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ADP Lady Bug restoration: the licensed German cab
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:48:55 pm »
It was 1981, and Universal made this awesome game called Lady Bug. Here in Europe we did not get the Universal cabinet, but instead a licensed ADP Germany version. Time to restore one!
I cannot find much on the original machine, so any information would be cool. This is what it’s supposed to look like:


Now compare it to what I’m starting with:


Whoops, that is not a pretty situation. It’s got water damage, rust, a busted monitor, power supply… You name it, it’s broken. I am tackling this one to see if I can fix it up with modern parts. This will not be your 100% original restore, but instead more of a rebuild with modern switch mode power supply, scart CRT, and non-original parts, but it will all rock the original game pcb. Wish me luck!

After removing all the broken parts and cleaning, she looks like this:

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: glückskäfer erobern den Bildschirm!
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 03:35:47 pm »
You better not put an LCD in that.  :whap

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: glückskäfer erobern den Bildschirm!
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 03:45:16 pm »
That's the thing, it's designed to look like the Universal one but the construction is very different.

Don't worry, Mike. This one is getting RGB Scart Sony Trinitron action 8)

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: glückskäfer erobern den Bildschirm!
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 03:53:23 pm »
u have it backwards
what u have is the copy (for over-sea's)

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: glückskäfer erobern den Bildschirm!
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 04:19:31 pm »
Thank you. Now I can sleep tonight.

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: glückskäfer erobern den Bildschirm!
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 02:28:46 pm »
The particleboard construction of this thing turned out to be long-term disaster, as we are dealing with swelling and sagging on all sides.

The bottom portion was unsalvageable and had to be cut off and replaced with new wood.


With lots of corner brackets, I was able to get rid of most of the gaps too.


At some later point, I will hit it all with bondo.
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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: glückskäfer erobern den Bildschirm!
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2017, 05:56:20 pm »
Time for some metalwork. The doors are rusty and beaten up. I am refinishing them with Hammerite.


Part of the welds broke when I bent the doors straight again, but that’s easily fixed with solder and a torch. Just be careful as tin is less strong than proper welds.
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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: the licensed German cab
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 09:22:54 am »
Quick lesson, kids. Don't scratch soft paint and think you can just spray over it without proper sanding and degreasing :banghead:


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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: the licensed German cab
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2017, 10:51:26 am »
I love this cab..... All Universal cabs (and their clones) are soo freaking awesome. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Are you going to go with the Lady bug theme? They have a pretty decent library and use all of the same style of cabs. I would love to see a Space Raider theme.  :afro:

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: the licensed German cab
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2017, 10:52:45 am »
Never mind... I see you have the original LadyBug PCB. That is infinitely cooler than Space Raiders running on a Pi or some crazy thing. Great pick up!
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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: the licensed German cab
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2017, 02:15:20 pm »
Thanks, Ian! I managed to get the original gameboard up and running on the bench and will order a proper MeanWell power supply to upgrade everything :angel:


The funny thing about this cab is that it used an actual Blaupunkt television chassis with separate RGB interface module. That’s why I think a “modern” 2001 vintage Trinitron with low hours is a good fit.


I've got the original control panel, bezel and marquee laying around too!

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Re: ADP Lady Bug restoration: the licensed German cab
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2017, 07:50:48 pm »
Awesome... can't wait to see it all together!
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