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Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon Restoration

Background

Can't remember where this one came from (likely Ebay DE) but it looks complete, original and dedicated for the German market. It's being worked on at my storage place so updates will be intermittant.

19/08/2012 - Front artwork

Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon
Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon control panel Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon marque

All the front artwork is in generally good condition execpt the glass marque is cleanly split broken in two and the control panel overlay has some cracking around the carriage bolts.

20/08/2012 - Marque scanning

Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon marque scan - left Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon marque scan - right

Scanned in the marque peices and put out a request for help combining, restoring and making a repro. For now the broken one can go back in the cab.
300 DPI Zaxxon marque scan (7.5Mb).

26/08/2012 - First open

Zaccaria/Seevend/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon - inside
Zaccaria power supply voltage adjustment Zaccaria Tactician instruction manual

Opened up the back and adjusted the voltage (still need to replace the German power plug in order to power on, though). Also found a manual package - but for Konami Tactician. I had a quick look inside the manual and this cabinet matches the manual and the Zaxxon game board is running off a Konami -> Zaxxon adaptor. This is a new find as I've never seen or heard of Zaccaria making a Tactician!

27/08/2012 - Control panel work

Zaxxon control panel, back Zaxxon control panel, front, blank

Another peice of evidence that this had Tactician heritage - the control panel still has the leaf switch for the extra button used on Tactician. Removed the control panel plexi and cleaned all the surfaces.

Zaxxon control panel overlay scan, left Zaxxon control panel overlay, right

Scanned in the control panel overlay for future use. 400DPI Zaxxon control panel overlay scan (8.5Mb).

It looks like the cracking in the plexi around the carriage bolts is because the plexi holes are large enough for the thread but not for the square collar under the heads. The two choices to fix this are to drill larger holes in the plexi or grind off the collars on the carriage bolts. I think I'm going to go with the latter as the plexi holes look fragile now.

28/08/2012 - Carriage bolt trimming

Before and after trimming The set all trimmed

Trimmed off the collars of the carriage bolts and they now fit the holes of the plexi properly. Reassembled the control panel ready to go back on the cab.

02/09/2012 - First power on

First power on

First power on - a picture but the board initially didn't boot. After a minute or so the game eventually booted up, though. The monitor was very dim with uneven brightness. After a few minutes, the monitor let out a gaseous "pssssssssss", the picture shrank a little and a nasty smell came out the back. Likely a cap gave out, I think. Next step is to pull out the monitor chassis and a do a cap kit (MTC-900).

11/09/2012 - Monitor chassis work

Hantarex MTC-900 monitor chassis Suspect capacitor, in Suspect capacitor, out

Removed the chassis and looked over caps, eventually finding one that looked suspicious as the source of the vent out. I decided to cap kit the whole chassis. Bob Roberts only stocks cap kits for the next generation 900E chassis so I decided to see how far off that was from the 900. The 900E has a lot more capacitors than the 900 with only 2 values missing from the 900E kit that I had to order.

IS 50142230 DS 50142270 EW 50142250
Location Original Manual E Kit Location Original Manual E Kit Location Original Manual E Kit
C65 4.7uF
350V
4.7uF
250V
4.7uF
250V
C66 2.2uF
63V
2.2uF
63V
2.2uF
160V
C84 220uF
16V
220uF
16V
220uF
25V
C18 22uF
25V
22uF
16V
22uF
50V
C23 100uF
25V
100uF
25V
100uF
50V
C87 10uF
40V
10uF
35V
10uF
63V (not in kit)
C17 10uF
16V
10uF
16V
10uF
16V
C94 100uF
25V
100uF
16V
100uF
50V
. . . .
C53 22uF
25V
22uF
16V
22uF
63V (not in kit)
C85 100uF
25V
100uF
25V
100uF
50V
. . . .
C8 10uF
16V
10uF
16V
10uF
16V
C60 1000uF
16V
1000uF
16V
1000uF
50V
. . . .
C9 10uF
16V
10uF
16V
10uF
16V
C31 1000uF
35V
1000uF
35V
1000uF
50V
. . . .
C10 10uF
16V
10uF
16V
10uF
16V
C72 47uF
250V
47uF
200V
47uF
250V
. . . .
. . . . C97 47uF
250V
47uF
200V
47uF
250V
. . . .
. . . . C33 100uF
40V
100uF
35V
100uF
50V
. . . .
. . . . C55 22uF
16V
22uF
16V
22uF
63V (not in kit)
. . . .
. . . . C40 4.7uF
40V
4.7uF
16V
4.7uF
25V
. . . .

