I can't believe I've had this cabinet for a decade already. I still play it! It works just as good as it did 10 years ago although I seem to be getting worse at Donkey Kong! It now sits in its "final" resting place in the basement and is fun to play when friends come over.
I've also gotten into the habit of using quarters, which to me makes it much more fun than just pressing the coin button for credits.
Next up for me is a custom cabinet for my son that I've been meaning to build...
I like to keep a running tally of costs associated with these projects (so my wife doesn't have a heart attack hahaha).
Cabinet and coin door: $36 (I still can't believe it)
Zinsser BIN primer (1 gallon): $20 from Home Depot
Blue paint (1 gallon): $45 from Sherwin Williams (way expensive, but worth it)
Black paint (1 quart - Rustoleum semi-gloss): $8 from Home Depot
Bondo: $12 from Home Depot
Rubber feet: $2 from Home Depot
Control panel overlay: $30 from eBay
Control panel instruction card underlay: $5 from Arcade Shop
Button set for Nintendo Classic control panels: $15 from MikesArcade.com
Nintendo Control Panel bolt set (8 bolts/nuts): $10 from MikesArcade.com
3 Nintendo button holders (with microswitches): $28 from MikesArcade.com
Nintendo CP Strike Set: $5 from MikesArcade.com
Joystick (Sanwa JLF) and harness: $35 from lizardlick.com
1/16" ABS plastic (24" x 24"): $17 from eBay
1/2" MDF panel: $0 (on hand)
Marquee: $40 from Arcade Shop
Side Art: $65 from QuarterArcade
Bezel: $45 from Arcade Shop.com
Bezel instruction card decal: $5 from Arcade Shop
Nintendo coin door decals: $6 from ThisOldGame
Light: $12 from Home Deopt
Marquee/bezel retainers: $17 from MikesArcade.com
9/16" t-molding: $10 from Arcade Shop
19" Tri-Res CGA/EGA/VGA monitor: $239+$28 S/H from Arcade Shop
Powdercoating coin door: $75 from local shop
Asahi Seiko Coin Mechs (2): $76 factory direct
It started off cheap but like every one of these projects the costs add up over time. All things considered it was worth it to me to have a factory-fresh Donkey Kong cabinet in my house. I've wanted one ever since I was a kid...
When Nintendo originally manufactured their arcade cabinets, each one was given a unique model number stamped onto a serial plate which was screwed to the back of the cabinet right above the removable panel. Unfortunately, my cabinet did not come with one but leapinlew over at BYOAC told me he had an extra and he was kind enough to send it to me for FREE! Thanks buddy! Check it out:
For those that may be wondering, the serial plate measures 4" x 1-7/8" and is held in place by 4 small screws. Anyway, it's not a huge deal but this does add to the authenticity of the cabinet (at least to me) even though sharp eyes will notice that this particular serial plate came off of an original Popeye machine (based on the model number). It also appears to be a blank since there is no actual serial number listed. Maybe I'll stamp it with a #000001!
Now the moment I've been waiting for - powering it on for the first time (and praying everything works!).
Here are some shots with the lights off - it is impossible to get a good picture but you get the idea. The marquee really pops and everything looks better than I imagined it.
I am VERY happy with the results. I still have a few very minor things left to do (software tweaking mostly and I also have to figure out a back door even though you can't see it) but this project is about 99% finished.
I'll post a video of it working when I get a chance and other miscellaneous stuff when it pops into my head.
Next up was installing the computer - pretty easy stuff. I just placed it on a shelf that spans the two plywood supports as shown below.
Next, I screwed the motherboard to the shelf and then plugged everything in (hard drive, monitor, USB connections for the iPac, etc.). I don't have any pictures of this but it is pretty self-explanatory if you've made it this far.