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Coin Door

When I did the first Arcade Paradise cabinet, I figured that having a coin door would just be frivolous. But after thinking about it - and seeing cabinets where people have mounted coin doors in them - I knew that I'd want to have a coin door in this cabinet.

The door itself is an Over/Under Coin Door from Happ Controls. This is a great coin door, and the nice thing is that it's modular in design - if I wanted to, I could swap out the top pieces with whatever components I wanted to: a single coin mech, dual coin mechs, a dollar bill mech, or combinations of these.

I swapped out the coin mechs that take quarters with mechs that take tokens, and I also ordered a bag of a hundred tokens. Inserting coins really does add to the authenticity of gameplay, but I'm not that big of a jerk that I'm actually going to charge my friends to play. I just leave the tokens in a little plastic bin on a table right next to the cabinet.


Coin Door Mech Wiring

The principle of wiring up the mechs is EXACTLY the same as it is for wiring up joysticks and buttons, but for some reason this always seem to trip people up...myself included. It took me a few tries to get this wired up right, and I'm not sure why that is. Maybe it's because we're not used to seeing switches mounted vertically? Who knows?

At any rate, I'm going to take the "a picture is worth a thousand words" approach here, and put some labeled close-ups of the mech wiring. Hope it helps:

Close-up of lights and mechs.
Close-up of the lights.
Close-up of the mech switches.
Another close-up of the mech switches.


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