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So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« on: March 22, 2015, 03:56:07 pm »
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:
-Gaetan: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,144300.0.html
-bdn103's Site: ClassicArcadeCabinets.com
-Jackobud: http://jakobud.com/plan-list.php

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 Buttons

Paint 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!)*
DKJr/Mario Bros. Orange - MackAttack*
DKJr/Mario Bros. Orange - descrentl*
Radarscope Red - BUCKETHEAD
*Not on the BYOAC

This Old Game Vinyl Wraps:
Red - http://www.thisoldgame.com/products/donkey-kong-red-vinyl-kit
Orange - http://www.thisoldgame.com/products/donkey-kong-jr-orange-vinyl-kit
Blue - http://www.thisoldgame.com/products/donkey-kong-blue-vinyl-kit

Nintendo Laminate Match Thread by vwalbridge: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,150293.0.html


Restoration/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*
Replace Nintendo Buttons - The Canadian Arcade on YouTube*
Sanyo 20EZ Monitor - John's Arcade Sanyo 20EZ Monitor Cap Kit and Rebuild How To*
Building A Better Base - The Canadian Arcade on YouTube*
Building A Repro Back Panel - Part of a restore thread on KLOV*
Nintendo Joystick Repair & Restoration 101 - The Canadian Arcade on YouTube*
*Not on the BYOAC

Other 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/popeye conversions, Orange were DK Jr. However there are many exceptions to the following list. Some older and more rare Red versions of the DK/Radar Scope cabinets had a "5-Slot" speaker grill, instead of the more common 7-Slot.

Radar Scope (1980) - Red - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9238
Space Demon (1980) - Blue - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9646
Donkey Kong (1981) - Blue or Red - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7610
Sky Skipper (1982) - Blue - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9575
Popeye (1982) - Blue - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9090
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
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=13338

Other Similar Nintendo Cabs:
These cabinets have come before and after the "Classic" DK Style shape and share a ton of similarities

Before:
Space Launcher (1979) - Blue/Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9673
Sheriff (1980) -"Woodgrain"- https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9673
Heli Fire (1980) - Red - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8101
Space Firebird (1980) - Red - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=13631

After:
Mario Bros. (Widebody) (1983) - Orange/Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8624
Punch-Out!! (1984) - Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9155
Nintendo Vs. (dedicated) (1985) - Grey - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8895
Super Punch-Out!! (1985) - Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9929
Playchoice (dedicated) (1986) - Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9042
Playchoice 10 (1986) - Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9043
R-Type (1987) - Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9219
R-Type II (1989) - Black - https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9220

Fan 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.html

Builds/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  (Editor's Choice)
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 (Editor's Choice)
Build - bplail's Another Donkey Kong Build
Build - Wyo's Mega Man and Duck Tales Builds
Build - Smoke-Inator's Red "It's on like 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*
Restore - seanengadet's Barn find Donkey Kong restore*
Restore - ElectricDreamz' DK Jr - MOLDY BARN FIND edition*
*Not on the BYOAC

Others (Also not on the BYOAC):
http://donkeykongarcade.blogspot.ca
http://mariobrosarcade.blogspot.ca
http://donkeykongrestore.blogspot.ca
http://kiwiarcade.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/project-donkey-kong-arcade-how-to-build.html
http://fabrice.montupet.pagesperso-orange.fr/arcade/dkjr/  (Translated)


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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 04:55:12 pm »
Nice work Chance!

You should add Buckethead's restore to the mix.  I didn't see any Red Radarscope converted DK's in your example list.  His is gorgeous!  http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,79183.msg826802.html#msg826802l

Also, Paint codes are useful too:  http://wiki.arcadecontrols.com/wiki/Paint_color_codes

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 05:11:43 pm »
Wicked!  Added them to the OP. Also lead me to some other builds and info as well.  Thanks!  :cheers:

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 05:49:30 pm »
Updated with a listing of cabinets showing Game/Year/Primary colour/IAM Link.

