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Bally Rocket Woodrail Flipperless Restoration


By mrm_4

1 year ago



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#102 6 months ago

My god that was nerve wracking but HOT DAMN!!!!

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#103 6 months ago

Added some space dust and the yellow stencil to the other side. One more color to go!

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#104 6 months ago

Ok right side is done. Cant wait to get this thing finished! Felt so good pulling the tape off the old rails. The soft edges are so sexy.
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#105 6 months ago

looks beautiful! looking forward to see the assembled game!

#106 6 months ago

Added a little felt in the notches behind the legs so the glossy paint doesnt stick together.

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#107 6 months ago

And she is standing again!

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#108 6 months ago

I love the old style coin door. I decided to keep the original doors.

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#109 6 months ago

Nailed the metal back on the sides and dropped the playfield in and played a game. Won 5 free games the first nickel! Man is she pretty!!!

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#110 6 months ago

Great job. The game looks fantastic!

#111 6 months ago

stunning!

#112 6 months ago
Quoted from Backyardace:

Great job. The game looks fantastic!

Thanks!

#113 6 months ago

Beautiful! Glad you're enjoying the flipperless play - Bally used that series of kickout mechs a few times, and I love the ball travel (the example that comes to mind is the EM Ballyhoo). So fun to watch and influence.

#114 6 months ago
Quoted from bingopodcast:

Beautiful! Glad you're enjoying the flipperless play - Bally used that series of kickout mechs a few times, and I love the ball travel (the example that comes to mind is the EM Ballyhoo). So fun to watch and influence.

Yeah I love it, I have the tilt set pretty sensitive and the level is at 3°, so just slight nudges go a long way. Especially near the bottom. A tiny bump will help the ball bounce back up in the bottom kicked out and it starts firing around the field again. So great especially when it felt certain the ball was about to drain.

#115 6 months ago

She sure is a beaut Clark, er I mean Matt!

#116 6 months ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

She sure is a beaut Clark, er I mean Matt!

Thanks George!

#117 6 months ago

mrm_4 that is absolutely gorgeous. Amazing job.

#118 5 months ago

Let’s be honest here. The best part of this project is the key chain

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#119 5 months ago

I noticed that in an earlier photo. Have you ever considered having a class on EM repair/restoration? I think it would be great to have some meetups that involve learning.

#120 5 months ago
Quoted from Backyardace:

I noticed that in an earlier photo. Have you ever considered having a class on EM repair/restoration? I think it would be great to have some meetups that involve learning.

I’d honestly love to attend something like that. I really have no clue how to read a schematic or what I’m doing really. I usually figure out how to do things by drinking a few beers and watching YouTube. All the knowledge I’ve obtained outside of just trial and error I owe to the help I get on Pinside or a few friends that I’ll pester.

As for restoration I’d definitely share any advice I have!

#121 5 months ago

Well it looks like I am using the same resources, but still feel a bit in the dark. Maybe adding beer will help?

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#122 84 days ago

Came across a label used on these old flipperless games. Turned out nice for the Rocket

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#123 6 days ago

Took a break from my Firepower project to revisit the Rocket. Changed out the sockets from 50s to 44/47 so I can add LEDs. I love the older style bulbs but they were just way to dim. Plus if someone other than myself ends up with this game that prefers incandescent bulbs then they can easily change them out.

I left the shooter lane socket original since you can see that bulb from an angle.

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#124 4 days ago

The new lights look great.

#125 4 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

The new lights look great.

Thanks!
Camera doesn’t do it justice but in person it’s such an improvement.
Especially next to the other games in the line up, the original bulbs gave it this sickly old dying machine look. Now it holds its own and shines proud.

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