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Atari Punk Mods? Answered

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Atari Punk Console? Answered

Does anybody know of a way to contact Forrest M Mims III?  If nobody does then what is the difference between Kaustic Machine's Atari Punk Console and Mr. Mims'? What is line level output?

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sdcard Atari drive Answered

Hello, I am going to build the sdcard arari drive from this website. Will these parts work for my drive? I do not think I need a status led unless I want to know if my device is working. Thanks for any help http://rossumblog.com/2011/05/04/a-little-atari-810-disk-drive/ http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/NXP-Semiconductors/LPC1114FBD48-3021/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMuJc9I8Ed1ELPU1l20iAuDe

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i have an atari game with no label and i would like to know what it is called Answered

This is for the retro gamers out there i recently got an atari 2600 game with no label and i would like to know what it is called so i can label it. the gameplay seems to consist mostly of two people jumping back and forth on a sea-saw as far as i can tell (i think it uses the paddle controller and i don't have one) An answer is much appreciated?

Question by mr.mountaineer    |  last reply


Atari punk console built into a guitar?

Im planning on building an apc into my guitar but i wasn't sure about the audio out. any ideas? by the way the apc im using is from here http://jimmieprodgers.com/kits/apc/

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HELP WITH BUILDING BEN HECKS NEW ATARI 800 LAPTOP

I could use ALL the help i can get. the link to this epic project is here. thx for the help -zombeastly

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I have a Non-working Atari 2600 and wanted to do something with it...

Hi, I have a atari 2600 (non working). I was thinking of modifiying in someway. Maybe, i should turn it into a cd player and attach a lcd to it or etc etc. Or If you know anything that i can do with my atari, please tell me. Thanks

Question by Msaud    |  last reply


What is line level output? Answered

I saw it in Kaustic Machine's schematic for the Atari Punk Console. Does anybody know what it is?

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anyone ever convert an old atari joystick into a mouse

Anyone ever convert an old atari joystick into a mouseLike this joystickhttp://images.channeladvisor.com/Sell/SSProfiles/60000508/Images/1/ATARIJOYSTICKX1.jpganyone write an Instructable?

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How to make handhelds out of consoles? Answered

Hi I want to make handelds out of gaming consoles like the Sega Master ( for better quality than a game gear), the SNES, the Colecovision, the Intellivison, the Atari 7800 and maybe the Atari Jaguar to name a few. Basically, I want to make a collection of portable consoles. Can somebody help me find tutorials or anything?

Question by Clemasterable    |  last reply


I Just got a Brand new Atari 2600!!

So I decided to be a super nice boyfriend and completly re-do my girlfriends condo. during the process I ended up in the basement trying to move an old armour... during my frustration in moving it I took a short break and was rifling through old junk for entertainment. short story short, I stumbled upon a brand new Atari 2600 with like 15 cartridges. I guess she got it when she was a kid but never even had intrest enough to open it up and receved new cartridges every so often... she gave it to me!!!. I can't wait to crack this thing open and start gaming it up...lol. on the other hand... I'm unable to decide if I should even open it... I mean how often do you see an Atari still in its packaging

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How can I convert an Atari 2600 Paddle (knob) controller connect to my old laptop

I am working on modding my old laptop inside a destroyed Atari 2600, and i'm running into a problem adapting the Paddle controllers to be visible to Windows, and I don't have the money to buy 2 of the adapters that are sold online. I know it's possible to convert a pentiometer to a PC (which is what's inside the Paddle controllers, a 5v pot) and I just need a way to make it seen on my PC (either as a joypad through software or modification of something) I have plenty of old hardware available, including keyboards (which will be used to adapt the Joysticks) and ball mice (which I think might work properly, Convert the pot movement to X\Y movement, and the buttons to Right\Left click) What I am wondering is if anyone has ever converted these to PC before WITHOUT any sort of fancy, pay for, pre-made adapter. Ports available on my laptop emulator: serial, Parallel, 1x USB, IRDA, Dell Expantion port, 1x PS\2 port (2x if I build an adapter) Thanks

Question by pizzaboy192    |  last reply


Understand this circuit for me?

Im trying to add composite video to my Atari 2600. All of the tutorials I have found have been for the rev a and b. Have only found one for the 6 switch rev c. Ive tried to find the same resistors but they are labeled differently. I found this little mod : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Atari-2600-7800-Composite-Video-Mod-Upgrade-Kit-DIY-/300592126324? But thats 25$ for that little thing. I was trying to see how it was made from the picture which wire goes to whichbut couldn't figure it out. Could somebody please write out or make a picture of the schematics? If it would help to know what wire is for what you can see in the tutorial. http://www.vintagegamingandmore.com/installation-guide-6-switch/

Question by Aaamazzara    |  last reply


I built an ataripunk console, but the sound is terrible, the pitch is too high, anyone has an idea on how to fix this?

I used two 500k potentiometers, 3 capacitors : 100uf, 0.1uf and 0.01uf and a 1k resistor.Thanks

Question by GG_Beta    |  last reply


Need some advice on fixing power issues with my instructable

So I built an Atari punk synth using instructions on this site and made it a bit more advanced. It has six 555 timers and button controls. Now I would like to power this thing with a 9volt wall plug, the same thing I use for my effect pedals, but I have crazy power issues when I set it up this way. It works fine when I just use a 9 volt battery, but when it's set up to be used with a 9 volt wall plug it seems like its getting way to much power. The sound goes crazy and it blows out my LEDs even though I have resistors on them. I've tried putting a resistor on the power jack, but it doesn't sound right when I do that and it still doesn't work right. So I'm curious what's exactly going on here. Regular effect pedals that run on 9 volts work fine with the wall plug and even the instructables on here say you can use them. But for some reason this thing only will work with a battery. Could it be the parts I'm using? I have a feeling it has to do with wattage and my parts just can't handle it.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Topic by wickednick    |  last reply


i was wondering if anyone can look at my atari punk circuit and see if maybe im missing something.

I put together a apc on my bread board using 2 555 timer ic's, looking at the schematic is seems like i did everything right, but i cant get it to produce a sound. hopefully you guys can spot what i did wrong. 

Question by skatattookid    |  last reply


Help hooking up parallax axis2 joy stick

Hi, I'm trying to hook up a parallax axis 2 joy stick to a Atari punk synth that I've been making using a design I got off of instructables. The design uses two 555 timers. I can only get half of the joy stick to work, meaning that when I move the stick it only makes sound when moved up and to the right. I'm not sure why I can't get the other side of the joy stick to work so I'm wondering if anyone can help. Currently the joy stick is hooked up with both of the ground terminals hooked to the ground, L/R+ and U/D+ hooked to the positive. The rest of the terminals are hooked up to pin 7 on one of the 555 timers. This is pretty much the way I've seen it hooked up in other designs, but those designs used arduinos so it was a little different.

Topic by wickednick  


DIY Slik Stik joystick for Atari, repair rubber washer spring?

I have 5 or 6 of these Slik Stik joysticks for Atari 2600/Commodore 64, but they all inevitably break, which is too bad because they have a nice feel. The main problems are the self-centering "spring" is a rubber washer around the stick that deteriorates, or the metal shaft bends. The bent shaft is easy to fix (just bend it back into shape). But could anyone suggest how to replace the rubber spring?  Preferably something that is * cheap, quick, easy * uses readily available parts * won't degrade over time too much * looks OK (not too noticeable a hack) It would be nice to fix these so that they last, I just don't have the time / skills to get into a really complicated project. I think there are parts online but if there is an easy cheaper DIY solution I would prefer that http://www.smithbrothersplowparts.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p;=15104820

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How to connect a PS2 to an old tv

I'm new to Instructables and not sure if i'm posting in the right area. So,i do not mean to irritate anyone. Anyway, i have an old tv with only an antenna jack in the back and wish to connect my PS2 to it. I have tried already using a tv adapter used for the atari and a rca splitter. I connected the video and left sound to one end of the splitter, and plugged the other end into the coaxial plug for the atari. I then screwed the atari adapter to the antenna jack on the tv. I get a distorted image on my tv in bright colors, but no sound. Any ideas or tips on building a converter or adapter would be great.

Topic by Rivka    |  last reply


Help build a non-microsoft computer like atari or commodore or Texas Instruments

Enter comment on the part of the computers and dial up telephone network you would like to help build. This computer should not have microsoft or icons that slow down computers and make them annoying. The rom should enable the computer to turn on instantly. There should be about 5 rom chips including , video rom, a sound rom , a disk drive rom , a basic rom . The keyboard should include graphics keys of some choice. The right side of the keyboard has to be different. Since this might be a high volume computer the memory might be less than annoying microsoft. Mandatory commercial viewing might be a possibility. The dial up network might have less complex programs. Everyone should be able to write a program and type save. The problem here might be an excessive demand for 3.5 inch disks and cd disks.

Topic by halamka  


playing old games on my new tv

I have a saga megadrive an atari 2600 and a snes and a nice digital tv but when i put the tv on analog i cant seem to find any of the consoles any clue how to get them to work?

Question by nonamesleft    |  last reply


What Video Game Systems do you own?

Just wondering what systems everyone owns. I myself have; -Nintendo Entertainment System -Sega Genesis -Sega CD -Wii -PS2 -PC -Atari Jaguar (Really) -Gamecube -That's it

Topic by Wills42    |  last reply


Video Game bits-What are they?

I've been recently getting into retro gaming, and I've noticed a lot of things, like bits. I know more bits means better graphics, but what is bits a measure of? I've also noticed how they go. It's by a power of 2, Like this: 1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128 etc. Lastly, what was the Atari 2600's?

Topic by NYPA    |  last reply


Cardboard Template for arduino powered Arcade?

I'm trying to find the 80's styled arcade plans for a cardboard project I had in mind it uses the retro 80's upright Arcade style you see with the screen upright, and I haven't find a single one only a mod to the icade for iPad. I'm thinking learning to code the Arudino to power up a couple of Atari's Classic games on it on my own mini cardboard arcade cabinet. I also will need a template of it so I can create some arcade like artwork for it and display with ease and play on it with a removable joystick (for battleZone only) and replace it with the special two joysticks for battle zone classic. if there's some plans for making a mini cardboard mini arcade from the 80's let me know so I can try coding the Ardiuno to play Atari's classics.

Topic by SuperScourge    |  last reply


why is the NES better than the SNES? Answered

I just wanderd why the NES is better than the SNES although its older??? if anyone agrees with me on this then pkease could you say why you think so. in my opinion its because it saved the gaming industry (from atari) and the controller is so simple to use and it had more epic games than the SNES.

Question by slithien    |  last reply


How would I get started making my own audio synthesizers?

I've been admiring and building rudimentary synthesizers for a while now (Nandhopper, Atari Punk Synth, etc..) but I still don't understand the deeper theory behind the circuits. I want to build my own synthesizers- where on earth do I start?

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turn a square wave froma 555 into a sine wave? Answered

I would like to know how to smooth out a square wave to turn it either into a sine wave or at least a triangle wave. Or if it's not possible i would like to know how to make a sine wave generator to use as a lfo thing for a home made synth. Thanks, Josh1324 PS. It has to be analog, im not getting into microcontrollers or anything digital.

Question by josh1324    |  last reply


Why do people never do research about consoles before insulting/ talking about consoles? Answered

On AVGN new video about the Atari Jag, I don't know how many people i see saying PS2 is 128 bit and PS3 is 256 (they also say the GC is 128 bit - but if the wii is weaker then 360 how is it 256 bit) 1) PS2 is 64 bit with extensions to make it more powerful 2) very few supercomputers are 128 bit 3) NO CONSOLES SAY BITS ANYMORE!!!! - it's all drivers and stuff I hate these people who don't do research then they argue that your wrong, then they say they are to lazy to research - YOUR AT A COMPUTER WITH INTERNET IT'S NOT HARD! - my soon to next question is how do we get anything done with people who cant click a mouse or type 1 sentence.

Question by Sypran    |  last reply


What are some compatible displays for Arduino Uno?

I'm gonna create a little half scale Arcade machine (out of cardboard if I can) just for fun so I can know how to code the screen but I don't know what displays can work for the Arduino Uno and I've found one at Sparkfun which is the touch one for it but that's too Expensive! So what are some displays that the Arudino Uno can use so I can program it to display Atari's Arcade games on it?

Question by SuperScourge    |  last reply


Bohemian Rhapsody on old computers & parts

Take 3 minutes from your busy schedule as soon as you can to listen to a collection of old computers and motors (a scanner, a hard drive, etc) playing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht96HJ01SE4From the intro: "No effects or sampling were used. What you see is what you hear (does that even make sense?)Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ soundTexas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass3.5 inch Harddrive as the gongHP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals."There are a couple blips and missteps but it's an amazing achievement anyway. Go! Now! Watch & listen!

Topic by rachel    |  last reply


how do i design the schematics for a motherboard using 1 or possiblly multiple processors for use in computers ?

I want to know how to design the schematics to build things such as 8-bit to 64-bit computers (and possibly video game systems E.G. atari 2600 clone) one thing specifically is what components such as capacitors, diodes, etc. would be needed and how to  properly locate them and also whether to use standard pc ram or to use something different. another issue is what kind  of circuitry is necessary for a processor's access to memory and how multiple processors could access one pool of memory. i would like to say that these are generic issues relating to future ideas which i want to become reality

Question by jlamoureux98    |  last reply


Video Game Console Cabinet

Hey so I recently pulled out my old game systems and played them. We normally keep them in the attic but i want easy access so i can play them whenever. I was considering making squares just stacked up on eachother but that's boring. does anybody have any ideas? And also I wonder if cabinets would be better or just have them open so you can see the systems. For an idea of how much room I need I have an Nes, Snes, Atari, N64, Ps2, Xbox, Wii and i would like a few extra in case i get more. I also need space for games and accessories. Does anybody have any ideas for how i could make this look really cool? Thanks.

Topic by Blinktwice    |  last reply


Playlists! (What Games Are You Playing Now, part two)

OK, now give each game you're playing a score. Out of five, ten, whatever, I don't care.Halo 3 - Xbox 360 - 5/5Guitar Hero 2 - Xbox 360 - 5/5Guitar Hero 3 - Xbox 360 - 5/5Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow - GameCube - 2/5Oh man, Ubi Shanghai really dropped the ball on Pandora Tomorrow. Also, it's the GameCube version. GameCube versions of Splinter Cell always suck.Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for Xbox, soon hopefully (getting it cheap (used) off Amazon).

Topic by Aeshir    |  last reply


MP3 books to ZUNE

I just got a Zune, I like to listen to recorded books while I work, which is reasonably easy to do with the Zune interface software and most books on CD. THE PROBLEM is books recorded as MP3 files. Strangely enough here is an "MP3 Player" that cannot handle MP3 data directly... At least this is my experience so far. Placing a MP3 recorded book CD in the drive and while I CAN listen to it on the laptop using Zune's Software interface. Trying to transfer the files to the Zune unit creates error files that are unusable and so far I have not been able to remove from the Zune. Admittedly I'm a newbe to the Zune but have been using computers since the Atari 800 came out too many years ago for me to admit to...ANY help would be appreciated. Possibly there's something I just have not found as yet.

