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1  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Mini cabinets on: January 03, 2014, 11:11:07 PM
Thanks, dudes Smiley !

Sonic : I really loved to "create" those mini-cabinets  Smiley .
I built them under requests of two friends who saw the "prototype" at a local "retrogaming&retrocomputing expo".
I could say that only with the whole necessary materials the price runs at 400€uros + at least 30/35 hours of work !
Shipping ? Well, I don't know how much could be expensive... cab's weight is around 20Kg and ship it here in Italy could cost between the 15€ ( Italian Postal services = BAD THING... ) and more than 40 € ( express courier = MUCH MORE SAFE ! ) .

BRUNO !!!!
Hehe... the DL2 should be "on the air", but I really could not afford to build things for myself...
€ issues... but I'd really love to do it !!!
Next mini-cabinet would have to be the italian Atari-by-SIDAM Dragon's Lair , for which I have some requests...
Then, just the time to have all the measurements and I'll do it Smiley !

HEMMMM.... BTW: would anyone here like to dismantle his Sidam DL and take all the measures for me ?
I would appreciate...
  lol lol Twisted Evil
2  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Mini cabinets on: January 02, 2014, 12:09:21 PM
I've just completed the "THREE-Mini-DL/SA-cabinets" building Smiley !
Better, OF COURSE, than the "prototype" I built the last summer in occasion of the "DL 30th anniversary italian meeting" Wink !

You could watch my W.I.P. pictures HERE:


... and watch some clips HERE:


3  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / Italian RetroVideoGaming & Computing on: October 26, 2013, 07:57:02 PM

Autumn !

As always, time for conventions, trade shows and meetings with a currently theme much in vogue among all "ex - nerd" and also many others who have lived (AND STILL LIVE !) the golden age of gaming entertainment, ALL OVER THE WORLD :


And our small and mistreated Italy is no exception...

Last Sunday there was the event "Brusaporto Retrocomputing", annual show / exhibition of vintage computer hardware and gaming, and I was invited to exhibit a bit of my "material" ...


Together with a friend of mine, D.Baldi from a local association called "comPVter" (http://www.compvter.it/), I set up a stand that has been later recognized as "respectable", due to the fact of the presence of some "pearls", not easily viewable "elsewhere" ...

From my side, there is a full-working "Pong" ( Atari - Sears , 1975 ) , an Atari 2600 Jr. CVBS video output modified, my Dragon's Lair MINI-CAB (built this summer in occasion of the "meeting" that I myself organized for the 30th' anniversary of the birth of the most famous lasergame) and a display case containing some of my Atari game cartridges...
On my friend's side there is a DEVASTATING collection of english items, almost all branded " Sinclair ", including a VERY RARE "Sinclair LED BlackWatch" (unfortunately NOT WORKING ... ) and the 80's age style "bicycle-car-starship" lol "C5" !


a beautiful day spent in the company of many friends and MANY people which occasionally asked information of any kind...
to the point that I came home with a dry throat for having talked really too much !  roll eyes Cry Grin


More pics HERE :

And it's not over...

Just yesterday there was the first day of the "Games Week" in Milan, where in the morning came no less than
in person  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

who kept a conference and made a "tour" around all the exposed video entertainment machines !

A friend of mine, journalist in the informatic sector (Carlo Santagostino of "Archeologia Informatica" http://www.archeologiainformatica.it/ ) invited me to the event, but unfortunately, for reasons of work, I had to decline that invitation ...
And my regret is SO HUGE !
 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

Especially after that I did watch an unspecified amount of photos that show a lot of friends "embraced" with Nolan...
 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

for one thing I could say that I am happy !

... because my "Pong", exhibited in one of the windows of the Games Week - Retrogaming museum, had become THIS WAY :

I go to get it back on Sunday (tomorrow)... and , with that autograph of Nolan Bushnell , it will sure become the "pearl" of my small , small Atari collection !

