Thursday, June 6, 2019

Williams Upper Deck Pitch and Bat

Is there such a thing as "binge repairing"?



My First pitch and bat machine...
1973 Williams Upper Deck... Last EM Pitch & Bat by Williams.
19 years after I started collecting these crazy machines.
It's about time. I was ready.

The problem was that I was waiting for the right machine, at the right price.

I picked up thins machine on a Friday.
On Saturday, I rested.
Sunday, after my first morning coffee, I started working on the machine. Slowly at first, then faster and faster until I was in the repair flow.
I didn't pause. Not for coffee. Not for beer. Not for food. I just kept on working. Replacing a jones connector, splicing cut wires, cleaning switches and de-gumming stepper mechs.

I worked like a Madman...

By Sunday evening, I had a "working game".

By Monday night (or the wee hours of Tuesday), I  had a perfectly working and playing game, having worked on it from arriving home after work till 1 am.

I've been intrigued about why I binge worked so hard on the game.

The answer, I fear, is that I'm fed up about working on games.
I just wanted to get it out of the way. Out of my system. The Upper deck being a coin op bucket list thing.

I hope this "fed up with EM repairs" thing is just a passing phase.



















Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Eye Candy: Northwestern model 60

Northwestern model 60 with Capersville.
Nice pair :-)
I picked up this bulk vender in a junk shop. It's THE gumball machine I've been looking for... metal body, glass globe, freestanding, with the key.
Now, what kind of bulk candy should I put in it? That's the real question.
Nitwitz I think.

Northwestern Model 60


Monday, January 14, 2019

Super Shot Bingo Pachinko

This article is from the July 1976 issue of Canadian Coin Box Magazine, page 8B

So far I have not found any information about Super Shot or Amusement Service of Atlanta.

Interesting machine.
It's like a simplified version of a Satomi Sammy Miracle Arrange Ball with 9 numbers instead of 16.

Cool, Weird, Rare

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.