Tron Quick Reference
Tron Mini Bezel
Tron: the Game
the movie was released 7/9/82 grossing $4.7 million its first weekend. The
movie went on to gross $27 million domestically with a budget of approximately
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Tron was an eBay purchase that was for pick up only. I picked it up along with Burgertime
from Virginia Beach
in a mini bulk buy. You can save a lot of money by picking up a game
instead of shipping one. The money you pay for shipping is almost as much
as some games cost to buy so it is worth your time and effort. A buddy of mine and I made the trip and had to move both
games down four flights of stairs. It was a hot summer day making it
challenging. I remember seeing
and playing it for the first time at Landover Mall in Maryland.
The owners stated
that the game was 100% working but there was no sound when I arrived to pick it
up. They knocked $50 off the price and everything was peachy again.
The monitor looked like it was brand new - sharp with no burn. After
getting it home and poking around inside I found that the sound pot harness had
come unplugged. Once plugged in there was sound but it was very low and with a
lot of static. A terminal on the sound pot had to be re-soldered. The static
was coming from 2 sources. A connector from the speaker ground came loose and
was vibrating on the speaker. The connector had to also be re-soldered. The
static was corrected when I replaced the MCR cables with new SCSI cables (see
pics). I also replaced the corroding battery on the power supply with a lithium
battery kit from
Bob Roberts. Any corrosion was scrubbed
off with a toothbrush and vinegar.
The control panel was really
worn and had a few tears as well. It also had some rust under the control panel
probably from a spilled soda. I removed the old control panel and replaced it
with a great reproduction from
ArcadeShop. While I was at it I replaced
the spinner decal.
Painting and Final Touches
Tron was very nice but the inside of the cabinet where it was painted black
there were minor nicks and scratches. I cleaned and sanded any rough spots then
masked all the wood grain portions of the cabinet. I primed and painted
everything with 2 coats of Rustoleum Primer and Satin Black each. I sanded
everything again in between prime coats to be thorough.
After surfing the
web one day I found out that the Tron mini had a bezel that mine didn't have.
Alan Estenson was nice enough to give me a cleaned scan of his original mini
bezel after posting a
question in the
He used his original bezel as a guide and spent about 10 hours redrawing it from
scratch using the scan as a pattern. The scan is available to download on
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