I've come to the realization that there is no one single place for people to find all the information they need to recreate the classic Nintendo arcade cabinets. The following is a start to the best collection i have of plans, pictures, best places for parts, etc, for you to recreate your very own classic Nintendo upright. Plans:
You have three main options here:
-bdn103's Site: ClassicArcadeCabinets.com
There are conflicting reports about the accuracy of the Jackobud plans, however they are a quick resource and the older way we used to build these arcades. The newer Gaetan plans were a joint Canadian/French project done by the two of us to produce an accurate set of plans accompanied by images. They include a 1:1 template for the side panels that you can take to your nearest Staples, (or large format printer) and create an accurate cutting template to paste directly onto your wood. The plans were modelled off of my own personal Japanese plywood DK cab.
bdn103's ClassicArcadeCabinets.com has taken the Gaetan plans and modified them for use on a CnC. This is really cool and will save you a lot of woodworking if you have access to a CnC and can use the vCarve drawing set!
A few key dimensions:-Marquee Plexi:
568mm Wide x 148.5mm High x 2mm Thick (plus the thickness of the artwork)-Bezel Plexi:
568mm Wide x 512.5mm High x 4mm Thick (including artwork, it's screen printed on to the plexi)Pictures
My Gallery - https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7Zk6GM
I have a small gallery here of the TGK4-UP-US Japanese built, Donkey Kong cabinet i'm rebuilding/modding.
Gaetan's Site: http://www.arcadecab.fr
a Large database of images and the host site for the Gaetan plans.
For more information check out the Builds/Restores and Other Resources sections below.Parts
Possibly one of the best resources for parts is MikesArcade. He has a selection of both reproduction and original OEM parts for the standard nintendo cabinet. There are other vendors like Twisted Quarter, Chomping Quarters, and T-Moulding.com. Great reproduction art can be found at both This Old Game and Game on Graphix. Another couple resources are the Killer List Of Video Games for sale section (KLOV), and eBay (although eBay can be quite pricy). This list is always going to be incomplete, It's best you take your time and really do your homework on what parts you really need and what ones you can get a good deal on from people parting out old machines. Also, if money isn't an object, also check out the Boulder Arcade Factory, they make reproduction Nintendo cabinets.
Parts - www.mikesarcade.com
Parts - www.chompingquarters.com/store.php/
Parts - http://www.twistedquarter.com
Parts - http://www.t-molding.com
Art - www.gameongrafix.com
Art - www.thisoldgame.com
Repro Cabs - http://boulderarcadefactory.com/
Cardboard Bezel - Vertical
Accurate Repro Buttons - Mike's Arcade Repro ButtonsPaint and Laminate
Original nintendo cabs have a special laminated finish to them and aren't just painted wood. However some builders have taken the time to match paint colours. Please note: there are colour variances between the U.S. made blue particle board cabs and the Japanese made plywood cabs.
As well as colours fading over time. it's suggested that if you are using one of the paints below to touch up a cabinet that you test first to find compatibility, or simply choose one close and repaint all the painted surfaces.
DK Blue - Neilyboy
DK Blue - javeryh
DK Blue - Mauzy
DK Blue - jdbailey1206
DK Blue - EvilNuff
DK Blue - mann0mann
(off the shelf spray!)*
Radarscope Red - BUCKETHEAD*Not on the BYOAC
Nintendo Laminate Match Thread by vwalbridge: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,150293.0.htmlRestoration/Construction Links
Speaker Grill - Johnrt's "How to Route a Nintendo Speaker Grill" Tutorial
Coin box - DonkeyKong's "Nintendo Coin Box (Mini Project)"
Nintendo Joysticks - NERDtendo's Nintendo Joystick Rebuilds
Nintendo Buttons - Tighe's DK Button Restoration
Sanyo 20EZ Monitor - John's Arcade Sanyo 20EZ Monitor Cap Kit and Rebuild How To
Building A Better Base - The Canadian Arcade on YouTube
**Not on the BYOACOther Resources
John's Arcade: www.johnsarcade.com
An amazing resource, John has a number of these nintendo cabs and routinely does videos on them. He's done full reviews of the cabinets, as well as technical videos showing the Nintendo Vs systems, and event the Sanyo 20EZ monitors that were common on these old Nintendo cabs.
Arcade Art Library: http://arcadeartlibrary.com
A smaller resource i've used to download vector and reference art from nintendo cabs.
