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How do you cover a hole from a removed post?

By KiwiSTG

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Hi there, I've been a lurker for about a year, but this is my first time posting. I got my first pinball machine last week, a 1992 Gottlieb Operation: Thunder. Decent condition in general but I've definitely had plenty to work on recently.

The thing is, I just got my manual and rubber kit in the mail and realized that the posts in the lower third are wrong. There's supposed to be no mini posts on top of the inlane ball guides, and one mini post above the right outlane. Instead there's a mini post on top the right inlane ball guide, and a red peg really far below where it has any right to be. My question is, how could I touch up the removal holes around where the wood screws ate into the playfield when I remove these things?

Also bonus question: why does it seem that some playfields have small holes in them already to install a post even though there isn't supposed to be one there? See the last two pictures of the left ball guide and under the apron. It seems like there are a ton of Operation: Thunder playfields that have incorrect post locations because of these.

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#2 1 year ago

Toothpicks, wood glue, snip toothpics level, sand, then a little wood epoxy over, sand, then touch up.

But honestly, just leave it. It's not a big deal.

#3 1 year ago

plastic wood works great for filling in gouges or holes. can be bought at lowes or home depot. its in a tube like model glue.

#4 1 year ago

Be warned, the manual isn't always correct. I just took a peak at the Operation Thunder photos gallery. Most of your concerns seem to be installed that way from the factory.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

Be warned, the manual isn't always correct. I just took a peak at the Operation Thunder photos gallery. Most of your concerns seem to be installed that way from the factory.

Oh, is that so?
I'm confused then, how do I find the way the playfield was meant to be configured? I used the flyer and manual as reference but I didn't know it isn't always correct.

#6 1 year ago

And I thought the OP wanted to hide a post they made on Pinside.

This is very different

#7 1 year ago

I second that manuals aren't always correct. I've found a few posts in various games that were clearly factory but not shown in the manual.

I don't own this game but found this pic in a for sale ad. Looks like some of those posts you removed actually belong where they are.

No big deal if you remove them, it will just make the outlane a lot hungrier!


#8 1 year ago

Thanks for the input. I'm starting to think you guys are right, looks like I'm leaving this discussion *adding* a post to the left lane rather than removing one


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