First, I'd like to thank everyone here and at KLOV. Without the combined knowledge of others I wouldn't have even known where to start on this thing.
So, backstory: It all began as a wee child watching Silver Spoons
. Oh how I envied that bastage Ricky Schroder with his wall full of arcade machines. Unfortunately, my family's finances ran more along the lines of Punky Brewster
so it was a mere pipe dream.
Fast forward to about a decade ago when I discovered MAME and vowed to have my own cab running all of these magnificent games. Originally I intended to build my own cab from scratch but a while back I ran across a Craigslist ad where a local arcade was giving away an empty cabinet to anyone who brought their own hand truck. So, I borrowed a hand truck and pretended like I owned it. It must have worked because the proprietor never asked for any papers on the dolly and I rolled a mostly stripped black Midway cabinet out the door.
It turned out to be a Mortal Kombat II cab that had the sideart painted over solid black. A little bit of Citristrip and a lot of elbow grease later I've nearly gotten all of the paint off. The side that is completely stripped is in great shape. The other side I've been struggling with a bit more. It has a few scratches and dings and the paint on the white parts is being stubborn but it should look okay after a little more effort and some touch-ups.The basics:
Original MKII cab minus control panel and monitor
2x Omnisticks (only one is switchable between 4 and 8 way)
Happ horizontal buttons (probably going with 8 buttons per player plus two pinball buttons on each side)
24" Samsung LED monitor
Mortal Kombat poster for CP art
Plexiglass top for CP
I was originally planning on using a CRT TV but got tired of looking at either TVs that weren't quite right or were just ridiculously priced so I broke down and decided to go with a widescreen monitor. Besides that will let me play some of the newer PC fighters that I'd really like. It's a trade-off but one that I can live with.Still need to buy:
Hardboard for monitor bezel
Here are some pics of where I'm currently at with the sidart and the progress I've made on building the CP box.The finished side:The unfinished side:The CP box in progress:
Thanks for taking a look. More to come as progress is made. Any comments or advice welcomed.