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Title: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on February 14, 2010, 05:07:49 AM
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It is a period of civil war.
Rebel spaceships, striking
from a hidden base, have won
their first victory against
the evil Galactic Empire.

During the battle, Rebel
spies managed to steal secret
plans to the Empire's
ultimate weapon, the DEATH
STAR, an armored space
station with enough power to
destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire's
sinister agents, Princess
Leia races home aboard her
starship, custodian of the
stolen plans that can save her
people and restore
freedom to the galaxy....



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As some of you know I bought a Star Wars cockpit in the UK mid January, and last weekend it was time to pick it up. Fortunately I didn’t have to do it all alone as my good friend André joined me. We had a great time, which the following report will show. But first of course the …

Statistics:
Date: 5 – 7 february 2010
Author: ckong
Target: Star Wars cockpit and …..  
Trip: Holland – Belgium – France – UK – France – Belgium - Holland
Total length: 1.686 kilometers
Duration: 60 hours

It did take some time and effort to organize this road trip, but Friday 5 February, at 11 AM I was finally ready to take off. I didn’t forget to bring some literature with me.

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Although the weather looked fine, and was certainly much better than during my last road trip ( http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=1335.0 ), I very soon got remembered again that it’s still winter, with possible slippery roads

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Hm, better drive a bit more careful than that driver.

I planned to be at André’s place at about 3 PM, but first I had to do a few other things. As the Star Wars Cockpit is a heavy cab, I hired a pallet truck to move the cab easily around.

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By then I didn’t know yet that the cockpit is on wheels. Stupid me. After I picked up the pallet truck I left for Rotterdam to hire some temporary storage, not only for the SW cockpit, but also for other cabs (but that is another story and probably another road trip). There are more companies who hire out storage facilities, and I picked one nearby

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There I have room to store quite a few cabs. But not for long I hope, my gameroom should be finished in a few months.

In the meanwhile I got a call from André that he arrived at home, so I went to his place. There we played some games on his Berzerk machine,

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and I concluded that I really suck at the game (however, I blame the joystick of course  :D ). At about 4 PM we went to a car hiring company where we picked up the van that I hired. The van was not quite what I expected though. In fact, you could see that it already had a rough life.

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No, it’s not the one in the front, that one is too small, and it is too cold for an open roof window. It’s the one at the back. Oh no, is it?

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May the force be with you!


But I don’t rely on the force, so we picked up another van. That one was great, had low mileage, a good car stereo, a bit peculiar heating system, fortunately no cracking sounds and lots of space. I’m happy, yes I am.

We went back to André’s place, had dinner (André’s wife had made a delicious Chili con Carne), watched Chasing Ghosts and went to bed at about 11 PM. I had a very comfortable bed, thanks André.  :)

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And I also had a good guard

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Next morning, 4.30 AM the alarm clock went off! Bloody hell, can’t be right. But unfortunately it was time to get up. A quick wash and after we did put our luggage in the van, we left at 5.24 AM.

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It was still pretty dark, sinister dark and both André and I felt that there was something in the air. But what?

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After a short while André did put

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Into the CD player. Great music, highly recommended. Now we really got into the mood for this trip.

The roads were dry and almost empty

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At 8.40 AM we arrived at the tunnel check in. Checking in really is a piece of cake

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and after that we first went through French customs and then through British customs, on socks!

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We then hopped on the train. Never done it before, but certainly will do it again.

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England, crazy people, driving on the left side of the road

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However, we had great views

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nice weather

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some old rocks

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Very pig friendly living habitats

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and small roads.

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But hardly nowhere a Burger King or McDonalds to be found. And the one we did find was still closed (at 10.45 AM, ridiculous). No nice arcade games either.

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The diesel is very expensive in the UK

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So without eating something we drove further. A little for 12 PM we entered the cosmopolitan city of

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Our destination was at an industrial area, where we arrived exactly at the planned time at Simon’s place, from whom I bought the SW cockpit. We caught him eating his lunch and he offered us also something, but we kindly refused, this is why:

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So we entered his workshop, and there she was:

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We play-tested a few games on the SW cockpit, first André and then me. Here is some actual footage of André, who is in disguise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bSefSLaPFs ). And some pictures of me.

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Although everything was working, it was obvious that the monitor needs some attention as the centre of the screen was out of convergence. Nothing too bad though and with the help of André this problem should be tackled for a large part, maybe even completely. Furthermore the cab has it usual wear and tear, but hey, replacement parts for the yoke and the art is or will be made available. All in all I am very pleased with this great game.

