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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


By Rat_Tomago

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#889 6 years ago

Been away for a while. Thought i would join in again with posting some pics of my some of my EM pins. Now all in storage, since i gave up lease on my workshop gameroom (over 2 yrs ago, since i was moving to Scotland). EMs are my favs though some 80's S/S pins are dear to me also. Now back from UK and looking to move up north to Ore/Wash to escape heat of Bakersfield. Hopefully find home with basement, that i can set up a few dozen pins, then also find commerical building i can buy to store and/or set up rest of my collection. Hate having to pay storage fees. But i need to downsize regardless. If I find a house on property, maybe build my own large 4000-6000sqft workshop to accomplish same.

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#2905 5 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

astro play as well as 4 square but so much more pleasing to look at!

Astro is currently my favorite GTB AAB pin.
That is why it was one of the first pins i brought with me in my move up north and set up in the basement.
(only 350+ more to go)
It is just challenging enough to play and earn extra balls, normally at least one AAB per game,
but on occasion you can get on hot streak and "rape" the game,
but also just as easily be shutout the next.
I also love the theme and artwork, much more so than the generic 4SQ (semi-psychedelic artwork)

#2927 5 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Something about re-theming a Hercules into a 4 Square.

It was about 2 or 3 years that Jack started that project,
(with some help from Pete Cooley and Wade Krause)
and he did bring (to a previous CAX show 2-3 years ago)
a Hercules sized routed out "whitewood" with 4SQ2 layout PlayField and the oversized head with blow up of 4SQ translite, along with the other castings and placed it all into a recycled Hercules CAB, that Reinie describes, but game was for display only as it did not actually play.
Then Jack's son was born and the project has been on the back burner since.
I donated an project 4 Square pin i had, that he used to scan the plastics and backglass to be blown up to Hercules size and the wireloom from my donor 4SQ will be re-worked and extended as the basis for the wiring on the jumbo pin when or if it is ever completed.

5 months later
#3425 4 years ago

BLY Expressway is one of pins that made the trip with me from Bakersfield CA to Salem OR.
Need to get it set up and running soon, but it will probably be a few months before i get to go thru it.
Going to have a hard time deciding what others will make the trip north, there is only room for so many.

2 months later
#3899 4 years ago
Quoted from beadwindow:

just received and set up this beautiful bally skyrocket

Skyrocket is a great game, and looks like you got a prime example.

1 month later
#4077 4 years ago

Finally got around to setting up my 1960 WMS Jungle EM pin today,
brought it up to Salem from Bakersfield over easter weekend.
Game more or less fired right up after having been in storage for about 4 yrs.
Still needs some tweaking and cleaning up,
Some of the stepper units are a bit slow and sticky,
and need cleaning and some silicone spray.
The 10,000pt bell needs a new plastic tip on the plunger/striker.
but game plays well and pops and flippers are plenty peppy.
Took a few pics, but they came out lousy due to the fading sunlight,
will try taking some more on Sunday.
Also will try to fill in some of the history with the Jungle pin.

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#4079 4 years ago

Also notice there is a nice place to set your lit cigarette or stogie,
next to your beer on the shelf.

#4086 4 years ago

hoov
are you speechless?

#4089 4 years ago

My Jungle plays surprizingly fast,
despite my flipper linkage being fairly sloppy
with lots of action around the 5 pop bumpers.
This game is built for nudging.
Most challenging is to try to get the ball thru the top side rollovers
to light the bottom pops for 100K (alternating),
a must if you want to rack up points to achieve a replay with high score.
Also very fun getting all the animals (to drop in the Backglass and set up the special)
with a dangerous center spot target shot to "spot" any animals you
fail to achieve thru normal rollover lanes at the top of the PF
or the 2 gobble holes near the center of the PF or the two side drains at the bottom.

#4090 4 years ago

You may notice my flippers on Jungle are not correct,
Not only are they reversed/upsidedown, but i got one white plastic and one silver metal flipper,
need to find the correct appropriate matching pair.

Alex F what do you have on yours metal or white plastic?
I may go with metal regardless, as i like that look better.

#4092 4 years ago

Either i am a lousy cameraman or my camera ain't wortha dang,
here are some fuzzy details of the PF and BG.

These photos and my CAB's original paint job do not do this beautiful pin justice,
it a very pretty game, a one of a kinda, even in its own time.

The backglass animation is one of the best and most clever ever;
a collision of old school pinball taking on the new modern mod era.

Misplaced the leg and head bolts in transit;
so had to go to Ace hardware to get some
to assemble the game.

