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'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: Yahoo Japan!
« on: May 03, 2015, 01:12:13 AM »
Half part of a Namco Japanese Pole Position cockpit?... 120,000¥ right here.

I just bought one of these cockpits.. it's not as good condition as this one but at least it has the rear end  :lol:

I notice to the right of the steering wheel the gear shifter... normally it is to the left of the seat in the rear section.
There is a blank panel on the dashboard where that shifter is, I wondered why it was there so it looks like this cabinet was designed to have this option.
The 2 parts can also easily be split, plus it actually looks more like an upright rather than half a cockpit.  :)

That's a beautiful spectacular collection of classic cabs you have and a great space to play them, would look even better with some "mood lighting" to give it that arcade feel.
Noticed the case of Bitburger, that's a nice beer that I often drink when I find it on tap :)

Arcade Lifestyle / Re: My grail....
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:41:08 PM »
Hi vr6an, thanks for the info about the Popeye it really would be great to see some more pictures of it especially with your other games.
It's amazing that these cabs got all the way to Scandinavia, and even better that you have a nice collection of Irish built ones!
Even if the artwork was available I doubt many people would reproduce it unless the cabinet was built from scratch.

I've studied the artwork and think its possible to reassemble it from the upright & cocktail images available, but it wouldn't be exact of course,
but I might have a go as I quite enjoy working with Photoshop, purely out of interest rather than trying to recreate the machine.

I also have a Millipede which was is a bad way, painted back and considered whether it would be possible to turn it into a Popeye,
but after I uncovered the Millipede side art I couldn't bring myself to change it from what it originally was.

If you do find any more details it would be great to hear about them.
Enjoy the game :)

Galaxian Theater / Galaxian 3 Laser Disc Set on ebay
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:52:06 PM »
Maybe this is of interest to you?
No pic of the discs but the cover looks perfect, comes with art booklet  :)

Arcade Lifestyle / Re: My grail....
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:06:51 PM »
That's awesome Alex what great gifts, but the arcade probably wouldn't of existed if you hadn't built it  ;D
I might even let you borrow my Atari Popeye for a while if I owned one. (no really, that would be very generous)

Level42, I don't suppose your friend would consider the artwork being scanned?
It would be incredible if if could be reproduced, but I can understand why they might not want to do this,
but it would be a good idea if this particularly rare artwork was preserved for historical purposes.

Now, has anyone got any suitable old Atari Euro shells that they want to get rid of so I can try to recreate the cab of my dreams?  ;)

Arcade Lifestyle / Re: My grail....
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:50:11 AM »
Presumably the manual will have at least some basic circuit information?

Where did you get that from Alex? Awesome find!

Arcade Lifestyle / Re: My grail....
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:12:26 PM »

I haven't posted nearly enough on this forum (too busy in the UK arcade forums, sorry) but WOW I have to reply to this!

My favorite arcade memory was playing this particular game at a seaside resort called Great Yarmouth in the UK in the 80's, I was blown away by the graphics, sound and the bouncy screen. I remember it was near the entrance and Jungle King was behind it - my first time seeing these two cabs. Those cabs and particularly Popeye made such a big impression on me, so much so I tried over the next couple of Months to recreate Popeye on my ZX Spectrum computer. I got some of the graphics done from memory but soon found it an impossible feat and it joined the rest of the half-hearted games I tried to recreate  :lol:

I am familiar with the Nintendo version of course and knew the one I played looked different but I couldn't remember how. I loved the look of it though. This was back in the early 80's when most cabinets were dedicated, another reason why these times are golden to me - too quickly the majority of games were conversions in random cabinets, although I still enjoyed many of those. I knew the Popeye I played wasn't in a generic cabinet though. I Literally starting searching the game up again recently and saw the UK version was an Atari license, which lead me to this thread...

I am so happy to have finally found out what is also my grail cab looks like, and that one exists. Thanks very much for posting the information and now the picture.
I feel a bit sad that this version of the game is so uber rare I will never likely see it in the flesh, yet alone own it, but at least it exists, my mind wasn't playing tricks on me and it's an ATARI Popeye for goodness sake. YES!!! Ah the memories...  8)

@Level42 - so we have a Grail in common... I can see you are a man of good taste.
AAAHuuUUH GUhGuhGuhGuh  :D


Hopefully these toys are allowed in this forum...

I don't know whether these games were generally available or popular in other parts of Europe, (I know they did Italian, US & Japanese ones) but in the UK, Pocketeers were all the rage before hand held electronic games like Game & Watch were invented.
I got into collecting these ages ago and I have now manged to get the complete collection all boxed. It took me 10 YEARS of constant searching to get them all.
If you've ever been interested in these you'll probably have seen this site:
I'll post up some photos of my collection when I find the pictures I took of them.

