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Bally Playboy Pinball Club! Owners and Playboy Lovers Welcome!


By MrBellMan

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#151 54 days ago

The one pictured above that I restored is Semi Gloss White, Semi Gloss Black & then Satin Magenta. It really dries much closer to a semi gloss with a fairly heavy final coat. I've done two of them now & have a 3rd here for resto currently.... they look amazing with the magenta.

Everyone thinks that PB cab was more "pink" but thats just because they all faded very bad. Once you pull the side rails off, that Magenta is the closest color to original you will find in a spray can. If anything it is just SLIGHTLY darker than original.

If you wanna that ultra high gloss non original look to game, just clear coat it when done. Some people like the clear look, some don't. I think its OK on some games & overdone on others. I have cleared several games I have restored, but PB is not one I'd do in clear, unless the owner really really pushed for it. I think PB looks very "tasteful" in Semi gloss & not cleared.

#152 54 days ago
Quoted from WeatherbyMAG:

The one pictured above that I restored is Semi Gloss White, Semi Gloss Black & then Satin Magenta. It really dries much closer to a semi gloss with a fairly heavy final coat. I've done two of them now & have a 3rd here for resto currently.... they look amazing with the magenta.
Everyone thinks that PB cab was more "pink" but thats just because they all faded very bad. Once you pull the side rails off, that Magenta is the closest color to original you will find in a spray can. If anything it is just SLIGHTLY darker than original.
If you wanna that ultra high gloss non original look to game, just clear coat it when done. Some people like the clear look, some don't. I think its OK on some games & overdone on others. I have cleared several games I have restored, but PB is not one I'd do in clear, unless the owner really really pushed for it. I think PB looks very "tasteful" in Semi gloss & not cleared.

where can I get stencils?

#153 54 days ago
Quoted from Clnilsen:

For those of you who have refinished your cabinet, it looks like Rustoleum 2x magenta is the winner for the cabinet pink. However, it looks like it's only available in satin. Any ideas for a pink of the right color, that has gloss finish?
Thanks!

Here is a photo of my repaint. The white is simi-gloss rustoleum that was put on with a gun. The black is gloss rattle can and the pink is magenta satin rattle can.

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#154 54 days ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

Here is a photo of my repaint. The white is simi-gloss rustoleum that was put on with a gun. The black is gloss rattle can and the pink is magenta satin rattle can.
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Looks perfect!
Did you powder coat the legs?

#155 54 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Looks perfect!
Did you powder coat the legs?

Yes, the legs are original Bally legs that were Power-coated satin black.

#156 49 days ago

Thought you folks might enjoy seeing this.
I don't own the 1978 game or any of the others, but it was really hard not to acquire this piece of pinball history quite a while ago when the stars aligned.

Here then is a very special 1st Edition of Pinball! by Roger Sharpe.
What's special about it? Read the pictures.
Note: contact information for Mr. Sharpe was redacted for photo.

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#157 47 days ago

Freshly painted cabinet project this weekend for my wife and I!

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#158 46 days ago
Quoted from Clnilsen:

Freshly painted cabinet project this weekend for my wife and I!
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Really nice!

#159 46 days ago
Quoted from Clnilsen:

Freshly painted cabinet project this weekend for my wife and I!

That looks amazing, great job and enjoy your project.

#160 46 days ago

nothing like a nice freshly painted cabinet, nice job.

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#161 33 days ago

New to Pinside! My Dad used to fix coin-ops all around the Phoenix area in the early 80s, and was able to snag some equipment people no longer wanted. I used to stand on a milk crake and play our Playboy (along with a Williams Flash) all during my childhood. It was definitely a hit in the neighborhood growing up.

Anyway, he passed away in 2008 so I've been wanting to stand these up again. It's in decent shape but I plan on doing some basic restoration or at least deep cleaning. I plan on starting a thread for some advice once it's stood up. It has the original backglass and has no obvious flaws. My dad used to tell me the backglass in definitely the most fragile part and during his time working on coin-op there were instances where they would shatter for no obvious reason just walking them across the shop. Whenever I have to move the unit or remove it from the back box this is always the part I'm most paranoid about. Realistically, how fragile is the original backglass? Obviously i'm not going to mistreat it, but if I'm not being stupid are these things pretty solid? How often do these accidentally break during maintenance?

