Placed a "wanted" ad over on the rec.games.video.arcade.collecting newsgroup for a Red Baron and luckily Bruce from Maryland replied. He sent pictures of every little thing and described what he had and had not done to the game since he picked it up 7 or 8 years ago. Basically it was a project that got put on hold due to him and his wife having twins.
He offered to deliver the game for a nominal fee so I took him up on it. The night before the delivery he emailed some pictures of how he prepared the game for it's trip and it basically proved what I had thought... he's just plain awesome.
The first thing that was tackled was cleaning the outside of the cabinet. The right side art was dirty and the left side art was dirty and had black and white paint on it. Four Magic Erasers and four hours later and it's looking much nicer.
Next to be cleaned was the control panel. I thought it looked nice before the cleaning but it turned out to be a real gem. The colors are vibrant and while there are a few surface scratches... it basically looks new.
I have to say, the front of this game looks awesome after it's cleaning. All that's left to do is replace the rubber mat and then my wife is going to try and color match the Red Baron red so we can touch up the side art.
Instantly I went in trouble shooting mode... the dot on the screen was because the monitor's brightness was almost maxed out so the spot killer circuit was being over driven.
Having worked on our Battlezones a lot over the past few months, this Red Baron hasn't been bad since it's very similar in design.
First thing I did was check all the ROMs. Surprisingly they all tested good.
Next I cleaned all the legs on the socketed chips. Then I checked for cold solder joints on the main connectors. Next up was the watch dog circuit which was verified as active(aka "barking").
Then something in the ROM package "ReadMe.txt" file caught my eye... there are 4 things that needed to be done to the 2532 EPROM & socket to make Red Baron work on a Battlezone main PCB, and I only noticed one wire going to the EPROM. Hmmm... could it be? So I dug out the Rom Saver kit I bought from ArcadeShop.com a few weeks ago and wouldn't you know it... BINGO... we now have a test pattern and sounds when you press the buttons!!!
A quick adjustment to the monitor and we are in business!
MORE TO COME AFTER WE GET DONE PLAYING!!!
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