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One of the most challenging and frustrating things for those in the arcade/fight stick hobby in Australia (and other remote locations) is that we're at the mercy of long waits from Japan, the US or Europe to source legitimate parts for arcade sticks and panels. Sure, there's a few vendors locally and via eBay Australia, but I've always walked away due to the limited selection of parts and colours available, and at times the uncertain legitimacy of the parts.

With the way the post-Covid world is it's been a much more challenging task because USPS no longer ships internationally and Japan Post only do Surface Mail. The result? Aussies have been forced to use expensive courier options or face lengthy waits for fulfillment if we really want that wide selection of parts to deck out our sticks or cabs. It can take upwards of 2-3 months to get here. *SIGH*

I'm glad this has finally taken the turn for the better. I was lucky enough to be given early access to the Australian based website CQBArcade.com by its proprietor and good mate, @xb74 -- below is a little review with lots of pics of my experience. This isn't a shill, I paid for my parts.

I placed my order and asked a lot of questions about options and availability of plates and also about compatibility/interchangeability of parts and colour differences between Sanwa/Seimitsu. All of my questions were answered with photos and clear explanations. After I sent through my order it arrived in an extremely timely fashion, packed in a sturdy new Australia Post box in a satchel.

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The note pasted to the top of the box and custom packing tape was a nice touch, felt very humbled to be the first through the door too.

Opening the box, I was greeted by a nice amount of padding protecting the contents. This is always a good sign. I'm always happy when people pack stuff the same way they'd like to receive it. I've been seeing this kind of service more and more with people such as @Joko3 paying extra care to appeal to the customers satisfaction and the ultimate safety of the merchandise.

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Free candy and Alcohol wipes were a great and very thoughtful addition, can't beat having candy to snack on while doing a build, and the wipes are awesome to clean up the finished stick/panel of any unwanted fingerprints.

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Now this is where things are different to other vendors I've personally dealt with. Each item in the box was individually wrapped in bubble wrap and packed in ziplock bags. It all felt very safely contained and protected.

My orders from Akishop for example have been wrapped very loosely in a sheet or two of bubble wrap and then placed in a basic paper envelope. I've always hated getting bent pins on buttons, surface scratches and dings, it's never been that bad honestly, but this isn't going to be happening at CQB Arcade.

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Here's everything unpacked. So damn cool to have all these genuine parts in one hit sourced locally. American, European and Japanese peeps might think it's not a big deal, but we're starved of this kinda stuff down under and in NZ.

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Was so happy to get these two sheets of Seimitsu stickers thrown in too.

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Here's all the wrapping used. It might look like overkill, but really it's not, my stuff was in mint condition and having recycled bubble wrap around is never a bad thing as it will be getting passed on in my packages.

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Here's the parts with my proposed builds, all ready to go.

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Here are the builds finalised.

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A+ 10/10 service.

The shop opened last night, Aussie and NZ peeps, please give it a whirl and show @xb74 some love.

If you're on social media, I've linked their accounts below. There's some nice Sanwa and Seimitsu box pictures on there, with some interesting updates to come I'm sure.

Website: https://www.CQBArcade.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cqb_arcade
Instagram: https://instagram.com/cqb_arcade
 

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Nice touch on the first customer :)

I'll definitely be ordering at some point - need to do a stock check on what I need, I know I definitely need yellow 24mm's

Thought you got an egret for a second with the colour scheme you went for :D

The LS32's don't fit JLF mounts by default right?
 

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I was doing stocktake of all the stuff I needed to finalise first my order. Then I reminded myself that it’s local and I can just order whenever now and just did that. My second order will probably go through tomorrow :). Free shipping for orders over $129 isn’t a bad offer at all.

The LS32’s don’t fit unfortunately. Real PITA. I mainly use @alberto1225 panels which use the flat plate for JLF and the SS plates for Seimitsu FWIW.
 

