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tevo
6th November 2007, 06:39 PM
The time has come to restore this classic. The cabinets are not hard to find but to find an original, working b&w working SI was.

I purchased it in working condition. Someone had glued cellophane coloured strips over the monitor though it was all removed easily.

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/9157/ttspaceinvaders001sc3.jpg

I had the colour overlay from a parted SI cocktail so that went back on the 13 inch monitor, though it may still be just a true black & white only release. ID tag under table has Space Invaders B.W. (SH) I don't know what SH means :unsure

http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/6301/ttspaceinvaders006al1.jpg

The monitor just needed some quick adjustments for the picture and the volume on the gameboard was found to be turned down. Volume is opposite to the rest of the games seperate volume controls which is good to the unaware as it has saved the speaker from abuse. Previous owner though it had sound problems.

Under the table it has all the paperwork stating its a Taito Space Invaders, 'serial/inspected by' sticker. Board volume controls just needs to be stapled back on.

http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/2299/ttspaceinvaders005uy5.jpg

It came with its Taito 7800 key and original instructions. The 7800 side also says Tokyo, Japan above 7800.

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/6199/si7800keyuz2.jpg

Also came with some large schematics and part diagrams of each gameboard and internal boards.

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/2595/sidiagramsek7.jpg

All the parts inside the cabinet are still original and have matching stamped serial numbers including the board.
The board has 2 games on it via a switch. The Space Invaders game has been changed at some stage to a Ivan Stern - Space War, similar to Space Invaders with enhanced levels. I'll change this back at some stage to Taito - Space Invaders. The other game is Taito - Lunar Rescue. Board is TVN00008

http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/3227/ttspaceinvaders002wx2.jpg

It has its instruction cards and coin box. I have spare original coin box paperwork go under the table.

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/5524/ttspaceinvaders003zr1.jpg

Plans are new glass top(while I hunt for a Taito original), re-chrome legs, powdercoat the body inside and out and find some nice control panels. I have brand new replacement ones though would like clean originals.

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/3208/sicontrolsvw0.jpg

I multigame rom kit will also go on.

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8595/simultigameqr9.jpg

I have bought and sold plently of arcade machines, but this one's a keeper :D
I also have Taito SI part 2 colour cocktail with no board. I had all the parts to convert it to b&w before buying this one so now I'll collect the parts to restore that back too and keep the spare gear for the b&w. When finished I'll put up some more pics.

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/7901/ttspaceinvaders004zd4.jpg

coolspot
6th November 2007, 06:46 PM
:)awsome

intigod
6th November 2007, 07:31 PM
looking good mate... cabs in great nik i reckon :) keen to see the progress

Davefjedi
6th November 2007, 07:57 PM
welcome to the forum great way to make an entrance:)
You should mame that baby:tomato
why is the multi game rider you have there any info on it ??? link to a website mabe

tevo
6th November 2007, 08:28 PM
welcome to the forum great way to make an entrance:)
You should mame that baby:tomato
why is the multi game rider you have there any info on it ??? link to a website mabe

Mame is a great thing though there is no way I would destroy this piece of history by turning it a mame machine. :o The Space Invaders part 2 I would consider :badgrin .

The multi game is made by Braze Technoligies.
Gives you Space Invaders, Space Invaders part 2, Jatre Spectre, Lunar Rescue, Space Laser, Balloon Bomber, Galaxy Wars, Super Earth Invasion through the original board. Cool, easy upgrade.

http://www.thinvaders.co.uk/multi-game.html

http://www.thinvaders.co.uk/sigames.html

narf_
6th November 2007, 09:25 PM
nice

so those panels are original spacies then

i can get a few of em but there all used ive seen them and didnt know if they were original or bootlegs and i cant read japanese :(

tevo
6th November 2007, 10:19 PM
nice

so those panels are original spacies then

i can get a few of em but there all used ive seen them and didnt know if they were original or bootlegs and i cant read japanese :(

They are for Space Invaders, though I'm sure Taito also used the same cabinet with the same looking control panel to release other games too from what I have seen for sale.
My Taito - Space Invaders part 2 colour cocktail had the same control panels in Japanese, but had 8-way control instead of 2-way the black & white does so they could install other games.

There are english text control panels, which look alot nicer. I've got a set from a part 1 I put in my SI part 2, more commonly seen in the US and UK. Now you can understand the Japanese :)
http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/7141/sienglishfr5.jpg

WOKA
6th November 2007, 10:24 PM
Umm... scan away boys..! Off you go, post the link.

