Guns and Roses: Dealing with a bad design of the ball shooter lane

Guns and Roses is one of Data East’s most desirable pinball machines, if not their most valuable.  It’s a great game with a ton going on, but there was a fundamental flaw in the initial design of the game which caused lots of problems.   Data East came out with a fix involving a replacement part that is now unobtainable.   So is there a work-around for this?   We try to find out…

This is an unedited series of videos showcasing some experiments I have been doing trying to repair damaged pinball ramps for which there are no replacements available at the present time. In this case, I’m working on a Bally Party Zone ramp, using different types of epoxies, plastics and adhesives. See work works and what doesn’t. In the end, I figured a creative approach using laser cut plexiglass tabs which were attached to ramps using two different types of adhesives.

How and why to upgrade your pinball lighting system to LEDs

Depending upon who you ask, you may get different arguments for or against switching out your old incandescent pinball bulbs for newer LEDs. I don’t think this is an either-or proposition. I think you can do both! In this video series, I go into why you might want to update your lighting system and why, as well as talk about proper sue of lights based on their color temperature.

Fabricating a new lane guide for a Flash Gordon, reinforcing with metal and touch-up painting and protecting

In this installment, I’m working on a Flash Gordon pinball machine. There’s a common plastic part that breaks that is very difficult or expensive to replace. I go over how to replace this part by fabricating your own plastic lane guide using common parts from local hardware stores.

In Part 2, I take things a step further by adding a metal reinforcement plate to keep the guide from breaking in the future, and I show off some amazing playfield paint touch up work and use lacquer to seal the touch-ups: