I’m slightly embarrassed (okay, not really) about how excited I was when I found this site the other night. I was up until 2:00am printing Defender on my inkjet printer, cutting out the pattern, and painstakingly gluing everything together. I’m not sure if I expected to be able to drop a small quarter in the front slot to play a MAME version of the game, but it’s still cool having a miniature Defender cabinet on my desk. I’m just about to build the Pac-Man machine (but where is Galaga!?). Wish me luck!
As an aside, I think Midway Arcade Treasures for the Xbox includes the most playable version of Defender that is currently available. In my opinion, the Xbox controller is vastly superior to a joystick/keyboard combination. Who would have guessed years ago that we would eventually be able to play Defender in its original glory on a 64” high-definition screen!?
BOoohwohwohowhowho! Three years in the future.
I just printed off and glued together a Defender, which is now sitting atop my shelf. More tedious than I thought! Oh well, it pretty much requires better paper than normal; I used thick printable paper.
Inspired by the mini paper cabinets I decided to go one better.
I built a tiny wooden one.
Check out my site for a mini Tempest machine with working game!