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Title: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on July 30, 2011, 10:15:39 PM
(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/pleiads-gyruss.jpg)

A few weeks ago there was this ad on marktplaats for a Pleaids cabinet. Now i don't really like the US pleiads cab (http://youtu.be/cX2msnF5uzY) but the Spanish/European version is definitely a work of art imo. So i didn't hesitate, called the seller and made him an offer, which he gladly accepted.  :D ;D

The cabinet is located in Neeroeteren, Belgium, about 2 hours driving from my house.

(http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/8878/kaartjek.jpg)

So why renting such a big van for just one cabinet??

(http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/5346/img20110730wa0000.jpg)

The answer: Besides the pleiads, i was finally going to pick up the paperboy i got a few months ago. But when i arrived at the sellers place the 2 small stairs he told me about, weren't small at all!!  Impossible to get the cabinet down with just 2 people. So this will have to wait or i'll have to let it go.  >:( ???

(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/2774/imag3905.jpg)

Still pissed about of the paperboy debacle we hit the road to Belgium.

(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/6118/imag3927.jpg)

Maybe a drink will calm me down a bit.  ;)

(http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/8833/img20110730wa0001.jpg)

If that didn't help this nice windmill will.  :D

(http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/5228/imag3933.jpg)

So about 1.5 hours later we passed the Dutch border and the scenery chanced into something even more calm en peaceful.

(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/7577/imag3919.jpg)

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/8722/imag3922.jpg)

After taking a look at the horses, we arrived at the sellers place. He used to be an operator of mechanical bulls, big inflatable castles, arcade games, etc. He owned lot's of cabinets and he even had that Nintendo clay shooting simulator, which he sold some time ago to a guy from Venlo.

(http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/2513/imag3916.jpg)

Inside his warehouse i spotted this thing with a big Namco logo on it!

(http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/8886/imag3914.jpg)

(http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/9823/imag3912.jpg)

It's a Namco Shoot Away, non working but with an extra pcb. If somebody is interested in this please let me know, so i can give you his phone number.

(http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9665/shootawayflyer.jpg)

After some small talk we loaded in the Pleiades and went on our way home.

(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/7758/imag3925.jpg)

When we arrived at my place, i removed the dust from the cabinet and this is what i got. You can see that the art on the front of the cabinet is missing.

(http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3338/imag3950.jpg)

Both sides are in okay condition but may need some touch-up.

(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1397/imag3936.jpg)

(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/9175/imag3934.jpg)

The marque, bezel and cpo all look great!  

(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/8485/imag3937.jpg)

(http://img804.imageshack.us/img804/3457/imag3938.jpg)

The monitor definitely has issues, when i turned it on i got these red stripes

(http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/9108/imag3947.jpg)

The went away after some time but the game is missing some colors.

(http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/9900/imag3948.jpg)

The inside of the cabinet. Everything is still there, it just needs some good cleaning.

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3967/imag3935.jpg)









Title: Re: Road Trip: Enter Pleiades
Post by: Ronald Reagan on July 30, 2011, 10:26:33 PM
looks mighty fine :o


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: ckong on July 30, 2011, 10:54:27 PM
Congratulations, the cab looks very nice. Too bad about the Papaerbioy, what a bummer. But still one nice score.  :)


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Belike on July 30, 2011, 11:29:04 PM
Nice cab and great game, I guess you will have an easy fix on that Hanty 900. ;)


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Superully on July 31, 2011, 12:38:35 AM
welcome to our exclusive club of proud pleaids owners! :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:

you have a nice collection of games in your gamroom: centipede, ms pac-man, pac-man - what else is there and (even more important) how many more cabs can you fit in? ;)

regarding that paperboy: what was so special about those stairs? why weren't you able to get it down with two guys?

When we arrived at my place, i removed the dust from the cabinet and this is what i got. You can see that the art on the front of the cabinet is missing.

the art on mine was missing as well, thankfully bruno scanned it and i edited it (http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=651.0) into one large file ready to print! mine came out great :arrow:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6025/5992118208_d748404b09_b_d.jpg)

if you need any help with the resto, just ask! :)


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: PaulSwan on July 31, 2011, 06:10:28 AM
Is that Pleiads a converted Midway cab? Looks really similar...