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2015, 08:56:46 pm »
This is awesome, sir. I'm working to assemble an "external measurement perfect" replica for the market, and the work you've done here is HUGE. Thanks so much.

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2015, 09:25:20 pm »
This is awesome, sir. I'm working to assemble an "external measurement perfect" replica for the market, and the work you've done here is HUGE. Thanks so much.
  This concerns me... If one was to do that, wouldn't getting a cab disassembling it and taking EXACT measurements and scans rather than take for granted something is correct, Before pumping out kits to unsuspecting customers that think there getting some high level awesome reproduction just because it has a CNS label attached to it?

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2015, 09:42:31 pm »
thanks chance this is awesome :applaud:...im gonna have a crack at a nes cab soon.
bookmarked just incase this doesn't get stickied. :cheers:

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my first build classic style upright cabinet..... MARVELOUS FIGHTER (FINISHED) http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,133066.0.html

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2015, 10:01:16 pm »
This concerns me... If one was to do that, wouldn't getting a cab disassembling it and taking EXACT measurements and scans rather than take for granted something is correct, Before pumping out kits to unsuspecting customers that think there getting some high level awesome reproduction just because it has a CNS label attached to it?

What you say makes sense. I'm actually working on verifying this exact information, from more than a single source. It's definitely a concern, and I wouldn't want to put out a promise I couldn't deliver on.

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2015, 10:14:08 pm »
Rick, you could send me a kit and I could compare. ;) ;)

Can't say it'd make it back tho...

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2015, 10:35:57 pm »
   Well its nice to hear your dedicated to authenticity, I wish the rest of the world was.... I may need a few of those ,"Test" kits myself. ;D

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2015, 03:03:17 am »
oh, I forgot, if anyone has any relevant info or build threads on the topic that they feel are important to add to the OP let me know!


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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2015, 10:55:28 pm »
 Thanks!  I've added them to the OP.     :cheers:

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2015, 12:35:53 am »
I never posted these builds that I finished last summer here before....mostly because I couldnt figure out how to register on this site.  I actually had to google how to answer the security stuff. Haha.

Anyway, heres my Donkey Kong Pauline scratch build and my Fix It Felix scratch build posted over at KLOV.

http://forums.arcade-museum.com/showthread.php?t=321508


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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2015, 02:50:07 am »
Wyo, those are, hands down the best repros I've ever seen done! I'll add them to the list!
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2015, 07:35:33 pm »
Wyo, those are, hands down the best repros I've ever seen done! I'll add them to the list!

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. :)  I owe a lot of thanks to many of the projects youve already listed above....as I did a lot of research myself before I built my cabs. 

Being a learning experience...there are definitely a few things I would have done differently...and Im applying that to the new Nintendo builds that I currently am working on right now.  Now that Im registered here, Ill definitely get a build thread going soon.

Awesome list by the way! 

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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2015, 08:11:06 pm »
Wyo, those are, hands down the best repros I've ever seen done! I'll add them to the list!

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. :)  I owe a lot of thanks to many of the projects youve already listed above....as I did a lot of research myself before I built my cabs. 

Being a learning experience...there are definitely a few things I would have done differently...and Im applying that to the new Nintendo builds that I currently am working on right now.  Now that Im registered here, Ill definitely get a build thread going soon.

Awesome list by the way!
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2015, 08:35:12 pm »
Wyo, those are, hands down the best repros I've ever seen done! I'll add them to the list!

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. :)  I owe a lot of thanks to many of the projects youve already listed above....as I did a lot of research myself before I built my cabs. 

Being a learning experience...there are definitely a few things I would have done differently...and Im applying that to the new Nintendo builds that I currently am working on right now.  Now that Im registered here, Ill definitely get a build thread going soon.

