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StevenMedders
1st July 2008, 11:46 AM
Hey guys need some advice. Just aquired a 1987 Double Dragon , spent about 5 hours on it to get it playable. Now I need to work on the cabinet. It looks like most of it is particle board, has some water damage on the top and bottem of cabinet. I have already gutted it removed monitor, wire harness, power supply and everything else. Now I have an old empty particle board shell. I am going to just rebuild the whole cabinet. What materials should I use? Any advice would be welcome.

Thanks,

Steven

MetalSkin
1st July 2008, 11:53 AM
If your gonna rebuild then ply is best, but it's heavy and exy. Next best would be MDF I spose, just be careful of the dust as it aint healthy (and don't just use those paper masks, next to useless).

But if you wanna keep the orig cab I saw an interesting post on MYOC about how to repair a water damaged cab, was very very useful. I can't look for the link right now but I'll look for you tonight if you like.

Personally I would think restoring the cab is the best bet, spose it depends on how bad the damage is.

Good luck on your project mate, sounds like fun :D

StevenMedders
1st July 2008, 11:59 AM
The water damage is not to bad, it would certaintly be easier to repair it than replace it. Yeah if you can find that link it would be great.

Thanks,

Steven

WOKA
1st July 2008, 12:02 PM
Hey guys need some advice. Just aquired a 1987 Double Dragon , spent about 5 hours on it to get it playable. Now I need to work on the cabinet. It looks like most of it is particle board, has some water damage on the top and bottem of cabinet. I have already gutted it removed monitor, wire harness, power supply and everything else. Now I have an old empty particle board shell. I am going to just rebuild the whole cabinet. What materials should I use? Any advice would be welcome.

Thanks,

Steven


The cab sounds like its an Aussie LAI.. Big bastard, and just as heavy.. Not too desirable on the 'collectable' front I think, because of the size and weight..! I suppose though if it has original artwork, marquee and CP it mat be worth restoring, just depends on how bad it really is. I think lamintated (black / white etc) MDF would be a good option, 1800 x 900 sheets go for about $60.00 or so.. A coupe of those and your well on your way. Could even use your existing cab as a stencil for the basic profiles.

what_the
1st July 2008, 12:18 PM
I think was the thread referred to. Remeber reading ages back when a friend wanted to fix his cab.

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=49927.0

MetalSkin
1st July 2008, 12:51 PM
I think was the thread referred to. Remeber reading ages back when a friend wanted to fix his cab.

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=49927.0

Yeah that's the one! real nice guide on how to repair water damage I reckon. Results are beautiful!

btw, post some pics! would love to see what it looks like!

StevenMedders
1st July 2008, 01:07 PM
Sorry guys if the pictures are to large but I am new to this and barely figured out how to get them on here in the first place. I took some pictures to give you an idea of what im working with, The side art is long gone and there is some kind black plastic glued to both sides. The marquee is fine as is the bezel. I have to replace the graphics on the control panel though. The Ballast for the marquee is burnt, the monitor has numbers permantly burned into it. Also both of the locks for the 2 front cabinets are gone, hence the duck tape. The coin boxes are also gone. This is gonna be a project.:D

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade013.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade014.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade033.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade032.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade031.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade030.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade026.jpg

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn389/stevenmedders/arcade025.jpg

spacies
1st July 2008, 01:25 PM
This is gonna be a project.:D



You got that part right!
Good luck.

vocalninja
1st July 2008, 04:35 PM
Looking at the amount of damage, I'd be tempted to rebuild from scratch using the original as a template.

Roxbury
1st July 2008, 04:42 PM
Looking at the amount of damage, I'd be tempted to rebuild from scratch using the original as a template.

Yeah I agree. Its probably not worth the effort to try and repair the damage.

StevenMedders
2nd July 2008, 02:52 AM
Yeah, I think that is what I am going to do. Where do you think the best place would be to look into getting new locks coin and coin boxes.

nick1985
2nd July 2008, 07:34 AM
i think you should use the cab as a template and start over. Love the shape of the cab though.

good luck

spacies
2nd July 2008, 07:41 AM
I agree, new cab.

A direct copy would be good but why not make it like the USA cab but change the marquee and bezel areas so your stuff fits.

http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7619

StevenMedders
3rd July 2008, 10:28 AM
Well, I went out and bought a couple sheets of MDF today, not laminated but I guess I can just paint the sides. I also bought a new transformer and starter for the marquee light. Ripped the whole cabinet down to just the base, it is the only thing still worthy of keeping. So ill cut out the new cabinet tomorrow at work and maybe have it assembled by tomorrow night. I have been taking pictures through this whole process, so ill post them later. :evil

nick1985
3rd July 2008, 07:54 PM
maybe you could make a template for everyone to use :D

make sure you post some images up when you can

soup
24th August 2008, 11:08 PM
Having just acquired a Double Dragon Jamma board, I'd be interested in progress pics and more so plans.

dav000616
21st October 2008, 09:24 PM
Hey guys need some advice. Just aquired a 1987 Double Dragon , spent about 5 hours on it to get it playable. Now I need to work on the cabinet. It looks like most of it is particle board, has some water damage on the top and bottem of cabinet. I have already gutted it removed monitor, wire harness, power supply and everything else. Now I have an old empty particle board shell. I am going to just rebuild the whole cabinet. What materials should I use? Any advice would be welcome.

Thanks,

Steven

Hey Steve, I think this was originally a sega Zaxxon cabinet, frogger used the same cabinet also. Any chance of some dimensions or measurements as I'd like to build a copy for my zaxxon board and control panel?