Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bally Mariner close-ups with tiny little sea horses

Here are a few close-ups of Bally Mariner. 
Gratuatist shots of sea horses and a very sad looking fish.
Art is credited to Christian Marche

Two Sea Horses all lit up

Sea Horse with a zero
Very Sad Fish

Monday, November 5, 2018

Release Power Orbs

Everytime I release the Wild Balls when playing Balls-A-Poppin: I have to say aloud "Release Power Orbs".

Balls-A-Poppin being the ancestor to Centaur. In the same way as the Trilobite is the ancestor to the Spider. I can see the tenuous connection.

Even to this day I'm flabbergasted when I take a peek into the gameroom and see Balls-A-Poppin there. Such a rare title. They are so rare that I never even bothered dreaming of owning one. Mine has a nice "Patina"

1956 Bally Balls-A-Poppin

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wine and Bally Mystic Gate Bingo

Playing Mystic Gate.
Drinking Wine.
Winning 192 credits on a 3 in yellow.
Messing around with my phone camera.
La dolce vita.
The sweet life.
La grosse vie.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bally Capersville coindoor wire repair

The wiring on my Capersville looked a little ragged. It worked but it looked really bad.

The plan was to bring the game to the 2018 Canada Pincon pinball show.

I imagined the wiring would give out at the worst possible moment at the show.

A bit of refurbishing was in order.

Wiring Before:

coin door wiring
Capersville coin door wiring before

Almost all the wires were broken. Most of them had the twist and tape routine.
The one wire that wasn't taped was barely holding by a strand.

I spliced and soldered the wires and finished them with some heat shrink tubing.
I even took the time to redo the wire dressing.  

Repaired wiring

I finished the job by adding some nylon spiral wire wrap for additional protection. That way, it's unlikely the wires will get pinched in the door hinge.

Capersville door wire loom
Finished Capersville coin door wire repair

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Indian Cycle Rickshaw

Today was a beautiful day. Sunny. Not too hot. Cloudless sky. I decided to go out for a drive and check out a favorite junk shop of mine about an hour away from my place.

I spotted this rickshaw while perusing the said junk shop. I absolutely loved it. The colours, the patina, the rod brakes. I was mesmerized by it. I was imagining myself riding around my neighbourhood with my girlfriend sitting in the back. Bewildering the bystanders as we roll by.

But the real question is: How did it get to eastern Ontario?

There was no price on it and I did not dare asking. My loss.

Rickshaw in L'Orignal

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Zip tie moments at Canada Pincon 2018

Here are a few zip tie moments at Canada Pincon 2018. The event was held on June 2nd and 3rd in Vankleek Hill Ontario.

I had a few games in the free play area and a couple more in the history section.

Free play area

 I did a few shifts of guide duty in the history section.

History section

The first Zip ties moment is out of my 1966 Bally Capresville. It was the simplest way to put the game on free play. A loose zip tie stopping the credit wheel to go down to zero. No bending switch blades, no messing with alligator clip test leads. Temporary. Does the job.

Zip tie in Capersville

The second one was out of my 1939 Keeney Thriller. The machine kept tilting because of low line power issues. Too many machines. Too long extension cords. The "hold" relay kept dropping out.

Solution: Zip tie on the switch for the relay hold in circuit.

Zip tie in Thriller

Sometimes, you have to improvise.

In french speaking Quebec, we call zip ties "Tie wraps". No to be confused with Thai Rap.