Darwin 4078 get! Also, fixed some layout issues.

Last night I had a small shmupmeet at home and one of my guests presented me with a very nice gift - a Data East "Darwin 4078" PCB! He knew how I had longed to own this game, but it really never pops up for sale, so he gave me his board. Thanks a lot, Sticky! As I added this game to my list of vertical games, I noticed that somehow the page's layout has been messed up, so I fixed it. In other news, I'm almost done with the supergun I'm building, so I had it running all of last night so my guests could play horizontal games on my TV without me having to rotate my screens. It was quite a success, I'm happy to say. I'll do a write-up of my supergun buil when I'm 100% done with it along with a list of used components. BONUS! Here are a couple of Youtube videos from my shmupmeet last night: ...
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Mounting a (pretty) SUZO 500 in an EGRET II

Mounting a (pretty) SUZO 500 in an EGRET II

Updated 2010-05-02 (added a picture of the screw, extender and washer I use) Most EGRET II owners (or any Japanese cabinet owners) swear by their SANWA or Seimitsu sticks (I used to do that as well), but then I read someone @ the shmups forums write how awesome the SUZO 500 is for shmups, because of the extremely short throw and the lightning fast engage, so naturally I had to try them. The trouble is though, these sticks don't come with a threaded metal shaft that you can fit any ball top you want to with ease, like you might have grown accustomed to with your choice of quality Japanese sticks. Instead you get a pretty sad looking moulded shaft cover/ball top combo with a dust cover thrown into the mix as well. The SUZO 500 can be found in many popular part shops under a couple of different names: Ultimarc (Euro-stik) | Groovy Game Gear (Omni-Stik Basic) | Arcadeshop.de (Multi-way Joystick) As you can...
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2011-01-14

2011-01-14

Received this awesome RGB Scart to JAMMA adapter today from Australia. A couple of days ago I also got a pair of Akihabarashop's P360 so tonight I finished wiring it (no soldering nor crimping needed) them up like this: The RGB to Scart adapter picture have a nifty ribbon cable that you can move from the screw connector board (where I hooked up the P360, green screw connectors) to the one on the far right with the JAMMA controls passthrough board. I plan on using this setup for my low res only cabinet. I tried some quick PS2 hookup just to see the picture quality. It is brilliant! ...
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2010-04-07

2010-04-07

Last night I finished the new 1L5B-panel for the new EGRET II and I am very pleased with the look and overall greatness of it. :P I wanted to try out some new stuff, so I've modded an Seimitsu LS-32 joystick with an LS-40 shaft. This is also known as the LS-36 (not an official product). Unfortunately I forgot to buy a washer for it, but I'll hopefully get hold of a custom transparent one from a nice guy in the UK known as FrancoB who does lots of great stuff for us arcade buffs. I added a pink shaft cover, and a "Dark Hai" Meshball to it as it'll match the EGRET II artwork perfectly. The pink buttons are Sanwa RG ones, and the white start button is also a Sanwa one. The reproduction artwork are from MCS in Florida and the blank panel I got from Starcab in France. Connectors (as well as joystick Mesh ball, shaft parts +...
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2009-09-19

2009-09-19

DoDonpachi DOJ-BLEX has arrived and is really fun to play. Too bad that the loading times is laughable at best, and the game isn't compatible with my hacked pad, as I have to sync it everytime I've made a choice in the game's menus. In other news, I've sold my Arkanoid PCB+JAMMA adapter, and the money got me a really cool little gizmo that I'm going to use in my EGRET II when it arrives. I have also soldered myself an adapter for my Perfect Billiards board, and it's working but currently has no sound. ...
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2007-08-04

2007-08-04

This is so typical for me. I was adjusting the video sync in my JK cabinet as described below and was convinced that my power was killed in the process. Got a new power-unit (cheap hower) only to (surprise, surprise) see that if you set you video sync wrong, the symptons you get resembles those of a powerfailure. So, ta-daa, the power is working after all. Well, now I have a spare power-unit to use for JAMMA-fying my MAME cabinet. ...
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