Bride of Pinbot: Restored!
I love this game. I just spent months rebuilding, repairing, repainting and remaking my Bride from scratch. $2,300 in parts alone. So, yes, I am biased as you wouldn't do this unless you loved the game. Airbrush hand painted/touched up the play field, added new pops/switches, new clear coat, new ramps, new sling parts, new rubber, new helmet, new glass, new flipper mechs, new LEDs, new apron decals, new plunger mech, new gates, wires, glass, subwoofer, legs, coil sleeves, and more. Tore it down to bare play field and started from scratch. It's now done and looks/plays like new again.
I literally tore it down piece by piece and rebuilt it to almost new condition. I literally can't believe how much harder the game is with fresh parts. The pops sound like machine guns and the slings are faster than my eyes are! I can tell that of all the games I've played, I've never played one "as new" ... and it sure makes a big difference.
I own 11 games and have played a total of 34 including many top 25 games over just the past year. BOP is one of my faves. It's fast, it's beautiful, it's got a very clear "mission" (build the machine) and the music and sound is arguably a perfect match to the theme. Double entendre are everywhere and are both purposeful in their incorporation and just subtle enough that 99% of youngsters (and honestly most adults who did not have them pointed out) would never "get it". The voicing and quality of the sounds (for a pin this age) is outstanding. You can really hear the Machine/Brides voice and call-outs easily.
Highly recommend to anyone on the fence on LEDs for this one, just DO it! It looks fabulous outfitted with the full LED set with only the back box suffering a little for the changeover. I will likely source and place some much warmer whites for mine.
One of the few pins I've payed that allows almost every "trick in the book" flipper skill that I know. Easy to pass the ball from left flipper to right. By cradling, then short flick into the base of the sling to bounce it right over to the right flipper in order to then drive the shuttle ramp. The in lanes on both sides allow you to pass from flipper to flipper and bounce passes also work well on both sides.
Love the way the lights and sounds react when you run the loops at least 4x. Nice light and sound show as it really makes you feel like you accomplished something! The subwoofer upgrade made a big difference in being able to hear and feel the lower registers.
The pop bumpers are tight up in the corner so be prepared for lighting fast movement up there. Sounds and feels perfect each time. I added the pop bumper LED rings and really like the way they light up the playfield.
Other mods are the addition of 3 small astronauts from a shuttle playset (see images). Also converted the pops and GI lighting to purple. Added a custom cut piece of mylar back into the pops area (it's brutal up there on BOP).
Advice FWIW? Just pay somebody to do this for you (insert smiley here). If you decide not to follow my advice ... take notes, take pictures, baggie everything and write your best description of what it was on the baggie. Take your time, walk away if getting frustrated. Take no shortcuts cause it will cost you later. Buy the proper equipment, especially if working with clearcoats.
So I put final clearcoat on last weekend and put it all back together (25 hours from a blank playfield). Plugged all my marked wires back in and ... I could not believe it, it came on! I literally played a game! Still some minor tweaks like adding the big shuttle mod but as far as I'm concerned, I'm done!
Attached are many before and after pics. 99% of the work I did, I learned from Vids playfield restoration thread and some great folks on there. Special shout out and thanks to them all. No way I could have done it without you guys.