The story so far As promised, here is my Blast City restoration thread. First, some background on how I got here. The Blast City is a Japanese style sit down arcade cabinet that was manufactured to live in Japanese Game Centers like this - Being a Japanese style cabinet it is quite compact despite having a large 29 inch screen. It is also much lighter than an MDF based Western stand up cab. Given I live up a flight of stairs in an apartment these are both desirable qualities. You can find a bunch of info on the Blast City all over the place, but notably here - http://wiki.arcadeotaku.com/w/Sega_Blast_City and here http://hard--candy.com/candy?cab=Blast+City There are a few mistakes at both sites though, most notably that the cabinet is actually constructed from fibreglass rather than metal or plastic. This is part of what makes it so light. I came to the Blast City after acquiring a restored Blast City monitor from the forums - these are a pretty rare find so I snapped it up and put it on my desk - The monitor is a 29 inch Nanao MS-2931 CRT, which is pretty rare amongst arcade monitors in that it can accept both traditional 15khz arcade resolutions (320x240 and 20 or so other resolutions thereabout), as well as 'high def' 31khz resolutions (640x480) without you having to switch jumpers around on the screen. This makes it really appealing for MAME projects because being able to send 640x480 to the screen makes life a lot easier. After acquiring the monitor I started work on the MAME setup and configuration - I'll detail that in another post. I started to think about what cabinet I wanted, and originally settled on a copy of a NEO-GEO MVS: One of the prettiest cabs in my opinion. The difficulty is most of the classic western machines of that shape were 25 inch, whereas the Nanao is 29. There were some Western 29 inch cabs but they tended to be huge. If I scaled up the NEO-GEO shape then it looked pretty awkward - it would have looked like it had arcade machine gigantism. It was also non trivial to mount the monitor in a way that was safe given my limited woodworking skills. Instead I decided to go with the original and look for a Blast City.