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#118162 12/03/20 07:31 PM
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During lockdown, one of the ways I've been passing the time is watching videos concerning the repair/maintenance of arcade games, and pinball machines.

A common occurrence in said videos, is referencing the schematics, sometimes on the printed page, sometimes via a scan of the original schematic.

The vast majority of these schematics were hand drawn, and hand lettered, and then copied/printed over and over, and later PDF scanned.

My question is this; Has anyone considered/Would anyone consider recreating these schematics in a modern 2D CAD system to make them more uniform/readable/scaleable, and potentially easier to archive?

I'm painfully aware of the scope of such an undertaking - I personally spent three years converting several book series from PDF scans to e-Books (about 800 books in all), so I'm not suggesting this would be an easy task, but I am wondering if this idea warrants consideration.

Thoughts?


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The Amiga schematics were redrawn and are available here: https://www.amigawiki.org/doku.php?id=en:service:schematics

There are probably various projects of this kind.

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There are definitely multiple people/projects doing this stuff. I remember there was someone live streaming this kind of work with schematics on Twitch.

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Interesting idea, I like it. I have a couple binders of C64 and Amiga (and related) schematics from service manuals around here somewhere that I could try and redraw in KiCad. A central repository (or at least a github page with a list of links) would be nice though...


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