Thought you guys might like to see my latest pick up.
1979 Stern Cosmic Princess. Assembled in Australia by Leisure Allied Industries. (LAI)
To work around Australia (and New Zealand’s) exorbitant import taxes in the 1970s, Stern games were shipped as parts and assembled in Aussie. NZ used to do the same with Space Invaders games - we made the cabinets and tubes in NZ, and bought in the boards and controls.
There were 336 Cosmic Princess’ shipped to Perth. This was the only “Aussie only” model made. It uses the same roms as Magic. I know of 3 here in NZ - this is the nicest one of the three. Could well be others around ...
Anyway - got a lead on this one last week, and met up with the guy today. He had bought it from his neighbour a while back when the neighbour had moved out. It didn’t work when he bought it - and it still doesn’t.
Boards all look pretty tidy - Rectifier board shows signs of repair.
Game is really good condition for its age. I’ll get it going, soup it up and add it to the classic Stern row.