At last I could pick up the After Burner II upright which I bought mid december. The winter weather forced me to cancel the trip 3 times,
but today everything went OK.
The trip was not so exciting as for instance the Belgian Warehouse road trip, but I know that you like pictures and stories, so here it is.Statistics:
Date: 17 January 2010
Target: After Burner II ( http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=6822
Trip: it all happened in The Netherlands.
Total length: 502 kilometers and 7 hours.
I left at 11.00 AM with a view on this sad weather, and fresh fallen snow!!
The temperature was +2 Celcius, and after a few minutes it started to rain.
Halfway and still no weather improvement and a lot of places on the high way with frost damage:
I entered the town where the seller lives and there was a glimpse of sun shine. This has to be a sign.
Finally, after a little over two hours driving I arrived at the sellers house. We went to the garage where he had the game. His son was playing it, so I easily could check the working condition. Everything seems to work, red top lights, the lock on light, the fly stick rumble (man, what a loud noice), and the game itself. I noticed that the monitor had a bit of screen burn, also visible when playing the game. Cosmetically the cab was also in pretty good condition, there were the obvious marks and scratches on the sidepanels, and in the past little punks have scratched names etc. in the plastic of the control panel and on the monitor perspex. Not too noticeable though. The most noticeable are the two missing stickers on the frontside. Oh, and I sure didnít pay the price on the price tag, it was much less.
I talked a bit more with the seller. He actually is more into pinball machines. He buys them, repairs them and sells them again. He had a very nice Star Wars pinball in his living room, and in his garage there was a Jurassic Park and a Judge Dredd. He also offered me an arcade game which is stored at a friendsí place, a two seater Indy 500. But I donít have the space for that game, and I donít dig it really very much. Then I played After Burner II myself a few minutes (lousy score), and soon after that we loaded the cab in my car. It was a good fit.
I didnít went home right away because, unfortunately, I ran out of space at home to store more cabs. This game room of mine has to be built quickly now!!
Because of a small home renovation going on at our place I rented a temporary storage a few months ago. Last week I went there, reorganized (I mean, threw everything on top of each other
) the stuff already stored and managed to create free space for a few more cabs. And thatís where After Burner will stay for a few months. Oh, I also did have a nice warm meal at McDonalds Venray.
At the storage I managed to unload the cab on my own, but it took me almost a quarter to just get it halfway out of my car. Man, this thing sure is a very heavy beast.
To end this story I will show some more photoís of the cab:
And the internals. As you will see the seller did ad a 220V-110V transformer to the cab, so I can just plug the power plug in a 220V wall socket (itís a US cab). I also got a few spare 110V light bulbs from him and the original ownerís manual.
After storing the cab I went home, where I arrived at 6 PM. Here is the route:
As I said earlier, this cab is technically very sound, and cosmetically pretty nice. Still I will do a bit of work on it:
- Probably exchange the monitor for one with no or little screen burn,
- Apply new T-molding all the way
- Try to get and add new stickers on the front side. Does someone know where I could get replacement stickers?
- Will do a bit of spot painting on some black painted parts
- Will clean the cab and let it shine with car dashboard cleaner. This will make the black paint look like new.