Arcade Visit - Knoebel's

In rare cases I see an active arcade and I have to bring photos to this bLog. The nephews and family gathered at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort for a day. I found an active arcade.

Photos: Knoebel’s

Shop Time

I had some time to work on the final paint removal for Star Trek. I had one more bit of Bondo to do on Start Trek, so I also started the Gyruss corner rebuild.

I am getting my new compressor lined up and repairing the vent motor for the paint booth. I might not be choking on fumes when I paint Star Trek.

Gyruss DE Run

It was a long trip for a small haul. I fetched Gyruss from Tim for restoration and shipping to Germany. Long list of fixes for this project before the container sails. I am not sure I can get them all done.

Restoration Log: Germany Gyruss


Rough ride home from Norwalk, CT with Donkey Kong #157408. Went out east to claim this restored beauty. Got it out of the house, into the drive, wrapped it as the rain started and got into the truck when it really hit.

Fortunately the plastic held, traffic was terrible but that rain only lasted 10 minutes.

Overlay Night

Tonight we knocked out some overlay projects.
Major Havoc was first. The control panel is new and nicely powder coated. The overlay fit well. The overlay wraps tightly around the top of the panel. I clamped it overnight to ensure a nice, bubble-free bond. Next step is to cut out the roller area. This was not cut by the printer.

Next was a Multi-Wiliams. No wraparound on this one, straight forward and clean. This one had lots of buttons to help align the overlay nicely.
Then there was a Quantum. This was a little odd because sit does not wrap around. It stops before the top of the panel. It looks nice. There is no more art to show, so stopping is fine, just odd.

Last stop was the Multi Asteroids. We have two of these to do. I can’t. I just don’t know where to align them. Nothing is die cut. I have not reference points. I tried to align to the Player Start button and that comes up short on the bottom and long on the top. I need to consult someone on this before proceeding.


Side one is clean!

Restoration: Photos

Naked Trek

Getting stripped. That is two sheets of sandpaper. One 220 to smooth the bond edges and one 80 to rip off the paint. It is not difficult, just needs to manage the patience to keep going back to the shop for one more sheet’s worth.

Restoration: Photos

Started Star Trek Restore

I started another “Finish Him!” project. This one will go faster than Tron. The weather is better, I am committed to completion.

Restoration Log: Star Trek

Photos: Star Trek

Project For Sale

Project for Sale!

I just can’t! Last Super Hang On restoration nearly killed me. This one is starting off with a broken neck. The cabinet is solid, no water swelling anywhere. There are parts in a bucket and it seems nearly complete. If you know Sega, please fix this one.

For Sale: Super Hang On Upright

Photos: Super Hang On

Game Room Acquisitions

I acquired a Nice Missile Command Upright and an Asteroids Deluxe for the game room.

Cedar Rock Arcade Day 2014

Tim’s Parking Lot is filling up. Hope he brings the trailer.

Can't Help Myself

Some mornings, I just can’t help myself. The inner geek, vidiot, arcadian, gaming wonk or whatever sneaks out.

More Restoration

This Mr. Do! bezel had serious burns. We improved it with a headlight restoration kit. The burns were very deep. Removing all the material required to get the burn completely out would make it so thin it would rattle in the cabinet.

Restoration: Log
Photos: Clear Up

Too Geeky for Publication

Sometimes a Technical Discussion of the Lord of the Rings pinball can become quite hysterical to your 13 year old self.

Dig Dug Pictures

Finally got the final state picture of Dig Dug up on the album.

Photos: Final State

Chisel and Sand

More work on the alley to get the rest of the green cork off. The ramp really held the old cork well. I am able to chisel off chunks of cork but the burlap net is harder to remove. My chisel attempts are making gauges I will need to patch. I am getting the cork off with the chisel and will sand out the netting later.

Green Alley

After much of the sanding and scraping It seems these early electronics followed the old mechanical Brown sides, Green alley and Yellow toppers color scheme.

Game Haul

My dad came up for the weekend so we went on a buying spree in NY State. We grabbed a working Gyruss in average condition, a working Vanguard in better condition (art is nice but he cabinet dropped a piece on the way home and the sound chips are bad), Atari Football is working and not in bad shape for the age. The jewel in this load is Terminator 2. In beautiful shape, working, even has the “bang” lights I have never seen in other cabinets.


Begin Sand
Started restoring the Skee Ball Alley. So much sanding and filling to do.

I stripped off the cork a few weeks ago. I found an underlying layer of cork. I am not sure if the last repair involve dropping new cork over old or if there are supposed to be two layers?