The "What is this part/Where is this from" Thread..

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That T-piece seems to be for Williams' version of the 'Zipper Flipper', only used on four games in the late 60's. Well, three really, since two of them ('Doozie' and 'Daffie') were Replay and Add-A-Ball variants of the same basic layout. The Williams unit was smaller than the Bally original, see below;




picture from Ipdb. The unit is shown in the closed position.

Apart from worries about copyright infringement, I suppose Williams used this arrangement due to their lack of a modular flipper unit (with all components mounted on a baseplate, and this in turn attached to the playfield). Bally had introduced such a unit in 1965, and their zipper unit appeared the following year.
 
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Hi, astyy,

The larger, black one is from an old-time Stern game, that's their numbering format. Game #113, probably 'Galaxy'.

The orange one I'd hazard a guess is from something with a 'punk' theme. Maybe Gottlieb's game by that name?
 
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The 'Punk' l/h slingshot plastic seems to have been cut down from its original shape, to a more 'normal' one. I've never even seen the actual machine, just glimpsed it in an 80's French film.
 
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I also found this Stern apron which looks like it could be from a METEOR too. It has an interesting PAA Tournament Play sticker. Were these generic as it looks similar to a GALAXY too? Shame I don't have the rest of the METEOR it looks a great theme.

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Some of those those prices :thumbs: Mind you some are high for back then considering machines were bought basically blind ...Williams 'Fire' for 500+ :hmm: ??
They were cheap prices as not many people knew about the first auction, that was rectified at the second auction thanks to that report in pinball news. Most items went for ebay prices or higher even though they were buying blind. http://www.pinballnews.com/news/paradise2.html
 

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I also found this Stern apron which looks like it could be from a METEOR too. It has an interesting PAA Tournament Play sticker. Were these generic as it looks similar to a GALAXY too? Shame I don't have the rest of the METEOR it looks a great theme.

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Stern didn't usually stretch to custom artwork on the apron/cardholder, just different colour options; e.g. Seawitch has the same design in shades of blue. Even the widened item for the wide-body games used it.

Meteor was the first pinball that I saw with a direct licencing deal tied to a film. I thought the fillum turned out a bit lame, but the machine was popular. It's one of those early solid-state games that could've done with 7 digit scoring.

The 'Tournament Play' sticker, or a variant of it, also appeared on Stern's 'Nine Ball'.
 
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