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Building a full-size Star Wars Cockpit Arcade Machine!

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Can we convert the Atari Star Wars Arcade 1Up into the iconic sit down cockpit arcade machine on a shoestring budget & give you the stolen plans? I’ve got a GOOD feeling about this! Made possible by patrons & our friendly sponsor – high quality PCBs for just $5

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48 Comments

  1. What is a reasonable thickness of MDF to use? 1/2 inch? Thanks.

  2. I loved that Atari Star Wars game. I only ever played the upright version though. I remember that the Spectrum had an almost perfect clone of the game called 3D Star Strike by real time games. Included every bit apart from the exhaust port. Reactors replaced that probably to avoid copyright infringement law suits from Atari.

    I remember that the final Atari port for the Spectrum was dissapointingly silent on the 48K Spectrum. I played the Amiga version with some great relish though.

  3. I must say you have a beautiful lady as well a great game! I was wondering about the star wars arcade game of a x wing that was out before this one at the arcade?

  4. It’s actually George Lucas playing the game not a bee gee. Lol

  5. There needs to be a conversion kit made for sale. Some of us have no skills and need our hands held ))

  6. Would it be easier to convert the newer flight game that has a bench attached? Great job!

  7. No disrespect to Hayden, but you would have made an excellent Anakin.

  8. Hehe, don't know if you were joking or not but that is George Lucas playing the game at :34 .

  9. Dad had to rip me away from the machine in Barry’s in port rush it was all I played as kid. But if memorie serves me it was more motion sensitive

  10. I always wanted to Star wars arcade machine. When I was a kid I used to ride my bike across town to dairy Queen that had one.

  11. This dudes voice is epic. He needs to his own Lord of The Rings audio book.

  12. The dog comments are hilarious. Enough said.

  13. SO Awesome, you did such an amazing job ! Did you not want the plexi Tinted ?

  14. Absolutely loved this episode – such memories of that arcade game!

  15. OK google. How can I be walking around my house 10 minutes ago thinking of this, and then it shows up on the top of my recommendations when I go inside? wth! 🙂

  16. So simple. You just need a friend with a CNC machine.

  17. I have two Arcade 1up machines and was thinking of modding the standard stuff (marquee, joysticks, coin door). But this is by far one of the coolest mods I've ever seen with these machines! Amazing! Great job!

  18. Fantastic job mate, your passion and Sean's come through loud and clear! Im building a sim rig out of 8020. I found what I needed in an old retro e surplus parts store for super cheap all cut and ready. Anyway the angle of that yoke .. looks a lot more horizontal than the 45 degrees the arcade 1up stand up has. If you happen to know what is the measured angle found on a retro cockpit, I would appreciate that a great deal.

  19. I remember playing in these as a child , Awesome thanks for bringing back memories

  20. I would love to do this but put a Rumble seat in it and some Bose Bass speakers to get that full effect going !!

  21. this is a beautiful build and a gorgeous video. well done mate!

  22. I hat discovered your channel today.im not a star wars fan usually but you have shown me the light..I've watched a few vids and am hooked..and its awsome you worked on the movies. I enjoyed watching and am now a fan way more than I was before I watched this

  23. 1 up has this for sale its my fave arcade machine of all time next to space invaders!

  24. The dog bit was stupid. If your using an Arcade 1up you may as well have used a rasberry pie and saved even more money. This idea would be a lot cooler if it used the actual game PCB's and not emulation

  25. Whoa! That is AWESOME! Clicked for the cabinet…subbed b/c of DUAL Omnibots!?!?!?!. ~Adam @PipersPicksTV

  26. Christian Simpson is a British Actor, wow didn't that, May be one day you be in Coronation Street, you never know…. 🙂 but most of all Star wars films was filmed in the UK. you do look like Hayden Christensen… "Yes my master"… 🙂 I do like Episode 1 of Starwars better than the rest, Well I like Liam Neeson and Ewan Mcgregor, You see now on British TV Warren Davis, he hosts Tenable on ITV.

  27. I love this video, the game and your build of the cockpit. I always loved the Star Wars cockpit and the one for the Star Trek Simulator. When you put your coins in and press start, you hear Leonard Nimoy say, "Welcome aboard, Captain," in the speakers by either ear. The controls were in an interesting place on the command chair of the cockpit where your hands would be at rest. I recall a rotary dial to turn the ship? Check that cockpit out too, it is pretty neat. But this— as the 9th Doctor would say: "FANTASTIC!"

  28. I imagine that Star Wars Arcade in the 80's had the same impact for us, 90's players as the likes of Star Fox, Virtua Fighter, Virtua Racing…! It looks cool to these days.

  29. How tall are you? Wondering if I’d need to scale up for myself. Great looking project!

  30. Outstanding job! Thanks for sharing. I actually owned a Star Wars cockpit in the early '90s. I eventually sold it because the monitor started to flicker, and not a day goes by I haven't regretted it. It would probably have been a simple repair.

  31. I have been hunting for this game forever, it was the best game in the arcade and it swallowed plenty of my pocket money! I want to build one and thanks to you I’ll be doing so.

  32. I don't know why it took me a year to watch this, but it was great! Thanks so much for sharing this build with us.
    EDIT: As I write this, it's currently May the Fourth here in New Zealand!

  33. Hollywood needs to see videos like this to at least attempt to understand a true fans perspective on IP's like Star Wars and Star Trek to have some semblance of understanding why their new garbage storylines that fans despise, why those new storylines are not making them money…Great job man. So cool!

  34. all that work for a piddly little screen – I will have to make do with my real SW arcade machine

  35. This is great! And I love your doggo, so so cute and well behaved.

  36. That is an impressive conversion build… most impressive.

  37. The Rebel Base Build | JC3D | Props | Cosplay says:

    So great, would be an awesome naddition to my Star wars room build!

  38. 2 guys and the 80s brought me here! Man your channel is awesome! 👍

  39. A lot of people in the US use Cinco de Mayo (May 5th, Mexican independence day) as an excuse to party and get drunk. So you get the sequence of nerding out on May the Fourth be with you, getting drunk on Cinco de Mayo, and the hangover the next day is the Revenge of the Sixth. Don't drink to the point of hangover kids, it leads to the dark side

  40. Just saying I took off from a U.K. seaside town (Filey Arcade) while I was young many many times, used to play it three times a night plenty of other Arcade games but always looked forward to this unit. The RTOJ stand up one was not nearly as good. I’m sure it was 20p a go back then 😂 Year after year it sat there like like a jewel and I knew I was on Holiday and home. I would like to think the 1% chance it still exists after it got replaced for something newer. But what a classic, what a game.

  41. I WAS JUST THINKING OF DOING THIS!!!! luckily I wasn’t the only person with this great idea 😁😁😁

  42. This memory's of this arcade sends shivers down my spine.

  43. Thanks for watching! A few people have asked how much the CNC machine cost: To hire its usage cost $130 but at 9:12 we mention how to do it at home with a jig saw 🙂 Not many other tools are needed and there are budget alternatives for everything, e.g. sandpaper instead of the table sander… The biggest cost is time. We provide the plans & costs free of charge in the description to save you a bunch of that time, and so anyone can 100% definitely do it at home for the price we showed. Thank the maker! 🚀

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