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COVID-19 House Arrest - What Game Are You Working On?

By clodpole

3 months ago

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    #1 3 months ago

    Quite a few of us have been locked in our homes by (you choose) the virus/the political response to the virus. Here's my time-consuming restoration project. What's yours?

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    #7 3 months ago

    Hey, these are inspiring! It's hard to live "apart" without being "alone". Thanks for joining in.

    #15 3 months ago

    New term: what we're doing here is practicing "Distant Socializing".

    #23 3 months ago

    Long ago we used to have "postal" track meets - one team in one town would do all the events and another school would do the same thing in their town and then mail the results to each other to see who won. You're doing the modern version of "postal" Centipede.

    #26 3 months ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    I’m about to start working on a UPL Depthcharge....
    Neat game where your a destroyer dropping Depthcharges on subs.

    It's like Sea Wolf backwards!

    #28 3 months ago

    The subs can fight back! I like it.

    We have a Bally Sea Ray, a Christian Marche "pointy people" underwater pinball game. It would look good in the same game room as your Depthcharge.

    #34 3 months ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    I’m a sucker for any game that incorporates submarines.
    I would love a good submarine themed pinball machine.

    This would look nice:

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    #39 3 months ago

    My wife somewhat willingly serves the same function as your amazing playfield holder-upper....

    #62 3 months ago

    Hardbody, eh? I love the wacky flex strips guarding the outlanes!

    #72 3 months ago

    Hayfarmer... if you put glow-in-the-dark rubbers on your pinball machines, do they add to the Jimi Hendrix effect of the room?

    #78 3 months ago

    If I had a bigger space, I'd have one of those. Good luck cleaning it up and getting it going!

    #108 3 months ago

    Hey JHPSWE, what did you use for wood filler? It looks really nice.

    #115 3 months ago

    Does that include the cost of bandages?

    I too like the Farrah poster, and envy you your Quicksilver. Fun to play and really good Doug Watson art.

    #135 3 months ago

    I like the better, balanced lighting - that kind of stuff bugs me too. Plus, that's a really fun old-style modern game!

    #145 3 months ago

    This is one of the things I love about pinball - we players/collectors/restorers represent an incredibly wide range of occupations and lifestyles, yet we all love these goofy games.

    #153 3 months ago

    You said it!

    #158 3 months ago

    Flash, which has had its playfield in "clean and paint" on top, and "clean and rebuild" underneath for 3+ months, got the last pieces attached this afternoon! Next is replacing the 40-pin interconnect between the MPU and Driver board, as the game had multiple personality syndrome when the two boards were revived from battery damage.

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    #171 3 months ago

    Hah! That's excellent! All pinball and no play makes jack....

    #179 3 months ago

    Electromechanical! With Smoke, no less!

    #182 3 months ago

    Wow, Space Shuttle looks deluxe! Mars God of War looks to provide many days' alternative to t.p. lines at the store. My Flash is doing the same thing - I was going to start soldering on circuit boards this week, but discovered the back box had come unglued (as have many of us...). So, wood repair first.

    #186 3 months ago

    You have very selective termites!

    #189 3 months ago

    You did it sign-painter style? Accept my congratulations!

    #202 3 months ago

    The playfield cleanup looks real nice; I've been doing the same to a Flash, but I'm conserving my IPA a bit, as crazed hoarders have bought up all the available supply!

    #235 3 months ago

    That is really cool! If this house arrest stuff goes on for a while, you're going to have an amazing game!

    #238 3 months ago

    Looks like you have a good assistant.

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    #266 3 months ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    What a difference a week makes.
    It only took 10 years to get around to it too!
    Playfield is pretty much done as well. Just got to reinstall it all and make it all work!
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    That game is so pretty when it's all spiffed up! I'm going to sneak over there disguised as a parcel so I can play it when you fire it up.

    #284 3 months ago

    Very fun and pretty game.

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    #303 3 months ago
    Quoted from swampfire:

    I spent 4 hours today trying to figure out why 14 feature lamps are out on my Embryon, I thought I’d nailed it when I found 2 broken wires on J4 of the lamp driver board, but after rebuilding that connector I was back at square one. Early SS pins can really test your patience sometimes.

    My friend, JP, once told me "You can get in trouble on an EM, but if you really want to F*** yourself, get a solid state!"

    #324 3 months ago

    My friend gave me what I thought might be something really useful:IMG_1307 (resized).JPG

    It turned out to be my next hobby project when the Flash is finished!IMG_1308 (resized).JPG

    #327 3 months ago

    Yup - Van de Graaff generator. Cousin of Tesla Coil, I guess. One generates static electricity, the other steps up voltage (AC, no less). Spark Museum in Bellingham, WA has a really big Tesla Coil set up to demonstrate their Steam Punk Farraday Cage:

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    #334 88 days ago

    At first I thought the big blue unit on the right of the "under" photo was some kind of giant drop target box; ....then I read "Hako". We have your game's cousin, Flight 2000". Both games are beautiful when spruced up, as yours certainly is, and have those cool asymmetrical playfields.

    Nice work!

    #353 85 days ago

    Flash, the origin of this fun thread, went back together yesterday. It still has multiple personality syndrome, which will hopefully be cured by replacing the 40-pin interconnect between the 2 main circuit boards.

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    #386 83 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    They are bad indeed. For this game, I will be leaving it as they are. Just have the pitch a bit higher to ensure no slow ball catch on one.

