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« on: February 17, 2008, 07:52:00 AM »





Following this 10th Anniversary UK RoadtrÓp, and because the Galaga Renovation is done... I'm starting now to work on this 'Nintendo Red Cab' loaded with Radarscope config. But I'll convert it into a far better game : Donkey Kong  Kiss
In the Arcade history, it was the fate of many Radarscope...

Radarscope :

The game was popular for a short period in Japan, so the president of newly-founded Nintendo of America, Minoru Arakawa, placed a large order for it. By the time the game arrived in New York, months had passed and the buzz surrounding the game had dissipated. The game's sounds were high pitched chirps which many gamers found annoying. American arcade operators were unimpressed, and Nintendo of America was stuck with thousands of unsold units sitting in the warehouse. Arakawa faced financial disaster, so he pleaded with his father-in-law (Nintendo CEO Hiroshi Yamauchi) to provide him with a new game which he could install as a replacement in the Radar Scope arcade machines, which could be repainted to reflect a new game.

Yamauchi assigned the games designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, the task of "fixing" the game so it would appeal to gamers. Rather than tweak a poor game, Miyamoto designed an entirely new game, Donkey Kong, using the Radar Scope hardware. Out of the 3000 arcade units originally manufactured, around 2000 were converted to Donkey Kong. The converted units can be spotted by their red cabinets. Conversion kits for the new game were then shipped to North America, where Donkey Kong went on to become a huge success. As a result, Nintendo established itself as a powerhouse in the North American video game market. (source from Wikipedia)


The Radarscope to Donkey Kong is very easy task, and most important : it's a reversible operation  Wink

OK, let's start at his point : The Radarscope bezel and the control panel have been removed :



Let's remove the back door...



There is a lot of work to do on the sides  Undecided It doesn't really appear on the following picture, but there are a lot of scratches & hits on the cabinet sides to repair or paint... I'll get back on this later...



First of all, let's remove the dust inside the cab :



It looks better now :



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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2008, 07:22:43 PM »

The monitor is not working  Embarrassed Let's remove it...



Here's the monitor 'box '  arrow



There is a black bezel in heavy paper. I've to remove it :



Ok, no more bezel. Strange... it looks like a TV front cover  Huh?



Well, I've to remove everything... in order to put a *brand* new TV in full RGB... as usual  Tongue Grin





Amazing... it seems that the original Radarscope monitor was a kind of TV/Monitor  Huh?  arrow





Ok, now that the TV/Monitor box is out, let's continue to clean the cab...



Done  Kiss  arrow

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008, 07:52:02 PM »

Of course, I won't use the original & broken neon tube... so I remove it, and clean all that area :



The coin door... Rust  Angry



The coin box... and I don't have the key to open it  Undecided Not a problem  pacman  Ghost Ghost Ghost Ghost



Hey, I'm rich now  Tongue



Ok, I remove the coin door and its frame... I'll work on it later. Note that the T-molding has to be changed :



Arghh... what T28 means  Huh? Why to write T28 like that on the panel  confused  arrow



In order to clean the holes, I'll remove the speaker...





Ok, now let's start to examine the cab...closer !



Many hits, dirts, small holes...  Undecided







...and this is only for the front of the cab'... but... it won't be a problem  Roll Eyes Tongue Let's start a first cleaning... only water & soap... of course it won't fixes the problems  pacman Ghost Ghost Ghost



Let's remove the "T28", like this  arrow



OK, it's better...

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 10:12:45 PM »

Hey Bruno,

I was waiting for this project!!! I follow it with great interest .....

I plan to build a cab like this from scratch  shock

Thanks Bruno !!!

Ciao
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Q*bert - Timber
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2008, 07:25:59 PM »

Thanks for your support scr33n   Kiss

Ok, I remove the *dead* T-molding  arrow



Let's start to work on the first side.



