The Fireball Classic has some pretty neat side art. The one down side to it is it fades. Every Fireball machine I’ve see has suffered the same fate (to varying degrees). On mine, the yellow fire is white and the orange fire is yellow. The red and blue have held up better, but have certainly seen better days. The side art is actually printed on decals, which is the primary reason for the colour fade.
There are two options available to me – replace the decals or use stencils and paint. I explored the painting option first but backed away from that option. There are stencils available for the original Fireball machine, but none for the Classic. I could make my own, but it would be quite time consuming to get it right and I don’t believe it would provide an accurate high quality finish like the original.
That left decals. I did some searching but could not locate any for sale. Luckily I had a contact who is an artist and was up for reproducing the fireball decals. With his help, the head box and cabinet body decals have been reproduced. We went through a few revisions as some issues were ironed out, but it’s come up looking pretty good.
There are two small alignment markings which you might notice that sit roughly 5mm outside the dimensions to help with final alignment when applying it to the cabinet. Each image also has an extra 5cm of bleed around the edges to allow for a margin of error.
The source image files have been sent to the printer and I will hopefully be able to show photos of the printed decals shortly.
New side art should make a huge improvement to the appearance of the machine. I will also be replacing the old t-moulding, adding red cabinet protectors and new bolts too.