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What do you do with a bad conversion?

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Don't get me wrong, Time Pilot 84 is a great game, but It's not a Midway game. I just can't see losing an early Midway cabinet to ANY conversion kit.

When I first got this Time Pilot 84, I knew it was a Midway cab, but which one? Looking inside the cabinet I found a Galaxian QA tag stapled to the power supply board. Cool! A Galaxian. Why not make it back into a Galaxian? So I stripped out the Time Pilot 84 parts and got out some 3M Safest Stripper. This stuff works great on coats of paint on top of original artwork, at least it does on Atari Cabinets! But this is a Midway cab, Hmmm...

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Right side with stripper applied

Poor results

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Right side

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Front view

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Left side

Well, you can see by the pictures above, what happened. Ok, so the stripper screwed up the Galaxian side art and it was pretty bad before they painted it red for the Time Pilot 84 conversion.

Time for Plan B

I already have a very nice Galaxian cab and this cabinet is EXACTLY the same as another of my favorite games, Pac-Man!

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A good belt-sanding

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Ready to prep

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Mask off the inside

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Fill in the dents

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Prime, paint the black

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Paint the yellow. Add control panel, marquee, monitor glass, t-molding, then rewire the cabinet and you get this result.

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I guess I can live with a Pac-Man machine. ;-)


 


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