commission work

Moving – Decision Time – Status

(16/09/19)

Hello everyone. I’ve had to make a really hard decision regarding 8bitplus and the services that I currently offer. I’m planning to move home sometime this year (if all goes well), and will not have the time to accommodate the volume of work I’m currently accepting. I’ve already extended my turn around time on quotes, but I need to reduce things even more.

From this point on I will not be able to accept every job request. I don’t want to stop all work completely, but will like to get things down to only 1 or 2 jobs a month. That will give me more time for concentrating on finding a new home for my family and the 1001 other things that will need doing with the move. All work I have in currently will be completed asap.

Please feel free to email me for quotes and availability, but please don’t be disappointed if I cannot accept the work.

Thanks

Neil – 8bitplus

Keeping Busy Jul/Aug

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.

Keeping Busy (June)

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 🙂

Keeping Busy (May)

Its been a funny month. I’ve had lots of time, but for some reason it seems hard to get any work done. It sounds like a problem, but actually I’ve been working on couple of projects for myself. More on that another time, what did I actually get done….

MCD-Repair-Recap-1
MCD-Repair-Recap-2

One customer from Sweden sent me a Sega Mega CD mk1. it was not powering up, and suffered from the usual capacitor leakage. He also wanted a region Free bios, new laser and drive opening belt. 

DUO-Recap-RGB

Next up was a very nice PC Engine DUO. This also needed all the caps replacing and a RGB video mod installing. Sounds much better now.

Lastly I’ve had multiple PlayStation’s in for PSIO switchboard installs.

PSIO-May

I’m getting quite a lot of PSIO install requests now that the units are selling quicker from the supplier https://ps-io.com/

Keeping Busy (April)

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.

Neil.

Keeping busy (March)

I’ve decided to make more regular posts each month showing off what I’ve been working on. Mostly it will be customers consoles, but once in a blue moon I might get something done for myself 🙂

So this month… I’ve installed another RGB mod board in a customers Panasonic 3DO FZ-1. Not much different to the other FZ-1 and FZ-10 systems I’ve done before.

Next is an RGB mod in an Amiga CD32. I fully recapped the console too as all Amiga’s with surface mount caps will eventually have problems. The RGB mod is quite simple, it already has the same RGB video encoder as the A1200 and A600. The signal just needs tapping off to a suitable port. I removed the RF module and soldered on a 9-pin mini din (same port as a MegaDrive 2)

Next was an official Unibios installation in a CDZ. I like this console more than the original top loaders. Installation involves directly wiring a new socket to the old bios location. Find more detailed info on this work here.

I also did a couple of PSIO installations, a Game Gear recap, MultiMega recap, battery changes on 3 CPS2 games and a PSOne modchip.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any mod installation or recap requirement.