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on July 31, 2011, 09:23:52 AM
Very nice Pieter !

too bad about the paperboy..

Also i am curiouse like ully what was the story with the stairs

@Ully, I know he has a blue DK there too  :-*

you are getting a nice collection of real classics there  gyruss !


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Level42 on July 31, 2011, 12:14:56 PM
Pieter's Pac is really RonaldReagan's Pac.

Great addition to the collection, I really like that cab and Pleiads is an underrated game.

Shame about the PB....I have had too SMALL stairs before (when picking up the Judge Dredd pinball) but never too BIG stairs  ;D ;D


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: polderarcade on July 31, 2011, 12:26:59 PM
Nice cab maybe its time I buy myself some upright classics

But more interesting: ::)
The shoot away do you know how much he wants for it?


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Muerto on July 31, 2011, 01:39:00 PM
Great catch! - love the sideart!  :spaceace:


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Ronald Reagan on July 31, 2011, 01:51:30 PM
the cab was quite heavy and not easy too handle
the stairs was pretty long and a bit steep, the house was an old Amsterdam canalhouse, 17th century
plus the stairs were small because of an oldpeoples lift (dont know if you guys know that type of lifts) which made the place to stand less broad.

the cab can be brought down, but you got to be with 4 people. I asked for advice at a tv/washmachine store around the corner, and they said we were out of our minds for even trying. Should use a lift through the window, or hire a moving company.

the 'steekkar' was useless also he said. The cab would have definately fall down the stairs and be shaky because of the bumps it would get on the stairs.


it was definately a dissapointment


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Level42 on July 31, 2011, 05:41:18 PM
And RR has not so good memories of moving cabs, even in not so tight places.... :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:



Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: DarthNuno on July 31, 2011, 11:18:08 PM
Congratulation for this new *rare* cabinet and welcome to the very 'select' club of Irecsa Pleiads Owners Club  ;D

As Ully already said, don't miss this topic that includes the work done regarding your missing kickplate artwork  ;) :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/news/pleiads-scandone.jpg) (http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=651.0)

Regarding your cabinet, it seems that a modification has been done, maybe following a broke or something... see the edge of your cabinet  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/forforum2/pleaidsgyruss.jpg)

it's cut on the edges. (first arrow)
It is a metal part that protect all the top of the side? (second arrow)

See the differences with my cabinet  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/pleiads/pleiads_the_end8.jpg)




Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 10:56:09 AM
Thanks guys!

@ Ully and Bruno: of course i saw your pleiads restorations, both look stunning! If i could accomplice half of it i would be very happy!  The front art looks great, i'll pm you some questions The Metal bars are places over the t-molding, i don't think anything is broken, but we'll see when i remove them.
At the moment i own the following cabinets: Donkey Kong, Ms Pac, Centipede, Red tent, Pleaids, Zero Hour Wall machine and i'm waiting on another classic cab to be delivered at my house. If i manage to get the paperboy i'll have room for 1 more cab.

@ Polderarcade: Check your pm's.



Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on August 01, 2011, 11:59:57 AM
Looking at the comparation i see some seriouse butchering  :o

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/forforum2/pleaidsgyruss.jpg)(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/pleiads/pleiads_the_end8.jpg)

It looks like they cut off the top Gyruss !


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 12:01:46 PM
AH, now i see it too!! Not too happy about that!  >:( :(

But take a look at the coin door, it's also a bit different.


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Alpha1 on August 01, 2011, 12:07:22 PM
Rav will be interested in the Shoot Away i'm sure - he has been looking for one for YEARS.


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Vnera on August 01, 2011, 12:26:00 PM
Rav will be interested in the Shoot Away i'm sure - he has been looking for one for YEARS.

No wonder that cab looks really good!


