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  • Stern Galaxy Restore

    This is a restore I completed around 3 years ago, but I thought I'd just document it here for fun and get pinheads motivated for a summer project ! It is obviously finished and is was sold to a bloke who wanted a game for his kids to enjoy. It has been trouble free and the only contact I have with him is "Have you got another game ready yet"..

    History

    This game was operated since new and run into the ground. It then was used a a donor machine and stripped of parts such as coils and under playfield mechanisms. It sat in storage for 10 years, and was destined for the tip. No machine deserves that fate.. So another Classic will have some long overdue attention.


    Condition

    Overall - A 4/10. Not working.. Parts machine that was missing coils, boards and under playfield mechanisms. A challenge awaits !

    Cabinet - Scuff marks, dints and very dirty. Had been sitting in a dark corner for YEARS. Structurally sound and no visible damage.

    Backglass - Typical Stern backglass. Minor flaking. Yellows had lifted and there was a touch up done to the yellow sections.

    Playfield - No mylar. FILTHY... Stored without a backglass, so it had a layer of dust which hid the condition of the playfield. Plastics intact. A couple of wear spots.

    Electronics - Hmmm... None ?!? Just a transformer !


    Day 1 Photos

    ... YUK... But what a challenge !

    Machine is in pieces. Head, Cabinet, legs, backglass were all scattered in storage, but I brough back two Galaxy and a Meteor pinball, so it was easy to match !

    Here's some early pictures - straight out of storage. These pictures are BIGGER than usual, as I had an older camera. If it is a problem for anyone, let me know and I will reduce them.

    Cabinet





    Inside the Cabinet




    Playfield - Upper








    Playfield lower




    Playfield - Underside (note the missing parts..)





    Updates will be quick on this machine - Enjoy
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  • #2
    Not being real familiar with this era game, what is the red stuff on all the fasteners? Some sort of thread locker?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by johnwartjr View Post
      Not being real familiar with this era game, what is the red stuff on all the fasteners? Some sort of thread locker?
      Yes John. Common on all SS sterns I've restored that I call recall. Both Galaxy's and Meteor I restored had this thread locker. They were also Australian made Sterns. I would have to check the Hot Hand I completed to see if the thread locker is unique to the Aussie built games.
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      Distributors for CPR, Pinball Inc, Planetary Pinball, Starship-Fantasy, Ball Baron, Pincore, Cliffy Protectors, Superbands
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      • #4
        Ewww.. look forward to seeing what you did with this
        sigh... one for the archives eh vbulletin?

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        • #5
          Christ Nino, you had a job and a half there to get that thing looking good, a bit like turning pig shit into strawberry jam i guess.

          But no doubt the end result will be your usual magical transformation.

          I have a Meteor which is so similar so it will be good to see what method you use to clean up the rusty ball spinners and wireforms etc.

          Chris

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Strangeways View Post
            They were also Australian made Sterns. I would have to check the Hot Hand I completed to see if the thread locker is unique to the Aussie built games.
            They built classic Sterns in Australia? Didn't know that.

            How does one determine if their machine is local or OS built?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chris288 View Post
              Christ Nino, you had a job and a half there to get that thing looking good, a bit like turning pig shit into strawberry jam i guess.

              But no doubt the end result will be your usual magical transformation.

              I have a Meteor which is so similar so it will be good to see what method you use to clean up the rusty ball spinners and wireforms etc.

              Chris
              Chris - I have a ground up Meteor restore which will be documented later on..

              The Meteor was much worse... if that is at all possible.

              Originally posted by PeterW View Post
              They built classic Sterns in Australia? Didn't know that.

              How does one determine if their machine is local or OS built?
              Cosmic Princess
              Galaxy
              Meteor

              and I think - Hot Hand

              Were built in NSW under license through Leisure and Allied

              You can see the "LAI" license agreement on the top RHS corner of the backglass.

              Meteor Cabinet is different. The Aussie one has METEOR in RED with a YELLOW border. See here ;

              http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1580&picno=31578
              Last edited by Strangeways; 26th August 2008, 02:47 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
              We are the largest supplier of Pinball Ramps in Australia.
              Distributors for CPR, Pinball Inc, Planetary Pinball, Starship-Fantasy, Ball Baron, Pincore, Cliffy Protectors, Superbands
              http://http://www.rtbb.com.au/
              http://https://www.facebook.com/RideTheBoneyBeast

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              • #8
                Can't wait to see the end result

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Strangeways View Post
                  Cosmic Princess
                  Galaxy
                  Meteor

                  and I think - Hot Hand

                  Were built in NSW under license through Leisure and Allied

                  You can see the "LAI" license agreement on the top RHS corner of the backglass.

