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(Topic ID: 231099)

1976 Bally Led Zeppelin (retheme)

By rotordave

1 year ago

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“Led Zeppelin?”

  • Yes! 5 votes
  • Hell Yes! 18 votes
  • Why the hell not? 4 votes

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#138 1 year ago
Quoted from rotordave:


I heard that as Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, funny...

#139 1 year ago

Looking forward. I implore you to stick with black/grey/white playfield art and then go color inserts.
We've already seen from TZ and Munsters how awesome that can look.
More B+W pins = better !!!
It makes the inserts mean MUCH more, and it also brings more imagination to the experience.

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#179 1 year ago
Quoted from rotordave:

What does Pinside say?

Please hold while I blast some LZ after a monster team victory by the Warriors in game-6, and concoct a few mock-ups...
It's getting late and I will have to move quickly.

#180 1 year ago
Quoted from rotordave:

What does Pinside say?

Your current design is dictating the rhythm of this thing like a great LZ album with 9 songs.
(9 sides to a cabinet -- if we consider the 10th side -- the bottom is just a "filler" track, hehe)
It's gotta stay coherent. Each song (side) has to sound like it's on the same album.
You have 8 tracks already, here's the 9th, and it really has only 2 options:

Please hold.

#181 1 year ago

What won't work? (Let's get all the wrong answers out of the way first)

The most obvious solutions won't work:

1. Black (often great, but not in this case)
2. Chrome (gross, almost always -- except on a EK, lol)
3. Stainless, unless there are plenty of stainless left on the playfield/glass channels, etc (machines are generally stainless or black, pick ONE) no stainless left, since you went black accents, so...

Here it comes...

#183 1 year ago

Two options:

White coin door is a must, with light grey (or stainless) accents to match the feel of the side-art, and to NOT overpower the black of the backglass: coin return push-button, 3 quarter slot borders, start button border (5 symbols — so to speak) — to match the cadence of the symbols on the side of the machine.

White coin door, with light grey (or stainless) coin door frame with matching bolts. It's an extra square, and is a rather commanding shape, it's a bit of a parallel shape to the backglass, but if it's light grey, it will be more subtle and it might help. Stainless might be too dark.

Pros and Cons to both.

(please forgive the hand-filled artist's renderings in gimp, I rushed it!!!)

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#184 1 year ago

Leaning towards 2
Keep it all in a white-to-near-white range and pick and choose what shapes you express on the front.
No blacks.
Less is more.
It's all about the backglass and the cabinet sides.
Don't hog the album on the coindoor.

#186 1 year ago
Quoted from rotordave:

row of tidy all original

Totally inconsequential. This game is going to stand out like a one-of-a-kind machine in every way. No expectation for it to flow with any other game. It's unique.

Chrome/polished BELONGS on an EK. And I'm not sure what else...

Ok, think of it like John Travolta all-white disco suit in 1976, and the BG is the black shirt collar... THAT'S IT, Keep the rest WHITE with light-grey accents to define the other shapes... but no black hat, black tie, black belt... Black shirt collar, cuff-links, shoes, (and hair) is it.

Did John Travolta wear a BIG CHROME BELT BUCKLE in Saturday night fever?



#187 1 year ago

Look at my 2 proposed images, and cover the coin door front area with your hand.
Ask your brain, what is it expecting there? (don't peek!!!)

My brain says: More side cabinet feel. Mostly white with a few simple outlined shapes, hopefully in medium grey or so, so that it's not too overpowering shape-wise or contrast-wise so that you stop enjoying the side art. Nothing loud. (Chrome is loud.) There's no chrome nearby to tell the brain, "Hey man, I'm just blending with this chrome over here, so I'm cool man!"


#197 1 year ago
Quoted from cletus:

with the black trim

2) That's not black trim there -- that's literally original stainless, which means reflections (to a degree).

#204 1 year ago

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

#205 1 year 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


#211 1 year 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.


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?


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#253 1 year ago

Can the artist wiggle a few lines in the cloaked figures, and swap a few stones on each side of the lower left/right so they aren't precise mirrors of each other?


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#278 1 year ago

Are you considering cutting away the white pops too so you can try out clear bumper skirts and see the woodgrain?


#288 1 year ago
Quoted from rotordave:

expensive sander

How did you get the shop floor to look like carpet?

1 month later
#353 1 year ago

We are ready for a video!

#358 1 year ago


Excellent solution...

#371 1 year ago
Quoted from rotordave:

pinball viral: 3,700

Yep, that is a LOT for pinball over a few YEARS.

#373 1 year ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

A Black Sabbath pin

Agreed. Just imagine how lonely that Zep pin must feel without his Black Sabbath brother parked next to it.

NIB is the acronym for pins for a reason...

(fingers crossed)


#381 1 year ago

I tried rating it...


of course, and it rejected me...

3 months later
#456 11 months ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Lifetime goal achieved.

Finally, we have a pro nailing that right spinner like a boss.

The action on that thing looks exceptional. So pleased that you improved on the original design.



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