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Doctor Who Owners Club.....Time Lords Welcome!


By HoakyPoaky

6 years ago



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#4501 12 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:

I have dipped a toe into the pinball world. I recently bought a Dr Who MPF that came from a flooded warehouse, that was for sale on this site. I have really enjoyed pulling it apart using the Faz guide. Good news is that the motor, gear box, elevator, cam were in good shape. Bad news is that: Metal posts, screws, Tnuts and lamp holders were Rusted. The wood play field was squishy like a sponge on the front. It had 2 mylars stacked. The T nuts were poorly covered in epoxy. The cover is broken and cracked in 3 places. The elevator had both yellow caked grease and black grease. Yuk.
Once apart and every part catalogued, I began cleaning/polishing. I have bought a new wood play field and cover. I have ordered new screws and parts from Marco. Cliffs is making me protectors for the play field. I have taken measurements from the old one as I know I have some drilling and front end removal (2mm) supposedly.
I have been reading up here on testing the Optos. I was able to connect the motor to a 12 volt power supply and was able to verify that it worked with no gear slop. It looks like it had been replaced recently.
Next will be learning how to test the coils. I am guessing they are 12 volt? I have a VOM and will test for continuity and resistance.
Pictures once things are cleaner. Maybe a before and after picture.

Dont assume anything.
Check every step.
Test your work.

#4502 12 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Dont assume anything.
Check every step.
Test your work.

Jump off the cliff, go wild, wooo....don't listen to @pinballreno lmao

Seriously, @pinballreno is 100% correct. We will be watching!

#4503 11 days ago

How bad can it be? 50 years of abuse and then be subjected to wet salty warehouse? These are the before pictures of my Mini Playfield. It turns out to be mostly surface rust, and many of the rusty screws, nuts and bolts are in stock.

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#4504 11 days ago

In my quest to rebuild a Mini Playfield, after disassembly, I upgraded to a new wood playfield from CPR. I don't know what "silver" meant on the back side, but as I saw on multiple YouTubes, you need to trim about 3mm off the front of the new one. Which also means there will be a 3mm gap at the back. I measured all the holes, that needed to be added on both the front and back. After marking the holes with a pen on the new playfield, it is an excellent idea to trial fit the part that will be screwed into place. Then with awl or nail, punch a divet hole, to mark where to drill a small pilot hole. Pictures show the differences of original and new. I also scanned my measurements for the holes to be added. Noting that I needed to subtract 3mm from the vertical measurements from the back of the playfield.

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#4505 11 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:

In my quest to rebuild a Mini Playfield, after disassembly, I upgraded to a new wood playfield from CPR. I don't know what "silver" meant on the back side, but as I saw on multiple YouTubes, you need to trim about 3mm off the front of the new one. Which also means there will be a 3mm gap at the back. I measured all the holes, that needed to be added on both the front and back. After marking the holes with a pen on the new playfield, it is an excellent idea to trial fit the part that will be screwed into place. Then with awl or nail, punch a divet hole, to mark where to drill a small pilot hole. Pictures show the differences of original and new. I also scanned my measurements for the holes to be added. Noting that I needed to subtract 3mm from the vertical measurements from the back of the playfield.
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I drilled all the missing holes on my drill press.
I also used the drill press to mount the t-nuts also.

I posted this proceedure awhile back.

Search my posts and you might find something you need.

Feel free to ask if you have a question!

#4506 11 days ago

Is this the MPF that was listed for 1200?

#4507 11 days ago
Quoted from DudeRegular:

Is this the MPF that was listed for 1200?

Yes it was! I got it for a lot less. In my search for parts, I found that although many are available, many are not.

#4508 11 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:

Yes it was! I got it for a lot less. In my search for parts, I found that although many are available, many are not.

Cool! Best of luck in your resto. I really need to get my DW finished up. Someday....

#4509 10 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:

Yes it was! I got it for a lot less. In my search for parts, I found that although many are available, many are not.

The hunt begins...

