You don’t get to die yet…

Picked up some ragged projects with good bones over the weekend, both Bally Midway cabs. The first is an upright, an old black and white game called Gun Fight. Released in 1975 it has the dubious distinction of being the first video game in which you killed human avatars.

It’s in very nice shape, though it’s been a long time since any of the original electronics were inside. I grabbed it for $40, mostly for the coin door parts.

Despite outward appearances it was very thoroughly stripped on the inside, even the switches were removed from the underside of the controls. Finding the parts to restore this one would be both difficult and expensive.

The art is outstanding and the cab is solid though. A normal color raster monitor won’t clear the back of the case when installed, so I’m going to end up using an LCD. I’d rather compromise on the type of display than have to hack up the wood any more. It’ll likely end up a multi-game, but at least it will stay in circulation instead of being chopped up. I don’t intend on destroying any of the art or drilling the original control panel overlay.

My other pickup was this sad looking little Midway cocktail table, a freebie (mostly, the price tag was taking away the necked Electrohome G07 tube that was mounted in it).

Came home in a few pieces, I spent the afternoon putting it back together again.


Gorf. That explains why it was converted!

Glued the side back to the table top, and added a few brackets to brace it. Also installed a less messed up G07 I had handy.

Repopulated the coin door with parts from the Gun Fight cabinet.

Cleaned up the Tournament Arkanoid control panel a bit too. New overlay from Twisted Quarter makes it way easier on the eyes. I need to get a piece of plexi to put over it since the metal panel is swiss cheese underneath due to multiple conversions over the years.

Things are a little off center since I wanted to use as many of the existing holes as possible. Not totally sure what I want this cabinet to stay as and modifying it permanently for a game that may only be in there a few months would be sorta dumb.

The magic smoke came out (not a 4/20 post)

So this happened…

Weird, because it was a non-original flyback transformer. I guess the reproductions aren’t quite as long lived as the factory item. It stunk up the office for a few hours and put Do Run Run out of commission until I could swap the G07 chassis I just finished rebuilding in…

…But what this post is really about is a new mystery cab I picked up!

Came to me totally gutted, but set up with art for a Taito Twin Eagle conversion. First look indicates it’s been painted at least twice.

Pulling the coin door reveals its original color, white.

The inside is marked up with circular quality control inspection stamps in several spots, along with a single date code on the left under the control panel.

Control panel is swiss cheese…

This tag on the back ended up being the big clue. I thought at first that Tuni Electro Service must have been the operator that owned this cabinet, but it turns out to be an alternate brand that Century Electronics games were marketed under.

From what I’ve been able to find online, Tuni/Century marketed a set of games designed to be easily interchangeable in a standardized cabinet design. The lineup for this cabinet design included Dazzler, Cosmos, Radar Zone, Dark Warrior, Space Fortress, and 8-Ball. Unfortunately there’s no real way to determine what game this cabinet originally contained, since it was completely stripped and finding production records is extraordinarily unlikely.

Researching this one led me to a few helpful pages:

KLOV entry for Dazzler (small cabinet pic)

Radar Zone flyer with Tuni Interchangable System blurb and some cabinet pics

Century Electronics Cosmos flyer with cabinet pic

A KLOV thread with pics from someone who picked up an unconverted example of this cab

Detailed history of Century/Tuni and the CVS system