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#1 TheManFromPOST

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 12:18 PM

Attack From Mars is a game built in 1995. After 22 years it is still a machine favored by pinball players


As you can see, this machine has been played a lot, the art on the playfield has been worn down to the wood in a few places
To give the game some new life I will be swapping over the playfield
That is to take everything off the old worn one and reinstall those parts on a new reproduction playfield

 

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Everything will be either cleaned (preferred), replaced (most parts for this game are available) , or rechromed


Remove everything from the top of the playfield

 

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Remove all the mechanics from under the playfield.
I will remove the wiring harness later

 

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#2 Rybags

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 12:40 PM

Nice... so the repro has backing board, artwork and all the various coloured tranlucent parts where the lights shine through?



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 01:11 PM

A playfield is a sheet of plywood, holes are drilled , inserts (colored translucent parts) are inserted,

this is then sanded and the art is then silkscreened on (up to 16 layers)

direct printing has been tried with limited success

 

the new reproduction is made the same way that playfields have always been made, but with robots doing the drilling and then running glue and placing the inserts

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 01:14 PM

Gotta ask, so how much-a-cash for a replacement PF?



#5 TheManFromPOST

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 01:27 PM

there are only four businesses that make them, three in the USA and one in Germany

range from $600 USD to $900 USD

the killer is postage, add another $250 for that

 

robots;

White water is another great game, the inserts are being placed by the robot before the art is added

also, this is not the guys main business, only his side hobby


this is why digital cameras are great, I need to make sure I know how to put the game back together

there are lots of different sized screws and parts that need to go back in the right positions

so far I have 150 photos of the disassembly


Edited by TheManFromPOST, 18 March 2018 - 01:24 PM.


#6 stuub27

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 02:55 PM

Great thread!

 

I played a lot of White Water back in the day

 

If I ever get a place with enough room, owning a pinball machine would be awesome



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:14 PM

Cleaning parts;

Smaller parts in the tumbler
A tumbler is a motorized bowl that vibrates.
I have two, one filled with crushed walnut shells for a first cleaning. Parts will go in for a day.
A second filled with crushed corncob for a final polish. Parts will stay in for half a day

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 10:07 AM

I'm really into retro arcade machines, not so much pinball, mainly classic Konami (specifically bemani) things.

A lot of these old arcade parts have been coated with an acrylic lacquer.

 

Just a tip for any boards that you know are still OK, have them coated in modern 2k paint clearcoat :)

 

Very Very Very cool project BTW!


Edited by Master_Scythe, 21 March 2018 - 10:08 AM.

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