Just a reminder that I cannot accept work orders or give quotes. I get around 20 emails a day asking for quotations, and as much as I’d like to accept even one of them I cannot. Please understand it’s not possible.
Well the move went ahead. The new house needs a HUGE amount of work. I’m currently living in a construction site. The first week we had no heating or hot water. As quotes are coming in for the work we cannot do ourselves Its becoming clear that I will not be able to afford a new workshop. Therefor its very likely that I’ll not be able to accept work again in the next year (2021) or perhaps ever. I cannot do my console work on the kitchen table for example, or take up any space in the house with children around. A workshop was my only answer.
Most of my collection will have to be sold off too I expect, but I’m dealing with that when I have too.
Finally progress from the solicitors and estate agents. Looks like things are progressing and the move can happen after all. Its caused stress over Christmas not knowing what was happening on top of everything else.
So this will mean I wont be unpacking my tools for work this month, and will almost certainly mean no work orders this year at least. Sorry, but until the house is complete I won’t be able to start working on a new work area.
Wow that went by fast! what was it? oh yes, summer.
I’ve been ridiculously busy the last couple of months with work but finally its looking like I’m on top of things now. Here’s a few examples of what I’ve been doing, in no particular order.
Here we have a nice MK1 Sega Saturn in for a new Pico PSU, FRAM mod, switchless 50/60hz selector, Phantom modchip and region free bios. Very nice machine.
This PCE Duo was needing a full recap and audio system fixing. I also did a RGB mod. Working perfectly now.
Next was a Panasonic 3DO FZ-1 for a recap and new battery installation.
Here we have a PAL NES fitted with the marvellous NESRGB mod board by eTim. Great picture, even better than I expected. you can even toggle the colour pallet with a switch for a more vivid image.
Lastly for now, another PSIO installation.
On top of that I had 3x N64 in for RGB mods, a couple of Amiga 1200 computers for new caps and a couple of Unibios installations.
Inbox empty, for now.
Its time for my monthly report. What Have I been up to this month….
Well firstly I managed to get time to visit the new Arcade Club in Leeds. If you’ve not heard of Arcade Club, its basically a perfect place to find retro arcade machines, and play as long as you like. All machines are on free play, you just pay to get in! Loads of amazing games from the 80’s, 90’s, through to some modern ones. Well worth checking out.
Regarding work on customers machines, Its not been a very productive month. I just never seem to have any time available, but a few jobs were complete and sent out.
This was a full Mega CD recap for a customer. He also asked for a region free bios, new drive opening belt and laser replacement.
Next we have another PC Engine Duo for a recap and RGB mod. All looking great now.
And there was also another PSIO switchboard to install. The 3DO USB installation covered below, and Saturn with the full table of mods.
That’s about it for June. Its going the a tight month in July to get any work done with Holidays and weekends away, but I try 🙂
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Its been a funny month. So much to do, and somehow no matter how much time I put aside, so little actually gets finished. It just seems every job I started leads to another problem, or parts were not available/stuck in the post. Despite this I did manage to get some results and a few consoles were returned this month, including:
Neo Geo Pocket Colour (NGPC) Front Light Mod.
This request was to install a LCD front light in the units to allow playback in the dark. This worked fine, but for the best result I bonded the front light unit to the screen with a UV reactive glue. The sharpness of the screen is reduced as its showing through another layer now.
Amiga CD32 Recap
Just a regular request for a CD32 recap. The console is much more stable now with new caps.
Terraonion SSDS3 RGB and Audio bypass mods
This was a new one to me. A customer had an early version SSDS3 unit. Apparently these units can be improved in the Audio and Video output quality with the installation of these two kits. One bypasses and replaces the stereo audio amp, the other replaces the video encoder. Some parts needed removing with hot air.
RGB mod on PC Engine Core Grafx
Another PC engine for an RGB mod. I’ve started making my own RGB scart cables for these mods. This allows me more control over stock but takes more time to do. Anyway great results from this unit now.
So that’s about it this month. I did get a little time to look at a couple of my own projects, but they can wait for their own post later.
So I’m off to a good start in 2019. I’ve finished most of the December backlog and got most of that returned to customers. More jobs on the way should mean its going to be a busy month again. What can I show so far? Well here’s another RGB modded PAL n64, and a fully recapped and RGB modded DUO.
What else is new? Well I got a few cool presents for Christmas.
First I got the Neo Geo Mine arcade machine. Its actually very fun to play and the little screen is very sharp.
Secondly we now have a 3D printer! This is amazing and I’m already thinking of lots of uses for it. No doubt I’ll need it for future projects.
just for fun I’m making a model Tie Fighter I found on thiniverse.
Shutting down work over December
I’m planning to keep most of December free to spend time with family. Its been a very busy year and I feel satisfied with all the repairs and upgrades I’ve got done for people in the last 11 months.
Finishing up the current consoles I’ve already started is the plan, then time to relax 🙂
Please feel free to email if you need help, or want work quotes for next year.
Happy retro gaming over your Christmas break!
After a very busy couple of months, I’m back to normal operations and able to accept repair and recap jobs again if needed.