I’d always wanted my very own arcade cab, but never had the space. So, when I had a loose weekend, an old Android device and some MDF I had to make this miniature cab-shaped phone stand.

Video at the bottom of this post.

The construction was pretty simple: All MDF was cut from a template with a jigsaw, then glued and clamped, sanded and finished with black spray paint.

For the paint I used graffiti paint that you get from art shops. It’s much higher quality than Odds ‘n’ Ends or other automotive paint you might get, so highly recommend sourcing some.

The artwork was printed from vector to semi-gloss photo paper using an inkjet. This was glued on or stuck with double sided tape. I used Pritt Stick, which as you can guess, wasn’t very strong, so peeled. If I were to redo this now I’d use sticker sheet.

The device is a Orange San Francisco (aka ZTE Blade), which is a lovely cheap device with an OLED screen (later models had less fantastic screens). It’s fully rooted and running Cyanogen Mod 7.

The MAME port is called MAME4Droid (Marketplace) and is, again, excellent. It’s based on an older MAME version, so doesn’t support all ROMs. But you’ll only be running ROMs for those machines you own, right? RIGHT?!

The Wimote hooks up over Bluetooth using Wiimote Controller (Marketplace). This is a bit of a hack as it sends buttons by appearing as a software keyboard to apps. You may also need to manually find and input the BT address of the Wiimotes by using another app (see help in Wiimote Controller app).

You can configure the buttons in MAME4Droid. All except coins, which you’ll need to do manually with an on screen button.

And here it is in action: