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« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2006, 09:48:47 PM »

Yeps ArcadeFever  Shocked  I've now all the stuff I need for this project  Tongue

Ok, it's time now to work on the control panel... coz' I'm a little bored about wood working and other stuff like that  confused

Here's the control panel   shock  Evil



...as you can see, there is nothing to keep, exept the Atari button and of course the control panel itself  confused

So ... I'm removing the overlay  arrow



Let's sand it (done with a professional sanding machine ) :



Looks great, but the metal is not smooth enough and there's still some glue on it, rest of the orignal overal, so once again  arrow



Arggg  Evil  I can't remove the glue, so let's use the magical product :





...and I finish the job "manually"  Cool



It's ok now. Ready to be painted  Smiley



Primer...



Done :



The other side of course :

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« Reply #31 on: November 05, 2006, 07:40:43 AM »

I'll use the control panel overlay -under Bluth license- from Quaterarcade.

The US control panel is not exactly the same then the EURO one. The '1 & 2 start player buttons' have not the same size, and EURO panel do not include tbe skill selection buttons.

The US repro I'll use is the US model, but I want to use the original ATARI cone buttons for player 1 & 2... so the pre-cutted holes on that repro  for these buttons will be to large  confused

 :idea:  arrow  I'll hide the hole with the use of the EXACT  overlay blue color  Cool

I went to the paint shop with the CPO, and ask the seller to scan it for a perfect match of the color :



...and here's the custom blue color... done only for this project  Cool



Ok, I can now paint the border of the control panel, and of course the area where the 'start players' buttons are located...

Oh yes, by the way I'm painting the CP border because the lenght of the CPO is not 100% the same than my CP. The CPO is a little little little bit smaller than the CP (maybe 1.5 mm). In that way, I won't see any color difference on the panel  Cool



Yehawww  Tongue  Colors are the same   Cool



Let's apply the overlay... in 2 steps (same method than the one I used for my Dragon's Lair cab)





...and there it is :







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Put a new WICO 4 ways joystick, and all the buttons, and ... there is is :



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« Reply #32 on: November 05, 2006, 04:52:30 PM »

One leg leveler is missing... very easy fix Cool :



...the existing hole :



the new one, same than the original model  Smiley  :



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« Reply #33 on: November 05, 2006, 06:03:23 PM »

It's time to work on the electronic part  Smiley

I don't want to use a MPEG files, but I don't have a working Space Ace PCB  confused  So what to do  roll eyes

OK, I'll use a real video disc player with the original Space Ace laser disc... I'll get a small computer just to emulate the pcb, with daphne emulator   :idea:

The original Space Ace laser disc, ntsc version, in mind condition :



...and a SONY LDP 1500 videodisc player :



...in that way, I'll have the authentic arcade video quality, with a more reliable hardware inside  Shocked

Let's test the videodisc...



Ops... my old commodore monitor doesn't work in ntsc via a video composite signal... that's the reason I got a black & white picture.
Not a problem here, it's just a test  Cool

Ok, let's choose a small computer... what about a Pentium 233mhz, 32MB ram, under windows 98 SE ?





...as I said previously, the computer will run daphne emulator, just to simulate the pcb, so the Pentium 233 does the job with any problem  Shocked

Ok, the original monitor doesn't work  confused

... well ...

Space Ace is one of my all time favorite games... so, it realy deserve a new monitor  roll eyes  

Let's buy a brand new TV...



...with the exact tube size of the original tube : 19 "



Ok, let's test that TV...

A MIRACLE .... this TV understand ntsc video composite signal  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



Thanks my lord  Shocked  I won't have to use the *brand new* ntsc to RGB conveter that I already got ( confused )

Ok, back to the original *non working*  monitor  :



I'm removing the tube and the PCB...



... in order to keep the original metal fixation.

Now, let's start to open the *brand new TV*  roll eyes  



...only 5 skrews to remove and :



I'll add a piece of wood, as a TV pcb support :



It fits perfectly  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



Let's test if it's still working  roll eyes



Great picture quality  Tongue



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« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2006, 06:04:52 AM »

wowwwwwwwww.... some serious work here  Cool

i'm waiting to see the pc and dvd connected ...

GREAT STUFF !!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2006, 07:51:43 AM »

Quote from: "arcadefever"
wowwwwwwwww.... some serious work here  Cool

i'm waiting to see the pc and dvd connected ...

GREAT STUFF !!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanx  

But I won't use a DVD, I'm using the real Space Ace video disc   Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2006, 08:16:42 AM »

The monitor is ready to go inside the cab now :



...brand new TV, as I said ...  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



I'm using a metal bezel repro, bought 2 years ago  Shocked

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« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2006, 08:40:44 AM »

Got the plexi glass repro :



...on location ... Wonderfull  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



It is time now to fix the control panel :



Yehhaaww  Tongue



"Isn't he adorable ?"  (c)  roll eyes  



Of course, I can't resist to quickly connect the videodisc player...



...in order the display  roll eyes



 Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

Got two repro speaker grilles, thanks a lot James  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked



Let's fix them...



Yessss  Shocked

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« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2006, 09:09:15 AM »

The soundtrack of that game is one of the best ever  Shocked

It deserves a great sound installation  Cool

Let's go with a 2.1 system, brand new of course  Tongue



...of course, I will use the original Space Ace speakers :



The videodisc player, finally inside the cab'   lol



A last test of all the setup, before fixing the stuff inside the cab...



Working without any problem  Smiley



Ok, I'm fixing all the needed parts inside the cab :



I fix a new powerfull fan...



...and I close the back of the cab'  Cool

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« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2006, 09:32:44 AM »

Now, let's add the coin doors.

Sand them :



PRIMER first  Smiley



Looks better isn't it  roll eyes



Ouch  confused The others part are in really bad shape  confused



As usual, I'll sand them...



... and paint them  Cool



Look great now  Tongue



On location :



Nice  Shocked

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« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2006, 10:04:46 AM »

One part is still missing, the bracket support for plexiglass, only present on EURO DL/CAB.

I've asked to someone to build one of me. He uses the one from my Dragon's Lair cab' as a template :





Great job ( thank to my dad for the adjustment  Shocked  )

Ok, I paint it, fix it ... and ...

This projet is done Huh??

YYYYEEEEEEESSS.....Well amost  roll eyes  

But for now :











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« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2006, 10:25:17 AM »

shit !!!!!!!!!!!!! that cab look amazing  shock

great stuff....

wowwwwwwwwwwwwww !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool

 shock  shock  shock  shock  shock  shock  shock  shock  shock  shock

 Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

 Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue





beautifull  

this is art !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #42 on: November 10, 2006, 01:15:34 AM »

Great build, and excellent pictures.  Its a great resource.

How did you connect the controls to the PC?

Did you use an Ipac or a joystick port hack?

Or was it harder by hacking an existing keyboard?

Where you did you go to get this machine, and was there any others?
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« Reply #43 on: November 11, 2006, 09:24:58 AM »

Thanks for your nice words  

For the control, I use an Ipac... but you can hack a keyboard if you don't want to buy it.

Check out the road trip (on the 1st post ) to see the origin of this cab  Cool
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« Reply #44 on: November 12, 2006, 08:14:22 PM »

compliments Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
good job

the adhesive atari misses only you

I am of it' creating one for poing  
does it interest?  

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