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« on: November 01, 2007, 07:27:49 PM »





This is it... I've done my UK roadtrip #10  Tongue

No less than 5 Classic games , almost 1900km on the road, two crazy days ...  Shocked  

But first of all, watch in this video the restrospective of all the UK roadtrip done until now  arrow


                    [  click on picture to watch the trailer now ]

Friday, the 26th of October 2007

The van is ready... not a small one as you can see... I want to be sure to get all the cabs I want  roll eyes  arrow



192 cm high...and very long  Cool



OK, for this roadtrip the idea is to visit two arcade warehouses in UK. The first one is located in the middle of UK, the other in the south est  shock
This will be a long journey... I'm not sure to be able to do this UK Tour roadtrip in one day...and without sleeping somewhere... so as a safety mesure, I'm getting some blankets & cushions if we have to sleep in the van  confused ...




Saturday, the 27th of October 2007

Wake up dudes ... it's 4:24am ... Holy Jesus  oppps



Let's check the distance with the INDISPENSABLE nav sat' from my house to the first arcade warehouse to visit  arrow



Opsss... 863 km to go ... 8:35 hours to drive ... without counting the Eurotunnel part   shock   ...gloups ...  confused

Arf, I forget to take a picture of the mileometer before leaving the house...



...but I know the true value is : 64.218km  lol

Ok, so 3h40 later, we arrive at the Eutotunnel.... for the 10th times  Cool   arrow



...entering the train ... again ... again ... and again  Cheesy



WELCOME IN UK

On the *famous* M20 motorway ...



Arrving at the Dartford Crossing... which allows to go round London by the south or by the north...
Traffic jam... we are stuck ... one, two, five, ten minutes without moving... oups  Twisted
People start to get out of their vehicules... not good ...   confused



Well, we are lucky ... we have to drive only 20 meters to reach the intersection which lead to the south way... but this intersection is 20 meters behind us  shock  ... so carefully, and like the other vehicules behind us, I put the rear gear  oppps  ...not easy to drive back with a such van  oppps   arrow



Done  Cool  Of course, the Nav Sat' has to recalculate the new route. And because of this change, it adds 40 km on the distance... but I prefere driving a little bit more than wait one hours in a traffic jam  confused

I'm happy.... the way is clear for us now...  Tongue  But it's not the case for the opposite vehicules  roll eyes  



2 km before an exit ... traffic jam again ?



No.. it's ok  Smiley  ... I didn't pay attention about the high of our van   oppps ...



But it's ok... it's only a van, not a truck  lol

Ok, were are now very close from the first arcade warehouse... tourist picture  lol  arrow



Hey, a Space Invaders truck... It must be there  Tongue



Ok, so here's for what I'm coming on this warehouse ... ladies & gentemen ... please welcome ...

SPY HUNTER  Tongue

Ok, it's not in a great shape... but I've to restore a such arcade icon... very hard to found, here in Europe  Cool



Let's plug it... it supposed to be working... but ...  oppps   ... it's not working ... graphics garbages on power on  oppps  ...

OK, the seller is on the level, and also very nice... so discount of course.

On the warehouse, I see an Atari Super Bug... a cab in my 'nice to have' list  Tongue   arrow



The game should work... but it won't  confused  Well, we can hear the game running but the monitor is not working ...



...but it's ok for me ... discount ... and  I have a lot of free space in the van  lol



Let's load it ... so heavy  shock



... the Spy Hunter is also VERY heavy  Twisted  shock



Let's "seal" the deal  arrow



OK, time to go...quick check up...it's 15:06 uk time (the van is still set on Belgian time 16:06) :



The Nav Sat' says : 390km to drive for going to the warehouse number 2 ...   shock



Ok, but now... we're very hungry... and each times I'm in UK and I need to eat quick... I'm choosing BURGER KING  oppps  arrow



For information, there's no Burger King in Belgium ... sad isn't it  roll eyes  lol



Hey, I've found a great thing : DR PEPPER ZERO !!! You're very lucky in england : Arcade Classics games, Burger King ...and Dr Pepper ZERO !!!  lol   arrow



I guess I'll move to UK soon  roll eyes  

Ok, no time to loose... there is a long way to go ...

