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« on: September 21, 2009, 04:49:59 PM »



arcade roadtrip heaven at the moment  Smiley in my opinion every gameroom should have a couple of classic black & white games which started it all and which tell the story of how it all began. i'm trying to get a collection of the earliest games together like computer space and pong. i already have the first ever driving game, gran trak 10, i'm preparing a pong replica, i have my hands on a yet to be revealed game  Wink and today i made another score arrow TANK

compared to other roadtrips i have done, this is just around the corner ...



160 kilometers one way - piece of cake!



and now ... (who would have guessed?  Tongue)



the roadtrip starts to a foggy morning ...  shock



... but the roads around frankfurt are always full of cars!



the location of the cab is the club house of a dart club. they are moving to a smaller location, so some of their games (photoplay etc.) have to go.



in the cellar of the club house





and here it is: kee games' tank from 1974 - it's been 35 years!!! the game is working, but it has some slight error in the graphics plus the fire buttons don't work Angry the seller said it has been working completely when they plugged it in last week, but isn't that what everyone's saying? no matter what, i can't let go of it, so it's bargaining time. the result: 50 euros off  Cool



plus: THEY have to transport it up the stairs!





tank-ed



next to the club house there's a daily flee market which carries my nickname (spelled differently though). unfortunately, they didn't have any arcade games for sale  Wink



nothing spectacular on my way home, so let's continue with the bare facts  arrow



for now, this game is going into storage, because i have already too many projects up in my apartment. well, it's good to have it "out in the open" for a while, because - as you can imagine - the cab smells like hell  Evil i H-A-T-E nicotine!!!

the overall condition of the cab is GOOD - only minor damages to the sides / the woodgrain!





the security bar / lock needs to be removed of course!



only one problem (which could become huge) besides the errors described earlier. have a look - can you see it?



left player controls - only a small crack in the plastic arrow



right player controls - everything except the right joystick has been replaced  Cry i don't know if i'll be able to find original parts ...



nevertheless, i'm extremely happy with this catch. tank is a lot of fun and one of the true classics of the early era. ATTACK!!!

one country, two counties, 321 kilometers, 4 hours 9 minutes on the road - this roadtrip is OFFICIALLY OVER!

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all i need is ... PONG - and a select few others: TOUCH ME, DRAGON'S LAIR, JOUST, ROBOTRON, MR DO, SAN FRANCISCO RUSH THE ROCK!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2009, 05:21:49 PM »

great looking old machine! - i have a Tank Marquee laying arround, so now i know what the game looks like!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2009, 05:23:25 PM »

nice!

a few things crossed my mind...

1/ how did you come across this sale? did you see an advert somewhere?

2/ i love tank controls!

3/ those are some strange ass sticks! i hope you can locate replacements.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009, 05:49:20 PM »

For immediate release  Kiss  arrow



(...Road trip stories are on my top priority list for an headline on the homepage  Tongue Kiss )


And one more cab & home, congratulation  Wink TANK! ... impossible to skip this one, regarding the historical value of the game itself, the nice overall condition, the small distance to drive, and finally the price.
So even it it was not in your 'must have' list, it's good to take it, even if you'll store it during a long time, you know it's yours  Tongue

I love this picture  Kiss  arrow



... I should used it for a Ghosts'n Goblins maybe  Wink  Grin

Thanks for this new story my friend  Kiss

Good luck for this new project  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009, 06:15:46 PM »

how did you come across this sale? did you see an advert somewhere?

nope - ebay! but listed in the wrong category  Wink those mistakes by the sellers are always good for a nice cheap score  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 07:34:09 PM »

Hah, that's how I got my SW cockpit. Pinball section and NO pic Smiley

Congrats on another fabulous game !!! This is not just another b/w game. This game ROCKS ! It's SO simple, but it is SO much 2 player fun !!!
I clearly remember Combat that came as the "factory" game with the Atari 2600. Although the graphics are nothing, my brother and I played it for hours and hours !

And a Kee Games game is already a big rarity here !!! Love it !!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2009, 08:38:27 PM »

Another Ully roadtrip !, it looks like you are on a roadtrip spree !

goodluck with this nice catch ully, and thanx for the pics ofcourse  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2009, 08:56:20 PM »

Now you must go back to that system, and bring back that Exidy's Death Race!



Yes... Good... Take your car, go for a new road trip and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

That is your destiny, my friend. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009, 09:03:41 PM »

That is your destiny, my friend.

 lol you guys are crazy  Grin how can i NOT take the DR with all those comments? well, i've already talked to brian from gamestencils.com and he has reserved one set of DR reproduction sideart for me (only 10 will be made). the frontart will follow a little bit later. so this is looking good! i think i'll have to go for it ... DAMN  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2009, 09:07:25 PM »

i think i'll have to go for it ... DAMN  Wink



YES... You Do then  Wink  Kiss Kiss Kiss
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2009, 09:17:06 PM »

very nice condition, I hope you keep it as original as possible.
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2009, 09:47:21 PM »


 lol you guys are crazy  Grin how can i NOT take the DR with all those comments? well, i've already talked to brian from gamestencils.com and he has reserved one set of DR reproduction sideart for me (only 10 will be made). the frontart will follow a little bit later. so this is looking good! i think i'll have to go for it ... DAMN  Wink

Yes! - you have made the right choice! congrats!
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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2009, 08:28:54 AM »

The graphics glitch in the game (bad tank shape ?) is very likely a bad ROM.

This was the very first game to use ROM's to store player characters so it's a milestone piece for your collection ! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2009, 08:42:50 AM »

let me describe the graphics glitch a little bit further (although i won't be starting work on that game for quite a while). you can see the tanks, but they "switch" between normal and inverted display, as if they were blinking. know what i mean?
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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2009, 08:51:04 AM »

Ow that sounds a bit tougher...
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