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New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:26 pm
by Sparky
Greetings from Milwaukee... again. LOL I have time to kill from the hotel, so... here goes.

20 years. I have been tinkering in this hobby for that long. Yes, I do know that some have for much longer. LOL... but my point is that due to me doing it that long, very little excites me much. I have had 500+ machines pass through my hands. I had collected most classic Sterns before they ever became cool.

But... sometimes... I find something that gets me giddy.

So I saw this pin rotting away in Alouette's stash of rotting stuff in their attic. It caught my eye as I didn't recognize it. And for those who know me VERY well, That just doesn't happen much. I read all the books, memorize the price guides in regards to brands, titles, designers, etc. Ask Azatotht about La Retata. LOL

So for me to not recognize this pin, it had my undivided attention.

I knew from the shape that it was a widebody Gottlieb cabinet... but covered with steel sheets with ugly-AF art on it. I managed to lift the backbox off the cab and saw the backglass. Ohhhh NOW I was REALLY intrigued. I knew that backglass art from somewhere... just couldn't put my finger on it.

Fast forward some time later, with an assist from Gottlieb Rob (he is integral to this project), I pick up the game.

OK... before I start on the game, let me just say this. OOWWWWWWWWW.
1- This is a widebody Gottlieb that has swelled a bit on the bottom (not too bad), PLUS
2- it is covered in STEEL, so...
... This machine has won the title of HEAVIEST goddamn machine I own. Heavier than the Sub Pack. AND, it gouged the hell out of my right arm. Steel edges scratch bad. Who knew...

OK, back on track.As previously stated, this game was rotting away in the attic, part of a stash of machines routed in... Tunisia!

There seems to be very little info on this game. Some say it is a Europlay, some say it is a Barni. There are no real marks that I have found on it yet. I just started working on it.

The good news? Gottlieb Rob did manage to fix the boards and they work! He even managed to get the roms copied. I offered to IPDB to send them the roms, but no news yet.

The machine is complete but is rough. The cab's steel covering is rough, backglass has some scratches, coindoor is messed up, and bottom of the cab has some swelling a bit, but I will restore it. Even the cab glass looks like it was sandblasted. I have never seen such wear. I will replace the glass but keep the old one just out of curiosity.

Fun fact (and kind of sad...), the machine was originally a Haunted House. There is still a tag in the backbox, and I pulled off the steel plate off the backbox a bit, exposing HH cab art. The 2 front flipper buttons aren't connected to anything anymore.

Also, fun fact, when I saw the pin, it looked REALLY familiar. Well, I was a fan of 80's B-movies, and I managed to find it... the art is straight from the movie poster for Escape From The Bronx. LOL

I would love to find more of these European gems...

Stay tuned for more on this utterly worthless, yet historically significant and rare turdnugget.

Why restore a machine that is essentially a ruined HH?

Why not.
Commandos overall view.JPG
Commandos playfield marquee.JPG
Commandos backbox.JPG
Commandos behind plating.JPG
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Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:11 pm
by cait001
very cool find!
Playfield layout also seems to be borrowed from Gottlieb's 1975 Fast Draw https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=828& ... 258&zoom=1

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:41 am
by steamfitter
Great project , the opposite of new NIB .
I love the way you take on the biggest projects and always ready for a good challenge .
Sparky will save an other one :thumbup

Denis

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:12 am
by R.A.B.
This is cool Ian, I saw that beast upstairs here and wondered if Gottlieb would ever do something like that. No, defintiely not. So, I assumed that it must have been some kind of retheme by an oversea bunch of nuts. I did not google it as they say, I just knew from experience that it could not be a Gottlieb beyond the parts and cabinet.

Nevertheless, I think it is cool to try and save this thing from the attic of crap here. Will follow and comment occasionaly since that seems to be something I do more spontaneously when the sun is out.

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:18 am
by WARLOCK
Sparky is downright "giddy" about this project. It is nice to see. Ian texted several of us pictures of this project right away with a caption something along the lines of:
"You guys don't know what this is" or , more likely: " I bet you guys have never seen this". (Which of course, we have not.) Very excited to see Ian so enthusiastic about this one...

Watching and waiting to see how it unfolds.
Looking forward to playing it one day...

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:06 am
by hyann
Cool, I like dead project :) I'm really tempted to put more time again in the hobby seeing project like this one or even the dead Slugfest pinhead is selling, I have more fun bring back to life machines than playing it! Still have to big projects left so maybe in 2021 :)

So when we got the chance to play Commandos? :)

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:13 am
by Toeckeder
Nice project, Gottlieb boards in there?

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:09 am
by TwilightZone
Love your enthusiasm, Sparky! Quite the neat find.

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:10 am
by TwilightZone
cait001 wrote:very cool find!
Playfield layout also seems to be borrowed from Gottlieb's 1975 Fast Draw https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=828& ... 258&zoom=1
Wow! Good eye. Would be cool to have them side by side.

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:00 pm
by Sparky
TwilightZone wrote:
cait001 wrote:very cool find!
Playfield layout also seems to be borrowed from Gottlieb's 1975 Fast Draw https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=828& ... 258&zoom=1
Wow! Good eye. Would be cool to have them side by side.
I ordered a poster. ;)

Re: New project... COMMANDOS (WTF??)

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:01 pm
by Sparky
Toeckeder wrote:Nice project, Gottlieb boards in there?
Yup. System 80A.