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« on: June 05, 2011, 03:13:47 PM »




When my friend KID called me a few days ago to say that he found a nest of cabs but wasn't 100% positive if it was interesting, he sure knocked at the wrong door...
How could I ever let any kind of cabs live in such miserable conditions, with no love, no capkit and only a few pigeons to "play" on them?
I told him we should go for it and save the arcades at all costs!

So the next day the Belgian Arcade Preservation Team rented a vehicule.
21m of pure emptiness... we all hate that, don't we?.
(Note that of course we chose a rainy day for this trip otherwise things tend to get too easy).


This is where the poor cabs were kept prisoners.
No electricity, no DW40, no monitor fine tuning, no nothing!
Impossible to sleep knowing that something like that was going on just a few kilometers from my house!
Please note the very slippery and uneven pavement...fun fun fun!


Now here's a quick tour of the place before we start the most dangerous sporty part.
Do not try to dust or focus your screen while viewing these pics.







The test bench (actually used to test your ability to find a needle in the haze).


...and now starts the real fun in this archeological mission: everything is located on the first floor of this barn,
no stairs of course and the only way to get the cabs down is to use that antique strap that's tied to the top of the roof...


Who do you think was the most likely to survive in this situation?
The one on the top (with the strap risking to break at any moment, probably taking away half of an head at the same time)...


...or the one at the bottom (who could be crushed by a falling cab or parts of cab if something ever went wrong)??


Fortunately everything went fine Smiley
We took the opportunity that we were still alive to practise a bit of arcade shooting.
Pull!


-"Guys you should have taken that big ass black bus instead of this cheapo 21m truck"
-"Absolutely impossible this entire black bus is reserved by the owner for wood storage" (true fact)...


To fit 13 cabs (including a cockpit and an EM) in there?
Yes we can!
Red Alert! The space turtle is trying to escape!


Aaaand I almost forgot to tell you about the "shake shake bridge".
Made only with cabs sidepanels, 100% deadly especially when carrying heavy stuff with a "wheel kart" Smiley


Now that the Freedom Truck is full, I can finally practise my Bingo skills while KID is grabbing various electronic parts to fill our vehicule to the max...
(I told you "we hate empty spaces").


Mmmmh the tires have seen better days.
Pfffffffff...  Roll Eyes


After a stop at the gas station for some fresh air (for the tires), we drove safely to THE BASE.

Now start a quick and really enjoyable 2 hours of unloading dusty and heavy black pieces of furniture.
KID did all the work of course while I was watching him and eating french fries (and I didn't wipe my fingers that's why the pics are blurry).



THE BASE still look a bit empty, don't you think? another raid will probably help  Tongue
Still a looooot of testing to do... Stay tuned or press # for more options.



...and now let me check the roadtrip stats you've all been waiting for...
Aouch, sorry but we have a problem here, looks like computers decided to say no.  Cool


 Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace Many thanks again to KID for always finding the coolest and best hidden nests in Belgium  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 03:24:28 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

And +1 for the neo geo's, that system deserves a lot more love over-here, so many great games!!!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 03:52:35 PM »

Thats a haul !

i see minimal 2 zacc's in there !

Can wait to visit "THE BASE"  Grin  Space Ace
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011, 04:08:55 PM »

Awesome Raid! Great story!

Ester eggs on each pictures, I love it  Wink

My favorite items in there : TAITO Cockpit and Super Bug (I need parts for my cab, just in case  Roll Eyes Tongue) ... and also the old computer at the end  Tongue
Now have a good time for testing all that stuff!  Wink

Oh, and of course you're on the homepage here + facebook wall  Tongue



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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2011, 04:48:30 PM »

To be honest I already knew about this story, but this report is super cool and fun. Grin
I love that pic with C3PO. Grin
Btw., Etienne, there were a bit more then 2 Zaccs. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011, 06:23:57 PM »

Love that banner!!!! Thanks Nuno, you're a fast shooter  Wink  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace
Thanks also for your comments guys, I'll keep you updated on the results of the tests and of the parts that will be available.
Personally, I won't keep everything, I want to focus on collecting dedicated classics.

So far we decided to keep for ourselves the captain kid and the super bug and maybe the hang-on (all 100% untested Grin).
Space attack, Phoenix and Grand Champion have already been reserved by friends. Roll Eyes

I like the look of the generic cab with the space turtle on it's side and that "totally stolen from star-wars" spaceship (next to the mouth of the turtle).
This kind of sideart reminds me of the local fairs with crossed eyes smurfs and Michael Jackson painted on the change booths.

We found 2 of these cabs, one with a soccer game (euro league, booty) and another one with a tetris PCB bootleg, both working!

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011, 06:35:49 PM »

holy smokes, i've never seen a place like that! well done in rescueing all those games. although there were no real classics in there, i'd say well worth the effort - and what an adventure it was. i totally dig your sense of humor, chris, and your gimmicks on the pictures makes you wanna go through the roadtrip report over and over again. thx for sharing this incredible story!!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2011, 08:33:22 PM »

Amazing story and stuff !!!  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace

But uhmmmm....what about the pinballs and especially this:


JUKEBOX on the right !!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2011, 09:11:01 PM »

Great story Chris, and very nice pics. Its always fun to read your humourous road tri reports. Well done.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2011, 10:02:34 PM »

Thanks for this awesome report Chris  Space Ace Space Ace
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2011, 09:16:54 AM »

Super cool report Chirs! - that TAITO cockpit rewls!!!!!
Also cool with all the small images on the images.... like these a lot!:



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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2011, 09:33:18 AM »

Thanks for this perfect report and the roadtrip  Chris !
It's was a fun day !
I'm already ready to do another one !   Cheesy

Amazing story and stuff !!!  Space Ace Space Ace Space Ace

But uhmmmm....what about the pinballs and especially this:

JUKEBOX on the right !!!


All pinballs are already sold and juke boxes are  unfortunately not for sale at the time.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2011, 09:37:23 AM »

Hey Chris: did you bought home one of those digital mouses?  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2011, 12:33:31 PM »

But uhmmmm....what about the pinballs and especially this:
JUKEBOX on the right !!!
All pinballs are already sold and juke boxes are  unfortunately not for sale at the time.
I confirm and what was really heartbreaking was that there was also an Addams Family pinball in there  Sad
Believe me we tried to save these machines too...

@baritonomarchetto: Yes and unfortunately for my gameroom one of them was pregnant  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2011, 02:41:42 PM »

Lol gotta love that limbless C3PO in that junk, looks like chewy forgot to strap him to his back when he left after a good gaming session.
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