During the week of the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown I was wandering around, trying to get as good a deal as I could from the different vendors at the show (buying pinballs is a prime example, no shipping). While perusing the floor I ran into John Detweiler (aka Sir Tiltsalot) and his new Playfield Rotisserie… Read More »
I’ve been trying to keep track of all things pin on the web for a while now, and I recently found pinwiki.org. It’s slowly taking shape, so head on over, take a gander, and add some content already!
Over the past few days I was busy trying to get my Johnny M up and working. I bought this pin from the 0P as non working. It had been sitting in his shop not working for about six months from when I started to barter back and forth with him for the pin. I… Read More »
Repopulating the playfield took a lot of time, mainly because I cleaned each piece as I was putting it back on. I replaced all the ramps except Insanity Falls, and I learned a couple things about the repros: They are awesome. They are not ready to bolt right back on. Plastic must be removed, and… Read More »
With the playfield cleaned up, I turned my attention to the cabinet. I had used a PMS color sample book and PMS 293 C matches for the decals and PMS 294 C for the blue paint. I had a ugly place above the shooter that would need wood filler and paint, which is why I… Read More »
Now that the Upper PF is done, attention turns to the Main PF. Each section gets all the pieces, bolts, posts and screws removed and placed in ziploc bags, leaving me with about 89 baggies in a box. Man, I hope I can get all this back together. Underneath, I unscrewed all the targets and… Read More »
While I’m waiting for my parts, there is plenty to keep me busy. First thing that comes off is the Upper Playfield, so I started there. Getting that off was a bugger, but it eventually yielded. I pulled everything off it, some of it held on by the most ridiculous methods. Giant wood screws, bits… Read More »
Here’s the list of what’s getting replaced or added. The parts are coming from the usual places, Marco, BAA, Illinois PinBall, Pinball Inc, Pinball Life. And I’d like to send a shout out to my 2 local sources for parts, Action Pinball and ThePinballWizard.net. Both excellent places. So without further ado, the list: Ramps, full… Read More »
The first thing to do was take stock the actual condition of the machine. It’s fully functional, so I’m good there. All the dirt hides a lot, however, and closer examination of all the parts will reveal just what needs to be done. So off with the glass and let’s really take a look at… Read More »
I picked up a White Water from a local op here in SLC. It’s my first pin, and I’m going to jump in with both feet and restore it to the best of my ability. No new cab stickers, but I will touch up the paint, replace any glaring ugliness, clean and polish everything else,… Read More »
Latest from the trenches, a Stargate Shop Out Guide
I just found via RGP that Allen at Treasurecove has created these Label kits that are *custom* made for your pin. So, when I go from trying to be a CARGPB to a Anal collector, then I’ll be ordering up a mess load of these.
I usually take the last few weeks of the year off to work on my pins. I managed to get the BSD up and running (which my family loves) and then I moved onto the White Water I had just picked up a few months ago as a deal along with a STTNG. The STTNG… Read More »
A discussion recently came up on what the perfect Workshop looks like with one, two, three, and four different workshops. What does yours look like?
From the Annals of RGP: 1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become filled with pinball machines, tools, circuit boards, and all types of spare bulbs and fuses. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could help us restore all old pinballs to NIB condition.… Read More »