The only caps not in Bobs 900E kit were the 2 x 22uF @ 63V and 1 x 10uF @ 63V that were available for less than $15 for 50 of each from DigiKey. The caps left over in the 900E kit are mostly small ones. I didn't replace the large power cap on the PS PCB that looked visually OK (330uF @ 250V).

26/09/2012 - PCB preparations

Sega Zaxxon PCB and JAMMA adaptor

Made a Zaxxon to JAMMA adaptor for future PCB repairs. This PCB is one from a box of 2-board set editions though the one in the cab looks like a 3-set edition. The 3-set edition might have been intended for a small Japanese cocktail version of the game(?)

30/09/2012 - Retest

Zaxxon monitor running

After the cap kit to replace the blown capacitor and some adjusting the picture is now reasonable. The picture still looks a bit soft but I suspect that's a layer of dirt on the tube (and there are still some tape fragments on the front glass to scrape off).

Zaxxon power supply, low Zaccaria linear power supply

The game is not fully stable yet - poking around with a meter showed that the +5V was quite a bit too low at 4.23V on board. No load (game board disconnected) it measured 5.30V hinting there is basic regulation. At the native Konami connector it was still 4.30V suggesting a power supply or wiring/connnector issue.

7/10/2012 - Power investigation

Both the connectors on the power regulator PCB were hot suggesting the connectors might be the cause of the voltage drop. Some light cleaning yielded 4.79V on the game PCB and 4.93V at the Konami connector. Though 4.79V is still low the game runs properly, however the AC input connector is still hot (DC output connector now cold, though). Next step is switch cleaner & a wire brush all connectors.

12/10/2012 - Back door cleaning

Back door, before Back door, after

It looked like the back door had been separate from the machine a long time and stored in the rafters of a barn - one side was covered with bird droppings and dust. It cleaned up OK with warm soapy water.

28/04/2013 - Castors

Base, before Base, after

I brought the Zaxxon home to finish it off for the show in June. The base was a little bit moldy and the feet all loose. Cleaned off the mold with diluted bleach and replaced the feet with castors.

02/05/2013 - Credit switch

Credit switch fitted

Removed the lock bar brackets and fitted the credit switch on the nice bracket built by a guy on Dragons Lair Fans in Europe. It's an NC/NO switch for this cabinet. Note that this cabinet doesn't have the usual Zaccaria coin door.

04/05/2013

Before cleaning Before cleaning

Removed the glassware and the surround for later repair and cleaning. Also replaced the blown marque light. The picture tube had the usual mix of dirt and nicotene residue.

05/05/2013 - Surround cleaning

Torn surround Cleaning the surround Flattening out the surround

The surround has a small tear in the lower left of the picture tube cut-out that I'll repair after it's cleaned and flattened. Cleaning is done in two parts - first using a dry cloth to remove the loose dirt and then using a damp cloth to remove the baked on dirt and soften the card to help it flatten out (24 hours).

06/05/2013 - Surround repair

Torn surround repair

The repair of the tear and two staple holes was straight forward using similar black cardboard pieces and good quality paper glue.

07/05/2012 - Artwork scanning

Zaccaria Zaxxon monitor glass scan - top left Zaccaria Zaxxon monitor glass scan - top right
Zaccaria Zaxxon monitor glass scan - bottom left Zaccaria Zaxxon monitor glass scan - bottom right

Scanned in the Zaxxon monitor glass.
300 DPI Zaxxon monitor glass scan (20.2MB).

08/05/2013 - Reassembly

Zaccaria/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon, restored, flash Zaccaria/NSM-Lowen Zaxxon, restored, no flash

Reassembled and after final video and sound tweaking the machine is up and running fine. One small issue remains - the speaker hums loudly after cold power on that gradually fades away over a few minutes.

