In the late 1970's and throughout the 1980's
these cabinets were common place in almost every amusement arcade,
hotel, take-away store and corner deli. Though there was some variation
the majority had control panels that were flush with the sides, so that
it was almost vertical. Some machines did have a more horizontal
platform for a control panel but were less common.
The Australian cabinets were
made by Leisure and Allied Industries and were all shipped with a metal
compliance plate that contained unit serial number etc. My unit is
me two weeks to track down anyone who had cabinets at all and would sell
me one. I live within a kilometre of one of the major amusement
retailers/suppliers in Adelaide who flat out refused to sell me an empty
unit. Apparently the original cabinets are becoming scarce and somewhat
of a collectors item.
This I'm not sure about, above is what greeted
me when I finally got my hands on what was described as a cabinet in
"reasonable" condition. The chrome legs were completely rusted, the top
had been cut and recut many times, there was no glass and the corner
glass clips were rusted. There were no control panels at all, only the
holes where they should go and the woodwork was scratched badly. A
bargain at $100...or so I was told.
Cabinet was totally cleaned out
including coin mechanism.
I cut a new top out of MDF, gave
that to a glazier who used it as a template to cut the new glass,
undercoated the top, painted it and the monitor bezel flat black. I
cleaned the legs with wire brush attachment on the angle grinder before
sending them off to the metal shop for re welding and straightening.