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Stern Playboy Owner’s Thread ~ Only Enter if You’re as Old as the Pin

By chickenscratch

2 years ago


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#1 2 years ago

Jesus, only nearly 20 years late.

Heavily underrated pin, my #2 behind IMDN.

So… don’t see an owners thread, but recently joined the Stern Playboy club after playing one on location and falling in love with the action/flow; such a fun-simple shooter and knew I had to get one. Ended up getting a really nice one off a pinside wanted ad here, and some may easily recognize which one, due to all the legendary custom work on it. Things in MINT condition and one of the prettiest pins I’ve ever seen.

However, didn’t really like the 3D female anime mods, but liked the idea and decided on putting some flexible realistic mods in instead. Never thought I’d be assembling together dolls and dressing them lmao but it’s been fun being creative. As for vibes, going for suggestive/provocative, while showing no tits and bits (gotta play pinball for that!)

To do this yourself, search flexible 1/6 (topper) or 1/12 (under glass) dolls on Amazon. HiPlay and Phicen seem to be the two main manufactures. Just be prepared, it’s a bitch to dress and pose and adhere these things, as one of these three always goes wrong when you’re addressing one of the other two.

But, the main point of starting an owners thread… got some issues I need help with.

1) The magazine on skill shot doesn’t stay open; should it? It flips o/c constantly throughout the active ball

2) The PB I played in bar had peek-a-boo nice and dark, couldn’t see shitc unless activated. On my pin, it’s always half lit and visible; solutions?

That’s about it - fantastic pin!!!

Cheers!

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#2 2 years ago

Its definitely the fan favorite in my collection of pins and arcades. Easy shooter with a bunch of cheesy toys. It'll be one of the last to go if I ever decide to get out of the hobby.

Edited to answer your questions:
Yes the magazine should stay open. Do you have leds behind the Peek A Boo picture? If so you may have to swap them out for non-ghosting leds.

#3 2 years ago
Quoted from PapaKilo:

Its definitely the fan favorite in my collection of pins and arcades. Easy shooter with a bunch of cheesy toys. It'll be one of the last to go if I ever decide to get out of the hobby.

Agreed. It wouldn't be good for the only pin in a collection but if you have multiple it works very well. Mine is bolted to the floor.

#4 2 years ago
Quoted from chickenscratch:

Jesus, only nearly 20 years late.
Heavily underrated pin, my #2 behind IMDN.
So… don’t see an owners thread, but recently joined the Stern Playboy club after playing one on location and falling in love with the action/flow; such a fun-simple shooter and knew I had to get one. Ended up getting a really nice one off a pinside wanted ad here, and some may easily recognize which one, due to all the legendary custom work on it. Things in MINT condition and one of the prettiest pins I’ve ever seen.
However, didn’t really like the 3D female anime mods, but liked the idea and decided on putting some flexible realistic mods in instead. Never thought I’d be assembling together dolls and dressing them lmao but it’s been fun being creative. As for vibes, going for suggestive/provocative, while showing no tits and bits (gotta play pinball for that!)
To do this yourself, search flexible 1/6 (topper) or 1/12 (under glass) dolls on Amazon. HiPlay and Phicen seem to be the two main manufactures. Just be prepared, it’s a bitch to dress and pose and adhere these things, as one of these three always goes wrong when you’re addressing one of the other two.
But, the main point of starting an owners thread… got some issues I need help with.
1) The magazine on skill shot doesn’t stay open; should it? It flips o/c constantly throughout the active ball
2) The PB I played in bar had peek-a-boo nice and dark, couldn’t see shitc unless activated. On my pin, it’s always half lit and visible; solutions?
That’s about it - fantastic pin!!!
Cheers!
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1). Yes it should stay open for the entire ball I believe. Mine does. 2). I wonder if a bulb is stuck on? It should be dark until the ball hits it and registers.

FYI....I'm using the same translite. I see you took off the explicit version. It looks to work well with the LED backboard he had in it. Also, Voodoo glass did wonders for the centerfold....it was really washed out when opening from the glare....

#5 2 years ago

I played this many times, it was in our office at Heighway Pinball. We were working on our own Playboy pinball game at the time (designed by Barry Oursler). Thankfully, the project didn't make it beyond my hard drive.....it was bloody awful.

Stern's game is ok fun I suppose, with some interesting shots. And who doesn't like looking at titties

More titties in pinball is what I say.

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from insight75:

1). Yes it should stay open for the entire ball I believe. Mine does. 2). I wonder if a bulb is stuck on? It should be dark until the ball hits it and registers.
FYI....I'm using the same translite. I see you took off the explicit version. It looks to work well with the LED backboard he had in it. Also, Voodoo glass did wonders for the centerfold....it was really washed out when opening from the glare....

I think they’re might be an led behind it; will need to dig into both issues it seems.