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Very happy with my goods received recently. Dispatched quickly and packed with care and attention to detail. Much appreciated @xb74
My pleasure mate, very glad you are pleased with everything!
Thankyou for the order!
Hit me up anytime. Cheers.
 

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@Ziggy Cheetos Dust — I gotta make a few adjustments still, specifically the red 12mm buttons on the VSHG to black and a hologram wagara dust washer. Might go Dark Hai 24mm on the HRAP3 instead of white too. What builds are you doing? Pics?

Clicking the buttons in is nice. Taking them out is hell… broke so many tabs. I’m thinking I’ll stick to screw-ins where ever I can in the future. Never had them come loose on my in metal panels, despite what is popular opinion.
 

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Sounds neat @djsheep. It does take some back and forth to get it just right. And with these new sexy parts for sale there’s so much scope. Agreed the in and out of buttons tends to wear them prematurely and even snap stuff. We will have to request @xb74 gets the Buttercade removal tool. I will buy one. https://focusattack.com/buttercade-snap-out-tool-for-pushbuttons-30mm/

In March I setup my Blast City Alberto panel, trying to match the buttons to the vivid artwork. It came up great in my view. Because I love tinkering with panels though I decided to get a “velvet” overlay from Arcade Art Shop for the original panel that I stripped and resprayed and just put it all together today. I only had certain colour buttons left though and came up with what’s in the second pic. I’m trying mirror ball tops. Some minimal colour clash going on but in proper light out of the box it looks better. The top pic is the Alberto panel which I’ll preserve for a while seeing is it’s so beautiful.
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Thanks! I saw this advertised on Facebook a while back, then it disappeared (because Facebook) and I could not find it again. So I followed the advice of Obi Wan, recognised that the feeling of loss was an attachment, and let the attachment pass from my life. But the force works in mysterious ways and now CQB has once again appeared in my life. Truly the circle is complete and cosmic harmony is restored.
 

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Thanks! I saw this advertised on Facebook a while back, then it disappeared (because Facebook) and I could not find it again. So I followed the advice of Obi Wan, recognised that the feeling of loss was an attachment, and let the attachment pass from my life. But the force works in mysterious ways and now CQB has once again appeared in my life. Truly the circle is complete and cosmic harmony is restored.
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What a great forum post!
Thankyou.
 

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Hey mate, your panels are looking very neat! The colour of the parts compliment the panel shades well. Please post some photos of the cab too for all of us to ogle.
BC gear is on my to do list 100% btw 👍
 

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In March I setup my Blast City Alberto panel, trying to match the buttons to the vivid artwork. It came up great in my view. Because I love tinkering with panels though I decided to get a “velvet” overlay from Arcade Art Shop for the original panel that I stripped and resprayed and just put it all together today. I only had certain colour buttons left though and came up with what’s in the second pic. I’m trying mirror ball tops. Some minimal colour clash going on but in proper light out of the box it looks better. The top pic is the Alberto panel which I’ll preserve for a while seeing is it’s so beautiful.
I like the way you matched up the artwork with the panel colours. Refreshing to see a different flip always on standard button schemes...

What is the "velvet" overlay? Is it actual material?
 

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I like the way you matched up the artwork with the panel colours. Refreshing to see a different flip always on standard button schemes...

What is the "velvet" overlay? Is it actual material?

Cheers. The original bright buttons on the Astros looked right but when they put a similar thing on the Blasts it didn’t quite look right. So with the luxury of all these colours we now have it was an opportunity to get a bit more creative (and satisfy OCD tendencies). The velvet is how they describe it, but it’s more like how arcade overlay panels were originally I think. Like a thick sticker with a matt textured surface. Almost like a 2L milk.
 

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The velvet is how they describe it, but it’s more like how arcade overlay panels were originally I think. Like a thick sticker with a matt textured surface. Almost like a 2L milk.
Ahhh yes, that rough textured print. Alberto sent me a control panel recently as he's also started doing those prints FWIW (you'll have to request that style from him though).
 
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