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« on: December 27, 2005, 11:47:59 PM »


Yeah Baby Yeah.

I Love Christmas  Tongue  This year, Santa brings to me :

A Dragon's Lair II & a Star Wars cockpit game  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

Well, of course I've to pick them up... in UK  shock  Remember, I'm living in South Belgium... so here's the 'giant' Road Trip  Cool  Cool  Cool

Ok, go back to Sunday the 25th of December...

Here's the small truck I rented :



It should be big enough to carry these 2 games :



This time I'll prepare all the stuff needed to fix the games during the travel :



OK, a last check up before the D-Day  Shocked



Set the clock for tomorrow morning : 04h45am  shock  Cool




Monday, the 26th of December


6:00 am... we start this road trip.

Thanks to Burt for coming with us on this adventure, you rock man  Cheesy



As we're staring from South Belgium, we have to cross all the country, and entering in France to catch the EuroTunnel



... arriving at the Eurotunnel entrance...



... getting 'le shuttle' is very easy in fact, and not expensive at all  roll eyes  Smiley



... just follow the orders...  Cool  Cool  Cool



Inside the Shuttle :



Oh, by the way... do you know I'm a Dragon's Lair Fan  roll eyes    Cheesy  Cool

OK, the travel will get about 35 minutes, so while this time we check again & again the correct route to get  roll eyes



40 minutes later... we are now... in UK  Cool



Only I thing to remain : do drive on the left hand side  Cool  Cool  Cool



... to continue ...
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2005, 05:51:52 AM »

I am green with envy.... I am really. I will be getting my own DL, DL2 and Space Ace cabs and if I am lucky the Star Wars Cockpit cab. I also want these cabs and I will have them someday soon. When I move into a larger place Wink

Awesome post man I am looking forward to reading more about your road trip. And seeing some screenies of your new toys Wink

Take care.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2005, 09:47:55 AM »

Quote from: "Col. Phil Bilko"
I am green with envy.... I am really. I will be getting my own DL, DL2 and Space Ace cabs and if I am lucky the Star Wars Cockpit cab. I also want these cabs and I will have them someday soon. When I move into a larger place Wink

Awesome post man I am looking forward to reading more about your road trip. And seeing some screenies of your new toys Wink

Take care.


Hey thanks for your nice words  Cheesy

The objective is clearly to own 'The Bluth Trilogy"  Cheesy  Cool  Cool  Cool

Only a Space Ace is missing in my collection now      

Good luck for your quest too  

Stay tuned, I'm posting the rest     arrow  arrow  arrow
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2005, 10:59:57 AM »

OK, here's the second part  Cool  ...

Still driving on the England motor way  Cool



Arriving at location...

A big thanks to Oliver -the seller- and his family for the hospitality. We really appreciate.

Ok, so I'm entering 'The Lair' :



Woow so many beautifull arcade games ... WoW ... The best collection I ever seen with my own eyes   shock  shock  shock  shock

OK, let's chech the first baby to bring back in Belgium...  roll eyes

...a Star Wars Cockpit  Tongue



A lot of work to restore it because the game is empty :

- no pcb
- no xy monitor
- no alimentation
- a small crack on the roof
- some scratch on the cab

...but that game deserves to be played again  roll eyes  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

Ok, let's bring it back  to the truck...



The truck is big, but the arcades games too... near 2 meters for the cockpit   confused



...getting mesures...



Ok, the best thing to do is to bring back the second game, and see how to place the games in the truck...



...yes, it's a Dragon's Lair II Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

in a very nice condition  Smiley



Now, the two games can be loaded... but how to place them
 roll eyes  confused:



...first, the Star Wars cockpit...





Arggg, the Dragon's Lair II is too high  confused



... well, let's try an other fitting...



Hopefully, Oliver is a strong man, and he's able to load/unloaded very easily  shock  Very impressive  Smiley     :idea:
We are playing TETRIS, searching the right combinaison  confused



OK, we got it... at least  oppps



... it should be fine like that ...



Still some 'goodies" to load  : 19" Hantarex monitors, Dragon's Lair II pcb *spare*, Philips video disc *spare*



... Time to pay these new toys  roll eyes  Cool  Cool  Cool



Thanks again to you Oliver, for your gentiless and your family hospitality  Smiley
It's a please to meet a true arcade addict like you...  Cheesy
I hope to meet you back very soon roll eyes  

Ok, it's time to leave because we did not eat yet... nothing at all :-(

SO, a small break...


