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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago



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#2001 5 years ago

They really look great. Nice work.

#2002 5 years ago
Quoted from KingNine:

Here are a couple of them installed. I need to clear coat the back before I go any further.

Questions about your process if you don't mind. The steps according to your previous post as I understand them:

1. Sent scans (of the plastic shapes) to Joe, who returned correctly cut clear plastic pieces (I guess they were clear blanks).
2. You scanned the originals into your computer and fixed the images with an image processor.
3. One of your pictures show you cutting the graphic. What is the medium you are cutting (What did you print the graphic onto)? I am guessing some kind of water-applied decal based on another of your pics?
4. What about "The all important white backer"? Is this backer to make the white background on the graphic? If so then how did you attach it to the underside of the plastic?

Sorry for the dumb questions as I have never done this, and am interested to learn.

#2003 5 years ago
Quoted from SteveFury:

Questions about your process if you don't mind. The steps according to your previous post as I understand them:
1. Sent scans (of the plastic shapes) to Joe, who returned correctly cut clear plastic pieces (I guess they were clear blanks).
2. You scanned the originals into your computer and fixed the images with an image processor.
3. One of your pictures show you cutting the graphic. What is the medium you are cutting (What did you print the graphic onto)? I am guessing some kind of water-applied decal based on another of your pics?
4. What about "The all important white backer"? Is this backer to make the white background on the graphic? If so then how did you attach it to the underside of the plastic?
Sorry for the dumb questions as I have never done this, and am interested to learn.

Not dumb questions at all. I guess I assumed people would blindly follow the link and watch his video tutorial. Here are the answers to your questions:
1. Yes I outlined them and send the vector art to Joe who did a smashing job which saved me cutting and drilling myself
2.Scanned them in and used Corel Draw graphics program to do this. I converted all the art to vectorized art then cleaned it up and colored it all in. (Corel Draw is very much like Adobe Illustrator if that helps you)
3. It is Water Decal Paper from Robins Eggcettera. When ordering choose between laser and inkjet. You will need clear first and then a white backer. Both of these are printed reversed so it looks like you are looking at them backwards as you will be applying them to the underside of the plastic.
4. Most plastics have a white layer on the back of them to make the colors show. This achieves the same thing and protects the clear decal as well. The white layer is the same as the clear - water slide decals. I have not done the final step of clear coating them with Krylon yet. At first I thought I might not need to but now I see that I do. The decal is to delicate on its own.

I urge you to watch Nandemoguy's video in the link. It answers all these questions and more. If you are good with graphics you can have a whole new set of plastics instead of forking out $130+ for a reproduction set. My cost for all 10 in my set was $30. You could save even more if you have a scroll saw and source your own plastic but why when Joe can do such a good job at what I consider a reasonable price?

Also this process is excellent for redoing just one plastic when all the others are fine. We've all had the one cracked plastic...

#2004 5 years ago

Also if you watch his video you will notice that if you use an inkjet printer you will need to add an additional step. Inkjet ink runs when wet you you have to clear coat it before you submerge it in the water. I used my laser printer at work and didn't do that step.

Also #2 - When cutting the white out cut inside your lines or it will stick out of the edge of your graphics a smidge.

Aslo #3 - I went back and edited my original post to help with these questions some.

#2005 5 years ago

These new plastics for the Flip a Card came out better than I could have imagined.
We have really brought this poor machine back from the dead. Feels good.

#2006 5 years ago

I look forward to seeing these new platcis in person at the Texas Pinball festival in a few months. You are bringing this machine right?

#2007 5 years ago

The Diamond Jack has found it's new home. Great addition. PinsJan2014.jpg

#2008 5 years ago
Quoted from velcroman:

The Diamond Jack has found it's new home. Great addition.

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It's in good company. Cool rare bowling games too.

You say you've been collecting a long time. Is this just part of what you have? Would like to see more pics )

#2009 5 years ago
Quoted from alb0711:

I'd love to get a Card Whiz - one came up here in Denver on CL a few months back, but someone beat me to it.

That was me! It's still in my garage. Haven't had time to start on it. I'll add pics shortly.

#2010 5 years ago

"You say you've been collecting a long time. Is this just part of what you have? Would like to see more pics )"

Here's some stuff I currently have in the house. Always changing as I find new stuff. That's the fun part.

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#2011 5 years ago
Quoted from velcroman:

The Diamond Jack has found it's new home. Great addition.

And an extra playfield to boot!

#2012 5 years ago

That is some serious coin-op mojo! Nice.

#2013 5 years ago

Fantastic collection velcroman!

Thanks for the pics. AlexF will enjoy these.

#2014 5 years ago

Wow! What a spread. Consider this post as yet another jaw that needed retrieving from the floor. Beautiful selection and, man, all that old (restored?) wood is gorgeous.

