Over the past few months, I’ve been refurbishing a pair of Franklin ACE 1000s. I plan to write a series of articles documenting the things I’ve learned along the way; despite the popularity of these Apple ][+ clones in the 80’s, very little hardware documentation appears to have survived.
One of the things I did to help the repair process was to add Franklin ACE 1000 emulation to MAME. The pull request was merged this morning (https://github.com/mamedev/mame/commit/c471404e026bfa42c016cbcc52b66b77c5b14e39), so it will be in the next release of MAME.
The ROM set is available at https://www.disavowed.jp/hardware/ace1000/ace1000.zip. This set contains the real Franklin character ROM, which doesn’t appear to be available anywhere else.