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2021-Hot Hand to Stargazer

By Jjsmooth

6 months ago


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#51 5 months ago

Getting there.
Thanks boblangelious for making these targets available.
12 on this game.

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#52 5 months ago
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#53 5 months ago

Products from Mr Greatwich have arrived.

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#54 5 months ago
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#55 5 months ago

I'm able to source parts from Marco to make pretty accurate spinners.
These will be painted yellow, with decals applied.

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#56 5 months ago
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#57 5 months ago

Where are you sourcing the metal ball guides? Did you make them?

#59 5 months ago

Very cool. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities you’re turning me on to with this project. I would totally do this.

#60 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

I'm able to source parts from Marco to make pretty accurate spinners.
These will be painted yellow, with decals applied.
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Where did you get this spinner with the unbent wires? I want some of those.

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#61 5 months ago

https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/A-7861-U

Looks like they’re out of stock. I have one, pm me if you’re interested in it.

Edit: black ones appear to still be in stock https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/A-7861-KU

#62 5 months ago

New lamp/display made and sprayed.

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#63 5 months ago

Is it me or do you always work at a lightning fast pace? Awesome job as usual.

I'm curious what Bally transformer you used as a suitable replacement for the Stern 16-B.

Quoted from Jjsmooth:

That is some fantastic artwork there...really pulled out all the stops.

Thanks for the laugh of the week!

#64 5 months ago

I had no idea Mantis sold a do-it-yourself ball guide kit. Please show some photos of that process & let us know how that works out for you.

#65 5 months ago

Mantis set is not diy. Ready to go. And nice.
And yes, once I start something, I cant sit still. Got that from my dad (glad of that). I am lucky to have a cabinet shop in my backyard.
Bally transformers from same years as sterns will work. Same rectifier board. Same voltages.

#66 5 months ago
Quoted from HoakyPoaky:Is it me or do you always work at a lightning fast pace?

I wish I would have found this hobby earlier. I am made for this. Proud that half my collection now is games I've built.
And early solid state is my cup of tea.
80/81 is such a great time for pinball.

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#67 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

I wish I would have found this hobby earlier. I am made for this. Proud that half my collection now is games I've built.
And early solid state is my cup of tea.
80/81 is such a great time for pinball.
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This is nice. I remember reading about this Centaur with the metal work.

Good looking collection

#68 5 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

This is nice. I remember reading about this Centaur with the metal work.
Good looking collection

I had bballfan model my Centaur restoration after Jjsmooth’s custom Centaur kick-ass restoration. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/custom-kick-ass-centaur/page/3#post-3681829
Maybe after I retire I’ll have time to restore my own games.

#69 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

New lamp/display made and sprayed.
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What material did you use for your lamp board? MDF? Plywood? Something else?

#70 5 months ago

3/4" MDF.
I'm using these Pinitech LED displays.
Sold as a kit, takes about 2 hrs to solder.
These come with a smoke color film to mimick the look of a normal display when machine is off.
Nice touch.

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#71 5 months ago

Which allows me to save money on driver board. Nvram.weebly sells these with high voltage deleted.

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#72 5 months ago

Displays mounted, new lamp bases installed

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#73 5 months ago
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#74 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

That is some fantastic artwork there...really pulled out all the stops.
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Evidently Hellen Keller had a short run at Stern in her later years...

RB

#75 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

I wish I would have found this hobby earlier. I am made for this. Proud that half my collection now is games I've built.
And early solid state is my cup of tea.
80/81 is such a great time for pinball.
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holy cow. awesome! I need to step my game up. It's starting to look more and more like doing these scratch buildscould be the only way to complete a good collection of sterns.

#76 5 months ago

Thanks. Yeah, there's no way I'd have a Quicksilver or Stargazer if I didn't do it myself.

#77 5 months ago

Old Sterns have crazy fast spinners, when adjusted correctly. I figured alot of that comes from the very thin wire they used between spinner and switch.
I need 3, and I only have 1from the donor game, and they aren't available.
I found these wire sets at Hobby Lobby..

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#78 5 months ago

I picked the one that was slightly thinner than the stock Stern.
They are too brittle to bend the tiny circle at the ends, so I applied some heat

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#79 5 months ago

They aren't perfect, but I know I can do this, with a little more practice.

