joystick settings and then can test all buttons and make sure joystick is set up right as can revers up, down, left and right.

After wiring all the buttons time to build the frame.

I brought a 100mm set of speakers that were not designed to be installed in this type of cabinet as universal i wanted to make some stand offs so i fired up fusion 360 designed the stand offs and then exported to stl file which i then sliced and printed.

i then screwed these to the enclosure. i then started to slot the enclosure together as i am still missing the perspex i did not install this. hoping that i can do that today.  the joysticks were a tight fit as the screws i used were a little longer than needed so i cut down support bracket to get them to fit.

was fiddly but i manage to get it all together hoping on delivery of perspex today so i can mount the monitor.

i desired as i am screwing all components to the base board i would print my self a raspberry pi 3 case to screw to the base board.

found a nice nettfab case on thingiverse.com  will install this tonight.

was getting very late so i desided to bolt down the joystick pcb’s and call it a night.

will post more later today depending on parts arriving today.

started to test out my polysmoother last night as well, will leave you all with this image of the man cave at night.

Hyper PI Bar Top Retro Arcade. Part 1. Applying Graphics and Starting the Cabinet Build.

First of all the why am i doing this. well i used to collect arcade machines and hack mulit board systems. due to now running family business and life being a lot more hectic i had to shut down my xxxx-in-1.com site after it was taken down by hackers. i sold the office that was housing my collection. but miss my arcades machines so decided to build a small one for the man cave.

will cover full size arcade machines soon as will have 2 that i will be modifying in the future to build the ultimate PC driven full size machines.

Back to the build.

i ordered a flat pack kit off ebay. form http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/arcade_flat_pack

i went with a 24″ cabinet design as had a spare monitor kicking around in storage.

I then ordered a cheep set of red and blue led buttons with zippy joysticks can be found on ebay from http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/extreme-hardware  i ordered some extra buttons as the kit could support more than supplied went with white buttons for player 1 and 2 start

they come with usb encoders designed for raspberry pi as low voltage leds instead of the more voltage hungry 12v ones for main stream machines will cover them in other build.

For cabinet graphics i asked mark from arcade flat pack he recommended rockstarprint.co.uk  ended up buy some side art and 3d carbon fiber for other panels.

there are some other bits you will need. amps and speakers whent with 100mm speakers and some 12mm t-molding. from: https://www.arcadeworlduk.com/

You will also need a raspberry pi 3 micro sd card again size is up to how big a image your going to build  and 2 usb memory sticks or powered hard drive depending on how big of a install you want to do as its quite modular.

Recommend getting the pi 3 from http://www.thepihut.com

Sd cards and usb keys are available every ware


  • Craft knife
  • Screwdriver set
  • some 200 grit sand paper
  • Hex key set

Starting the build i have already test assembled the cabinet to make sure all parts fitted. there was a issue with perspex that is being replaced as 20″ perspex was sent by mistake.  its in transit as i type.  as the wife is out for a few hours thought i would apply artwork and make a start of installing all the buttons.

disassembled kit

removed parts  that i will cover in graphics and vinyl wrap sanded to scratch up the faces that the vinyl is going to cover and removed dust.

ruffly cut the vinyl to shape then started to peel.

Then start in one corner to peel the vinyl and wipe with a cloth.

now trim off over hangs using sharp craft knife position blade at angel cut out any holes and features.

sides done

Insert t-molding and cut to length then tap in to slot using back of a screw driver handle.

now for other panels.

Part 2  Wiring up the buttons and installing speakers and all pcbs coming Monday the 8th time allowing.

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Right Lets get started

RIGHT time to lunch the site and get things going sorry for the delay but been ill then busy with work.  but i am back will be kicking of my next post shortly. starting with building a cheep retro arcade bar top using a raspberry pi and Hyper pi to give you the ultimate retro arcade with out a expensive pc.

Then will do a upgrade video on my Original Prusa Mk2 to Mk2s once it arrives

i am having a clear in the cave as have a influx of bits i wanna review but have very little space to do so. i have a few days next week to box up and bag up all the extra stuff i dont need in the cave then should have some more room to build stuff.

Up Coming reviews

Trunis 3D printer / Lazer engraver.

Polymakers Polysmoother and polysmooth PLA.

So whats been happening in my cave

I built my first printer.  My original Prusa i3 Mk has been printing some fun stuff over the last few months. just a few images some of the cool stuff i have built.

Retro Mario Cube Link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1721234

The chaos of the man cave with some new figures i have printed awaiting paint need to clear and re organise.

Candy machine  Link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1453445

Fidgit Spinner with 9.5mm ball bearings and 608ZZ bearings Link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1970961

Will start the build of arcade cabinet later and start posting some images.

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