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Title: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: DarthNuno on October 08, 2009, 07:25:10 PM
Following this Road Trip  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/news/space_invaders_arcade.jpg) (http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=721.0)

I'm tired to see that 'empty box' inside my game room  :evil:  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc1.jpg)

Full of dust... empty ... damaged...  :'(  ... man, this pride from '78 deserves to be played again by a new generation of players... but also... BY ME!!! Believe me, I can hear every days in my subconscious its typical 'low bass' sound : BEEEP ... BEEP ... BEEP  ;D

Ok I can already play the game on my Space Invaders *deluxe* 'cocktail' table, but this upright is THE cabinet I used to play loooong time ago, so...

First, let's check the identity of this cabinet...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc2.jpg)

Number 8531, built for France... same serial number carved on the wood  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc3.jpg)

As I said previously, I got that cabinet empty (most of the 'non working/untested' parts are given to Zebass') :

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_t5(.jpg)

OK, now the first thing to do is... to remove the dust and clean everything. Of course, I'll have to remove all the parts for a good cleaning. Let's start to remove the 'blue sky / stars' background heavy sheet. You can see its back side :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc4.jpg)

... just few staples to carefully remove, and there it is... not too bad condition, but very dirt ... normal, for a 30 years old piece of sheet...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc6.jpg)

"Aim for the Moon! if you fall short your be with the Stars"

OK, here's the moon  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc7.jpg)

Dirt, but in very good condition  :)  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc8.jpg)

Behind the moon, the support for the famous 'black light' tube  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_tc9a.jpg)

 8)


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: jcp on October 08, 2009, 07:32:55 PM
Such a classic  :-* : I recently played it, it's a timeless game with a very particuliar video aspect.
Keep the right way Nuno and good restoration  ;).


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: scr33n on October 08, 2009, 07:47:48 PM
YESSSS!!!!! Another great restoration to follow with great interest   :-* :-*

We are all with you go Bruno go  :spaceace: :spaceace:


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Muerto on October 08, 2009, 08:06:05 PM
yeah! - looking forward to this!
i have a SI myself, but it is in an even worse condition than yours, but it works....


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Superully on October 08, 2009, 08:25:04 PM
good luck with this restoration bruno! I'll follow this with enormous interest  :twisted:


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: aganim on October 08, 2009, 08:59:01 PM
Hurry to the see the result

Good luck ;)




Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on October 08, 2009, 09:03:02 PM
cannot stay behind, and will folow the progress too with interest

Goodluck with this wonderfull game (and its restauration ofcourse !)


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '
Post by: Level42 on October 09, 2009, 09:00:16 PM
It's a costly restore for sure ! Not sure what you will be doing, but if you go with the full artwork kit from ThisOldgame, it's not exactly cheap.

But it sure desevers it !

May I give one suggestion ? Move the SI to the Red/Orange gameroom. Now, the blue of the cab makes it blend into the blue background too much, where the orange/red color would be an awesome contrast. Just a minor detail of course. Following this for sure ! Good luck and may the fo.....oh wait that's another space game :D


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '
Post by: DarthNuno on October 10, 2009, 09:46:14 AM
Thanks for your to all of you for your morale support  :oops:

... if you go with the full artwork kit from ThisOldgame, it's not exactly cheap.

I won't need these stencils, because the artworks are good enough for me. Only few 'paint' adjustments here and there... and it will be OK I would say.

May I give one suggestion ? Move the SI to the Red/Orange gameroom. Now, the blue of the cab makes it blend into the blue background too much, where the orange/red color would be an awesome contrast. Just a minor detail of course. Following this for sure ! Good luck and may the fo.....oh wait that's another space game :D

Games are going from/to blue <> red room <> house (REDRUM ... which movie?  ::)) every weeks  :P But at the end, yes, the SI will looks better in the Redrum  :)

Back to work.

In order to remove the front bezel, just move this  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl1.jpg)

...into this position :

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl2.jpg)

The front bezel is also ... the marquee  :) See the lamps  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl3.jpg)

Now let's remove the monitor's bezel...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl4.jpg)

...attached with few staples...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl5.jpg)

...to carefully remove like this :

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl6.jpg)

It's just a simple piece of heavy paper, or I would say a piece of light paperboard...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl7.jpg)

OK, now let's remove the monitor... first the chassis/electronics... only two screws...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl8.jpg)

Since I got my tools box from USA, I'm an happy man... I'm not afraid anymore about screw size like '7/16'  ;D :-*  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl9.jpg)

For information, all the screws on that cabinet seems to be US size... so all the Space Invaders for Europe have been build in USA?