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#80 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Old Sterns have crazy fast spinners, when adjusted correctly. I figured alot of that comes from the very thin wire they used between spinner and switch.
I need 3, and I only have 1from the donor game, and they aren't available.
I found these wire sets at Hobby Lobby..
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You buy those spinner wires from Steve at PBR. One end is open and you bend to fit.

#81 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

They aren't perfect, but I know I can do this, with a little more practice.
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Give it up. Buy some from Steve.

#82 5 months ago

I dont think he has any classic Stern spinner parts left.
I dont want to settle for the thick wires of other makes.

#83 5 months ago

Looks like I'll be waiting a bit for harness, so I'll drop pf into cabinet to free up the rotisserie for a clients Shadow resto.
I look forward to putting this machine in my basement.

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#84 5 months ago

Love it man. I’m still on QS build. I got stuck with MPU. I probably made a mistake in the wiring somewhere.

#85 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

I dont think he has any classic Stern spinner parts left.
I dont want to settle for the thick wires of other makes.

They are not thick wires. They are made for spinners. And they are not Stern. They are Gottlieb. And they are just a spinner wire. They work fine. I have some of them on my pins.

When you think about it, they do not have to be all that strong of wire. They are either being pulled up by the spinner's offset axle. Or they are being pulled back down by the switch itself. They are never in a "pusher" position.

Steve sells the straight rod on the left. And then you bend it to where you need and adjust your spinner switch accordingly.

First, you bend and "L". Then you make the U-turn. The U-turn attaches to the switch like the Stern units. You do not need an eyelet. The U-turn works quite well.

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#87 5 months ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Which allows me to save money on driver board. Nvram.weebly sells these with high voltage deleted.
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I was not aware this was an option. I should have done this on my QS. Thanks for the tip. $40 less that the complete board with the HV parts.

#88 5 months ago

I think the no HV option is fairly new. I had ordered a couple of the standards a few months ago and slapped my face when I saw the new one for $40 cheaper

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#89 25 days ago

Ok, couple other client projects wrapping up, so SG back on rotisserie.
Couple updates - A) I've waited long enough for wire harness from Third Coast, and still no time frame, so I'm going at it from scratch.
B) Bought these Yoppsicles for all insert lighting. Cool idea, nice execution.

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#90 25 days ago

I like these. No more flaky lamp sockets.
Nice and clean

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#91 25 days ago

Wow! This hobby continues to impress! This is the first I've heard of Yoppsicles. What elegant execution. I hope these end up in some of my pins!

#92 25 days ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Ok, couple other client projects wrapping up, so SG back on rotisserie.
Couple updates - A) I've waited long enough for wire harness from Third Coast, and still no time frame, so I'm going at it from scratch.
B) Bought these Yoppsicles for all insert lighting. Cool idea, nice execution.
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Nice wire set up! I just starting restoration of my grandfather's pickup that's been on a hillside in northern California since 1978. It looks like I could use your wiring loom skills to rewire the old pickup!

#93 25 days ago

Nice work! Might go with SMD on my next restoration. Lamp sockets kinda suck when you think about.

#94 25 days ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Ok, couple other client projects wrapping up, so SG back on rotisserie.
Couple updates - A) I've waited long enough for wire harness from Third Coast, and still no time frame, so I'm going at it from scratch.
B) Bought these Yoppsicles for all insert lighting. Cool idea, nice execution.
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I'm seeing two Galaxies sitting behind all that wire. Restorations or donor bait?

#95 25 days ago
Quoted from ToucanF16:

Wow! This hobby continues to impress! This is the first I've heard of Yoppsicles. What elegant execution. I hope these end up in some of my pins!

Hah, yeah, they will.

#96 25 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I'm seeing two Galaxies sitting behind all that wire. Restorations or donor bait?

Donor bait...don't mix up those consonants..

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#97 25 days ago

Thx chuckwurt, these gonna help with Cheetah sizing.

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#98 25 days ago

What did you do with the old Playfield?

#99 25 days ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Thx chuckwurt, these gonna help with Cheetah sizing.
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Two things.

1) If you need to add stripes to your wire, this Scared Stiff guy made a cool tool for striping wire.

See post #36. Then proceed to post #60.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/there-s-one-more-scared-stiff#post-4913086

2) I just made my order at Pinball Pimp for my Nine Ball stencils. While there, I saw that PP is now making stencils for Big Game.

http://pinballpimpstencils.com/big-game/

#100 25 days ago
Quoted from JT-Pinball:

What did you do with the old Playfield?

Chuckwurt burned it at a Gottlieb ceremony.

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