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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#9701 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

You could have put some longer, looser pants on those dudes and that might have helped.

It was supposed to be a badminton theme but there was that Canadian gender scandal, so it was rushed

#9702 2 years ago

Well, after looking at Team One again I'm not feeling so bad about bringing in Domino, a game that I was always kind of on the fence about artwork wise. But I have learned to appreciate Stenholm's work a little more lately so I've got a pair of his on the way...

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#9703 2 years ago

I saved this one from the junk pile. Built a new cabinet with oak trims throughout. Repainted and clearcoated the playfield. Weighs a ton but is solid as heck.

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#9704 2 years ago

That's a fine lookin machine eh. Did ya rewire the backbox too? Did it have one of those old isolating transformers in it that the old Ontario Hydro deemed necessary for public safety?

#9705 2 years ago

SuperPinball, wow. Great work there.

I should drive my snowderby out the 10 mins to you to get the treatment it deserves!!!

#9706 2 years ago

Oak - holy smokes ! Betcha that is heavy. Nice work on the cabinet and head. Nice paint and stencil. Looks great.

#9707 2 years ago

Got the Flying High up onto its legs. All of the G.I. bulbs are either blacked or silvered, only the scoring lights appear to be working. This is a winter project. So far have only have cleaned the playfield, ordered parts, and wiped a lot of white grease off of the scoring units in the back box.

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#9708 2 years ago
Quoted from willbeEM:

That's a fine lookin machine eh. Did ya rewire the backbox too? Did it have one of those old isolating transformers in it that the old Ontario Hydro deemed necessary for public safety?

Yes the backbox got all new wires and the whole game had all the sockets replaced with new ones.

Quoted from trueno92:

SuperPinball, wow. Great work there.
I should drive my snowderby out the 10 mins to you to get the treatment it deserves!!!

Quoted from NoQuarters:

Oak - holy smokes ! Betcha that is heavy. Nice work on the cabinet and head. Nice paint and stencil.
Looks great.

Thanks guys, I really had a lot of fun doing this project but my intention was mainly to rescue the game because it was completely trashed and I hate to see these games wind up in dumpsters.

#9709 2 years ago
Quoted from ckcsm:

I'm looking forward to playing such a nice example, played this title alot back in the day.
I played your Cleopatra at Allentown and that was very nicely done.

I hope it gets a good workout at the show! And thanks for the kind words on the Cleopatra - really enjoyed working on that one... talk about rough starts... that game went to Germany day 1, and the distributor had mylars applied to their playfields... it was brutal taking that thing off, cleaning up the glue residue and repainting so many areas of that p/f...

that's one hell of a fast game as well!

#9710 2 years ago
Quoted from Mikala:

Great Job. My Gulfstream restoration was a nightmare. I put about 150 hours into mine and yours looks pretty damn good. Can we see more pic's of the PF? First machine I bought without playing it first. I had an opportunity to pick up a project machine at a good price and a few pinsiders told me grab it, I will not regret it. I love this machine. Addictive play and truly one of my favorites.

this is the last time I'll be using water-based varathane poly on playfields... just mutes colors too much. Even though this P/F was a bit faded to start, I'm a bit puzzled how faded the aqua color came out... going to acrylic lacquer!

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#9711 2 years ago
Quoted from Dono:

this is the last time I'll be using water-based varathane poly on playfields... just mutes colors too much. Even though this P/F was a bit faded to start, I'm a bit puzzled how faded the aqua color came out... going to acrylic lacquer!

Don,

I agree the waterbase varathane is not a good choice. Acrylic lacquer will work but has many drawbacks, automotive acrylic urethane is definitely the best choice, but it's more expensive but so much more durable and will make your colors look so much better.

Hope to see you at the show.

#9712 2 years ago

Picked up a Space Mission with a nice cab and playfield, but a trashed backglass. Fortunately, it was one that has been reproduced. It's amazing how much more vibrant the colors are. I think it looks great!

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#9713 2 years ago

So I went to the York show a couple years back and kept creeping on a Surf Champ in the flea market area but the seller and I couldn't come to an agreement.
To my delight, there was a nice playing one inside, so I started playing it and thought it was terrific-then all of a sudden, my eye started itching like crazy, the knd of itch that you know if you rub your eye, it'll blow up like a balloon, and that's exactly what happened. I ended up having to leave the show and my wife bought some sunglasses out of a gas station lol. Must have been something got in my eye. (Im fine now

Anyways, that's my Surf Champ story. I ended up finding this one not far from me for a good price but he had misplaced the lockdown bar (still really need one) said he hadn't played it since 1995.
With a little inspection, cleaning and tweaking, it fired to life. What a fantastic pin. I love the theme, it's happy and puts me in that summer frame of mind.
The game has great rules too, and the shots are tricky, needing a back hand shot to reach the top drops because of how the spinner blocks it. The shots you risk in aquiring your bonus can be make or break in multiplayer games. Watch the papa videos on Surf Champ, they're great.