OK... here's the monitor electronics parts :

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl10.jpg)

I can now remove the tube  ;)  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl11.jpg)

I carefully remove these two transparent colored sheets... because I'll use them on an other monitor.

I also remove the complete harness :

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl12.jpg)

Under the power supply... French coins...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl13.jpg)

...and as you can see, a TON of dust from various era  :roll: ;D  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_cl14.jpg)

The black square is 'almost' clean... the rest is dust  :oops:


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '
Post by: Level42 on October 10, 2009, 11:39:18 PM
OMG, NEVER put a CRT on it's side !!!!! Your chance of breaking the neck is about 99% !!!!

Please tell me you only took out the B/W monitor because you want to clean it :S


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '
Post by: DarthNuno on October 10, 2009, 11:45:21 PM
OMG, NEVER put a CRT on it's side !!!!! Your chance of breaking the neck is about 99% !!!!

Please tell me you only took out the B/W monitor because you want to clean it :S

The CRT was already dead.


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '
Post by: logan on October 15, 2009, 10:09:09 PM
Great to see the progress!  ;)

(oh and btw, great to be back! :) )


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: DarthNuno on October 16, 2009, 06:39:14 PM
 :-*

Because the cabinet is really full of dust, I've to get the cabinet outside the Lair for THE cleaning job of the century  ;D  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_1.jpg)

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_2.jpg)

The best solution to get out all the shit inside  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_3.jpg)

... now you understand why I have to do that job outside the lair  ::)

After that operation, I've used a vacuum cleaner to remove the rest of dust.

Now, let's clean the cabinet itself. Outside first.

Because there's no more leg levelers on that cab, I've to protect its base for the *water damages* ... even if there are already a lot of damages  :-\

I do like this  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_5.jpg)

As you will see, this cabinet will need a lot of work in order to repair the bottom :

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_4.jpg)

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_6.jpg)

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_7.jpg)

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_8.jpg)

Ok, strong soap + water for cleaning the outside parts of the cab... of course, I avoid the parts already damaged by water.

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_9.jpg)

I know it won't be enough to do a good cleaning, but at last, this cab will be clean enough to stay in the game room.

Let's do the same job inside...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_10.jpg)

OK, should be enough for now. Fortunately, the job is done for today... because black clouds are coming...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/space_invaders_outside_11.jpg)

Quick... let's bring it back inside the Lair  :P


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Nic-fryer on February 08, 2013, 11:08:40 AM
Now, I hate to 'bump' an old thread but I want to know what happened


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: DarthNuno on February 08, 2013, 10:21:26 PM
Now, I hate to 'bump' an old thread but I want to know what happened

Well, no progress so far on that one since... :oops:
As you know (or not), I spent the very little free time I had to built the V3, and all that 'Galaxian3 Theater 6 stuff'...during these two last years.  :P
I hope to go back on 'regular' work like this cabinet very soon  ;)


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Superully on February 08, 2013, 10:22:22 PM
@bruno: you must change the thread title ;)


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Nic-fryer on February 17, 2013, 11:31:35 AM
Now, I hate to 'bump' an old thread but I want to know what happened

Well, no progress so far on that one since... :oops:
As you know (or not), I spent the very little free time I had to built the V3, and all that 'Galaxian3 Theater 6 stuff'...during these two last years.  :P
I hope to go back on 'regular' work like this cabinet very soon  ;)

So there will be an end?

By the way, I love the GT6 and V3


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: DarthNuno on October 31, 2013, 08:29:55 AM
...and back on this!  8)

It's time to seriously 'rejuvenate' this cabinet. I'm now starting from this  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_1.jpg)

Ouch...

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_8.jpg)

Behind the operator's sticker removed, you can see the natural born color of the cabinet  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_2.jpg)

"Use the magic sword sponge!"

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_9.jpg)

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_3.jpg)

Yeah! Very infective  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_4.jpg)

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_5.jpg)

My favorite picture!  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_6.jpg)

It show the natural aspect of the old wood, like a vintage desk...used by the time! So authentic...so vintage.... so history in there... perfect like this!  :-*

Except few minor white painting touch up to remove the blue on the top left, some black to finish the bottom/touch up the 'invader', and white  to hide the small bump on top of the coin door, I consider there's no more aesthetic work on this front part.

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/space_invaders/Space_Invaders_refresh_7.jpg)

 8)


Title: Re: :: Workshop :: 'Space Invaders' will kill humans again very soon! (like in '78)
Post by: Laszo on October 31, 2013, 09:07:20 AM
Nicotine, hard kicks and moistere...... Humans - Aliens 1-0  ;D