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p.s. this game came to me from New York
(got it on ebay for a decent price about a decade ago)
and cost me the most to get shipped to me
than any other pin that i have owned, and i have shipped lots.
So that might tell you something about how high i regard this pin.

#4094 4 years ago

Speaking of lockdown bar, again its a clash of eras
as it is made of wood, except for the aluminum cladding.
Also beautifully simple lite bulb scoring.

#4105 4 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

Had some friends over to play last night we all had a blast. After everyone left I decided to take some video with everything powered up.
Please excuse the presence of DMD and SS games in this video. Also, excuse the absence of my Atlantis, Hot Shot and Fire Queen which I am restoring.

Great gameroom
good mix of games with the space you have,
only thing missing might be a few Early WMS or BLY S/S pins
and maybe a 60s WMS or BLY EM

#4192 4 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

Time to research some more 60's Williams games with multiplayer to see if anything strikes my fancy.

Tom Tom, El Toro, Mardi Gras , Merry Widow, Shangri-La, Pretty Baby and Eager Beaver are some good ones.

#4204 4 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

I just hope it is fun.

I think Ship-Mates is the best 60s GTB multi-player out there,
only wish the roto-target was a bit more accessible.

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#4284 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

I wonder if anyone knows the story behind this particular machine:

looks like a cross between GTB Jungle Queen PF layout with a Ship Ahoy BG artwork.

#4291 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

you got it 50% right!

ship ahoy is the AAB version of GTB Buccaneer,
so i want full credit

cool find none the less

#4312 4 years ago

I think you will end up loving the Teacher's Pet the best.
Very addicting.

#4321 4 years ago
Quoted from Pinballprowess:

Yeah, and I hope you have legs for the Teachers Pet.

Yeah, since Teacher's Pet is one of those special WMS drop front cabinets
the front legs are considerable shorter than normal.

The bent legs usually come from when a mover attempts to dolly the gameby lifting all the weight of the game on its hind legs from behind.

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#4446 4 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

You do wonder why they just used a white base over and over and over again. The games that don't have it stand out.

Unlike
King Kool and
Flying Carpet
and one more

#4448 4 years ago

I was only going to count
Hit the Deck,
as I consider Joker Poker and Sindbad as being in the Solid State Era
Once Solid State hit
more GTB's CAB base coats changed to more colorful stencils

#4458 4 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

what about World series/grand slam?
that had a light blue base coat

right you are

#4503 4 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

jealous of your Bally games like "Surfer"

I got a BLY Surfers and it has been "Herbertized" ;
got it in a trade.

#4510 4 years ago

that probably is it on fabfan site

#4519 4 years ago
Quoted from Gerry:

No love for ARGOSY !

one of the last EMs produced
Had one for a short while that i found at a garage sale,
ended up giving it to the PPM about 4 yrs ago
since i was not emotionally attached to it.

#4584 4 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

beautiful Serenade

Certainly a very beautiful game, both the BG and PF.
Wonder how good a player it is, looks kinda dangerous with those 2 gobble holes.

3 weeks later
#4738 4 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

Hard to find that title with a good backglass

I am surpized that no one has done a silk screened inked repro BG for Flying Carpet yet,
as most found out in the wild have some sort of flaking or thin paint issues.

3 weeks later
#4873 4 years ago

3 prime ones

1 week later
#4949 4 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

new 1961 Bally Bikini Bingo

For a game called Bikini;
there is certainly a lack of bikini swimsuits on it,
only one 2 piece and hardly a bikini.

#4973 4 years ago
Quoted from pauloz:

a 1971 Bally Skyrocket

fairly rare game
and definitely a fun one to play
and neat to look at.

#5000 4 years ago

I agree
post 5000

3 weeks later
#5052 4 years ago
Quoted from Jesder:

My first EM - Gottlieb Space Orbit. Owned for about 18 months now.
An add-a-ball machine that was originally exported to Italy and then imported here to Australia

Very cool backglass and well incorporated artwork into Playfield design layout.
Wish my GTB Outer Space had this "MiniCycle/Polo" PF layout design.

2 weeks later
#5085 4 years ago

It has been awhile since anyone posted anything new,
so here goes,
as i finally set up my BLY Star Jet
in a spare upstairs bedroom that i am converting
to a mini EM gameroom.
Photos are not the best as the lighting and glare is bad,
Will try taking some more when it gets dusky.
And maybe tell a little bit of the story about how i acquired this pin.

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#5086 4 years ago

Here are a couple more of the Playfield.

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#5088 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

if it were mine I'd turn into a Jetsons project!!!!!

