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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

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#5198 4 years ago
Quoted from dannylite:

My first working EM. Very exciting.


Played that one at York. I loved it!
Enjoy it.

2 weeks later
#5245 4 years ago

"Gordon Morrison backglass women are outstanding. IMHO "

Yes, but (no pun intended) he gave us this also:

#5253 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Never thought much about it. Just a guy bowling.

All the hot girls on most em's, and we get a big ass crack with this one!

1 month later
#5281 4 years ago

My humble collection.


#5284 4 years ago

My bad.
I'll put up a picture without people.

#5287 4 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

300, Aquarius, Bally Freedom, and the 4th one is a tough one to guess - maybe Bank Shot?

Yup! Bank Shot it is.

#5289 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

Do you collect human beings?

No, but the pins seem to!

#5315 4 years ago

Without people in front of them:

#5316 4 years ago

And one I am currently working on: Barnacle Bill

#5320 4 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Barnacle Bill looks cool. Similar in design to that Buccaneer I just picked up. I am going to tear that one down soon. Not sure which to do first now that Speed Way is here. One thing I do have is time.

Wait till you see the awesome back glass we got from Steve Young!

#5322 4 years ago

Which one? Mike Ness or Frank Zappa?

#5326 4 years ago

Cheap bastard.

#5330 3 years ago

Never would have taken him for a Yes fan.

#5343 3 years ago
Quoted from n1teowl:

Picked this up a few weeks ago. Just got finished cleaning it up, putting on new rubbers, repro plastics, and fixing some minor issues. Plays great!

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I want it!

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#5407 3 years ago

Just about finished!


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#5430 3 years ago

The old back glass.

And the new one from Steve Young.

This thing is absolutely gorgeous!



#5431 3 years ago

All done!



2 months later
#5794 3 years ago

The NASCAR Bowling Queen.

Just picked this one up on CL.

The glass and play field are great. The cabinet...not so much.






#5796 3 years ago

I think I'll try my first cabinet resto.

#5802 3 years ago
Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

My ship a Ahoy for Sale, 975$



#5804 3 years ago

Sorry.....just dreaming. What a beautiful machine.

1 month later
#6097 3 years ago

They might be nice machines, but I HATE CLOWNS!!!!


3 weeks later
#6177 3 years ago

I just picked this up yesterday on CL.
My holy grail machine. I guess I can stop collecting now.

The guy that sold it to me kept it professionally maintained.
Even though it is far from perfect, it plays great.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would score one of these!







#6185 3 years ago
Quoted from aahgo:

Nice pick-up, it's a fun game. Not so fond of the colored rings under the pops though. The colors seem too vibrant compared to the rest of the playfield and really stand out.

Yeah...not crazy about those.

#6187 3 years ago
Quoted from aahgo:

I'm assuming they are just mylar rings and you can remove them? They're not painted on the playfield are they?

Yes. they can be easily removed.

#6207 3 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

Here's a row I tried to mix up a little (yes I know all wedgeheads 4 flippers, 2" and 3", drop targets, standing targets, spinners, aab, roto target.
*and a good game on Buckaroo. Not with score, but I drained on ball five to get the 4, and heard the four rapid fire knocks. First time getting that on the last ball! (It scared me a little)

I would love to be greeted by that sight ^^^^^ every time I entered my family room!

#6272 3 years ago

You have it outside?

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#6371 3 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

o-din, how many games do you have? Pots some pics of your game-room(s)!

I think an O-Din pinball tour is in order!

#6381 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Skyway is an awesome looking game. One of the first flipper machines to have a ramp.

There really doesn't seem to be a place for another left flipper bat.

.....Frees up your right hand to hold your beer and cigarette.

#6394 3 years ago
Quoted from Pinjunkie16:

Someday the game room will be completed....

That is one fine collection.

#6439 3 years ago
Quoted from Drano:

I picked up the Skyway last night... but before I did, we gently removed the flaking glass and captured it on my windowpane scanner.
We taped down the entire back and scanned both sides.
This will be going to BGresto as a template to make a repro.

That might be one of the coolest back glasses ever!

#6461 3 years ago
Quoted from Catch86:

Yeah, picked this up for free this weekend. I haven't even used a rag to clean it yet. This will never happen again.

Is it as nice as it looks in the pictures?

#6496 3 years ago
Quoted from heatwave:

No new EM to show, but my wife just finished a painting of part of my Sing Along play field. I think it turned out pretty nice

Deciding whether to hang it in my game room or in my home office (where unfortunately I spend much more time!).

That is awesome!