#162 33 days ago
Quoted from Dandelock:

New to Pinside! My Dad used to fix coin-ops all around the Phoenix area in the early 80s, and was able to snag some equipment people no longer wanted. I used to stand on a milk crake and play our Playboy (along with a Williams Flash) all during my childhood. It was definitely a hit in the neighborhood growing up.
Anyway, he passed away in 2008 so I've been wanting to stand these up again. It's in decent shape but I plan on doing some basic restoration or at least deep cleaning. I plan on starting a thread for some advice once it's stood up. It has the original backglass and has no obvious flaws. My dad used to tell me the backglass in definitely the most fragile part and during his time working on coin-op there were instances where they would shatter for no obvious reason just walking them across the shop. Whenever I have to move the unit or remove it from the back box this is always the part I'm most paranoid about. Realistically, how fragile is the original backglass? Obviously i'm not going to mistreat it, but if I'm not being stupid are these things pretty solid? How often do these accidentally break during maintenance?

Sounds like a fun project. Don’t worry about the backglass. They are pretty tough. Just make sure you don’t drop it or bang an edge or else game over. If your backglass edge trim is missing make sure you replace that. It helps protect the edge of the glass. The only other advice I can give you is to be mindful of the silkscreened side of the glass. It does scratch fairly easily.

#163 32 days ago

Super stupid question - which lock is a replacement for the back box lock ? I can’t get mine to fit the backglass lock bar

#164 32 days ago

Just finished My Playboy project with a new cab using solid maple trims and 3/4" bottom maple ply.

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#165 24 days ago

Im contemplating a Playboy with a planked playfield as my first Bally SS game. I did a back check and CPR last ran Playboy in January of 2019 with plans to run more in the future. Anyone here heard rumours as to when another batch is expected? This could be a good candidate for a first playfield swap for me. Not an over abundance of stuff to deal with compared to say a Whirlwind.

#166 24 days ago
Quoted from Graysonsdad:

Im contemplating a Playboy with a planked playfield as my first Bally SS game. I did a back check and CPR last ran Playboy in January of 2019 with plans to run more in the future. Anyone here heard rumours as to when another batch is expected? This could be a good candidate for a first playfield swap for me. Not an over abundance of stuff to deal with compared to say a Whirlwind.

That one is available. They aren't silkscreening any more. It is all digital printing now. Just place the order and wait for it to show up.

#167 24 days ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

That one is available. They aren't silkscreening any more. It is all digital printing now. Just place the order and wait for it to show up.

Its says more on the way and has no option to add to cart

#168 24 days ago
Quoted from Graysonsdad:

Its says more on the way and has no option to add to cart

Just send an email. My guess is they are done but going through the clear coat process now. If the photo is up there it is likely being worked.

#169 23 days ago

Anyone put in pink star posts? Im thinking pink posts with white rubbers would look good. If anyone has done clear posts with pink rubbers, id be curious to see what that looks like as well.

#170 23 days ago

Anyone have a source for molded drop targets?. I had to replace mine and am not happy with the quality.

#171 22 days ago
Quoted from Graysonsdad:

Anyone put in pink star posts? Im thinking pink posts with white rubbers would look good. If anyone has done clear posts with pink rubbers, id be curious to see what that looks like as well.

Both sound like great ideas!

#172 20 days ago

Continuing work on my Playboy resto this weekend! Restored the Backbox insert light board, including using Vid's Epoxy trick for filling in the missing light blocks that were gone. The results probably could have been better - the epoxy did not cure well - but it's much better than it was. Getting close to moving down to the main cabinet!

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#173 20 days ago

Is anybody using the alltek light board in their playboy? I intend to use LED's, and I'm not sure where to connect the wire that Alltek says needs connected to the backbox light board? Anyone have a suggestion?

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#174 12 days ago

Finally got the Playboy out of storage. Playfield is in great condition except a little wear around the inserts. The worst part by far is around the 5x light. There is quite a bit of ballswirl that I'm hoping to clean. Planning on cleaning and waxing it tonight. Looks like U11 on the sound board is bad so I'm ordering some replacement parts and a few caps. See this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-playboy-some-sounds-are-quick . I just installed an anyPin as well.

What is the best way to prevent future wear? I'm going to keep a good waxing/ball replacement regiment but anything else? The playfield is in such good condition otherwise I feel like stripping, touch ups, and doing a full clear coat following vid1900's guide is a little overkill. If I can prevent more damage I think I'm satisfied with the condition. Honestly the cabinet is in worse condition than anything else.

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#175 11 days ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

Just send an email. My guess is they are done but going through the clear coat process now. If the photo is up there it is likely being worked.

Due too dimpling errors, I shipped CPR a game used PF to Mike @ CPR to help correct the issue. So the process is starting over now to produce a better product.

#176 11 days ago
Quoted from Dandelock:

What is the best way to prevent future wear? I'm going to keep a good waxing/ball replacement regiment but anything else?

