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    Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 10:51am
Hi, As mentioned on my intro thread (http://www.ukvac.com/forum/hello-im-mypinballs-jim_topic348758.html)  i picked up a Space Firebird Upright Cabinet with Donkey Kong Screen, Bezel and boards etc. My plan is to restore it back to original condition firstly with the donkey kong game parts as this is one of my favourite games and then later (hopefully) with a set of Space Firebird parts to.

So, The cabinet arrived yesterday after its trip from Ireland. 











I knew that the game is in need of a lot of love and time, but was fairly confident that the cabinet was sound and not rotten although with plenty of scrapes and dings. This was the first thing i wanted to check and i am happy to report that it is all sound :)

My plan first is the strip the cabinet down to the bear wood frame and get all the metal parts either re zinc plated, powder coated, or replaced with new depending on condition, clean the wood frame inside and out and replace all t moulding. I'm not sure what to do with the outside cabinet paint surface yet. I guess i have a couple of choices, clean and leave the 'history', touch up the dings and leave the rest original, or sand and repaint it all. I don't really want to loose the dings and scrapes though for some reason. Seems like its part of its history, though i want it to look neat and shiny to!

Thoughts welcome :)





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ianski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 11:17am
Great project mate look forward to seeing how you get on. That's a rare cab if put back to a space firebird.
Good to see it nicely wrapped and palleted for its journey.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote big10p Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 11:32am
Great stuff - looking forward to this one.

I know what you mean about keeping the 'history' dents and scrapes. Personally, I'd leave the original red paintwork as it is. It shows it's a pretty rare Space Firebird cab. If you repaint it, it would look like a regular DK cab that's just been repainted. But that's just my personal opinion. Smile
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Good luck with this.

I loves me a bit of DK so understand you putting it to this first and getting some replay value back to yourself, but would love to see this converted back to a Firebird if you ever found the parts.

Either way, keep the photos coming of the progress.

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Some more pics of the current strip down and cleaning process under way. Once i have all the metal parts and old t moulding off i can give it a good clean inside and out. 



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No messing straight in there, great stuff, I'm a big fan of spacefirebird I hope you can source the bezel cpo etc boards should be easy enough to get I have a few but all need repaired inc the one in the game

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The wood does not look too bad at all
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On to the monitor itself and its separate oak veneered box!

Unfortunately the tube itself hasn't survived with the neck being broken sometime in its past :(. However on a positive note all boards are there and intact and the box itself has cleaned up nicely and is solid, not rotten.

So i'm going to need to try and source either an alternative sanyo monitor for it, or work out if there is a substitute tube i could use and service the analogue boards. I want to keep it all in the original box. I was hoping that i could just concentrate on the analogue board side, as that's more my bag, but no worries. Does anyone know if there are certain old crt tv's that could be used, i.e same/similar tubes etc? Not sure how easy this would be though.

Pics of box when removed


And after the outside was cleaned



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never seen an arcade monitor mounted like that.
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Originally posted by Hurray Banana Hurray Banana wrote:

never seen an arcade monitor mounted like that.

Yes, seems a little overkill :) The front even has a full 80's tv style blank plastic frame with central flip down adjustment cover (blank inside though!)
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Yeah does look like an old school tv, stuffed in a furniture cabinet Smile
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I guess it should look like this



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Loving this! If you need any repro Nintendo bits Mike Haaland's your man.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alpha1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 3:07pm
Here's where your cab lived
 
 
Ace Coin Automatics or something like that :-)
 
 
It's a real Japanese upright made for the UK market 240v/50hz. Very cool!
 
I believe the bezel and control panel are exactly the same as Radarscope - but rather than blue, orangeish.
 
The marquee Etienne has recreated for Space Firebird.
 
 
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And personally I would get all the metal sand blasted and powder coated and keep the original red either with the few blemishes it has or carefully touching them in. I'd probably opt for the former.
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is this from that irish horde that the seller got greedy for

btw to myPinBalls, how much did you pay for this
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That's a early Sanyo same as my sheriff in a box like that too.
Keep the red paint if you don't mind the dings and get some repro art made up that would look awesome .
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Originally posted by silverfox0786 silverfox0786 wrote:

is this from that irish horde that the seller got greedy for

btw to myPinBalls, how much did you pay for this


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Donkey-Kong-Arcade-Cabinet-/262118224996?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=1bK2URioPQRmwFpLn%252FiNVQrgjTU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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It would be a shame to re-paint the red, it looks like it will clean up well as is. New T-mould along with refreshed metal work & art would make it look very tidy.




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Thanks for all the replies so far and the comments on the cabinet. really enjoying taking this apart. I think i will keep the cabinet paint original and with all its 'history' - dings, scrapes and all for now and make sure all the metal work, door, t moulding is as new. Just seems a shame to alter the original paint. Its a really lovely shade of red to and still has quite a sheen to it now cleaned.

Here's a quick pic of after cleaning the speaker slots. 



Managed to get all the dust, spider webs and dead beetles out of it! Will get the metal grill blasted and powered coated and fit a 2-way coaxial single speaker. The more i look at it, the more i like the imperfections. Funny thing is this is a similar type of thought process with older pinball cabs. The newer ones with full stickers, usually get redone, but the older ones that were stencilled i like to leave original.


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