Quoted from Fast-Ed:
I saw it but it was pulled before I got to call them.
Gonna have to change your name. kidding.....kidding
Brought this home on Father's Day with a bunch of electronic issues. Just finished repairing and cleaning it a couple of days ago.
Quoted from dmbjunky:
Never seen an Af-tor. How does it play?
The flippers and pops are very similar to the classic Stern design. The slings are made of plastic and no other manufacturer made anything like them, but they are surprisingly responsive and with their near vertical angles there's a lot of back and forth play between them. The game plays very snappy and I haven't even rebuilt any of the mechs yet.
Even though it's a widebody the shots are tight, especially the ball lock on the left and release on the right. Even the spinner lanes are narrow. And I'm never prepared when the gates up top are open and the ball makes a complete loop, as you can see in the video. The ball release up top between the pops is a sucker shot, often returning SDTM. While the outlanes don't look hungry, the ball likes to walk over and drain so it's good to get those drop targets up, and the flipper gap is not large, but the ball sure seems to find it with ease. The background sound increases in tempo so that's satisfying to hear if you can actually keep a ball in play long enough.
There are lots of strategies: Shoot the ball up top and go for bonus multiplier and loads of pop bumper points, shoot the center banks of drop targets to keep the outlanes protected, shoot the stand ups twice or three times (dip selectable) to light extra ball, or go for multiball and get 2x playfield scoring.
All in all I have to say I'm quite impressed with it. It's fast and challenging and hard to rack up high scores on.
Quoted from indypinhead:
Here's my $50 yard sale pin...
Now I just need to find a backglass for it.
It came w/ a nice Alltek CPU board.
With a few minor repairs, the machine is working 100%
Anyone have a Globetrotters backglass for sale?
Dayam that thing is BEA-U-TI-FUL!! That playfield is SICK!
Marco has a used glass "in good condition" for $199. Last glass I bought from them they shipped for $10.
Quoted from mark532011:
wow, I always wondered if anyone sold pins at a yard sale. they must have 100 per weekend around town in the summer. what a find! nestled in among the $0.25 books and $0.10 kids clothes.
A guy here used to sell them all the time at his yard sales. Seriously though, I wouldn't really call it a yard sale.....more like an 'outdoor store'. He'd buy games for $100 or less and try to pawn off the non-working crap on others for $500.
I've only seen a couple at real yard sales. Still wished I hadn't passed on the $400 Fathom, but that was back in the early 90's when $400 was expensive and nobody cared about it.
Quoted from DefaultGen:
Finally got this damn game and it's BEAUTIFUL. No keys, doesn't boot, owner said even when it did boot the sound was busted. But the cabinet is great and playfield doesn't even have wear under the ball drop. Searched forever for a TX-Sector and finally found it 30 minutes from where I was going to be staying for Thanksgiving. It was a 10 hour drive instead of a 90 minute flight, but worth it.
Nice score. Fifty dollar 5V power supply board and it will be good as new.
Quoted from Pindufus:
Well, looks like I am in the running for 'turd of the year'. Picked this up today for $100 and may have overpaid at that price. Playfield and backglass aren't too bad. Cabinet is poor, especially the particle board back. Had to drill the front lock to get inside and saw some of the handiwork of the seller's "electronic genius newphew" who maintained the machine. Looks like I'm getting some of my money back as well.......
Lots of work to do on this one. Haven't decided yet if I'm going to part it out or try to do a reasonable restore.
It scares me that I see a cockroach egg sack in the first picture. Don't take that thing in your house without fully cleaning it out first.
Quoted from Bos98:
Not sure I could comfortably shove 3 in. I can get one across the middle through the sliding doors and one in the back with room for the dolly.
The heads would have to be removed that's the key, but yes, one across the middle and two in the back, heads laid on top.
Quoted from Spitfiren8:
I always thought it was the same but now that I look there are some other major differences. Single vs dbl inlanes and 3 vs 4 rollover lanes at the top...
It also has a gate into the kicker to the top of the playfield. Better chance of getting all of the lanes lit since there's no lane change.
Quoted from TopMoose:
Interesting story behind this: I've been thinking about doing a re-theme project for a while and decided that Flash is my ideal donor game (awesome layout, terrible artwork, high production run). After two slipped through my fingers, I found this playfield on Craigslist five miles from my house. It's dirty and parts are missing but it's only $200 and I can work with that.