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#9714 2 years ago
Quoted from Dono:

this is the last time I'll be using water-based varathane poly on playfields... just mutes colors too much. Even though this P/F was a bit faded to start, I'm a bit puzzled how faded the aqua color came out... going to acrylic lacquer!

i hated the cure time one that 1 part stuff. that and the muted colors is why i use 2 part clear

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#9715 2 years ago

Ugh... The jealously is real with that one, Boilerman. Beautiful.

#9716 2 years ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

Ugh... The jealously is real with that one, Boilerman. Beautiful.

come get it, your not that far

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#9717 2 years ago

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#9718 2 years ago
Quoted from ckcsm:

Don,
I agree the waterbase varathane is not a good choice. Acrylic lacquer will work but has many drawbacks, automotive acrylic urethane is definitely the best choice, but it's more expensive but so much more durable and will make your colors look so much better.
Hope to see you at the show.

I am comfortable applying auto clear to play-fields ...mostly. Always interested in other ideas for older EM's. I have not tried Acrylic Lacquer on a play-field except for the wood veneer portions. What are the drawbacks other than over time yellowing?

I would like to try it possibly.

#9719 2 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

i hated the cure time one that 1 part stuff. that and the muted colors is why i use 2 part clear

That's how I like an older play-field cleaned. The ball track from the plunger around is barely visible.

#9720 2 years ago
Quoted from shacklersrevenge:

and the shots are tricky,

Watch out! In photo 3, looks like Darth Vader wants to play too.

#9721 2 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Watch out! In photo 3, looks like Darth Vader wants to play too.

Haha! Good eye!

#9722 2 years ago

Picked up a non-working Bally On Beam today. Not really on my wishlist, but for the right price and condition (free, very nice BG, playfield & plastics) it was worth a trip into the big city in the Jeep this afternoon.

Super nice guy clearing out the basement for Grandma. Didn't know much about the game other than it had been in the family since sometime in the 1970's and hadn't worked in years.

Game is dirty and appears to be in the wrong cabinet. It also looks to be the add-a-ball version based upon the ipdb.org photos and notes (no credit unit nor credit window in the BG). Italian bonus insert in instruction card.

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#9723 2 years ago

Aside from the non-original cabinet it looks like it will clean up nicely.

There is another on Milwaukee craigslist for a great price. Maybe you could make one nice original one out of the two. milwaukee.craigslist.org link

#9724 2 years ago

Crap. Why don't these deals come up in my area ? Sent an email... we'll see if there is a response.

#9725 2 years ago

I sent one a couple of hours ago, no reply yet...

#9726 2 years ago

Very new to the hobby, This is my first pin.

I am on the fence on whether or not I should restore the cabinet?

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#9727 2 years ago

Wow, that playfield looks great! If it were me I would already be sanding out the shooter lane and get the 2PAC ready!

#9728 2 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Aside from the non-original cabinet it looks like it will clean up nicely.
There is another on Milwaukee craigslist for a great price. Maybe you could make one nice original one out of the two. milwaukee.craigslist.org link

Would be all over that, especially two space themed machines, but need to stay strong. Looking at some other projects first.

#9729 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

Wow, that playfield looks great! If it were me I would already be sanding out the shooter lane and get the 2PAC ready!

Very Sorry like I said, new to this. So what your saying is I can sand out the groove in the shooting lane (I was wondering what to do with this) Also how about the wear at the top arch?

Sorry, I do not know what a 2PAC is. It took me hours to get the playfield to look like it does now, I should have taken a before picture. Up real close there are some minor little specks but not bad for its age. The biggest thing on the playfield is the logo in the middle.

#9730 2 years ago
Quoted from HD_Fatboy:

Very Sorry like I said, new to this. So what your saying is I can sand out the groove in the shooting lane (I was wondering what to do with this) Also how about the wear at the top arch?
Sorry, I do not know what a 2PAC is. It took me hours to get the playfield to look like it does now, I should have taken a before picture. Up real close there are some minor little specks but not bad for its age. The biggest thing on the playfield is the logo in the middle.

2PAC is 2 part auto clear paint.