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(newsletter) DIY Plasma Cutter, Power a Car with Trash, Steampunk Monopoly

Jan 8, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Help us make 2009 a Green Year! Show off a clever reuse for a plastic bottle in the Tap'dNY Keep the Bottle Contest and win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest has closed for entries. Help choose who wins $25,000 in Sears gift cards by voting now! The Homemade Holidays: Holiday Gifts Contest has closed for entries! Help choose the winners by voting now! The Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest winners have been announced! See who won! Convert your Honda to Run on Trash by jimmason Cheap iPhone Macro Lens by ch0rtle Giant Atari Joystick Lamp by seamster 48V Electric Bike by Radioactive_Legos Vote now! Win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! Inlaid Wood Box with Hidden Compartment by technoplastique Strap a Leaf Blower Engine to a Bike and Go Fast by Jnkyrdguy Hacked Calculator Prank by Kipkay Build A Mobile Bar - BaR2D2 by jamiep Make a Fractal Antenna for HDTV by williamruckman Build a Honey Extractor by doozer_not_fraggle Build a Peg Board Tool Cart by sensoryhouse Electrified Monopoly Steampunk Style by antibromide Homemade Holidays Contests Vote for your favorites! See who won! Homemade Plasma Cutter by jandgse812 Snail Art Car The Golden Mean by jonsarriugarte Custom Star Bike Wheel by MasterRed Make a plastic gadget a little more beautiful by radiorental Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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"Taller de Inventos", Jameco Build Night @ Buenos Aires

On Saturday August 24th we held our very first “Instructables Build Night”, which we baptized “Taller de Inventos” (Inventions Workshop). It was a free event aimed for anyone older than 10 ys old. We had around 15 participants that joined us on the quest for technological reappropiation. We knew beforehand that most of them had never touched a soldering iron, so the first activity that we held was an improvised desoldering workshop where people cheerily removed components from electronic garbage. Most of them became immediately enchanted with the mighty desoldering pump ;) After the participants had settled in their preferred spots, we opened the event by talking about what we (Wazzabi) do as a group and what this event sponsored by Instructables and Jameco was all about. We were thrilled of having so many new faces around. What the Build Night meant to us was the opportunity of holding a free event without having to care about components. Since we received 100USD worth of goods by Jameco, we decided to keep it free. We offered the participants various projects to work on: a "Wazzabi Punk" Light Theremin (a light theremin based on our take on the classic Atari Punk console), an audio switch for choosing between two inputs, a LED Blinking Light for bike and a classic Wazzabi Punk console. Every one of them was incredibly eager of soldering components to the PCBs that we gave away and getting their hands on their own creations. They left not only having learned that they were capable of some awesome things, but also with some pretty cool devices made by themselves :) Check the pictures after the jump. They were taken by Cristian Reynaga and Amina Luveaux.

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convert any CRT TV or monitor into a vector (XY) monitor?