Awesome list by the way!
Wyo's definitely a homeboy. He hooked me up with my Nintendo coin door. :cheers:

Haha, yeah!  That door was gonna be used for a red DK scratch build...but I ended up lucking into an original.  Funny thing is, I recently sold it...so I decided Im going to build a 5 slot red DK (Thankfully, I made a stencil of the 5 slot before I sold it) with a 25" CRT this summer because I miss it so much! Fortunately, I picked up WAY to may of Takemans repro doors this last run...so now I have to many doors that need cabs.  haha.  So Ive got plans to get busy this summer with multiple Nintendo builds!  They really are the best looking cab out there.....and now so hard to find!!
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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2015, 08:37:46 pm »
I'm saving your door for the end of my Nintendo project, which I hope to finish this summer.
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« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2015, 08:39:14 pm »
Sick! Cant wait to see it!

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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2015, 10:21:33 pm »
Sick! Cant wait to see it!

You and me both, Yots' has been teasing it forever.

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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2015, 02:08:09 am »
Sick! Cant wait to see it!

You and me both, Yots' has been teasing it forever.

It's number 4 on my list, behind the three projects  :dizzy: I have going on for ZapCon.
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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2015, 12:40:06 am »
Added dimensions for the bezel and marquee plexi. These came from an original DK3 bezel, and the marquee from a VS. Super Mario Bros. Measurements were done in metric, however i have reason to believe the parts were cut using Imperial.

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« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2015, 09:17:31 am »
I built A Nintendo cab with only Jakobud plans and no sticky thread before it was cool.... >:D



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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2015, 06:40:16 am »
Added Wyo's AWESOME Legend of Zelda build to the list. Check that one out!

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2015, 04:14:20 pm »
My favorite Nintendo cab is Punch-Out!!/ Dual screen PlayChoice 10. I couldn't find any plans, plus I'm a building dummy (meaning I don't know how to cut wood and stuff), so I ended up buying an empty cab. But if you can add plans for one, I'm sureit would be helpful. Also Nintendo Super System.

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« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2015, 08:24:24 am »
Hi ChanceKJ,

Do you accept a mini Donkey Kong Cab in your build list ?
http://www.gamoover.net/Forums/index.php?topic=32418.0


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« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2015, 02:46:51 pm »
Added! I also put a link to translate it into English.  ;D

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« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2015, 03:39:47 pm »
Added! I also put a link to translate it into English.  ;D

Yeah of course in english !  ;D
I think translate is strange sometimes (terminal  ???). :D

Thank again for your help for the plans and pictures !

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2015, 01:38:29 am »
Added: Hgloth's Vs. Castlevania restore/conversion to the list.

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2015, 06:14:40 pm »
Added mann0mann's Donkey Kong Refresh to the restore listing.

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« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2015, 06:16:21 pm »
You may want to point out the ones that are off-site for those who aren't KLOV members.  :cheers:
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« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2015, 06:16:54 pm »
Good call.

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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2015, 06:18:42 pm »
Fixed, thanks Yots'

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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2015, 06:23:59 pm »
Fixed, thanks Yots'

Good deal.

Having done that, I would encourage anyone here who ISN'T a KLOV member to join, especially if you plan on getting into dedicated collecting one day.  :cheers:
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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #36 on: July 14, 2015, 10:42:26 pm »

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« Reply #37 on: July 14, 2015, 11:33:11 pm »
I have a .vs cab for a future restore if you need any dimensions.  My wooden coin door is intact. :-)

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« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2015, 02:34:49 pm »
Holy cow!  I am just starting on a FIF themed Mame setup. I have a gutted Nintendo cab to start with. This info is fantastic!

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« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2015, 10:03:57 pm »
Holy cow!  I am just starting on a FIF themed Mame setup. I have a gutted Nintendo cab to start with. This info is fantastic!

Thanks! If you have any questions post them here, and if you have a few you might want to check out the link to my Donkey Kong build in my signature. It's a gutted Nintendo cab as well

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« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2015, 01:59:44 pm »
Rather than start another thread, this sticky seems like a better home for this:

I'd like to discuss Nintendo buttons.

So obviously original Nintendo buttons are (or always have been) extremely hard to come by. I just finished watching John's latest Youtube video, where he has a segment about Nintendo buttons: (Start at 1h5m36s if the video does not already start there for you)



By the end of his button segment, he basically says that Mike's Arcade reproductions (while not perfect) are the best you can get.

