View Full Version : Bally Special Force Restoration

23rd April 2013, 12:37 AM
Hi Guys,

Im Phil, have always been involved in hobbies whether it be slot cars, arcade or now pinball machines.
Well this is my first pin that i've ever owned so its going to be a massive learning curve getting everything back to its former glory but im hoping that it will be a winter well spent.

Have managed to negotiate a corner in one of the rooms of the house to work on the pin which is great, so hopefully the wifey doesnt get too upset with a little bit of a mess.

So I managed to pick the pin up from one of the AA forum members in Bretty for $500, top bloke, thanks for all the help in getting this sorted.

Well the cabinet and playfield were in reasonable nick but having not having any glass top gave it layers of dust and other crap.
Its missing the playfield glass, lockdown bar, power supply and some of the coin door parts. So will have some scouring of the net trying to locate some of those parts.

Depending on cost, i might even be able to make my own power supply, have got the skill set to do it. Could prob make a few more while im at it at the same time.

So I have started stripping back the playfield and taking a photo of each section im removing, cleaning each bit individually and putting the parts in a bag labelled the photo number.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-21203736_zpsb4b3f1f8.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-21203736_zpsb4b3f1f8.jpg.html)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-22235254_zps085855f6.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-22235254_zps085855f6.jpg.html)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-22210333_zps460a3de2.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-22210333_zps460a3de2.jpg.html)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/Photo5_zps6e57d3b0.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/Photo5_zps6e57d3b0.jpg.html)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-23000225_zpsd0c84552.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-23000225_zpsd0c84552.jpg.html)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-23000238_zps1241a711.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-23000238_zps1241a711.jpg.html)

As you can see there is a bit of discolouration on the chopper and on the tree level plastic bits, seems like the uv stabilizer has given up on the plastic, cant blame it after 30 odd years though.

Anyway enjoy the first round of pics and look forward to sharing the journey with you guys to get this thing back to its former glory.


23rd April 2013, 07:38 AM
Good luck with the restoration. I've subscribed to this thread.

devil rider
23rd April 2013, 09:57 AM
Hi mate

Special Forces is an interesting machine designed by Dennis Nordman

The stacked plastics are cool & there was an alternative Special Forces
Backglass with Commando girls on it

Try forum sponsor pinballshed aka Tony Turner...may have some parts you need



23rd April 2013, 12:45 PM
Great thread, always good to see restos and a cool looking machine. I'd suggest letting your hair down and taking more than one pic of each area :lol

23rd April 2013, 05:08 PM
Good luck with the resto Phil.
Like Fire Power said, take hundreds of photo's as if you do want to remove the harness under the playfield, there is always a point at re-assembly that you find that you missed a pic at this or that angle.
Bet once you complete this one, there will be many more to follow and then the wife's really going to get mad. :D

24th April 2013, 01:00 AM
Hey Phil,

Best wishes with the restoration, this will be one awesome journey. I hope you enjoy it as much as we look forward to following. I love watching and learning from restoration jobs by members. Awesome!

Cheers, bret

27th April 2013, 07:51 PM
Thanks for all the support guys,

Have pretty much removed all the parts from the playfield, have given it a bit of a wipe down, cant beleive how much crap and dust it had on it, you might see the difference in the photo but finally some bursts of colour poking through.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-27150317_zps62664d17.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-27150317_zps62664d17.jpg.html)

Have got to try and source a few bits of plastic as some of the plastics are either broken or missing, it might be possible seeing its a simple enough design to make my own but will exhaust all avenues first to get something original.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-27012435_zpsc88bc772.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-27012435_zpsc88bc772.jpg.html)

Last of the Electronics to be removed, making sure its all tagged and photo proof of where everything goes.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-27150330_zpsbc2b37db.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-27150330_zpsbc2b37db.jpg.html)

Just a few wire looms to go and its an empty cab, will need to give this a good clean out as its filthy, will sand back and put a coat of paint on it sometime during the resto.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-27153252_zps8c5828bc.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-27153252_zps8c5828bc.jpg.html)

Playfield out of the cab and about to be stripped.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-27153258_zps863cffa1.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-27153258_zps863cffa1.jpg.html)

27th April 2013, 09:36 PM
oooohhhhh another restore thread, great reading.
Go Phil

8th May 2013, 12:09 AM
Well, quick update

Really excited to have been able to source 2 new plastic sets from the US for the Pinny. Each are missing a couple of bits but i should be able to complete mine with pretty much the full set bar a couple which ill have to make with some improvisation and maybe some water decals.

If anyone else out there is doing a Special Force rebuild, im likely to have a few plastics left over and will be looking to help someone else out.


16th May 2013, 09:56 PM
Ok, have taken a shot of the side of the Pinball with my camera, pretty crappy quality but it didnt really matter as i was only using it for an outline to redraw each of the letters and shapes with Photoshop, whilst also getting some kind of colour match.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/2013-04-25191647_zpsc44fc31d.jpg (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/2013-04-25191647_zpsc44fc31d.jpg.html)

After about 10 Hours or more of recreating each shape, matching the colour and then getting the shading right, its come out to look like this. Sharp, clean and bold. Cant wait to get these printed up on some vinyl stickers to replace what I have currently.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii315/scalextricboy/LeftHandSide_zps42daef64.png (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/scalextricboy/media/LeftHandSide_zps42daef64.png.html)

On that, if anyone has one of these pinballs, I can make available the PSD file I created and used. All you will need to do is change the colours to suit.

18th June 2013, 07:09 PM
Hi there... thanks so much for the idea on the DIY with the cabinet decals. You've inspired me to have a go as well on my newly purchased Mousin' Around which has lost ALL its red colour.
I've looked for ages for replacement decals but to no avail so I was delighted with your suggestion. I'm quite adept with Photoshop and Illustrator so here goes. I'll post them as soon as I have something to show.

PS I am a relative "virgin" here at AA and this is my first post. Cheers for the great pics and commentary on your project. Not nick picking but you've miss filling that white cresent inside the circle with blue colour . Once again a big cheers for your inspiration.

20th June 2013, 10:11 PM
Good stuff there Sade on your new purchase.
Im glad that what i and many others have done has inspired you to do the same.
Make sure you get some pics up and let everyone enjoy your pinball restore.

If your unable to source some decals your better off just having a go making it yourself, its really not that hard plus there are plenty of printing companies around that can do it for a reasonable price. My method was i didnt use the magic wand but used the shape creator instead, just found that it gave cleaner, sharper lines.
Just give yourself a large canvas to work from so you get some good resolution in the end.

Thanks for the nit pick, honestly didnt even notice, probably been looking at it far too long. Least Ive been slack and havent got anything done so its an easy fix.