(Topic ID: 253929)

Happy I decided not to trade my original AFM

By marksf123

4 months ago

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#1 4 months ago

Well I almost decided to trade my AFM. I got this AFM around 2007 when pinball games were cheap (well much cheaper) and restored it with a new Micro playfield and new cabinet decals. It was the first game I restored (done several since) and at one time I got of pinball but keep this one game. I usually would do something to it over the years to just keep it fun, adding Bill Ung's light kit and then adding his expansion kit. Also eventually went with all LED, new plastics, color screen, translucent back with lighting extra lighting, pinbits shaker motor, green LEDs on mothership, etc. I also added the limited edition Williams approved topper and a special start button that I haven't seen again (dont remember where I got it).

Well anyways, my company moved me from San Diego to Baltimore about 3 years ago and the game went into storage. I had my awesome San Diego pinball tech go over all my games before I moved them and everything worked great. After a while, I decided to move them from storage to a spot in FL and went to set up the AFM and it didn't work. It was in a spot that was too hard to work on it so I just said forget about it and enjoyed my other games at the time. I finally moved to FL and had it set up at my house (even adding the metzelmod house when it was broke) but it still had issues and I have been working on it from time to time but was getting frustrated and was thinking about trading as is. I told my family I was trading it and they said no way and that day when they said that I decided to try to work on it one more time and got everything fixed - zero errors.

It has been 3 years since it worked right and wow does it play great now. The game still looks like it is brand new and I do like it how it plays more that the remake. I almost got to rule the universe on the first day I fixed it and glad it is still in the house. I forgot how much fun this game is and why I have keep it so long.
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#2 4 months ago

Nothing beats a time tested original.

#3 4 months ago

Good choice that topper

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#4 4 months ago


Nice to see on made it all the way to the Netherlands. If some you you have one of the 75 made post a pic here.

#5 4 months ago

Nice to see threads like this. I feel the same way about my original MB. Restored it much like you did with AFM, and it occurs to me that it is SO much easier to work on these games than the remakes due to the availability of shared parts. Many of the parts in these games are common to WPC games of that era, and there's a lot of availability. LEDs are easy to change out, and cheap. boards are easy to fix. Even the dreaded A/V board can now be replaced.

#6 4 months ago

Thanks - I also restored my original MB too

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