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Author Topic: [Roadtrip] BYOAGFC - Build Your Own Arcade Gun Fight Cabinet  (Read 8122 times)
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« on: November 06, 2010, 06:44:47 PM »



preface:

to further my tiny collection of classic b/w arcade games, i had bought a boot hill cabinet in england about 1 1/2 years ago. unfortunately, the seller and i couldn't find a common pickup date (he was sick, i had to postpone for personal reasons, ...), so the months went by. finally, the time seemed to be right, but when i contacted the seller again, he told me that he had split up with his girl-friend and moved out of the house. because he wasn't able to take his arcade games with him immediately, his girl-friend had "invited" an eviction squad who brought the games to the dumpster. i got my money back, but beautiful boot hill was no more! Cry

flash forward to today ...

just recently, colin from belgium had picked up not one, not two, but three gun fight cabinets! for those of you who aren't family with those games, gun fight is the predecessor to boot hill. the gameplay is a little bit weaker and the monitor doesn't have the wonderful colourful back-lit plastic background, but hey, it is the original game! remembering that i had been on the lookout for the cab since my boot hill got destroyed, colin contacted me and asked me if i was still interested ...

here's my answer arrow



school holidays were just around the corner, so we set a pickup date and nothing was going to stop me this time! Twisted

the weather forecast for the day was ok and a first view through the window supported this



statistics, statistics, statistics



watch your head near frankfurt airport - planes are flying low!!!



wonderful autumn colors with dramatic skies



green energy? i don't give a sh** Wink



just before the belgium border, i had to stop for gas, but what is that? where? how? WTF? Ghost



open roads in belgium



getting closer to the (gun fight) finish line



after having to pass through brussels in midday traffic (puh confused), i reach colin's home in a quiet by-road



inside his apartment, colin shows me his gameroom. at the moment, most of his machines are under repair (well, who's aren't?)



that omega race is one rare game and an absolutely stunning cabinet - just WOW Kiss



also in his room, a galaxy ranger laser disk game, which had been sold to some italian guy who got banned from this forum Wink but never picked it up! so it's still there (up for grabs?)



after this quick tour, we hop into my car and head over to colin's storage - a garage he rented for his games! a lot of b/w games in there, but also a gorf and a tron - unfortunately invisible on this picture.



just a few steps away, one of colin's friends (sorry, i forgot his name Embarrassed) has also rented a garage which gives us more space, because i'm not just here to grab one of the gun fights and be gone - i'm here on a mission Cool! but first, we have to transport the three gun fight cabs over to his friend's garage!



you might have been wondering about the title of this roadtrip report: BYOAGFC - Build Your Own Arcade Gun Fight Cabinet! i guess i will have to elaborate a little bit: colin's initial plan was to build one perfect gun fight cabinet out of the three available. so when colin contacted me about the games, i thought i'd get to pick the second-best cab. however, because of time and space issues, colin decided to let go of all three cabinets and i would be the one to get first choice Smiley! even better, after colin had collected the games, he told me that one of the cabinets was in a bad state - it was literally falling apart. so not only did i get to choose my personal favorite amongst the three gun fights, i would also get all the spare parts from the crumbling cabinet. the catch: i could not just grab the innards, i would also have to take the damaged wooden parts and bring them to the dumpster. no problem, i thought, i have a huge car - "raumwunder" as we say in german! so i'm basically going to have two gun fight cabinets to build one nice version for me! Smiley

enough said, let's disassemble gun fight #3!!!



i've lost a lot of weight in the last few months, but where's my hair gone? erik & andré - are you experiencing the same kind of problem? Tongue



colin's friend helping us out



brute force Twisted



this is me with gun fight cab #1 in full armament



in case you're wondering what i'm holding there in my left hand just have a look at the following picture. we had been talking about that item in another thread and colin was kind enough to fetch one of those for me - THX COLIN!!! can't wait to try that on some fries Smiley



unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures of the loading process and i forgot to take pictures of my stuffed car, but believe me: IT WAS FULL!!!

however, this is not the end of the story as some might think. i had another appointment further north in another country, but in order to get there, i had to pass by antwerpen in rush hour traffic!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked





of course it had to come to this: traffic jam!!! Angry



impressions from the side of the road while waiting and waiting and waiting and ...



the root of all evil Evil



after sitting in the car for another three hours (instead of 1 1/2), i decided it was time to sit in something else for a change Grin



what is that? wait a minute, is that a ... ?



of course it is: a star wars cockpit!!! and in case you haven't guessed it yet: i'm at andre's place for a round of fun in his gameroom and to pick up some more stuff (as if my car wasn't already filled to the top). i'm not 100% sure, but i think this was the first time i've played star wars in a cockpit and believe me: THIS GAME ROCKZZZZZZ!!! i was afraid this was going to happen, but i can't help it: i need to have one myself Wink



i didn't take any more pictures from the trip home, so here's a quick writeup of what happened: i left andre's place at around 10 pm and because i was starting to get really tired, i took two naps on some autobahn rest stop. i arrived in lauda at around 4 o'clock am, but couldn't go to bed at once, because i had to unload all the stuff from the car into The Storage™. "why?", you might ask and "why didn't you sleep at andre's place?"? the answer is simple: (a) my car had to be in a garage for a winter checkup early in the morning and (b) i had an appointment at my new school with the principal - something you don't want to miss!