I am thinking of doing that to the cabinet and head,
since someone along the way,
way back when, decided to paint the cab a solid dark green
and it also appears it was painted a solid red/brown prior to that,
by looking at the top of the head and under the leg bolts.
Hopefully some "goof off" paint remover will reveal the original graphics.

#5097 4 years ago

Some close up shots of the PF of Star Jet.

Had to have this game after first discovering and playing it at the PHOF years ago.

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#5098 4 years ago

Coincidentally
When I bought this game (BLY Star Jet) from a guy in Minnesota, (about 7 yrs ago)
I also ending up buying a WMS Blast Off from someone else in Minnesota
to get the 2for1 shipping with NAVL.

#5109 4 years ago

The JO repaint slight re-theme looks pintastic.

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#5150 4 years ago

Some of those repro plexiglass BGs
might have been initiated by Herb Silvers
before Shay bought him out.

#5160 4 years ago

Finally some photos of my El Dorado,
sorry about the glare.

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#5161 4 years ago

Now here is my Crosstown.
Keeping El Dorado and Star Jet company in the upstairs bedroom.
Jeez, it is taking me soooo long getting pins set up nowadays, i hate getting old or maybe i am just lazy.

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#5173 4 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I picked this one up last week. Very challenging. Very pretty.

Old school tutorial on 4 Roses can be found on Youtube conducted by
the old pro Sam Harvey.

#5180 4 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

We were wondering who that was... we LOVE this video! Has been making the rounds at the Makerspace. So freaking funny with the subtle cursing, "turbo launch" plunging, and the final "THANK YOU VERY MUCH." haha love the unique folks in this hobby.

He even has a type of pinball play move named after him :
Sam Harvey / Wicked Shimmy
To save a ball that is travelling down the outlane by shaking the game very quickly. This results in a succession of upward triangle jumps off of the inlane and outlane walls (think of the videogame Ninja Gaiden), which causes the ball to rise back up and return safely into play.

Read more at http://funwithbonus.com/new-pinball-dictionary-sam-harvey-wicked-shimmy/#vgzC440ccwQeJF6b.99

#5183 4 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

yet to figure out what in the world he thinks he's accomplishing with that bizarre plunge shot

The pingame in the video, is one that he owns,
but is currently on loan, set up
at Matt's pinball ranch in Hollister CA.
He knows that game quite well,
so he knows the plunger shot that works for him, for that pin,
to make the all important center rollover lane.
The fact that he is blind in one eye,
makes him more of a pinball wizard
that i could ever hope to be.
And yes, Sam is quite the character
and his general knowledge of pinball history
and EM pins gameplay is quite extensive.

cheers tom

p.s. in fact i am thinking
naming my new cat after him
Sam
instead of one eyed Jack

#5185 4 years ago

If you want to see the legend in person, he is on his way to pinball expo in Chicago
for the 31st year in a row

2 months later
#5367 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

what a beautiful, amazing machine

Kinda reminds me of WMS Pit Stop, in a small way.

#5378 3 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

double ringing this style of flipper

I prefer double ringing
with white on bottom and red on top

1 week later
#5410 3 years ago
Quoted from xgizzle:

I think I did a darn good job.

It looks purreetty!!

1 month later
#5553 3 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

Check out the LL playfield and backglass.

That BG looks pretty good, as most WMS Lady Lucks that i have seen always seems to have flaking near the bottom.

#5554 3 years ago
Quoted from pauloz:

Skyrocket is my first EM.

Yours is in super nice shape.
One of my favorite BLY EM pins (that and Magic Circle).
Played it a lot at Arcade Expo 2.0 a few weeks ago.

3 weeks later
#5710 3 years ago
Quoted from aahgo:

Some Star-Jet eye candy

Did you repaint the Cab?
Looks great!
i need to repaint mine,
do you have stencils
as mine is solid green

#5727 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

But you only have one left...

That is all one needs to play WMS Nine Sisters.

#5753 3 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Williams "Blue Chip"...

always had a soft spot for this pin theme,
in that the BG covers part of my career path
as a chemist and working in the oil field.

1 week later
#5774 3 years ago

I typically do not like roto target games, but with this model I like the fact that you get
two roto targets to shoot for, as opposed to just one.

#5777 3 years ago

I think he has got about 20 more days in the hole
to cool his heels, unfortunately.
Rock on O-din

#5791 3 years ago
Quoted from Xerico:

Bally Sea Ray

Nice PF
shame nearly all of these SeaRay's have BGs
with same issues with the red/orange diving suits.

#5806 3 years ago
Quoted from Vreuls:

Picked up this one last week

thats a rare one

#5811 3 years ago

I am thinking it was Bally Mini-Zag instead
http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1606&picno=26642
as it has the lit inserts spelling out Groovy.

