Putting the electron through its paces!
This is the start of another arcade machine project inspired by something similar I saw being sold on Ebay. It was an arcade system using Jamma or Raspberry Pi made using recycled wood.
I found someone selling old pallets on Ebay for a £1 in Slough and bought 3 thinking this should be more than enough wood for the job. The intention is to break up the pallets into strips of wood, remove any nails and then sand and varnish. I will then cut the wood to make a table top arcade machine big enough for a at least a 19″ TFT monitor or whatever else I can scrounge. I will buy some arcade joystick, buttons, speakers and then I haven’t yet decided whether I go down the usual Raspberry Pi route or with some sort of Jamma/MAME system, perhaps even one of the Pandora boxes that come with hundreds of game ROM’s already built in and can be bought cheaply from Ebay sellers?
Total cost to date £3 for pallets
More to follow…
We had an early morning start, driving down to Eastleigh near Southampton. We left at 7.00am and arrived about 8.30am to collect an Ebay purchase.
Last weekend, I took a punt on buying a Dragon 32 computer with accessories. The listing said it had not been tested but was working when put away in the loft. I managed to buy it for £21 but the seller would only allow collection. Normally I would shy away from these but the price was good and so I decided to take a chance as I don’t have one of these in my collection.
6 X C15 cassette tapes, Mined-out, Dragon Selection 2, Cave Fighter, Examples from manual, Personal Finance, Keys of the Wizard, Leggit cassette games, Meteroids cartridge game, Home Computer Weekly No 43 Jan 3-9, 1984 Magazine, Computer & Video Games January 1984 Magazine, Dragon User December 1983 Magazine, Dragon World No 3 April 1984, Dragon User November 1983 Magazine, Dragon User January 1984 Magazine, Dragon 32 computer, Joysticks.
Some time ago I ordered a retro console from Nintendo and they let me down badly. The console never arrived and then they said they had no more and I wouldn’t be receiving my order. Their customer service was certainly not apologetic, sympathetic or sincere in their dealings with me. Since then I have tried to avoid buying their products.
However they have started releasing some more retro remakes of classic Nintendo consoles and I wanted to purchase the Snes Classic Mini console at £79.99. Again, Nintendo have produced limited quantities and sell out with minutes of releasing any for sale. Its been the same story with other retailers like Argos and Games.
In the past I have used sites like stockinformer.co.uk to keep up to date with any stock held in the U.K but again no luck. Then I read an article saying that Game had some in stock but you couldn’t buy online but rather you needed to check their stores for stock using your postcode on their website. Tried this last night and it showed Bracknell had a limited stock. I thought this was bound to be a mistake but called their store today and was able to reserve the last one for collection. Had to ask the boss to leave early (was honest about why) and made my way to Bracknell expecting them to say it had gone or they had made a mistake but when I walked in they were just about to close and to my delight they handed me the console. One happy Snes Classic Mini owner and for the RRP of £79.99 and not the hiked prices sellers on sites like Ebay are asking.
If you want one, go to the Game website and then on the right hand side, look for the ‘Want it today? Check your local store for stock then pop in’
and then enter your postcode and search local stores. Good luck. I will post a review of mine when I get time to open it and play. Its like Christmas!