Is the effort to restore original Nintendo buttons with retrobrite and wet sanding worth it?

Is paying $25 for an original button worth it?

Am I making a big deal over something trivial?

Here is Tighe Lory's video of restoring an original Nintendo button with retrobrite/wet sanding/ polishing compound:

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #41 on: August 25, 2015, 02:18:50 pm »
Good call on the buttons post.

I've been trying to collect Nintendo buttons and sticks for a good year now. Mike's Arcade had tried to run a Kickstarter to produce proper 1to1 replicas, but it was underfunded by a couple thousand. My experience is basically that the DK Orange and Gen 1 DK Blue buttons are the hardest and most expensive to get ahold of. Nintendo Vs buttons are the easiest by far.  They have a slightly smaller hole size then standard buttons and when used with the proper microswitches and button holders they have a distinctive feel to them. Same with the Joysticks.

I didn't think i'd ever think this would really matter, but if you're building a replica Nintendo cab, its best you track down some original Nintendo controls. A good tip would be to find a populated Nintendo Vs panel on eBay or one of the forums. they can be had for $50-100 depending on condition and seller. in most cases that will get you sticks, buttons, holders, the works. Then you can rewire it, or adapt the Nintendo harness if you get one it. Vs. CP's make for good 2 player panels.

I'm also going to post this guide to Nintendo Buttons. I found it on KLOV.
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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #42 on: August 25, 2015, 02:20:35 pm »
For me, I already bought the materials to polish my joysticks for my restoration, so I am going to do the buttons as well since I already have everything.

I'm going to attempt to save what I have, but if it doesn't work out, there is no loss.  Then I'll order repros and call it a day.

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« Reply #43 on: August 25, 2015, 02:24:02 pm »
reconditioning old nintendo buttons and sticks is not really a hard thing. some 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper, Novus (or automotive headlight polish), and a drill works wonders.  Tighe's tutorial is awesome. Just be careful you don't over sand them, or spin them with the drill into a dry facecloth/towel to polish/dry them after the sandpaper as the nylon the button is made from will just shred, and you'll cry.   I also skipped the Retrobright step myself.
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« Reply #44 on: August 25, 2015, 02:58:46 pm »
Mike's Arcade had tried to run a Kickstarter to produce proper 1to1 replicas, but it was underfunded by a couple thousand.
That's a real shame. Had I been into this hobby then I would have definitely contributed. Surprised it didn't get funded with all these restorations/reproductions cabs going on today.

I'm really confused by Mike's repo buttons. Where is HE getting them from? Somebody has to be making those and if so, why don't they just tweak the molds to make them 1:1? Of course, I'm under estimating the cost of retooling plastic molds I'm sure. Maybe that is what the Kickstarter was for? I guess they are good enough and nobody cares.

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Oh yes, I can agree. I see vs panels, DK Jr panels, and even Popeye and DK3 panels but I rarely see DK panels on ebay.
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« Reply #45 on: August 25, 2015, 03:17:15 pm »
I've got a feeling he had reached out to the best people possible to build the repros. Even a 1-to-1 spring reproduction. But just needed the funding. Tooling isn't cheap.  :dizzy:

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #46 on: August 30, 2015, 07:19:21 pm »
Added the following restorations:
Restore - Brian12's DK Restore
Restore - Peabo's DK Jr Restore
Restore - vwalbridge Restore
Restore - yotsuya's "Janky Kong"
Restore - tparis's DK Jr Restore*
Restore - Berzerk's DK Restore*
Restore - hailrazer's DK Restore*
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Build - johnrt's Donkey Kong Replica
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« Reply #47 on: August 30, 2015, 08:05:21 pm »
Hmmm.... no love for Janky Kong, huh?
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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #48 on: August 30, 2015, 08:06:08 pm »
Hmmm.... no love for Janky Kong, huh?

I seriously have it up in another window right now,  :laugh: you beat me to it.

