First order in to Bob Roberts

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Orders, Pinball, Tools | Posted on 27-03-2012-05-2008

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Well,

I have placed my first Bob Roberts order. Did this some time last night. The check is written and will be in the mail at some point today (I hope). Excited to finally order from this legend. Got a few tools and some other parts. Unfortunately he was sold out of the leaf switch adjustment tools. Oh well, next time. Here is what I ordered.

2 – .093 Plug & receptacle 6 position w pins & sockets
2 – .093 Plug & receptacle 9 position w pins & sockets
1 – All-in-one HT-1921 crimpers
1 – Molex manual pin/socket extractors .093 – Occasional Use
1 – Pcb mounting feet (4)
1 – Video Game Leg Levelers (4)

Looking for a new panel

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 02-03-2010-05-2008

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So since Sunday I have been looking for a new control panel for my arcade machine. Previously I thought my cabinet was the HS-5 given that it has the 25 inch monitor. Though last night right as I was about to pay for the new control panel I PMed the user and asked for measurements. His panel was about two inches wider than mine… What gives? Well it turns out that I actually have the HS-2 with a 25 inch monitor. Not sure if the monitor is stock or not. Still looking for the new panel though. Work has been getting done, just hard to find the time to put that up here.

PC setup complete

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 15-01-2010-05-2008

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Well the setup of the pc used in my machine is now complete, granted most of the day was spent working on Jamie’s machine at his house. My batch file seems to have done the trick. I am using an nlited xp that I created. It boots quickly, maybe 30 seconds from power on. Once booted into windows MaLa starts right up and I can start playing. A few things are left to still be done, one of them being to prune the game list. I have each letter in its own list but it is still a bit much at time. I would rather each game be listed only one time, with the highest revision us game with at most two players being the one that precedence is given to. I am having a hard time figuring out how to do this. It was great to play some classic games with Peggy though. I did notice the need for larger than a 30 gig hdd so I decided to get a larger one. As luck would have it no one seems to make pata drives any more, and if they do they are not easy to come by. So my solution? Get a new 1 TB drive for my computer and pull one of the 120 gig pata drives out of it (as luck would have it, this was the main drive). That worked fine and I have never seen linux boot so quickly on my machine. Now I have a noticeably faster computer and a larger drive for in my arcade.

Major strides being made

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 13-01-2010-05-2008

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Well, today was a great day of working hard on getting the j-pac to interface with the monitor. And it worked. It was not without various trials. But I suppose a bit of back story is needed first. Lately any time not spent at work I have been spending setting up the computers to act as the brains of our machines. I started work on Pierce’s computer as his would be the demo of sorts. Once it was all set up I wrote a batch file that would in essence mirror this setup to the other computers, making it easier on me and taking virtually no time. When the j-pac came in this batch file was not yet made, so Pierce’s computer was the clear choice for the j-pac demo. Well we hooked up the j-pac and had soft15khz running. Started the computer and only the top half of the screen was displaying. After fooling around with this for some time I found that it was a problem with the video card not being fully supported. So I then took my computer (still running mame well over two years old at this point), installed soft15hkz, and plugged it in. Worked like a charm! I couldn’t help but play my first game on my new machine. None other than Mr. Do!

I hate plexiglass

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 12-01-2010-05-2008

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So lately I have been busy doing work on my cabinet, mostly control panel things. After painting the panel I tried cutting the plexi glass. I say try because it failed. I used a 1 1/8 forstner. This works great for drilling the plexi. After it was all drilled I placed it on the panel to have it not fit, at all. The holes were all misaligned. That is fine, number two will be better. So I cut and drilled plexi number two. All of the holes were drilled for the buttons (mind you it takes some time with a forstner bit but the outcome is always a nicer cut) and I was drilling the first hole for the carriage bolt and the plexi shattered (mind you the holes lined up perfectly). At that I went to bed. The next day I took my first cut and put it onto the control panel. The holes looked just as bad as I had remembered. As a quick fix I took my dremel with a sanding bit and lined the holes up. The control panel is now together like that, it may look bad but at least it is functional. Next time I will buy lexan and should have better luck with it not breaking.

