So, any of you guys experts in early Williams woodrails?
I recently grabbed a couple of these rare beauties.
The first is a 1953 Williams ARMY NAVY. I saw this game folded and non working at Pinfest in Allentown a few weeks ago and the artwork just grabbed me. I love that it has clear acrylic goal posts at either end of the playfield that light up. Hitting the two pop bumpers will advance the ball insert either up or down the field in 10yd increments to score touchdowns as well as points. Aside from the thin acrylic rod crossbars, the game seems intact and the cabinet and glass are in very good shape. Just needs some playfield work and a lot of mechanical help.
The second game is one that I've had my eye on for years and a local collector finally agreed to let me have it.
It's a 1954 Williams SKYWAY. A very rare bird and just a gorgeous Harry Williams/Goerge Molentin collaboration.
This one is in pretty great shape and mostly working. I just have to deal with a seized bonus unit, change out some pop-bumper parts and do a few minor touch-ups. I've already spoken to Steve at BGresto about capturing this rare glass and creating a new one.
I've been in love with this machine and it's fantastical space theme for years. It's a true honor to finally have it. It's a surprisingly fun player with a single impact flipper, lots of nudging action and a hidden kicker under the right plastic. The rollover lanes feed left to another shooter lane where an auto plunger kicks the ball back up top. Also a hidden kicker up top feeds a looped wireform that locks balls in a series of saucers on the right. The player has to try to move the ball through the series of saucers and eventually feed it back into the ball trough to be played again. Making/spotting all 8 lanes lights the middle 'mushroom' to advance bonus and the lit bonus is collected at the center saucer between the pops. There's a ton going on here! Can't wait to set it up.