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1976 Bally Led Zeppelin (retheme)


By rotordave

6 months ago



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    #201 43 days ago

    I just saw this photo on Facebook and it reminded me how much I hate powdercoated coin doors. Lollll

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    I’ve powdercoated heaps of pins, never done a door in a different colour. Generally it just looks wrong to me. Don’t know why - just doesn’t float my boat.

    So, decision made! Standard stainless door it is.

    rd

    #202 43 days ago

    This thing going to play some real Zeppelin music? I hope!

    #203 43 days ago
    Quoted from Psw757:

    This thing going to play some real Zeppelin music? I hope!

    Yep, that’s the end game - first move is to get it all up and cranking first, then add the cream on top later.

    rd

    #204 43 days ago

    Harmless decision. Can be fixed in a 'code update' later!
    Carry on...
    -mof

    #205 43 days ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    I hate powdercoated coin doors.

    Then why did you ask if it should be done in black?

    Quoted from rotordave:

    or gloss powdercoat black

    -mof

    #206 43 days ago

    Looking great Dave! Happy Birthday!

    #207 43 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Then why did you ask if it should be done in black?

    -mof

    Haha! There’s always a first time for everything ...

    I’m more meaning like yellow coin doors on Simpsons or Family Guy for example. Looks bad in my eyes. Maybe because the coin door is so much real estate on the front of the cabinet, it tends to dominate the whole thing.

    I think either black or white would look fine on this machine. But not purple. Lol

    rd

    #208 42 days ago

    That backglass is spot on perfect Bally style from the period. Bravo!

    #209 42 days ago

    Beautiful Dave! As a huge Zeppelin fan, I love what your doing here. I would rather this any day over a modern version. Bravo!

    #210 42 days ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    Yep, that’s the end game - first move is to get it all up and cranking first, then add the cream on top later.
    rd

    What songs you have in mind?

    #211 42 days ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    I’m more meaning like yellow coin doors on Simpsons or Family Guy for example. Looks bad in my eyes. Maybe because the coin door is so much real estate on the front of the cabinet, it tends to dominate the whole thing.

    Agree.

    That's exactly why I suggested not black, but the actual color of the cabinet (So that it wouldn't stand out as a massive loud SQUARE). What I don't have an appreciation for is whether you can mask off parts of the coin door during powder coat -- if not, then my idea may not work, because I think keeping a few shapes on front -- especially the coin slot rectangles would be what makes it a neat idea.

    Can you mask during a powder coat?

    -mof

    #212 42 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Can you mask during a powder coat?

    I think so .. like the Transformers combo LE lock down bar ..

    rd

    #213 41 days ago

    Looks bloody awesome RD. Stainless for me, but that white looks great.

    #214 41 days ago
    Quoted from trilogybeer:

    Looking great Dave! Happy Birthday!

    Thanks!

    For my birthday this year I got the 2x Bladerunner DVDs, and the flu! Haha

    Had it for a week now - it’s still hanging around.

    Away from the workshop for two weeks ... when I get back I’ll get on to stripping and polishing that door and the surrounds.

    Another job that needs doing is moving some of the lights in the backboard to match up with the new backglass positions.

    Good times! (Bad times)

    rd

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    #215 28 days ago

    Little bit of progress over the weekend as the playfield art is meticulously crafted in Texas ...

    Sanded the whole playfield back with 800 grit to smooth out all the inserts etc. Some of the more scratched ones, I carefully rubbed by hand.

    Then I laid a quick sealer coat to seal everything up. I’ll need to do the overlay “wet” to get the alignment right, so sealing it will make sure none of the wood grain raises up when it gets damp.

    All the inserts look great.

    rd

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    #216 28 days ago

    Then I started on the door restore and polishing.

    No sooner do I have the door disassembled, than old mate Mitchell shows up with his barn find High Hand he’s been struggling to get running for the last month.

    Silly old Dave said “bring it out some time and I’ll take a look” ... so ... 5 hours later ... we have a nicely running High Hand ... and no door progress. Lollll

    rd
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    #217 28 days ago

    So this morning I had a couple of spare hours to get into the door.

    First up, I polished all the surrounds with my trusty $15 polishing kit in my drill press. I’ve really got my $15 worth out of that kit.

    All 4 surrounds plus all the bolt heads got buffed up to a nice shine.

    Came up nice!

    rd

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    #218 28 days ago

    Give us a pic of the trusty $15 polishing kit in your drill press

    #219 28 days ago

    Next up - the door itself.

    This door skin isn’t perfect - but it’s the best I have to hand.

    Hey, it’d be nice to just order a new one and have it show up tomorrow - but reality is, living in NZ that doesn’t happen. The freight cost is double the price of the door skin. So maybe next time I’m up there, I’ll grab one and bring it home in my suitcase.

    So, the old one got polished up as good as it can be.

    It’s pretty good for its age. Polished up nicely.

    I got the door mounted up ... then ran out of time, I’ll finish the rest of it next time I’m home.

    rd

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    #220 28 days ago

    I think the polished door was the way to go.

    Looks pretty swish.

    rd

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    #221 28 days ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    Give us a pic of the trusty $15 polishing kit in your drill press

    I’ve left now - but it’s pretty similar to this one.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/14-piece-aluminum-polishing-kit-98707.html

    My one hasn’t got all these little pieces though.