Painted Control Panel in 12 Degree Weather

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 09-01-2010-05-2008

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Who ever says it can’t be done is full of shit. I have been painting things using this method for a few years now. All you have to do is heat the primer, paint, and part. Take it outside, spray it, take it inside. It is that simple. My preferred method of heating, a trip in the car, put the heater on the feet, turn it to full blast and all the way in the red. Set the part and the cans down there. Works like a charm. Between coats put in front of the heat register at your house (if you have forced air heat). Attached are the images so that you can see how well it worked out. I used white rustoleum primer and a semi gloss black top coat (also rustoleum). Well back to working on the plexi for the atop the control panel!

Panel is completely stripped

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 07-01-2010-05-2008

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Well, the panel is done. That was a lot of work that didn’t need to be. I started off sanding the glue away, that was slow going. Last night at about midnight I saw someone on KLOV used a brass brush on their drill for cleaning metal. That worked great! Well almost, it left the panel scratched terribly. Never fear, that worthless sander fixed that. Using 220 for a few minutes I got the last of the glue off and made the panel nice and smooth. The next step was removing the rust on the underside. There were some pretty bad rust spots. I brushed the rust off with a wire brush (no drill this time…) and then coated the thing in naval jelly. That stuff is amazing! Two coats and the rust was mostly gone. I figure what little rust is there will be taken care of by the primer that I will be using. After washing off the naval jelly, and the rust for that matter, I decided to toss the panel in the oven at 175 degrees to make sure it was completely dry. That worked out just fine. I left it in there for 45 minutes for good measures. I want to try to paint the panel this weekend but with highs in the 20s it doesn’t seem possible. I was thinking of painting it outside quickly then rushing it back inside to dry. I have had good luck with that in the past. Speaking of painting like that I am painting the bolts for on the panel right now, using that exact method! Things are working out fine but the next step will be to strip the cabinet, not something I am looking forward to… That is still a ways off I suppose as I still have to get the panel complete first.

Attached are a few pics of the panel after cleaning with naval jelly. You can see how little rust is left.

Work is coming along

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Work | Posted on 07-01-2010-05-2008

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Well I am working on the control panel right now. It is a little rusty so I bought some naval jelly. It was also painted over top some sort of overlay, be it a sticker or a decal (there is glue under it), but it was Double Dragon II in another life. After spending about two hours with a razor blade removing the paint and an eternity with a sander removing the Double Dragon overlay I am about half done. Once completed, the next step will be naval jelly and then primer, then a few coats of some nice semi gloss black.

Story thus far

Posted by Frank | Posted in Arcade, Story | Posted on 07-01-2010-05-2008

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Well I am taking a break from working on the arcade panel, figure it would be good to post the story thus far. Some time in the last week of 2009 I contacted a person that I found via craigslist to buy two gutted cabinets. This person told me that it isnt worth it to buy a gutted cabinet, said that it costs more money in the long run. It was clear that he was talking out of his ass for the most part, but offered to sell me a jamma ready cabinet complete with the monitor for $150. This seemed like a great idea. My friend, Pierce, and I were all ready to go pick up these cabinets when Jamie said that he wanted to get one as well. So I called back, again this guy said that he had them but gave me some spiel about how he could toss a streetfighter 2 board into the cabinet and sell it for $600-$800. He just seemed like an ass. Further research using well known arcade forums showed this to be true. What ever, he had the cabinets for us, that is all that mattered. Well on Wednesday, December 30th Jamie made a call to his dad’s friend who dealt in arcade machines. He didn’t have any though he knew someone who may. Jamie called him, same story, but he directed us to someone else, who we will call Michael for the sake of this story. Third time is the charm. Michael had machines, by the boat load. When Jamie said that we had an offer in Pittsburgh for $150 this person promptly offered them to us for $100, and better yet, they had a jamma board included. Sounded too good to be true but Jamie and I went down after work, and it was too good to be true. Wow, he had about 100 machines (not including all of the jukeboxes, pinball machines, and other random entertainment devices). He showed us ones that were $100. So I called Pierce and told him. Michael said that we could stop by at 11 am the next day, which we did, that is when the real story begins.

