Fun With Pinball

Resources

Supplemental information related to the Fun With Pinball exhibit is listed here:

Pinball Repair BooksPinball Repair Books A list of publications to help you learn to troubleshoot and repair your own electromechanical pinball machine.
1950 United Parts Catalog cover1950 United Parts Catalog The Pinball Parts Catalog List is a compilation of known pinball parts catalogs and related technical information.  Manufacturers Allied Leisure through Gottlieb are on the first page; Maresa through Zaccaria are on the next page.
US2487979-0US2487979-0 A list of interesting or significant electromechanical Pinball Patents.
Pitch & Bat TeamPitch & Bat Team The Pitch and Bat team is a cleaned up scan of the cardboard players used on many Williams Man Running units in pitch and bat baseball games.  Available for download by clicking on the thumbnail image.
Williams Pitch and Bat background sceneryWilliams Pitch and Bat background scenery The Pitch and Bat backgrounds (left, center, right) are cleaned up scans of the cardboard background scenery used on many Williams pitch and bat baseball games.  Available for download by clicking on the thumbnail image.
All Star Hockey wiring diagramsAll Star Hockey wiring diagrams A brief description of 1941 Chicago Coin All Star Hockey with downloadable schematic diagrams.
Gottlieb Wire ColorsGottlieb Wire Colors An explanation of the wire colors used in Gottlieb Electromechanical pinball machines.

 

Very Occasional Blogs

Fun With Pinball helps with The Who's Tommy

Free pinball and The Who's Tommy Pinball and The Who's Tommy (part 1) highlights the games placed in the lobby of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts production.
Sweet SiouxSweet Sioux Pinball and The Who's Tommy (part 2) describes how real pinball machines were automated for the production.
Tommy and Britain BalloonTommy and Britain Balloon Pinball and The Who's Tommy (part 3) follows the games from the stage back to the collector community.

A Color Wheel for Magic City

Magic City Backglass with Color WheelMagic City Backglass with Color Wheel A Color Wheel for a 1967 Williams Magic City Pinball Machine recreates a feature that was cut from the final design.
RGB LED stripRGB LED strip Build details for the Magic City Color Wheel dives deeper into the implementation of the color wheel.
Prototype 3Prototype 3

More build details covers some hardware and software revisions for the Magic City Color Wheel.

Restoration of a 1939 Bally Champion pinball machine

Bally ChampionBally Champion Some of the restoration challenges and game features, and a game play video of a 1939 Ball Champion pre flipper pinball machine.

Restoration of a 1934 Rock-Ola World's Series pinball machine

1934 Rock-Ola World's Series1934 Rock-Ola World's Series The restoration log of a 1934 Rock-Ola World's Series mechanical pinball machine with a detailed look at how it works.