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So... yeah... ever had one of those evenings where you see something and say "wow... that is a funny cabinet. Never seen one. I MUST HAVE IT!"? Well yeah... I had that last night. LOL

So our local Newfoundlander, Linkage, posts a cab on Facebook... "come and get it, or goes to the trash" he says. Well, I looked at the pics and was instantly intrigued. I must admit, I am not 100% in tune with the Japanese cabinet market, so no surprise that I had never seen this.
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Admittedly... it doesn't look like much. LOL But... it is interesting. So I zoom in on the pics and I see "TEHKAN" on the right-side corner of the marquee. Hmm... Japanese. So I do a 10 minute research and find out that these cabs are considered one of the ancestors of the candy cabs. Most of the ones out there that are still alive are in arcade muséums in Japan.

Here is an image from the Natsuge Museum in Tokyo:

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Link is here: http://gaming.moe/?p=1315

So... who the fuck is Tehkan?? Well... a few years after producing these cabs, they were known as TECMO. And at this point, every owner of an NES is nodding in approval. LOL

So yes... I threw some coin Ralph's way and decided to save this little gem. Why? I will answer that with questions...

- How does a Japanese cab end up in Newfoundland?
- What does it look like Inside?
- Why the hell not?
- Would this be a great cab for my kids?

So, the journey begins... well... for this cab anyways. From Ralph's place to Day & Ross, to my place, and maybe to a gameroom show at some point.

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Wow, that is so cool. And that's a 19" monitor, right?

Natsuge Museum is nifty. The row of cocktails is nice but single-player gameplay, I'm guessing.

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OTTOgd wrote:Wow, that is so cool. And that's a 19" monitor, right?


Domo arigato!
Well, I will find out soon enough!

But man, I love it... almost 20 years as a collector and 40+ as an enthusiast, and I STILL find stuff I have never seen before!!

It's gonna feel like Christmas when I pick this up! LOL... I know... crazy... it should be trash... but I still love it.
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What a great looking cab! And neat history, too. I've never seen anything like it. And like you said....how did it end up in Newfoundland? Looking forward to hearing more about it when you get it.
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thanks for saving it!

yeah these things look super cute, like a Star Wars droid http://ikotsu.blogspot.com/2011/03/tehk ... binet.html
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cait001 wrote:thanks for saving it!

yeah these things look super cute, like a Star Wars droid http://ikotsu.blogspot.com/2011/03/tehk ... binet.html
I am grateful to get the chance!

Funny side note, I will never forget the first time I saw the interior of an arcade cabinet. The first thing that comes to mind is "what... that's it??". It is really just a big box for nothing. So to see a cab minimizing the space by maximizing it's use is quite cool. Hence why I always liked caberets. Cocktails are cool too, but they do use more floor space. So to see this little guy is brilliant. I find that the height is great so you can sit on a stool, chill out and play, all the while the angle of the screen gives the opportunity for people behind you to see the gameplay.

I can understand why this didn't catch on much in North America, land of the "Think Big" mentality, but I still love this format.

Cocktails, caberets and mini-cabs like these are becoming slowly extinct. The craze for these cabs died out in the mid-80's here. But they still fit my "1981" vibe I am aiming for in the gameroom.
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Ha!*

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Couple of the Ontario guys were familiar with them, but I'm in the same boat - only one Ive ever seen.

There was a bunch here at one point, I've seen several generic marquees that fit them.

Glad someone could save it, will be a nifty little addition when restored.

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Wow, I understand why you jump on this one, really cool!
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This is pretty neat.

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Nice find Sparky!

Have fun restoring it.

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Sit-rep! The machine is on it's way soon!! Looking forward to see this thing live!
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Mrhide wrote:dibs!
... second dibs. I got a PM from OttoGD months ago. But yes, if he passes, I will PM you.

And no, the price will not implicate any dick-eating. LOL
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The questions remain.... many should be answered once I get it...

- What game is/was in it? I suspect either Bomb Jack or Swimmer. Who knows.
- and if empty, what should I put in it? OttoGD is screaming for Arkanoid. LOL Would be nice. But I already have a Firefox/Major Havok cab mamed with Arkanoid in it...

Suspense....
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Sparky wrote:And no, the price will not implicate any dick-eating. LOL
Yum! :lol:
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Impractical! Too wide, imho. And I gave up cigarettes over 10 years ago.

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Sparky wrote:The questions remain.... many should be answered once I get it...

- What game is/was in it? I suspect either Bomb Jack or Swimmer. Who knows.
- and if empty, what should I put in it? OttoGD is screaming for Arkanoid. LOL Would be nice. But I already have a Firefox/Major Havok cab mamed with Arkanoid in it...

Suspense....
Is it a Firefox OR a Major Havoc cab? They look similar but if it's a Major Havoc i'm interested by it.
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super jealous right now.... I'll get it off you somehow

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HPR Pinball wrote:
Sparky wrote:The questions remain.... many should be answered once I get it...

- What game is/was in it? I suspect either Bomb Jack or Swimmer. Who knows.
- and if empty, what should I put in it? OttoGD is screaming for Arkanoid. LOL Would be nice. But I already have a Firefox/Major Havok cab mamed with Arkanoid in it...

Suspense....
Is it a Firefox OR a Major Havoc cab? They look similar but if it's a Major Havoc i'm interested by it.
Firefox... and it is going for sale.... NOW
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Oh thanks, i see it's a Firefox. Yeah MH cabs are impossible to find and lot more Firefox converted are available after the early dead of the laserdisc !!
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UPDATE! The cab is HERE! I went to the depot to pick it up today.
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So... here is the lowdown:

THE GOOD:
The cab is pretty much complete except for the inner circuits (whatever... I will add that no problem), the backpanel (normal) and bezel glass. No big deal at all, as the bezel would need to be replaced anyways. Repros are available anyways.

The control panel is also very good, with the overlay relatively intact. This cabinet was most probably a Tehkan Guzzler. One 4-way stick with 2 buttons.

The marquee is super nice. Bonus! Even though it is somewhat generic, I love it.

THE BAD:
Well, the monitor is most assuredly in need of attention. BUT... it is a Sanyo EZ20!! Basically, a Nintendo monitor!! And it has ZERO burn-in! Very cool. But, this is not such a massive problem, as I will save this monitor for a more-deserving original classic like a Donkey Kong or something. I am looking for reliability in this little cab. Not originality.

THE UGLY:

Diaper shit green. LOL 'Nuff said.

Father Time and Mother Moisture have not been kind. LOL. The chrome legs are rusted, and the steel tub is starting to rust bad. These situations can be fixed with some sandblast and fresh paint. No biggie. I may even go the extra mile and have the legs re-plated. I will see.

But, the wood... OUCH. LOL. The monitor case base (that holds the sides and bolts to the tub) is rough. Sides are coming off. Top panels are delaminating. BUT... this is wood, so... not the end of the world. All very easily reproduced with fresh materials. I can use the original side panels as templates and just cut some new wood out of much stronger materials.

OK, so with all that said and done, the fact remains that after refurbishing the cab, I still have to put something in it.

Ottogd said that he would put a spinner game in it, like Arkanoid. And after looking at the pics in this thread from a museum, I would have to agree. This game would be fantastic with the vertical-monitor spinner classics in it. So, I would have to debate on what to do... but I have a good idea. Either mame or multijamma. But spinner games sound great. Maybe even a small trackball. Or heck, both a spinner and a trackball. With 3 buttons, that would make a killer small setup for most trackball and spinner games.

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If so rare why not try to keep it as original as possible ? :thinking
I don't get the point of making a mame with it.
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