    My friend Art (of Comet fame) uses this:Everbrite (resized).png

    You can read about his method, which seems to work really well here:


    #388 83 days ago

    I've also successfully used 2 layers of mylar, one cut to fit inside the cup of the insert, another cut a smidge smaller yet. You can't see them and the ball rolls pretty true. Plus, they're easy to remove if you don't like the effect.

    #390 83 days ago
    Quoted from Gott1978:

    I used the eyedropper technique with two part auto clear coat on the cupped inserts on my Close Encounters. The technique is discussed elsewhere in the forum. While they are not 100%, they are close and the play improved markedly. I did not sand down the clear coat after it dried, I just tried to fill the cups level, with good success. You need good ventilation as the fumes are pretty strong.

    I did something similar with a mix of clear acrylic medium and hardener, which can be sanded or smoothed with IPA. As perhaps with yours, they didn't come out perfectly level, but play way better than previously. I'm not a big fan of "ice skating rink" playfields, at least on old games, as they were built presuming the ball would make unpredictable moves when it crossed inserts or rollovers.

    #395 83 days ago

    I'm happy to hear about the bits you've shared with us, and I'm tellin' you, we need to have a big party down under when this is all done. You can't possible play all your games by yourself!

    #396 82 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    I spent the day sanding off the badly planked lacquer on the bare wood sections of my Miss-O. Very nerve-wracking....

    Hey Mark - you get double credit for working on an EM!

    #406 82 days ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    Honestly ... Catacomb is not a super great game.
    There. I said it. Flame suit on.
    Iron Maiden gets a bad rap - but I quite like it. You need to work out the rules I think to enjoy it.

    I'm with you - just never managed to like playing Catacomb.

    #435 77 days ago

    The sink looks to be difficult to reach.....

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    #477 67 days ago

    If it's any consolation, TheLaw, my now-very-pretty Flash went back together and won't boot....

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    #498 64 days ago
    Quoted from Tsskinne:

    Do we need a failures of quarantine thread?
    Because my Star Gazer cabinet can join that club...
    Something went wrong...sanded down and repainting. Blue is back on now. White will go on next week.
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    I like that idea - a sub-thread at least, for projects which resist completion.

    #510 62 days ago

    What're you gonna' use for the particle board repair?

    #540 58 days ago

    Cool game - I always loved those multi-layer jungle plastics.

    I'm spending a few days away from Flash, whose board repairs were a failure. Rottendog or Kahouts in the plan one of these days. Meanwhile, I'm polishing the rails on my beloved Sea Ray. An amazing amount of black stuff comes off:IMG_1381 (resized).JPG

    #542 58 days ago

    Now that is a Sunday afternoon activity!

    #554 54 days ago

    By the way, Washington is still a "No Barbers" state. It's getting desperate at our house....

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    #572 45 days ago

    Looks very nice; I've been doing the same to our old Sea Ray.

    #587 43 days ago

    I love those early-70s Bally 1- or 2-player games. Makes me happy to see one revived and released back into the wild!

    #591 43 days ago

    Cool game - I especially love/hate the pop bumper between the flippers! ...and cool kid, to dig in and help.

    #595 41 days ago

    I'm awaiting boards for Flash, so I'm re-doing some paint repair I did to Sea Ray several years ago. Bondo glazing putty and hand-painted acrylic look good enough to not draw the eye after a couple of coats of clear and then wax. This is an area of green nearly done painting, and a blue area just after putty application. Mind you, my goal is to retain as much of the original as I can, while diminishing glaring faults:
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    Now that it's sanded and painted, it looks about as good as I can get it. It's not as smooth as if it had been sanded with a block, but I wanted to leave as much original paint as possible. Other than the Bondo, everything I've done can be removed with IPA.
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    #597 40 days ago

    Looks nice! I did something simliar to the back door on Sea Ray. Too much rust to salvage, so cleaned and painted with hammered metal paint.

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    #610 32 days ago

    It looks like most of us have gotten some relief from the tight quarantine rules. If you still want to post here I'll be monitoring. Meanwhile, I opened a new thread to describe what you didn't get finished during the lockdown, as well as new projects/problems you picked up during your stay at home.


    Thanks very much for participating - this has been really fun and encouraging to be part of!

    #613 32 days ago
    Quoted from Colsond3:

    Awesome. Two great games.

    Aren't they? Someone brings a Magic Castle to our pinball convention every year, and I get stuck playing it over and over just to get the castle doors to open.

    #615 32 days ago

    When you get to "looks like a mirror", you're into better-than-original territory. This A-26 shows up in my town periodically and it looks just like your coin door. No A-26 in service ever looked like that, but it's pretty. Anyway, your work looks first rate to me.

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    #622 24 days ago

    Well, the table that started this thread 3 months ago just played its first game in 20 years. Thanks to the Kohouts brothers (pinballpcb.com), Flash has a completely new brain - MPU/Driver, Power Supply and Sound Board. It's loud, now that it works!

    Now that it has a brain, it's apparent what else needs fixing. Upper left rollover does nothing, both sets of drop targets have trouble resetting during play (but not at end-of-ball), and the lower left kicker doesn't kick. I think those are at least common to all old Williams SS tables, so there's hope.

    Best wishes from the upper left corner of the country....IMG_1422 (resized).JPG

    p.s. Notice the cool voltmeter built into the power supply!

    2 weeks later
    #642 9 days ago

    Do you think it sounds different, now that it's all shined up?

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