Quoted from o-din:
it only looks stained in the pics
That is called patina.
Every serious pin collector should own at least one woodrail!
The two that i own.
I actually own a 2nd Golden Bells, but it has retrofit metal siderails that fit over the wood siderails,
Apparently some operator felt the need to try and modernize and spruce up the older looking woodrail.
It looks terrible by the way.
Going to share a couple of photos of my new kitten (Mo)
discovering my (dusty) woodrail collection.
Probably was a woodrail when i first played pinball
when i was about 5-6 yrs old (1960-61).
Can not prove it, but think it may have been GTB World Beauties.
I write about it some in following basement topic blog.
Swing : What is that elongated mech or apparatus in the middle and what is its purpose (role)?
Also looks like it may be missing some mini posts and bulb cover near bottom of the elongated apparatus.
Very cool looking game, hope you can bring it fully back to life.
Quoted from RyanClaytor:
Gawd! ...this game is gorgeous.
Too bad that someone possibly tried to pry the coin door open, but it gives the game character.
Also surprised that the biggest wear spot on the game is the place where you figure a flipperless pin might not have any;
at the place where flipper buttons might normally be located.
Your bottom five (bell) light covers, look to be pink, other games I have seen them being white.
though based on the paint circles underneath the covers, seems to be pink?
Quoted from RyanClaytor:
Anyhow, those are some of my thoughts about the bumper cap situation. Admittedly, a can of worms not too many folks are likely to find of interest, but perhaps PinWizTom will find it interesting.
I find all that you have researched and other findings very interesting,
and tend to agree with your conclusions.
Also in no way did I want to disrespect or pick on your game's condition.
I found it to be in beautiful condition,
but was just pointing out the unusual wear near the "phantom flipper buttons".
Had not seen that a lot on flipperless pins before.
And since we know each other casually, I am sure you did not take it that way.
This game obviously had a special place in Russ Jensen's heart,
and when he passed, a group of us fellow collectors on the west coast that attended his memorial,
pooled together some funds to buy his Metro pin from the family and then donated it to the PPM,
in his memory.
I have played Nine Sisters at both Clay's VFW hall in Michigan
and Randy Peck's Pike's arcade in Long Beach
and it is a surprisingly fun playing and addictive pin.
One of my WMS Golden Bells has these retrofit metal rails installed. Looks like crap IMHO.
Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda CA has one for play and display.
Very sweet game to play.
In October of ‘56 it cost $70
that is when Balls a Poppin was released
likely that pinball for sale list is from late 1959
I worked on a Shoot the Moon about 20 yrs ago for a client when I lived in Bakersfield, California. I can not remember if I took any photos. I will try to look thru some old hard drive files but chances are the camera I had at that time was probably fairly low res. Or it might have even been old school and on film not digital. Do not hold your breath. I remember the game having impulse flippers but fairly fun none the less. The game also had all the cabinet graphics stripped to bare wood.
I think Steve Young at Pinball Resource owns that game, though do not know if he will go out of his way to take hi-res photos?
Quoted from Happy81724:
Got it setup, need to adjust some of the scoring
Shoot the Moon is a great looking game with both rockets and beauties.
Do you have original impulse flippers or did you retrofit; to have more more modern double wound flipper coils and mechs.
I had the pleasure (or frustration) to work on one years ago.
Fun game with BG animation, but always felt it would be better with slightly more powerful modern style flippers.
Was it a unnecessary precaution to screw down playfields
when the MFRs transitioned from woodrail to wedgeheads/metalrails and different lockdown bar mechs?
I know though that Williams still used those twist clamps for several years before eliminating them all together
and GTB had those spring loaded levers underneath to lock the Playfield in place.
Were all those screws and lock mechanisms really required in first place.
Maybe only when transporting a game from location to location.
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