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1  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / 3D Printed Replacment buttons for Starblade yolks. on: May 11, 2019, 04:18:48 AM
Hey guys, I finally got around to making new buttons for my Starblade, it was missing one of the inserts in one of the buttons.   So I did some in CAD and 3D printed them.
The profile is just a hair less rounded than original but they fit perfect with the original keybody switches used in then yolks.

Uploaded to Thingiverse if you have your own 3D printer.....
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3622473

Also available on my website if you want to buy a pre-printed set....
http://www.siegecraft.us/presta/index.php?id_product=77&controller=product&id_lang=1

I only have red semi-transparent PETG right now, but can get some standard opaque red if you guys would prefer that instead.
2  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: October 01, 2017, 10:59:04 PM
Finally had some time to work on it.  Re-seated all the boards and connectors, fired right up.

I think the board cage isn't quite mounted in the right spot and the power connector bumps the cabinet when it flips out,  which is probably what the problem was.
3  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: August 30, 2017, 12:13:15 AM
Haven't confirmed voltages yet.  Still digging out a few of my tools and haven't come across the multimeter and head-lamp yet.

-Hans
4  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: August 28, 2017, 11:44:47 PM
Well, I moved houses, and after the headache of disassembly, moving, and re-assembly of my Starblade......It's dead.

Goes through the initial checks, gets to DSP RAM,  then re-starts.   

So looks like I'll be having to do some repair work.  Not much out there for diagnostics on this boardset.

-Hans
5  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: July 12, 2013, 10:20:56 PM
Ahhh, finally.  A fresh capacitor in the flashboy, and I've got two working strobes again.   Sealed it up with some Weld-On #16 acrylic cement, which worked great.
I also relocated the power supply, which was covering the hole for the power switch, and was able to properly mount the switch and cord plates, so the power situation is all taken care of.

Now just to deal with the issues around the coin door and service switches, and I'm done working on it.   The good thing is it's been fully playable for a while, so I can go have some fun any time I want now.

-Hans

6  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: July 12, 2013, 06:19:21 AM
The link above, they were more than willing to make them,  I just didn't have any outside interest from anybody to justify the outlay for it.
I'm more than willing to gather up a group buy of some type still.



7  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Japanese STARBLADE Saved From Oblivion on: June 11, 2013, 02:23:14 AM
Maybe try some ferrite choke beads on both sides of the 100v line?

-Hans
8  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: June 08, 2013, 03:22:12 AM
Trying to get the power cord situation sorted out.  Internally the machine is wired with European color wiring.... Blue/Brown/Green-yellow for the AC power input.

The power supply has been replaced at some point, and the new one is find with US voltages.  However I can't find any external fuses anywhere on the AC power.  There appears to be one on the power supply already, but without dismounting the whole thing I can't see it well enough to figure it out.   Power supply is an Exactron BC200.

Sigh, this stuff always ends up more annoying than it should be.  I can always add an external fuse, but hate making things messier if I don't have to.

-Hans
9  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: June 04, 2013, 05:44:48 AM
Also consider that the ballast and starter for the marquee lamp are mounted right behind the neck board, though could be arranged different in yours with the Japanese cabinet. Another thing to look at is how close the speakers are to the tube in your setup. Can cause some oddball stuff to a picture if you have any kind of magnetism near it.

10  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: June 03, 2013, 02:34:08 AM
I had to de-solder the tube on one end to get access to the board, there was a reflector sheet between them and I had to remove the power wires to even get it out of the housing.   Otherwise the tube looks fine, and I was planning on treating it like a halogen bulb in that I'm going to give it a nice rubdown with isopropyl alcohol prior to closing it all back up.

I've also got a new power switch on the way as well.  Between that and the flashboy repair, it should have me up to 100% functionality.

The monitor isn't bad actually, not enough issue with it that I'd even want to do any work to it.  I was able to adjust it to a very nice picture, and it has only minimal burn-in with a very nice contrast to it.  Good DEEP black background, and the colors are popping pretty nice now.  I actually just don't know enough about monitors yet to venture any attempts at working on them.... I'm a pinball guy.  Eventually my Galaga does need a tube swap, so I do have to learn it all at some point.



11  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: May 30, 2013, 06:29:35 PM
I'm also starting to think that this game would benefit from an LCD screen conversion if the hardware can support it. Normally I'm all for keeping things original, but in this case you can just tell that the generated polygons are much crisper than the CRT can represent.  But you definitely need something with a very high contrast ratio, get it as black as possible in the background.