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
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#2015 5 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

I look forward to seeing these new platcis in person at the Texas Pinball festival in a few months. You are bringing this machine right?

LOL. That probably won't happen. Bringing the AC/DC to Jared's pinball party last year was a major undertaking for such a long trip. Plus we need to leave room to come home with one right?

Leon (Arcade) and I might take some off the machine and bring the old and the new to show you in person if you'd like that.

#2016 5 years ago
Quoted from velcroman:

Would like to see more pics

Yes please^, Nice collection!

#2017 5 years ago

A lazy saturday afternoon with light snow falling gives me time to upload a few pics of my latest project. Quick Draw I picked up in Maryland (yes, that's 6 hours from me! ) Price was right and aside from the usual flaking in the BG, and a full restoration on the playfield.......standard 100+ hours on the whole thing. Enjoy!

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#2018 5 years ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Quick Draw I picked up in Maryland (yes, that's 6 hours from me! ) Price was right

Probably cost you more in fuel than the pin itself.

Nice resto.

#2019 5 years ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Quick Draw I picked up in Maryland (yes, that's 6 hours from me! )

A 12hr road trip for a great machine that you may have for a very long time, well worth the effort IMO. I've done similar and never regretted it.

Quoted from Pin-it:

Probably cost you more in fuel than the pin itself.
Nice resto.

Now that would make it even more sweet!

#2020 5 years ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

A lazy saturday afternoon with light snow falling gives me time to upload a few pics of my latest project. Quick Draw I picked up in Maryland (yes, that's 6 hours from me! ) Price was right and aside from the usual flaking in the BG, and a full restoration on the playfield.......standard 100+ hours on the whole thing. Enjoy!

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That is very very nice.

I am only into 1 player games but could make an exception for this game

#2021 5 years ago
Quoted from KingNine:

Plus we need to leave room to come home with one right?

I was thinking the same thing. lol
Gotta leave room for the Star Trek we are going to win.

#2022 5 years ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

A lazy saturday afternoon with light snow falling gives me time to upload a few pics of my latest project. Quick Draw I picked up in Maryland (yes, that's 6 hours from me! ) Price was right and aside from the usual flaking in the BG, and a full restoration on the playfield.......standard 100+ hours on the whole thing. Enjoy!

Worth every gallon of gas it took Stashyboy. Very nice Quick Draw. I'm with you. If you want the nice games sometimes you have to drive for them.

#2023 5 years ago

If I won the Star Trek I would turn it into several EMs.

Stashy, nice restore!
Velcroman, nice games and a extra playfield for Diamond Jack. NICE! Was that the playfield that was listed on ebay for over a year from Italy?

#2024 5 years ago
Quoted from velcroman:

Here's some stuff I currently have in the house.

The gumball machine with the baseball cards is epic!

#2025 5 years ago

The four cards alone are probably worth quite a bit. Four legendary players there.

#2026 5 years ago
Quoted from 5280wzrd:

That was me! It's still in my garage. Haven't had time to start on it. I'll add pics shortly.

Wow - as I recall it was only $100. Congratulations on the find! Looking forward to seeing it when you've got it up and running.

#2027 5 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

If I won the Star Trek I would turn it into several EMs

If you win the Star Trek, bring it home. Play it a few times. "Hey! Mikey, He Likes It". Hey it was free, sort of.
Then sell it and get 6 really nice EM pins. Before you plug it in, run out to the car first and get your sunglasses.

#2028 5 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

If I won the Star Trek I would turn it into several EMs.

I might do that but I'd have to keep it for awhile then turn it in after enjoying it. NIB machines don't walk into the door everyday lol.

#2029 5 years ago
Quoted from alb0711:

Wow - as I recall it was only $100. Congratulations on the find! Looking forward to seeing it when you've got it up and running.

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#2030 5 years ago
Quoted from KingNine:

NIB machines don't walk into the door everyday lol.

If it is NIB, well that changes everything. You may not want to open it.
So my quip above is not needed.

Quoted from Darcy:

If you win the Star Trek, bring it home. Play it a few times. "Hey! Mikey, He Likes It". Hey it was free, sort of.
Then sell it and get 6 really nice EM pins. Before you plug it in, run out to the car first and get your sunglasses.

#2031 5 years ago
Quoted from 5280wzrd:

Thats the one... $100.00. A little rough but its all here! Backglass restorations has a glass for it. Will start on the Card Whiz after I put Flash back together.

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Wow - that was a steal! That machine will look great with a little work. A Jack of Diamonds was on craigslist here last week. Seller wanted $1199, I offered less but never heard from him and presume he got full price for it.

I'm just over the hill in Highlands Ranch - nice to see there are other EM collectors in Douglas County!

#2032 5 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

Fantastic collection velcroman!
Thanks for the pics. AlexF will enjoy these.

Just finally checked out those pics. Drool! This is the kind of stuff I dream about.

