Space Wars


1 April 2014

I never thought to find a Space Wars (it was 2006), let alone in Italian! It is not a bootleg but yet another F.lli Bertolino production. Yes, inside all hardware including wiring is Cinematronics but the cabinet (smaller than the original) has been made here in Italy. These are the initial conditions of the cabinet. Not so bad, not so good. Italiandoh and Kold666 were included in the package.

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Control panel

1 April 2014

From the aesthetic point of view I had to find a solution for the CP. I decided just to clean it and cover the damaged part with white vinyl.  

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1 April 2014

Actually the cab was not working. Monitor damaged, faulty PCB, one not working button. I don’t have any record about monitor and PCB fix but I took a picture of the reed relay.


For people who don’t know, Cine buttons work with reed relay. The reed relay used is a glass case with two very close metal plates. 

reed relay

When a magnetic field is close to the glass case, the two plates attract each other.

…something like this…


Some old PC keyboards work in the same way.


1 April 2014

after cleaning…




1 April 2014

wow, my first cine monitor in my hands… I find this monitor very smart. It is a very simple vector monitor (XY monitor) but has DACs on it. So digital signals arrive directly from the game board and are converted in analog signals directly by the monitor.

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1 April 2014

I started to collect vector PCBs years before collecting cabinets so just like in other cases (Tempest, Asteroids, …) PCB troubleshootinhg was not so complicated.  

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And this is the sound board

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Transformer and Power supply

1 April 2014

Cine (and Vectorbeam) Power supply is very peculiar. A lot of times saved my PCBs and monitors…


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Another resto closed

1 April 2014

These are the pictures of the final result. I’m impressed to the total cabinet localization…  

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Other maintenance

1 April 2014


  • Changed one of the DACs and the related TL081
  • HV problems: changed TIP41C and the triplicator


  • The bottom was rotten and I did it again


  • Moved to the garage I have in Bologna
  • Stored in a garage in Milano waiting for a new show room 🙁