Ya the led backlight does work well with the alt translite, but some of the leds are flickering/burnt out so just ordered a new custom one yesterday, specifically for this translite.

It’s my only pin without hd anti-glare glass; is voodoo glass similar? Never heard of it. Cheers

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from chickenscratch:

I think they’re might be an led behind it; will need to dig into both issues it seems.
Ya the led backlight does work well with the alt translite, but some of the leds are flickering/burnt out so just ordered a new custom one yesterday, specifically for this translite.
It’s my only pin without hd anti-glare glass; is voodoo glass similar? Never heard of it. Cheers

Yes. they sell it at Cointaker. Its probably the most inexpensive one but depends on delivery cost of course. There are many opinions on which is best and such. I like the Voodoo.... Good performance to price ratio.

#8 2 years ago

Looking for one in the Buffalo NY area!

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#9 2 years ago
Quoted from chickenscratch:

Jesus, only nearly 20 years late.
Heavily underrated pin, my #2 behind IMDN.
So… don’t see an owners thread, but recently joined the Stern Playboy club after playing one on location and falling in love with the action/flow; such a fun-simple shooter and knew I had to get one. Ended up getting a really nice one off a pinside wanted ad here, and some may easily recognize which one, due to all the legendary custom work on it. Things in MINT condition and one of the prettiest pins I’ve ever seen.
However, didn’t really like the 3D female anime mods, but liked the idea and decided on putting some flexible realistic mods in instead. Never thought I’d be assembling together dolls and dressing them lmao but it’s been fun being creative. As for vibes, going for suggestive/provocative, while showing no tits and bits (gotta play pinball for that!)
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To do this yourself, search flexible 1/6 (topper) or 1/12 (under glass) dolls on Amazon. HiPlay and Phicen seem to be the two main manufactures. Just be prepared, it’s a bitch to dress and pose and adhere these things, as one of these three always goes wrong when you’re addressing one of the other two.
But, the main point of starting an owners thread… got some issues I need help with.
1) The magazine on skill shot doesn’t stay open; should it? It flips o/c constantly throughout the active ball
2) The PB I played in bar had peek-a-boo nice and dark, couldn’t see shitc unless activated. On my pin, it’s always half lit and visible; solutions?
That’s about it - fantastic pin!!!
Cheers!
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#10 2 years ago

The newest Playboy club member is... Me!

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#11 2 years ago

A little info on my pick up...undocumented
HUO. I'm now the 3rd owner. It's in near perfect shape with no playfield wear!

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#12 2 years ago

Looks great. Mine looks very similar with just a small hint of wear (like a scratch) on the shooter lane. I put a piece of mylar over it so no further damage since no cliffy is available. The only issue I had was with a micro switch at the the drop screen. If you ever hear that step motor continue to run when its up check those switches.

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from insight75:

Looks great. Mine looks very similar with just a small hint of wear (like a scratch) on the shooter lane. I put a piece of mylar over it so no further damage since no cliffy is available. The only issue I had was with a micro switch at the the drop screen. If you ever hear that step motor continue to run when its up check those switches.

Thanks! Have you tried cliffys universal shooter lane protector for sterns? I have one on the way. I'll report back on fitment.
Have you done anything to improve the sound quality of the whitestar system? Mine sounds like a am radio

#14 2 years ago

I'd like to join the club, lmk anyone's looking to move on.

#15 2 years ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Thanks! Have you tried cliffys universal shooter lane protector for sterns? I have one on the way. I'll report back on fitment.
Have you done anything to improve the sound quality of the whitestar system? Mine sounds like a am radio

I have not tried the universal cliffy but that would be great if you can report back on that. I left the sound alone so far. Certainly not that great but I don't find it that terrible (for what it is). My biggest issue is noise from the LED backbox lights I installed. Lots of hum and noise through the speakers. I'm wondering if I can do something to lower this hum a bit. During gameplay its fine but when sitting in attract mode its obnoxious.

#16 2 years ago

Is anyone getting rejects when shooting the grotto under a hard shot? I don't see anything that would be causing this. The one way gate seems to open fine.

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#17 2 years ago

I’m well older than my 2002 Playboy and even a 1978 Playboy that my neighbor owns. My Playboy pin is my second pin and I was able to get it NIB.

I haven’t messed with the back box lighting but would love to have the translite lit by LED’s. I did change out all of the playfield lights to LED’s and couldn’t be happier with the change it made in appearance from the original incandescent bulbs.

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#18 2 years ago

I'd love to join this club! Looking for one preferably in the Midwest.

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from Beldar:

I’m well older than my 2002 Playboy and even a 1978 Playboy that my neighbor owns. My Playboy pin is my second pin and I was able to get it NIB.
I haven’t messed with the back box lighting but would love to have the translite lit by LED’s. I did change out all of the playfield lights to LED’s and couldn’t be happier with the change it made in appearance from the original incandescent bulbs.
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I really like the interactive backbox LED boards that are available from a few modders. Highly recommended.