#2033 5 years ago
Quoted from KingNine:

NIB machines don't walk into the door everyday lol.

But they sure run out the door pretty fast. Nothing to get overly excited about. Planned obsolescence are the key words here.

#2034 5 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

The gumball machine with the baseball cards is epic!

Every candy store had this machine on the counter or outside during the summer when I was a kid. Two pennies for a piece of gum, a card and if you were really lucky a metal or plastic baseball charm. I recently picked up another one (picture below). It's a very nice untouched original. I have more pictures. Send me an email address/phone number if you're interested.

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#2035 5 years ago

There are many great looking machines here. I am looking to add to the game room as well. I do have several restored Coke machines if anyone is interested. A 1959 Coke Slider, and 2 Juniors. They go well with the game room/man cave look.

#2036 5 years ago
Quoted from alb0711:

Wow - that was a steal! That machine will look great with a little work. A Jack of Diamonds was on craigslist here last week. Seller wanted $1199, I offered less but never heard from him and presume he got full price for it.
I'm just over the hill in Highlands Ranch - nice to see there are other EM collectors in Douglas County!

I bought it - he said no one had offered over $800, so I did- it was a King O Diamonds

#2037 5 years ago

KingNine:
Thank you very much for pounding out those detailed instructions. I may follow them to redo my Spirit of 76 graphics.

velcroman:
OMG what a beautiful lineup of antique games and things. That's amazing and thanks for sharing it.
There's a big warehouse that sells pre-used windows and doors near my home. Stuffed full of junk. There's a huge 1930's 4 or 5 reel slot machine about the same size, shape and wood materials as your baseball game. It's a nickel machine.
It's just rotting away uncovered in that nasty warehouse and the owner won't sell it. The owner says it's there in storage for a while because he doesn't have room in his house. Well, it's been in temporary storage now for at least 12 years.
A bit of cleaning and fresh wax and it would look about as good as your baseball game. But the last time I saw it the layer of dirt on top had begun eating away at the plating. Sad. Very sad. Who knows maybe he'll offer to sell it in another 12 years after the plating is gone and the veneer has peeled.

I love both your Rock-Ola's.
I have a Seeburg AY-160 and I'd love to have a 78 machine.

#2038 5 years ago
Quoted from velcroman:

Every candy store had this machine on the counter or outside during the summer when I was a kid. Two pennies for a piece of gum, a card and if you were really lucky a metal or plastic baseball charm.

I remember these gum/baseball card dispensers as well. I just wish I hung on to all my old baseball and football cards as I could have bought a couple EM's with the ones I destroyed as a kid.

Ken

#2039 5 years ago
Quoted from SteveFury:

KingNine:
Thank you very much for pounding out those detailed instructions. I may follow them to redo my Spirit of 76 graphics.

No problem. Just passing on what I learned from Nandemoguy's video. I've now gone back to that machine to look at the plastics I created and and actually marvel at my work. I'm stupified that I could pull it off lol.

#2040 5 years ago
Quoted from Ice9ers:

I bought it - he said no one had offered over $800, so I did- it was a King O Diamonds

I was the guy who offered him $800. It looked a little beat up in the photos. Is it in decent shape? Glad to see some good machines are staying in Denver!

#2041 5 years ago

Does anyone know of this machine/this seller pls?http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/271384380686?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

#2044 5 years ago

I may get this one shopped out next.
This is an add-a-ball version of Pioneer. It that was made in celebration of the 1976 lifting of the laws that banned pinball in New York State. They only made 300 of them. Tough to find, especially in nice condition. image-814.jpgimage-939.jpg

#2045 5 years ago

Nice Adam! I have always avoided this game series. The theme never did a thing for me. (I am old enough to remember the bicentennial!) This example does look like it's in great shape. The reds in the glass are not really faded as many are. Most Gottliebs with banks of targets on both sides like this, are lots of fun!

#2046 5 years ago

I just like it for the rarity. It also has lots of drop targets which is a plus. It also has some historical significance. The Backglass is near mint. The cabinet is also really nice.

#2047 5 years ago
Quoted from kovalski3:

This is an add-a-ball version of Pioneer. It that was made in celebration of the 1976 lifting of the laws that banned pinball in New York State. They only made 300 of them.

New York! New York!

Ken

#2048 5 years ago

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Don't ask me why I posted that pic...

kovalski3
The PF on your Pioneer looks to be in real good shape. They are usually worn pretty bad near the hole in the extra ball/double bonus/special lights area. Excellent!
Please let us know how many games are on the counter when it's convenient for you to check.

This is how mine was before fixing it:
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#2049 5 years ago
Quoted from SteveFury:

Don't ask me why I posted that pic...

If i saw that guy wielding that sledge on my pinball machines the next photo taken would have been me punching him in the head. And the photo after that,a mug shot of me at the police station.

#2050 5 years ago

Three.

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