4 hours later, we arrive at the arcade warehouse 2... what a pain... the road is very dangerous ... so tiny ... no light, strong curves  shock  ... we are crossing the Mordor  lol

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007, 07:28:19 PM »

...arriving on the warehouse 2...

I'm here for a...

ZAXXON  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



I know, Zaxxon is a very easy game to catch in US, but very hard to found in Europe  Cool Bonus : this one is *working*



Ok, what's next ?

I'm here for a Nintendo Red Cab :

RADARSCOPE  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



The game is not working anymore  confused
This one will be the *perfect* candidate for ... a Red Donkey Kong Cab  Tongue

What a *beautifull* mess  



I would stay hours here, in order to examine others arcades games here, but I know we have a long way to go back home  Sad  ...so we quickly load the games ...



Hey... it's not over yet... there is a last game I have to bring back in Belgium  roll eyes  arrow


GALAGA  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



This cab needs some work, but it doesn't affraid me  Cool

Let's finish to load the games  arrow





No need to attach games in the van. All these cabs are so heavy  Shocked  I'm sure they don't move at all  Cool  I just have to protect the NOS Galaga with a ton of bubble wrapper.

It's now something like 10:00 or 11:00pm, and the nav sat indicates 580km to drive until our house + the eurotunnel to catch (I'm even not sure if it's possible to use the Eurotunnel during the night)  shock  oppps



I can assure you I'm not tired .... can you believe it ? ... I"m ready to accomplish the challenge of driving 2000km in less than 24 hours. More than that, tonight, we gain one hour  Smiley  We move to the winter time... So I've 25 hours for that challenge  lol

...unfortunately my wife doesn't agree with that idea... and force me to found a place to sleep  oppps

So we found a hotel on the motorway  arrow



Ok it's now 00:18am uk time... the hour we will gain (thanks to the winter time) will allows us to sleep one hour more  Shocked



Sunday, the 28th of October

Wake up ... get ready for the last part of this trip...



Let's check if all the cabs are still in the van  Smiley



Here's what's left...



Arriving at Folkestone... at the Eurotunnel...  arrow

A customs officier : "hey you, where the hell are you going to with that UK Arcade Retro Heritage Huh?"

 

This is it... the customes behind me... Impossible to stop me now  Twisted

 

Arriving in Belgium...

 

For my archives :

 

It's 15h30... we are @ home  Tongue

This is the biggest roadtrip I've ever done : 1866km on the road + 100 km under water  lol

All that stuff is now... in Belgium  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007, 04:40:12 PM »

OK, I won't be able to unload all these toys alone, so I'm calling Burt (Galaxian 3 Theater wingman) & Cťdric, a neighbour  Cool

First thing to do, put the Battlezone in my arcade workshop, in my house... at the first floor  arrow



Ouch... so heavy...  oppps



This is it  Cheesy  :



Now, the Spy Hunter...



... so heavy... Impressive  shock



...so heavy that even my wife help us to put it in at the first floor...  oppps

Now, the Galaga  Tongue



The game has no monitor & no backdoor... easy to move then  Cool



The Radarscope  arrow



...like the Galaga... light  Shocked





In the workshop now : Battlezone, Spy Hunter & Radarscope. The Galaga is in my office, just behind me while I'm typing this  Tongue  



Now, the Sega's Zaxxon  arrow



Because we are too tired now, and also because that cab is so heavy, we'll put it inside the Nuno's Lair   :idea:

...but the game room is already full ! What to do then ? The only solution is to re-arrange games location inside the room  arrow



Let's put the Super Bug ...