... on the road again ... near London... traffic jam  Evil



...arriving the shuttle, and the english toll...



Two customs offices arrive...

Cool, they both recognize the games Cheesy

The first one said : "WOoww Dragon's Lair" shock
The other said : " The Star Game, I used to play it when I was young... there is a long time ago"  Cheesy

They were very nice, and they asked me a lot ot personal questions such "Cool, how many games tdo you have, How does it work, ... "

I ask them : "Do you often see guys like me, bringing back arcade games oversea... ?"
They say "No, It's the first time we see that "  lol  lol  lol

So we get the shuttle without any probem  Cool

Arriving in Belgium... still 400 km to drive  confused



... 3 hours l8ter...



... it's getting cold (-4 C )  & late  confused



... and now the snow  confused  confused  confused  confused  ..and no snow tires  confused  confused  confused  confused



Hopefully, the snow was only present on the end of this road trip...

we arrive at my place at 00:00 am ... but it's not finished yet...



..we have to unload the toys  roll eyes  arrow

First, the beautifull Dragon's Lair II  Tongue



Then the all famous Star Wars cockpit ... now I really deserve the name 'DARTH' Nuno
 Cheesy



That's it  Cheesy

Time to bring back my friend Burt at home ( Thanks for you help Burt, has usual                  ), clean up the rental truck... it's 01:30am  oppps ... we are a *little bit* tired  oppps

This is the biggest roadtrip I ever made   roll eyes

- 1300 km on the ground
- 100 km under the sea ( EuroTunnel ) ... lol  
- 4 country : Luxembourg ( where I rent the truck ) -> Belgium -> France -> England

Et voila...

No work to do on The Dragon's Lair II, because it's working perfectly :-)

I'll start the Star Wars restoration soon...

Stay around for more pictures  Cool  Cool  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2006, 02:39:44 PM »

... and the Star Wars 'back to live' operation start here :

http://www.dragonslairfans.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=74

 Cool  Cool  Cool
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 06:50:29 PM »

Wow,

Just found this thread!!!

Belike: Look in one of the pix, you will see a nice Zaccaria Tron. I know longer have it though  confused
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 06:56:56 PM »

Wow,

Just found this thread!!!

Belike: Look in one of the pix, you will see a nice Zaccaria Tron. I know longer have it though  confused
Cry Cry Cry
Let's hope we can find another one!
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2012, 07:20:42 PM »

Waaa, I never knew you got your SW from Oll Bruno !  Had seen the dedicated thread but not this roadtrip one...cool Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 06:41:20 AM »

Wow... almost 7 years since that one...it was my very first 'UK Road Trip', and yes...it was the first time I met Oliver  Cool
It was a great adventure for us : no nav car, first time in UK, snow...but great memories  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2013, 07:46:32 PM »

Wow, Oliver found back old pictures that show my Star Wars cockpit, early in the 2000's... when the cabinet was located in ... Germany!  arrow





I love the know the past of my cabs'  Wink

More pictures on UKVAC board, right here!
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2013, 10:37:57 PM »

Hah, those were the days that Oll & co were raiding warehouses all over The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany !

I started in this hobby too late Wink

Wow that huge red monster of a game is Nintendo's Battle Shark !!! From 1978 and uses 16mm film. I played it a lot back in my youth.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2013, 10:54:35 PM »

I started in this hobby too late Wink

same here!!! i heard that back then games were cheap and the supply was unlimited ...
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2013, 11:57:10 PM »

Oll says the Nintendo Battle Shark stayed behind in Germany. This might be where it ended up:

http://www.arcadeinfo.de/showthread.php?10818-Seltener-Nintendoautomat-aus-den-70er-Jahren!

There's pictures of it on the 2nd page.
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2013, 12:13:37 AM »

Hah, those were the days that Oll & co were raiding warehouses all over The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany !
Yeah, I came in this hobby too late too.
Oll even has my EDOT, the cab I used to play at the Belgian seashore when I was a kid.
I should have carved my initials in the side art back then. Grin

Thanks for the pictures of the SW storage. Space Ace

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