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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2011, 07:08:12 AM »
Got a package...



...from TrevEB, who managed to make available all the artworks for this game. Damn! I fell lucky on this... Come on, he's the only Star Fire cockpit owner I know so far, and he *fortunately* worked on artworks repro!  :P

Damn! Did you spot the "D" letter on the sticker, at the extreme left of the package... D stands for 'DOUANES'  in French, ant it means 'Customs'  :(
The problem is not *money* this time (no huge fee because package was low value declared on it), but the damages probably done by them when opening/checking/closing the package  :? The artworks have curled up at the edges and wrinkled.
The best way would be to send these artworks in a flat position, but with a such size (at least one of them), it would be more expensive? ... mhhh... anyway, here's the stuff  :arrow:









OK, let's try to fix that. I'm using safety adhesive, the one used to protect during 'paint job' for instance... non aggressive and not really sticky, but just enough...



All repaired now  :arrow:



Of course, I won't roll them up anymore...flat position all the way! :



Now they are ready to ... 'hibernate'  :D



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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2011, 07:18:45 AM »
i cannot believe those people who do that !

anyway, i hope it will turn out good for you by the time you install them  8)

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2011, 07:24:59 AM »
oh, that doesn't look too good. did it come in a tube or was it just rolled up with paper wrapped around it?

btw, i store most of my artwork flat between sheets of laminated particle board, this way you can put a lot of boards (and therefore art) on top of each other thus adding pressure to the art underneath. once i need the artwork, it is totally flat and ready to use in a heartbeat!
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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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2011, 10:43:34 AM »
Great that you found repros for this!
My 2 cents: Just be extra careful with those safety adhesives, if you leave them for too long they get stickier and will be hard to remove.
That happenened to me when I took too long (a month instead of a week) to finish a paint job.
The best would be to use repositionnable "frisquette" (don't know the exact name in english, it's just transparent film used to mask areas when you use an airbrush).
« Last Edit: September 18, 2011, 02:23:17 PM by chrischris »

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2011, 02:20:33 PM »
Yes, DEFINITELY get rid of that painter's tape, see the reasons as mentioned by Chris. It will "set" over time and damage the top layer.

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #35 on: October 15, 2014, 09:32:13 PM »
Now they are ready to ... 'hibernate'  :D


...and here we are, after a long hibernation time...three years l8ter to be more precise...here's the 'artworks' package  :arrow:



Let's see if the main 'StarFire' artwork is still usable...



Although the edges of the sticker are detached from the non adhesive support, it looks that its always sufficiently sticky...but it's not gonna be easy to apply it, due to the numerous waves... and the lack of a protective layer  :-\  :arrow:



OK, here's how the back of the cockpit looks like before the operation...



...now after removing the damaged sticker :



Now after a good cleaning  :arrow:



Sticker applied!  8)  :arrow:





I am rather happy with that result! The sticker sticks much than I thought. This gives me motivation to go further on that 'obscure' cockpit  :)

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #36 on: October 15, 2014, 09:43:30 PM »
Wow !

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #37 on: October 16, 2014, 07:57:59 AM »
Looking great, Bruno. Your cleaning job was very effective :)


So are you planning to continue with this cab?

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2014, 08:37:21 AM »
Did not read this story before ...cool find hope you continue the restore.

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2014, 09:00:08 AM »
Good job!!!!
Not easy at all without a protective layer indeed.

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #40 on: November 12, 2014, 09:26:40 AM »
Let's continue the cleaning session... it's time for this cockpit to see the natural light outside of the game room :







As dirty as hell as you can see! That's why I prefer to perform the first 'cleaning pass' outside...

Side art stickers are too damaged... I hate to do this... but I have no choice... :-\  :arrow:



How to get ride of all that mixing shit/dust....



Well, I've mostly used 'thinner', but also sticker removers, usual wash...and a bunch of magic sponges! I'm quite happy of the result :




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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #41 on: November 12, 2014, 09:53:24 AM »
Good job cleaning the sides...this is such an amazing cab :)

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #42 on: November 12, 2014, 11:20:34 AM »
 :spaceace:  :spaceace:  :spaceace:

 Great find, great job, great comics   :D

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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #43 on: February 22, 2017, 09:33:23 PM »
Ops... forgot to update here  :oops:

Well, board didn't repaired so far so during the wait -and because I was too curious to see/play the game-, I've installed a temporary and dedicated mame setup for this game only. I've used home made connectors for this temporary setup : not a single cable has been cut. 100% reversible and 0 damage to the orginal stuff!
Ok, to make the flight yoke/throttle lever usable, I've installed an U-HID interface. It works great!  :-*

Here's a couple of pictures of the cabinet 'in action' :











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Re: >> Miracles can happen : road trip for Exidy STAR FIRE *cockpit* !!! <<
« Reply #44 on: February 22, 2017, 11:20:49 PM »
Really nice, the letter type in the monitor reminds me to Star Wars. :D