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#5815 3 years ago

I guess spending all those hours perusing the ipdb has finally paid off.
I, like you, was first thrown off by the GTB Groooovy pin, I also happen to own its cousin Cresendo,
but way back in the recesses of what is left of my brain, I remembered some old Bally with those inserts.
First thought it might be Op-Pop-Pop, but then went to Mini-Zag.
Think I played it some at the last Arcade Expo 2.0 in Banning in Jan 2016.

1 week later
#5843 3 years ago

He is probably hanging with O-din

1 week later
#5866 3 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

Does the Astro have staying power

I prefer Astro to 4 Square.
Sam Harvey might state the reverse,
both are very good games.

1 week later
#5931 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Here are my games as of yesterday.

Does Big Daddy ever get lonely, being in the corner by itself?
Or is that a place of honor?

#5983 3 years ago
Quoted from EMsInKC:

LOL at them calling OXO "Triple X"

From the photo of Tim with machine in the article,
it does show the games as Triple X, must be one of his mods.

4 weeks later
#6173 3 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

NOS GE #455's flashers (rare as hen's teeth)

Even rarer are NOS 267 flasher bulbs (shaped like regular 44/47 bulbs but still flash)

#6202 3 years ago

Finally got off my ass and lugged this one out of storage and upstairs and set it up.
Not playing 100% yet, as the 5000pts and 500pts are not registering,
probably some open switch on the score motor
will have to get a schematic to trace it back.
Got this Jacks Open along with some 9 other wedgeheads in a batch deal
one Super Bowl Sunday about 10 yrs ago.

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#6204 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Longest machine in storage you've got?

Most of my games are in storage in California, though most of them now under the control of the PPM,
since it was getting too costly paying for storage;
and my prospects of finding a building to house them here in Oregon
will probably never come to fruition.
The EM pin that has been in storage longest and never truly set up to play
is probably my 1963 WMS Big Deal that I got in the mid 90s.
Someday, I plan on telling the story behind each game that I have acquired over the years.

#6218 3 years ago

You do not see many BLY Quarterback pins,
as one might think. Or BLY Kick-Off for that matter.

#6227 3 years ago
Quoted from Chippewa-Pin:

I bought a pin from the guy selling the Eager Beaver before.

Hey O-din wake up
I have bought nice pins from "pappers" out of Pittsburgh also.

#6249 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

You don't really notice the clown after a while.

I always thought of the guy on the BG as a happy hobo instead.
My 1st WMS reverse WedgeHead, another great nudger game at the bottom end
and who does not love drop targets.
Your '63 Big Deal looks terrific.

#6256 3 years ago

I set this, kinda rare EM gem, up last week.
Think I got it from some dentist in Arizona off of ebay about 12 years ago.

After sitting for so long it took about a dozen games to
start playing properly. The more games I played on it
the more features started working and scoring.
With EMs it is always best that one let the game clean itself up
and shake the dust off, before one goes poking around and adjusting things
possibly before it really needs it.
Then you might want (need) to clean up and lube up and adjust some of the stepper units.
After fiddling with it for a couple of hours, I got it working about 98%.
The AS relay (FS) (00-90 unit) still is a little finicky and the alternating relay
does not always alternate some of the feature lights yet,
but at least it plays a fair game now.

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#6263 3 years ago

I am hoping that under all that green paint on my Star Jet
are some nice intact graphics. Heck the Cabinet artwork on Star Jet is
half of what makes this game so endearing.

2 weeks later
#6312 3 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

This one was poorly repainted.

lot better than mine, which somebody paint all black

#6340 3 years ago
Quoted from bicyclenut:

I picked this one up today...

You are lucky as most Flying Carpets that i have seen (including mine) have flaky BGs

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#6424 3 years ago

Skyway is a cool looking game with unique PF layout.
One came up on craigslist about 2 yrs ago in the bay area,
but someone else got it and I think the PPM has it now on loan.
Lucky that the BG on yours had most of the important paint still attached and visible,
so bgresto should be able to revive it for you and anyone else lucky enough to have the game.

#6425 3 years ago

In going thru some of my pinball photo archive,
came across these photos from when i had some 2300 sqft commercial space
and had about 70-80 pins set up for play.
Always thought that WMS Riverboat and GTB King of Diamonds
reminded me of each other, (artwize) at least the main characters on the BG.
what do you think?
And which game do you think is the better player?

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#6432 3 years ago

The artwork on Riverboat is a bit of an enigma.
I believe the BG art is by Art Stenholm
but the PF looks like it was done by George Molentin

#6445 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

when it's going to be over 100 degrees out

I wish i could be playing Glen's (pinballprowess) HeatWave this weekend;
it is one sweet game, that keeps you coming back for more,
outshines Riverboat IMHO.