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« Reply #49 on: September 02, 2015, 04:56:44 pm »
I'm just gonna get regular old buttons in the right color and U360s in my Nintendo cab. Good enough for me. It's not like I played ANY classic arcade game for more than 5 minutes at a time anyway, at least games that don't let you start again where you died when you insert another coin. I was never that good at old games, but I love em anyway. So I'd probably never even notice the difference.

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« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2015, 05:06:00 pm »
I'm just gonna get regular old buttons in the right color and U360s in my Nintendo cab.

I assume you do not have an original DK cab then?
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« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2015, 05:35:36 pm »
Nope. I have an empty dual monitor PlayChoice-10. I want to play DK in it though.

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2015, 09:15:06 pm »
for the price of some nintendo playchoice 8-way sticks and a little elbow grease, skip the 360's and get some originals. it will save you the hassle of trying to convert the nintendo panel to work with the 360's. Actual nintendo sticks that fit those panels are in abundance, all metal so they just need a polish and a little lithium grease. Plus those Nintendo panels are solid steel and a beast to modify.
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« Reply #53 on: September 02, 2015, 09:40:55 pm »
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« Reply #54 on: September 22, 2015, 05:05:02 am »
Added the following restore threads to the list:
Restore - EvilNuff's DK Restore
Restore - Brian12's DK Jr. Restore
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« Reply #55 on: October 03, 2015, 04:00:28 pm »
Added the following Build to the list:
Build - wp34's TobiKomi Scratch Build

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #56 on: October 07, 2015, 12:52:06 pm »
Added the following restore to the list:

Restore - Chance's Mario Bros. Restore*
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« Reply #57 on: October 14, 2015, 02:39:51 pm »
Vertical monitor Cardboard bezel plans, provided by vwalbridge.


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« Reply #58 on: October 16, 2015, 07:26:19 pm »
I got samples of 2 of the paint codes listed here and they were both lighter than my cab so I paint matched myself at Sherwin Williams.  They suggested oil based and the resulting match is dead on for me.


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« Reply #59 on: October 16, 2015, 07:49:18 pm »
Thanks EvilNuff. I think you are right. Now that I have a real DK, I can tell everyone that Behr's Liquid blue is actually too light as well.

Thanks for the code. I might end up using it.
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« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2015, 09:25:28 pm »
Sherwin Williams has a 40% off sale this weekend FYI so good time to get it. :)

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« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2015, 03:17:33 am »
Awesome! Thanks, i'll add it to the main list.


Also, i added a small section for links to restoration projects on parts like the Nintendo sticks, buttons and Sanyo 20EZ monitors:

Restoration Links
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*
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« Reply #62 on: October 17, 2015, 07:12:36 pm »

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« Reply #63 on: October 21, 2015, 02:26:08 pm »
I need to ask what is probably a dumb question but I want to get it right for my build.  Was the top of all Nintendo cabinets black?  For some reason I thought the top was painted the same color as the sides but this weekend I realized the top of my VS cabinet is black. 

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« Reply #64 on: October 21, 2015, 03:06:33 pm »
Unless someone overrides me, all the tops were black.
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« Reply #65 on: October 21, 2015, 04:23:43 pm »
Unless someone overrides me, all the tops were black.

Thanks!   :cheers:

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« Reply #66 on: October 21, 2015, 05:44:41 pm »
Can we also get a FAQ or confirmation on what should be painted what color on the entire cab?

For example:  Front edges on left and right should be black. (Gloss? Flat? etc).  Some people would assume (like I did at first) that it's the same color as the sides and front when indeed it should be black.

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« Reply #67 on: October 21, 2015, 10:30:19 pm »
I started to type it out, but I think a colour guide might work better. I could go quite into detail. For now tho, the inside surface is either all flat black (U.S. Made particleboard cab), or a mix of bare wood, flat black, and gloss black for the Japanese ply wood cabs.  Hmmmm

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« Reply #68 on: October 21, 2015, 11:27:52 pm »
That would be awesome Chance. Also, I know some DK cabs had a black inside that was almost like the texture of a dollar bill.
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« Reply #69 on: October 21, 2015, 11:54:11 pm »
My DK cabinet is semi gloss on the inside front and the top and back are flat black.
Aside from being changed to a vs super mario at some point in its life, it is stock (made in USA).