...and the Zaxxon :



THis is it  :idea:  All the games are in... but it's now impossible to move inside the game room...  confused

Anyway, many thanks to Burt & Cťdric to help me -once again- in that part of this crazy story  lol  lol  lol  ...



...until the next one  Cool  Cool  Cool   roll eyes  

~hope you like this story~
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2007, 04:49:51 PM »

Ok, it's now official! You are plain crazy. :-)

Nice trip story. Looking forward to the next one...
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2007, 09:27:14 PM »

I hear Bruno's getting truck driving lessons for the next road trip Tongue

I vote to keep the Radarscope original !!!!!

There's plenty of Donkey Kongs around, NO-ONE has a Radarscope !!!! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007, 11:48:23 PM »

Man oh Man!

Nuno,

You have got to be running out of space!  From previous pictures, the lair seems awfully full.   I thought you were full with the Battlezone score, then you pull this five game extraviganza!  At this rate, I am beginning to think you have room to set up the Galaxian theater in your house.   Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2007, 04:04:33 PM »

i say lets move the bed and the furniture out of the house tonight for the bon-fire, and then you'll have room for 3 extra cabs!!  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 06:44:13 PM »

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I'm here for a Nintendo Red Cab :

RADARSCOPE       




The game is not working anymore   
This one will be the *perfect* candidate for ... a Red Donkey Kong Cab   



Bruno,

when you want, can you tell me the thickness of the cab and control panel? (It's right 1,6 cm?).

Probably Donkey Kong cab's it's my next contruction from scratch  Cool Tongue

I hope ...

Now I am looking for various pieces .. 

Help me please

Thanks!!!!

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Galaga - PacMan - Donkey Kong Red Cab - Track & Field Upright - Tempest - Burgertime - Gyruss - Defender - Track & Field Cocktail - Robotron 2084

RESTORATIONS:

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2008, 07:45:29 PM »

OK, here we goes :

Side is :



... I would say 15mm

Regarding the panel :



... I would say 14mm, but this is the size for the Radarscope panel, not sure if it's the same size for the DK panel  Wink

Feel free to open a dedicated topic if ya need more informations on the cab 

Good luck for that project  Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008, 08:25:26 PM »

 lol lol

Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!! Bruno,


so i can order this T-Molding from T-molding.com:

http://www.t-molding.com/store/product.php?productid=30&cat=5&page=1

 arrow 9/16" Custom made to replace Nintendo style t-moldinglol

9/16" = 0,5625 * 2,54 = 1,42875 cm = 1,4 cm

Perfect !!! Here in Italy there Mdf of 1,4 cm 

Thanks again Bruno ....

can begin to make plans

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Galaga - PacMan - Donkey Kong Red Cab - Track & Field Upright - Tempest - Burgertime - Gyruss - Defender - Track & Field Cocktail - Robotron 2084

RESTORATIONS:

Q*bert - Timber
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2008, 07:52:51 AM »

...so far...

The Galaga rises again  Wink Cool  arrow



The Red Nintendo is now a beautiful Red Donkey Kong  Kiss  arrow



...three games to go for this adventure  Wink Cool
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2008, 01:17:34 PM »

Update  Smiley

I can now enjoy this ZAXXON  Kiss Kiss Kiss  arrow



Two games to go now  Cool
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2009, 06:39:28 PM »

Wow... I was waiting for that since a long time... but ... THIS IS IT  Kiss  arrow



YYESSS !!! The complete side art repro is now available. I already had the central graphics (which will become useless now), but here's the full thing  Kiss

Thanks to THIS OLD GAMES shop  Kiss

Ok, I'll start to work on my Spy Hunter soon... but I've an order to do first  Roll Eyes  Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2009, 07:02:47 PM »

I'm looking forward to seeing the restoration journal Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2009, 07:38:38 PM »

wow! - that Radarscope sure looks nice, and if you ever want to get rid of your Indiana Jones, please say so!
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