My love for 70s/80s tech goes beyond just the Amiga and Commodore 64. My latest hobby is building reproduction arcade cabinets, which run the original hardware when possible. Right now, I am working on one of my favorite games from the early 80s, Konami Track & Field. I've many memories of playing this against my brothers at Showbiz Pizza Place BITD.
I cut all the parts out 2 weeks ago from 3/4" baltic birch, then laminated them with formica. Last weekend, I assembled it, and it came out pretty nice. I have to do a little paint work, then I'll have my brother print out the artwork for me. I have to get myself a metal bending brake to make the control panel and also a set of metal cutting dies to cut the button holes in the metal panel. I have a coin door on order to make it a true coin-op game. Once I get all of that, I'll install the original Track and Field PCB stack in there and invite my brothers over to kick their asses like it's 1984 again
Unfortunately, I think I will have to use an LCD panel for this build, as I cannot get my hands on an arcade CRT locally, but, I will at least install some kind of scan-line simulator inline between the game board and monitor to make it look more CRT-like (I'll probably build another GBS-Control modded GBS-8200 for this).
Here's my progress so far...