One of the first surprises I saw on the bottom of the cabinet was a second Nibbler / or perhaps Fantasy board.
Unfortunately the 2nd PCB wasn't working, however I'm sure at some point I can revitalize it as a back-up. Overall the cabinet was in decent shape but I certainly noticed that originally this Rock-Ola Nibbler at some point was a Fantasy. The instruction folder which was stapled to the back of the cabinet contained various schematics etc, but clearly you can see some one perhaps in the Rock-Ola factory blacked out the "Fantasy" words.
Now when I looked at the side art, you can clearly see the Fantasy artwork which was underneath the cabinet. I used a hair dryer to remove the artwork, I intended on painting / stripping the cabinet down regardless. As you can see below the Fantasy artwork started to emerge after 30 years.
Once the adhesive residue was off I decided to sand down the Rock-Ola cabinet.
The original control panel overlay had various burn marks and issues I decided to remove it. Luckily I found a NOS Nibbler Control Panel overlay on eBay for very cheap. During the removal process more Fantasy artwork was revealed.
As far as I know Fantasy wasn't received very well in terms of game play / popularity. This was a common occurrence where the factories converted other games to try and salvage profitability. Nintendo also did this with a game called Radar Scope which was a red cabinet, and ultimately converted them into Donkey Kong's, which is why you sometimes find what people claim to be rare as opposed to the more commonly found Blue Donkey Kong's. Getting back to Nibbler, the Rock-Ola control panel is mainly wood, however Rock-Ola was smart enough to make colored metal plates to protect it from abusive use. My metal plate tarnished, yet when I flipped it over, looked to be in great shape.
I pulled off the marquee, and Bezel, and used Novus to clean up various minor scratches. Below you can see the NOS CPO was applied, being held by plastic clamps. Also cleaned up the Wico joystick in the chuck of my drill.
|NOS Nibbler CPO|
Below is a photo, as well as a video of me playing my dedicated Rock-Ola's Nibbler for the first time.