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This is another one of those projects that's been tucked along the wall of shame for a while. I picked this up at a local auction (in dead row) for $125 many months ago, it's an all numbers matching game that sadly now needs more work than it did when i first bought it.
Most of the games at the auction had come from one vendor and they were wet and smelly which is a bad combination. I got the game home and rather than bombard it with fans in a hurried attempt to dry it out, i just shoved it against the wall and left it alone with the back door on for a few months, BAD IDEA! What could have been a very easy cabinet restoration turned into a cabinet that is completely swollen "4-5" up inside/out on all four sides. This thing smells so bad, that there's never going to be an effective way to get rid of the stench. This calls for an Asteroids donor cabinet and a switcharoo.
The first order of business was getting rid of all the Asteroids parts since none of them are needed. Removing the Asteroids artwork was also relatively simple as well. No sanding, or chiseling or heavy scraping necessary, just pour on the stripper and let it sit for 10 minutes. I've yet to find any cabinet artwork that can stand up to this product that i use and it eats everything in its path including plastic if you let it sit long enough. In no time at all, your original artwork is diminished to a stretchy pile of boogery goo that goes right in the garbage and it leaves the wood bare and undamaged.
Almost 3 years have passed since I started this project and i'm glad it's finally done and up for sale. I've sold off my entire game collection, moved to a new house and for some foolish reason, I brought this project along to finish it up. In the end, I was able to score an empty original Lunar Lander cabinet that was in really nice shape so I didn't have to use the asteroids cabinet after all. These are the final pictures of the game just before I put it up for sale, somebody got a nice cabinet and most of what you see here is new including all the artwork, monitor tube, control panel etc.