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#6572 3 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

picked up a sleeper wedgehead. it is a game i have wanted but never could find one that wasn't worn. this one was cheap and is in great original condition. bg is mint, cab is really nice just a few bumps, pf was dirty but will clean up nice. the area below the kickouts tend to be bare wood but this one only has a few tiny spots that should be easy to touch up. the only minus was the coin door was gutted.

I wish mine was that nice.
My playfield is totally beat, and the cabinet has been re-painted.

That game really makes you work for your points!

Anxious to see it when you get it all cleaned up and running.


#6674 3 years ago

....Wiener dogs are always a good sign.


3 weeks later
#6825 3 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

put my HtD back together, it has been folded up for quite some time

That playfield just "pops"!
Did you paint the cabinet?

Just beautiful!


1 week later
#6958 3 years ago
Quoted from Mikala:

Your garage appears to be the never ending black hole of pin collections. Every time someone mentions a game, there you are posting a pic of one in your collection. Just how big are those garages in California anyway? You shame us Midwesterner's with our big basements. Lol.

Once again.......
I think an O-din pinball tour is long overdue!

#6964 3 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Brought home a new girl friend, today.

After 1 hour.... of getting to know her, I got her out of her black outer clothes.

Somebody thought the black looked better????????????

#6966 3 years ago

When I bought my Melody, the seller apologized profusely for not painting it first.
Said the cabinet looked ratty and he was embarrassed to show it to people.

#6970 3 years ago

People smoking cigarettes!
I love it.


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#7356 3 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Another factoid that many pinheads don't know. Wedgeheads were designed so that adjacent games have an adequate amount of hand space in between when the top of the heads are barely separated. They look cool too!

As long as you and/or your neighbor aren't smoking cigarettes! (OUCH)

#7363 3 years ago

She wanted drop targets, she got drop targets!

Picked up Target Alpha and Free Fall last week. Both need a fair amount of work.
Pictures coming.

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#7527 3 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

That's very realistic!

......Charlie Sheen, or the "real girl doll" ????

2 months later
#7883 2 years ago

My first freebee!

My cousin had a Williams Saratoga in his basement for thirty years.
When he found out I was into pinball, he told me to come and get it.

These pix are not my machine, but I'm sure it will clean up this nice!

When I start working on it, will post actual pix.


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#7890 2 years ago
Quoted from Chum43:

Very cool!! Are those real flippers in the upper playfield or just guides?

Those are just bumpers.

The flippers operate together, though.
Press the button, and both go at the same time, using a common solenoid.

Never saw one like this before.

#7896 2 years ago

The Target Alpha I'm working on now, is beating me up. I need a break from it.
Gonna roll it to the back of the garage and start working on Saratoga!

#7902 2 years ago

Here it is.

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#7905 2 years ago

Yea.....he took that kind of hard.

#7906 2 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

i always like those games that had a lot of wood grain on the pf. my favorite one id just 21
this one looks great

That looks like a great game, Boilerman!

#7910 2 years ago

The ball launches from between the flippers.
Looks like you can aim it?

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#8150 2 years ago

I love the back glass on Lariat!

It has a lot of great elements:

Irresponsible use of a vehicle and firearms, an Indian playing pinball, a cowboy falling off a horse,
rabbits and snakes, hot cowgirls.
You just know there are a few empty Jack Daniels bottles rolling around the floor of that car.

One of my favorite games to play at Silverball. I'd love to have one!


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#8986 2 years ago
Quoted from Phillips88:

".......Since this is the Show Us Your EM Pinball Machines thread, here are some rewards for hard work and determination..."

Very very nice!


#8991 2 years ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

The gameplay doesn't look that exciting to me but has to be about the sweetest backglass art I have seen yet.

How could he not be happy!
A bunch of beautiful women fussing over him.

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#9229 2 years ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

"............Poppers have non-ghosting LED from Comet for durability reasons.".

This may sound like a stupid question, but what is ghosting?

#9234 2 years ago

Thank you!

I am familiar with the phenomenon, I just never knew there was a name for it.


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#9507 2 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

"It's almost embarrassing to admit but I have a nostalgic fondness for the smell of stale beer and cigarettes."

Why would you be embarrassed about that?

Those very smells bring back many good memories for me too!

#9508 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinball-DOOD:

Nothing better than the smell of EM wiring

This may sound weird, but sometime I play with the coin door open, just to get that smell.

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#9524 2 years ago

A new project well under way.

And a long way to go!

My first freebie.

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#9754 2 years ago

You do beautiful work, Boilerman!

It was a pleasure meeting you at York.


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#9880 2 years ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Speaking of the game room... shuffling around and getting ready for the cold winter months to arrive.
If I sell Ship Ahoy, I think I can slip in Grand Tour (not stenciled yet) and Bazaar too.

Sweet lineup!