#4510 10 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:

I have dipped a toe into the pinball world. I recently bought a Dr Who MPF that came from a flooded warehouse, that was for sale on this site. I have really enjoyed pulling it apart using the Faz guide. Good news is that the motor, gear box, elevator, cam were in good shape. Bad news is that: Metal posts, screws, Tnuts and lamp holders were Rusted. The wood play field was squishy like a sponge on the front. It had 2 mylars stacked. The T nuts were poorly covered in epoxy. The cover is broken and cracked in 3 places. The elevator had both yellow caked grease and black grease. Yuk.
Once apart and every part catalogued, I began cleaning/polishing. I have bought a new wood play field and cover. I have ordered new screws and parts from Marco. Cliffs is making me protectors for the play field. I have taken measurements from the old one as I know I have some drilling and front end removal (2mm) supposedly.
I have been reading up here on testing the Optos. I was able to connect the motor to a 12 volt power supply and was able to verify that it worked with no gear slop. It looks like it had been replaced recently.
Next will be learning how to test the coils. I am guessing they are 12 volt? I have a VOM and will test for continuity and resistance.
Pictures once things are cleaner. Maybe a before and after picture.

Oh my, way to jump into the hobby. Wish you the best. I love me some DW.

#4511 10 days ago

Wait. Do you ONLY have the the MPF? So you don’t even have the rest of the machine? Or did I misunderstand? What do you actually have for a DW?

#4512 9 days ago
Quoted from Catch86:

Wait. Do you ONLY have the the MPF? So you don’t even have the rest of the machine? Or did I misunderstand? What do you actually have for a DW?

We tried to tell him on the sale thread...

#4513 9 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

We tried to tell him on the sale thread...

You gotta start somewhere!

#4514 8 days ago

If you wait long enough you can grow the entire machine from the MPF.

#4515 8 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

You gotta start somewhere!

True. But...but...oh never mind. Welcome to the club? Sort of?

#4516 8 days ago
Quoted from Catch86:

True. But...but...oh never mind. Welcome to the club? Sort of?

Thanks. Yes I only have a MPF. It is my way of learning about pinball machines, parts, suppliers, tools and techniques. So far I have learned about after market parts, Back order parts, Out of stock parts, and refurbishing parts. I took an electronics class in college in 1976. I am re-learning soldering, flux, and the fine art of holding two wires together, while trying to solder them. I have learned about coils, plungers, sleeves and springs. I am having fun. I did not want to jump into a major pinball project, without first seeing if I liked it. Sorry if this club is for owners of the whole machine....

#4517 8 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:Sorry if this club is for owners of the whole machine....

Ha ha ha. It’s all good I was just confused. You’re having fun. That’s all that matters.

#4518 8 days ago
Quoted from Tophervette:

Thanks. Yes I only have a MPF. It is my way of learning about pinball machines, parts, suppliers, tools and techniques. So far I have learned about after market parts, Back order parts, Out of stock parts, and refurbishing parts. I took an electronics class in college in 1976. I am re-learning soldering, flux, and the fine art of holding two wires together, while trying to solder them. I have learned about coils, plungers, sleeves and springs. I am having fun. I did not want to jump into a major pinball project, without first seeing if I liked it. Sorry if this club is for owners of the whole machine....

It’s not like that. I for one admire your moxie. But dude you could be playing a machine right now for only a but more cheddar! I’d love to see you in a WHOLE DW
As soon as possible.

#4519 6 days ago

Hey Guys,

Quick question. I ordered new doctor who decals from ministry of pinball and I noticed the windows of the tardis have different colour windows on the backbox.

Is this normal? I note there is an official red Bally hologram on the prints.

I’m confused. Anyone with original artwork can confirm this is normal or a print error?

Thanks

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#4520 6 days ago
Quoted from ignat:

Anyone with original artwork

Looking at mine, they are both yellow on the backbox left and right side as well at the start button area.

#4521 6 days ago
Quoted from ignat:

Hey Guys,
Quick question. I ordered new doctor who decals from ministry of pinball and I noticed the windows of the tardis have different colour windows on the backbox.
Is this normal? I note there is an official red Bally hologram on the prints.
I’m confused. Anyone with original artwork can confirm this is normal or a print error?
Thanks [quoted image]

I don’t think that’s the same as the original print, but it does look kind of cool!

#4522 6 days ago
Quoted from ignat:

Hey Guys,
Quick question. I ordered new doctor who decals from ministry of pinball and I noticed the windows of the tardis have different colour windows on the backbox.
Is this normal? I note there is an official red Bally hologram on the prints.
I’m confused. Anyone with original artwork can confirm this is normal or a print error?
Thanks [quoted image]

I have the same decals, Its a print error.

