(Topic ID: 80560)

Metal playfield side rails


By Bryan_Kelly

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    How many of you have these or have seen these on games. I've had two BSD's that had them and one WH2O. Needless to say, most BSD's and WH2O's I've seen had standard wood ones. Makes me wonder why and what other games got these.

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    #2 6 years ago

    Never seen them before, but they are awesome. Definitely seems like an obvious place to cut cost for the manufacturer. From a collector standpoint, I would much rather have them. Pretty cool powdercoating opportunity as well.

    #3 6 years ago

    My old BSD had them, absolutely loved them.

    #4 6 years ago

    In a related note, is this what Vid means when he says to put rails(wood or the nice metal) on un-populated playfields to prevent warping?

    #5 6 years ago

    I have a 1967 Bally Surfers that has metal rails like that. In addition, the plated upper arch (the one the ball rides on) actually fits into a slot on one of the rails.

    The inner rail on the ball shooter lane on the game is also metal, plated, and screws into the p/f from the top.

    So not a new idea in the world of pinball.

    #6 6 years ago
    Quoted from KloggMonkey:

    In a related note, is this what Vid means when he says to put rails(wood or the nice metal) on un-populated playfields to prevent warping?

    Kind of. I make my own rails out of oak to store them.

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    #7 6 years ago

    Bryan,

    My WH2O has those. I think it may be metal on the left, and wood on the right. I will check when I get home

    Edit: both metal.

    #8 6 years ago

    My creature from the black lagoon has metal rails on both sides

    #9 6 years ago

    My bsd has them

    #10 6 years ago

    CFTBL has them.

    #11 6 years ago

    there was a thread about some CFTBL's having them - theory is due to playfield warp the metal rails were installed

    #12 6 years ago

    I have them on our WH20. I think they would have been more expensive than wood.

    Maybe they got a run of warped plywood and needed the metal rails to straighten things out?

    Steve (in Escalon, CA)

    #13 6 years ago

    They were used on CFTBL, BSD and White Water. What I was told is they were used on playfields that had a warp to them. While your set is NOS, many times on more used games, the holes strip out, and there's no good way to fix this - can't tap them out to a larger screw, because it'd scrape the inside of the cabinet.

    I'd make a nice oak set for your BSD, if it were mine!

    #14 6 years ago

    Mine has the metal rails. With playfield is virtually cut in half by the mist inserts so I'm glad they went with wood. I usually make new oak rails for all my games but kept the metal ones for BSD.

    #15 6 years ago
    Quoted from scottself:

    Pretty cool powdercoating opportunity as well.

    GNR uses them, and I included them in my batch of powder coated parts. Looks great, although a good bit of their length is covered by plastics/ramps.

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