                  Meteor Cabinet is different. The Aussie one has METEOR in RED with a YELLOW border. See here ;

                  http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1580&picno=31578
                  Cool! Thanks for the info. So I assume they were simply assembling from parts?

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                  • #10
                    Good luck with it Nino. I know if anybody can get this thing going you can
                    The playfield looks like it should clean up nicely.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Strangeways View Post
                      Chris - I have a ground up Meteor restore which will be documented later on..

                      The Meteor was much worse... if that is at all possible.



                      Cosmic Princess
                      Galaxy
                      Meteor

                      and I think - Hot Hand

                      Were built in NSW under license through Leisure and Allied

                      You can see the "LAI" license agreement on the top RHS corner of the backglass.
                      I think it started with Meteor. My Hot Hand has a LAI badge on the back, but no evidence of being built here.

                      If there was one built here before Meteor you'd think it would be Magic, as that game was next in the run after Hot Hand and before Meteor.

                      Cheers
                      Rod

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rod71 View Post
                        I think it started with Meteor. My Hot Hand has a LAI badge on the back, but no evidence of being built here.

                        If there was one built here before Meteor you'd think it would be Magic, as that game was next in the run after Hot Hand and before Meteor.

                        Cheers
                        Rod
                        Hi Rod,

                        I just checked my Magic but couldn't find any markings to indicate if it was built locally, although a previous owner has touched up the backglass so I guess it could have been covered over.

                        Mine also has a LAI badge on the back.

                        Cheers,
                        Peter.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PeterW View Post
                          Cool! Thanks for the info. So I assume they were simply assembling from parts?
                          I am pretty sure they were also assembled in Perth as well. The red paint is one givaway, also has an Aussie plug for the service outlet and a LAI plate on the back of the machine. Aussie Meteors have a 'made under licence' bit added on the backglass as well as the cab. Cosmic Princess was only made in Australia. I have also seen Seawitches and Galaxys that have been put together by LAI. Appears the cabs were made here as they appear a bit more solid than the US versions. Be good if someone who worked for LAI back then could fill us in.

                          Would be interesting to know whether the IPD stats include the Aussie assembled machines.

                          cheers
                          Ian

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ballywannabe View Post
                            I am pretty sure they were also assembled in Perth as well. The red paint is one givaway, also has an Aussie plug for the service outlet and a LAI plate on the back of the machine.
                            Thanks for the additional info.

                            My Magic has an Aussie plug for the service outlet and the LAI plate. Wonder if she is a local?

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                            • #15
                              Head and Body

                              The first thing to do was remove everything out of the lower cabinet. It was obviously filthy from years of gathering dust. The power board with the mounted transformer was removed and the Power Board will be completely rebuilt. Everything else will be washed by hand - including the wiring harness.

                              Here's a quick picture of the Head. Thankfully it has the SB300 sound board and a lamp driver. so thats a start ! No displays, but that's ok. I had a few in storage.





                              Cabinet


                              The outside of the cabinet was not the greatest, but, Stern used a really good paint process with their cabinets. I don't know if it was the type of paint, but most cabinets were never faded and retained their deep colors. This is after the first clean just with Nifti and water. The legs have been cleaned as well. Nice colors.





                              Inside of the cabinet is totally cleaned. It is difficult to clean a black cabinet ! Wiring looms, tilt board = All scrubbed...





                              Front view... Nothing special, but at least it is starting to look like a pinball again. Luckily I had plenty of original Stern legs for these old games.





                              Power supply Board completely rebuilt. Bridge Rectifiers, fuse holders, resistors, connectors.. all done.. Tested before placing it into the game.. I had a few of these power boards in storage, and they are mainly all the same. So I always had a rebuilt one lying around. The wooden board was sanded and everything cleaned up...





                              Dropped the board in and started replacing some cabinet hardware. Looking much better.


                              Yes - cabinet is not always the "fun" part - but still, it is part of the journey... I learnt some tips later on (Meteor) that I wish I knew when I was doing the previous Stern restores...


                              Next Update - Playfield...
                              We are the largest supplier of Pinball Ramps in Australia.
                              Distributors for CPR, Pinball Inc, Planetary Pinball, Starship-Fantasy, Ball Baron, Pincore, Cliffy Protectors, Superbands
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                              http://https://www.facebook.com/RideTheBoneyBeast

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