NOTE: I since found a couple links that might shed some light on the question... From HackIt: New uses for old CRT monitors http://hackaday.com/2008/02/25/hackit-new-uses-for-old-crt-monitors/ It would be very hard to do, but it is possible a CRT could be converted to a vector monitor. Perfect for playing Asteroids, perhaps under MAME. You would have to replace all the control circuits, probably with an FPGA and three ADCs (x/y/intensity). Posted at 8:58 am on Feb 25th, 2008 by MoJo Television and PC monitor experiments http://www.educypedia.be/electronics/televisionexperiments.htm old cga/vga monitor to oscilloscope ? http://www.edaboard.com/ftopic57853.html The inquiry: Maybe I am over-simplifying but I was reading one of those examples of hacking into a CRT's horizontal & vertical yoke controls to sync to music:     http://geektechnique.org/projectlab/707/how-to-make-mac-se30-audio-visualizers and had the idea that it should be possible to create a DIY XY monitor (vector display like on an oscilloscope, Vectrex, Asteroids, etc.) for an Arduino or other uC, MAME or Vectrex emulator, from any TV or CRT, once you have hacked into the electron gun's yokes. My understanding being: Raster display: the horizontal yoke (an electromagnet) sweeps the electron gun from left to right turning on the beam wherever there's a "pixel" at that line (which lights up the phosphor at that point making it visible), then it starts over at the next line (vertical yoke moves down) and draws the next line, and so on, Vector display: instead of rendering a moving image frame-by-frame using top to bottom/left to right scanning, shapes are drawn directly to the screen by positioning the horizontal & vertical yokes at the starting point, the beam turns on, and the yokes repoint to the end point, thus "drawing" the line inbetween the 2 points (I would assume this is for straight lines, not sure if circles or arcs are possible?) then the beam turns off, and the yokes get re-positioned to the next line's starting point. I'm not sure what turns the beam on & off or what kind of timing might be involved, obviously that needs to be controlled somehow. Or for color, where instead of a single white (or green, amber, etc) phosphor exists per pixel, there are multiple (red, green, blue) per pixel, and the beam hits each one at varying strengths (or for a varying length of time?) to 'mix" the primaries to the desired color? I'm not sure how that gets handled in a color vector monitor, but I would assume it's something similar to raster? So if we can hack into a CRT's X/Y yokes and move them around with an audio signal, can we control the yokes more deliberately from a microcontroller to plot specific shapes or text, hence a vector display? For those audio/TV hacks, what is the audio signal doing to the yokes that causes them to move? Whatever it is - voltage, resistance, etc - this is what our device would have to control. Possible proof of concept version: make a device to control the yokes' position etch-a-sketch style with a couple of potentiometers, and turn on the beam with a switch or button. If you see a dot of light moving across the screen then it works. I am thinking the controller might need to be "calibrated" for the individual CRT? (Maybe build some kind of calibration mode into the device.) You might dedicate a microcontroller to driving the display - it could receive text or vector shape coordinates via serial, store the shapes to draw in its own memory, and persist or refresh the image independently, freeing up processing power for whatever device it's displaying for. Another idea would be maybe add some kind of way to read light pen's coordinates, thus making the CRT an input device that can be read from the microcontroller or PC (the Vectrex had a light pen right?)  [This would be a cool mod for the Arduino composite TVout as well.] So is this idea possible without a ridiculous amount of work & parts?  I may be dead wrong about how this stuff works (I'm sure that if this was possible, someone would have done it by now?) but figured it can't hurt** to put the idea out there. I have visions of 4-player vector Arduino pong, Asteroids, Tempest, PDP-1 Spacewar!, vector NES Duck Hunt, a vector etch-a-sketch or lightpen drawing or animation program, or vector Atari Video Music. Possibly an open source color vector games system. Or just a vector display system for any Arduino or microcontroller project, made from any TV. **WARNING: maybe it CAN hurt... Evidently hacking into any CRT can be deadly, you have to discharge the CRT and capacitors properly or you can get killed. So please be careful. This definitely is NOT for kids to try at home.

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Valley View Park: An RCT3 park

