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In December 2019 we bought THEC64 Maxi at a local dealer (Media-Markt), manufactured by Retro Games Ltd.. Here’s what they say about its description:

The C64 is back, this time full-sized with a working keyboard for the dedicated retro home-computer fan. Featuring three switchable modes – C64, VIC 20, and Games Carousel.

Connect to any modern TV via HDMI for crisp 720p HD visuals, at 60 Hz or 50 Hz. An updated joystick, now featuring micro switches, companions the hardware making the included games even more fun than ever.

The Games Carousel has 64 pre-installed games including classics such as California Games, Paradroid and Boulder Dash, with new additions like Attack of the Mutant Camels, Hover Bovver, Iridis Alpha, and Gridrunner.

Topped off with the recently released shoot ’em up Galencia and text adventure Planet of Death to let you relive the glory days of true keyboard gaming! Plus, THEC64® allows you to load and save your own files and games via USB stick (including multi-disk titles) and program in C64 or VIC 20 BASIC.

It is a great product, it comes very close to the original, it is incredible. It totally builds up the retrospective atmosphere, you can feel the eighties. And what you really won’t miss is the slow loading times for games, as THEC64 Maxi loads the programs very quickly. Loading times on the THEC64 Maxi are between 4 and 10 seconds.

We bought this product to support this great idea and its amazing product result. Fantastic ! Besides that, THEC64 Maxi can also simulate the VIC-20 (and this was my very first home computer!) Sooooo amazing.

We also started our own remodeling project in January 2020 and bought an Amiga 500 which we are currently completely refreshing with hardware add-ons, case modding, keyboard pimping, … at first glance, these projects are more expensive than expected. We basically could get the hardware itself for a dime, but all the add-on’s and hardware replacement cost a fortune. Anyway, we hope to be able to present the final result to you soon. You can also check the following timeline that shows all of our old-school project steps.

    Oldschool Project “Amiga 500 – Complete MakeOver” – Codename Dark Rule – Timeline:

  • Apr 2020 – We made it this past weekend … our Amiga 500 remodeling project: Codename “Dark Rule”. Click here for some images of our “Amiga 500 Dark Rule”. It took some add-on investments to reach the target, when we bought the Amiga 500 from a collegue, it came without an internal floppy. So we sent in the case and keyboard to Norths Colorcase Project for a complete makeover, and ordered a brandnew black power supply. Since the mainboard seems to have a problem, we luckily found a good replacement that we bought. We also found an internal floppy, that met our quality expectations, completely cleaned it, ordered a Gotek Flash Floppy incl. Boot Selector, Kickstart selector and a brandnew Kickstart 3.1. So we can choose between KS 1.3 and 3.1. Additional orders were a SCART to HDMI adapter, DiagROM, Floppy Disks, Cleaning Floppy Disk, brandnew HDMI TV, Floppy Table, … just to mention a few.
  • Apr 2020 – the coronavirus pandemic is still having a global lock down effect, but at least we received the amiga 500 mainboard we get through ebay. We just need to find a slot now within the next few days so we are able to drive to our office in cologne. Chances are good, that it will be this weekend … we will keep you updated. We also ordered a 2 meg memory expansion for our Amiga 500 at Vesalia.de … fingers crossing that it will arive tomorrow or at least on saturday, which would be awesome. The DiagROM 1.2 also has arrived, so might get a chance to find out wthat’s wrong with the original a500 mainboard.
  • Mar 2020 – we finally received the Amiga case and its keyboard completely makeover’d. We soon will show you images, once we are allowed to get back into the office (we aren’t allowed at current time due the circumstances caused by the pandemic). What we found out is, that the mainboard seems to have a defect. That is the reason we ordered another amiga 500 mainboard plus a DiagROM 1.2 to find out what the source for the problem is.
  • Feb 2020 – Shopping Spree: Internal 3.5″ Floppy Drive, Cleaning Utilities, Shipping of keyboard and case to Modder Specialist to paint and pimp both, Order of Gotek flash floppy drive incl. Boot Selector as well several small stuff (new cables, new labels, …)
  • Jan 2020 – Acquisition of used Amiga 500with Kickstart 1.3, a 512kB memory card, an original Amiga mouse and original power supply (missing internal Floppy Drive)
  • Dec 2019 – Acquisition of THEC64 Maxi
  • May 2018 – Participation Indiegogo Campaign for the Ataribox (name update: Atari VCS – the Atari VCS 2600 console was my very first computer console !)