Luc acting if he has to push the load himself.....no Oscar this year for you Luc, I'm afraid !
Already with the Power Drift we realized the cabs wouldn't fit standing so we laid them down:
Wow, must be the nicest finished bottom of a cab I've ever seen
Still enough space for the SI.
Yup, SI fits nicely too. But hey, what is Luc putting in there ? A fresh new crate of filled Zonderik bottles WAHOO !
OK after all this hard work it was time for some fun !
Of course I wanted to play Luc's latest addition to his re-issue's collection, DK-DKjr-MB combo ! Nice one !
Playing MB vertical is not bad at all, it really doesn't affect the gameplay. The controls are of course a bit different feeling. I managed to improve the MB high score but it was still far from what I can do at home....not too much time to practice though.
This cab, along with a SI/Qix, Pac/Galaga, Centi/Milli/MC re-issues and a Global VR (maybe the only one in Europe?) and a Ultra-pin are in a "play area" of Luc's supermaket and are on free play for all visitors. Must be the best supermarket in Europe ! Wish it was closer as I would be "shopping" with the wife a lot more
Of course we played a number of Luc's numerous pins and cabs. The one my friend Hans liked best was ........of course, Daytona USA 2 (which I love too):
IMHO this is still the best racing cab ever.
We also saved the world by completing (hey, free play is nice) Time Crisis II:
So after some very good time, it was time to get back into the van and head back home again.
Yes, the typical summer look from a car: hundreds of insect corpses scatterered on the windscreen. I bet they will take revenge when I play Centipede again...
Hans obviously thought he was still on the Daytona:
But the cabs didn't seem to care:
The holidays are starting to come to an end here so there was lot's of holiday traffic returning from France, Spain etc. but luckely no traffic jams at all:
Yes, heading for Rotterdam !
Hans is a fan of American cars and he owns a classic Firebird so he pointed me to this one:
Nice, but this was much nicer. OK it's a Volkswagen, but the idea, concept and even the first basic drawing were Dutch:
What a lovely looking one this is ! And still on it's original first (Dutch) license
A lovely easy summer evening, so lot's of balloons:
Back at the "border":
Moerdijk bridges. Was going under them exactly a week ago on my brothers speed -boat
The artwork is part of the former bridge that used to be there. The statue was right in the middle of the water where the border of the provences of South-Holland and North-Brabant was. The first bridge you see is the new bridge for the high-speed train that will be running from Paris to Amsterdam. The one behind it is the old "normal speed" train bridge. Bridges were heavily fought in WW2.
Almost there, Ridderkerk here we come !
Arrived, and unloaded the games right away:
The SI is really in bad condition. The PD is OK, but has had a rough life and it shows on parts. The Asterock is a beutiful slender lady, in extremely nice condition for her age !
Look how thin she looks compared to the SI ! That's a great feature if your gameroom is as small as mine
Had dinner and rested a bit. Had to make some space in the gameroom (which was not yet full my friends
) and took some random pics:
Coin Door inside:
Hey papers ! (look like freshly print from the intenet
Aaaahhhh, such a shame. I just discovered it's just gone out of warranty !
Monitor and PSU was only 6 months warranty, the rest 12 months....
The Sidam version of the AR board:
Coin door, nice one ! Looking very nice still too ! The whole cab looks like it only needs a bit of cleaning !! None of the metal parts have rusted or look damaged. GREAT !
A good look at the CP. I must say one of the most innovative idea's I've ever seen. I think this may actually play much more comfortable than the original. There's a little wear on the paint, but nothing else ! Notice that the CP doubles as an ashtray !!!!
The sides of the PD are black...no side art
I already did some work on the PD and Asterock: removing the French/Belgian power plugs, which are most often compatble here, but these once's wouldn't fit in our earthed sockets.
The Asterock's monitor powered up, there is neck glow and the spot killer LED is on. There is no picture. I did hear some random (it seems) beeps and the start buttons were flickering....will look into that later....
I cleaned up the machines roughly on the outside. Believe me a parking garage is not a good place for those machines.....everything the cars put out (plus more) ends up on them. Used a load of kitchen towel and cleaning spray to get the machines touchable.
So, in they go:
You can see the difference in depth between the Centi and the Asterock clearly here:
Front of CP:
Coin door close-up. Anyone recognize this operator ?
It's nice that the PD is working:
Just needs some cleaning, adjusting and maybe caps:
Last pic, shot of the Asterock PCB, looking very clean.