Ouchh  Undecided



...a lot of work Undecided



...not an easy fix... but it can be done  Cool



The first step : cleaning with a simple sponge, water & soap  arrow



Of course... it's not enough... I've to remove these (too deep) black marks  Undecided I'll try to remove them with White Spirit  arrow



...mmhhhh, it's better... but still not strong enough... These marks are really hard to remove  Angry



THE SOLUTION IS : "Mr Propre Magic" sponge  Smiley Smiley Smiley

Check out this video  arrow



Yeeaahh  Kiss No more black marks  Cheesy



But I still...



...have to fix these...



scratches on the wood  confused



StAy TUnEd (hey... it's been a while  Wink)
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008, 05:22:02 PM »

Looking great!!!   Grin Grin


Another Great Game Rescued by Nuno!!!    Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008, 05:48:51 PM »

So ... Bruno you plan to keep the red color?  Kiss

Have you already found the right paint for the restoration?

Another question: it's true that Donkey Kong and generally all nintendo games (Donkey Kong 3, Mario Bros, Popeye etc...) used a particular monitor?

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Q*bert - Timber
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 09:05:00 PM »

Yeps, I'm keeping that original red color. Regarding the monitor, as you can see on the previous pictures, it really looks like a tv frame... but the electronics parts is similar to a true monitor... unfortunately, that original monitor was not working anymore... I had to replace it -as usual- by a brand new TV (in full RGB of course) Wink

Stay tuned... this project is almost finished... I just have not a lot of free time these days to post the Work In Progress  Undecided Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 07:20:29 PM »

Well, before to remove these bad scratches, I've to clean the other side.

Here it is before the cleaning :



Dirty  Embarrassed







...but this is the worse ... hits ... scratches  Angry  arrow





Ok, let's start to clean it. Same technique than the first side : strong soap + water, and rinsing with clear water  arrow



And the famous 'Mister Propre' sponge arrow



No more dirts, but still the scratches of course  confused...



OK... Got a complete Donkey Kong reproduction  Kiss  arrow



Its particularity ? Well the game Donkey Kong was made to replace the poor Radar Scope game. So Nintendo built the control panel with the same red color than the Radar Scope cab... because -once again- DK has been made for that red cab first  Wink

Because I'll need red paint that will match my red cab, I take the panel to the paint shop in order to analyze it and get the exact red color :



We got it  Cool   arrow



The result  Kiss Kiss Kiss :


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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2008, 06:57:43 PM »

OK, now with the exact tint of paint, I can start the job Smiley

First, let's fix the biggest areas like this :







Fine, but here's the delicate job to do... fixing all of this  Undecided :





Have a look closer... see all theses tiny scratches ...



Because I have the PERFECT red tint of this cabinet, I can do this  arrow



OK... you'll understand better with this video  Grin arrow



...and the result is ... GREAT  Kiss Kiss Kiss  arrow



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« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2008, 06:57:50 PM »

yeah its nice but isnt it better to paint the whole cab back again?
it looks nice like that but if you have a closer look you can still see where the scratches are

but if you like it like that its also ok its just a thought Wink
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« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2008, 08:39:25 PM »

..... in the darkness of Darthnuno's gameroom you'll not see anything (scratchs or small imperfections) - thats right Bruno?  Cool

Like always a great job  Kiss  Kiss


 
 
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Galaga - PacMan - Donkey Kong Red Cab - Track & Field Upright - Tempest - Burgertime - Gyruss - Defender - Track & Field Cocktail - Robotron 2084

RESTORATIONS:

Q*bert - Timber
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2008, 07:25:17 PM »

Great job Nuno ! I'm waiting for next posts  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2008, 07:18:03 PM »

thanks for your enthusiasm regarding this WIP  Kiss

Here's the tools of the day...



... the T-Molding session  Wink

Let's go :



Same method than my previous WIP (see Galaga, Space Ace, Pac Man, etc) ... the only 'delicate' parts are these rounds. You've to cut the T-molding like this :



I don"t hesitate to put a lot of hot glue to finish the job, like this :



This is it :







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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2008, 07:19:43 PM »

Looking awesome! I love the Red cabinet vs the blue one. Nice work!
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