Really depends on what your plans are for the game. A decent players condition game? If so do the magic eraser/alcohol clean up (plenty of threads on that) to get the ground in dirt out of the artwork. Done plenty and it will clean up a lot of that. Then a Novus 2 clean. Follow that up with several coats of high quality wax (again many threads on wax). Most of that wear in the arch area will come out with magic eraser. Min-wax natural stain gently applied ( I use a Q-tip) will blend in wear in the shooter lane and arch area worn spots.

#177 10 days ago

For those of you who repainted your cabinet with Rustoleum Satin Magenta, did you use the "American Accents" or the "Painters Touch". Doesn't look like there is any difference but I want to make sure.

#178 10 days ago
Quoted from davidw:

For those of you who repainted your cabinet with Rustoleum Satin Magenta, did you use the "American Accents" or the "Painters Touch". Doesn't look like there is any difference but I want to make sure.

I used painters touch. Worked awesome, and looks great!

#179 9 days ago
Quoted from Clnilsen:

I used painters touch. Worked awesome, and looks great!

Thanks, your cabinet came out great.

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#180 3 days ago

What is the stock flipper rubber color for this game? I've seen red and yellow. I ordered a rubber kit from Marco Specialities and it came with yellow, but it also came with a Bally Playboy sticker/barcode on the bag but a a Stern Playboy rubber instruction sheet inside the bag. Googling images it looks like a lot of both colors, maybe slightly more red.

#181 2 days ago
Quoted from Dandelock:

What is the stock flipper rubber color for this game? I've seen red and yellow. I ordered a rubber kit from Marco Specialities and it came with yellow, but it also came with a Bally Playboy sticker/barcode on the bag but a a Stern Playboy rubber instruction sheet inside the bag. Googling images it looks like a lot of both colors, maybe slightly more red.

Per the manual, p/n: R-406-3 red flipper rubber.

#182 2 days ago

I think the flyer shows yellow

#183 2 days ago
Quoted from jj44114:

I think the flyer shows yellow

Bally playboy, red or black on white flipper bats
Manual specifies red.

#184 2 days ago
Quoted from Dandelock:

What is the stock flipper rubber color for this game? I've seen red and yellow. I ordered a rubber kit from Marco Specialities and it came with yellow, but it also came with a Bally Playboy sticker/barcode on the bag but a a Stern Playboy rubber instruction sheet inside the bag. Googling images it looks like a lot of both colors, maybe slightly more red.

You have the wrong kit. Unless you have a stern playboy. Then you have the wrong thread lol.

#185 2 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

You have the wrong kit. Unless you have a stern playboy. Then you have the wrong thread lol.

Right thread, and yeah it looks like they mixed up the kit. I bought 2 kits which came in the same bag and ironically I followed the manual for my machine and at least had enough for one full replacement and it looks like two full replacements. Possible the Stern version has a similar enough rubber set except the flipper color. I'll just order a Bally Playboy kit from someone else when I have to change the rubbers and keep this weird kit as a spare.

#186 2 days ago
Quoted from Dandelock:

Right thread, and yeah it looks like they mixed up the kit. I bought 2 kits which came in the same bag and ironically I followed the manual for my machine and at least had enough for one full replacement and it looks like two full replacements. Possible the Stern version has a similar enough rubber set except the flipper color. I'll just order a Bally Playboy kit from someone else when I have to change the rubbers and keep this weird kit as a spare.

Spare rubbers are a plus in my book. I always need them

#187 1 hour ago

I'm in the early stages of building an alternate rule set and game modes for the Playboy powered by a lot of the work DickHamill did in this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/replacing-the-m6800-in-a-stern-mpu100-with-an-arduino/page/3#post-5740886

He's already got alternative rules for Stern Stars now called Stern Stars 2020, and Bally Blackjack 2020. Basically you build an entirely new game ROM on an Arduino and you can pretty much do anything. I'm looking to make Bally Playboy 2020 and make it available.

The Playboy is pretty straightforward as it is. Collect keys, get mega points in the grotto, collect month targets, get extra ball, etc. I'm envisioning a lot more depth, similar to newer games. For example, emulating "lower and upper playfields" by loading and unloading game states. For example, say you get in the grotto. The grotto instead of plain 1k/2k/3k/4k/25k points while captured it clears the entire table, turns the bonus storing in the bottom of the playfield into a countdown timer ticking down for 40 or 20 or something. Ejects the ball then until the timer runs out points would be multiplied by the number of keys you have at that time... Or something.

Admittedly I don't have much experience playing pinballs other than Bally Playboy and Williams Flash. What objectives or features would be cool for this game? Consider out of the box ideas like using one of the backboard displays to show some other data like a subscore or multiplier or something. Unlimited balls is possible, or sudden death where you have to avoid the pop bumpers or keys or something. I'm planning on taking a close look at the playfield and drafting some new rules in the next few days.

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