Vintage & Retro Computer Project
Rescue, Repair & Relive Yesterdays Technology

Todays Date: April 23, 2024

RETRO DATE: Late 80’s Early 90’s

ENTER THE RETRO ROOM

For a while now we have been happy to not draw attention to our retro room, but after watching a video on YouTube, we got inspired to create our own version of the entrance to our Retro Room and here are the results.

ENTER our

Retro Room

Introduction

We follow alot of retro channel creators on YouTube but we never miss any content created by RETRO RECIPES

The show is hosted by Perifractic and the rest of the Fractics who take us on a very nostalgic journey into days gone by with amazing content and a very entertaining show. 

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In addition to the Retro side of things Perifractic has recently added some amazing Knight Rider content to his channel which is out of this world. Take a look today, and Subscribe or even better become a patreon to help support more content in the future.

Perifractic posted a video short and during this video, Perifractic reveled that the RetroRecipes room door was not as it appeared and decided to create the perfect way to enter the room. View the video.

This inspired me to create my own version to our retro room.

Our Retro Room Door

The original entrance to the Retro Room

Colour – Homebase Dulux Matt Emulsion – Sapphire Salute

The original entrance to the Retro Room

Transforming the entrance.

Adding the final touches

Ebay purchase from “tech_outreach” – click on image for ebay listings

Ebay purchase from “tech_outreach” – click on image for ebay listings

The Final Result

But that’s not all. What about effects?

I thought I could take it to the next level if I could create a solution where the light would flash when the Tardis is landing along with the sound effect and music.

I looked online for solutions, but nothing exisited, so I looked at what bits and pieces I had and ordered some missing bits and got to work on creating the magic box.

Once the button is switched to on, it powers the tardis light and also plays the tardis sound.

(click image to enlarge)

See and hear the door in action & take the retro tour.

Click to watch and hear the our Tardis tribute

Click to enter our Retro Room and start the tour

September Update: Retro Arcade

Retro Arcade Kit

Arcade Pro
(Pandora 3D+)

Odroid 64

 

MisTer FPGA

Beelink GT King

Summary

I have really enjoyed my Retro Room project which has been such a worthwhile undertaking.

I now have a large collection of equipment that I have used during my lifetime and provides so many happy memories and a reminder of how things used to be.

Adding the new entrance design is a great start to a nostalgia trip back to better days where technology changed so fast it would make your head spin.

In addition to the Tardis door, I also added a Retro Arcade section by making it a feature wall where I can play 1000’s of games from every console and system from the 80’s right upto today.

The Retro Room

Commodore VIC-20
Commodore 16
Commodore 64
Amiga 500 Plus
Amiga 2000
Amiga 1200
Amstrad PCW8256
Amstrac CPC464
Atari 2600 Woody
BBC Model B
ZX Spectrum 48
ZX Spectrym 128
Apple Macintosh Classic II
Texax Instruments TI-99/4A

MODERN:
The C64
Amiga 500 Mini
Odroid 64
MisTer FPGA
Arcade Pro
Beelink GT King

Summary

I have really enjoyed my Retro Room project which has been such a worthwhile undertaking.

I now have a large collection of equipment that I have used during my lifetime and provides so many happy memories and a reminder of how things used to be.

Adding the new entrance design is a great start to a nostalgia trip back to better days where technology changed so fast it would make your head spin.

The Retro Room

Commodore VIC-20
Commodore 16
Commodore 64
Amiga 500 Plus
Amiga 2000
Amiga 1200
Amstrad PCW8256
Amstrac CPC464
Atari 2600 Woody
BBC Model B
ZX Spectrum 48
ZX Spectrym 128
Apple Macintosh Classic II
Texax Instruments TI-99/4A

MODERN:
The C64
Amiga 500 Mini
Odroid 64