Attack From Mars Restoration

I picked up an Attack From Mars in 2010 that came directly off route.  It was pretty dirty but surprisingly it was very close to 100% working.  The playfield and backbox general illumination (GI) were out, and one switch was missing its wireform actuator.  I found the actuator in the cabinet, stuck it back on the switch, and everything played fine.  So now it is time to tackle the GI problem.

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Data East Power Supply Rebuild

Power supply rebuilds are pretty easy.  A pinball power supply is rather simple and there are a few common components that fail.  So fixing what you have usually makes more sense than buying a new replacement power supply.

Of course, sometimes you don’t have a power supply to fix.  This was my situation.  I debated buying a new power supply.  But then this showed up on eBay:

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Repair

The T-Rex in Jurassic Park is a neat toy, but it can be prone to problems.  In fact, it can be down right aggravating at times.

My T-Rex stopped eating pinballs.  It would bend down, but it could not pick up the pinball.  Let’s do some investigation and see how things look:

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AFM Strobe Capacitor Repair

The capacitor located at C1 on the strobe power supply board for Attack From Mars (AFM) is notorious for failing.  Bally/Williams used a 100v non-polar capacitor in a location that has at least 140v across it all the time.  Finding a replacement non-polar electrolytic capacitor with a voltage rating of greater than 100v proved difficult.  Actually, you can find them, but they are usually so large they will not fit within the strobe’s power supply box.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

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KC Pins launches

KC Pins is devoted to pinball in the Kansas City metro area.  I will have information on repairs, maintenance, collecting, and events in the area.

The site is new and under construction.  More will be coming soon.