Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tackling the battery box

The back box of the Star Laser Force pack is pretty much all batteries, which is not uncommon in the industry to this day, although technology has vastly improved since then! Each of the three separate power supplies used conventional NiCd cells.

View of the aluminum box on the rear of the suit, packed with rechargable batteries of various sizes
All hand built, too.
The single remaining AA cell was removed due to corrosion.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Workspace shift

Took two weeks off to set up, play, and tear down laser tag, and one more for a pinball project. Since then I've decided to move the restoration project to another room with better lighting and more space. I'm tackling the battery box next.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Deconstructing the helmet

As hinted in the last post, I have the exceptionally rare opportunity to inspect and clean up one of the Star Laser Force packs for the Laser Tag Museum.  Part of this will involve making sure it's in functioning condition, or at least that it might light up while on display as it once did when it was being used.

A quick inspection shows the helmet to be worse off than the vest, so I'll tackle it first. Besides, it is not ready for polite society. The padding is rotted, the leather is moldy, and the wiring is trashed. There's no ID number, so I can't pull the service logs, but going by appearance it seems to have seen a lot of battles.

Front view of battered red helmet
I was a teenaged Xenon Red Raider.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Megatron 100

It's almost time to blow the lid off this system.

Extreme close up of circuit board with text "Megatron 100  Rev. C copyright 1984 by Lee Weinstein" appearing in solder-coated copper

Hardware geekery to come.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Poster Giveaway!

The Laser Tag Museum seeks to preserve and commemorate the historic foundations of the game (or sport), documenting the efforts of the laser tag pioneers and collecting the original equipment used in those games.

Starting last year, the 30th anniversary of Photon, the Museum issued the first International Laser Tag Day poster depicting the battle gear actually used in arena Photon games.

The new 2015 posters
The 2015 International Laser Tag Day poster honors the 30th anniversary of Star Laser Force with a photo of the newly recovered battle suit of the Starship Blue Force.  Thanks to the Museum I have a limited number of these 18x24" posters to give away to readers.  Here are the rules:

  • First come, first served. Email me at the address on the sidebar to request a poster.
  • If you are in or near the City of Houston, I can probably meet with you and give it to you directly.
  • If not, I may ask you to pay for postage.
It's as simple as that. If this message is still here, posters are still available.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

3rd in order, Hall of Famer

After years of research, the Laser Tag Museum has declared Star Laser Force to be the third indoor laser tag system opened to the public worldwide (after Photon in Dallas and Laser Zone in Chicago). If you were ever at Star Laser Force, that makes you an industry pioneer!

30th anniversary honors.