In Progress Gottlieb Lucky Strike

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Not been a huge amount of progress with this what with the cabin build and me now starting on the garage. The cab and head have been re-united and everything cab hardware wise has been cleaned up and re-fitted so this part is basically done :thumbs:

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All of the remaining work is on the playfield so I've begun the process of stripping it down, top and bottom. The top side strip was relatively easy as I'd already done it once before so everything was clean but the underside is very grimy (looks a lot better in the pic than it does in reality). I need to dig out my saw horses for working on the playfield as it's a lot better than having it propped up vertically!

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Re. the WoW feature - maybe this is how Steve Kirk, designer of Meteor (and other games) for Stern got the idea

And @DAD, I'm sorry, but the only Abra Ca Dabra I saw in the u.k. was one that was pensioned off for parts at a local operator who I asked for spares. Outside the rear doors were a M&M PacMan, a Solar Ride and an Abra Ca Dabra.

It's strange to see how El Dorado, and some of its variants like Lucky and Gold Strike, are numbered before the simplistic Spin Out, also a 1975 game, though it's really an update of the then 10-year-old Buckaroo.
 
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Managed to spend a bit more time on this recently and I've pretty much stripped everything off the bottom of the playfield. I've got a load of bags of bits to work my way through as well as clean up the underside of the pf:

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One of the bigger jobs from underneath is to strip and rebuild the 10 bank drop target mech which I should be able to start on tomorrow:

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Finally got round to looking at the 10 bank drop target mech this week. It's been a while since I've worked on any Bally or Stern mechs of similar vintage but from memory this Gottlieb one seems a bit more complex and better designed than those. It's a chunky beast as well that needs two big coils to reset it.

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You can get an idea of the complexity of it from this side pic:

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I stripped it all down for cleaning and gave everything a good scrub. As with the rest of this game, getting it looking like new isn't the goal. I just want it all clean and working right. I didn't find anything broken or damaged, it was just really dirty with a thick layer of grime on some parts.

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Gottlieb picked an interesting design for these actuator arms :rofl:

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It all cleaned up nicely and with the addition of a brand new set of drop targets from The Pinball Resource I started putting it back together.

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Just when I thought I was finished and please with my work I noticed a problem as shown in the pic below......

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I'd fitted the top panel of the cage upside down so when the targets reset they weren't able to catch on the frame and stay in their up position :rolleyes: :mad: After some swearing and a partial teardown I put it back together correctly and it looks and works great :thumbs:

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Nice work Chris. They really did engineer those things back in the day.
ive just ordered my new set of drop targets for Rocky, so got all this joy to come 🙈
 
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Spent a bit more time on this recently and taking some inspiration from @AlanJ I bit the bullet and worked through cleaning the box full of dirty metal parts :rofl: That's all done and ready to go back on but before that it's time for what can be one of the most rewarding but also most frustrating parts of doing up any old game (at least for me).....the paint touch ups :eek:

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My weapons of choice for this work are a decent set of acrylic paints, some sort of pallet or board to mix on (and a mixing stick), a set of small artists brushes, a hairdryer and a couple of cloths (one for applying paint and the other for removing it along with some IPA). Sometimes I start with the lightest colour and work towards darkest before finishing off with the insert key lines but most of the time I'll start with the colour I think I'm going to have the hardest time matching. In this case it was also the lightest as I expected the yellow to be a difficult colour match what with the ball swirls and 45 years of fade and change. This is also going to be the most obvious if I get it wrong as there's a big patch very close to the player that needs work!

I follow the same process every time where I'll have a first attempt at mixing a colour match and then paint it on to a small area. Use the hairdryer to immediately dry the paint and see how it looks. I never get it right first time so I'll use the cloth with the IPA to wipe it off and then do some more mixing. Paint it on again, eyeball it, wipe it off, mix some more etc etc. Each time I'm only adding a touch of colour to lighten or darken, make it duller or pop more and it probably took me 10 attempts with the yellow before I got something I was happy with.

Once I've got a match I'll then do all of the touch ups for that colour using a couple of methods. For area's where chunks or patches of paint are missing and we're down to the wood I'll use a small brush to build up some initial layers before moving to using a cloth to wipe on the final finish. For areas where there's small specs missing or planking I just use the cloth to wipe the paint on as I seem to be able to get a better finish. For both approaches I'm building the paint up in thin layers and using the hairdryer between each one to dry things quickly.

You'll never get things perfect unless you're a talented artist (which I'm not) and I'll be putting a playfield protector on this game later which will help hide a lot of the texture differences so my aim was just to get a close enough colour match that makes it not obvious that I've had to do some painting. The pics below show some before and after shots of the 3 main areas I had to touch up with the yellow plus a final playfield shot. I'm relatively happy with this so time to move onto the next colour (probably purple) :thumbs:

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Lovely job. Can't wait to see it in the flesh. I'm such a poor artist I've never done any touch up work, but seeing this I might experiment on an old playfield
Go for it Dave :thumbs: I'm a shocking painter but as you can wipe off anything you're not happy with using some IPA on a rag it makes it much less of a worry as you can't really make things any worse :D A steady hand is needed for the detail work but I find resting my hand on the playfield or against my other hand really helps with brush control.

Moved onto the purple yesterday and whilst I was expecting this to be an easier time than the yellow it turned out to be way harder for me to get a match. All of those slightly different browns in the below pic are my failed attempts to mix a purple before I finally got there with the match at the bottom of the board :rofl:

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Lots of quite detailed work to paint in around the inserts so a steady hand and taking it really slow were the name of the game. A few tea breaks whenever it started to p*ss me off helped as well :thumbs:

Really pleased with how it's coming together now! The yellow and purple are both done to a decent enough standard and they were the two main colours in terms of wear. Got some very small red and white areas to do (the white could be tricky) before looking at re-doing the key lines. I find that one of the hardest jobs to get looking good and consistent and I've got a couple of options re: how to tackle it but will post more info on that when I get to it. Progress so far......

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Great work. What is your plan to protect the acrylics that you're laying down?

I knew nothing of colour mixing and found some color wheel chart basics useful. Better still, I took flakes of my backglass to the Range to match the colour tubes directly!
 
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As you say, a playfield protector will solve several problems. Unfortunately I found a protector on an EM games makes it eerily quite - when you plunge the ball instead of that familiar rolling sound it is almost silent!
 
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As you say, a playfield protector will solve several problems. Unfortunately I found a protector on an EM games makes it eerily quite - when you plunge the ball instead of that familiar rolling sound it is almost silent!
Yeah I think it's going to have to be a necessary compromise in this case as I don't have anywhere suitable at the moment to do a proper clearcoat job and with the amount of paint touch up I'm doing I don't think just wax will be good enough :( I'll have to report back on it once I'm finished :thumbs: