game was purchased years ago as a converted Zaxxon. I had thought to
restore it, returning it to Zaxxon.
It had been converted to a SKYSHARK shooter. It's a game I like so
it stayed that way until it was stored and then
moved to it's new home in Florida for more storage. This game was far
on the list of projects.
It's time has finally come. After making a decision on another
conversion game to turn it into a horizontal multigame Plus.
This game by default became the vertical multigame Plus.
The Zaxxon cabinet is unusual, I haven't heard or read about the
cabinet design, but after getting a close look, it appears it's really
two cabinets put together. The bottom, the beginnings of a table game
and then a top "cap" of an upright.
This was great for what I had in mind. Under the slide out tray holding
the original game board and power supply is
a large hole which appears to have been cut for a monitor. That lower
area of the cabinet is not used in a Zaxxon. There is no access to
it other than under that slide out tray. This area is great for use as
a Multigame Plus. The "PLUS" part of this change is to add a
switcher in addition to a 60 in 1 jamma board.
The only thing needed to make use of that space was to cut a hole in
the back to access that area.
First, everything I have done to the cabinet can be easily reversed.
So, a future owner can restore the game to a dedicated Zaxxon if
desired. I even have a complete original Zaxxon CP and board I
had gotten for that purpose before making this change.
The cabinet was first cleaned to remove the 30+ years of smoke and
decal glue and touched up. The game board tray was removed, all
components on it were removed and cleaned. The tray itself was cleaned
and sanded. Finally everything was put back, except the Skyshark game
board. The original Zaxxon power supply is intact. It actually was used
to power the Skyshark before this change.
Now the only part of it used is the isolation part of the power
transformer. All the original connectors and wiring harness is
still in the game. The original end connectors had been removed
on some harnesses to connect the Skyshark Jamma game to the
Those original harnesses were adapted for a separate Jamma setup
including a new switching power supply capable of running any board
set. The front door harness was incorporated, along with video, svc,
test sw's and audio output.
The result is a game that can accept 6 vertical jamma game boards and
select between them.
As I write this, there are 3, 60 in 1, Skyshark, RadenII
The final layout of the space has not been finalized.
Note: there is still space on the tray where the original Zaxxon board
set was located.
Below are some photos of the almost completed game.
When they changed the game to Skyshark, they just put the new art over
original art, removing the top of the Zaxxon art.
Making it very easy to determine what the game it originally was at a
I think they did that because the original art glue is formidable to
get off, they gouged the cabinet
trying to remove it, plus when next to other games the lower part would
not have been seen.
I decided to leave it as it is.....a reminder of it's history.
Except I removed the old glue still
there after all these years!
This is the tray inside the front door. The transformer and switching
supply plus regulator (not seen) are
the original components for Zaxxon. The black supply is a new switching
power supply. It is connected through
the isolation transformer. The volume control opening, currently not
used, will be filled with a 8 ohm L-pad
to allow the volume of games to be altered from this control. The 60 in
1 needs this option badly.
This will make it easy to alter game volumes including
separate game boards in the additional 5 slots
of the jamma switcher.
Here is the lower cabinet area with cutout to access that space
Here is the inside of that space. None of this is mounted yet. The
board on the left is the Skyshark
that was in the cabinet when it was found. The board on the right is
the switcher, with RadenII facing you.
Unseen in front of RadenII is the 60 in 1 Multigame Jamma board.
The Skyshark is connected to the switcher using a jamma extension
cable. Some ties need to be added.
I haven't decided on the final placement of boards yet. 4 sides
of this box are available 3 sides and the bottom.
The discoloration on the front is from the sun streaming in.