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Showboat Wedgehead with a different cabinet

By dgpinball

8 years ago


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#1 8 years ago

Recently acquired a project Showboat as part of a deal, didn't really check it out much at all before getting it home, discovered that that cabinet is completely different from what it should be. Normally this wouldn't surprise me at all as many of these older games have been repainted over the years, but what has me puzzled is this looks like a factory paint job, it just has that original paint feel to it. Couldn't find anything close to it in the IPDB, so I'm thinking possibly it's a sample cabinet.

Anyway, thought I would post some pics here, see if anyone has ever seen this particular paint job before.

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#2 8 years ago

i got a GIGI that was the same way. it had the art of cover girl with the colors of gigi. it was done well because i just pulled the side rails on it and the colors are under the rails. i looked factory, but i think it was done afterwards. maybe and operator had it done because of damage or it was purchased from an operator and resdone to re sell. there are a few stories of this being done

#3 8 years ago

I have a Tropic Isle that's in a Flipper cab.to bad because the Flipper cab is in really nice shape.

Ted

#4 8 years ago

I have a "Rack a Ball" in an alternate cabinet. It has the same pattern and colors as "Slick Chick", but in the shallow cabinet.
BTW, what's the game next to the "Show Boat" with the crazy blue stripes on it? That doesn't look familiar either.

#5 8 years ago

In one of the other photos, it looks like a "Flipper Fair", but those stripes on the front aren't supposed to be there.

#6 8 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

In one of the other photos, it looks like a "Flipper Fair", but those stripes on the front aren't supposed to be there.

It is a Flipper Fair that I just got a few weeks ago, the blue stripes are on both sides and on the front, someone decided it looked better than the plain white, it doesn't!! Fortunately it's a relatively easy fix as cabinet repaints go.

#7 8 years ago

The large red with small blue stripe is similar to the factory set up. Does it look like a factory application? Gottlieb did do 1 off cabinet painting by request. For employees, distributors, and suppliers. Think that DirtFlipper had stated it has happened. Is it an early production or Sample Game?

#8 8 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I have a "Rack a Ball" in an alternate cabinet. It has the same pattern and colors as "Slick Chick", but in the shallow cabinet.
BTW, what's the game next to the "Show Boat" with the crazy blue stripes on it? That doesn't look familiar either.

my gigi is the deep cab with the art from cover girl with the smaller cab
i have it stripped and i can not see anywhere were it looks like a repaint.

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#9 8 years ago

I'm likely about to buy a Gottlieb Melody that's actually in a Sing-Along cabinet. Trying to decide if I should do a repaint, or keep a relatively nice original paint-job and not worry about it. Since those two games were basically mirror images of each other, it's not as noticeable.

Would love input from the group.

#10 8 years ago
Quoted from goldenboy232:

I'm likely about to buy a Gottlieb Melody that's actually in a Sing-Along cabinet. Trying to decide if I should do a repaint, or keep a relatively nice original paint-job and not worry about it. Since those two games were basically mirror images of each other, it's not as noticeable.
Would love input from the group.

i would leave it, i like the lighter color cab better. melody was a bit to dark IMO

#11 8 years ago
Quoted from goldenboy232:

I'm likely about to buy a Gottlieb Melody that's actually in a Sing-Along cabinet. Trying to decide if I should do a repaint, or keep a relatively nice original paint-job and not worry about it. Since those two games were basically mirror images of each other, it's not as noticeable.
Would love input from the group.

Yeah, I would just leave it original. It's just the colors that are inverted. Are you sure it's not an export model perhaps?

#12 8 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Yeah, I would just leave it original. It's just the colors that are inverted. Are you sure it's not an export model perhaps?

http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1127&picno=4890 "Harmony" is an Italian export add-a-ball version, but it has the colors of "Sing Along" on the cabinet and playfield. Maybe the one you're buying had a bad original backglass and someone put a "Melody" backglass in it.
It wouldn't really work though if that was the case, because although it's an add-a-ball, it doesn't have the 1-10 along the bottom to indicate the number of balls to play.

#13 8 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

The large red with small blue stripe is similar to the factory set up. Does it look like a factory application? Gottlieb did do 1 off cabinet painting by request. For employees, distributors, and suppliers. Think that DirtFlipper had stated it has happened. Is it an early production or Sample Game?

It does look factory to me, which is why I was curious about what it might be. Sounds like it is possible that it was done by Gottlieb as a sample or for a special purpose, kind of cool! Now to get it working and see if I like the game, the playfield is in exceptional shape, unfortunately the backglass is very poor and it isn't available from any of the usual sources

#14 8 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1127&picno=4890 "Harmony" is an Italian export add-a-ball version, but it has the colors of "Sing Along" on the cabinet and playfield. Maybe the one you're buying had a bad original backglass and someone put a "Melody" backglass in it.
It wouldn't really work though if that was the case, because although it's an add-a-ball, it doesn't have the 1-10 along the bottom to indicate the number of balls to play.

Pretty positive it's a Melody in a Sing Along cabinet.

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