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#20 2 years ago

Color DMD

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#21 2 years ago

A nice touch I must say

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#22 2 years ago

Made some playboy speaker panel decals to cover that boring black board. Regular or adult version.
$35 plus postage if any of you want one.

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#23 2 years ago
Quoted from BioBa:

Made some playboy speaker panel decals to cover that boring black board. Regular or adult version.
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Have these been trail fitted ? Doesn’t look like the bunnies on the bottom will fit before the panel angles out .

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#24 2 years ago

Still looking to join the club. If any of you playboys have gotten married I can take her off your hands.

And yes that's the machine, not your wife.

I'll be at pinfest for a quick painless cash for pin deal.

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

A nice touch I must say
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mollyspub I really like your side art blades. Did you make them? Or did you find them somewhere to purchase?

#26 2 years ago
Quoted from insight75:

I really like the interactive backbox LED boards that are available from a few modders. Highly recommended.

Could you advise on the modders doing Backbox LED boards?

#27 2 years ago
Quoted from Beldar:

mollyspub I really like your side art blades. Did you make them? Or did you find them somewhere to purchase?

Thank you! They were custom made.

#28 2 years ago

mollyspub what brand is your color DMD?

#29 2 years ago
Quoted from Beldar:

mollyspub what brand is your color DMD?

Brand? Isn’t ColorDMD the only one in town?

#30 2 years ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Thank you! They were custom made.

You make them custom online? I gotta make some like that.

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#31 1 year ago
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#32 1 year ago
Quoted from BioBa:

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I like the lighted speakers and the speaker cover. It’s a huge improvement over the black & boring speaker panel area of the pin. I’ve been wanting to do something with that area of my pin. Yours looks better than what I’d recently thought about buying to improve mine. If you don’t mind, where’d you get the lighted speaker panels, the bunny logos, and the speaker cover panel?

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#33 1 year ago

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#34 1 year ago

Here's a question that you folks may be able to answer. What is the purpose of the rollover switch below the pops, under the left ramp? On the switch matrix, it's switch 25 and called "Pop Bumper Exit".

Thanks!

#35 1 year ago

Are you able to answer my question, above?

Anyone!?

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from KYLEDM5:

Are you able to answer my question, above?
Anyone!?

Let me check this weekend .

#37 1 year ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Let me check this weekend .

Any luck?

#38 1 year ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Let me check this weekend .

Are you still alive?

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#39 1 year ago

Working on a PB, how bad is the trifold middle mech? looks like this one is binding up
Also what are people using for color rubbers
Which post sleeves? I know some people said some post sleeves break down fast vs others.

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from KYLEDM5:

Are you still alive?

Did you ever find a answer to this ? I forgot all about it !

#41 1 year ago

Playboy is supposed to have the high voltage orange dmd, right? I see a hack done on this one and it has the red dmd and seemingly the top line of the dmd is "missing" like the dmd is 1 or 2 rows short

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#42 1 year ago

I start multiball and ball 2 kicks into the shooter lane and pretty much before it auto launches, ball 3 is sent into the shooter lane too. I can verify the shooter lane switch is being clicked down correctly. CPU version is 3.01 iirc. I ordered 5.0 rom set, but curious if anyone has ran into this.

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from northvibe:

Working on a PB, how bad is the trifold middle mech? looks like this one is binding up
Also what are people using for color rubbers
Which post sleeves? I know some people said some post sleeves break down fast vs others.

I recently had one and just sold it. Put a drop of super lube on the spring areas of that mech. Mine would bind when folding up and get stuck on the bottom part.

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from PoMC:

I recently had one and just sold it. Put a drop of super lube on the spring areas of that mech. Mine would bind when folding up and get stuck on the bottom part.

awesome, thank you. I'll add one, mine is missing the spring and eclip so going to add those and i'll super lube the joints.

#45 12 months ago

the manual isn't too good at showing how the spring and bar is secured down. Anyone have a picture? I need a smaller eclip to fit the groove.....

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#46 11 months ago

I had to bend open the spring more, so it actually "sprung" and touched both pegs. I also added a spacer behind the leg. spring is still wiggly.....

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#47 11 months ago

Anyone else get crazy air balls with a direct hit to the drop target? What’s the fix?

#48 11 months ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Anyone else get crazy air balls with a direct hit to the drop target? What’s the fix?

Yes, I made an airball protector for mine.

#49 11 months ago
Quoted from PapaKilo:

Yes, I made an airball protector for mine.

How? Pics?

#50 11 months ago

I did this probbaly close to 5 years ago now and its held up really well. I just cut a piece of cheap picture frame plastic and used the existing posts to secure it.

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