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Atari Asteroids Deluxe/Major Havoc/Tempest scratch build - the journey!!

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Really patient work - enjoying following along.

The power brick remake looks solid and heavy! Is it quite a bit bigger than the original?

What’s the plan for the main board and sound boards Jim?

Are you considering the FPGA approach similar to this:


What are you thinking monitor wise?

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Really patient work - enjoying following along.

The power brick remake looks solid and heavy! Is it quite a bit bigger than the original?

What’s the plan for the main board and sound boards Jim?

Are you considering the FPGA approach similar to this:

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What are you thinking monitor wise?

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Power brick remake is same size as an original. I have an original ar2 PCB to use with it though will probably design a replacement for that to

yes thinking of getting a tempest fpga board ( major havoc) though this cab is also so I can fix original boards more easily to

monitor wise I will probably be making a colour vector from a donor monitor and one of the new kits available. Size wise will be seeing if 17” or 19” will fit in these cabs otherwise 14”
 

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Power brick remake is same size as an original. I have an original ar2 PCB to use with it though will probably design a replacement for that to

yes thinking of getting a tempest fpga board ( major havoc) though this cab is also so I can fix original boards more easily to

monitor wise I will probably be making a colour vector from a donor monitor and one of the new kits available. Size wise will be seeing if 17” or 19” will fit in these cabs otherwise 14”
The vector kit sounds interesting Jim, do you have a link ?

Drew
 
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The vector kit sounds interesting Jim, do you have a link ?

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Hi Drew - I just did a quick Google, as also intrigued. Maybe it’s this?

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I'm having some time off this week and next so i'm not checking my messages much, but yes this is the place i'm looking at.

Also, I just sourced a nos 15" monitor tube and frame to use in my cabinet hopefully to, so alittle larger than stock cabaret as I wanted
 
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That's really cool Jim. Are there any specific advantages of your version of power brick over the original?

I'm guessing your version is heavier - keeps the cab firmly on the ground!
 
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That's really cool Jim. Are there any specific advantages of your version of power brick over the original?

I'm guessing your version is heavier - keeps the cab firmly on the ground!

Actually alittle lighter than originals , not as much iron. Lots of benefits including more test points, leds, pinball style 12v filtered output with more modern caps, spare fuses, all new parts to name but a few.
 
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Latest updates.! Upgrading an original AR2 regulator/audio supply for vector use and Wiring!! Buidling your own loom!!

AR2 board was bought with the res section unpopulated, as these parts are not needed for non vector game it think . Set about repopulating it back to what i need. The biggest hurdle was the pcb connectors as these are long obsolete, but i came up with a way to make them using existing connector parts.

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Making your own loom. Bought a load of really nice cable in 12 different colours 16AWG 5m lengths to make all the power cables that are needed. Also have a spools of 18AWG cable for the non power stuff.

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Made some brackets for the power switch and interlock switch to

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Some more arcade scratch build updates :)

More wiring creation and crimping. Found a really great supply of striped wire and also a source for the original atari power connector plugs . So i've managed to make an exact wiring reproduction for tempest! I got an original tempest boardset for my birthday this year so this is going in the cab. (The monitor will be adjusted so that it can display the vertical output in horizontal mode).

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Work on my scratch build vector monitor is ongoing to including rewinding my own crt yokes to work. !! Crazy, but not that bad once you get into it@@

This is how its looking after all the parts i've gathered. I'm just waiting for a neck board pcb that i designed too arrive. The main deflection and hv boards i bought as new parts from a guy that makes kits.


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I still aim to make all of this available as a self build instruction book with all the info, diagrams, bom detail you need to build one yourself. Where to buy all the parts and what you will need etc. It is becoming more of a novel though :)
 
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