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Atari Gravitar Restoration three FINAL

We’re right here at residence with the Gravitar. There’s not a lot left to do, however I needed to doc these final components right here on the weblog.

I do know what you suppose. The picture offered is that of a House Duel and never a Gravitar, isn’t it? You might be proper. However there are causes for that – learn on to search out out!

Thus, within the second a part of the restoration, the cabin was in the home and we had made good progress in rebuilding the Gravitar. Listed below are the final steps for you:

The coin purse was changed as a result of it was the state by which the previous one was. No method again from there, I believe. The brand new door is behind, with components of the door of a donor mendacity round. The wiring of the coin purse wanted some repairs earlier than I might plug in my bulbs. I assumed I had beforehand talked about that I had fully rebuilt the WG6100 monitor. Right here's the naked chassis earlier than repopulating the little bit of a facet word whereas I'm right here – I observed a flicker on the display screen once I plugged it in, and I made a decision to switch all of the body transistors to see if that might remedy the issue. Eradicating the previous ones, I observed that one of many cells was disintegrating, which precipitated a brief circuit between one of many transistors and the chassis. After the alternative, the picture is stable. An excellent end result!

Then you definitely reinstalled the wire harness, coin field, energy provide, coin holder, printed circuit boards and monitor cleaned:

Right here is the ability block. Every part was restored with the brand new "Massive Blue" capacitor and fuses, the loom, the speaker, the coin purse and the coin field, and eventually, the monitor fell to the highest. Wanting good!

It took a great hour – it's price it to be methodical, it's very straightforward to neglect to attach one thing. Take one job at a time – I are likely to work from the bottom of the cupboard. After a remaining flight verify and a double verify, every thing was because it ought to, it was time to maneuver up a gear:

Gravitar of the left And of the correct!

There was a small downside although – I missed half the sounds of the sport for some cause. It was due to this fact obligatory that the circuit board be repaired.

However right here's the issue: I had a House Duel package. House Duel shares a lot of the ability scheme and gravitar harness. It’s due to this fact in principle a easy case of change of the marquee, the management panel and the printed circuit. So I figured I’d – not less than I’d have one thing to play whereas the circuit board was on the restore store.

Additionally, you will discover that there was no marquee. The reason being the incompatibility of ballast in my American taxi with British electrical home equipment. I cannot go into the small print, however I’ll simply say that by depositing a local fluorescent bulb from the UK into an American setting, you’ll get an immediately blown bulb! There are two methods to unravel this downside, certainly one of them being certain to change the ballast in opposition to a British. These will not be notably low-cost and I needed to experiment a bit with an LED resolution, which might be helpful for future reference:

It's a fairly easy conversion. In brief, you must fully bypass the ballast, starter and starter wire and dwell wires at one finish and impartial to one another. We will maintain the present lamp holder. And right here is our new LED strip. It seems to be precisely like a fluorescent bulb, however with low temperature LEDs! I ordered this from a Chinese language eBay vendor for the princely sum of € 7 shipped! It’s a good high quality product and it arrived in a couple of week, if I keep in mind accurately. Plunged into the House Duel marquee – good. Simply the correct quantity of sunshine, and no proof of "dotted" LEDs that you might count on. Very pleased with this, and really handy to know for future restorations

So right here we’re – the completed article. An Atari Gravitar, with a House Duel package put in inside:

It appears excellent! The work seems actually proper. As a two-player sport, House Duel works rather well. The cabin is gorgeous and broad to accommodate each gamers with out downside. You possibly can see how excessive these Atari vector cupboards are. I’m notably happy with the way in which the cleaned black vinyl was cleaned with out having to get replaced. You need to have the ability to say that I made a matte black skid plate to cowl the crack on the backside. It ranks very properly. The coin purse has been fully changed and here’s a fast shot earlier than / after. I believe it's a job properly completed

So there you could have it. I'm looking for the easiest way to mount a swap of credit as a result of the "freeplay" mode of House Duel doesn’t present sure sequences of attraction, and stays displayed on a static display screen ready for the start of the participant . discover tremendous boring. I might additionally revisit the t-molding. The usual dimension isn’t appropriate as a result of the cabin has swollen with age – nothing severe. As you’ll be able to see, it’s nonetheless stable, however I believe that particle board has attracted moisture through the years – in all probability till saved in a chilly place. A barely wider T-molding is offered for sorting. So I can order and exchange what I’ve on this one.

Right here is the cabin in situ within the loft arcade to present you an concept of ​​the size:

And eventually, since I wrote this piece, the Gravitar board is repaired once more. I’ve reinstalled the package and right here it’s:

The Gravitar completed!

Okay, I'm going to play vector video games! If you wish to come again to the entire restoration of this cupboard, go right here.

Thanks as at all times for studying this week.

Tony

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