part 2 – going retro with RetroPie
I love playing games and in a previous post I explored building a retro gaming station using RetroPie
So this a post on showcasing how I took this project further by building my own retro feel pi case.
When I started thinking about building my own case I was dreaming of building a replica of my first computer the Atari 130XE.
I stared reading up on how to mold plastic, researched 3D printing but none of these options were viable mostly due to price and lack of knowledge. So I had to abandon this idea and instead stared designing my raspberry pie case in my head, this time using wood.
- raspberry pi model 2 or 3
- a Momentary Switch
- a LED
- a resistor (see LED requirements)
- Electronics kit with breadboard
- Soldering iron
- Box making equipment (wood, plastic, sticky plastic, etc.)
Building a box
I decided to build the box in wood as it easy to work with and I already had a lot of the equipment. It all started with a plan. It is advisable to draw what you are making first (on the computer or on a piece of paper (going proper retro)).
This box built in normal plywood, which I stained with a cherry wood stain (I think it gives it a more retro feel). Once dried it has been varnished to give it a glossy look. I also integrated some see through plastic to give it a cooler look.
- build box
- cut out bits to fit all ports on your pi.
Assembling the Raspberry Pi
I wanted to add two features to the project to make it a bit more fun (and usable).
- power button
- power indicator (mood light)
For the power button I followed this great blog post (verbatim) and it all worked for me.
For the LED power indicator I once again followed a great blog post. The resistance will depend on your LED. Be careful as getting this wrong can burn the raspberry Pi’s circuits.
I would highly recommend that you build the set-up on a breadboard first to test it.
This is a great resource which shows the Pinout layout of a raspberry pi
And here is a showcase of the finished project. I have to say I am pretty chuffed!