So i used to operate Pins back in the late 90's/Early 2k's renting them to pubs but got fed up with them always breaking down and sold the lot! I always regretted that as I really loved pinball machines so I recently decided to start a home collection. I already own a twilight zone but i just purchased my favourite game of all Star Trek: TNG for 600 euro, a bargain? Absolutely not, this could be the dumbest thing I ever bought!
The machine itself was caught in a fire and has suffered severe fire damage as the images attached show.
Cabinet - charred and will need heavy reconstruction.
Playfield - Severe melting of certain inserts and decals. Burning or artwork at places.
Playfield ramps and toys - most completely melted.
Glass - Smashed (as my bloodied hands discovered pretty soon!)
Launch Gun - Burnt on the left and needs replacing (how hot was this fire to burn the metal!)
Back Box - All boards missing, speaker assembly and translites missing. Cables cut and missing connectors. Light box burnt and bayonets melted.
And I haven't even begun to talk about the bottom of the playfield yet!
Note: The ash you see everywhere is the ceiling of the arcade which caved in and no doubt went straight through the glass.
As you can see this machine will need a hell of a lot of work to restore and considering I have never done this before.... it will need a miracle!
But... I have time... I have a fantastic forum full of helpful individuals (I hope) and I have a vision to fully resurrect, restore and upgrade this machine so it can take pride of place in my living room.
I'm glad and would be honoured to share this journey with you...