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Arcade Lifestyle / Synonym9´s 2015 year end review
« on: December 22, 2015, 11:10:25 PM »
OK, guys...its 2 days out to christmas and for me it is always time for forum-threads and podcast-listenings at the holidays, its a nice thing that Vic and Shaun make the year-end-podcast extraordinary long.
I love to listen it in the train going to my mothers house on the 24th.

What have we done in 2015...of course we was active, was´nt we?
Some restored,
some collected,
some collected and then restored
some disappeared due to privat problems but came back in silence
and at least one had to interrupt collecting since he ran out of space, something we all hate more than anything else in the hobby..don´t we?

Yes, it is Don Moazzezi/Alpha1 - the Godfather of european arcade-collecting we are thinking of.
Although he ran out of storage capacity he has bought one more game if I remember right...but for the next time he will be not as active as we know him.
Boy!!! This man got a 145+ machines in total. I cannot even imagine how that all would look like staying next to one another.
Lining them up would result in a row of around 90 meters!!!! :o :o :o :o
Might 2016 bring him some new space so he can continue what he loves to do the most and make him break the 100 meters boarder.

Was´nt it also the year he made another big arcade raid, maybe the biggest we have seen so far...I think it was.
It also was the year when I continued my big operator raid I started back in 2014 which also should have been finished within the year.
Believe it or not, there are still some parts out there I have bring to my storage....I am very curious if the 2016 will end this, it most probably will.

Furthermore it was the year when the the fight between me and Uli reached its peak.
However, and this is way more remarkable for ´15, we ended this and found a new way.
I even would rate him as an arcade-pal meanwhile.

And yes, it was Uli who disappeared for some time, actually for the most time of 2015, due to a dramatic change in his life. He came back in silence...and still he is very silent since not everything is how it was before the happening that changed his life from white to black.  :-\
I am optimistic that we see the old Uli again in 2016. ;)

2015 was also an important year for Bela, you dont get your hands on a Tron every year, not in Europe.
I know it, I had contact with the seller as well, but could´nt get the deal to work, so congratulations Bela. ;)

What else did we have....oh yes - in 2015 my best and closest arcade-friend Martin (Nilfisk) started to look for a storage, so I am sure we will see some action from that guy as well in 2016. Martin really became a friend in the past year. He helped me a lot and I enjoy the time whenever I meet with him.
In ´15 of course he found his super-cool Robo-cabinet. I am more than curious what will happen to this machine in the future.

And what have I done in this year?
Well, it did not start very promising...a game here, a game there...but nothing exiting in the first months.

Thomas, my guy in KY, etablished his life in 2014 and in 2015 everything went a normal way for him over there.
We lost some games as he was often to slow to call the same minute we saw them, but learned in 2015 that the market is big in the US, but also the scene is a lot bigger then in Europe.
You cannot wait and think about a game....see it, call it, pick it as soon as you can. This is how it works out in the states.
There are games that are gone half an hour after the ad was written.
Maybe we can increase in reaction-speed in 2016 and as much as I love that he get us games overseas, I really want to have him back in Austria. I miss him.
Speaking of Thomas and arcade was also the year he was thinking to roll his Chevy Trailblazer over the edge.....BOY, that car gave him hard times.
He just could´nt keep that thing running.
Kind enough to make a trip to Ohio to pick to games for me, which turned out in a 13hours-ride, it was unbelievable that the car did´nt die....  :-[

In the middle of the year I have got to know an long-term collector who got decades of collecting behind him. A 1000 games ran through his hands over the years Mark (thats his name) says.
He became a real good friend of me and Thomas and I buy a lot of games from him. Fortunatelly Thomas got plenty of space for the collecting-hobby.
I personally call him the "holy Mark" as he is that kind of human you dont meet often in your life and when, they leave a big footprint.
I did´nt want to spend the money to go to Kentucky but since the man did so so so so much for me I really want to meet him and spend some time together with him and Thomas.
My collection raised dramatically since I know Mark...why? Because its him who makes all the trips accross Ohio and Kentucky for me which is very important especially now as Thomas suffers by a prolapsed disc...not very nice. I hope he recovers soon.
It happened when I delivered a truck-load of pinballs to him (he was in back in Austria for 2 weeks and used the time to buy a little....what else  ::)

OK, lets now have a closer look about what I have picked and what new games I have found this year.

