Arcade minatures for your model railway

If you are into both model railways and arcades, then this is for you …if you are

running 0-gauge that is.

Made by J & C Studios, these babies are available in Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, Zaxxon, Phoenix and Defender flavours. They can also be illuminated from the inside. Also available are a range of pinball machines if you have the room in your station…

How can you not like these!

Arcade Game Kits for 0-gauge from J & C Studios :: technabob





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Giant SNES controller

Not too long ago, we discovered the giant NES controller. An awesome working scaled build of the classic controller.

Well this guy’s gone next gen. See for yourself the photos of SCAD inc’s giant SNES controller. I used to own an imported US SNES because I couldn’t wait. I loved the parma-violet controllers!


With the bar being set by the giant NES controller, this also needed to be functional… which it certainly is. You can see videos in action on the official blog.

source :: Gizmodo

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retro space – modern retro

Made in Holland, this is a modern take on Nolan Bushnell’s computer space arcade machine. Also reminiscent of the original Pong machine in my eye. I really like the style of the cabinet! This would go really well with retro 70s-inspired decor.

Retro yellow arcade control panel

The control panel, even though containing the majority of the arsenal you would need in order to tackle most arcade games, looks clean and uncluttered.

Retro Space has been made in a one-time small production run of 33 cabinets. 26 were bought by the Dutch Game Garden to promote the best game productions from the Netherlands in an annual event called Indigo Showcase. At the moment there are no cabinets for sale, but you can rent a yellow or a blue one. They will do a custom run if you’re willing to buy at least 5.

source :: retro thing

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Donkey Kong Jenga

You can’t play video games ALL the time, so I feel that when indoors, board games help to maintain a healthy balance. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get out and throw a frisbee around or ride your bike though!

Where was I… oh yes, Jenga. A great game when you have some friends round. With Donkey Kong Jenga, you can play the traditional way, or you can play with the aim of rescuing the girl… which as we all know is Pauline, and not Peach.

donkey kong jenga set


“The classic tower building game features 54 black hardwood blocks decked out with the iconic Donkey Kong girders. Build your Donkey Kong-themed Jenga tower the traditional way or climb the girders with your Mario mover and save Pauline from Donkey Kong in a new and even more challenging way to play. Custom Mario, Donkey Kong and Pauline playing pieces and a Donkey Kong themed spinner are included for alternate game play. Either way you play you are guaranteed edge-of-your-seat excitement.”

Edge-of-your-seat excitement huh? Well, you can be the judge of that one. Seems to only be available in the US at the moment, but who knows, we may get it over here by Christmas.
source :: OhGizmo

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Freeware game pick: Rescue – The Beagles

I see it as part of my job to play games. Today was a good day…
The name says it all really. Guide Edwin or Nicole along a parallax landscape rescuing beagle hounds. You’ll encounter (what look like) astronauts, which can be sorted out by throwing a couple of owls at them collected from nearby trees. There’s some other strange stuff on the ground that’s out to harm you.

What other games let you throw owls…

You can hop up or down the 3 scrolling landscapes if a short distance, else pick up ropes or parachutes for the longer stretches.

Space – Throw an Owl
Up/Down – climb/drop
Up Up – Climb up rope
Down Down – Parachute

Drop too high without a chute and you lose a life. Let a beagle slip away and it’s the same punishment.
The music by Rich Vreeland is a nice nod to those 8-bit days…

source :: IndieGames

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Giant NES controller coffee table

This is a great piece of functional furniture. A scaled-up replica of a NES controller. Looks pretty sweet, right? The best thing about it? It actually works. It looks a little awkward… but then again, maybe it’s just the chick making it look difficult!



…well, what did you expect to see in there?


Yes please.

Check out the action on youtube…

Giant NES controller mod :: Gizmodo

If this is what you’re into, make sure you take a look at the Giant NES coffee table and the Giant SNES controller coffee table.

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Need arcade manuals?

Jason Scott over at is hosting a bunch of arcade manuals in pdf format. Well, when I say a bunch, I mean over 1,700. Not only the manuals, but there are also some schematics and machine information if you are looking to restore a machine that you’ve managed to lay your hands on.

So anyway, head on over to for the manuals. There are also manuals for all sorts of other weird and wonderful items such as PDAs, CBs and scanners. Plus a whole bunch of other bizarre documents. All in PDF of course!

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your very own cabinet

I’ve always wanted my own Outrun cabinet. I remember when it came out on the home computer and it was such a let down. This just made me want one more… though I’d probably settle for a stand-up due to space constraints.

One of the admin from the dragonslairfans forums is following his life-long dream of owning Galaxian 3 Theatre : Attack of the Zolgear. You know the one. The 6-player gunner-fest which is enclosed in a theatre large enough to house a small family of elephants.

From what I can see, he is from Luxembourg, driving 300km into Belgium to pick up this baby. So far he has unloaded (most of) it into his friend’s garage as there wasn’t quite room for it all! We have yet to see the finished article, but I’m interested to see if he puts this thing back together. There’s no mention of how much it cost him yet. Anyway, have a look for yourself…
source :: retroblast!

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the master modder

If the AtariAge post made you reminisce about those black blocks with blocky insides, then maybe a visit to Benjamin Heckendorn’s website and his VCSp project to see his Atari 2600 portable project.

While you are there, you should also take a look at his other work, such as the xbox 360 laptop and the Atari 800 laptop. Oh how I remember the days of Rally Speedway on my Atari 800 and 800XL.


Visit… the grand master of retro-modding. He also has an Atari Jaguar mod, his own podcast plus a forum for mod discussion.

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