18/05/2013 - Regulator board cap kit

Zaccaria 1B1126 regulator PCB - before cap kit Zaccaria 1B1126 regulator PCB - after cap kit Regulator PCB reinstalled and voltage adjusted

To attempt to get rid of the nasty power on hum I made up a cap kit for the standard Zaccaria 1B1126 regulator board (used on almost all cabinets up to 1983). I also decided to change the fixed 22 Ohm 5V supply adjustment resistor for a 50 Ohm trimmer pot, an optional configuration described in the manual. Since all of these capacitors are nestled in between some large heat sinks I decided to go with Rubycon PX series 2000hr/105 degrees rated replacements.

Zaccaria 1B1126
Location Original Manual Replacement Mfr. Part Code Digi-Key Part Code
C2 10,000uF
16V
10,000uF
16V
10,000uF
25V
25PX10000MEFC18X35.5 1189-1223
C5 1,000uF
25V
1,000uF
25V
1,000uF
25V
25PX1000MEFCT810X16 1189-1583
C7 2 x 2,200uF
25V
2 x 2,000uF
25V
2 x 2,200uF
35V
35PX2200MEFC16X25 1189-1276
R1 22R
0.5W
22R
0.5W
Removed - -
T1 - 47R Trimmer
0.5W
50R Trimmer
0.5W
3386F-1-500LF 3386F-500LF

With the capacitors replaced the power on hum is gone and the trimmer pot allowed the +5V to be set correctly.

06/06/2013 - Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

Submitted for the first time into the show as one of ten machines. The game ran fine through to Saturday (2 days) before succumbing to catastrophic LOPT failure :(

29/06/2013 - Monitor repair

Hantarex MTC-900 on the bench Burnt out LOPT Reclaimed versus original

Obviously it needs a new LOPT but no replacement LOPT is known to exist for this chassis. Therefore I had to pull an unknown one out of a scrap chassis and hope for the best. Side-by-side the two LOPTs are slightly different and it looks like the reclaimed LOPT has the top of the coils sealed whereas the one that failed doesn't. I'd guess that this was a "design defect" discovered and fixed in subsequent batches to improve long term reliability. Hopefully the reclaimed LOPT will last a bit longer as a result. Hopefully.

03/07/2013 - Monitor testing

Setup for testing LOPT internal arcing and interference

On first power on there was a picture but with a lot of interference and audible arcing from inside the reclaimed LOPT :(

LOPT HV lead assembly LOPT HV lead socket Clean picture

This LOPT design has a removable HV lead so I wondered if the reclaimed LOPT's HV lead had come loose. I loosend the cable clamping screw and sure enough was able to push it down a bit further. On power on this time the picture was crisp and clear with no interference or LOPT arcing :)

04/07/2013 - CRT cup reforming

Before After

The reclaimed LOPT had a deformed CRT cup so I had two choices - reform the cup or replace the HV lead assembly with the one from the old LOPT. Since the reclaimed LOPT was otherwise working fine I decided to try and reform the existing cup. As an experiment I used a heat gun on low heat and gently heated only the cup (not wanting to overheat the focus bleeder attached to it). Sure enough my high school plastics teacher was right and the cup reformed back to its natural shape.

07/07/2013 - Chassis installation

Zaxxon running again

Fitted the repaired chassis back into the cabinet. No issues :)

11/08/2013 - Fan replacement

Old versus new New replacement ADDA AA1282DB-AT Replacement installed

Built a replacement fan to replace the original long worn out fan. The replacement was a low power, low noise ADDA AA1282DB-AT (220-240V 50/60Hz) mounted onto simple 3/4" corner brackets from Home Depot. Installed in the cab it ran fine with little noise and no interference on the monitor. Hopefully this will help improve the reliability, particularly during the show.

05/01/2014 - Marque replacement

Repro Zaxxon marque with new perspex covers

Mikonos did a great job joining and restoring the artwork. The plexi print came out pretty well.

Repro Zaxxon marque fitted (no light) Repro Zaxxon marque fitted (back lit)

Peeled off the protective cover from the two perspex sheets and sandwitched the plexi in between them. Perfect fit in the cabinet.




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