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1  General Chat / 'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: US to EU container #5 on: June 23, 2014, 01:08:39 PM
I wish I would be customer. Have to wait for container 7 then  Smiley
2  General Chat / All the rest / Re: A nice hug to everyone on: April 22, 2014, 09:50:39 AM
you're the best - package received. Will take pics of Scorpion soon. We're expecting a baby in August, so things are a bit... changed. How much more will change when it's actually here then  Wink
3  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: March 26, 2014, 01:58:06 PM
Nice to see such a vibrant Dragon's Lair community here. The first time I saw this marvellous piece of technical achivement live was on a 3-weeks language learning trip in... Brighton. I only knew it from pictures in german magazine TeleMatch before then, I think. It must have been 1983 or 1984 and I also saw a Punch-Out and a M.A.C.H. 3 for the first time. But the game I remember playing most was Tempest  Smiley
So here's to 31 years!
4  General Chat / All the rest / Re: A nice hug to everyone on: March 26, 2014, 10:17:13 AM
Thanks for the heads up, Bela  Grin
Will take pics of the Scorpion on the weekend.
5  General Chat / All the rest / Re: A nice hug to everyone on: March 26, 2014, 07:19:56 AM
Thanks for the offer but I think it's a bootleg board which probably won't interest you a bit. Will take a few pics on the weekend.

Bela, do you know how the interlock switch is triggered on the Quasar as I had to tape it down to have it stay in that position? Also, do you have a spare coin door mechanism as it is missing?
6  General Chat / 'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: US to EU container #4 (and some games FS) on: March 26, 2014, 07:15:22 AM
If there ever is a dedicated Qix in great working condition available, I would kindly take one  Smiley As I do live in Austria, shipping would have to be arranged.
7  General Chat / 'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: WTB: Tempest and Asteroids Parts on: March 26, 2014, 07:13:35 AM
Thanks for the link, Luigi. Yes, a pretty steep price for refurbished ones  Roll Eyes

After moving the cab last month, I believe that the guys placed something on top of the CP and one of the game select switches was damaged by doing so. Nonetheless, I will inspect the damage on the weekend more closely and maybe I can fix it on my own.
8  General Chat / All the rest / Re: A nice hug to everyone on: March 25, 2014, 10:42:49 AM
Thanks for the nice welcome to all of you guys.

I fired up the Quasar yesterday and played it for the first time since the 80s. I really like the whole artwork of the cabinet and the sound of this italian guy  Smiley The monitor display was a bit jumpy at first but when warm it stabilized. One bulb on the coin door needs to be replaced but else it looks fine. Nice machine this. I also looked through all the PCBs I have and even found a Zaccaria Scorpion one.

Now, the player select button on the Asteroids needs to be replaced (the cone itself is fine) and I have opened a thread where to possibly find one of these. I googled but to no avail.

Will keep you posted  Grin
9  General Chat / All the rest / Re: A nice hug to everyone on: March 24, 2014, 03:07:05 PM
Welcome Reini!!  Space Ace

Nice Tempest  Kiss

Many thanks to all for the nice welcome. BTW, my 'nice' Tempest is missing some parts which I found out after studying your fantastic build-from-scratch documentation - I stole one of your pictures and opened a thread in the marketplace  Wink Please advise if I should delete the pic there.
10  General Chat / 'Business' Area : Buy/Sell/Trade / WTB: Tempest and Asteroids Parts on: March 24, 2014, 03:02:08 PM
After carefully studying scr33n's excellent documented build-from-scratch Tempest, wow is the only word I can express marvelling at such beautiful work. However, I also found out that my Tempest is missing the marquee housing, the grill and the glass for the marquee. Please see below picture, which I borrowed/stole from scr33n's thread (I hope you forgive me) so that you know what I mean. Maybe someone has spares for sale.

After moving the Asteroids last month I found out, that one of the player start buttons is stuck (the cone housing is fine). Can you tell me where to get one of these nowadays?


 (picture copyrighted by scr33n)
11  General Chat / All the rest / A nice hug to everyone on: March 24, 2014, 01:57:36 PM

I'm overjoyed to have found my way to this forum. Not completely by chance because I'm now a proud owner of a Zaccaria Quasar, and yours truly, Bela, provided me this great cab on Friday  Grin

The Quasar was taken to its final resting place yesterday, which is 30km from my primary residence, but I managed to forget the keys and haven't even started her up yet - which will happen tonight.

I remember playing the Quasar at two different locations back in the 80s here in Austria and it (strangely?  Wink ) has always been one of my favourite machines. When I saw on VAPS that one is for sale, I contacted Bela on Thursday and on Friday it was mine. Talk about short notice.

The Quasar now resides beside three dedicated Atari Vectors, namely an Asteroids, a Lunar Lander and a Tempest. I made a few bad, quick pictures with the iPhone yesterday which I want to share with you. I also have some 70 to 80 PCBs, but mainly I collect videogames for 8bit consoles.

I have no references in electronics so I'm a complete newbie in preserving them arcade machines and I possibly will ask many dumb questions in here.

See you,
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