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« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2009, 12:16:11 AM »

I've seen this cab at the seller and I love (as always) what you're doing to it Wink

Best part is that the original board is working Smiley

I bought a Pleiads board at the fair where we met Bruno (at Luc's stand). It was the very board that was originally in my Pleiads cocktail.(also Tehkan). My God, talk about a game that I almost forget that I own.....it's in SUCH a bad shape ....really sad.....

O well, when the Gameroom's done we'll have a bit more time (although I'll finally finish Luc's SW cockpit first ! Smiley )
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« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2009, 02:51:27 PM »

Hi!
I registered here only to say: Awesome!!

I'm from Spain, and I didn't know this manufacturer, but sure it was a official license.
In that years, you can find a few versions of the same game (the official and bootlegs, with different desings cabs).
And even official licences has variations on the rom (texts, gameplay - usually to be harder/faster than original), but this seems like had no variation : still have the Tehkan (C) Maybe the gameplay here is the same than original.

And ... where you get this gem? Has Pesetas and Francs in the coin door
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« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2009, 06:08:49 PM »

Hi Davebizarro,

Thanks for taking time to register here  Kiss

It's amazing. I've NO information regarding that Spanish manufacturer 'Iresca'  Undecided ...nothing can be founded on the web ... except some pictures of that cabinet (and not a generic picture of that cabinet, but THIS cabinet, the one I own now!).

Here's the story of that cab :

That game was located in an Arcade Museum / Pop Culture located in Belgium.

Here's some of the cabinets that were in that museum (now closed ... or without all these games)  arrow



The museum pages are still accessible by the way, here the url : http://soc.kuleuven.be/onderwijs/pop/videogames/museum.php

Few years ago, a collector from Netherlands bought all these games. So all these games were in Belgium...and as you''ll see... very great games in therms of Arcade History : Computer Space, Space Wars, Tapper,...   and that treasures went to Netherlands....

So, I bought that cabinet to that collector, and bring the game back ... in Belgium (road trip here if you've missed it  Wink).

I'm really curious to know if that 'manufacturer' made other cabinets Huh? But I have no information  Ghost

Why Pleiads by the way ?  I agree it's not a 'mainstream' game like Galaga, DK, ... BUT ...
...Well, I used to play that game back in the days. This game is a little bit underestimate, because it has been released in the same time than better 'shooter' game like ... Galaga by example. But I still really enjoy playing it... believe me... the sounds are so special, the shape of the aliens, the mother ship to destroy... and its final stage, when you must navigate around parked ships to hit landing pad right on  Kiss A lot of memories for me Smiley
Well, I Love It  Kiss Kiss Kiss ... and that's the reason why this specific workshop is especially important for me  Tongue
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« Reply #33 on: January 14, 2009, 06:12:58 PM »

The two metal plates for the original coin doors are damaged  Embarrassed  arrow



I'll use two other ones, in better condition, but as you can see ... full of rust  Shocked  arrow



Rust in not a problem ... before preparing the 'anti-rust' bath, let's prepare all the items to be 'cleaned'  arrow


 
This button 'coin reject' has to be cleaned too...



...but how to put an item like this inside the 'remove rust' bath, without dismantle everything  Huh?

Like this  Smiley  arrow



Of course, don't forget to put in the bath all the screws...

OK, after 24 hours inside that bath, it's time to clean up manually each parts.

I used to sand manually all the needed parts, but now... I've got a Dremel ...



...and I can work faster, for a better result  Tongue  arrow



Remember the plate, so rusty ? Looks better now  arrow



Of course, I put back the original Irecsa metal plate, and I put a new key / lock :



On location  arrow



But hey, how can I play that fabulous game without the control panel   Huh?



Stay Tuned  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2009, 03:19:13 AM »

Hi,
After see your posts, a few were discussing info about this company here:

http://www.marcianitos.org/foro/showthread.php?t=24067
(in post 9 there is some information, He says it was a manufacturer mayority of licenses from Midway, but other games too)

Maybe for not be a "mainstream" game, It wasn't released by other greater/known companies, like recreativos franco, sonic or petaco, and maybe this company take the license.

By other side, other games like Galaxian or Pacman were manufactured here by many companies (some with different titles, roms modifications, different cabinets designs, etc) I like for example, the cabinet designs from Recreativos Franco, they were more like japanese version instead US. versions of Pacman and Galaxian.