#6447 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

but I decided I'd rather be out in the garage doing something on such a nice day like this. And the fridge is full of Pacificas for when the Bills and the Bobs show up later.

I guess, i just be stuck down in my basement playing me some GTB Astro
and sipping my Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve, while the next Thunderstorm rolls thru.

#6469 3 years ago
Quoted from kangourou:

Received my SPACE WALK this weekend.

lucky dog

#6493 3 years ago
Quoted from heatwave:

wife just finished a painting of part of my Sing Along play field

pretty darn good
especially the silver ball

#6507 3 years ago

oh the solid state EM (AAATA)

#6525 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

San Francisco

the last of the gobble holes

#6577 3 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

there are quite a few of these sleeper wedgeheads that don't make "THE IT LIST" but are great players that can be had for a fraction of what those on "THE IT LIST" are going for.

Aquarius is definitely a sleeper
I also think this is one of the few EM that looks pretty good bathed in
bluish/green glow of colored PF lights.
(as opposed to standard white 44/47s)

#6588 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

We don't have basements in So Cal. At least not very many. Something to do with the water table or earthquakes.

I think it has more to do with the lack of need to get water pipes below the freeze line,
California does not get cold enough to worry about freezing,
so no real need for basements and the added expense of digging one.

I love my basement though, now that I moved to Oregon,
where they are more common than California,
that plus my house is >90 yrs old, when it was just a common default
to have homes built with them back then.

Last time I lived in a house with a basement was over 50 yrs ago
when my parents lived in a basement apt, while going to school
getting their masters in teaching back in Aberdeen South Dakota
during the hot and humid summers.
The basement apt was relatively cool but humidity could be a problem,
so to combat that my parents would stuff old nylons with calcium chloride
and hang them in the corners of the basement with a collection bucket underneath
as they acted as a de-condensate.

#6595 3 years ago
Quoted from Drano:

Williams HEAT WAVE; one of my favorite EMs.
Does anyone know what the drop target art looks like? I know it's a sun with a face...

I went to my WMS parts catalogs to see if they at least had a line drawing
of the face of the drop target for Heat Wave,
but it is not included in the line-up available
in both the '64 and'69 parts catalogs.

They had the drop targets for games before and after though?!?!?!

#6635 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Haven't heard of too many basements in Florida either.

Reason why there are few basements in Florida,
as this is what happens if you dig too deep.

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Talk about a gobble hole!

#6639 3 years ago

I believe that picture is real, but truth be told,
I have later found out that it is a photo of a sinkhole in Guatemala,
but Florida is also very prone to sinkholes.

#6652 3 years ago

wishing I had my skyrocket out of storage last night.

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#6656 3 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

first FB Livecast

Hey, really enjoyed the broadcast despite some of the technical flubs,
hope the next NICO broadcast is soon
and archived to where we can all tune in,
as I do not do the facebook thing.

#6661 3 years ago

I actually prefer Space Mission's widebody S/S cousin WMS Contact,
same basic layout with a few added features
(i.e. drop targets and extra pop bumper and 2nd set of flippers )
due to more real estate available.

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#6668 3 years ago
Quoted from Hougie:

Picked this up today.

Can we ask? Did you get the Gigi from another "pinhead",
or was it just some joe schmoe down the street
who wanted it out of his house.

#6692 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

The eagle has landed.

Is that going next to your Rocket?

#6702 3 years ago

OK
Lets all take a guess at what pin is most likely to leave Odin's collection
since we know he has limited space
and we also know he ain't going to stop acquiring more classic 2in flipper pins.
My guess is that GTB Preview might not last too much longer, even if it is a prime example.

#6704 3 years ago

my bad
without my glasses
The Backglasses do look kinda similar between
Preview and Fashion Show.
But we all know you ain't standing pat for long.
I was surprized when you let Teacher's Pet go.

#6706 3 years ago

Is the post between flippers on Fashion Show standard.
Checked on ipdb.org
and flyer does not seem to show it
and of the 4 other PFs pictured;
2 do not have that post,
but one does and
another has posts positioned at each flipper tip?

#6707 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

It's more fun to compete.

With your situation
with plenty of company coming over to compete (pinball and drinking)
i can see the desire for multiplayers.
My suggestion might be (if you can find one) WMS Merry Widow.
Obviously those beautiful unique single player woodrails
will probably be the exception (in staying).

