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Star Wars Cockpit ( the saga begins )
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:09:38 PM »
Hi All,

It’s been a while since I have posted on Arcade Life Style. But in the last three years I have been very busy moving from London to the quieter surroundings of the West Midlands. Now that I settled down its back to buying new cabs and restoring ones that I had waiting on the repair list..... This year I had the chance to get my hands on the Holy Grail, an Atari 1983 Star Wars cockpit....




Now I got it non-working, no monitor, no game boards, no yoke!!!! A real challenge ahead!





As you can see, it had tons of dust and dirt on it ........ And rust too. So lets give it a good clean and see what needs repairing on the cabinet.



The marquee had loads of glue on the glass but it came off in the end and turned out to be in great condition!!!





After an hour or two she was a clean as it could be at this stage, time for a cup of tea!





Now to the strip all the parts off the cab



Bad news, a support that holds the yoke and the bezel has had it; looks as if someone did a quick fix, will have to get a reproduction cut!





All parts off the cab!



Also trying to reshape the cardboard monitor shroud too!!



Since these pictures I have moved house and job, now back to work!!



There are the usual scratches on the cab which need retouching, so I took a fragment that came off the cockpit to Home base for color matching.



The blue was quit close but the black was no good! Time for some arts and crafts



I'm quiet pleased with the results, the flash on my camera makes it look worse than it really is!!





Now time for the old T-molding to go, I'll get all that replaced later.



Now time to do the much-needed repairs on the damaged parts of the cab, wire brush on the bits of loose wood. Now apply the wood hardener.







Now time to stand the cab on its nose, and start making repairs to the undercarriage....... Wood filler time...... Yeah!!!



I love wood filling......... Not!












Coming next securing the undercarriage and sanding, repainting the cab


To be continued

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Re: Star Wars Cockpit ( the saga begins )
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 10:18:13 PM »
looks like a lot of work still ahead. what are you going to do about all those missing parts?
all i need is ... PONG - and a select few others: TOUCH ME, DRAGON'S LAIR, JOUST, ROBOTRON, MR DO, SAN FRANCISCO RUSH THE ROCK!!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 10:20:57 PM »
I have found some of them, still looking for others

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 10:45:36 PM »
wow! a huge undertaking!
May the force be with you!

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 11:19:46 PM »
Nice, another SW cockpit restoration topic  ;D I will follow this one closely.  About your art 'repair' work, are you planning to buy a complete new artset omce it is available, or will you stick with this? And how is the quality of wide T-molding, do you need ti replace it?

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2010, 12:08:29 AM »
I'm gonna try and make best the art work that it comes with now but if new repro art becomes available then I will get some. The wide t molding on mine is in good condition, I also have a yoke on the way too

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2010, 05:42:24 AM »
I know it´s a little late but when he has them, someone else might have them to??

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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2010, 08:01:26 AM »
I know it´s a little late but when he has them, someone else might have them to??

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I doubt whether this is top notch quality. I rather wait for a set from the original films, made by someone of whom we all know that he always deliver quality.

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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2010, 01:24:52 PM »
Nice to see another one of my old SW Cockpits being restored :D

I only have one left now, the first one I ever got, and that's my keeper!

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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2010, 02:02:02 PM »
how many have you had in total?
all i need is ... PONG - and a select few others: TOUCH ME, DRAGON'S LAIR, JOUST, ROBOTRON, MR DO, SAN FRANCISCO RUSH THE ROCK!!!

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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2010, 03:27:07 PM »
Giddy,

are you going to restore it to its original technical specs, thus with vector monitor, gameboard etc, or are you going to use some kind of mame in the cab (vecormame f.i) with a CRT?

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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2010, 03:38:48 PM »
how many have you had in total?

5 SW cockpits and 5 SW uprights I think. I still have 2 SW uprights, including one HUO one, and my original SW cockpit I bought from 12 years ago.

HUO SW upright:







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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2010, 04:18:51 PM »
What means HUO?

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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2010, 04:26:03 PM »
Home Use Only - meaning it was bought privately and never operated in an arcade.

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Re: Star Wars Cockpit ( the saga begins )
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2010, 07:32:23 PM »
I got my beloved Star Wars cockpit from... Alpha1  ;)

Good job so far Giddygoon, your pictures reminds me almost the same steps I've done for my cockpit  8)