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« on: February 02, 2012, 08:04:37 PM »


In december last year i had the chance to get my hands on a very rare and hard to find galaga´88 original cab. the asking price for it was 600 EUR incl. a 60 in 1 PCB. the cab was converted to a universal jamma machine, marquee is from pacmania, the cp is very hacked and also the wiring harness.

here are the sale annonce.


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arrived by me, i had first remove the red plexi from the cp. unfortunately the cpo are in poor condition, but fortunately the sidearts are present.


3x original serialnumber labels inside




In the last days i partially restored the galaga 88.



as you can seen on the last picture, the control panel is very hard hacked, it has 11!!! extra holes they must be filled.
A nice cpo repro from usa arrived in the last days.


Ok, first thing to do: removing the old cpo




and done... arrow


taping up the original holes.


ok, and now the big question, how to close these many holes. the professional way is welding in a metal factory. The first viewed factory located in my neighboorhood, the asking price 70 EUR for make it. shock i´m pissed off and says good bye. Angry
today i came in another factory and these people are very incredible. they took directly the panel and after 15 minutes it was finished, and the price: 10 EUR for filling 11 holes incl. grinding and bending. I gave him 20 EUR, very nice job!!!  Space Ace

here pics from work on my panel. arrow


ok, arrived home i sand the panel and makes it clean and smooth. Next step: paint job.



After these i take the new cpo from the usa and fixed it on the panel.
Ok, and now the final act: tape the cpo. fortunately an easy step, the quality was very good and the material easy to handle.


After installation of 2 cone button i built the cp in my galaga 88.


I think i´ts looking very good, or isn´t?


and the entire view arrow


Next steps:

still looking for a galaga 88 pcb
looking for wiring harness from pacmania/galaga88 cab

and...

asking bruno kindly again for his galaga´88 marquee...  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 08:21:28 PM »

Wonderfull!
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 08:23:10 PM »

Looks awesome, great job Toralf!
Seems like you have 2 Pacmania marquees by now. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 08:30:32 PM »

Thanks Etienne and Bela!

Seems like you have 2 Pacmania marquees by now. Cheesy

And my compliments Bela, very good eyes...
a.t.m. i have 2 pacmania marquees. if i had a galaga88 marquee you can have it back, if you want... lol
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 08:34:03 PM »

a.t.m. i have 2 pacmania marquees. if i had a galaga88 marquee you can have it back, if you want... lol

Maybe you should trade it with bruno for the galaga88, then its back at the original owner  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 08:44:52 PM »

a.t.m. i have 2 pacmania marquees. if i had a galaga88 marquee you can have it back, if you want... lol

Maybe you should trade it with bruno for the galaga88, then its back at the original owner  Grin

great idea! lol  lol lol lol
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 08:53:40 PM »

a.t.m. i have 2 pacmania marquees. if i had a galaga88 marquee you can have it back, if you want... lol

Maybe you should trade it with bruno for the galaga88, then its back at the original owner  Grin
LOL Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 09:02:28 PM »

nice toralf! i like the job those metal guys did on the control panel. 10 (20) bucks is a great price for their work.
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 09:13:49 PM »

nice toralf! i like the job those metal guys did on the control panel. 10 (20) bucks is a great price for their work.
yes ully, you are absolutely right. and if i have further problems like this, i know where i find the right guys.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012, 12:07:31 AM »

Fantastic!  Nice find and well worth it.

For the harness, could you not just copy the Pacmania one?

I may have a Galaga '88 PCB for sale if you need one.
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 12:00:49 PM »

Fantastic!  Nice find and well worth it.

For the harness, could you not just copy the Pacmania one?

I may have a Galaga '88 PCB for sale if you need one.
Wow, many thanks for offering me your PCB. yes, i need a original one and if you are selling it, then please let me know.

the "harness-copy" is a good point, but the plugs between the cp/main wiring are not the original ones and the pcb-connector with sw button and more are not present. to bring simply this cab back to life it´s ok, but the 100% orig. condition came only with the original wiring. i must be see...
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2012, 02:29:39 AM »

the restoration continues...

Here is the disassembled unit, completely converted, absolutely nothing original here.  Cry




next step: find the missing parts and reassembly the cp in 100% original state.

helpful is the flyer from TAFA, good to see that the leaf switches are yellow colored and a atari logo stick in the middle... arrow




mmmh, I've seen this button before a while in my storage, and this logo sticks too... so take your time and look...  Tongue
...and yeessss, i had find an rusty panel from atari a.p.b. and the leafswitches are present in the exact color: yellow!




the condition of these buttons are really good and that was why i start to clean and install these original leafswitsches into my galaga88 cp.




done! looking good so far, or isn´t?




and now the atari logo stick... find this also mounted in a gauntlet cp.




also disassembly and cleaning these rare piece, condition is not perfect, but good enough so far.





ok, lets built it in the galaga´88...





 Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2012, 02:51:53 AM »

CP is looking great, superb to see galaga coming back to life!
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2012, 03:12:03 AM »

CP is looking great, superb to see galaga coming back to life!
thank you strykr, I am also very pleased with the results so far. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2012, 03:40:04 AM »

Thursday afternoon: a postman brings a small package from belgium. arrow



I'm curious to see what is in the package?  Huh?


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YEEEESSSSS!!!! The missing marquee plexi in nice NOS condition!!! Kiss




Many thanks to Bruno for making it possible, you are a great guy!  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace

...and this preview is only for you dude...  







btw. not the final shot, because it´s been missing the glass in front of the marquee plexi. but fortunately no prob, i work in a glass company.  Cheesy

other things to do:
buy pcb,
buy original wiring if possible (or rewiring the cab)
smaller cosmetic repairs and more,
cleaning job



...and:
Playing the game...  pacman pacman pacman

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