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Let's Glow! - pngwen - 07-13-2021

I finished my first build this weekend. I bought a glow-in-the-dark shell from ebay, as well as some glowing clear turquoise buttons from I rounded it out with lime green silicon pads. I built the rubbery feel option, and after a little bit of tuning and trimming, it all feels like real GBA buttons. My overall theme was to make it a little "Tron-Like", because I thought that glowing joystick on the Tron cabinets was about the most high tech thing I had seen when I was a kid back in the 80s. 

I am very pleased with how this turned out. The build was straightforward, and I found the plastic GBA shell rather easy to work with. I bought two just in case I made a mess of one, but that turned out to be unnecessary. I spent most of the weekend tweaking my retropie setup and, of course, playing lots of games!


RE: Let's Glow! - Flavor - 07-14-2021

That's cool! Have you tried to photograph it running in the dark? Can the camera capture the shell glow AND the LCD lit up?

Thanks for sharing all of that! Great work!

RE: Let's Glow! - pngwen - 07-14-2021

It took a bit of fiddling with my camera settings, but I did manage to capture a few pictures of it running Tron in MAME while glowing. To the naked eye, the effect is quite pronounced. The camera really liked using the green power LED as its primary focus!