#6716 3 years ago

What features on a multiplayer make it a keeper or one of the best,
as compared to other multi-player pins?
Does it have to have some potential award that can be stolen by your opponents?
Like a locked ball or extra ball feature lit, that can be stolen.
Or is it just the right balance of luck and skill in the gameplay
to keep things competitive?
Or is it some combination of artwork package and/or PF layout?
OR does the game have some objective, that you can slowly build up,
to hopefully capitalize on, only to drain or lose your ball (turn).

3 weeks later
#6818 3 years ago

Weird that my Star Jet also has a hole between the flippers,
for a small rebound post, that obviously was later removed.

1 week later
#6902 3 years ago

My GTB Astro is punishing me, for not having played it for nearly two months.
Seems that sitting idle since Memorial Day, it now has scoring issues,
or should I say non-scoring issues (not scoring 100 pts).
Hopefully it is just a dirty switch stack and will self clean and fix itself
to get back to playing as it should.

#6911 3 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

I've always wanted to pick up an Astro. How do you like game play?

Has just the right balance for an AAB, not too hard and/or not too easy.

#6935 3 years ago
Quoted from bicyclenut:

I went to the Pacific Pinball Museum warehouse today. Pinball Heaven..

By the end of the month, there should be another 250+ pins transferred to the new warehouse,
as the PPM makes arrangements to move the rest of my pinball collection donation
from the central valley to the new warehouse in/near Alameda.
They are looking for volunteers to help with the transfer, likely to take place next weekend.
I also heard rumors of the PPE show being resurrected,
now that the PPM has all this new square footage, in the new warehouse area.

#6952 3 years ago

My folks garage, could barely contain their metallic lime green 1965 Mercury Park Lane they used to have,
boy was that thing long, what a boat.

1965-mercury-parklane_(resized).jpg

#6954 3 years ago

No, not on theirs,
but always thought that was cool.

#6975 3 years ago

I hope to take lots of snapshots of my former pins,
as we load them up for the move to their new home
at the new PPM storage facility in Alameda.
About 2/3rds are EMs
We could use your help if you are in the Bakersfield area this weekend.
Contact me or Mike Schiess (PPM curator) for more details.

#6989 3 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

I hope to take lots of snapshots of my former pins,
as we load them up for the move to their new home
at the new PPM storage facility in Alameda.

Was too busy loading pins, to take many photos,
we were only able to completely empty one 20x40ft storage unit
and half another.
We filled two 50ft semi trailers,
with about 150 heads & cabinets and misc cocktail pins and a few video games.
Decided to take BLY Skyrocket home with me to Salem OR,
Was also going to take Eager Beaver but only found the spare head,
the cabinet was buried deep in one of the other storage units
that we did not even probe into.
At least it was not 110'F this weekend.
Thanks Mike, Jim, Jem, Ben, Wade, Dan and Adam, who all helped with the loading.

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#6992 3 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

nicest Trade Winds glass I've ever seen

I think the Tradewinds BG is a repro from the original "dirty dozen" run from the 90s.

Mike at the PPM will need help unloading those two trailers full of pins at the new warehouse,
He has a few days to get it done before the trailers are needed for their next job,
so if you want to volunteer, call Mike at the PPM (510) 769.1349
or contact d'Arci Bruno at dbruno@pacificpinball.org
http://pacificpinball.org/volunteers

2 weeks later
#7076 3 years ago

player #1 is definitely going to hell
or is from hades.

#7131 3 years ago

I love me some doodle bug

1 month later
#7286 3 years ago

Majorettes is kinda a half step cousin to the pop bumper between the flippers pin club
with the KickOut Hole between/below the flippers.

1 month later
#7454 3 years ago

Always wished that GTB would have made 2001 BG have a bit of light animation
with the 4 main larger cards flying out towards you from the BG
be color corresponding with each color drop target set completed (Red/Blue/Green&Yellow)

2 weeks later
#7520 3 years ago

World Fair has one of my favorite BG artwork
attributed to Parker,
but i sometimes wonder if he had help from others.
Especially the dancing girls!

#7554 3 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

1962 two player Coquette

While your new pin looks to be in very good condition,
never been a fan of it, or its theme.
Kind of WMS's answer to GTB's Fashion Show
or actually the other way around
since Coquette came out the month before.

Other than the Swinging Target,
Coquette reminds me of a lot of CCoin EM Pin layouts in the 60s,
with 2 KO holes on either side, near the middle of the PF,
with a varying bonus hole score.

Maybe someday, I will have to stop by (the OC) for a visit to play
both Coquette and Fashion Show
(along with your other fine 2" flipper collection)
to see if my mind can be changed about the "girly" themed pins.
Part of my prejudice may be due to the fact
i have never played a properly tuned up/shopped
example of either pin.

