DETAILS: This is one of 2 known
Red Baron prototypes. There was
evidence of a serial number sticker on this
game's cabinet but at some point in its life
it had come off. Furthermore, there
were no serial number stickers on all the
usual places one would be (i.e. board set,
power supply, R/A board) so it's unsure what
number this prototype is. The other
known prototype has a serial number sticker
that reads "003" so it's safe to say at least 3 of
these prototype uprights were made.
RESTORATION: Amazingly the
previous owner of this game had acquired
(via eBay) NOS Red Baron prototype side art.
That was an amazing stroke of luck not only
to notice and win the auction, but also that
it even surfaced at all. As the left
side of this cab had taken some abuse over
the years I opted to replace that side art
with a piece of the NOS artwork. You
can see before and after pictures here: |before|
ELECTRICAL REPAIRS/UPGRADES: Replaced the
power cord, the power filter capacitor, the fluorescent lamp and
the coin reject button
lamps, and replaced the capacitors on
Regulator/Audio board as well the Electrohome G05-802 deflection and high
voltage boards. The high voltage diode
to the transformer was also replaced, and the high voltage
rectifier diodes were all upgraded.
RESTORATION: The analog joystick
received new linkages, a NOS centering
bellows, and it was cleaned and lubricated with Nyogel 779 as specified.
mechs were also cleaned and serviced.
FAST FACT: Red Baron was the first
3-dimensional first-person flight simulator.