After a bit of advice on this one - just picked up this Fishtales in Aus, it was pretty well priced for over here however its pretty rough - usual faded decals and a fair bit of headbox & cabinet damage (drilled holes for the bar that goes over coin door etc). My intention was that I could slowly chip away at things and improve the quality of the game.
its been LED'd and has had rubbers and only has what I think is a minor fault (one LED out, one 'fluttery' flipper.) Cosmetic wise I was thinking I may be able to patch the cabinet, put on some of those fresh FT decals, apply a few playfield decals, new translite and that would improve things. The problem is I've never tackled anything like this before.
Do you think in the state it is in I should
Go down the decal route (boat ramp, spinner, tackle box, rod etc) try and patch / resand the cabinet, maybe look at a fresh translite and decal up or just treat it as is, enjoy it for a few months and move it on? I also have a friend who can give me some free (or cheap powder coating - I've seen a few examples that have come up a treat with this treatment)
No topper. no casting rod, and cabinet has seen better days. also appears as the laminate on the right is coming away
My initial thoughts was this would be a great project but I'm worried I've bitten off more then what is possible for a first timer with no experience (I'm hoping to learn though....) I'm sure I could get back close to what I paid regardless
Long term I'm unsure if this game will be a keeper for me, but could it be a good learning experience?
Thanks and appreciate any recommendations !