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Level42 on August 01, 2011, 01:31:01 PM
Rav will be interested in the Shoot Away i'm sure - he has been looking for one for YEARS.
These things were standard equipment at about every arcade I visited back in the 80s. Pretty fun, but I preferred putting my money in a "real" video game then. I'm interested how these work, although I think it will be pretty similar to Nintendo's gun game.


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on August 01, 2011, 01:51:43 PM
AH, now i see it too!! Not too happy about that!  >:( :(

But take a look at the coin door, it's also a bit different.

that is basicly the same door, it just has only 1 coin shute instead of 2

Looks like you need to print the sidearts as well then and "carpent" the two sidepanels as well  ;)


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Belike on August 01, 2011, 03:06:50 PM
Rav will be interested in the Shoot Away i'm sure - he has been looking for one for YEARS.
There is one at Prater Vienna, I played a few rounds on it last month, nothing special :P
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-TK-GPFC5geM/TjakZz7v2AI/AAAAAAAAEE8/dHViQgzDvHU/s640/k%2525C3%2525A9p%252520283.jpg)


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 04:22:12 PM
AH, now i see it too!! Not too happy about that!  >:( :(

But take a look at the coin door, it's also a bit different.

that is basicly the same door, it just has only 1 coin shute instead of 2

Looks like you need to print the sidearts as well then and "carpent" the two sidepanels as well  ;)

mmmmm, have to think about that, first i'll take care of the front and monitor...


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 07:16:28 PM
Here are some more pic's. Of course i noticed the metal bars but overlooked the shape difference and actually quite liked it!  >:( ??? ::)

(http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8296/imag3955.jpg)

(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7988/imag3956.jpg)


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: PaulSwan on August 01, 2011, 07:28:37 PM
Re: The cut-off top... "What could be the reason behind this?"

I'd guess that it was too tall to fit somewhere, likely in the ops van, or the top got damaged/broken off.

Nice artwork :)

Paul.


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 07:39:58 PM
At least they lined it out nicely with the top of the cab..... ::) ::)

Anyway, i still love this little butchered cabinet, and it can be fixed...

Next up: cleaning the cab


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: PaulSwan on August 01, 2011, 07:53:08 PM
Would look a lot less obvious if you take off the metal rails and use T-molding along the top instead. Looks like almost all of the side art border may be there under the rail so it's really not far off looking good ;)

Did they do a matching Phoenix cab, I wonder? If they did, it'd make a nice pair.

Paul.



Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 07:55:27 PM
Hahahaha, that would be awesome.  ;) ;) Thanks about the t-molding advice, I'll try that.


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Superully on August 01, 2011, 08:53:46 PM
Would look a lot less obvious if you take off the metal rails and use T-molding along the top instead. Looks like almost all of the side art border may be there under the rail so it's really not far off looking good ;)

actually, this cab just uses molding - without the T. no slot there, just flat molding. t-molding.com carries that stuff! as for the sideart: i'd say no need to scan / print them, they still look good and will be fine with some minor touchups!

as for the top the question is: leave it like that or try to re-insert the missing triangles?

Did they do a matching Phoenix cab, I wonder? If they did, it'd make a nice pair.

unfortunately NO! at least not to my knowledge. however, i hadn't heard of that pleiads version before bruno came up with his, so perhaps there is a spanish version out there somewhere ...


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: gyruss on August 01, 2011, 09:03:58 PM
If i had your skills, patience and craftsmanship i would fix it. But i don't, so that has to wait.
For now i'll be happy with a working monitor, new front art and t-molding without the t.  ;)
Plus it will be sandwiched between two cabs, so it won't bother me too much!

Have you guys (ully & Bruno) got the manual of cab?


Title: Re: [Road Trip]: Enter Pleiads
Post by: Superully on August 01, 2011, 09:25:25 PM
If i had your skills, patience and craftsmanship i would fix it. But i don't, so that has to wait.

thx, but it's all a matter of trial and error! pleiads was my first real restoration and i made some rookie mistakes back then. everything is doable, it's just a matter of how much you want it! :spaceace:

Have you guys (ully & Bruno) got the manual of cab?

only the one for the centuri version