My set also has white windows for the left side.

Its not a noticeable defect.

My only complaint was the lower cabinet side decals were 2" shorter than the cabinet. I had to center them aesthetically. In the end, I like it a lot with the borders I created.

Ministry of pinball was the only game in town at the time for official decals.

In spite of errors, they are next-gen and shouldnt fade out too bad.

They still dont have any more on their site and its been a year...

Maybe they will fix them in the next batch.

#4523 6 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I have the same decals, Its a print error.
My set also has white windows for the left side.
Its not a noticeable defect.
My only complaint was the lower cabinet side decals were 2" shorter than the cabinet. I had to center them aesthetically. In the end, I like it a lot with the borders I created.
Ministry of pinball was the only game in town at the time for official decals.
In spite of errors, they are next-gen and shouldnt fade out too bad.
They still dont have any more on their site and its been a year...
Maybe they will fix them in the next batch.

Any chance you can post a photo of what you mean. I want to make sure mine looks as good as possible.

#4524 5 days ago
Quoted from ignat:

Any chance you can post a photo of what you mean. I want to make sure mine looks as good as possible.

They are exactly the same as the decals you bought from ministry of pinball.
I got mine from the same place.

Measure and check the fit.

I posted some pics here when I finished my cabinet.

#4525 5 days ago

Yeah I looked at it - I dont really like the way it looks prefer it go 2-3mm from edge.

Are you sure my Decals have that issue being too short ?

Ive heard reports from people that these decals can shrink over time - is that a possibility for your decals or do you think this is a printing issue.

Im not convinced that this artwork is original Bally/Williams

I might have to get a refund ...

#4526 5 days ago
Quoted from ignat:

Yeah I looked at it - I dont really like the way it looks prefer it go 2-3mm from edge.
Are you sure my Decals have that issue being too short ?
Ive heard reports from people that these decals can shrink over time - is that a possibility for your decals or do you think this is a printing issue.
Im not convinced that this artwork is original Bally/Williams
I might have to get a refund ...

Measure then and check for length.
No shrinkage on my decals.

I happy with the thickness and durability of these.

#4527 5 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Measure then and check for length.
No shrinkage on my decals.
I happy with the thickness and durability of these.

I just measured - Mine don't seem to have the length issue - they are 20mm longer than the cabinet length ..

So the white Tardis window aside - they are also missing the trademark R on the Bally logo on the cabinet decals.

Seems like they aren't official repro units.. They also look alot darker and the blending on the backbox art doesn't quite look right.. Fades into white dots rather than if you look on the official artwork looks alot better

#4528 5 days ago
Quoted from ignat:

I just measured - Mine don't seem to have the length issue - they are 20mm longer than the cabinet length ..
So the white Tardis window aside - they are also missing the trademark R on the Bally logo on the cabinet decals.
Seems like they aren't official repro units.. They also look alot darker and the blending on the backbox art doesn't quite look right.. Fades into white dots rather than if you look on the official artwork looks alot better

You might see if there are other decals available if you dont like them.

I have seen a couple places but dont know anything about the quality,

#4529 2 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I have seen a couple places but dont know anything about the quality,

I just ordered a set from these guys.

https://pinballdecals.eu/shop/doctor-who-pinball-cabinet-decals-set/

I installed a road show kit from them for a friend and was happily impressed with the print, coloring , and quality. Will let you know how these look once I get them. Not sure if it’s normal, but my friends decals took almost 2 months to get. Seems they were stuck in NY for a loooong time.

Right now my order is in Croatia waiting to ship.

#4530 1 day ago

Have just joined the club! My second pin, arrived yesterday, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. This thread has already been a great resource for me, and in time I’ll be looking into new decals and motorizing that topper.

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#4531 1 day ago
Quoted from wotguvnotmeguv:

Have just joined the club!

Welcome to the club!! This is a great challenging pin with numerous ways to up your scores using the right Doctor and or getting the video modes completed. I’m not great at this game now, best score so far has been only 495,553,860, usually score around 140,000,000 with 5 balls, but oddly play it the most in my small collection.

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