Space Invaders 10050

Space Invaders 10050 Delivered!

I delivered a Space Invaders to a happy and eager customer this weekend. She (Yes, women play arcade games, too) was so eager she started playing as soon as I plugged it in. Didn’t even wait for a final positioning!

She was happy to have her “new” toy. We did finally position it and leg leveled it for better play.

Burgertime Update

Updated the CP on my Burgertime. I bought the unit with the CPO and Pepper buttons uninstalled. Took years to get to it but I finally applied everything looking good now.

A Find for Someone

I was buying some project games from a local resident. She mentioned her neighbor had some project for sale as well. I went to check it out and found a nice Sea Wolf Project.

I have lost contact with this seller. I assume he sold it.

Location: 07405
Photos: Sea Wolf


Taito Electronics copyrighted and produced Space Invaders in 1978, Midway licensed and produced the game for the US Market.  The thump, thump, thump of doom descending from space has made it to every major gaming platform for the last 3 decades.  Japan quadrupled their Yen coin production to keep up with the demand generated in the years following the game's release.

When did you first play?  Was it in an arcade?  Was it the Taito version with a joystick or the Midway version with two movement buttons? Was it later on a home game console?

Photos: 10050 (Mine, you can’t have it for under $500)
Photos: 30930
Photos: 8685 (Beyond Saving?)


Tron is finally done. Nine months lapsed but the labor totaled about 65 hours. We had serious failures issues with the side art. The cabinet back pieces were very rough. It took 3 times the paint I expected.

Photos: Tron
Restoration Log: Tron

Second Meltdown

Tried the second side last night, it failed just like the first. Curled up like crazy.

Tried the recommended 3M 80 Spray. Super light coat this time. Too light, it did not stick. It did manage to cause the shrivel marks again. Very disappointing.

Tron Art Meltdown

I had a small meltdown. The Tron art was not behaving and I had to add more adhesive. The 3M Spray Adhesive 80 was recommended. I carefully applied it and had hope this project would end.

The spray adhesive will melt your artwork if applied too liberally in some areas.

Would have been good to know prior to spraying.

Big Progress

We made serious headway on Tron tonight. It was more work than I expected. Every time I look in the parts pile there are more things I have to do. Everything seems to take a little creative joining as well.

What’s new:
  • Inside Art, Left and Right
  • Stick plastic
  • Shroud art, left, right and center

Photos: Tron Rebuild

Gun Fight Again

Gun Fight 2469 is operational. Burn test today. Soon will be ready for market.

Photos: Gun Fight


I was making progress on the Tron paint today

They were all Gun Fightin'

One of the Gun Fight collection is working! Fixed the Control Panel’s woes tonight. Placed the Yellow Gel in the unit and moved it to the working side.

Gun Fight 3999 is operational after a board fix, Power supply replacement, Gel transplant, trigger fix, leaf switch replacement and serious cleaning.

Restoration Log: 3999
Photos: 3999

Space Invaders 30930

I acquired another Space Invaders on Saturday. The cabinet is very nice but some parts are needed to get it running. The monitor is out for repair, the power supply is in the mail and the board has issues.

Another part of the Space Invaders project.

Good Bye 8685

The remnants of Space Invaders 8685 are available for free

For Sale: SI 8685

Space Invaders

Space Invaders is complete and working! I had to merge the parts from SI 8685 and SI 10050 to make a complete, working game. I am playing Space Invaders.

Photos: Two Halves
Log: Space Invaders

Elbows Deep in Monchromes

David was over for a working session. We lined up the Gun Fights and other Black and White games. We have some working XM700 monitors, a working board or two and a pile of Midway Power supplies.

We found one Power Supply that needs help on -5 Volt side.

We proved two monitors work and on does not.

We proved it takes almost 5.4 volts to get +5V on the boards. Have to inspect the harnesses and look for something that soaks it up!

Picked Up Gorf

The Gorf cabinet became available and David grabbed it! Now the search for parts begins.


Ms. Pac-Man was delivered to a crowd of kids who played for hours. Happy new home!

Ms. Pac-Man

Picked up a Ms. Pac-Man today. Working, nice condition artwork-wise. I plan to improve reliability and artwork where I can.