How I said, the year did not start very exiting (not to mention that I could now walk the first 2 months after my accient with the broken ankle  :'(
First, the Tron-deal did not work out, although I am not as angry as the ZZZ-version does not have the cool profile, I am more the Midway-guy on this.
Not one but TWO Xevious´es slipped through my hands.
It is a problem with the german sellers (it was like that with the Tron as well) that they tend to sell games while I look for the shipping.

Then, I found a clean Super Hang-On and an old Pong.
I have got a contact of a shipper who can pick games that are not palletized. I called him and it was no problem to pick the machines.
Since I was not in a hurry I agrred that he can drop the 2 machines when ever he got a way to Austria.
After some weeks the guy disappeared.
Whats App-dead

I might have no other chance than going to the police and tell them about this. The Super Hang-on was in the nicest shape I have ever came accros on a I am very angry and sad about this.

In the end of the year I found more and more games every month.
Here is the list and some, but not all pictures of the games I found (or just picked) in 2015.

Killer Instict 2
Cyber Cycles twin
Super Hang-on
Afterburner cockpit

Karate Champ

Pheonix (HUO)


Then I won two auctions of the same seller with

Zaxxon and
Crystal Castle

Meanwhile I picked the

Simpsons and two pins which are
Bally Radical

Bally Dr. Dude

and Tailgunner II at once (it really was time)

What an ass:

Pacman and

Here the Reactor when the holy Mark, my new very close friend from KY picked it.
Thanks Mark, all I can repeat to say is thanks my friend.  :-*

We continue with something I was long, looooooong after, a
Food Fight came along with a LeMans

Look at this beautiful picture:

The LeMans was a 90$ pick-up but I could´nt love it more if it was a 1000.

And here 3 lots of games still being at the sellers and wait for the pick-ups.

Lot #1

Asteroids DLX (US-version)
Professor Pac

Lot #2

Midway Seawolf
Midway Seawolf

Gun Fight
Midway Panzer Attack (EM-Game)
Super Break-Out (goes to Thomas as well) and.........
Lunar Lander

Lot #3

Elevator Action
Space Fury
Tempest (another one)
Zaxxon (another one)
Black Widow
Star Castle

I am sure I have forgotten the one or other game....but its late and I am tired.
I will control the list tomorrow and might add pictures as soon as I got them.
Here are some impressions of what we collected in the US so far

So, this was my 2015 arcade-wise....what was yours?  :)


I have to scan two backglasses, one form an EM-shooting-gallery and one from a pinball.
The local copy-shop only can scan paper as the machine rolls the art through the machine, so hard/stiff materials cannot be scanned.

Seems like I have to go for a see-through-scanner, but which one is the one to go for today?

'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / I NEED A DEFENDER FAST - PAY GOOD
« on: November 28, 2015, 10:45:36 PM »

I would need a working Williams Defender for a trade, I would pay good. Maybe I would consieder a trade with another game or cash against my Atari Space Ace (not working at the moment but complete).
Offer everything.

Arcade Lifestyle / Galaga 3 and Galaga share the absolute same cabinet?
« on: September 01, 2015, 07:49:11 AM »

Guys, I have an offer for a Galaga 3 Cabient which I could imagine to convert to a Galaga, or maybe I use a switcher and run both games...but that is not important at the moment.

Can someone confirm that the cabinets are absolutely identical or confirm that they are not?

Thanks :)

Technical Area / Ultra-Violet LED-strips
« on: August 30, 2015, 10:03:14 AM »

I researched about LED-bars for marquee-illumination when I was wondering if there is something like UV-LED´s available...and they are.

I wonder how they would do in our Asteroids DLX, Space Invaders DLX, EM-Gun Galleries and so on.

