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Mad Planets control panel rebuild

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

During our very successful game party last year, my Mad Planets decided to malfunction. The fire button died and made the game impossible to play. I’ve been delaying the repairs because of my schedule (more…)

Wizard of Wor Mini restoration @ COSP

Monday, April 20th, 2009

CoinOpSpace is running an arcade game restoration contest with prizes from some of the best vendors in the business, so I’m motivated to dust off those long neglected projects and get moving on the restorations! My first entry into the contest will be my Wizard of Wor mini’s. Yep, two of them.

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To learn more about the contest or even to submit your own entry, visit CoinOpSpace. To follow my Wizard of Wor restoration progress, you can check out my WoW blog on COSP. I hope to have both machines up and running very soon.

Restoration contest up @ CoinOpSpace

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

CoinOpSpace, the forum for collectors to discuss all things coin operated (Arcade games, pinball machines and MAME to name a few), recently posted a new contest in the forum section. Start and complete a new arcade game restoration for your chance to win $150 (maybe more) in prizes from our favorite industry vendors. Check out the full story and the rules here:

COSP Contest

I’ve had a few projects that have been waiting for me to get motivated. I think now is the perfect opportunity. So if you’ve got a project you’ve been meaning to get to, dust it off and enter the COSP contest! Good luck!

Pinball backglass restoration in RGP

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I haven’t tackled a pin restoration yet, but at some point I’ll start on the firepower machine I have that’s been waiting for a little TLC. This thread over in RGP got me thinking about my pin project and about pinball restoration efforts in general.

Read the RGP thread here.

I think the new process is a great idea and hopefully a less costly alternative to silk screened glass reproductions. Knowing a little about silk screening from my Berzerk control panel reproductions, I can only imagine the time and effort required to produce a repro pin glass. The cost certainly reflects this. Being able to produce the same quality effect on a translite could be a fantastic way to repro some backglass art that might otherwise never get done.

Pinball restorations are a worthy cause, let Steve Young or the pin community in general know how you feel. Get involved and help save some games!

Phoenix Cabaret restoration pt 3

Monday, March 16th, 2009

This restoration has been a serious pain in the butt. I ruined one of my carefully laminated side panels in my last effort, (See part two for that story.) and would need to make another panel. I had enough scrap material to join and make a new panel, so I gave it a try. It worked out well and I figured that after laminating it, you’d never know it was two pieces. Unfortunately during the sizing portion, I cut about 4″ more off the bottom than I should have. Measure twice, cut once, words to live by. I bit the bullet and purchased another piece of material. This time I got it right.

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I carefully lined up the new, pre-cut blank on top of the other blank I had already laminated but not cut. I then used screws through the carriage bolt holes to secure the pieces in place. No movement this time. (more…)

Arcade Game Laminate

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

This article is in no way meant to give an exhaustive account on how to repair a missing chunk of laminate, or what type of router bits should be used, or what type of adhesive, etc. There are plenty of places to find such information, such as coinopspace, byoac, or even search the RGVAC archives in Google Groups. It has already been covered, extensively, so search. I am simply throwing out a little “history” on laminates as I seem to get one or two emails per month asking the question, “What laminate did you use in the plans for the Ms. Pac-Man cocktail table?” This simple question has a not so simple answer. (more…)

Space War button disassembly and cleaning

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The control panel on a Vectorbeam Space War is a strange and complex construction. There are no joysticks or typical round arcade buttons, only rows of square buttons. Old school, IBM typewriter style buttons. (more…)

Pro-Tek powder coating – Part II

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

I picked up my parts from the powder coater, Pro-Tek, on Tuesday.  To my surprise they were grey!  I made two major mistakes with my first run at Pro-Tek.  The first was that I only looked at a tiny 1″ x 1″ catalog sample of the hammered finish.  (more…)

Vectorbeam Space War Restoration – Part II

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Now that the game is completely stripped, it’s time to start repairing the cosmetic issues. I’ll get to the buttons later. Since this game is considered rare and has almost complete side art, it’s worth a little effort to protect the artwork. I used blue painters tape to completely mask off both sides of the artwork. Then I used an x-acto to trim the excess off. (more…)