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MINI Cabinet: The original American Ace was a mini arcade cabinet, only four feet tall. This is a great size for those with limited space.
FULL-SIZE Cabinet: For those of you who want a full size machine for your gameroom, I've also created a full-size version from my original design.
When I set out to built the original American Ace, I looked at other arcade cabinet plans out there. What I found was that most of them left a lot of questions to be answered.
Every part, and every assembly location is fully dimensioned. You'll go from a stack of wood, to a finished cabinet without any headaches - first try.
The side panels are the most distinctive feature of this arcade cabinet. Use the full-size side panel template to check your layout work, or simply use it as a pattern.
I'm also including a full-size control panel template to easily locate the holes for your joystick and buttons.
Face it, when you're just trying your best to keep PacMan alive, or avoid flaming barrels in Donkey Kong, the art on the side of your machine isn't going to mean as much as a good control panel!
Maybe you're a seasoned woodworking pro, or maybe you've never picked up a tool in your life.
These construction notes from the shop will help you tackle some of the woodworking issues you might face.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what's a 3D interactive model worth?
It's one thing to look at a flat 2D drawings. It's another to be able to hide panels, zoom into the cabinet and have a look all around. So, every set of plans is also going to include the 3D PDF model of the arcade cabinet!
I hate drawings that are formated larger than my home printer. All the working drawings and construction notes are formatted for 8.5x11 sheet.
This means you can print out copies on your home printer without having to shrink the drawings to fit. Take them with you in the shop, or with you to the hardware store.