( and if someone would "eventually" steal it, then it will be the time I will call the FBI , the InterPol , the Lieutenant Columbo , Angela Lansbury and Ellery Queen ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! )
 Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil  lol
4  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: September 21, 2013, 09:43:26 AM
Thanks  Smiley oppps !
5  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: September 20, 2013, 11:08:28 PM
Days ago I decided to make my mini-cabinet independent from wife's eeePC.

So I decided to threw a "classic" computer inside the cab.
By chance, I could use my old "Monolith cabinet PC", with a Pentim 4 H.T. 3 Ghz, which was recently replaced by a powerful Intel Core-Duo 2.8Ghzx2 based machine Smiley !

[ WOW ! Now I got a 100% -STABLE- of speed with Firefox-MAME, while before it arrived at a 80/90% -NOT STABLE- maximum  shock !!! ]


To complete the job, I took a 9" LCD monitor/TV ( at the beginning I thought to use a 10" CRT, but the tube is too deep and it would have ended up out of the rear panel of the cabinet  Cry ! ) and a pair of "easy" mini-loudspeakers which are powered by the 5V of the USB connector Smiley !
And, at least, I put a 12V (taken from the computer's PSU) led-strip for the backlited marquee.

Here are some pics:

And a clip Smiley :

6  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: August 21, 2013, 01:47:39 AM
Hi Bruno !

Yep, someone who was there just posted some more images on our site... I took them and put them here, too Smiley !

Not much, but I've just translated a forum message from the same guy who made the pics...

Hello boys! Here are some considerations...

- in the 1st pic Sandrino observes 'the Master MACDLSA' as he juggles... hemm... the colorful balls (!)

- ... and in the 2nd, after he have finished with the 'big brother', here it is Sandrino with the customized mini-cab, going on for hours and hours !

At the end thanks to:
- MAC for organizing the whole party.
- MAC's wife for the various food.
- Matteo 'Italiandoh' for the valuable info and the fact of not understanding how Sandrino could handle the Sidam to the end with the 'double move' Shocked !
- Alessandro F. for his 48 years well spent behind a Pengo;
- Lukezab for the bargain which he did by taking the Yaris Japanese import and for the fantastic prosecco wine kindly supplied to us !
- The blonde girl at the pizzeria, sitting behind me, who has made ​​AleF. fool (and not only him...) and the balconette breast of the waitress that came to our table...
- The night spent sleeping in the van and in the Yaris.
- AND ... to Polybius ... Shocked Shocked Shocked

Funny, isn't it ? Wink Cheesy !!!
7  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: August 20, 2013, 07:03:38 AM
I heard around the World there were some meetings/reunions for the DL's 30th anniversary.
Well, I decided to plan such a meeting here in my little "Mac'sArcade" and...

-cleaned up the garage
-metal shelves covered with blue tarps to make the environment less austere
-some chips
-some popcorn
-... and few but good nerds fellows  Wink !!!

[ Bruno surely recognizes Matteo/italiandoh... while I am the one on the top/left  Lips Sealed  Cheesy ]

I worked 3 days (3 of my August holydays...) to build this little "present" for the anniversary :

It's a MINI Dragon's Lair cabinet, "built around" an Asus eeePC900 (my wife's computer...  Grin Kiss), and it's 1 : 2.4 scale ( I have fixed that way to make marquee and CP dimensions compatible with A4 format... for printing artworks by myself !!! Grin ! )

It's running the Sidam romset, according to our italian memories of our "customized" version (I wanted to build a mini-Sidam cab, but I'm still without any kind of project &/or measurements...).