-Hans
12  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: May 30, 2013, 06:24:51 PM
Well, the good news is that I found the problem with the left side Flashboy.   It was pretty obvious once I opened up the casing...
I have a few board repairs coming in, so I'll wait until I have a decent sized parts order before I get a new capacitor.



I also sorted out the marquee lamp issue.   When I got the machine, it was missing the lamp holder completely.  I originally tried just putting in some new endcaps, but both the ballast and starter were fried.  So instead of spending all the money on a replacement ballast for a T12 installation, I picked up an inexpensive T8 from WalMart that cost only half the price that a new ballast would have cost.

I gutted the new fixture, taking out the power switch and cord, then hard-wired the Starblade cabinet wiring direct into the fixture from the backside.  This made a very clean installation once I put the cover back on the fixture, with much less components than original.  Now my marquee lights up again properly.  I had also considered an LED light strip, but they are just too directional, and wouldn't have lit the marquee properly.




13  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: May 25, 2013, 05:15:12 PM
The switches I used are very close to the original Omron's,  they just needed a small bit of plastic removed to fit, and are working perfectly.  

However, your flashboy bulbs are different!   I have found this part number in a few catalogs in Japan, and it is even more expensive than the ones you purchased,  over 6,000 yen per bulb.
It looks like there are many subtle difference between US and Japanese versions of Starblade.

It looks like Ushio has a number of different versions available, with different colors too.  They recently released an LED style replacement too.  I wonder if I could come up with a multi-color LED board to replace the strobe, and perhaps add some additional effects to it.  I need to look into how strobe lights function.

14  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: May 25, 2013, 03:44:47 AM
FINALLY,  I got enough warm bodies over here to get this beast moved into the game room and assembled.  It only had about 1/2" to spare going in the doorway, and I had to hook the bottom floorplate around to do it, but it fit!  To make things easier, I pulled as much weight off the main cabinet as I could, including the back panel and the PCB cage.   This gave me a bit of a nervous moment, it didn't want to boot at all when I first tried it.  Turns out I had the wiring connector going into the PCB cage inserted one pin to the left of where it should be, but thankfully no harm done in this case.

It then proceeded to fire up properly, and we're playing some starblade!



All 4 speakers work,  monitor picture isn't perfect but is still quite good after a slight tweaking, seat is vibrating nicely and it's a blast to be playing Starblade again!

Not all good news though,  it still needed a few issues taken care of.   Two of the yolk buttons were no good, which made it impossible to update settings.... this was very bad too, as it was set on shields 8!!!!   I didn't have any OMRON's, but was able to get a few Alps keyboard buttons easy and cheap enough.  The circuit board accepted the ALPS buttons easily, but I had to shave a lot of plastic off the button bodies to get them to fit.  Attachment style is a bit different and wasn't a direct fit.   But they finally DID fit correctly, and my buttons are now 'clicky' too!

Looks like the power switch went bad at some point, as there is none anymore.  The power cord goes directly to the the power supply.  Plug it in, and it's running.  Anybody got photos of what the original power switch looked like, so I can try and track down a replacement?

Also, the light fixture under the marquee is totally missing too.  Ballast and starter are still in place inside the monitor housing, but the wires aren't connected to each other and everything is just hanging loose.   Everything also seems to be badly trimmed short, which I found out when I tried to mount some new lamp holders.  So this means I need a new ballast, and I guess I'll just track down an electronic ballast that doesn't need an external starter.  Either that, or I may go with some LED light bars.

Lots of bolts missing too.  Most of them I had already bought spares for, but a couple are missing still on the vibration motor cover, which is rattling like crazy.  I'll get new bolts on Monday probably.

Then, here's the mess in my coin door.... 
I don't know if the coin counter is original or not, but the audit settings are all still retained and show some very high numbers of plays, time, etc... so the 154,xxx credits may be correct for this machine.  If so, that's some serious income.



I've also got a flashboy out on the left side.  The housing is all frosted over, in comparison to the right side, so I think the light has failed..  I'll have to look into the method to rebuild these.

15  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Another new Starblade owner on: March 07, 2013, 12:54:08 AM
After repairing the upper monitor mount, I decided to have some fun.  So I hooked up the seat and wired in the controls,  without installing the monitor.

It plays blind just fine.  Coins up and starts a game just fine.  Seat vibration works fine, I THINK all 4 fire buttons are working, and the gun mounted flasher works fine too.   Only one of the two flashboys is working though, and probably a dead bulb judging by the frosty look to the lens.   Not a problem though, I can deal with that anytime.

Next step is to get some friends or bulky relatives over here and mount the monitor.

-Hans
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