One thing I hate about EM's an Air Aces restore

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One thing I hate about EM's an Air Aces restore


By psd4me

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Hi Guys I'm restoring a Bally AA for a friend and finally got thru one of the things I hate the most about Em restores today (especially four player games)

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I was just so happy to have them done I had to post pics. They did have some rust on a few of them so all metal parts got soaked in vinegar put in the tumbler and then I coated them with Rust Prevention Magic to seal them up and all the plastic parts got put in the sonic cleaner. And yes I know the new sleeves need to be cut down I just stuck them all in to make sure I had enough. For those wondering this is a complete restore. HSA restored pf. I scanned and am making stencils to repaint the cab, which I put a new bottom in. The BG is in excellent cond so this should turn out pretty nice when done. If anybody has a super nice apron or one of the Pinball rescue decals they're not using please let me know. Thanks Mike

#2 1 year ago

I just think it is awesome this game to receive this kind of attention.

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#3 1 year ago

If anybody is interested I'll post some updates, not every step of the way but some highlights. I got the light board finished up today (other that getting new labels made)

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I cut a new piece of ply for the relay mount. I'll be replacing the wood for the bottom board in the cab also. I hit some of the bad spots with some filler and repainted the board semi gloss.I also replaced the troublesome Bally connectors with the Williams Gottlieb style. Mike

#4 1 year ago

I have to agree with wayout440. I just picked up my first EM and I'm getting ready to go through it as well.

#5 1 year ago

PF harness fresh out of the wash

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#6 1 year ago

Pulled the PF out of the crate today and got it on the rotisserie. The owner went with the matte finish. I replaced all of the inserts before sending it to HSA.

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I just love to sit and stare at restored PF's

Here's a few before pics.

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#7 1 year ago

Started getting some parts on the pf All new lamp sockets( I hate flakey sockets)

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Hope to have the side rails repainted this weekend.

#8 1 year ago

I got the side rails repainted and on this weekend.

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Along with a new lane guard from Gatecrasher

Also got the drop targets finished up and installed tonight

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#9 1 year ago

Nice progress...that is a beefy stand up target bank

#10 1 year ago

What a beautiful playfield. I love those Pitts looking planes and the overall theme of the pinball.
You are doing a fantastic job at resurrecting this old machine.
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Yves

#11 1 year ago

Looks like a great project.

I won a local tournament on this machine this past weekend, so I have a new appreciation for it. I'd played it before and not impressed, but when dialed in, this is a great drop target machine.

I picked this machine for the rubber match in the final round, as it was the only EM. The other player is a modern Stern expert and he got to pick the first two games. He hates EM's even more now!

What's that red/blue playfield in the background, I don't recognize the baboons.

#12 1 year ago

Grand lizard. One of many of my own resto's I need to get to.

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#13 1 year ago

I got the apron and shooter gauge back from the powdercoaters today and got the decal on.

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Also got the ball trough and top side of the pop bumpers on.

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That's all for now. Hope to start putting the harness on the pf this weekend. Mike

#14 1 year ago

Beautiful, beautiful beautiful. What a great work.

Yves

#15 1 year ago

Thanks Yves. I'm really happy with the way it's turning out. Mike

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#16 9 months ago

Well after some time away from this (Too long) Air Aces has made it back to the top of the list I had the upper ball arch and the kickout brackets nickle plated along with new red bulb lenses.

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I also got all the gi sockets on and going to start putting new braiding on tomorrow night. I had to end up custom bending some of the sockets for the gi, I coudn't find the proper ones in my searching.

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#17 9 months ago

I got the back part of the braiding on tonight. Start on the rest tomorrow.

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#18 9 months ago

I wish more EMs got this kind of treatment. Really beautiful work.

#19 9 months ago

I got the lower half of the braiding on tonight. Now I think I can reinstall the harness and get the pf finished up

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#20 9 months ago

I've had AA twice in my pinball life...love the game and the artwork. Still have an NOS BG on my wall...but mine never looked like this!!! Great job.

#21 9 months ago
Quoted from Hogey:

I've had AA twice in my pinball life...love the game and the artwork. Still have an NOS BG on my wall...but mine never looked like this!!! Great job.

Thanks

#22 9 months ago

First-rate work you're doing there. Agreed more EM's need "the treatment"!

#23 9 months ago

I take my hat off to you. Great job on a great game.

#24 9 months ago

Got the back section of the pf harness installed tonight. It's always nice to see the pile of parts and hardware start to go away when reassembling.

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#25 5 months ago

On the final push to get this game back together. I Hope to start painting the head next week and then the cab after that. Here's a few pics of the pf. I started fitting rubbers and the plastics back on. I'm short a couple so I need to get up to PBL next week so I can finish the pf up.

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#26 5 months ago

Looking really good. Very nice job.

#27 5 months ago

Note: I was able to make the two pop bumper lights deactivate during the game-over mode.
I did it to keep the plastic cap from burning; back in the days of incandescent lamps.
Good job, and you have a nice playfield.

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#28 5 months ago

Thanks guys. The pf is finished Unfortunately the cold here has stopped my painting for the moment. The hanger at work barely gets up to 60 and once I turn the exhaust fan for the booth on it goes down. But it looks like it's going to warm up a bit this weekend so hopefully I can make some progress on that. Mike

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#29 5 months ago

We finally got our Glowforge laser at work a few weeks ago so with every resto goes a custom keychain

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#30 4 months ago

I got the base,gold speckle and a couple coats of clear on the head today.

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Tomorrow I'll be going in and get the Red and blue on and hopefully the final coats of clear and then it will be on to the cab. Mike

#31 4 months ago

Got the red on today. Unfortunately some of the adhesive on the stencils stuck to the cab so I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to hopefully get that cleaned of and get the blue on.

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#32 4 months ago
Quoted from psd4me:

Got the red on today. Unfortunately some of the adhesive on the stencils stuck to the cab so I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to hopefully get that cleaned of and get the blue on.

I spent way too much of my Saturday removing glue left on the cabinet from the stencils. I never had that happen before, wonder if there was a change in adhesive or a bad batch.

#33 4 months ago

Well I got the adhesive cleaned off and got the blue and some more clear on tonight. I'll wait till the weekend and block it out and put the final slightly flattened clear and the head should be done. Mike

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#34 4 months ago
Quoted from ssbodyman:

I spent way too much of my Saturday removing glue left on the cabinet from the stencils. I never had that happen before, wonder if there was a change in adhesive or a bad batch.

I think my problem was the clear was too fresh (1 day) they worked fine tonight. They were easier to pull off tonight.

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#35 79 days ago

Here's some pics of the bottom board I still need to go thru the score motor switches and get a coil ordered from PBR this week. I also got rid of most of the crappy Bally female jones plugs. When these started flaking out was when he decided to start on the resto.

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#36 63 days ago

I got the Back door and lower channel back from the powdercoaters today.

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#37 62 days ago

Very nice. I use the silver vein style for back doors too.

Did it fit into the channel the first time? I had some issues with that on a few, due to the increased thickness.

#38 62 days ago

This one fits great. No problems at all.

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#39 45 days ago

The last of the fun has started.

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#40 30 days ago

Got the inside of the cab painted today. The clear is still very fresh the gloss will die back some as it drys. Mike

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