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Design &


VertiCade mouldings

The last mouldings are fastened. I am satisfied with the result, and I have probably used more time this time to make this right the first time. It's easy to have patience when working in nice and sunny weather.
Verticade mounting bottom panel Today the weather is terrible and I have to work inside. It's time to mount the bottom panel. It's important that you make sure to get all angles right. This is pretty hard to do and you can only do so much later to make up for it.
Mounting the other side of the MAME cabinet To get the two sides to align perfectly, you have to use what you have to support the panels. Here I use a thermos, a few books and two DVD's to get it just right.

If you made the other panels already, it's probably better to just use them for support instead.
Erect verticade To erect the cabinet for the first time is probably the most exciting part of building a MAME cabinet. Now you get an idea of how it will be. I love this part.
Panel mounting This is usually the panel where the speakers are mounted in most cabinets. I don't have that small speakers and I am going to mount them on the sides instead. The light source for the marquee will take up most of the space here anyway.

Notice that I am using a temporary back panel to keep the cabinet aligned while mounting the other panels.
Panels for illumination This small strip is just installed with some glue. This is only to keep to much light from reaching the rest of the cabinet. I will also use this to fixate the LED strips for back light on.
Top of mame cabinet The top is installed and now there is a fine compartment for backlight.

The backlight will consist of two LED strips with 15 LED's on each strip. The 30 LED should give a nice and even backlight. But I haven't tried that before, so it might be crap.
Panel behind the monitor This panel is going to be installed right behind the monitor and the vent holes should keep the monitor from over heating. There will also be a row of vent holes in the bottom of the cabinet to create a nice and steady air flow. At least that's the idea.
Installed monitor panel The panel is installed and the vent holes look nice and orderly. After the paint job I will add some mesh on the back of the holes.
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