I bought my first pinball, a 1992 Bally “Doctor Who,” just this last December on eBay. I’ve since learned just how much of a risk buying your first pin on eBay can be, but whether through caution or chance, I ended up with a very nice pinball machine.
Good as it was, however, it did […]
After the trouble I had finding a good set of replacement slingshot plastics for my Doctor Who pinball (see my Pinball Plastics review), I wasn’t about to let the new plastics get damaged if I could help it.
Following a recommendation in the rec.games.pinball newsgroup, I checked out the “House of Payne” web site, which […]
Mirror-Glazed Premium Pinballs
I’ve discovered that you can easily get carried away when you buy your first pinball machine. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you, but it happens.
In my case, I won my first machine, a Doctor Who pinball, on eBay (yes my first pinball came from eBay, and it was in […]
When I discovered that the Dot Matrix Display (DMD) on my recently acquired Doctor Who pinball machine was starting to “bleed” or blur after an hour or so of operation, I began to panic. New DMD’s generally cost around $150, and if the problem was elsewhere in the machine I didn’t feel qualified to […]
PinGizmos’ Remote Battery Kit
One of the things that can really ruin your pinball machine’s day is a leaky battery.
Most pinball machines use batteries to save the machine’s settings and high scores. The batteries used in many pinball machines are ordinary AA alkalines, but that doesn’t mean they are any less vulnerable to leaking. And […]
Take a bunch of silk-screened plastics by a company that is no longer making parts. Put them in a box with a steel ball bouncing around. That’s what pinball owners face every time they play a game: the chance to smash parts that are getting harder and harder to find and replace.
The problem may […]
Attack from Mars, produced by Bally/Williams in 1996, is a particularly flashy pinball machine, and I mean that literally ‘ featuring a strobe light and a large number of #906 flashers, Attack from Mars is a bright, blinking spectacle of light. Everything on the playfield is awash in animated lights.
Well, almost everything ‘ I […]
Keeping a pinball machine in pristine condition is an ongoing battle. Between parts breaking and normal wear and tear (trust me, there’s a lot of both!), maintenance is as much a part of the hobby as playing the games. One area that can take a lot of your time is cleaning and polishing the […]
Treasure Cove have certainly been branching out recently. Already known for their meticulous pinball machine restorations, they’ve now added a polishing kit (see review) and decal sets to their offerings.
Treasure Cove’s decal sets basically fall into two categories: restoration decals, and “add-on” decals. The restoration decals are designed to replace damaged or missing artwork […]
Seems the urge to improve the “stock” appearance of many pinball games is a common one: PinBotz, a small company based in Brunswick, Georgia, offers several sets of “enhancement” decals for pinball machines, both backboard decals for games that never had backboard artwork (or had it removed as a cost-cutting move), as well as […]