APF TV Fun Model 401 is a classic pong system. It is one of the first system based on the common AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments. Thus, it offers four basic pong games : tennis, hockey, squash and single handball.
The case is quite nice with woodgrain style finish and silver-like knobs, switches and buttons... Switches are used to turn the system on and off, select game option and service mode (auto/manual). Buttons are used to reset the system and serve the ball. Game selection is made through a small dial in the middle of the control panel.
The controllers are built-in the case. These are two dials placed on both sides of the case. The RF cable is built into the unit, but it's possible to unplug it from the insides of the machine for replacement. The system can be powered by six C-size batteries or by an external power supply.
The TV Fun model 401 is not to be mistaken with later APF models which used the same case. There are TV Fun Model 401A and TV Fun Sportsarama.
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TV Fun (Model 401)
BUILT IN GAMES
Tennis, Hockey, Squash, Single Handball
Two built-in knobs
AY-3-8500 from General Instruments
Reset, manual serve
power on/off, doubles/skeet/practice, serve manual/auto, TV channel 3/4 on the underside
Black & white
RF TV video output
6 x C batteries
External power supply unit, 9V 500 mA tip positive