Donkey Kong Blue!

When I found a Donkey Kong arcade machine, I just had to have. But it had this horrible black paint around the bottom. WHY? So I though I could just paint over it. After searching Internet for the Donkey Kong color codes, I came up empty.






BUT lucky for me the color continues on the inside of the cabinet. I took a chisel and hammer. Got a sample and took it to Lowes for a color match.




It turned out pretty close, but I wasn’t happy with the look after it dried. Someone on the KLOV forums mentioned to me that it could be a laminate and to see if I could just strip all of the old paint off!

So I got some GOOF OFF and gave it a try.





Here is my steps in removing the two coats of paint. MY Donkey Kong Blue and the Black on the bottom.

OMG it turned out awesome!!! Yet another arcade lesson I learned early on.




Here’s the before and after!

I did repaint the bottom baseboards black and also replace the buttons and T-Modeling  back to the Nintendo white! (plus some sideart, I’ll show that next)



This worked for ME, it may NOT work for you

Tutankham repair

I will do a short repair log on my $200 Tutankham arcade machine. I bought it in October and it sat in the shop all Winter until March it was starting to warm up enough to go work on it. Here’s a list of what I knew was wrong and needed fixed:

  1. No image (Sampo monitor)
  2. Doesn’t play blind
  3. No glow on the monitor
  4. The power board had burnt pins
  5. Control Panel overlay badly warped
  6. Marquee broken
  7. Marquee light was all burnt up and melted
  8. Side art ripped

So I start by trying to fix the power, I removed the Stern power supply board (PS-1200) and replaced it with a switcher power supple and a kit from the Arcadeshop. But still there is no image on the monitor and no sound (not playing blind). I need to fix the monitor, but I couldn’t find all the parts I needed for this Sampo monitor, not even from Bob Roberts, so a friend actually had one he wasn’t using, so I bought it from him. Switched the monitors.

Still not playing and still no sound, but at least I got an image, This one:


Actually that is a GOOD SIGN, the game is trying to do something!
So after reading some tips on KLOV, I knew my -5 (negative 5) voltage was off. After adjusting the +5 and -5 the best I could, I hooked the game back up and got this:



PLUS here is the Power conversion kit I used from the Arcadeshop

My $200 Tutankham

Tutankham Marquee

Tutankham was another one of those games I loved playing in the arcades in the early 80’s. It’s was a fun game with bright graphics and two joysticks for control. But it is a hard game. I had been watching craigslist for this one for some time, then this machine came up. It was around $200 because it didn’t work, like most of my games I get from Craigslist, I get them dead and save some bread!!