While doing some research for an upcoming project, I came across this helpful arcade machine cabinet identification chart a few weeks back, but completely lost/forgot the link.
After some searching again today, I found it again, so have it bookmarked. It’s worth sharing also.
It covers Taito, Bally / Midway, Atari, Namco, Stern, Williams and more. It’s not complete and there are a number of classic machines missing – but still, very useful 🙂
Each chart can be clicked on to view a larger version of also.
You can read more [here].
The first two weeks of owning the Pole Position II machine was mostly spent playing it 🙂 It’s been a lot of fun and the kids (especially my son) are enjoying it.
As I mentioned in the previous post, there are a lot of little things that need attention on the machine. Nothing critical – the game plays fine – but can be given a huge visual boost with some attention. What I needed to do first was some research on pole position machines and find a starting point.
I spent a few nights hitting Google with a lot of search queries to find out all I could about the machine. The one I have is the Namco version and not as common as the Atari version – making artwork sourcing much more difficult (if not impossible). I was able to track down photos taken of similar machines at Aussie Arcade (where I hang out a lot) and a second link with some excellent photos taken from several angles (here).
With the images downloaded, I had them printed out and put them into my research notebook. On my previous projects I’ve made a point of keeping notes and research together in a printed format that I can access while in the garage working. It’s handy to have the information within arms reach, and also reference to spot smaller details that don’t always jump out the first time you see the photos.