Defending the Universe with…. Defender!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

We have had the opportunity to work on many Defender machines over the years, but the one we recently came across is one of the cleanest machines that we have seen in a long time. The control panel has the typical Williams Defender , Stargate , Make Trax , Robotron , Joust cigarette burns, but overall the machine’s cabinet is a solid 9 out of 10. The electronics are proving to be a bit of challenge with some weird issues, but again, we are figuring them out. Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar really put in some incredible effort with this machine and when we play it, we cannot believe it is from 1980. It still holds up incredibly well.

Such a great cabinet

Such a great cabinet

Whoa, what's going on here?

Whoa, what’s going on here?

got it down to one invalid switch

got it down to one invalid switch

Screen Shot of a 95% working boardset

Screen shot of a 95% working board set

 

We buy old arcade games….. especially Tail Gunner

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

If you are looking to part with an arcade machine, please let us know. We are always looking for machines as we are always being asked for machines! One in particular that we are looking for is Tail Gunner by Cinematronics in the upright version or Tail Gunner 2 by Exidy in the cockpit version. It is unusual for a game to come out in different variations by different manufacturers, but we will not argue with this one as the game is just awesome! This is a game of basically no strategy, you just need to shoot everything coming at you and use your shield sparingly. It features the old style Black and White vector monitor as well. However…. the game is just compelling! It draws you in to play better and see if you can further along. If you happen to have one or even know where one is located, please drop us a line, we would love to have it in our collection or at least play it.

 

Tail Gunner upright by Cinematronics

Tail Gunner upright by Cinematronics

 

Tail Gunner 2 cockpit by Exidy

Tail Gunner 2 cockpit by Exidy

 

Screen shot, old style vector graphics that rule!

Screen shot, old style vector graphics that rule!

Dikembe Mutombo’s 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World …… for Friendship!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

All we can say is wow! This is a really cool mock-up that made its way to our local distributor for some modifications. It was originally just an internet game from Old Spice, but someone decided to up the ante and make a full size arcade game. We had a blast playing it and have always loved the sense of humor that Old Spice uses in their commercials. Arcade games come and go…… Pong, Space Invaders,  Asteroids, Defender, Pac-man, Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Robotron…… and…… Dikembe Mutombo’s 4 1/2 weeks to Save the World for Friendship!  Haha!

The full machine

The full machine

 

Side art featuring Dikembe, a sub sandwich, and his bear side kick.

Side art featuring Dikembe, a sub sandwich, and his bear side kick

 

Screen shot of the main screen.

Screen shot of the main screen

Sometimes a temporary fix is what just what you need…….. until the new part arrives.

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

We had a pinball repair come up for a Stern SHREK machine recently that had a bad drop target. We carry all the parts for drop targets….. except for this oddball! When we found the culprit, it ended up being a broken ledge in the drop target channel and we knew right away that this would have to wait until parts arrived. In order to get the customer up and running we employed a temporary fix on the pinball using….. electrical tape. While we try to be prepared for all issue with pinball machines. sometimes we run into things that are not possible to predict. Luckily for those occasions…… there is tape. By the way, this could have been the permanent fix because it worked so well, but we would rather fix things the right way! Haha!

 

Pre-Fix drop target

Pre-Fix drop target

 

"Tape Fix" drop target

“Tape Fix” drop target

 

Bad part and replacement part pics of the culprit

Bad part and replacement part pics of the culprit

 

 

Rare Operation Thunder in INCREDIBLE condition!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Gottlieb did not make a ton of games and some of the ones from the early 90’s are extremely hard to find. This one is an Operation Thunder of which there were only about 2500 made. What makes this one even more rare is the fact that the owner has kept in incredible condition. It only had a flipper and saucer issue that were easily fixed. I love my job!

 

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Finally got another one!

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

We had to get rid of our Home Use Only Ms Pacman / Galaga Reunion machine a few years ago and have missed it ever since. When we came across this one, we were so happy to get another. It is in amazing shape and actually has fewer plays on it than our original machine! Ms. Pac-man and Galaga are just great games and this machine faithfully reproduces them and has new controls with digital components! Also, through a series of moves with the joystick at startup, you can play regular Pac Man!

 

HUO Ms Pacman/Galaga Reunion machine

The right way to do things…… and the wrong way

Friday, June 30th, 2017

In repairing pinballs, there are some rules you want to follow and one of them is…… DO NOT try to modify the coils. Here is an example on a Pinbot of what can happen if one were to make their own diode bridge on a flipper coil. As you can see the coil clearly is shot and this was due to the fact it only had one diode across the terminals. This is a HUGE mistake since the coil actually needs two. You can see the damage it also did to the end of stroke switch which actually has melted plastic from the coil on it. Fortunately, the fuse that cuts off power to the flippers when something bad happens did its job and blew which saved countless other components. Pin-bot will be back in action, but this could have been a very costly repair.

 

One cooked coil!

One cooked coil!

 

 

The culprit, one diode, where there should be two. The top lug has actually burned off the wire to the windings.

The culprit, one diode, where there should be two. The top lug has actually burned off the wire to the windings.

 

The End of stroke switch with melted plastic from the coil.

The End of stroke switch with melted plastic from the coil.

 

 

this thing got hot!

This thing got hot! You can see that it burned through the inner plastic AND the coil sleeve!

 

what they normally look like.

What they normally look like inside.

Stumper

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

So we did a repair on a Star Wars arcade machine and it was nearly impossible to tell why the machine was having the issues it was exhibiting. When we took apart the controller, nothing jumped out at us. The gear looked fine until we took it off and it literally started falling to pieces. Here are a couple of pictures of the gears. Star Wars can now continue to rule the galaxy!

The Broken Gear

The Broken Gear

 

The New Gear

The New Gear

 

New and Old

New and Old

Game On

Friday, June 9th, 2017

We recently participated in Battle of the Arcades 2017 and our team won again. If you get a chance, check out the site, you will see the games we played, our scores, past events, and records that were set.

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https://www.battleofthearcades.net/

Pole Position Awesomeness!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

We just got this one in from a friend that we used to work with and can’t wait to get it to 100% again. The electronics are all ready to go after a few hours of work….. now we just have to put the cabinet back together! Pole Position is a game that still holds up amazingly well despite being 35 years old now. This machine is the harder to find cockpit version and it comes with a Pole Position II boardset which has 4 tracks to pick from instead of just 1. We feel like we are ready to take the actual Fuji race track in Japan!

 

Pole Position