Arcade Lifestyle / What cabinet is that?
« on: August 16, 2015, 09:45:31 PM »

I found that machine and wonder what it is. I am almost sure it is a Williams, but which one.
From what I researched it must be either

a Robotron,
  Inferno or a
  Moon Patrol (which would be perfect).

Do we have Williams-experts in the forum that can identify that?

Arcade Lifestyle / Saw a cool movie scene today
« on: July 26, 2015, 09:01:08 PM »

While I browsed the internet for new games I watched a movie called

"How to loose a guy in 10 days".

Just 5min ago I saw a cool scene, searched it on YouTube and found it, it is nothing spectacular but I thought it is worth sharing:


The operator I clean out a year now is in the need of money and asked me if I could buy some pinball machines.

I purchased a

Midway Dr. Dude
Midway Radical and a
Williams Hurricane NIB (this machine was never opened, plugged in or used in any kind of way)

That machines are younger that the stuff in the old barns and have been storaged in the basement of his house, so this machines are not as dirty and worn as the 80´s video-games you have seen in the pictures.

I going to clean, test and (if necessery repair) them and put them on eBay the next days but will post some pictures here before to give the forum members a head start.

Arcade Lifestyle / Home-Arcade Video- and Picture-thread 2015
« on: July 13, 2015, 08:00:30 PM »

I love to watch home-arcade videos, that helps me to overcome the time until I build my one.
Since Nilfisk promised me an update video of his basement-arcade it would be a good time to see what new in your arcades.
Post all you pictures but preferable videos.

Since I dont have anything to post I post my favorite arcade to make a start:

Technical Area / I need a cable-adapter prototyp, I pay
« on: July 12, 2015, 09:21:32 PM »

I would need a cable that goes from Side 1

the current Apple-plug (for Tablets)

to harness (Side 2) that can be soldered to 6 micro-switches for a stick and 2 action buttons (or 3)
An USB-plug to charg the tablets on side 2 would be good, for the use with the original charger on either system.

Is an app needed for that? The entire system shall work just like the Icade to play retro games. Blutooth would be a way to use too, but I think to find such a kit would be even harder.

If you have other suggestions I very happy to hear.

Arcade Lifestyle / Need help dividing SEGA´s Hang-On fullsize bike
« on: June 22, 2015, 09:10:06 PM »
I slowly come to an end with the he huge raid I started back last august

( see here: )

I sold nearly a 60 machines for the vendor to the current date and so he kept his promise and allowed me to pick the fullsize Hang-On for free..

It is in a dark place with trash all around and on it.
It got a lot of rust as well, so to know what I have to do to transport it would be great.

My questions are:

What exactly is to do to divide, means

how many screws
what kind of screws
where are they located
how many pieces will I have to transport and how heavy are they
every extra information or pictures are more than welcome

I dont think that it makes any difference but it is the red one....not the blue limited edition

Artwork / Exerion marquee-scan wanted....
« on: May 17, 2015, 11:45:41 PM »

Guys, I wonder if anybody got a scan of an Exerion-marquee.
In the worst case I also would buy an old marquee and scan/restore it myself.

Please, I want to finish my machine.....

Artwork / SEGA Turbo Upright scan-request
« on: March 26, 2015, 09:43:35 PM »

Guys, I have a SEGA Turbo that is from one of those operators who saved money on the sideart.
My Turbo-Upright is just plain white, first I thought it might be painted...but it just got no sideart....which is something I cannot deal with

It would be very nice if someone who got a see-through-scanner and does things like that, could make me a scan.

I am a graphic-designer and can merge the individual scans together myself, so only the scans would be needed.

Thanks in advance, guys  :)

'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / WTB "The Ninja Warriors"
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:19:06 AM »
Looking for the above stated game for a reasonable price.


'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / Looking for Stern Berzerk parts
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:24:58 PM »

Look for the following parts of Stern´s Berzerk cabinet:

Bat-Stick (grip alone is enough)


Control Panel

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