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1950 Gottlieb The 4 Horsemen


By oldcarz

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Enclosing some pix and a video that I made of one of the “Safety Gate” games that Gottlieb made in 1950/1951 (also ’50 Knock Out, ’51Minstrel Man, ‘51Happy Go Lucky, ’51 Mermaid, ‘51 Glamor and ‘51Wild West). The safety gate is a “V” shaped plate between the flippers that helps keep the ball in play. It typically rises once the ball is launched and passes through a rollover at the top of the shooter lane and drops once a certain score is made or when the ball goes over a certain rollover on the playfield.

I’d like to acknowledge Shapeshifter who details about the history and rule set of the 4 Horsemen and the restoration of his. There’s nothing more that I can add:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gottliebs-the-4-horsemen1950-discussion-and-restoration#post-3364315

Shapeshifter and I talk frequently about the woodrails and he was so enthusiastic about his game that when the opportunity arose for me to get one, I acquired it without auditioning it.

As it turns out, my game was in storage for awhile and judging by the low play meter and good condition of the playfield and backglass, it probably was pulled off route because of technical issues. I have a repro back glass in the machine now and the original glass framed and hanging on the wall. The original plastics, slightly toasty, were replaced by repros. The game was not working properly when I got it and upon examination, it was apparent that fundamental wiring was wrong. In retrospect, it should have been a relatively easy fix, but the decision to sideline it meant it allowed the game to age gently.

Additionally, a shout out to Russ/Pinrescue for his technical assistance in fixing this game, and for hosting the videos that I make on his site:

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4 Horsemen 4.23 4 (resized).jpg

4 Horsemen 4.23 5 (resized).jpg

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4 horsemen head schematic (resized).jpg

4 Horsemen 4.23 6 (resized).jpg

4 horsemen original glass (resized).jpg

#2 2 years ago

Looks like a great playing woodrail, thanks for sharing!

Btw, love my '49 Gottlieb K. C. Jones.

#3 2 years ago

Beautiful example.

Love the history around this game.

One of the easier games to win on.

Players must have loved this game back in the day!

#4 2 years ago

Very nice. I really like these videos and descriptions. It brings these old games back to life as new again, and teaches a little history too
Thanks for posting.

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