For a High Hand that playfield is exceptional. They normally plank/wear around the card inserts and above the flippers. You have done a great job of cleaning the playfield and bringing back a nice shine to it. I would not bother with doing anything more other than a good coat of a high carnauba content wax and put it back together and play it.

There is no need to feel like it needs to be restored beyond the condition you have received it in.

#9731 2 years ago

Thanks MikeO for the information and advice. My top picture shows it after it was put back together and played about 20 games. first time I knocked all the targets down. There is two coats of carnauba wax on it. You can see the reflection from the back glass on it.

Still have a couple lights that need addressed, and the only thing on the PF that's driving me crazy is the jack of spades insert, the ball gets redirected right down the center most of the time. trying to search and read on what to do about that.

#9732 2 years ago
Quoted from HD_Fatboy:

Very new to the hobby, This is my first pin.
I am on the fence on whether or not I should restore the cabinet?

Was that the one for $300.00?

#9733 2 years ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Was that the one for $300.00?

$350.00

#9734 2 years ago
Quoted from HD_Fatboy:

Very Sorry like I said, new to this. So what your saying is I can sand out the groove in the shooting lane (I was wondering what to do with this) Also how about the wear at the top arch?
Sorry, I do not know what a 2PAC is. It took me hours to get the playfield to look like it does now, I should have taken a before picture. Up real close there are some minor little specks but not bad for its age. The biggest thing on the playfield is the logo in the middle.

Sorry I was looking at the pics and thought it actually looked like that as you were tearing it down!! Yeah, just leave it alone! You have done a great job cleaning that up!

#9735 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

Sorry I was looking at the pics and thought it actually looked like that as you were tearing it down!! Yeah, just leave it alone! You have done a great job cleaning that up!

Thanks! makes me want to go find another one to clean up and get running..

#9736 2 years ago
Quoted from HD_Fatboy:

Thanks! makes me want to go find another one to clean up and get running..

That's how this whole things starts...

#9737 2 years ago
Quoted from bek1966:

Game is dirty and appears to be in the wrong cabinet. It also looks to be the add-a-ball version based upon the ipdb.org photos and notes (no credit unit nor credit window in the BG). Italian bonus insert in instruction card.

CAB looks to be from a Op-Pop-Pop pin
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#9738 2 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

CAB looks to be from a Op-Pop-Pop pin

Thanks, I was wondering what the donor cabinet was from. This is my first Bally. Bally EM's don't show up around me very often - at least on CL.

Brad

#9739 2 years ago
Quoted from bek1966:

This is my first Bally. Bally EM's don't show up around me very often - at least on CL.
Brad

Yeah no kidding. I have owned like 70 pins since I started collecting and only 2 Bally Ems. Not for lack of trying either.

#9740 2 years ago

Which ones of those 70 have been your favorites Alex ?

#9741 2 years ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

Which ones of those 70 have been your favorites Alex ?

Hard to say as many were great fun at different times in my life. Some may be more fun than I remembered or vice versa. If I could get a couple back right now I'd want Williams 21 and Gottleib Majorettes. They were fairly recent and I hadn't tired of them when I sold them. It's never my intention to flip most of them, life usually decides for me. Either I need the money or space.

How about you John you've amassed a lot of titles in a couple years. Any you miss? Or games you have you'd never part with?

#9742 2 years ago

With me its been really pretty much making room for another pin or two or so each time, or getting over capacity. A necessity of thinning the herd. If I could have a some back, the first one though not an EM, was my first pin that got me started. Stern Stingray.

Gulfstream and Ship Ahoy were games I enjoyed and miss. The Sure Shot I had was beautiful and was also fun to play.

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#9743 2 years ago

I have had this Bally Hi Deal machine since about 1979. My parents bought it for me after bugging them for months. Still have it almost 40 years later.

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#9744 2 years ago

My European friends..

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#9745 2 years ago

Those Sonic games are cool. I like the artwork on them.

#9746 2 years ago

If they had been made with plywood cabinets, they would have been just about perfect. The backglasses do not flake and the playfields are very durable.

#9747 2 years ago

Just added this to the collection. Fast and furious with the DC power, she plays perfectly. It will eventually need a restoration but it's fine for now.

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#9748 2 years ago
Quoted from Toyguy:

Just added this to the collection. Fast and furious with the DC power, she plays perfectly. It will eventually need a restoration but it's fine for now.

Playfield looks nice. Good score!

#9749 2 years ago

Middle-pop club, represent! <3 Spanish Eyes.

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#9750 2 years ago

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