1 month later
#7718 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

why it is so hard to get a special on 21

Can anyone tell me if there is much difference in the rules between WMS 21
and WMS BlackJack which came out a few months later with same basic PF layout.
or for that matter WMS ClubHouse.

2 weeks later
#7786 2 years ago

Regarding OKLAHOMA
what percentage of the time when ball is shot out of "cannon"
that it actually hits and scores roto target value?
What makes the 10x roto value insert light up?

#7838 2 years ago

BLY Gold Rush
Like the artwork very much
by the same unknown artist (Milton Caniff swiper)
who did lots of work for Bally and Williams back in the mid 60s.

1 week later
#7920 2 years ago
Quoted from ZNET:

Gottlieb's 1950 Bank-A-Ball

is a great game and much much better than Just 21
Bank a Ball makes you want to start another game everytime
with Just 21, i was done after 2 games.

1 week later
#8007 2 years ago

Sonic Butterfly the #2 rated EM?
There are lots better Sonic pins out there,
but when you only have 3 or 4 ratings, things can get lopsided easily.

#8008 2 years ago

I just wanted posting #8008 for the heck of it.

#8048 2 years ago

Did someone put the revolving bonus score wheel on upside down/backwards?
I played O-din's a few weeks ago, and grew to appreciate it more than before, but still think
it a bit limited in gameplay, basically a one shot game.

#8055 2 years ago
Quoted from Arcade:

I do have a question about the pop bumper light behavior. On a 5 ball game like we have it set for the two 100 when lit pops stay lit the entire game. They never go off except when they blink when we score a few thousand points from the drops.

my JO is same way

3 weeks later
#8209 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Sorry about the pics, didn't mean to post those.

Drinking so early in the morning?!?!?
or is it the hangover from the night before.

1 week later
#8269 2 years ago

Guesses for Rat Tomago new pin
BLY BullsEye (a true unicorn)
WMS Black Gold
GTB Gemini

#8362 2 years ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Visited the Pacific pinball museum this week

Did you get to see the PPM annex?
Should have tried to talk to Mike Schiess
and mentioned my name and Salem,
might have gotten to sneak a peek,
if he had the time.

#8363 2 years ago

Great snag of the Blue RoGo, certainly fairly rare;
Great art package
but i think you may be disappointed in the game play;
not the most fun to play IMHO;
i'd put it on par with Voltan game play.
But to each his own.

Vulcan game looks very nice and clean.

1 week later
#8469 2 years ago

ooooh
the good el toro
great art package
and a tough game to master

#8485 2 years ago
Quoted from aahgo:

I will probably be putting together a list of games that will go on the block soon.

I would figure your GTB Stock Car has got to be on that list.
Problem is you would have to sell a dozen of them
just to make a decent down payment on the Hobbit.

#8495 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

History is repeating itself. Congrats! On a beautiful, butt kicking game.

Deja Vu all over again
Same thing for me
from Big Daddy#1
only mine was hand delivered,
but the spare (original BG) was crated in wood box built beyond belief.

#8506 2 years ago

Brooks & Dunn

#8512 2 years ago

4 Square is Sam Harvey's favorite from that era.
But I prefer Astro myself.

#8524 2 years ago

since that last post was mostly about a woodrail
maybe the woodrail topic thread.

#8632 2 years ago
Quoted from Henky:

Super Score

Get a schematic, if your game did not come with one,
then go to Clay's pinrepair.com to look up his EM repair tips.
http://www.pinrepair.com/em/
Follow Nic Volta's Pinside blog
crusade across the americas tour
to also pick up useful tips.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/nics-american-pinball-tour-aka-im-coming-to-fix-your-games

#8720 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

I am scheduled to go look at an Eye of the Tiger tomorrow. I would be great to hear everyone's opinions about this games playability,

I have this pin in my collection
and like it a fair amount, but not my favorite.
Main reason is that it is too easy to beat, but just as soon as you crush it for 3 free games,
you will get crushed by it, where you are lucky to break 50K for 3 straight games.

#8806 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballbrian:

Otaku,thank you for fast reply.I was more on thought that sports themes were more popular.but I have only been in this hobby for about a year and a half.so I know I still have a lot to learn.price is around 4 bills.needs a little touch up.but I think its worth getting.wish me luck.

Glad you are excited about the pinball hobby.
Any working EM pin in fair to good cosmetic condition
in the $300-500 range is almost always worth getting.
Pro Football is your middle of the road game, when it comes to player appeal.
If you like the theme, then go for it.

Just one question though about your posts;
Why no spaces after periods and commas?

