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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago



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#3025 5 years ago

Here is our new project. Been looking for just a nice backglass for about two years for wall art. I finally found one but it came with all this other junk for 150$? I bough the second playield to have a better core to work with but it's got his real funky hot pink fading on it and now I have the damndest desire to airbrush those flowers hot pink and lightly clearcoat it.

Need plastics BADLY. If anyone has em from a Crecendo / Psychedlic / Groovy and wants to part with them...let me know.

*edit* PHONE PLUS PC AT SAME TIME BAD...

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#3122 5 years ago

This thread is too full of nice games.. I'M ABOUT TO BRING THE GRUNGE!

#3123 5 years ago

Starting with pics first....

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#3124 5 years ago

So this was a FREEBIE Hang Glider. My wife found it through our kid's allergist. Apparently they were talking about pinball one day and he was like "I've got this thing in my garage, I need to get rid of it." and without even asking me, she said "Okay, we'll take it."

There is a reason I marred her. :p

So, about three months later, we tried to pick it up from him (he's busy, very popular allergy practice), and come to find out, they didn't have the key for the head. We explained we'd have to find a drill and bit and have to come back another time. We went on vacation, our annual overtime bonanza started up, and we couldn't ever find the time to borrow a drill and be there at the same time as was convenient for everyone. So last sunday, she gets a call. He drilled the lock, said to come get it. So we did.

As you can see, rubber bands everywhere, hard and brittle, the rubber rings that are left were turning to dust, lol. Backglass was "cleaned" by someone who seems to have dissolved a bunch of the white window paint and then smeared it everywhere, and also caused many of the light-transparent sections to start flaking. BUMMER. Playfield is full of ball swirls. Dirty as crap and...

It plays pretty good, actually. The flippers are nice and strong, you can really rip the spinner, gets a ton of spins, sounds fantastic when the reels are just cranking those 100p spins. Chimes sound pretty good, knocker is scary loud. I was able to get the player unit working and the ball count unit was working after that, the more I fiddle with it the more stuff magically starts working. All the "features" work, but the drop targets are a bit mushy and don't reset very well.. I'm suspecting spring replacements are in order, I'll have to look at it. Lots of burned out bulbs.

#3126 5 years ago

Funny that the typo is still applicable. I think I'm going to leave it.

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#3192 5 years ago

I have better chance of getting bit by a squirrel and getting swine flu than I do of ever finding an awesome condition EM at a good price around here..

Free Hang Glider was awesome, but it's pretty beat up despite playing well. Definitely the hallmark of a well loved game, but man...just once I want the freakin' minty em lol.

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#3855 4 years ago

Damn. Just....damn. I couldn't let this photo just die on my little thread.

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#3859 4 years ago
Quoted from goldenboy232:

Frax is that a restoration you did? Looks great! What playfield is that?

it's the Crescendo I am working on right now. The roached playfield is what came in the game. The nice one was a "decent" core, and we frisket cut and airbrushed the whole bloody thing, except the D Gottlieb logo area. Lots of UV reactive highlights in there too. Local collector did the clear for me. I am trying to get it ready before tpf lol. Here is a pic of the backglass...love it.

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#4057 4 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

Our friend Lee suggested that I use French curves and that worked a lot better, but you still have to move the curves around a lot to get the bends correct, or close to correct.

I think I just had an epiphany. Are these tools that allow you to variably set in a curve pattern and then lock it in place to make a cut or stroke!? It would be great on bigger parts with long sweeping arcs...

*Edit* Nevermind. Research won. I think I need to fabricate the tool I'm envisioning though.

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