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#9916 2 years ago
Quoted from bob_e:

if there was a mirror then why one of them is not a mirror image of the other?

Just shave your beard and get your brother to play the other one at the same time!


#9920 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Double the pleasure...double the fun.
One restored and one original.

I'd be happy to have just one!

#9939 2 years ago

I just wondered about the point of owning several machines of the same title.
Then realized it was a pretty stupid question.

Better to keep my mouth shut and appear to be a fool,
Than to open it and remove all doubt.


#9940 2 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

3X Four Million BCs, "ducks in a row".
Rarity outside of the factory in well over 45+ years.
All operationally functional.
Taken before final restoration of my game in the center WITHOUT LEDs.

I can't believe how much better the center machine looks!

#9945 2 years ago

Finally finished my Saratoga.
What a great, fun machine.

Thanks, Alex for the score motor!


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#10129 1 year ago

Sorry, Dan.
Bad news.
I hope it goes as smoothly as possible for you.

If you ever make it up north, you can look me up and play mine!

Good luck, E

#10155 1 year ago
Quoted from Mcshaney:

Pick it this up two months ago for a decent price . I can't get over the instruction cards

Those instruction cards are cool. I hope you keep them there.

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#10224 1 year ago

Wonderful job on the game!

I really like the Vespas too!


#10239 1 year ago


Sorry, couldn't resist.
Wouldn't mind seeing some pix of the Vespas!


#10242 1 year ago
Quoted from pinheadpierre:

Dude - you gotta at least come up with a funny explanation of why this qualifies as electromechanical. Nice ride.

OK. I expected to get some flak from that one.

Well it's a stretch, but post #10219 has four Vespas in the background, and I just couldn't let that go without a comment.
And the scooter that I'm seated on belongs to my mom, who's pushing 80, and I guess she kind of qualifies for EM status
Based on her age alone.

Uh.......that's all I could come up with.


#10243 1 year ago
Quoted from pinheadpierre:

Dude - you gotta at least come up with a funny explanation of why this qualifies as electromechanical. Nice ride.

And this one.....

Vespa - Mods - Quadrophenia - The Who - Tommy - Kings and Queens - EM pinball.

There's your tie in!


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#10416 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Sold off a bunch of stuff recently to help pay for some home renovation. Still have enough games to fill a wall in the game room. Just got this Williams Jig Saw from a buddy in partial trade. The Little Chief from another buddy a couple months back. Bowlette came home last Summer. 4 Bagger and Skill Roll have been with me since the early days.

Looks like a great place to host an Open House!!


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#10667 1 year ago

I always hear the Steve \ Soup Nazi comparisons.

I don't understand. Every time I've dealt with him, he was always really cool.


#10689 1 year ago

I kind of wondered about that, too.
Saratoga, is known for horse racing and spring water.
There is a ship called Saratoga too:

"USS Saratoga (CV-3) was a Lexington-class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s."

Yet there are references of neither on my glass.

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#10808 1 year ago

I had the privilege to play it, and it was awesome!
Perfect in every way!


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#10867 1 year ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

Post Time has great artwork - Gulfstream too. Had a Gulfstream (Williams edition ) - one I wouldn't mind getting again sometime !
I like the Pointy people.

I must agree!

I love pointy people.


#10875 1 year ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Here's an older picture from 2003 of my basement game room and the line up back then. Six games in this picture are long gone.

I would never sleep, if that was my basement.

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#11276 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Picked up this "Bowling Queen" last week. It's the fourth one I've owned.
Sold two in the past. This one needs the correct bumpers installed and this will be my keeper. Always loved the gameplay, it's such a colorful game.
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Yeah.....but it doesn't have the cool stickers all over the cabinet, like mine does!


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#11283 1 year ago

Joe, serial # on my BQ is: 03017.

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#11380 10 months ago
Quoted from Skidave:

OK, how about 2 EMs and 1 SS. Now I need a Bally Sky Kings (don't tell my wife).
It is hard to capture the flasher bulbs on all the machines in one image. I need to get my DSLR and take a long exposure sometime.[quoted image]

I love the glass on Air Aces!

.......What "mission" did he REALLY accomplish???


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#11410 9 months ago
Quoted from Skidave:

"....................... I really do think that is it for me getting more pins."

Famous last words.

#11428 9 months ago
Quoted from schwism:

If the machine was better known it would be worth a shot but this sounds like a high risk/low reward kind of thing.

If that was near me, I'd be all over it!

Low end pinball forever!


#11437 9 months ago
Quoted from AlexF:

"...............And I'm guessing it may be more fun than most expect it to be."

I always play the flipperless games at the shows. They kind of draw you in.
I think they are pretty fun. A completely different animal than a flipper machine.


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