Winter weekend at Karvia
After Christmas and New Year it is again time to concentrate on the essential: pinballs.
Kauko has bought a couple of new games since last time so we decided to take a weekend
trip to Karvia again. This time not by a bus, but a bit smaller transportation.
The German refrigerator on wheels was familiar to me. I used to have a similar,
although some years older model. The heater in this model was no better than in mine,
so it was necessary to keep warm clothes on during the trip. Fortunately it is under
two hours from Tampere. Antti and Sampo again left from Helsinki, with the car owner
Harri, and a birthday hero Timo. APz had been travelling here and there, and came to
Tampere by train. The six of us and a dog then went on. Two hours later we arrived
to the familiar cottage and started heating the sauna.
This time we did not have a real pinball machine with us, but Antti is always
prepared and has games for every occasion. This kind of smaller pinball takes
less room but the playing appeal leaves something to be desired.
On Saturday we stepped into the VW and drove to Kauko's pinball cave.
Fortunately it was a short trip, because only heat in car came from Harri's
Kauko's cave is more cave like than ever before, now that the games are in one row.
Behind the wall is an air rifle range. Fortunately the wall is quite solid.
Coldness of the VW was soon forgotten in the warm cave. The warm looks of a Heatwave
helped forgetting the cold outside very fast.
Even if the space had been reduced, there were more machines than before.
Jungle Queen and OXO were Kauko's latest acquisitions.
EM-technology: Bally Joust from the inside. No relays saved!
Capt. Fantastic: Is this our former president or Elton John?
This fellow did not care much of pinballs...
...but these definitely did. APz and Pekka checking out Orbit.
Oxo was a familiar machine to me, although last game was 21 years ago.
Kauko shows us the innards of OXO. Quite a long relay bank!
Long bank adds weight to playfiels. This playfield has been in the service position so
often that the playfield support bar has gone through playfield! Tim Arnold is right
in saying that the playfield must always be lifted against the backbox.
Kauko had made a nice workplace at the other end of his cave.
Gottlieb's Jacks Open is really a classic. No wonder there is also an SS version made,
called "Jacks To Open". Even if the playfield looks simple, the game strategy is interesting.
Light on playfield shows what targets must be dropped to get to the next phase.
Sampo prepares to take a picture of a once burned Heatwave, that Kauko has restored.
Heatwave fire began at the transformer. Cabinet was padded with foam plastic, fuses were
replaced with nails, a short somewhere and POOF! Now the cabinet has been painted white
on the inside. Without a schematic, Kauko traced all burnt wires and reconnnected them
and fixed all burned parts. Fortunately the playfield paint has not suffered much from the
This is probably what every pinhead would like to have. And still this picture does not
show all Kauko's games.
We went back to cottage for lunch, so that we would have strength to keep on playing
again in the evening. Antti experiments with new hat style.
Of course a little nap was a good idea.
APZ did not need much sleep. Coke and Battery Energydrink kept him alert and hands
... a little side effect of those drinks was that he got bored to the slowness of his
Timo was a bit tired after coming in at 4 AM from a bar tour
Pinball dog Uuvatti is a common visitor at Pub Heinähattu, it seems.
The games were in good condition and nothing broke during the weekend. Hopefully also the
cottage survived us. Thanks again to Kauko for a nice weekend!