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« Reply #70 on: October 22, 2015, 12:35:38 am »
Yeah, I mean I've been wanting to show the differences between the two styles. Maybe in a post. But it might mean a video. It also might mean when I have time. :)

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« Reply #71 on: October 22, 2015, 03:59:16 am »
Any chance we could find the right color on http://encycolorpedia.com ?
(No dealers in this country knows anything about the US color code system)

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #72 on: November 04, 2015, 06:17:09 am »
Added:

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Speaker Grill - Johnrt's "How to Route a Nintendo Speaker Grill" Tutorial

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Build - SORHP's Super Mario Bros 3 SMB3 Build
Restore - Eric98375's D2K Project*
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« Reply #74 on: January 14, 2016, 03:48:57 am »
Added to the Construction links section:

Coin box - DonkeyKong's "Nintendo Coin Box (Mini Project)"

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #75 on: April 06, 2016, 05:48:32 pm »
Thread updated:

Added the following projects:
Build - zinger's Yet Another Donkey Kong Scratch Build
Build - bplail's Another Donkey Kong Build
Restore - vwalbridge's Nintendo VS Unisystem restoration
Restore - vwalbridge's Mario Bros. Wide Body restoration

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-Nintendo Laminate Match Thread by vwalbridge
-DK Remix Cab link in Fan Made section.

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #76 on: October 19, 2016, 12:31:48 pm »
Added Wyo's "Legend of Zelda (2016)" to the list of Fan Made themes, "Gold".

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Building A Better Nintendo Base
« Reply #77 on: January 08, 2017, 04:13:51 pm »
For a lot of classic Nintendo arcade cabinets the base is quite beaten up. In this video Chance shows you our over-engineered solution to restoring the bottoms of these cabinets.


https://youtu.be/O5sYknlL3-s

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #78 on: April 11, 2017, 07:30:08 pm »
Post updated:

Building A Repro Back Panel - Part of a restore thread on KLOV*

Restore - seanengadet's Barn find Donkey Kong restore*
Restore - ElectricDreamz' DK Jr - MOLDY BARN FIND edition*
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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #79 on: April 25, 2017, 08:53:07 pm »
in the next week i do a complete story of my dr.mario cabinet limited edition :)

i want give special thanks to you and gaetan my great friend!

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #80 on: May 27, 2017, 10:45:09 pm »
UPDATE:

-Greatly built out the "Cabinet Listing" section to include missing games like Sky Skipper, and added a section for similar cabinets that Nintendo produced before and after the "Classic" DK shape.
-Added two options for the paint match for "DKJr/Mario Bros. Orange" (why i didn't have this listed before amazes me!)
-Added links to ThisOldGame's Vinyl wrap colours.
-Added link to the Mikes Arcade Repro Button review/Installation from TCA.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2017, 10:58:14 pm by ChanceKJ »

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So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #81 on: May 31, 2017, 03:34:53 pm »
Thanks for upkeeping this Chance!  There's tons of info here!
Stop by my Youtube channel and leave a comment:

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #82 on: June 05, 2017, 04:56:46 pm »
Update:
Added to the Restoration/Construction Links:

Nintendo Joystick Repair & Restoration 101 - The Canadian Arcade on YouTube*
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Thanks for upkeeping this Chance!  There's tons of info here!

Hey No worries J! :)

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #83 on: June 15, 2017, 04:44:23 am »
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Original nintendo cabs have a special laminated finish to them and aren't just painted wood.

Anyone have anymore information on this?

Also anyone who has made a cabinet from MDF, Particle Board or Plywood; How have you painted yours and what has been best/most accurate result?

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Re: So, You want to build a Classic Nintendo Cab?
« Reply #84 on: July 04, 2017, 02:45:50 pm »

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