Simon had more games in his workshop like a very nice looking Asteroids upright, an Asteroids cocktail table and an Omega Race which André played a few times.

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We had some nice chats with Simon and after a short while we started to load the SW cockpit and some other items which we bought (replacement parts and some game pcb’s) into the van. My god, this beauty is heavy. But fortunately she is on wheels.

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At about 1.30 PM we drove off, towards the south coast. It really is beautiful weather, spring is in the air.

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But hey, it’s still early, let’s do something more fun today. OK, let’s check out some other games. So we went to a place nearby Portsmouth. There live some guys who have astonishing cab collections. But in the meantime we were very hungry and we had a stop at

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After the pits stop we drove further. We actually saw a lot of pigs living on the land. We never saw that before, it sure is very animal friendly, until they are killed of course.  :?

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At 4.30 PM we arrived at a storage room from a guy named Rav. (Ravage in full, nickname of course).

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Rav is very friendly and his place is amazing, with rows and rows of classic cabs. We didn’t take pictures of them, but check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqfj6gZuBqg&feature=channel  Awesome, isn’t it? It’s great to see those games in real. Both André and I saw some very nice games and beautiful looking cabs. André was particularly interested in Burgertime, but that game was sold a few months ago. Fortunately it got a good home.

Rav told us some stories about his cab collection and he gave some historical information of the actual Mario Bros. game which André owns. But of course this visit was planned as I had some interest in a Qix Taito cab. Unfortunately the cab was not in the desired condition, so I decided to pass on her.

In the meantime Oliver (Alpha1), who lives not too far away from Rav, arrived. He had kindly invited us to stay the night at his place and so we said goodbye to Rav and followed Oliver to his house. Picture this, he said that he would drive calm because we were with the van and a precious SW cockpit in it. But André really had to do his best to follow Oliver, didn’t you André? Oh man, in these occasions I hate roundabouts because I was afraid that the SW cockpit was going from left to right in the back of the van. But we had secured her very good, no chance of transport damage whatsoever.

We had a great evening with Oliver. He told some nice stories about how he got his wonderful cab collection (mostly from arcades who abandoned games, sometimes literally in a field), he has a very nice girlfriend and he took us to a great birthday party of one of his friends. Yes, it was

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With lots of

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good food, nice conversations and beautiful

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 It’s obvious that you didn’t miss anything.  :lol: :lol:

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We got into bed at 5 AM (more or less), although I really can’t remember that part.

Next (Sunday) morning we woke up at 9 AM, had some cereals for breakfast and left for Oliver’s gameroom at his parent’s house. WOW, what a great collection of games you have, Oliver! Please check out the photo’s:

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And he also has some very rare items, like this one:

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Jealous? No, why? Not us. Besides, we had no time for that, we were at Oliver’s gameroom with a goal. I had to pick up another game, which is:

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I really love this game because it has everything, like great game play and visuals, it’s difficult, it’s a vector game and the cab is very pretty.

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You can imagine that I am really very glad with it. I LOVE VECTORS. I also played a few games on another vector game, which is now on top of my wanted list. It’s a Robotron-style vector game  (of course Robotron is based on this game). Make a guess!

We could have stayed for hours, but unfortunately we had to catch a train, so we loaded Gravitar into the van, said goodbye to Oliver and left for the train tunnel at 12 AM.

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Oliver, both André and I had a great time with you. Thanks again for your hospitality and you are always welcome to stay at my place.

If you look carefully at the next photo, you will see a spacecraft which hasn’t been used for a very long time now in The Galaxy.

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Although the weather was not as good as the day before, we smoothly drove to Folkestone. In fact, we managed to catch one train earlier than scheduled, which means that we were at 4.30 PM in Calais again.

One final but necessary stop at

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We had a great meal and we drove further to Rotterdam to the storage and unloaded both the SW cockpit and Gravitar. After that we brought the van back to the rental company,

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 I had one last cup of coffee at André’s place and then I finally drove home, where I arrived at 11 PM on Sunday evening.

It was a long, but fun road trip

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That’s it, The End. Again I would like to thank André, Oliver and Rav, you all made this a very memorable trip.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Sonic 1992 on February 14, 2010, 07:08:39 AM
What a great trip!   ;D


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Superully on February 14, 2010, 08:31:46 AM
wow, what a huge roadtrip - and what a fabulous score: a star wars cockpit and a gravitar. and then of course rav's ARCADE HALL and oliver's gameroom - what a sight! you guys weren't jealous, i am 8)! looks like you had a blast. well organized, nicely documented, funny comments and pics - thx a lot for sharing! do you have TWO storage units rented right now, erik? may i ask how much something like this costs in holland and how big that place is?

one more thing i have to say when i see that picture:

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why didn't you guys bring more cabs back? this van is EMPTY, even with the star wars cockpit in it :o you could have brought the one game i still have "over there" back with you, it would have been on your route. but no hard feelings though, i know it already was one hell of a trip, but if you go there again, erik, and i haven't picked it up yet, please don't forget me  ;D

but once again: great trip to the island! i'll be seeing you next week  ;) 8)


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on February 14, 2010, 08:40:38 AM
Great story guys !


