I was able to snap quite a few pictures last night of my newly acquired Ms. Pac-Man game. As my basement is under construction, lighting is not the best right now. I have new recessed lights installed but not hooked up. These are the best pictures I could get under the conditions. I’ve only owned to game for a few days now, but I can confidentially say that it will go to the top of the playlist in my collection. Now, on to the pictures and more ramblings from me.
There are two things pretty common among Ms. Pac-Man cabinets that saw a lot of play on location. Flaking / destroyed paint and burn on the monitor. Mine has both. Fortunately, the monitor burn is only noticeable when the game is off. You really can’t see it when the game is powered on.
Someone tried to repaint a portion of the cabinet but did a poor job of matching the paint. If I decide to do a total restoration on this cabinet, there are really only two options. Option one is to obtain vinyl side art. This is usually sold in a 3 piece set. One piece to cover the entire left side, one piece to cover the entire right side and one piece that covers the front of the cabinet by the coin door. There are a few spots on the cabinet that would not be covered in vinyl and I’d imagine that getting a blue paint to exactly match the vinyl would be difficult.
Option two is to obtain a set of stencils and re-stencil all of the artwork on the cabinet. While it’s not really anymore costly than option one (provided you already have the needed tools) it is a hell of a lot more time consuming (estimated to be between 40 and 60 hours). I won’t go into the details of re-stenciling a cabinet, but there’s a great tutorial over at Jeff Rothe’s site. Give it a read if your interested. Here’s what my cabinet looks like (click on each image for a larger version):
It’s not too difficult to see the badly executed paint touch-up attempts. I’m not sure what happened that caused the cabinet to lose that much paint but I’ll eventually have to deal with it or sandwich it between two games so it can’t be seen. Unfortunately, the front artwork has a number of touch-up attempts as well but not near as much as the sides. The marquee is in very good condition. For some reason, the back door doesn’t look right to me. I’m not sure if it’s original or someone simply made a replacement. Unfortunately, all tags and serial numbers are missing from the cabinet.
The control panel is in pretty good shape and probably just needs a good cleaning. You can see your first glimpse of the monitor burn in the control panel picture. The second pictures shows a full on shot of the monitor burn. You’ll also notice that it just has a generic bezel and not the proper Ms. Pac-Man bezel. This will be replaced if I can find one. I won’t pay the price for an “official” licensed reproduction so hopefully I can find a used original in nice condition. As you can see in the last picture, the monitor burn isn’t really noticeable when the game is running. It will work for now. Hopefully I can find a nice replacement monitor in the future.
I mentioned in my post yesterday that all of the original wiring had been removed and a Jamma wiring harness installed. In the board picture below, you can clearly see the Jamma to Ms. Pac-Man adapter. Finding original wiring is low on my priority list. You’ll also notice that the original power transformer has been replaced with a switching power supply. No big deal and probably more reliable. Since nobody knows what is on the inside, it’s really not important. The only time all of that may come in to play is if I decide to sell the game to another collector. I’d prefer all original, but I can live with it. At least it works!
I’m going to have to do a lot of thinking about the path I want to take with this one. Right now, I’m just going to enjoy playing it!