commission work

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.

PS2 modchip installations

Just a reminder that I do offer installation of PlayStation 2 modchips on both the original and slim units.
I only supply Modbo 4.0 or 5.0 chips, but I do have experience of installing other brands like Ghost2 v2, Crystal Chip, Matrix Infinity and O2 Mod chips.

If you want a modchip installing please get in contact for a quote.

Happy 2019 Everyone!

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.

Christmas Shutdown

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!

Another Sega Triple Mod

Busy busy as always. I’ve just finished another switchless combo mod for a customer. This is a Megadrive, MegaCD and 32X all working in harmony with a central switchless mod.

Just hold the RESET button to switch the whole setup between PAL, NTSC US and NTSC JAP. Also 50/60hz can be switched in any region with a shorter press of the RESET button. the Mega CD BIOS is also switched to match the Megadrive settings.

The MegaCD processor board has also been recapped as the Capacitors always start failing and often damage the board. 32X was also recapped on request of the customer.

Please note. Commission work like this can take some time, and time isn’t something I always have available.