Removal of paint layers
from top of bomb
Rescued from the Dutch
This game originated in Amsterdam before joining the Decopinball collection late in 2003.
When rescued, it had no bullet counter and the backglass was in a sorry state. The whole machine had been overpainted several times as the following picture history will show.
Tracing the gunners
In our garden we managed to get in a real mess with solvents and caustic paint strippers. Unfortunately the work was not successful in uncovering the original paintwork. Instead the design was reproduced by copying the image of the gunners from the backglass.
Preparing the top box
The reproduction backglass was imported from the States. The rest of the design was restenciled using spray paints. The bullet counter was re built with the help from Tony.
Removal of paint from
grooves in trim
The animated bomber
The 1940 game was made on Long Island New York by the International Mutoscope Reel Co. The artwork depicts the Big Apple skyline being attacked by Enemy bombers. This makes the game historically important as a part of American WWII propaganga.
This game has a projection chamber shaped like a bomb. On the front of the bomb there is an eye hole through which the player sees a projection of the city skyline. Above the towers bombers fly in and out of the clouds.
The player has a limited number of bullets with which to shoot down the passing aircraft by pulling the trigger on the gun. When a plane is hit a red flash is seen by the player and an animation can be seen by spectators.