The Control Panel

The Control Panel
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The Control Panel
Initial Inspection
Monitor Shelf
Game Details
Replacing Corners
Marquee and Front Glass
Internal Wiring
Stripping The Cabinet
Sanding The Cabinet
Patching And Filling
Checking The Monitor
Leg Levelers
Gutting The Cabinet
Coin Door


Although I don't have the cabinet painted yet, I decided to work on the control panel.  I had a stand alone box with controls in it that I was using on a PC.  The box is going to be cannibalized and used for the control panel.  The problem I had with building the control panel is that I wanted to put too much on it.  My Defender cabinet is only 26" wide and the stand alone box was 32".  I had 2, 8-way joysticks, 6 buttons per player, a trackball with 2 buttons and one 4-way joystick.

The first step was to cut the wood for the control panel.  This may sound simple, but there were a couple of unknown angles I had to figure out.  Using trial and error, I found out that a 35 degree angle was perfect for the back of the control panel (which sets against the backglass) and a 10 degree angle was perfect for the front.  Once I had the panel cutout, I pulled out a ruler, a joystick and a pushbutton and started drawing.

On a 24" control panel I had to finally admit defeat and just put 2 8-way sticks with 6 buttons each and a trackball with 2 buttons.  Everything fits but it's VERY tight!

This is the cutout control panel.

Control panel sitting on the cabinet with some controls in place.   Trackball and 1 stick is missing.


After painting and assembling the control panel, the final  product looks quite nice.

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