    I mainly use those medium ones in the press, (the cone looking one and the one next to it) and move the metal pieces against them while they’re spinning.

    rd
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    #222 28 days ago

    I've tried to polish metal doors and rails, but I can't come close to what you have done. It looks great, good job!

    #223 28 days ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    I've tried to polish metal doors and rails, but I can't come close to what you have done. It looks great, good job!

    Thanks!

    I find the drill press helps ... I have a big old dirty drill press, bolted to my bench .. it’s pretty stable. So I can get my polishing kit in there, load it up with the compound, and lay into it. It takes a while ... each of those surround pieces is 3-4 minutes polishing I guess?

    With the door front, I put that in my vice, and use Autosol metal polishing paste and a wool polishing pad in the drill. That door had 3x passes with that process. It was pretty scratched up - it still is if you look really closely but it is 200x better than before.

    I did all the metalwork on my Evel Knievel restore on the press ... legs, door, ball trough, lock bar, everything. That one came up really shiny.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/rds-evel-knievel-restoration

    rd

    #224 28 days ago

    I was polishing by hand using 2000 grit sand paper. It was taking forever and didn't come out that nice. Thanks for the follow up. I'll be trying some over your techniques.

    #225 28 days ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    I was polishing by hand using 2000 grit sand paper. It was taking forever and didn't come out that nice. Thanks for the follow up. I'll be trying some over your techniques.

    Boom!

    I thought there’d be a pic of the drill press polishing setup somewhere in the background. Enhanced as much as possible.

    rd

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    #226 28 days ago

    Have you tried these, sponge type cones for rims. It also comes with a wool buffing cone? It's on Ebay
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    #227 28 days ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    Have you tried these, sponge type cones for rims. It also comes with a wool buffing cone? It's on Ebay
    Burnishing Foam Sponge Polishing Cone Pads + Wool Buffing Ball For Car Wheel Hub
    Sorry the URL wouldn't come up

    Yeah, I’ve seen those - haven’t tried them.

    I reckon you want something really hard, not soft ... the ones in the polishing kit are solid. You really need to dig into it to shine them up.

    Wear gloves too! The friction makes the parts get hot!

    rd

    #228 28 days ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    I think the polished door was the way to go.
    Looks pretty swish.
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    Yep, that looks awesome!

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    #229 11 days ago

    Not much LZ pinball progress to report ... but in the mean time I can regale you with my recent Led Zeppelin adventure!

    I mentioned back at the start, back in the 80s when I was a kid, I was right into Led Zeppelin. This book came out in 1982 .. I had it and had it all memorised.

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    Alas ... about 15 years ago I lent it to a guy ... and it was never seen again!

    Last week, that knowledge came into use!

    Warners Music announced an on line Led Zeppelin context - I just happened to see an ad for it on line.

    You had to complete 10 LZ quizzes ... song lyrics, timeline, band facts ... with some good prizes up for grabs.

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    To be in to win, you needed to qualify in the top 100 to get into the final.

    There were over 1200 entries ... and my 1982 memories got me qualified in 32nd place! Boooya.

    So ... last night was the final.

    They had done it very cleverly. They emailed you a special link ... you had to log on at 8:30pm and you had 3 minutes max to answer 15 questions.

    Very clever, as there was absolutely no chance for people to cheat. By the time they’d typed the question into google the time would be up. So it was a real test of genuine knowledge ... so I thought I was in with a chance!

    With the lack of my book, I did a quick online revision in the afternoon.

    I was around at my buddies place watching some B movies - my phone alarm was set to 8:25pm so I could get ready to go.

    Beep beep ... time to go! Sneak out of his cinema and head to the dining room to do my contest.

    Shit!! The cell phone coverage is down!! F#*K!!

    Phone into airplane mode. Back off airplane mode. Cell coverage came up, but no 4G! SHIT!

    Shut down phone. Reboot phone. Still no 4G.

    Run into cinema. YOU GOT WIFI? Yep! Sign me in!

    8:29 and I’m on. The 30 second countdown is running!

    Sit down at the table. Off we go!

    I thought I was pretty clued up, but some of the questions I had no clue on. They’d really dug deep.

    But I managed to get 10 out of the 15.

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    The phone had a countdown down the bottom to see who won ... 10/15 wasn’t perfect, but the questions were tough and I thought I was in with a chance.

    Alas! Not to be ... there were only the 3 prizes and I dipped out.

    But it was a fun experience ... and it tied into this project nicely! How cool would it be if I won it!

    rd

    #230 10 days ago

    Just read a news clip about how LZ is back in court again over the writing of STH. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit-review-846617/

    #231 10 days ago

    I still have that book if you want any pics!

    #232 9 days ago

    “It comes from the land of the bar bee que ...”

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    rd

    #233 9 days ago

    Playfeild preview?

    #235 8 days ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    “It comes from the land of the bar bee que ...”
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    rd

    Looks amazing!

    #236 8 days ago

    Dave, this is the coolest project ever! Thanks for posting all the pics! Brad is super talented!

    #237 8 days ago

    Brad is the man.

    We’ve made a few tweaks, and she’s getting pretty close.

    First up I’ll print a test print and check alignment with everything, then we can move on to printing the colour overlay.

    rd

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