1975 Nishijin Model B (JAWS/Bruce)
Dah-dum. Dah-Dum. Dah-dum, Dah-Dum,Dah-Dum.... Think we are going to need a bigger boat.....
We just redid this later model Nishijin Model B Shark Diver and restored it to the center feature it should of have, with Bruce!! The original to get around the JAWS licensing had the center feature as a white blood stained shark but you could tell they wanted it to be the great white image from the JAWS poster. And especially once we scaled up the image of Bruce (If you don't know, the film crew nicknamed the mechanical great white in JAWS Bruce, and also the inside joke in Finding Nemo) it fit perfectly, even the eyeball placement. So it clearly was meant to have Bruce from the start.
The machine is a later model B with the clean style front trays, and we used a different background from the same time frame to help amp up the sea theme. (The original was ducks in a pond- not sure if they felt the center was too scary and trying to tone it down.) The center feature has the top rocker of a diver in a shark cage getting attacked, and if you get a ball past, it will then hit a center shark & spin it and then go into Bruce's mouth and he closes the lower teeth and bites the ball!! Lots of action here on this machine!!
This machine was stripped down to the bare wood back & fully reconditioned. The playfield was replaced with a new vinyl background with the new graphics replacing the water stained paper original and covered with a 5 mil thick Mylar sheet to provide the same look and durability as the original, and the original certification tag was reinstalled on the background. Overall the new playfield with the whitewashed oak Formica face frame with a brown mahogany stained frame really makes this machine pop.
The lighting on the machine features win lights at the orange sidebar. The lights run on the original 9 Volt light system and the wiring has been replaced with new where needed and all the switches have been serviced. The machine includes a 9V battery set up.
All of the plastics and metal items on the front were cleaned & polished back to a high luster, and all of the original components on the back were cleaned & reused. The ball trays & front panel were cleaned & polished, including a full cleaning & clear seal coating of the ashtray. The pins have all been cleaned and polished along with the spinners being repainted so they look like new, fading & damage to the trim features was restored as best possible.
The chrome frame & front panel of this machine was in pretty good shape before cleaning, it’s been cleaned & polished up to a shine but if you look closely you can see some pitted areas. On the front ball tray panel & the window frame, there is some small signs of pitting but it is in areas that are not in a normal line of sight and is not at a full mirror finish. Overall it has a shiny but aged look that fits perfectly with the 40+ years this machine. It will include a new Acrylic front window panel, a glass panel can be added to quiet down the machine but is not included due to the difficulty of shipping glass.
It also features a functioning front lock with key so you can build this into a wall mount case and easily service the unit. The support frame was taken apart & re-glued and screwed back together to make it stronger than the original frame to support having feet installed.
We are including everything needed to start playing. The machine includes the following accessories: The key for the front lock, a hardwood foot set, 500 balls, and a plastic ball bin. It also includes copies of owner’s manuals originally provided to these machines by the Pachinko Factory and Pachinko Palace in the late ’70s. We will also include additional owner’s information on cleaning & care for the machine, and a CD with the photos & video of the machine being restored. Support is also included for any questions on the machine.
The sale price includes shipping within the 48 contiguous states by UPS Ground. Other areas contact us for a quote and pick up is welcomed if you are near the Indianapolis, IN area. The lights and switches have been fully serviced, but sometimes due to the handling by UPS of the machine in transit, they may need adjustment after shipping or the bulbs re-tightened.
Video of the machine in play is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/rVLPRkLO4wQ