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#201 2016-05-25 15:29:29

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

bigmessowires wrote:

I think your game room is the size of my house. :-)

I wonder if some kind of digital processing could adequately mimic the phosphor blurring effect using a higher-res LCD. Eventually it may be very difficult to find CRTs.

Most likely. Most HDMI mods for older consoles have a lot of video options, be they scan lines, blur, etc.

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#202 2016-05-26 06:14:58

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that a beige Apple Mouse II, same as came with the Macintosh? As opposed to an Apple II mouse which had a different shape button, needed an interface card and was platinum to match the Apple IIc?

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#203 2016-05-26 13:54:29

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

bigmessowires wrote:

I wonder if some kind of digital processing could adequately mimic the phosphor blurring effect using a higher-res LCD. Eventually it may be very difficult to find CRTs.

The Cathode app attempts to do that for terminal emulators.  It's got a bunch of different settings to mess with too.  It's a neat idea and worth checking out, although I'm not a huge fan of the limited font selection it offers, at least as a daily use terminal emulator.

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#204 2016-05-26 14:11:18

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

mcdermd wrote:

I find machines by scanning craigslist, running with other local collectors and continuing to network. It's like Macs - how many have you found on craigslist vs how many have you found from another member or a friend-of-a-friend? These two were bought from an arcade owner I've struck up a rapport with over the last few years.

Huh, that's cool.  I guess I have to admit most of mine were from ebay.

What are you doing for the dedicated room?  Taking over an existing room, adding on to house, or ???  I've considered getting one of those pre-made outbuildings as an office/old computer room, but so far other things have taken precedence.  Someday I'll get to it.

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#205 2016-05-31 15:07:01

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Serious covet on the Battlezone console.

I too would love the Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator. I put a _lot_ of quarters into that machine back in the day.

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#206 2016-05-31 17:10:27

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There's currently a captain's chair (cockpit) ST:SOS project on KLOV for $600. Located in IL. No shipping. It would look great in your living room.


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#207 2016-05-31 20:51:58

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

mcdermd wrote:

There's currently a captain's chair (cockpit) ST:SOS project on KLOV for $600. Located in IL. No shipping. It would look great in your living room.

But I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, since I'd be in the doghouse! smile

I found the listing - that might be more of a project than I'm willing to handle, irregardless of the space requirements.

I did see a standup version in the background of one of the pics. That I would be much more likely to get away with!

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#208 2016-05-31 23:35:04

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Well you could pick it up and frieght it to me smile

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#209 2016-06-01 14:58:05

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macdrone,

It's at least 6 hours away from me. If you're _really_ serious...

Just for my education, how hard of a restore is this? To me, it looks like replacing the necessary particle board pieces should be fairly straightforward. I assume diagnosing and troubleshooting the electronics should be fairly straightforward as well for the "experienced" restorer.

What I'm curious about is how do you restore all the graphics on the cabinet and bezels, etc? Seems to me that would be the hardest part. Do such things exists, or do people make reproductions? Your machines upthread look beautiful - like new - so I assume there must be a way to do this.

Just curious...

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#210 2016-06-01 16:32:55

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Sometimes there's no getting around replacing wood but it's usually best to do as little of that as possible. Sometimes that means cutting off the bottom 8 inches of a cabinet and biscuiting in a new piece (I cut off and replaced a back corner this way on my Dig Dug). Sometimes that means cutting a new top panel. In rare instances, you just replace an entire side (I opted to do this on my Venture - there were literally multiple holes and busted corners on both sides).

Cleaning takes a lot of your time. If you've ever restored a car, you know about this part. Everything comes apart and gets soaked, scrubbed, sanded, tumbled, painted, polished before it all goes back together.

The nice thing about the amusement game hobby compared to the vintage Apple hobby is the amount of reproduction parts. NOS and reproduction parts are pretty common so it's likely you'll be able to source what you need. Every now and again you'll run into something that's going to take some patience and persistence to find.

Artwork is repro'd for a lot of different machines. I would say that the best art houses are This Old Game and Phoenix Arcade. In addition to solvent inkjet prints, both of them do runs of silkscreened art made from original films on vinyl, plexiglass and tempered glass.

So, how much work is that SOS? It depends how far you want to go with it. To me I don't see anything that's not doable. The broken roof might be a challenge to source. The biggest turn off for me is the size. It's really big. It takes up a lot of space and there's more to work on.


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#211 2016-06-01 23:20:29

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

My Star Trek TNG pinball was pretty wrecked initially, but it was fully restored with a rebuilt cabinet and reproduction art. It looks nearly brand new. New reproduction opto boards were also pretty easy to get.

I'm still working on the LED upgrade, though.

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#212 2016-06-01 23:35:32

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

I wish i could afford the shipping, but i do want one.

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#213 2016-06-02 03:17:37

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

There's a chain of 50's style diners in the SF bay area, and they, of course, have pinball machines, and I played them fairly often when I was younger.

I've never played the newer stuff discussed here, although when I was *really* young (like maybe 4 to 6 years old), a very close friend had a couple of arcade video games in his garage that I'd play on occasionally.

There is an arcade museum down at Peir 39 (I think) in SF that I've been to at least twice. This kinda makes me want to go again smile

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#214 2016-07-05 21:17:41

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I picked up a "little" box of Mac stuff from a friend on lunch today. Got it to the office and looked inside. Hmm...

MacCon Nubus ethernet, nice
Apple MPEG video decoder?, okay ...
Some Duo RAM
MacCon IIsi for SE30, real nice
MicroConversions 1724PD 24-bit QuickDraw card for PDS slots, interesting
Radius FPD? sweet! Hm, missing the PDS portion. I'll have to remember to ask
Radius Color Pivot 030 for SE/30? YES!YES!YES!
and the coup de grace - complete, never used Original Macintosh plastic welcome box.

I had no idea it was Christmas already

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#215 2016-07-05 21:23:35

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That's not Duo RAM, is it? It's 2MB VRAM for a Mac Mach64 Turbo card


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#216 2016-07-06 07:51:17

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Mmmm. That MacCon II for the SE/30.... *We wants it. My own. My precious.*

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#217 2016-07-06 21:05:49

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

I just bought a fairly yellowed SE/30 from a guy on craigslist for $50. Works, but needs recapped, so that's awesome... but the bonus he didn't mention in the ad? MacCon ethernet card. smile


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#218 2016-07-07 05:15:08

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Reallllll niceeeee!


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#219 2016-07-07 07:27:10

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Not unlike the SE/30 that I traded to ian.finder over at the other group for an early 2008 MB.  That one had an Asanté ethernet card in it as well.  Actually, I think most of the SE/30 machines I got in that conquest back in September 2012 had one installed.  As did a couple of the SE machines.  They all seemed to be former GroupDeath hospital machines.

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#220 2016-07-20 07:13:40

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Picked up a machine for a friend while he's on vacation. Got it working tonight:

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#221 2016-07-20 09:57:20

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

O M G. That is seriously cool!

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#222 2016-12-29 17:41:22

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Holy Smokes!

I guy I know brought a cache of goodies from San Francisco for me. It was a surprise "I have some stuff for you" mystery. Turned out to be a real nice haul. It even had a 9500 which is one machine that has eluded me for a long time.

Other notables - 350 MHz B&W with a Voodoo5 5500 Mac Edition. Original Newton MP. 400 MHz Pismo in really nice, clean, original shape with 320MB RAM. An editing keyboard. PM 9500/200, 96 MB RAM. Quadra 840AV with 40-something MB RAM. Boxes of software, manuals, cables, Jaz and Zip drives.

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