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on February 14, 2010, 09:29:19 AM
why didn't you guys bring more cabs back? this van is EMPTY

Well, because time, money  ;)  and the van really was pretty full with two cabs. The sides of the van are curved, so the best option for Gravitar was to lay on it's back, which together with the wheel 'bakken' (what's the english word for it) didn't leave much space.

But next time I will use another kind of van. Probably also necessary.  ;D See ya.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Muerto on February 14, 2010, 09:34:24 AM
wooooooooh...... im drooling!1!! wow!
What a great report! - thanks Eric!!!! - and seems like i won the contest in guessing the games you bought!, how many cabs do you have so far? coz your collection expanding rapidly!

Love this pic:
Major Havoc... wow!
actually, atm theres a MH kit available on ebay... LINK (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320487245861&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Road%20Trip/CIMG2961.jpg)

and what a gameroom! that has to be the ultimate dream (now i want a bigger one!)
Why was Rav selling his cabs??

Again nice story! no doubt you guys had a great time! - please bring me next time! ;)


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Superully on February 14, 2010, 09:34:51 AM
But next time I will use another kind of van. Probably also necessary.

already plans?


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Muerto on February 14, 2010, 09:35:12 AM
which together with the wheel 'bakken' (what's the english word for it)

dolly i think


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Superully on February 14, 2010, 09:36:49 AM
trolly


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Muerto on February 14, 2010, 09:40:40 AM
trully...  :D


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on February 14, 2010, 09:50:40 AM
trolly

No, I mean the wooden 'cage' on the left and right inside the van, part of the wheel construction.

how many cabs do you have so far? coz your collection expanding rapidly!
Eight so far, next trip will also be a multiple cab trip, and after that I take a break and concentrate on the gameroom.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: DarthNuno on February 14, 2010, 09:53:36 AM
Fantastic road trip, and wonderful report thanks  :-* :-* :-*

For immediate release... CKONG inside his new ship, ready to blow up the death star  ;)  :arrow:

(http://www.arcadelifestyle.net/news/starwarsrt.jpg)

So, what do thing about this first UK Road trip experience ? You'll see, it's very addictive  ::) ;)

With the Jedi Master 'André Kenobi', I'm sure the XY screen will be soon *perfectly* working  :)

Well done guys  :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Muerto on February 14, 2010, 10:06:29 AM
Jedi Master 'André Kenobi'

hahahaha!!!!!  :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on February 14, 2010, 10:21:07 AM
which together with the wheel 'bakken' (what's the english word for it)

Euhh  Wheelcages ?

(http://www.opdenkelder.com/pics/wheelcages.jpg)


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Level42 on February 14, 2010, 10:31:23 AM
Well, let's just hope the force will be with us with those vector babies. The great thing is that I kept my custom-made frame for converging the CRT.

I'm in love with the Gravitar. So far, I've played it a couple times on Mame, but _again_ I got struck by playing Mame and the real thing. It's simply incredible....the zooming in on the planets, the explosions, the game logo, it's a piece of art ! (Not to mention the artwork....)


Great report Erik you even got my with the jokes ;)

Excellent photo-shopping Bruno ! :D

I love Britain, it's beautiful country-side, it's lovely old cottages and pubs, and of course the friendly people !


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Level42 on February 14, 2010, 10:37:36 AM
Well, let's just hope the force will be with us with those vector babies. The great thing is that I kept my custom-made frame for converging the CRT.

I'm in love with the Gravitar. So far, I've played it a couple times on Mame, but _again_ I got struck by playing Mame and the real thing. It's simply incredible....the zooming in on the planets, the explosions, the game logo, it's a piece of art ! (Not to mention the artwork....)


Great report Erik you even got my with the jokes ;)

Excellent photo-shopping Bruno ! :D

I love Britain, it's beautiful country-side, it's lovely old cottages and pubs, and of course the friendly people !

Yes, that's what Erik meant. They are pretty clumsy when transporting cabs.

