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Author Topic: Star Wars cockpit... operation back to life ^^  (Read 53767 times)
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« on: December 29, 2005, 11:31:53 AM »


Ok first of all, don't miss out the HUGE roadtrip done to bring back the cab' from UK to Belgium  Cool  Cool  Cool



A must see !!!  roll eyes     

So the cab' is empty :

- No XY (vector) monitor
- No PCB
- No power supply

This game is one of my all time favorite games , and each time I'm playing on my mame cab, I play Star Wars with the trackball...

Now, I've got the real arcade cab' and I really want to play Star Wars with the flight yoke, inside the cockpit.

I know XY vector monitors are quite rare to found nowdays, especially outside the States  confused  Same problem for a working pcb  confused

So I'm starting the quest for xy monitor & pcb but I'll put a raster monitor, and emulates the PCB with mame  :idea: , as I said, I don't want to wait severals month to have true XY monitor + pcb and watch an unplayable arcade game like Star Wars  roll eyes  Cool

I'm lucky  Tongue  Yesterday I've found this :



 arrow  25" tv, second hand of course, for only 60€  Cheesy

Ok, I'm removing all the useless parts  roll eyes



...really lucky  Cheesy  This TV model includes all the pot' needed to set the picture size, like a true arcade monitor  Cool



... frightening isn't it  shock   Cheesy



Yes, I've to cut the sides, or it won't fit ...



Ok, now the size is ok  Cool



Here's the 'monster' open :



...the bezel.. I've to clean it  confused



Hey, by the way, I didn't test the TV  confused  confused  confused  Let's see if it's working  confused:
Well, I'm sure the seller won't get back that 'half' of tv now  Cheesy

Let's plug a game cube, and of course Rogue Squadron  roll eyes    arrow



 Cheesy  OK, the TV is fine  Cool  Let's see how to fix the TV inside the cab...
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2005, 11:38:15 PM »

... and I place the tube inside the cockpit  Cool



Yeezzzzz, the image is really good  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



Now have a look at all this stuf running in this VIDEO

http://www.dragonslairfans.com/starwars/cockpit.wmv

The monitor is not fixed yet... this will be the next step...  roll eyes  Cool  Cool  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2005, 08:32:50 PM »

Ok, let's remove the monitor and see how the flight yoke is fixed...



It's easy... only few screws Cool



...exactly two from the back, and three more in the front... I remove the yoke  in order to clean it, and prepare the 'hack'   roll eyes  

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2005, 12:30:35 AM »

And here we go with the CRT fixation inside the cab.

I'll use pre-drilled common metal pieces...



I'm lucky... the distance between two holes fit perfectly  Cool



Cool, I've an easy access to the TV...



... and I also found a good place for the computer :



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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006, 11:15:59 PM »

...removing the marquee :



Two speakers... behind the player head, inside the cockpit :



... and two others speakers under the seat :



Opppss... a lot of dust... confused

Let's clean up a bit...  Cool

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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2006, 06:24:00 PM »

OK, the next step is : How to use original Star Wars yoke on a computer  confused:  confused:  confused:

I 've founded the solution on the 1UP's ARCADE website here : http://www.1uparcade.com

I'll hack a Microsoft Dual Strike Strike joysitck  :idea:  :idea:  :idea:  roll eyes



Following the GREAT tutorial from the 1UP website, here we go  arrow

Yeps, I pick up one on ebay  roll eyes  



...opening the 'thing'...



... the 'brain'...



...the hard part is here : removing the pot'
 Cool



... The flight yoke... is ready to rise again  lol  lol  lol



I put everything together, and if it works, I'll do a better job...
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YYYeeeehhhaaaaaawwwww... it works Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy



Ok, so I arrange all the wires properly ...



I've to remove the monitor, in order to fix the flight yoke unit...



... and...

It's still working  




Let's try something... mhhhhh  roll eyes  up & right ?




Yeah Baby Yeah      

I've now to prepare another computer, because the one I would like to use has some problem with ... the USB port  confused

Stay tuned  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2006, 06:32:20 PM »

... and now... this game is now rising again  Cool  Cool  Cool








Stay tuned for a video of the game... played  roll eyes    Cool
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2006, 12:41:59 AM »

For the fun, have a look at a funny video quickly done with a friend, in order to test our brand new Force FX LightSabers  shock  Cool  Cool  Cool

Check it until the end... Star Wars cockpit inside, of course roll eyes     Cool  Cool  Cool

Right here :  arrow  arrow  arrow  http://www.dragonslairfans.com/starwars/lightsabersdemo.wmv

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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2008, 10:13:08 AM »

2 years and half later... back on this  Tongue Tongue Tongue

I really love my Star Wars cockpit, fully playable and very fun to play... but now I would like to start the aesthetic restoration. As you will see, there is still a lot of work to do on this one  oppps

The plexiglass roof of the cockpit is broken, see  arrow



Opps... sorry for the dust on pictures  oppps Tongue

OK, now let's see how to remove it.

Three screws on the top...



...now removed :



2 x 2 more screws here :



Three screws on that metal plate, on the marquee...



...and 3 screws under the marquee :



After removing the marquee :



A first screw here :



...and the second one :



...and this is it. Now I can easily remove the roof :



The damages  oppps :





It shouldn't be a a difficult job for a plexiglass specialist : cutting a sheet of plexiglass and bend it proper... it just need the right tools to do it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2008, 02:12:11 PM »

USE THE FORCE NUNO Smiley  cant wait to see this one fully restored Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2008, 05:02:21 PM »

You can do this yourself. Just make sure you can get hold of Polycarbonate (with the right color - mostly this color is called PC Smoke). PC can be bend cold (you do not have to heatup).
With PMMA (Acryl) you have to heatup the plate otherwise it will break.

Visually there is no difference between Polycarbonate and PMMA ... so choose PC. It's also very cheap and can be bought everywhere (Gamma, Brico, ....)

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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2008, 08:34:45 PM »

Just make sure you can get hold of Polycarbonate (with the right color - mostly this color is called PC Smoke). PC can be bend cold (you do not have to heatup).

Wow... I never heard about 'Polycarbonate'  Shocked Huh? What is that exactly ? Do you have some picture of that ?
Thanks for tip... it would be an issue maybe ?
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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2008, 07:53:57 PM »

YYYYYYYYYEEESSS  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace


Thanks to Level42  Kiss Kiss Kiss

There'll be a new top plexi on the cab ... very soon Tongue Kiss

Sneak Preview :





All the story of this by André, right here 

Aghhhh... I can't wait to have it  Tongue Grin
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2008, 08:24:56 PM »

OK, I finally have access again to the cab  Tongue

Well, I mean I can see again ... the dark side of the cockpit  Twisted  arrow



I call it 'dark side' because that side was usually hidden. In fact that side uses to be against the wall. That explains the scratches  Angry  arrow





Closer...



But the worst is ... the water damages on the base  Ghost  arrow







Mwwwell, go back to the light side :



The side arts are ok for me, but some water damages too  Undecided





There is also some rest of scotch tape ?



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« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2008, 01:10:40 AM »

Can't wait to see the new perspex on this.......shame about the water damage.
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