You see Michael wasn’t around but his employees were, including one that we will from now on refer to as ESDB (el senor douche bag). ESDB informed us that Michael would not be around for some time. That we should come back at around 4:00 pm. Hell it was new years eve, fuck that shit. We waited outside and I guess ESDB called Michael and was told to let us in. He informed us to write down 5 machines and Michael would call back in 15 minutes and give us prices. We wrote down some of the ones that he said were $100 the night before, Ninja Gaiden and Mortal Kombat II. Jamie wanted us to write down NBA Hangtime, NFL Blitz 2000 Gold, Robocop II

ESDB told us it was $100 for a completely gutted cab and $500-600 for a working machine. Not what Michael had told us, but ESDB insisted. During the time before the phone calls he stood around with the other employees and spoke rather loudly about us. Kept saying nasty things for no reason. After all we were taking machines that were in this goddamn warehouse for god knows how long making them no money at all. During this time he also kept telling us that people often come to get the machines with intent of cleaning them up and putting a “compuder in em” and fail. Also said that arcade monitors cannot hook up to a computer without expensive hardware and software. I just ignored him. Pierce on the other hand got fired up. More on that later.

During the waiting time we fired some of the machines up to see if they worked. MKII was good, NBA Hangtime was good. Robocop II was good, Ninja Gaiden was bad. It just had a high pitch clicking going on. I assumed it was the power supply. Forget that one. NFL Blitz turned on but no game came on, not sure what was wrong there. The jamma was plugged in but the board had some missing roms, maybe that was it. I saw a Neo Turf Masters game that he had said $100 for the night before. We plugged it in and were greated with the spinning Neo Geo logo. I claimed it right then and there! Wow, a working neo geo mvs for $100, cabinet and all?!?!?! Too good to be true. But remember it was not on our list…

Well Michael called back and gave us a $100 price tag on MKII, NBA Hangtime, NFL Blitz, and Ninja Gaiden. ESDB was talking to him and Jamie and I asked him to ask about Neo Turf Masters 5 or 6 times. He ignored us. Michael asked to talk to Jamie. Jamie got the phone and asked, Michael said yes, $100 for Neo Turf Masters. I was in bliss!

Now came the time to load them. The day before Michael said that his guys would help us move and load them, well ESDB saw to it that wasn’t going to happen. He told his workers not to help us, and even yelled at them when they tried to. All ESDB did was stand around and laugh at us struggling. That was fine. We were going to get our goddamn arcade machines one way or another. The first machine we moved was the neo geo. This was fun. It was against the wall, burried behind all sorts of amusement equipment. All total I think we moved two jukes, one arcade, 20 pinballs, one pole table, and a dart board. Not to mention a ton of other shit. During this moving Pierce, being pissed off at ESDB, started just throwing stuff out of the way. Comical to say the least. We finally got the neo geo out to the floor and someone showed us how to use the dolly the right way… He got yelled at by none other than ESDB.

The next machine was NBA Hang Time. This was easier. There was an engine lifter, some tires, a foos ball table, and a bowling game in the way. That took us maybe 20 minutes to get out. Mortal Kombat II was right on the end, 20 seconds there. So loading time is now upon us. Jamie pulls his dad’s dodge ram hemi up to the door and we struggle to get the neo geo in. Later I find that the cabinet weighs 375lbs with no game in it… Pierce and I tell Jamie there is no goddamn way we are lifting the others. Pierce goes to Penske, they are closed. I call uhaul and they are open so I give the number to Pierce. He calls and it is disconnected. I call back and it works fine. When Pierce gets back from Penske I call uhaul again. He speaks with them, they have one van, perfect, we will take it! He goes to get it, Jamie and I get the neo geo down. Much easier to get down then to get up on there. Pierce shows up, we load the neo geo and the mkII into the van as that is all that would fit. We load NBA into the truck. Now here comes the best part. We go to each give ESDB $100 for our machines, Pierce and I give him $100 bills, Jamie goes to give him 5 $20 bills. ESDB says “Michael don’t take no small bills”. Someone said that he could take it or leave it but the machine wasn’t coming off the truck. This was at about 3:30. We then take the machines to my house and unload the neo geo and mkII.

That is about it as for how we got the machines. I intend to catalog the restoration process of my machine as I have found other’s sites that did the same rather useful.