9th January
written by Todd Harrison

This is the complete tear down and restoration of a 1976 pong clone game console called “Name Of The Game I” model A-100 by Allied Leisure Industries Inc. In the video you will see I expose a little old school video voodoo, at least that is what I’m going to call it because I have no idea how it works. I’m sure some people know why tuners are build like this so please feel free to educate me a little on the subject.

I found this pong clone so I could restore it and give it to my sister for Christmas because we used to have this very game as kids. If you’re interested you should watch part 1 which covers the product review and video of my Sister receiving the game she never thought she would ever see again. Below the video are lots of photos.


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2nd January
written by Todd Harrison

It took me over two years of searching eBay and other sites but I finally found a working 1976 pong clone called “Name Of The Game”. I wanted this game for a very long time because I had this pong clone when I was 9 years old and my sister and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Unfortunately when I was 14 I chopped it up for spare parts to build Commodore 64 peripherals like paddles and a light pen. In later years I felt sad for destroying a game my sister enjoyed so much and I wanted to make up for my mistake by finding, restoring and gifting one to her for Christmas. Below is the video of the product review which ends on Christmas when my sister receives her most unexpected gift. Coming soon will be part 2 showing the complete tear down and restoration with lots of photos and some video voodoo.

“Name Of The Game I”
Model number: A-100

The below photos show how good the fully restored pong clone looks on my 63 inch TV.



Just for added information on the games from Allied Leisure here is a photo of my
“Name Of The Game II”
Model number: A-300


These pong clones were made by:
Allied Leisure Industries Inc.
245 W. 74th Place
Hialeah, FL

We played the game for 3 days straight over Christmas. Everyone enjoyed playing quite a lot. Strange to think how it can still be such a great multi-player game after 38 years.


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29th December
written by Todd Harrison

My daughter Veronica shares her design for a wooden gumball machine. Her build is based on an old design that I had originally built for shop class when I was in high school. I no longer have the original plans so my daughter measured my old candy machine and made up new drawings that use off-the-shelf stock red oak lumber that required far less cutting and produces a much easier to build candy machine. She also uses common Mason jars for the top which you can purchase in multiple colors.

In this video she explains everything upfront and then covers the build in detail. After the video I will have photos, material list and a PDF of Veronic’s hand drawn plans.

Materials for one – (PDF plans):

3.5” x 0.75” red oak stock 7” long for top and bottom bases
2.5” x 0.75” red oak stock 5.5” long for uprights
0.75” x 0.75” red oak stock 8” long for candy pull
5/16” dowel 1” long for candy pull stop
3/16” dowel 1” long to connect wooden door knob
wooden cabinet door knob
Two #4 x 5/8” flat head Phillips screws
One quart Mason jar with ring lid


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