I’d had the majority of the buttons attached to a random lump of timber I had kicking around from way back when they were first delivered – this had allowed me to test out some games and better understand what I wanted from the button layout.
Check out this old post for more on that: http://mybudgetmame.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/setting-up-test-rig.html
Now, with the paint fully dry on new deck, it was time to remove them from the prototype and into position on the real deal.
I’m not going to lie: This felt like a big moment.
I don’t think I could possibly be happier with the way it looks. The red looks class against the dark grey mid-sheen finish and it just in general looks the real deal.
Some initial concerns about cramped connection were allayed by pointing the terminals of the back row though the gaps of those in the front.
I’m fairly sure I don’t have them connected up in the same order as before but that’s a simple fix in the MAME configuration when it comes to it. Need to screw that pcb to the case somewhere too but that's no problem either.
So only one thing left to do - put the pieces I have together...
Now that's proper progress right there!