I have seen many people on the Atari community forums make a park and tell a storyline of the park and it's owner. I decided I would start this one on Instructables. Remember that this storyline stuff is not my own idea but the park is and the actual storyline of this park is also original. I will be explaining each picture in depth.When I put a number in the text it means you should look at that picture. Fun fact: There are 47 pictures! :-O                                                            March 2010 It has been officially announced in the paper that a new theme park has opened on the Spring highway about forty kilometres Northwest of Central Coast, Australia. The funds from several schools and high schools around Central Coast had gone to Mr. Fredrickson to build some kind of entertainment on this small piece of land just after the Trail river bridge. He has apparently decided to build a theme park called Valley View Park. Part of the park can be seen from the bridge as seen in the following picture:1. The entrance can be seen in the following picture.2. It may only be the opening day but it seems people have found out about the inauguration day. People are already coming down the path that leads to the entrance as seen in picture 3. Photographers from local newspapers have been given permission to take pictures and write articles about the new park. Picture 4 shows a camera crew coming across the bridge. Mr Fredrickson has decided to give the camera crew a tour of the park. As the crew enters the park they can see several undercover food stalls as seen in picture 5. There are a few more stalls on the right and an entrance to a garden in picture 6. In picture 7 you can see the rest of the main street including information booths and a bathroom at the end. You must travel through a brick building to get to the garden and picture 8 shows the garden from the inside of the building. Once the crew explored the garden they continued the tour down the main street and found the entrance to main ride of the park which is called Blackbeard's Voyage as seen in pictures 9 and 10. It is surrounded by a castle and can't be seen until the crew enters the castle structure. Upon entering the crew finds out that the ride is a pirate ship ride surrounded by pirate animatronics as seen in picture 11. As they get closer to the entrance of the pirate ship, they get a much better picture of the ride. Picture 12. Mr Fredrickson gave the camera crew a picture of when it had finished being constructed. Picture 13 shows how there are several cannons pointing towards the ship when the ship is in motion. This gives the peeps an experience of being on a pirate ship. Luckily the cannons don't shoot cannonballs. Mr Fredrickson has no plans of relocating it or taking it out of the park as it is the most popular ride and the castle surrounding it brings lots of peeps to the ride. In picture 14 you can see the control booth where the operators are. As the crew exited the ride they saw treasure chest all over he place as seen in picture 15. The exit leads back to the main street so they kept walking and turned right at the entrance of Blackbeard's voyage and saw the top spinner ride called Inversion Spinner seen in pic 16. Before riding the Inversion Spinner Mr Fredrickson wanted to show the camera crew the viewing tower to the left seen in pic 17. Pics 18 and 19 show the flight of stairs and the viewing balcony. After coming out Mr Fredrickson directed the crew to a small garden with an oak tree in the middle. Pics 20 and 21 show the garden. Mr Fredrickson explained that the tree is an endangered oak so he decided to build the park around and keep it in good condition. Pic 22 shows the entrance to Inversion Spinner and pic 23 shows the ride. Pic 24 shows the control booth for this ride. Pics 25 to 27 show the entrance to the Viewing Canopy and pic 28 shows the viewing canopy. Pic 29 shows the bridge from the lookout. People come here to see the the valley and the Trail river which can be seen in pic 30. As the Camera crew exited the viewing canopy Mr Fredrickson took them to the next ride which is a spiral slide named Python. Pics 31 and 32. Pics 33 and 34 show the entrance to the next ride which is a twirler ride named Twister. Pic 35 shows the ride's control booth. Pics 36 and 37 show more of the ride. This ride is not as popular as the other rides so it would not be surprising if it was taken out at some stage. Pic 38 shows the exit of the ride. The park owner then takes the crew to the las ride which is a ferris wheel named Junior Wheel. Pics 39 and 40 show the entrance to the ride and pic 41 shows the ride. pic 42 shows the control booth. This is a popular ride for couples and small kids. Pic 43 shows the park view from the top of the Junior Wheel. After the crew left the ride they headed back to the main street shown in pic 44. Before they left the park they interviewed Mr Fredrickson about upcoming plans. Here is what the park owner had to say: "The staff and I are very happy about how popular our opening day was. We have already been able to determine the most popular rides although this may change in the future. If we get as much money as today for the next few months we'll be able to expand the park and add more rides. We have recieved many questions from guests asking if there is a roller coaster in the park. That may be a possibility in the future. We are now focusing on buying two pieces of land that belong to local farmers. Pic 45 shows both properties. The large property is very barren and the farmer would be happy to sell it at a good price. The second property will be harder to buy because it's owner has had a good harvesting year. If we can raise enough money to buy the properties then it will give us much more land to build on. Any other future plans will not be revealed today." The owner gave the crew a great tour of the park and they plan to publish it in the newspaper as soon as possible. The future looks bright for this new park. Pics 46 and 47 show the park from an aerial view. Be sure to check back every now and then for updates on the park. Any questions will be answered. Please subscribe and thanks for taking your time to read this. The updates won't have to be as long as this one.              

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