1976 Gottlieb Solar City Pinball (2 player)

Description: Gottlieb Solar City pinball. Same game as Gottlieb Target Alpha and Gottlieb Canada Dry, just different number of players (4 players versus 2 players). Gottlieb sold this game design in the two flavors, though they are essentially the exact same game (with major artwork and theme differences). The 2 player version (Solar City) had a lower price than the 4 player (Target Alpha), and was marketed to game operators with less money to spend.

A very cool gottlieb pinball design with a bank of 10 drop targets across the top, and another 5 on the right side. The drop targets have a red bullseye printed on them. Four flippers, two 3" flippers at the bottom and two 2" flipper at the top of the playfield. Two pop bumpers and two slingshots, several rollover lanes. The longest shot in pinball from the lower left flipper to the upper right drop target. They also made this game in a single player format called Gottlieb Eldorado and Gottlieb Gold Strike, and an export multiplayer game called Gottlieb Canada Dry. Gottlieb used this playfield design several times, so it was a popular design. They made 7285 Gottlieb Target Alpha pinballs, and 2525 Gottlieb Solar City pinball machines.

For playfield touchup, i used these colors:

  • Blue: Apple Barrel "Plaid" True Blue #M20383
  • Yellow: Americana Bright Yellow #DA227, mixed 5:1 with white
  • Red: Palmer Holly Berry #171003, mixed 5:1 with white
  • Purple: Americana Antique Mauve #DA162 (This color is too dark, should have mixed it with some white.)
  • White: Americana Light Parchment #DA243
  • Black: Americana Lamp Ebony Black #DA067
The only color that didn't match too well was the purple, I should have mixed some white with it. But the rest of the colors above were a great match after the Automotive Urethane clearcoat was applied (which darkens the added colors.)

If you have a Gottlieb Solar City pinball or Gottlieb Target Alpha pinball for sale, please contact me at cfh@provide.net

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