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« on: January 01, 2009, 11:42:33 AM »


Following this road trip...  arrow



It's time to give a second life to this Ms. Pac Man cabinet  Kiss

As you can see, I've got all the parts I need, except the electronic parts :



This renovation should not be difficult, but it'll require some work...

OK, so let's check the cab' itself.

Its identity ?



Yeah... it's a real Ms. Pac Man  Kiss



Serial number is 36600.

The left side will require some repair on the top and few other places... (bondo)





The right side is in better condition :





Both side will require some painting restoration.



The front is fine, but it'll need painting correction too...

OK, now this is the funny part  Wink I need the *exact* paint in order to touch up the sides.
Because this cab is empty, it's the perfect time to...



...bring it up to my usual paint shop, in order to scan the colors used on the Ms. Pac Man cabinet  Grin  arrow



Look the kids on the right of the picture  Grin Grin Grin Attracted by the cab  Roll Eyes Tongue  Grin arrow



Ok... show time !  pacman



At the entrance of the shop, I'll looking for a security guard, or someone from the shop... in order to explain him that it's just an other 'ArcadeLifeStlye' action I'm planning to do blablabla...



No one  Huh? Ok, so let's go directly to the Mixing colors machine  Grin arrow



The employee recognize me  Cheesy I use to come here for scanning the colors of small parts, but this is the first time I'm coming with a full size cab' of course  Smiley He's very amused... and recognize the 'thing'  Grin



Here's the colors scanner :



There are 4 colors used on a Ms. Pac Man : Yellow, Blue, Pink and Black. I'll scan them all, except the black.





Done  Wink Time to go home ... but let's do some other 'ArcadeLifeStyle' pictures  Grin  arrow



A lot of costumers are very amused by this... some of them recognize the game... I hear a lot of 'wakka wakka' around me  Grin

Now the best part  Grin At the cash desk ...

The cashier, a young girl, see the cabinet. I'm saying "I guess the bar code is somewhere on the back"  Grin

..and she's now looking for the code bar  Grin Grin Grin  arrow



After 1 minute, she says : "... I don't find its bar code  Huh? I've never seen such item before in that shop... and mister... it looks already used ... why did you buy this ?..."

I say : "Yeah, I know... but this is the last one on that shop... I'm ok to buy it like that... Oh, and I'm sure there is a bar code somewhere, please check again  Grin..."



...and once again, she's turning around the cabinet in order to find the bar code / price of the cabinet  Grin Grin Grin It was amazing !!! Jesus Christ, too bad I didn't film that scene  Grin Grin Grin

One minute later... she saw me laughing like a madman ... and I finally explain her what that 'thing' is  Wink She was finally very amused too  Wink

Ok, time to go back at home  Cool But a last 'Western Style' picture  Tongue  arrow



This cab will go in the ...hum hum ... workshop, located in the first floor in my house  Roll Eyes Tongue



And this is it... I got the right colors for this Ms. Pac Man  Wink



OK, I think I deserve three 'Space Ace' for that , don't ya think ?  Grin Grin Grin  arrow

 Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 11:57:02 AM »

Oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Incredible story !!!

I put  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace

10 space ace for you

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PROJECTS FROM SCRATCH:

Galaga - PacMan - Donkey Kong Red Cab - Track & Field Upright - Tempest - Burgertime - Gyruss - Defender - Track & Field Cocktail - Robotron 2084

RESTORATIONS:

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2009, 12:39:30 PM »

great story...   Grin Grin Cheesy

but a shame and very sad the young woman at the counter didn't even have an idea of what this is...  confused confused
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2009, 08:26:24 PM »

great story...   Grin Grin Cheesy

but a shame and very sad the young woman at the counter didn't even have an idea of what this is...  confused confused

Yes..  it's 2009 !!!!!


 shock  shock Caution  shock  shock    Our Ages are showing!!!   Cheesy      No Problem.... I'm still 13 inside!!!!

Looking Great Bruno!!!!!!!!!  Many Space Aces' for you!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009, 03:17:03 AM »

Bruno, are putting in a real Ms. Pac Man PCB or running MAME in it?
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2009, 07:57:18 AM »

but a shame and very sad the young woman at the counter didn't even have an idea of what this is...  confused confused

Yes, that is the *sad* part of the story  oppps

Bruno, are putting in a real Ms. Pac Man PCB or running MAME in it?
I'll try to catch the real board, but I know it'll be very difficult  Undecided Ms Pac Man is a very expensive board... mostly only available in US ... high shipping cost + incoming taxes  Ghost I already spent a fortune on other boards and I'm tired to spend so much money for finally have non working games  Ghost
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2009, 08:42:43 AM »

I'll try to catch the real board, but I know it'll be very difficult  Undecided Ms Pac Man is a very expensive board... mostly only available in US ... high shipping cost + incoming taxes  Ghost I already spent a fortune on other boards and I'm tired to spend so much money for finally have non working games  Ghost
Smell like advmame regular setup, Am I wrong ? 
In my point of view, it's the setup I like the most.
Once mastered, advmame is really a must.

Nice event as you told me last week...
Incredible with pictures

Keep it up Bruno, if you need such an advice...

Pierre
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2009, 08:54:48 AM »

Nice event as you told me last week...
Incredible with pictures

Stay Tuned Pierre  Wink Pictures are coming soon  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2009, 11:34:43 AM »

bruno you are insane
the pics of you taking the cab to a DIY superstore are hilarious. Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009, 12:23:18 PM »

Taking a whole cab to a DIY store for a colour match  Grin Grin Grin Grin That really is dedication!
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2009, 11:15:53 PM »

Taking a whole cab to a DIY store for a colour match  Grin Grin Grin Grin That really is dedication!
I thought about doing it too. I need the code for Galaxian blue....could that maybe the same as Ms.Pac blue ?

Great pics, yeah those kids at the car-park look very interested at the game, and you my friend look to be interested in their mama Cheesy (which I can understand totally, although I need more detailed pictures just to be sure  Grin Grin Grin).

It would be nice if there were portable color scanners that you could take home and back to the store....
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2009, 01:50:43 AM »

That is really funny. I can't believe you took the entire cabinet to the store!
I'm really looking forward to your restoration. Last year I took apart my Ms Pac and never finished the restoration.
Good luck!
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2009, 08:24:51 PM »

 lol nice one bruno i love reading your restorations, good luck i look forward to the next set of pics

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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2009, 06:20:16 PM »

Thanks to all of you for your nice responses on a such 'ArcadeLifeStyle' story  Kiss Kiss Kiss

Here's additional pictures, just for the fun  Roll Eyes Tongue





And this one for André (Level 42)  arrow



It's just to show you the bad 'hit' on the side of course  Roll Eyes Grin

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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2009, 07:23:52 PM »

Ah, yeah, of course my friend !

That looks like pretty tight....uhmmm   bad hole !


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