Thursday, 11 April 2013

Q: The ultimate MAME/SCART television? A: Quite possibly...

I've been trying to wind up my SCART hunting activities this year. It's been a fun adventure over the last couple years but I've been feeling that it's time to put my energies into my other pursuits (namely music)...

However, when you're sipping your first coffee in the morning a mint condition golden era Blaupunkt IS 70-101 VT M (with a Grundig CUC 6851 chassis) comes on eBay, well, what can you do? Click "Buy It Now" of course!

This unit is the most startling SCART television I've ever seen. The original owner bought it back in '94 and it's still in mint condition. Did I say "mint condition"? Well, believe me, this things looks like it's straight from the shop! Absolutely incredible!

Image wise, the colours are amazing, the focus is sharp and there is zero jitter.

Internally, it's the SCART hunters dream: analogue pots! The chassis type is Blaupunkt FM 512.60 and it has plenty of trimpots inside. This is what I've found so far:
  1. Vertical size
  2. Vertical position
  3. Horizontal size
  4. Pincushion
  5. Trapezium
There doesn't seem to be a control for horizontal position but I think it's a compromise worth making given how sweet the rest of the deal is! Also, the trimpots are on their own separate PCB. This thing would be so easier to modify! Simply remove the board to patch in the external pots! Way easier than the CUC 5360 board I modified:

Image adjustment board
The rest of the chassis is extremely clean! I can hardly believe it's this clean even without attacking it with an air compressor:

Clean chassis!
Also of note is the use of a 2-way speaker system, something I haven't seen in a Blaupunkt before:

2-way stereo speaker system!
The tube is an A66EAK which is not my favourite. However, with the contrast filter the results are actually pretty breathtaking (as the screenshots show):

Philips A66EAK220X01 tube
Another awesome thing is the input section: 2 SCART ports, 1 S-Video port and also composite input! Pretty handy for running multiple consoles:

The original owner was incredibly fastidious. He really looking after this baby. Check out how clean the remote is!

No sticky fingers here!
Even more amazing is the inclusion of the original receipt!

Check out the screenshots! These were taken using GroovyMAME on the "arcade_ex" monitor definition:

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (World 910522) (Capcom, 1991)
384 × 224 @ 59.6 Hz

Robocop (World revision 4) (Data East Corporation, 1988)
256 × 240 @ 57.4 Hz

R-Type (World) (Irem, 1987)
384 × 256 @ 55 Hz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (World 4 Players) (Konami, 1989)
320 × 224 @ 60 Hz
Mortal Kombat (rev 5.0 T-Unit 03/19/93) (Midway, 1992)
399 × 253 @ 54.8 Hz
Rolling Thunder (rev 3) (Namco, 1986)
288 × 224 @ 60.6 Hz
Metal Slug - Super Vehicle-001 (Nazca, 1996)
320 × 224 @ 59.2 Hz
Golden Axe (set 6, US, 8751 317-123A) (Sega, 1989)
320 × 224 @ 60.1 Hz
Bubble Bobble (Japan, Ver 0.1) (Taito Corporation, 1986)
256 × 224 @ 59.2 Hz
Shadow Warriors (World, set 1) (Tecmo, 1988)
256 × 224 @ 59.2 Hz
As you can see, this is a pretty sweet unit indeed!

Here are some more goodies:

Blaupunkt IS 70-101 VT M (chassis FM 512.60)
Program display

Manual... in pristine condition!
The original newspaper ad
Original receipt! $2,000!
Repair receipt
Just to further empahsise how freakin' awesome this TV is, check out the following close ups:

Up close with Chun Li & E. Honda
Up close with Turtles & Foot Soldiers
That's it... this is the ultimate SCART TV! I'm finished!

Here are the original eBay photos:

Side view
Power switch
Left side
Right side
Remote control
Rear connections
Back sticker


  1. Wow man! i reckon your coffee would have gone down the wrong pipe when you saw this thing come up! I love how the advertisement is present with the tv. Bargain pickup. I take it you havent had this chassis before? You need to add a picture of the tv itself too. Back in 94, must surely be one of the last analogue models out there...

  2. So sad to see you go. I wish you all the best. Thanks for a lot of exciting articles and all the time you've spent.

  3. Thanks Alex! I'm not gone yet... but I need to wind this up somehow. It's obsession, for sure.

  4. Do you know what the service menu code is?

  5. I don't remember if there was a service code for this one... all the geometry settings were controlled with trimpots. There may have been a service menu for things like OSD language and such. I sold this TV before I moved to New Zealand.