• Manufacturer: A.E.A. (Sega)
  • Year: 1981

Useful info

  • Cabinet type: Cabaret
  • Measures (WxHxD): 49,2 x 151,5 x 54,0 cm
  • Working voltage: 220V
  • Maximum consumption: 139,5W 0,770A
  • Technology: Horizontal color raster monitor

Carnival is a skill game where the player must hit all moving targets and flags placed at the top of the screen using a gun. Some ducks sometimes get animated trying to steal bullets while several bonus/malus features appear on the screen. Each level is followed by a bonus level with the classic hitting bear that increase in number level by level. The soundtrack is the typical circus tune that if it disturbs too much it can be turned off by hitting the note symbol on the right of the screen. Globally it is a rather simple game in its rules but it requires a certain ability to hit the targets having a limited number of bullets.

This specific cabinet is an Italian production manufactured by A.E.A. with SEGA license. There is not a cabaret version of this game abroad, because the A.E.A. recycled the unused Monaco-GP cabaret by covering the lateral arts with new graphics and modifying the front glass to adapt them to this game. Unfortunately, the side arts were damaged so we reproduced them, and the cash door was missing and we had  to rebuilt it. The game is now in excellent condition and represents a pearl in terms of game and a rarity in terms of cabinet shape.

How I found it

25 September 2017

This is a Carnival Mini. I think this is a local production. A.E.A. is an Italian company authorized to produce SEGA-GREMLIN cabinets for the Italian Market. Most of the Monaco-GP mini cabs in Italy have been manufactured by this company. They used both original boards and parts or self-manufactured parts. For instance I found an original SEGA sound board but an A.E.A. CPU board. I want to be philological correct and I placed inside both boards made by A.E.A. Anyway general conditions were good with the exception of the side art. On one side the top part was missing while on the other side more than half art was missing.

Side art repro

25 September 2017

I removed both side arts because I thought I could scan it easily but the I decided to vectorize the image starting from a good photo. After I removed the side art I used a good primer to prepare the surface covering the MONACO-GP silk-screened original art.

This is the result

Control panel repro

25 September 2017

I made the same job for the control panel, taking photos and then working on my pc.

Regardless the color similarity, this is the result

Metal parts

26 September 2017

As usual I refurbished all metal parts removing and/or fixing rust and using a matte black spray.


26 September 2017

I found a single neon inside the cabinet, too long to be there and for sure with a non orthodox way to be connected. I decide to replace it with a double small neon lamps.

Cash Door

26 September 2017

Cash door was missing

and I decided to rebuilt it using woody parts.


26 September 2017

I refurbished T-molding using sandpaper, putty and glossy black spray paint


26 September 2017

Nothing to say about the game boards because I have several boardset and I used just one I owned.

This is the Sound Amplification board, just cleaned.

on the contrary I replaced all power supply board components.

Inside the cabinet I found the power supply schematic, I took a pic in case some of you needed it.

The End

26 September 2017

Done, I assembled all parts replacing side arts and CPO. Marquee has a small problem but I prefer to have it original instead of a repro

I think it’s a good result and it has a good look in my living room…