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« on: October 08, 2009, 07:25:10 PM »


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



Full of dust... empty ... damaged...  Cry  ... 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  Grin

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...



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



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



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



... 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...



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

OK, here's the moon  arrow



Dirt, but in very good condition  Smiley  arrow



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



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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009, 07:32:55 PM »

Such a classic  Kiss : I recently played it, it's a timeless game with a very particuliar video aspect.
Keep the right way Nuno and good restoration  Wink.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 07:47:48 PM »

YESSSS!!!!! Another great restoration to follow with great interest   Kiss Kiss

We are all with you go Bruno go  Space Ace Space Ace
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« Reply #3 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....
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 08:25:04 PM »

good luck with this restoration bruno! I'll follow this with enormous interest  Twisted
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 08:59:01 PM »

Hurry to the see the result

Good luck Wink


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« Reply #6 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 !)
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« Reply #7 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 Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2009, 09:46:14 AM »

Thanks for your to all of you for your morale support  oppps

... 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 Cheesy

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

Back to work.

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



...into this position :



The front bezel is also ... the marquee  Smiley See the lamps  arrow



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



...attached with few staples...



...to carefully remove like this :



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



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



Since I got my tools box from USA, I'm an happy man... I'm not afraid anymore about screw size like '7/16'  Grin Kiss  arrow



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 :



I can now remove the tube  Wink  arrow



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

I also remove the complete harness :



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



...and as you can see, a TON of dust from various era  roll eyes Grin  arrow



The black square is 'almost' clean... the rest is dust  oppps
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« Reply #9 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
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2009, 10:09:09 PM »

Great to see the progress!  Wink

(oh and btw, great to be back! Smiley )
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2009, 06:39:14 PM »

 Kiss

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





The best solution to get out all the shit inside  arrow



... now you understand why I have to do that job outside the lair  Roll Eyes

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  Undecided

I do like this  arrow



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









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



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...



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



Quick... let's bring it back inside the Lair  Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013, 11:08:40 AM »

Now, I hate to 'bump' an old thread but I want to know what happened
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« Reply #14 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... oppps
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.  Tongue
I hope to go back on 'regular' work like this cabinet very soon  Wink
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