Picked up this machine a few months back from Skip (pinjunk) of Pa & had it shipped to Australia. Used Craters & Freighters once again & they, as always, did a great job. Skip had also quite creatively loaded a ton of mainly GTB spares which was great. Skip is an extremely honourable & worthy seller anxious to provide lots of pics, info & help.
The machine was sold non working & with considerable cabinet damage. Double Play is regarded as a very complex EM machine with general opinion that there are not too many in working condition. This in large part stems from the capture & firing of balls between turrets on the pf to replicate real baseball.
As always I like to get a machine working before I start the cosmetic tasks. This proved quite an ordeal. Initially the machine would not reset-identified as caused by an open motor board slam switch (picked up from an RGP post). In addition the innings, name & credit steppers were all severely gunked & were serviced along with motor board components. The man running unit was non operational as each of the men were severely gunk welded to their brackets. All disassembled & serviced.
I then found that the bat motor (yes a motor which also drives the pf turrets) would not stop running when the machine was turned on. After considerable effort & after input from an EM guru this was identified as a sticking bat motor armature caused by it being ‘oiled’ at some point & an incorrect fan blade assembly. Phew now all working!
Now to the cosmetics. The cab had significant damage to the right rear leg support area (a previous fix was pretty rough; delamination of lower ply which adversely effected bottom board structure & general delamination areas. The backbox had severe delamination at the right top rear & at some point the back door had been prised open splintering the lock area. Also whilst from some pics the cab paint might look presentable in fact all over the cab the paint was splintering & therefore a repaint was necessary.
The first task prior to starting the cab refurb was to prepare stencils. Firstly I prepared trace drawings using tracing paper purchased on ebay (from the UK) with 762mm width & 20m length (no joining necessary)- http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Gateway-Tracing-Paper-90gm2-762mm-x-20m-/272757349597
From the tracings I prepared the actual stencils using 6mm MDF board, a jig saw & hole saw for the roundies. I just prefer this method because I reckon it provides a solid finish, the original bleed & the stencils are reusable (if needed). As the cab & backbox sides are mirror reversed I needed 6 stencils – 3 orange/3 black.
The refurb started with use of a paint remover to remove the existing paint. I find it generally takes about 3 runs & then a general sanding.
Next using wood glue wood glue & clamps secure all delaminated areas; secure structural integrity & replace section to one side of the bottom board.
In areas where I will apply auto body filler I drill short pilot holes to lock the filler-this seems to work well. Following sanding I apply a primer coat.
I am quite happy that the damaged areas seem to have come up quite well.
Base coat & light webbing now applied.
Time now to use the stencils firstly for orange
I think that went pretty well & registration looks ok. But wait a minute that registration of the front left black does not register with the cab side-damn have I incorrectly cut the stencil? Going to original machine pics thats the way it was out of the factory!
If I left it like that it would bug me every time I looked at the machine so corrected it.
Next-internal cab issues; lock down bar; coin door; targets; backbox; pf.
NB My deepest thks to Alex F & EM Pinman for their continued wisdom & counsel; to Steve of Texas for setting the p&b benchmark & to Racing Pin for his ongoing assistance.