Mike's Arcade - Nintendo Joysticks: https://www.mikesarcade.com/arcade/njoysticks.html
Mike has a quick rundown of all the Nintendo stick variations, as well as some general care tips.
The Arcade Flyer Archive: http://flyers.arcade-museum.com
Great place to look up history and old flyers from the original cabinets
The International Arcade Museum/KLOV Forums: http://www.arcade-museum.com
a full database of old arcade cabinets. As well as the KLOV forums.Cabinet Listing
You may find other colours of each, Primarily the Red were Radarscope conversions, light blue were DK conversions, Orange were DK Jr and DK 3. However there are many exceptions to the following list:
Radar Scope (1980) - Red - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9238
Donkey Kong (1981) - Blue - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7610
Donkey Kong Junior (1982) - Orange - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7612
Donkey Kong 3 (1983) - Conversion Kit - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7611
Popeye (1982) - Blue - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9090
Mario Bros. (1983) - Conversion Kit - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8624
Nintendo Vs. (1984-1990) - Conversion Kit - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8895
Donkey Kong (Namco Release) (2005) - Blue/Orange - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=13338Fan Made:
Double Donkey Kong (1999) - Conversion - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7618
D2K: Jumpman Returns (2008) - Dark Blue - http://www.jeffsromhack.com/products/d2k.htm
FixIt Felix Junior (2012) - Yellow - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck-It_Ralph
Donkey Kong: Pauline Ed (2013) - Pink - http://www.multigame.com/dkp_arcade.html
Donkey Kong: Ultimate (2015) - Purple - http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,142574.0.html
Donkey Kong Remix (2016) - Black - KLOV Link
Legend of Zelda (2016) - Gold - http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,144909.0.htmlBuilds/Restores
The following are a list of other notable builds and restores that will give you a great resource when making your own.
Build - Sjaak's Fix-It Felix, Jr. Replica
Build - jdbailey1206's Original Fix It Felix Build
Build - Sledgehammer's Scratch Build Donkey Kong MAME Cab
Build - PixelPaul's Donkey Kong scratch build
Build - Wyo's Legend of Zelda
Build - johnrt's Donkey Kong Replica
Build - wp34's TobiKomi Scratch Build
Build - artyfarty's Project Slimtendo
Build - SORHP's Super Mario Bros 3 SMB3 Build
Build - zinger's Yet Another Donkey Kong Scratch Build
Build - bplail's Another Donkey Kong Build
Build - BrownFinger's DK build thread
Build - Gaetan's mini Donkey Kong
* (French - Translate
Build - Wyo's Donkey Kong Pauline & Fix It Felix!
* (Editor's Choice)*Not on the BYOAC
Restore - chopperthedog's Donkey Kong cab refurb
Restore - MK3FAN's Mario Bros. Restoration
Restore - ChanceKJ's Donkey Kong: Ultimate Conversion
Restore - Neil's Donkey Kong Restoration
Restore - javeryh's Donkey Kong Plus
Restore - BUCKETHEAD's Donkey Kong - Mame Project
Restore - ZORK2's DK 3 to Donkey Kong conversion/restore
Restore - Cobolisdead's DJ Junior Restore
Restore - Brian12's DK Restore
Restore - Brian12's DK Jr. Restore
Restore - Peabo's DK Jr Restore
Restore - vwalbridge's Donkey Kong Restore
Restore - vwalbridge's Nintendo VS Unisystem restoration
Restore - vwalbridge's Mario Bros. Wide Body restoration
Restore - yotsuya's "Janky Kong"
Restore - EvilNuff's DK Restore
Restore - DeLuSioNal29's Nintendo Vs. UniSystem Restore
Restore - Hgloth's Vs. Castlevania Conversion
Restore - mann0mann's Donkey Kong Refresh
Restore - tparis's DK Jr Restore
Restore - Berzerk's DK Restore
Restore - hailrazer's DK Restore
Restore - ChanceKJ's Mario Bros. Restore
Restore - Eric98375's D2K Project
**Not on the BYOAC
Others (Also not on the BYOAC):http://donkeykongarcade.blogspot.cahttp://mariobrosarcade.blogspot.cahttp://donkeykongrestore.blogspot.cahttp://kiwiarcade.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/project-donkey-kong-arcade-how-to-build.htmlhttp://fabrice.montupet.pagesperso-orange.fr/arcade/dkjr/ (Translated)
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