Davefjedi
7th November 2007, 07:34 AM
Umm... scan away boys..! Off you go, post the link.

Ill second the request

dr teeth
7th November 2007, 07:22 PM
Very nice, I like.

intigod
7th November 2007, 07:41 PM
i just won a taito cab on ebay!!!!!

needs alot of restoring... i need legs and a top... illb calling on u for help

narf_
7th November 2007, 09:06 PM
so those ones pictured are for part 2 are they (english text)

cause if anyone wants to by me a scanner i have a a pair of CPS i came across today ;) artwork is near minty and on perspex with original two-ways and complete harness (i know these are in demand so sorting that part out)

saw a heap of worn metal ones too if there is enough interested i can get em

intgod i can help with certain goodies :D

tevo
7th November 2007, 10:12 PM
so those ones pictured are for part 2 are they (english text)


Those are off a part 1 b&w.

The english ones I see on part 1's as the part 2's usually overseas have a totally different control panel in the same cab. Though in Australia we seem to have just have the same jap text control panels for 1 and 2. Haven't seen enough part 2's to be totally sure though.

narf_
7th November 2007, 10:16 PM
yeah ive seen several today (half a dozen or so) in jap and this one was identical in english

gunna send em to ebay. there all complete with artwork under perspex all wiring there and two-ways work great

this thread got me thinking about them

Davefjedi
8th November 2007, 07:10 AM
i just won a taito cab on ebay!!!!!

needs alot of restoring... i need legs and a top... illb calling on u for help

was that the one without legs? If so I know where I can obtain an origional set for you wont be for a few months though

narf_
8th November 2007, 07:26 AM
just saw that link

looks like a space invaders monitor with crazy kong if im right (well ive been told the game is crazykong)

intigod
8th November 2007, 06:27 PM
was that the one without legs? If so I know where I can obtain an origional set for you wont be for a few months though

hey mate. yes that was the one. with no legs and no top... with joysticks missing.....

wont be a few months till u can get some legs???? thats perfect cause i wont be starting work on it for a few months.... :)

tevo
20th November 2007, 09:32 PM
so those ones pictured are for part 2 are they (english text)

cause if anyone wants to by me a scanner i have a a pair of CPS i came across today ;) artwork is near minty and on perspex with original two-ways and complete harness (i know these are in demand so sorting that part out)

saw a heap of worn metal ones too if there is enough interested i can get em

intgod i can help with certain goodies :D

The ones you have for sale are not for Space Invaders, I have never seen them with those. They are only Jap text or if in english they have orange english text over the top.
Of course they are for a Taito cocktail but which game :unsure

narf_
20th November 2007, 10:47 PM
ahh cheers

there identical to yours but white text. i have seen some in jap text. perhaps a colour variant

anyways they sold on ebay this week

tevo
25th August 2009, 09:02 PM
Time for an update. The Taito SI has been kept original and is still working flawlessly. Just have to change that rom at some stage. Also picked up a 3-layer SI board as a spare.

The Taito Space Invaders part 2 now will be restored to its former glory. It has most parts to get running. Original gameboard and complete wiring harness, everything else is there. Just chasing an original blacked out glass top and coin box. Pics when it's up and running. :cool:

dezbaz
25th August 2009, 10:11 PM
Cool, will watch with interest here :)

n4sa
10th September 2009, 03:29 PM
Very nice project :) Will keep an eye on it

taito
9th January 2010, 11:46 PM
Also came with some large schematics and part diagrams of each gameboard and internal boards.


Those of us with only crappy incomplete low res schematics sourced from the Internet would absolutely love you to bits if you posted better, of the boardset especially.

Nice machine by the way, great to get one in such good condition, and working so well, bringing it back, keeping it old-school!

tevo
11th November 2011, 11:59 PM
Been a while. Still have this great machine. I'll do some scanning on the schematics.

The Pinny Parlour
12th November 2011, 09:03 AM
OMG that is nice. Well done. I love this thing.

tevo
14th July 2018, 12:09 AM
Been a while again.
Cleaned out the cab. Still works great.
Original pics on this thread are no longer working.
Will post some new pics.
The multi game I had I finally used this year in an original SI upright I bought from the one owner operator.
After a fuse change it fired right up after 36 years.