Have a manual and schematic on order but have managed to get it running in the meantime. Fun game!
I think there are probably only a couple others that own this tank on pinside. Maybe more will creep out of the shadows.
Pretty cool! I think you got the best game out of that bunch.
Found this video of the action.
Anywhere from dirt cheap to $1000 or so from what I can tell. I think they only made about 800 of them and from what Steve at PBR told me they didn't stay on route long because they did terrible..so I'm guessing lots of them were scrapped. If you are lucky enough to find one local you might be able to grab it fairly cheap. They are heavy as hell to move--like modern pinball heavy. I found 1 (1!) listed nationally for $600. Mine came out of a warehouse in Montana that had 2 of them.
I had 3 of these about 10 years ago. I bought them off of a guy that collected video arcades. He sold them to me for $75 each. I set one up and played it for a bit and then turned around and sold the 3 for $275 each. I felt like a genius at the time but have been kicking myself ever since. A very fun game.
The above video is actually of my game. I bought it about 5 years ago for $200 and it's a favorite of anyone that plays it.
Fixed my two gimpy players that kicked slow and were even slower to return if at all, having fun working on this thing.
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I read your post about needing 10 balls mine actually only has one and it works fine I wonder if they changed the design at some point?
Weird. Not sure how that would work. There is a vertical trough from the return lanes beneath playfield. When game is on, a lever constantly pushes up/down at bottom of trough to force out a ball if trough is "full" of balls. It would have to be completely different if only 1 ball were in game.
Take a pic of the bottom of the ball "launch" area.
On the opposite side from the controllers the nylon pulley arm that the cables attach to were gummed up to where they would hardly move.
I am looking into finding a way to replicate the player pieces for both left and right kicking players. Currently looking for a 3D printing solution that would be functional and durable. Hopefully just get a file created so they could be ordered through Shapeway.
Has anyone sealed the artwork on their top glass? I cringe every time I have to slide it out.
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I cringe every time I have to slide it out.
I have not, probably should. Mine was sealed in by what appeared to be an old Soda Pop spill...took forever to get out.
Has anyone taken a look at the score light sockets? Mine are really flaky and I was going to replace but they are really odd looking underneath...looks like a job to get them out to swap too. The wood built around them appears to be glued together.
Has anyone replaced levelers on one of these? I can't tell if they are standard pinball levelers or not I'd like to know before I take a shot at removing one of the rusted ones on my game.
Mine came with large aluminum sliders stuck to the levelers--works great on carpet so I haven't done anything with them.
I found this in a warehouse. Not sure if I want to buy it or help the owner sell it.
those players look like they have had tape wrapped around them. There was a guy in CA that supposedly had some players for sale but he wanted a ton of cash for them. Still looking into getting players remade but need to figure out integrating the metal base.
We have this game at Tilt Pinball in Louisville, CO (640 Main St). It is a real hit!
We also have 20 pins on the floor (we have 23 total, but rotate games for maintenance) and a collection of vintage arcade games, skeeball, bubble hockey, pitch and bat, for a total of about 50 games. We also have 8 beers on tap, many others in cans / bottles, wine, and a full bar. We will soon be adding food.
My buddy and I are restoring mine.
Can someone confirm we have the wiring correct on the isolation transformer? We plan to switch #10 (not being used ) to missing #5.
Managed to get the wiring done. machine fired up and scared the crap out of me. Wont win any awards for my soldering technique but it's working fine now.
Just stumbled across this accidentally when reading up on the 1994 pinball and this is really cool. If any current members of the club are looking to exit I'd love to find a machine. Thanks!
I got a second one and will be selling one soon. If you still need pictures of the wiring please send me a message.
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