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Jan 2017 Inventory Update:
All Arcade Kits are out of stock for all mini arcades.  I am slowly ramping inventory for arcade kits. I have been enjoying some time off. 

Let's talk about wood. The arcade shell wood (maple plywood) I have been using for the last four years has been unexpectedly discontinued by the MFG. The alternates I used for backups (this maple ply would go out of stock periodically ) have also been discontinued; I do not know what the deal is. I have found some underlaminate plywood with birch veneer on one side, and pine on the other. It is dimensionally the same- no changes in fit. This is a lower grade plywood and since one side is the 'good' side there are some caveats. No longer will there be two good sides to every part. From here on out, my recommendation will be to Prime and Paint your arcade cabinets, Stain will not be an option. Prices will drop slightly to reflect this lower grade ply. It bums me out too, but a good paint job will suprass any consumer grade plywood on the market. I have not gotten to updating all arcade kit photos and descriptions to reflect this, but know this change superceeds any and all wood kits on this website. 

In an effort to build inventory that will last for the onslaught of post holiday orders, end of Jan is when all arcade kits will go back in stock. Arcades kits are ALWAYS my priority, so Fight Sticks will lag until arcades are in abundance.


Please, do not email me about inventory- this is the message I will point you to. I do not do backorders, I do not have a 'notify list', I cannot be bribed ;) seriously though.

Happy New Year


Here's a build overview of the Porta Pi Arcade. This build is what you'll see when building the Porta Pi Arcade or my other Arcade Kits. Video done by This Does Not Compute, as Colin makes a great video.

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Porta Pi Arcade 10" HD

Build your own desktop size arcade cabinet with a Raspberry Pi or similar single board computer.

DIY Arcade Starter Kit

Have your own arcade cabinet but need a jumpstart on the guts? These are the basics.

Fight Stick v3

The feel of the arcade with the comfort of sitting on your couch. 

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A larger, roomier arcade kit for the more advanced DIY-er. Kit features more options for customization to build the proper shrine to a lost era.


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Coin Pusher

The most entertainment you'll get from watching the effects of gravity.

Claw Machine

The corner stone of any electronic entertainment room. Polish your motor skills and everything else by building and playing on your own claw machine.

"WHOA! I dont know what a "Raspberry Pi" is or how it works. I just saw these tiny arcades and wound up here. I need to take things slow"

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BYO Starter Kit
USB Trackball (works with RPi)
Sanwa Joystick
Happ Arcade Buttons
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Porta Pi Arcade Extras

Trackball Control Panel
Marquee extras
Standard Clear Control Panel Cover
12V 2A DC Power Supply
Porta Pi Arcade Monitors

Raspberry Pi Extras

RPi Screw Terminal Breakout Board

Claw Machine Kit

Version 4 is currently in the design phase. See details in the Build Page.


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