(Topic ID: 249674)

Robo-War Restore


By DuffysArcade

34 days ago



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#1 34 days ago

In April 2019 I bought a Gottlieb Robo-War from a warehouse in Milan, Italy (I was living in Germany at the time). This post will document the work I will undertake to ressurect this great pin. Besides photos, I will make a video every so often capturing the work.

Here is video #1 of the series:

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#2 34 days ago

Update #2: The electrical troubleshooting continues as I begin to work through the many small problems the machine arrived with.

#3 34 days ago

Update #3: Starting to strip the playfield and decide whether to repaint or apply a playfield overlay (which are not available for purchase anywhere).

#4 34 days ago

Update #4: The playfield is now stripped and ready to begin the overlay installation process.

#5 34 days ago

Following!! Slow and steady wins the race

#6 34 days ago
Quoted from DuffysArcade:

Update #4: The playfield is now stripped and ready to begin the overlay installation process.

FYI, I saw pictures of the difference fine grit sanding on inserts makes on getaway restore thread.

#7 30 days ago

Update #5: The home-made playfield overlay has been applied to the playfield. I believe I am the first person to use this overlay graphic that was made by a gentleman in France. Kudos to you pal, I made some edits to the file and it looks great. It turned out a bit too long front-to-back (1.5-2 mm) but this is easily adjusted in GIMP. Waterslide decals have also been applied. Ready for clear-coating!

#8 28 days ago

And the "paint booth" has been built minus a filter. A few more items to collect before I can begin spraying.
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#10 28 days ago

If you end up selling, feel free to pm me

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#11 19 days ago

Update #6 - Clearcoating the playfield!!

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#12 7 days ago

Looks Great. Looking forward to seeing it complete.

#14 7 days ago

The Robo-War is in the line-up! I have a few more small details to still work through but I am very pleased.

#15 6 days ago

So nice! It started out as a players and now is worthy in any home owners collection. Have fun

#16 6 days ago

Good to see a classic pin like RoboWar restored to perfection.
Nice job indeed !

#17 6 days ago

For anyone who might want to do the same playfield restoration to their RW...I have one extra copy of the vinyl graphic that I used to overlay this playfield. If you are interested I am willing to sell it for $100 plus shipping (which is what I have into it). Please be aware that is is around 1-2mm long (you can see the minor mis-match in my restoration video series on YouTube. I also added a small "easter egg" to the graphic above the pops to make it my own.

I can also provide the pdf file to anyone who wants to try and get their own printed out. I made a pdf of the inserts that I printed onto waterslide decal material that I can share as well. Send me a PM. Thanks to those who helped me along the way.

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#18 6 days ago
Quoted from phototamer:

Good to see a classic pin like RoboWar restored to perfection.
Nice job indeed !

Quoted from Pinballerchef:

So nice! It started out as a players and now is worthy in any home owners collection. Have fun

Thanks a lot! I appreciate the feedback!

#19 5 days ago

You did a fantastic job on this. Not many would put that kind of work into a Premier game. I first played this just last year in a tourney and found it to be a really fun game. Regarding your overlay, I see that it has the insert graphics on it, but in your video, the inserts were blank. Will the inserts need to be cut out on this?

#20 5 days ago
Quoted from treborlicec:

Regarding your overlay, I see that it has the insert graphics on it, but in your video, the inserts were blank. Will the inserts need to be cut out on this?

Thanks for the good words! Yes, the insert areas have to be trimmed out with a razor knife. Take a look at my Update #5 video. You can see in the beginning how the inserts are blank and I made and applied water slide decals later in video #5.

Unfortunately my printer in The Netherlands could not print the graphic onto a clear material...that would have been ideal as the insert lettering was already there. I had to do it the hard way but it worked in the end.

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