It looks like some of you guys have been collecting video games for a long time too, I'd be interested to know how long it took some of you to get hold of your grails, or even your first dream cab.
I'm only just starting to try and get a couple of my favorite arcade games and I've already missed out on a few. Do you find getting hold of the things you want particularly difficult considering so many people are looking for classic games now?

Okay got my flickr account sorted, but I still can't preview any images I add either by tags or attachment to the post, so if you are interested they are on my photostream.
I'm sure you will have seen this older Gorf online before, looks like it was bought in an auction in 2001 for cheap as some point, although all the games on that auction were cheap compared to today :)

That's a very unusual monitor arrangement - looks like a small LCD screen, notice the tiny back bubble!
I like the 2nd speaker under the CP, that would sound particularly good if just the speech was output through it...

I have pm'ed Love as advised showing this thread.


Hi all! My first "decent" post hopefully :)

First of all I am not the seller of these machines nor could I endorse the seller or get a commission, but I thought I'd post these up in case anyone is interested in them. I am new to the forum so forgive me if this isn't recommended or anything, please let me know if this is the case / remove the post etc.

I got speaking to an ebay seller regarding a machine he had, I am in the UK and I was wondering about the logistics of getting a cab from the US. Chuckie egg from the forum here gave me details of someone who might be able to help but I haven't followed up on this yet (thanks Chuckie egg though).

Anyway the seller mentioned to me he had a rare Gorf - I seem to remember seeing one of the pictures of it online before, but he sent me some photos of it.
It is stamped with serial number 116, has stenciled side art plus a second speaker over the CP, maybe some of you have come across this machine before?
The seller is starting at $1500 and accepting offers, plus he sent me this list of other stuff he has for sale not listed on ebay or other auction sites yet:

Pacman (will be restenciling the graphics soon)
Gorf with rare stenciled side art and second speaker above control panel (works just needs sound connector repinned before sale)(not restoring cabinet to save its patina since its so rare)
Gorf with side art (will be restoring cabinet soon, will have rebuilt monitor and sound board)
Mortal Kombat II (works great, looks great..on ebay now)
Mortal Kombat I (works great. I just have to restore the cab with ne cabinet decals. Full restore)
Cruis'n USA sitdown (working)( Monitor has been rebuilt as well as steering pot replaced)
Cruis'n USA sitdown (working game. repairing monitor right now)(new steering pot installed)
Marvel vs Capcom cps2 game in dynamo hs-5 cabinet (works. has new cpo and marquee)
Williams Gorgar Pinball (works, mpu and driver board rebuilt as well as power supply and sound board capacitors replaced)
Williams Gorgar Pinball (being worked on, will have same things fixed as the first one)
Omega Race ( I have a reproduction motherboard that I need to build for it)( will have full restore)
Williams Stargate ( needs repair finished)

He also said he can also get hold of a Dragon's Lair 2 for $2500.

Lastly he mentioned he was going to an operator's warehouse soon, and if anyone has specific requests for items he could try and source them.

If anyone is interested in any of these I'll pass his details on to you, please PM me. As I said I'm not involved in the sale in any way just passing on information.
Interestingly though the seller has a large amount of storage space in New York and could hold on to items if they were paid for, he doesn't offer any shipping services though.
If you guys were thinking about doing another ship from the US perhaps these this might be of interest to you (and maybe you could let me know too!)

Well there you go, hope this info is of use to someone or if not then something interesting to check out.

(I haven't worked out how to upload images yet, presumably I need to have them hosted somewhere and input the URL within the image tags?)

All the rest / Re: another newbie
« on: March 08, 2014, 11:54:45 AM »
Thanks for the welcomes all.

I don't think finding a cab is going to be easy but i'll keep looking. Trouble is anything decent at a good price will get snapped up. I know anything's possible eventually though :)
Unfortunately I really want something like a popeye as well as 1 or 2 classics (doesn't everyone!) - do you think its worth putting up a wanted post on here or jamma+ for something like that?
Maybe at some point one of you guys will do another crate shipping from the US and perhaps I can join in with that (once I have proved my worth as a reliable "real" person of course hahaha).

OK I have more of your wonderful restorations to read, thanks again.

All the rest / another newbie
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:53:12 PM »
Hi there, I just joined up after spending most of last week reading through the restoration blogs on this site. You'll see me on a couple of other well known arcade collectors sites too no doubt.
Anyway im Ian, I don't have any cabs yet (i've got a good game & watch collection though) but I hope to remedy that situation soon.

I've been a massive fan of laserdisk games since they came out - my fave is probably astron belt, I only ever played a cockpit version of this but it was amazing - the music now gives me such a nostalgic feeling it almost brings a tear to my eye haha.

Well hopefully i'll contribute a bit more to the site, and keep a lookout for my first restoration project. In the meantime I still have a few more of your restorations to read through, at least im learning quite a lot :)

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