One day I was coming from the Metropolitan Post
near Myrtle Avenue and saw an arcade and amusement
repair shop at 1288-A Myrtle Avenue.
I went over and saw a lot of empty arcade cabinets
outside and snuck around to eye them. The dude from
the repair shop saw me and came out. I asked him about
the cabinets. "Oh they're garbage. Take 'em all."
That was all I needed to hear. I looked, made a mental
checklist and decided I'd come back later for the really
wierd standup video console.
I went back the next night, but instead of hauling the
gigantic unit, (way too heavy and the picture tube
looked scary), I grabbed a Bally PowerPlay machine
in two trips and hauled it to the Lab.
That night I went and read and read about arcade games,
hardware, Bally, PowerPlay etc. Found a great
site by Steve Kulpa detailing everything about the PowerPlay
I could ever want to know. The PowerPlay unit seemed to
be missing ROM's. Hmmm. Then, I was chatting on IRC
#midiwarez and Kobold told me about MAME. MAME?
I checked it out. I knew what had to be done. I knew that
making a MAME console would be a great idea. That was it.
The following night I went back to the spot again after my
first 2 trips with the intention of getting a console cabinet.
Here's the cabinet I chose - the one behind Donkey Kong Jr.
to the right. Initially I wasn't attracted to it, but realized it
was the most complete and easiest to haul, as well as the
only one to still have it's control panel. I busted the power
and took it back to Gazeebo. The Dong Kong Jr. is trashed,
but I might go back to get it.
Front and back, still at the spot - 5 A.M.
Almost home - Melrose Street with my Handtruck
Cabinet 1 details and coin door
Control panel 1. I want to yank this off and
and use the runner as a keyboard shelf.
I also found what appears to be two
Mortal Combat PCB's and an enclosed PCB
Auxiliary control panel 2 I took with me
With the drawer removed.
Part 2 - Cabinet #2 and additional hardware