(Topic ID: 125455)

1952 Gottlieb Skill-Pool


By DirtFlipper

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

Very happy to have the honor of adding this one to the collection. Pretty nice, unmolested condition overall. Plastics are toast, so I have a set on order with Shay (and waiting patiently).

But what I thought was neat, and why I wanted to post this, is that I learned that this game has a cooling motor and fan mounted under the playfield. When I was looking at the playfield, I could see all these holes drilled among the plastic pool balls and couldn't figure out why they were there. Then when I finally got the game opened (no key!), I found the fan.

I'm thinking I might opt for LEDs inside those pool balls and disconnect the fan. I can't imagine working on the game with the playfield up and that thing running nearby. But, that's for a later day to worry about.

The other neat thing was that inside there's an envelope from Premier dated 1990 with a blueprint-like copy of the schematic. It was addressed to the previous owner (I think), so he must have written to them at the time (which was still sorta Gottlieb) and requested a copy. Very cool of them to oblige!

I love time capsules like these.

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#2 4 years ago

Holy crap were those fans common in games of that era? I've never seen one that size in a game before

#3 4 years ago
Quoted from MeNaCeFiRe:

Holy crap were those fans common in games of that era? I've never seen one that size in a game before

Total surprise to me. First one I've ever seen.

#4 4 years ago

I had a nice one that I sold a couple years ago. The fan worked just fine. I don't think there were many with this feature. Roto Pool, out 6 years later had the balls in the head and no fan. Marble Queen perhaps??? She also had the balls in the playfield.
Harry Irvin

#6 4 years ago

That fan is cool. Neat game Dirt!

#7 4 years ago

Put your finger in there and find out how fast she spins...

#8 4 years ago
Quoted from dtown:

Put your finger in there and find out how fast she spins...

Maybe a carrot...

#9 4 years ago

Nice score Rod!

#10 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

That fan is cool.

That's it's job.

#11 4 years ago

Oh yeah, and that's Hoov's Golden Arrow sitting in the background! I'm only the transport on that one.

#12 4 years ago

Cool game Dirt!

I had no idea there were fans used under the playfield......

#13 4 years ago

Oh, that looks cherry

I found a beat one and read that Clay said fans are often missing so always check they are there!

#14 4 years ago

No need to wait for Shay, Lee has them in stock.

http://pinballrescue.net/Plastics_Available.html

Don't know if you've ever dealt with Lee at Pinball Rescue, but he's a real stand up guy, quality is 2nd to none and shipping is absolutely no issue. Usually about 10 days to the states. Lee works hard for us, give him a shot.

And BTW your game looks great!!

#15 4 years ago
Quoted from waltrr:

No need to wait for Shay, Lee has them in stock.
http://pinballrescue.net/Plastics_Available.html
Don't know if you've ever dealt with Lee at Pinball Rescue, but he's a real stand up guy, quality is 2nd to none and shipping is absolutely no issue. Usually about 10 days to the states. Lee works hard for us, give him a shot.
And BTW your game looks great!!

yeah, I know Lee has them, and I've been very happy with previous sets from them (and plan to order other sets they have slated for completion).

But this time I already needed a set for a different game, which only Shay has, so I opted to just combine the two on one order. I just wish I knew the trick to get them in the mail...

5 months later
#17 4 years ago
Quoted from DirtFlipper:

I'm thinking I might opt for LEDs inside those pool balls and disconnect the fan. I can't imagine working on the game with the playfield up and that thing running nearby. But, that's for a later day to worry about.

does your fan not shut off when lifting the playfield? mine does.. maybe i could also understand not trusting it either

#18 4 years ago

Any updates on this game..or are you still waiting for the plastics?

On the fan, I think it's great to keep things original, but I would consider putting a computer fan under there if it was necessary.

#19 4 years ago

Got the plastics. Too many other games in the queue ahead of this one still.

#20 4 years ago

"Great Scott! A fan, I would of lost a bet on that, being in there.

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