Attack from Mars

Attack from Mars is one of those games that I've known that I want but I've let others' talk me out of pursuing.   

"It's just that center shot over and over again.."

In fact, when I bought my Star Trek Premium, I bought it with hopes that it would scratch both the STTNG and AFM itches based on layout and center saucer toy.

As a market-force, the the Chicago Gaming / PPS remakes have (generally) helped to bring some of the player's quality original AFMs (MM's to a lesser extent) to come down into more reasonable price ranges.   Before the remakes, it wasn't unheard of to find a player's quality AFM for $8,000.

Here, I found a player's quality AFM on Pinside, listed for $5400 by a flexible seller.
 
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/51870

He provided plenty of pictures to convey the condition, which I've archived here:  https://images.eyedyllic.com/Hobbies/Attack-from-Mars-Pinside/n-ZMfNqc/

Initial Condition Survey

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The game arrived via STI a couple of days before an open house / party.  So I did a mad-dash just to get it playing for the party.   The condition was in the range that I expected.   Heavy cabinet wear around the flippers, some sloppy mylar around the left ramp, the saucer lights didn't work most of the time and the strobe wasn't functional.

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Note the fact that Ghostbusters playfield was also lifted..   Node board failures two days before an open house / pinball party... bleh!

Shopping List

ColorDMD: http://shop.colordmd.com/colordmd-replacement-display-for-attack-from-mars-pinball-machine/
Cointaker LEDs: https://cointaker.com/t/attack-from-mars
Mothership LED Board: https://ksarcade.net/attack-from-mars-mother-ship-led-board-a-20670.html
Enhanced Strobe Kit: http://www.pinbits.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_11&products_id=256
Mirror Art Blades: https://www.pingraffix.com/product-page/attack-from-mars-pinball-bladeskinz
Chrome Door: http://www.pinballplating.com/available-parts/bally-williams-coin-doors
Chrome Rails: http://www.pinballplating.com/available-parts/bally-williams-side-rails
Chrome Lockdown: http://www.pinballplating.com/available-parts/bally-lockdown-bars
Chrome Hinges: http://www.pinballplating.com/available-parts/bally-williams-93-95-hinges-pivot-bolts-set
Enhanced Strobe Kit: http://www.pinbits.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_11&products_id=256
Pinball Life Lit Flipper Buttons: https://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=3760
Pinball Life Glass: https://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=768
Duplicolor Metallic Gunmetal Rattle Can:
  https://www.autozone.com/paint-and-body/paint-spray-can-and-touch-up/dupli-color-gunmetal-metallic-perfect-match-paint/59700_0
Spaz Stix Holographic Rattle Can:
  https://www.amazon.com/Color-Change-Holographic-Paint-Aerosol/dp/B0015H1FG0
A mixture of black, orange, yellow and white acrylic paints
Convolux, Green Protector Set: http://www.shop.freddys-pinball-paradise.de/index.php?f=3&q=convolux%206507

Pictures along the way..

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The combination art-mirror blades from Pingraffix really turned out awesome.   The animated, PowerBladez were just announced and I had saw them at a show but I thought the combination art and mirror really added a less-distracting and complimentary look to the game and goes well with the chrome accents.   The Cointaker kit was the most incomplete that I've received from them but I suspect that AFM might be a title where there were inconsistencies between runs with regards to bulb-base types.   That or being in the wild for so long, this game's lighting config had been molested by operator repair goons.

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Can't say enough good things about Chris Royalty at PinballPlating.com.   Quick turnaround and excellent work!

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Of all of the adds, I think the Convolux added the most "pop" to the game. 

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