For anyone who will need to transport a SW cockpit in the future: uses some wedges. We used some left over planks from Simon that had some extra wood mounted to it and formed excellent wedges). Slide them under the sides but not too far, so that the wheels are just lifted off the floor.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: arcadefever on February 15, 2010, 05:38:25 AM
 8) great road trip...i really enjoyed reading it ...
Thank you for sharing !!!!


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: scr33n on February 15, 2010, 07:25:53 PM
8) great road trip...i really enjoyed reading it ...
Thank you for sharing !!!!

+1  8) :spaceace:


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Alpha1 on February 17, 2010, 01:13:21 PM
Erik,

Seeing you enjoyed it so much you can have anothe road trip and come and get this Battlezone and Centipede :D


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on February 17, 2010, 09:36:33 PM
Erik,

Seeing you enjoyed it so much you can have anothe road trip and come and get this Battlezone and Centipede :D

Thanks, but no thanks. I made another road trip today, and for the coming period my car is totally out of gas.  ;D


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on August 31, 2010, 06:41:36 PM
Another road trip today - sort of anyway:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/1.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/2.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/3.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/4.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/5.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/7.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/8.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/9.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/10.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/11.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/12.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/13.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/14.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/15.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/16.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/17.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/New%20Vector%20monitor/18.jpg)



Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Level42 on August 31, 2010, 07:32:32 PM
{INSERT LOTS OF JEALOUSY HERE}

Seeing that minty fresh Amplifone tube.....I kinda regret not joining in....

On the other hand.....I know the figures that you covered on that bill......... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: DarthNuno on August 31, 2010, 08:01:49 PM
(Brand?) new tube but also (brand?) new XY chassis?  :o


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on August 31, 2010, 08:03:50 PM
On the other hand.....I know the figures that you covered on that bill......... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Pssst, I didn't tell my wife yet. Will probably never do. But as I told you, sometimes a man has got to do what a man has got to do. And don't be afraid, you will have lots of chances to lay your hands on the tube, as a matter of fact, I'm counting on you to build it up.  :D  Will be a nice challenge for you, won't it?

I already disassembled the old, low-res tube with the hidious convergence:

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/SW%20old%20monitor/1.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/SW%20old%20monitor/3.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/SW%20old%20monitor/4.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/SW%20old%20monitor/6.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/SW%20old%20monitor/7.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Restoration/SW%20old%20monitor/8.jpg)

What's the best way to clean those filty parts?


@Bruno, André will rehaul the original XY chassis for me.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Superully on August 31, 2010, 08:09:01 PM
eh, wasn't your star wars monitor working already? and where did you get that tube from?


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: ckong on August 31, 2010, 08:15:06 PM
eh, wasn't your star wars monitor working already? and where did you get that tube from?

Yes, it was working, but I was not satisfied with the convergence and with the fact that it is a low-res monitor. Andr;e can tell you all about it.

And because she is special (she as in : my SW cockpit) I decided to get a brand new mid-res monitor which will give me a much better picture and probably also a much better convergence. Of course I'm fortunate to have a vector monitor specialist as a friend  :wink:

The monitor came from hawkeye, Scotty told me that he only had two of these left, so I guess I'm lucky (I hope). It was not cheap, and shipping and custom clearance costs are a killer, but then again, sometimes a hobby is expensive.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: gyruss on August 31, 2010, 09:59:34 PM
congrats! I hope to be able to play the game on a real vector monitor someday.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Level42 on January 29, 2013, 11:35:00 PM
I don't know why, but I just wanted to bump this thread.....it was such an awesome trip !


(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f307/ckong65/Star%20Wars%20Road%20Trip/CIMG2954.jpg)

Did anyone recognize the Hoovercraft in this picture ?
You can see the huge propellors and below is the skirt clearly visible..

 Pretty amazing, they were standing there rusting away. I travelled on one of these crossing the channel many years ago. It was a bumpy ride, a bit like a very poor train track. I hope they will keep at least one of them going...but fuel prices are killer for those things....



Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on January 30, 2013, 08:57:03 AM
I don't know why, but I just wanted to bump this thread.....it was such an awesome trip !

Maybe because you are in the mood to fix that monitor ?  ;D


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: bencao74 on January 30, 2013, 12:11:05 PM
thanks for bumping this thread. :) Pics from a Gravitar, SW Cocpit, Quantum (!), Major Havoc, Asteroids is worth a daily bump.


Title: Re: Road Trip - May the Force be with you!
Post by: Q*ris on January 31, 2013, 12:04:47 AM
thanks for bumping this thread. :) Pics from a Gravitar, SW Cocpit, Quantum (!), Major Havoc, Asteroids is worth a daily bump.
+1 I totally missed this one BYTD!