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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago

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#6430 3 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

River Boat, and it's not particularly close.
You won't light all the cards on it very often o-din. There's a reason it gives you a replay when you lose the ball at the end of the game if you do it. I've owned the game for several years and I'd bet I haven't done it more than 15-20 times.
RB requires a precise plunge shot and precise shooting to light up those cards. It's a tough game, and like most Williams games it is not a special fest, even though there are several ways to light one.

After reading ya'll talking about it, I want to play one now, but I'm afraid unlink like it too much and want to own one..

2 weeks later
#6645 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Only the safe and sane variety. Last night was anything but...

I have frinds in California. I know that there is NOT a 'safe and sane' resident of that state.

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#6876 3 years ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

How about one of these ? Found this in the original envelope for a Hearts and Spades I got recently....
I like the misspelling too. Note that the grease pencil is red.

That is effin' cool.

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#7044 3 years ago

Fack, that's drool-worthy.

4 months later
#7823 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Here's a nice EM you don't see or hear about. This is a very low played game I pulled from a home in New Jersey that I wish I held on to a little longer.

Really, really nice. I added that to my wishlist. Love the artwork and colors on that.

#7827 2 years ago

Still nice. Even before the cleanup.

Idiot EM question. The only EM I've ever owned was a Capt Fantastic, and it didn't have any of those 'mushroom' looking things that are Yellow and Red in that game there - what are those?

#7830 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

They are some type of bumper. When a player hits this bumper it makes a switch and scores accordingly. Bally started using this kind of design and the yellow score reels in the early 1960's on their games.

Cool, thanks!

#7834 2 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

This is another possible answer.
Lower cost paints and production, in the video game invasion era. May have led to lower quality paints. To add to MikeO there were also changes to chemicals in paints in the late 70's, then in the 80's. Some solvents that contained harmful ingredients had to be removed.

I would put a lot of money down on this.
Working on old railroad equipment, I come across signal equipment that left the factories back itn eh early 1900's, that was coated in Lead paint.
Holy cow, that stuff is *AWESOME*, other than the health hazards. In places where that paint was sealed up against the metal well - it STILL, almost a hundred years later, holds on tight, and keeps the metal from rusting, and is very difficult to completely clean off. It just turns into butter-like substance and 'smears' back over the bare metal areas.

Wouldn't surprise me if chemicals used back then helped protect against the balls better than later paints..

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#8103 2 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Only three live bumpers on "Gigi".
Three EMS off the top of my head that have six live pop bumpers (I don't think any have more) "Corral", "Show Boat", and "Thoro-Bred". "Nags" and "Hayburners" too, I believe. I once owned a "modern" game that also had six; "Whirlwind".
I don't think any other SS or DMD game even had six.


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#8394 2 years ago

Remind me why we care?

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#8530 2 years ago

Shouldn't "4 Square" support 4 players? Just out of symmetry?

#8535 2 years ago
Quoted from TopMoose:

And cover up that awesome backglass? At least there are four score reels

Oh, good point.

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#9032 2 years ago

To not drag the thread off topic (and away from pics), if someone wouldn't mind dropping me a PM, I have a chance to pick up an EM game, and was curious about it. (A 'Jubilee'..)

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#9311 2 years ago

I don't have any either, but want to get one.

Problem is, so many neat pictures here, .. I can't decide.

#9320 2 years ago
Quoted from bronco-jon:

Here's an old 1935-36 EM Pay-out pinball machine I fixed up and ended up putting away and covering up.
it's too pretty of machine to have hidden away so I got it out and have it displayed in the house now.
O.D. Jennings "Sportsman"

Holy cow - that art. Have any larger images of it? That's drool-worthy.

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#10102 1 year ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

Here’s an Xmas quiz. Where does this bulb go?
Clue- big three EM



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#10437 1 year ago

Big Ben and TZ were taken to a 50's dance last night. Was dark, so was hard to get good pics, but this one is the best. Some good costumes worn.

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#10439 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Is that the Big Ben I trucked down?


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#11453 9 months ago

My Big Ben playfield. Cleared, touched up, and ready to be assembled!

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#11460 9 months ago
Quoted from goldenboy232:

What's your technique to get the black inserts repainted? I've hand painted them and they usually turn out well, but yours look almost perfect.

So, ya'll're going to think I'm insane, but..

I sent the PF off to Neo to have him restore it. Cost about 3x what the entire game can sell for, but for me, this game's a keeper. The PF was in pretty good shape, but had horrid planking up in the white clock area, and MANY sunken and loose inserts. Neo touched everything up, fixed a few art issues, added one thing (see the outlanes? Explanation below..) and cleared it. It's been mounted on display for the last three months as I let the clear set.

The outlanes - so all the owners before me kept moving the outlane posts, putting them in various places. So. Many. Holes that by the time *I* got the game, all the holes were stripped, they were so close together. I was torn about what to do, until I thought of my Twilight Zone . I told Neo to route out the holes, so I can put in one of the adjustable plates under the PF like WPC games have. This will (1) Allow me to somewhat adjust the outlane posts when/if needed, and (2) look like it's from factory that way. Before, no matter where the post was, you could see parts of the other holes that were created by previous owners.

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#11646 6 months ago
Quoted from Inkochnito:

Do you have the same instruction card as I have on file?
If no, can you please post a readable image?
Peter[quoted image]

Are you still collecting EM doc scans?

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