Sounds like fun. Be sure to post your progress.
Quoted from wantdataeast:
Very nice Mr & Mrs Pac-Man. Fantastic back glass and play field! Nothing like being the first person to ever service a set of original boards. The displays were even original. Was stored in a finished climate controlled basement for the past 25 years. Gonna fix it's few issues and send her on her way.
Amazing condition! Hard to believe the cabinet's faded.
Quoted from Colsond3:
Very cool Catacomb...thing looks nice!! My buddy has one and he'll never sell it to me despite me constantly bugging him. It's just sitting in his garage "waiting for restoration" which he never even starts. I think the gameplay is very good on this pin including the bagatelle, considering it's an early Stern. Regret selling my Lightning a while back...good gameplay on that one also, even though Catacomb is much better. And who doesn't want to look at slutty girls? The artwork is great and provocative, and it's just an attractive game with a different color palate than most. Nice grab.
Do the restoration for him. You get to play it and look at the awesome artwork at his expense.
I played Q*Bert at TPF two years ago and at Expo last year, but before then I'd never seen one either.
Quoted from MCE_LLC:
I'm fairly new to this and am taking the bottom feeder approach for two reasons. It doesn't cost as much if I ruin a machine while I learn how to work on them. I also have my discretionary pinball spending throttled (wife card). This is my third pin since March and second nonfunctional pin. This one will be my first SS project.
What's bottom feeder about that? Looks to be in fantastic condition.
LOL...I like looking at people's collections to see what they like and dislike (that's why we put them in there, right?) And also to see what games I can try to get them to sell me.
Quoted from TiltDis:
It lights up... so that's a start!
Not really. I mean, your main fuse is good, but that's all that tells you. My experience with these is check and rebuild the power supply first, it really isn't a good design. Then go after the MPU if it still doesn't boot.
I've always liked the artwork on this one.
Quoted from mystic-:
Picked up this Jem on Saturday.. playfield and backglass in near perfect condition. it was well taken care of for the last 30+ years from the last owner..
When you see a game like this you just have to wonder how on earth it took so long to come up with ramps and habitrails.
Quoted from Tazmani:
Road trip to Bedford Indiana yesterday netted a pretty nice 1974 Magnotron. CL ad - I got there first!
I corralled my 28 year old son and we spent 6 hours of quality time driving there and back.
Machine $250 - burgers $15 - experience - Pricele$$
Remember how you used to buy albums based solely on the cover art? Well Magnotron was like that for me. I threw tons of quarters into that machine thanks to that stupid awesome backglass.
Quoted from Colsond3:
I hate moving games from the personal linenup...at least after selling Mystic and MSF this made me feel a little better.
Hey I recognize that shirt. Does that mean you have a CPR playfield tucked away somewhere?
I love my Xenon. Super fast and mean. Tough to break a million. Just waiting for applejuice to rewrite the game code for his pinball controller so we can create some new rules!
Quoted from Pinballgeek:
One quick question , anyone know any information on the lower backglass being blue most I have seen are black ?
I had a chance to buy one of two Pac-Mans recently, one of which had a blue score glass. I would've liked the blue one, but it was missing the backglass so went with the black one instead. Bally showed the blue glass on the flyer so it must be early production. I never saw one on location back in the day, only black ones.
Quoted from Djshakes:
Called on a clist add. Guy had a game posted. His brother died and they had a garage to clean out. Super clean sttng and bsd plus a project bop. Oh yeah and a pinball dolly and a pair of skates for $6500. I already have a sttng for sale, guess this makes two. Hopefully can move the bop. Keeping the bsd. For a while.
I mean....how could you say no???
Crazy light-up shoes you got there.
Quoted from ForceFlow:
Ended up with a fairly rare find last week--Gottlieb Star Race. Never thought I'd see one in the wild. I never cease to be amazed at what pops up.
Congrats, cool game. Almost bought one of these myself. One popped up a few months ago just a couple of hours away. I could have had it, but I decided to keep the space and money for other ventures. Probably the right decision, but I still regret not getting it. I watched the ad for a few more days until it finally disappeared.
