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  • #16
    Keep in mind that those lai plates were on everything they owned..
    They were also operators so also used other brands of machines

    I posted up a brochure a while back with history and photos of the assembly line, sales show room, machines on location etc

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    • #17
      Originally posted by ArcadeObsessed View Post
      Mate I can't believe this post exist wow I have always wanted to know about the history of LAI cabs especially the Viper cab, I do remember applying for a sales position with LAI when they based in Richmond Melbourne but that was ages ago and I can't remember what happened, I would love to know who built them, I know there was several styles, here's my restored viper cab if that helps I did the artwork and had the control panel re powder coated in a Black Ripple effect

      I will keep my eye on this post to see if anyone else chimes in
      I'm 99% certain that the Viper cabs, made in Melbourne (Gottlieb's competition) were not made under the LAI name. Instead, Viper Electronics had produced them and may have been distributed by LAI at some point. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong...
      "Pick any game you want! I'm good at all of them. I have 97 of them..."

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      • #18
        If it has the lai serial number tag then they owned it or operated it at some stage....
        I never knew them to sell brand new cabinets that they already had an option for in their own range..

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Morty Moose View Post
          If it has the lai serial number tag then they owned it or operated it at some stage....
          I never knew them to sell brand new cabinets that they already had an option for in their own range..
          If LAI made the Viper cabs, that comes as a huge shock to me! Here is one selling on ebay at the moment.

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          "Pick any game you want! I'm good at all of them. I have 97 of them..."

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          • #20
            No they never made them or sold them (brand new) but LAI put that silver metal plate on everything they owned new and used
            The lai plate really means crap all...

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Morty Moose View Post
              No they never made them or sold them (brand new) but LAI put that silver metal plate on everything they owned..
              The lai plate really means crap all...
              Yup, even late 70's Stern pins had the LAI plate on the back.

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              • #22
                One thing is for sure, LAI loved using red laminate wood for a lot of their cabs.

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                • #23
                  Apparently this was a Space Firebird cab by LAI.


                  Well past it's prime.
                  Trev

                  Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk

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                  • #24
                    Did you find that in a lake?

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                    • #25
                      I like the Double Dragon marquee on the floor lol

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by BIG Trev View Post
                        Apparently this was a Space Firebird cab by LAI.


                        Well past it's prime.
                        Trev

                        Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk
                        Ahh, it'll buff out.

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                        • #27
                          looks like Stevie Wonder was making the control panel.......

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                          • #28
                            I saw a LAI cocktail today, guessing around 1983, that had both monitor orientations routed into in the tabletop. Wondering if this is original or done as a hack? I have never seen/noticed it before. Thinking if it was original it may have had inserts to cover the gaps.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by gottaconnect View Post
                              looks like Stevie Wonder was making the control panel.......
                              After playing a bit of Atari

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                              • #30
                                Look how young Stevie is there. Wow.... look what playing arcade games does to you.

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