so here are the final statistics arrow



the next day, i found some time for an inventory! let's start with the gun fight cab i picked: as you can see, it is in pretty good shape! Kiss



sideart almost entirely intact!



the sides from the smashed cabinet - i'm going to keep those of course. wouldn't it be a great idea to use them as swinging doors in a bar or something?



no use for the rest of the wood - this is going to the dumpster!



a spare control panel with the original joysticks



i'm sure this is going to look great once it has been cleaned





a spare 23'' b/w monitor - anyone wanna guess the game where it came from? Wink





a spare coin door



a spare power block with wiring harness and speakers



the game pcb - this time not a spare, but the only one i have! of the three cabinets, unfortunately only one had a pcb inside - but better one than none, right? Cool



looking nice and clean



i love details like that - this is old!!!



two cabinets had a plastic bezel, one came with a glass bezel which is pictured here arrow



not gun fight, but cat fight ...



from andre's place i picked up a lot of artwork for some resto projects to come (in 2019 Wink): galaga sideart, galaga kickplate, galaga cpo and ms pac-man cpo - all rolled up here!



almost two months ago, andre had collected a letterboard for me on his unexpected roadtrip which i'm eventually going to use as a highscore board in my future gameroom!



along with the board came three boxes of letters



to add up on those letters, i had stumbled upon an auction on ebay also a few weeks ago which i won! this auction included thousands and thousands of letters in three different sizes



it also came with four nice & small letterboards which are good for hanging them on doors or for short messages. i call them the predecessors to text messaging on mobile phones!



the tiny letters arrow



the medium ones - everything sorted nicely arrow



and finally the largest ones - they are the same size as the ones i got from andre by the way. they look a little bit different, but that's what's so cool about a letterboard anyway, the somewhat chaotic look! Smiley



just a small selection of the two hundred As i now have! i can now easily write the longest place name in the world and would still not run out of As Cheesy arrow Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu



and yes, andre also picked up a small letterboard on that roadtrip which had some strange writing on it



one continent, three countries, 1263 kilometers, 20 hours 45 minutes on the road - this roadtrip is OFFICIALLY OVER!

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 07:35:38 PM »

Fantastic Ully !

Too bad i did not have time this night, in another way i would be at Andre's place to pick up the PCB that you brought to holland

Huge Thanx for that by the way!

I see the gunfight coins are "1 GLD" thats the old dutch coin, so i guess they came from holland

and the letter boards rule, also in guildertime i guess..  gimme a "broodje kroket" please   Grin Grin Grin

Goodluck on the resto, sure it will be fine with a lot of spare parts !
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2010, 07:42:56 PM »

Great rt ully , and u finaly got the samurai sauce thanks to liquidx , but u need to taste it with real belgian french fries Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2010, 08:09:02 PM »

u finaly got the samurai sauce thanks to liquidx , but u need to taste it with real belgian french fries Smiley

would you enlighten me, please: what's so special about belgian fries? what makes them different from other fries?
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2010, 08:16:00 PM »

Nice seeing you over here. Glad to see the cab got back and the cats approve.

By the way, the other guy is JofJof27 on this forum.

And, yes, Belgian fries are different, if you'd had more time we would have shown you Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 09:06:31 PM »

Nice catch Ully, another rare piece for your collection. Can't wait to see it cleaned etc, but I guess that will not be soon knowing that you still have a lot of projects.

And SW in a cockpit is great, isn't it?
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2010, 09:10:53 PM »

Very nice old machines, I love all those wild western things! Grin
You lost a lot of weight indeed Ully, what was the trick? Wink
Btw. congrats for this great trip and I'm officially jealous about playing in Andre's Starwars cockpit! Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010, 02:11:26 AM »

That's one crazy looong road trip but it takes way more to stop Samuraï Ully!
I'm sure your resto magic powers will operate one more time on that cab and I'm glad I was somehow part of the story thanks to liquidx.
... oh and of course the star wars cockpit experience was really the cherry on top, even during traffic jam hours  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2010, 09:01:38 AM »

Great story, many guest stars in this adventure, great cabinet! Perfect Ully!  Kiss
Thanks for sharing this adventure with us  Smiley Of course  arrow



As a Belgian Fries lover, I'm a fan of that one of course :



What's better than this  arrow







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Impossible to explain how it's so tasty  Tongue... but I suggest to let you try when you'll come here  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2010, 09:23:54 AM »

Great roadtrip, do fun to read  Kiss

Great catch by the way.

As Bruno, I'm also a huge fan that funky "Samurai" Sauce.
Quite simple to imagine : Mayonnaise with hot pepper.
Don't abuse of it Smiley
 

edit : nice to see another 8080 midway board owner
maybe we will be able to make them work.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2010, 11:53:30 AM »



hungry now   pacman pacman pacman pacman

ully they are different coz, we fried them twice and not fried in oil , but in beef grease. that's the difference ^_^

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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2010, 01:28:36 PM »

i'm very serious about my french fries and the only brand I trust regarding sauces is "La William".

If don't see a "la william" sign in a french fries snack in Belgium, don't even bother entering there  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2010, 01:59:01 PM »

There's only once sauce for fries and that is plane good'old MAYONAISE !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_ROi0iiZw
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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2010, 10:20:03 PM »

I did my very best to sell some Belgian chocolates to Superully, but sadly enough, he was hypnotized by the Samouraï sauce  Grin We had a nice time. Looking forward to see you again and to see the restoration of the arcades  Smiley
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