DETAILS: This game arrived from a
longtime collector in Illinois who was
looking to make room for some new additions.
Also arriving with this game was an Assault.
This is my 3rd Battlezone overall, and it's
in really excellent condition.
RESTORATION: Replaced the control
panel, coin door, power supply and R/A pcb
with the ones that were on my previous Battlezone.
Replaced the 3 plexiglass viewing windows
(these I had made by a
local acrylic company). The foot step
had been previously restored with new rubber
matting and t-molding as well.
Replaced the black
light blue bulb that was in this when it
arrived with the black light white lamp that
was on my previous Battlezone. Also
recapped and upgraded the Wells-Gardner
V2000 high voltage unit per the B/W
Vector Monitor FAQ (see the Odds & Ends
Installed 2 NOS centering bellows, replaced
the trigger switch, and cleaned and lubed
both controllers as specified in the manual
(these controllers were taken off my old
Battlezone and installed in this one).
Also installed 2 clean/serviced coin mechs.
FAST FACT: As Battlezone was so
innovative for its time, the U.S. Army
commissioned Atari to create a version of
the game for its infantry vehicle training
(which at the time was called "Bradley
Trainer"). Ed Rotberg (Battlezone
project lead) was assigned the project, but
was very opposed to it. Major Dave
Robinson and General Donn Starry of the U.S.
Army were responsible for bringing Atari the
idea of making a military version to be used
in training. For more about Bradley
Trainer, visit the
Odds & Ends page.