Thanks for save the cabinet and for restoring it!
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« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2009, 08:37:15 AM »


i Bruno,

About your rusty coin gate, You don't plan to paint them to definitely stop the rusting process ?
Else rust will come again and paint those lovely in a dusty red/orange/brown color...  roll eyes

I've some joystick plate that i cleaned in the wayyou did, after a few hours, rust is back again.  Sad
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« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2009, 03:45:19 PM »

About your rusty coin gate, You don't plan to paint them to definitely stop the rusting process ?
Else rust will come again and paint those lovely in a dusty red/orange/brown color...  roll eyes

Opss... Yes Pierre...  oppps ... It's a mistake, you're right.
So I remove these two metal plates + the 4 screws  arrow



I'll use this product, in order to protect the parts from for rust  arrow



...applying on the screws...




...and on the plates, both sides of course ...



And back to the coin door  arrow



According the notice of the product, the metal is supposed to be a little bit more 'shiny' but I don't notice it.
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« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2009, 04:40:44 PM »

Few years ago, a collector from Netherlands bought all these games. So all these games were in Belgium...and as you''ll see... very great games in therms of Arcade History : Computer Space, Space Wars, Tapper,...   and that treasures went to Netherlands....

I always thought the Budweiser version of the Tapper cabinet was the coolest cabinet I've ever seen.

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« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2009, 06:06:22 PM »

I used to sand manually all the needed parts, but now... I've got a Dremel ...




Dremel  Space Ace Kiss great addition, an excellent working tool - the best for small parts - I have to buy one too  Cool

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« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2009, 07:55:28 PM »

Back to the control panel, remember  arrow



...badly hacked with a generic 4 ways joystick   Evil  arrow



...plexi broken, a second button has been added...



Behind the panel, you can see the 4 original holes for the initial '2 way' joystick, and also the additional wires for the second button + up/down directions (because of the addition of a 4 ways joystick)  arrow 



Well, a lot of work here... let's go  Wink

Let's remove all the buttons + screws...



Left bath : rust remover, right bath : strong soap + water  arrow

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« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2009, 08:18:20 AM »

OK, let's remove everything of the control panel.

This Pleiads panel includes three parts (from top to down)

- bezel in Plexiglas
- metal plate
- wood plate

See from the back  arrow



Here's the *non original* 4 ways joystick  Evil  arrow



I'll replace that shit by a two ways /leaf : ball top one (coming from a Galaga panel)  arrow



Here's the metal structure of the panel  arrow



Rusty...as usual  oppps ...



Let's remove the rust on that, and also on the two way joystick. Because it's too big for a bath, I'm applying the 'rust remover' with a paintbrush :

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« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2009, 07:12:30 PM »

Back on the 'wood part' of the control panel.

Here's the last view of the panel, and the UGLY non original 4-ways joystick!  arrow



As already explained, the idea is to use this 2 ways joystick (leaf), that originally came from a Galaga  :



...but as you can see, it doesn't fit the panel without an 'adaptation'  Wink Let's get back an OLD friend... my router  Kiss arrow



Now, it should be fine for that 2-way joystick  Smiley  arrow



Quick test... yes ... it fits  Kiss  arrow





Let's draw four new holes in order to fix the new joystick :



Done  arrow



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« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2009, 07:58:12 PM »

...and of course, I've to test the joystick... I cannot resist to play *at least* the game  Kiss Kiss Kiss 

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« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2009, 11:29:26 PM »

Lovely. Pleiads is so underrated !

I mean, this is a 1981 game and it has 4 levels, scrolling, end-boss, you name it. And it's fun to play !

Must....try.....PCB.....in.......cocktail..........

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« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2009, 06:53:41 PM »

Let's check how the '2-ways' joystick will be located on the 'plexi' panel :



Perfect!  Kiss  arrow



OK, as you can see, the original 'plexi' panel (including the overlay) is broken. Let's reproduce it!

Regarding the artwork, it has been already 'vectorized'  Kiss (see the beginning of this topic).

I've just meet Marc, a very kind person, who can do 'plexi' replica, close to my house (only 5 minutes). I show him the original one, and he said : ok, just give me the 1:1 model, and I'll replicate it  Kiss

Because don't want to replicate the *bad* things done by an operator on the panel in the past (like adding that lame 4 ways joystick, or adding a second button), I'll have to do a 'rectified' panel model  Cool

So let's take a big sheet of heavy paper, and let's do the job ...





Done  arrow



As you can see, only 1 push button for 'fire' or 'D I S P A R O'  (see the first page of the topic  Wink)

Let's check if my model is correct  Roll Eyes  arrow



A last check... Does the joystick hole will match ? What about the 1/2 and fire buttons ?



Yes!!! It should be right  Wink I'm confident  Smiley So let's give this paper model to Marc... and cross the fingers  Kiss

Until the new panel will be ready... let's play this great game  Kiss  arrow



... even better ... let's score on it  Tongue Grin



17470 so far ... what is the world record  Roll Eyes Tongue ... OK ... let's continue to practice then  Tongue

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