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Author Topic: BattleZone road trip and WIP  (Read 12822 times)
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« on: September 11, 2007, 07:20:46 AM »

shock  for the last  few weeks, the game-room has been upside down, a few cabs have been sold, and a few new ones have join  

This is the last one in  <BattleZone>

I play the game a few years ago in Orlando FL, and sins that day, decided that i will get one  

I have been looking for one for the last 2 years, but never got really lucky on my search...until a few weeks ago   Cool  found one on ebay, i decided to get it  Cheesy

The cab was shipped with Forward air, that mean it is not a door to door delivery...i will have to pick it up at the terminal, here in Miami ...near the airport   Shocked

I got the usual phone call " hello, sir...we have something for you here, waiting for pick up ..."   Cool


It was a beautifful day here in Sunny isle beach (north miami beach)
that where the Arcade fever gameroom is ...

just one problem  confused the cab wont fit in the Mustang  :|

i had to rent one  

the terminal is 25 minutes from where i live....

arrived on time ...

i notice the cab in the back of the warehouse...

time to put it in the truck...as i can see it is very well wrap  Cool

time to go back home,

the good thing, is that i have a loading dock where i live ...

the cab is at home, it is time to unwrap it  

BattleZone first impression


this is really not the usual arcade cab, it is very well design, really look like a tank !!!
the cab is in very well condition, ...so far...

time to see the inside...

the coin door

the pcb

audio/regulator board


as you can see the monitor is set Horizontally , like space invaders...
the monitor is reflected on a mirror , around the monitor i found the bezel...

the art work and controller:

that the deal, you have 2 neon in the cab  shock
one that light up the marquee, and one "black light" that make the bezel, inside the cab glow  Cool
i could not capture it in picture  :| probably because the bezel is very dirty ....
i also found the transparant color overlay on top of the monitor (green and red)

ok, time to power that baby   Twisted


also, when you play, and put you face on that periscope  Shocked:  other player can fallow your progress on the game, because you have 2 opening windows on each sides  

what a CAB  shock  I love it !!!!!

after few minutes of game play, i notice some issues on the screen, so i decided to turn it off....

the game need a complete tune up, like a did on my asteroids cocktail table... vector games  roll eyes

this what i have to do:

-clean the power block
-change the big blue
-cap kit the audio/regulator board
-cap kit the monitor
-clean the pcb

i think that enought work for the moment  

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 07:44:45 PM »

B A T T L E Z O N E from ATARI ....  Shocked  Cool  Cool  Cool

WHat a  mythic cab, congratulation  Tongue

 arrow HEADLINE of course  Cool   thank for the story Fred  Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 09:56:55 PM »

LOVE IT!!! Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

Better keep your doors locked, or I'll get  it  LOL   Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cool  Cool
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2007, 09:28:30 AM »

ok, time to work on the cab  Cheesy first thing to do is to remove the power block, to give it a little cleaning, and to change the Big Blue  :work:

The big blue is a big capacitor, is job is to smooth the +5 voltage that goes to the PCB.
after been 25 years in the cab, thoose big cap need to be change, most of the time, this is what coz the problem in the game....
where to find one Huh?  BOB ROBERTS  Cool


The power power block:

time to replace the BB...

the black one is the new one  Cool

Just making sure that everything is in place...

job done  :wh:  ready to go

 next, capkit the audio/regulator board...  :work:

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007, 06:33:15 AM »

Time to go deep into the wip   Cheesy

i draw the cab, so you guys can understand how it work  Cheesy
the monitor is placed in the cab, to be able to reflect into a mirror...
behind that mirror, you have a colorfull Bezel (tank dashboard) iluminated by a black light...it is very simple but the effects are stunning !!! (same thing in the space invaders cab)

now removing the periscope:

after that i removed the mirror. AND WOWWWWWWWWWWWW

BUT i do not understand why i can not see very well the bezel glowing behind the mirror  confused

OK i know now why  roll eyes

as you can see the back mirror is so dirty   confused

the most difficult thing to do ...removing the monitor  confused

it is a WG 19V2000 black and white vector

i need to discharge the monitor  :alien:  to remove the deflection board, to be able to work on it and install a new capkit....

i use a HIGH VOLTAGE PROBE, it is much better for thoose type of monitor, it will help to avoid damaging the HV diode...

the force is with you young Jedi   Twisted

Voila :

i also found this on the back door :

now, i have to clean, and fix a few stuff   arrow

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 07:49:03 AM »

Cheesy  more progress   :wh:

Time to sart to give a boost to the audio/regulator board, by changing all capacitors...

Here is the A/R II

I use a desoldering iron pump...

here are the parts to change:


1uf 50v                c22/c23
22uf 35v               c24/c31
470uf 25v              c1/c4/c12
1000 uf 25v            c13
3300uf 35v             c9/c10/c18/c19


10ohms                 r30

regulateur de voltage:

7812                   q8
7905                   q9


2N6107                 q2
2n3055                 q3

everything as been removed:

here is a brand new cap-kit from Bob Roberts:

I use some Hot-glue to fix the cap to the board:

need to change some transistors too  Cheesy

time to cut all extra wires:

voila, A/R II done, and distributing the correct volatge  Cool


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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2007, 07:29:32 PM »

Thanks you for posting all theses details Fred  Cool It'll really help me for my Battlezone  

A question... Your iron pump seems very usefull and easy to use :

Do you know where I can purchase something similar ?

 :idea:  Shocked  confused:

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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2007, 06:25:35 AM »

Not sure in Belgium  confused  I bought it  for $15 radio shack
but will probably not work on belgium AC unless you have a transformer ...

BEST TOOL EVER ...i recomand to have one to do capkit  Cool

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2008, 07:09:22 PM »

Back on this Fred.

I got a question. The board of my Battlezone doesn't work (it beeps because some RAM are defect), and I would like to know if the vector monitor is working or not  Huh? ...because my screen stays black...  Undecided

Can you switch on your game with the TEST switch at on, and tell me if your screen start up immediately and/or if something appears on the screen ?

Thanks  Kiss

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