A clip  Wink : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLeKV99FcLM&feature=share&list=UUhqt2ze5DGeZRn2ruRLhoCw
8  General Chat / Technical Area / Re: TV service codes, post them here ! on: July 09, 2013, 07:36:10 AM
Oh... and here I thought you were Mark King  Tongue
9  General Chat / Technical Area / Re: TV service codes, post them here ! on: July 08, 2013, 08:26:35 AM
Oh, hehe... Sorry, Luigi !
I was misled by your name !
10  General Chat / Technical Area / Re: TV service codes, post them here ! on: July 06, 2013, 07:56:49 PM
Great, Bruno  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace !
M , 4 , 7 , 2 , 5 ... I already read this code there before, but I didn't know it works also for my (but I should say "our", 'cause it's owned by lot of people  Wink) TV !

Many thanks  Smiley !
(and sorry, it's a long time that I do not come here on youre forum...  oppps)

Hi, Luigi, another italian DLFan Smiley !
Stay tuned for the "DL 30th anniversary italian meeting" Smiley !
11  General Chat / Technical Area / Re: TV service codes, post them here ! on: July 06, 2013, 11:32:02 AM
Hi guys.

Sorry, I have to resume this thread 'cause I need the procedure to make my Bluesky BL 5126 TX enter the SERVICE MODE.

I did not found it anywhere, so if anyone knows it, please please tell me  Embarrassed !

THNX  Smiley !!!  roll eyes

[note: I am planning a meeting for the DL 30th anniversary here in my little arcade garage. I could not do it before, so I think to do it in the middle-end of August, when I will (would ?  Undecided) be off of my job Wink ! So,if someone is interested : Italy>Pavia>Stradella...  Grin]
12  General Chat / All the rest / Re: Hi from Barabba on: October 20, 2012, 07:34:52 PM
Hey, Filippo ! You're here, too Smiley !
Ciao, vecchio !!!
13  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair Sidam Cabinet project on: April 22, 2012, 11:02:50 PM
[ITA] Oddio, il cabinato Sidam è tutt'altro che facile da realizzare visto che ho dovuto faticare non poco per trovare qualche riferimento (leggasi misura) per poter ricavare tutto il dimensionamento del mobile e dei vari componenti che lo vanno a costituire.
Impazzire anche con la parte hardware di lettori laser delicatissimi e cablaggi vari non ne ho proprio voglia e tempo... ecco perchè ho scelto la strada più facile: di inserire un PC con il Daphne e la configurazione dei comandi arcade passerà attraverso l'I-PAC  Wink

Now I got it !
We already talked (also with Igorstellar who owns a Sidam DL) in an italian retrogaming forum...
The cabinet you played on several years ago in the "permanent luna park" it's the same I played, too (and also Teo did) Smiley

Then, you're SO right when you say that cabinet is DIFFICULT to reproduce !

Let me link you some interesting details...

Side panels (NOT PAINTED !!!... they're silk-screen printed)

The marquee, similar to the Cinematronics/Atari CPO (but, as you probably did, it could be done with some "hi-level" photoshop modifies...)

Sidam dedicate coindoor, almost impossible to find

The CPO may be the easier part to be reproduced

Here they comes...
The metal rails used to retain the glass have "Sidam" writings on them, and they're forged.
An the internal artworks ? Where will you find scans for them ?

So, if you say you will do a Sidam-LIKE cabinet, then it's OK.
But a FULLY-reproduced is another thing.
14  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair Sidam Cabinet project on: April 21, 2012, 11:07:07 PM
This "project" takes me back in time a few year or so...
Let me say that an I-Pac/VE is enough (and cheap) for a "simple" laserdiscgames cabinet (and also for a MameCab, too Wink!)
15  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair Sidam Cabinet project on: April 20, 2012, 11:40:25 PM
SO NICE, SpiderMan !!!
We always missed the Sidam cabinet project, and you GOT IT !!!

I think it's time we "call" Mark (the one who wrote the Euro drivers for Lair & Ace) AGAIN (I did it years ago...) and tell him if he COULD complete the emulation  Space Ace !

Of course, please post some pics of your "Work-In-Progress" Wink !
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