Quoted from PACMAN:
Wish I knew this about you before I sold the cabinet to you. I have MANY original games. Its what I prefer. If I could find super nice original games id just buy them and be done. Shockingly, beautiful original 40 year old games are NOT available. Maybe if I started collecting in 1987 I would have found them all.
What IS available, are trashed, mouse turd ridden, water logged, smoked out, used condom filled, disingrating cabinets.
You may not mind having that in your game room, but I do.
If I find a game that has what I consider a salvageable cabinet, I RESTORE the wood using bondo, wood hardners, etc sand the crap out it, then touch it up.
If not, I replace the wood. Cutting a new cabinet by hand. No CNC - using the same, or as close as possible to the original material.
If the cabinet was painted or stenciled originally, then the cabinet is painted exactly how it was from the factory. Not an easy task.
After that I apply NOS artwork if I can find it. So far I’ve acquired and scanned, RESTORED, and archived 150+ pieces of NOS art. Art that is now safely preserved.
If I can’t find NOS, I look for the next best thing - screen printed reproduction art.
If I can’t find either, I scan the artwork directly off the game - which I might add is usually in really bad shape (scratches, tears, bubbling, shrinking, fading) then I RESTORE that artwork, do several color corrections, and print it. A very time consuming and meticulous task.
The machines are then broken down into dozens of pieces and sorted.
The glass is replaced, the electronics and wiring are cleaned up. Monitors are replaced or rebuilt. Pcbs are fixed, power supplies are bullet proofed. Bulbs replaced.
The plastics and t-molding are replaced or RESTORED.
The metal is RESTORED or in some cases fabricated when missing or too far gone. Rust is sand blasted away and replaced with powder coating. Or chrome, zinc, etc. Or a crap ton of polishing does the trick.
Controls are all dialed in and everything is tested and adjusted for optimal playability.
So enough of your re-creation BS. There’s a lot more to it than replacing wood.
A funny thing is, I’m betting you used Reproduction cpo and bezel artwork on that Reactor cabinet I sold you. Or even a new monitor, new buttons, leg leveled, bolts or smoked glass. If you did anything to this or any other game you own you’d be very hypocritical.
no, I did not use repo art on reactor. I had all the parts on a complete reactor cab and swapped them over. The ones I had were not perfect but pretty good. The monitor in it had some reactor burn, but it was a nice bright k4900, so I did not swap it. The most I do is tube swaps.
Like I said, I don't have a problem with what you do to your games. You were offering up the cabs (I think I bought it off ebay for $10 and edgar picked it up for me), so that was cool. So it was not like I was asking for a favor to get it. I took care of edgar for helping me.
At some point, a game looses its originality when so much is replaced on it. As long as a game that has extensive work is not be sold off as original, I don't have a problem with it. There is a market for people who want something to look perfect. there is also a market for people who want original. I have been lucky enough to start collecting back around '83 when I got my first game, food fight, for $60(I suspect it came from an employee. He could not fix it and sold it cheap).
So finding rare games(major havoc, quantum, reactor, mad planets, cosmic chasm, warrior, ect) under $500 was not difficult back in the early 90s. By the mid 90's I had more than I ever thought to own. Probably 125 keeper uprights and maybe an equal number of duplicates (At one point I had a 10 star wars and a dozen or more tempest cabs). I realize times have changed. People spend thousands putting rare cabs back together. Sometimes you can avoid using repo, other times, you can't.
I did enjoy looking at your cabs when you posted pics on klov. I even suggested some slight mods to art as you were going through iterations of designs.