Quoted from Joker2415:
Needs displays, lock down bar, shooter assembly(?), translite(I have original), whatever gremlins are in the circuit boards, And a ton of cleaning!!! It is cleaning up way better than I thought it would. Never mind the background mess....
Might check here and see if this is the right display and ask if it works.
Quoted from corvair61:
Pretty damn excited about this one. Picked this out of an old storage barn. Think I'd like to have it completely restored if anyone can point me in the right direction.
That's an original glass? CPR put the pink/red in the upper left corner around the boat like that. I've never seen that on an original glass before. Even the flyer doesn't have it.
Quoted from Nepi23:
Yes, they are those. I think I bought mine from Flipper Fidelity, but it was some years ago and I checked, but did not see them on their webpage anymore. I added this stuff under them (a bigger piece for sure): https://www.prisma.fi/fi/prisma/huopatassu-106-38mm-valkoinen
I love them too, but Bryan said he doesn't make them anymore.
Quoted from jibmums:
After stupidly passing on a nice Mr & Mrs Pacman at Allentown and a nicer X-Files recently, I thought 2017 would be the first year in many that I wouldn't bring home an addition to the collection. Couldn't let that happen, picked up this eleventh-hour T2 yesterday. Really, really dirty but the playfield is very nice and should clean up well. (Not my photo, NOT my toys!)
Hey son, play with this cute little bumble bee. When you get tired of that, hop up on this bench and blow up some robots.
I'd double thumb-up you on that Knockout if I could. One of the first games I played as a kid. I have a Bally spinner I'd trade you for the Stern spinner if you want a matching pair.
Picked up a pretty nice Alien Poker from the TPF swap meet. Should be a good candidate for restoration.
Quoted from dothedoo:
Picked up a pretty nice Alien Poker from the TPF swap meet. Should be a good candidate for restoration.
And plastics arrived today. Starship-Fantasy shipped them at their expense because they didn’t have any at the show.
Thank you Larry, you’re a great asset to the hobby.
Quoted from dirkdiggler:
I'm becoming addicted to these mirrored backglasses.
As a kid I used to ride my bike to the mall on Saturday morning and wait for the arcade to open. Looking in at the pins, even though they were turned off, their mirrored backglasses gave them more class than all the other games around them....gave the games life despite the fact they were sitting there lifeless. Even without the flashing lights my eyes were still lured to them and I couldn't wait to play.
Video games were just starting to get big at the time -- Space Invaders, Asteroids, Atari Football, etc. -- and I loved them all, but my memory is of peering into the arcade and seeing all the mirrored backglasses.
Quoted from bkfiv:
Unfortunately it had it's original battery. I'll get on this when I get the chance. Work & 4 kids will delay it but here's a couple more pics.
That Trident backglass looks like it’s in amazing condition. You never see them like that.
The MPU on the other hand....those are always corroded, even when the battery has been cut off.
Be sure to post some pics of the playfield.
Quoted from Damonator:
Lol - that’s one way to put it on free play I guess.
Be sure to post a pic in the doorbell thread.
Quoted from AUKraut:
Emperor Ming Awaits!
EDIT: More pics now that she is home. Undocumented HUO purchase 38 years ago by the gentlemen I bought it from, played by 4 generations of their family. Backglass is perfect, some minor battery leakage, but fires right up with perfect original displays. Perfect pin for a restoration:[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]
If your high score on Flash Gordon is 3.4 mil, your game is too easy.
Quoted from TractorDoc:
Does part of a machine(s) count?
There was one playfield in particular that made me go look at the rest. . .
All of the playfields are nothing more than parts donors. I've always thought I'd like to own a Time Fantasy one day -- this one will have to do even if just as art on the wall.
Looks a bit better after cleaning off years of dust.
How many Xenon's do you have there?
Machine #2 loaded. Proof that you CAN fit TWO widebodies in a Honda Pilot and still have room for parts.
Quoted from Multiballmaniac1:
2013 Trek Premium. My 2002 4Runner started shuttering as I pulled up to sellers house. Coil pack misfire, check engine light came on half way home. I was like oh boy. But I made it. Great SUV for pinballs, gets fixed Monday.[quoted image]
The Enterprise will always get you home.
If you want to sell your old populated Cheetah playfield let me know.
Oh and send that Dragonfist playfield out for reproduction!