#8809 2 years ago

Prices are definitely higher on the west coast,
as supply for games (especially EMs) is much lower
than rest of USA.
I have been out of the buying pins mode for about 6 yrs now,
so i can not say i am totally up to date on pricing trends.
WMS Reverse wedgeheads are IMHO a long overlooked niche of pins
that oft times surpass GTB pins in appeal.

#8825 2 years ago
Quoted from Gerry:

you guys must not like Bally pins..

SeeSaw is one of my favorite Ballys
It has it all
Pop up post between flippers
Kick back on left outlane
ball return gate on right outlane
return to plunger shot from PF on right side top gate
Chance for extra ball
twin bonus build (up with potential for 10X)
only thing it LACKs is an on playfield Special.

Mine was a german model,
now in the hands of the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda CA

#8858 2 years ago
Quoted from docquest:

back glass was busted. Luckily I found a place that sells a repro translite like film. http://www.coos.net/bingo_e/backglasses.html

Hey O-din
These same guys ( from Europe
Also have repro Backglasses for Eager Beaver and Struggle Buggies should you ever need them.
You can may be get them to get Heat Wave redone also.

#8859 2 years ago
Quoted from docquest:

I think the black cab goes well with the space theme and the rest of the color scheme of the game.

The black base coat is definitely the cooler and sharper looking paint scheme.
Mine is the typical white base, but i would consider repainting it to the proto scheme.

1 week later
#8974 2 years ago

O-din where you been.
Hope your mom is doing OK.

#9024 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Why are all the EM's in Pennsylvania?

Why do you think they call it PINsylvania!

#9041 2 years ago

SOT
IPDB.org rating system
finally has a full 300 EM pins that are qualified
for listing in the Top 300.
(minimum of 10 rating per pin to qualify)

#9060 2 years ago

Good solid game
with drop targets
with on playfield special feature.

#9095 2 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

It is no help to you, today (4th Monday in May) is Victoria Day in Canada a statutory Holiday. John has been in business a long time, he does close on certain weeks in the year. He does post this on his web site, and he is also a Pinsider.

John Jukes (flippers.com) is also in the process of moving to a new building, might also be why the delay in taking orders.

#9111 2 years ago

You going to bring it to Dixon or Lodi next time
since there seems to be a split among the factions
relating to pinball shows in the Delta.

#9116 2 years ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

but I don't get why I'll see capacitors or resistors sporadically wired in some places.

I am pretty sure my woodrail WMS Golden Bells from 1959
has at least one resistor wired between a couple of relays,
so electronic components have been around pinball for a while.
Sometimes capacitors and such were used to incorporate a delay component into the games logic.

#9129 2 years ago
Quoted from bek1966:

Nice Kickoff! I really like the artwork on this one - playfield and backglass.

The artwork is very good, from the unknown artist,
but the hands on one of the cheerleaders look a bit awkward.
I also like the atomic power bumper caps.

#9137 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

The girl in the center on the backglass looks like Barbra Eden from "I Dream of Jeannie"

except the BG Sheba is showing her belly button.
BG looks great, except for those few areas along the bottom lift channel
and some freckling/foxing on some of the skin tones.
PF looks very good also

3 weeks later
#9235 2 years ago

I was playing some games at Clay's VFW show in May
and i thought i might have an epileptic fit
with all the subliminal flashing effect from the LEDs
on some of the games.
It was making me dizzy to say the least.

2 weeks later
#9307 2 years ago
Quoted from fingersport:

This post at 187 pages has to be my favorite post of all time. EM's forever.

Best thing about this EM group is that there is almost never any petty bickering.

#9308 2 years ago

pretty baby (resized).jpg

one of my favs also

1 week later
#9380 2 years ago

Do you plan on keeping those metal posts
to the sides of the blue pop bumpers,
as they are not original standard parts of the PF layout.
Might give it more action around the pops
but again not as intended by designer.
Guess it may depend on how it plays and
how much damage to the playfield the screw holes made.
Bus Stop definitely has neat art package and layout otherwize.
A game one does not see too often,
I miss mine, now at the PPM.
The head's repaint job looks good, but how are the CAB sides repaint theme?

And what are those rubber posts to the sides of the left and right mushroom bumpers?
Are those plunger shooter rod tips re-purposed for a mini post?

1 month later
#9523 2 years ago

Here is another from my archives

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Side Note : This actual game was the one that I shipped to africa, to keep me company and entertained,
when i was working overseas in the offshore oil fields of Angola.
When I transferred out, I sold it to a Scotsman who had plans to put it in his bar.
Probably in some bar in Cabinda or Soyo near the Congo River now.

#9533 2 years ago