Centipede Control Panel

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I’ve got to admit, last night was the most nervous I’ve been in my brief stint as an arcade collector. I decided it was time to apply a brand new control panel overlay on Centipede. “Why the nerves?”, you might ask. Sure a new reproduction overlay isn’t terribly expensive but you only get one shot to do it right. Everything needs to line up properly and the overlay applied without air bubbles. One slip and it’s going to look terrible. Most people probably wouldn’t notice a slight misalignment or a minor air bubble. I would and it would drive me nuts!

I’ve been prepping the control panel for a few days. Obviously, the first step was to remove the old control panel overlay. Surprisingly, I was able to peel it off without much trouble. Unfortunately, all of the adhesive was still on the control panel. I did quite a bit of research to determine the best way to remove the adhesive. Since I was working in the basement I needed something that was relatively odor free...

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Some Work! Finally!

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With a little free time last night, I decided it was time to pull Centipede out of it’s dark corner and do a little work. This cabinet needs a lot of cosmetic work. I need to replace a broken board on the bottom of the cabinet and probably need to countersink about 100 screws to stabilize the whole thing. Instead of hauling out the table saw in the 10 degree weather, I decided to start easy.

The monitor that came with the cabinet had a serious case of burn in. So bad, one would probably think they could play without even turning the machine on. I decided to use my last spare monitor to replace it. The spare monitor had a little burn but I don’t think it will be noticeable while playing the game. I hooked up the spare monitor, powered it on and immediately blew a fuse on the monitor chassis. That’s a hell of a start. I found a replacement fuse and powered on the monitor only to find that the screen was reversed side to side, as looking at it in a mirror...

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Centipede Lives!

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Just a short update today. While troubleshooting my newly acquired Centipede cabinet, I came to the conclusion that the power supply was bad as I was not getting the proper voltages to the monitor. I ordered a “refurbished” power supply from Quarter Arcade. I received the power supply, advertised as tested and working, via Fedex today. After removing the old supply and plugging in the new one, I powered on the game. Viola! Centipede lives! I had to tweak the monitor a bit as it was scrolling but I now have the image stabilized. Knowing that the game is fully working, I can slowly start restoring this cabinet, along with my on-going basement remodel.

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Centipede Pictures

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As promised, I finally have some pictures of my Centipede game acquired last week.  Be sure to check out the previous post for pictures of the Golden Tee conversion cabinet.  If the mouse pictures from last Friday weren’t enough to scare you off, the condition of this cabinet probably is.  Truthfully, it’s not in terrible shape, but it needs a lot of work to make it presentable.  I bought this one sight unseen and in hindsight, should have requested some pictures of the cabinet.  Still, for the price I paid, I can probably get it working and restored for about the cost of a working machine in nice condition. 

Centipede was developed by Atari way back in 1980.   If you would like to read a bit more about the history and details of Centipede, check out it’s entry in the Killer List Of Video Games.  As is customary with all of my dedicated machines, here are scans of the original Centipede marketing flyers:

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A Centipede Infestation

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Two days ago, I picked up a non-working Centipede cabinet about 45 minutes from me.  This one is in very rough shape and needs a lot of cosmetic repair.  It’s eventually going to get a full restoration similar to Dig Dug.  I’d like to get the game working first before committing a lot of time to the restoration.

Today, I decided to take the monitor bezel off for a good cleaning.  The lead to another discovery.  When I picked up the Centipede cabinet from the seller, I noticed a few mouse droppings in the bottom of the cabinet.  Not uncommon and surely something that would clean up fairly easily.  Today, as I was taking off the monitor bezel, mouse droppings started pouring out of the newly formed opening between the bezel and the marquee.  The marquee on this cabinet was pretty beat up and I really couldn’t figure out why.   I decided to take the marquee off to see what was behind it.  I was greeted with this lovely picture:

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