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8 Year Old asks Santa for a Pinball Machine - So he builds his own

By TJG81296

11 months ago


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#1 11 months ago

So, my son is really into building games out of cardboard, yes, boxes. Getting him into pinball - Should have Monster Bash delivered any day now, from Santa, of course. We don't live far from a boardwalk and my son has made most of your typical boardwalk games (With great success I might add for an eight year old). He's made skee ball, a toy crane, air hockey and a few one offs he made up as he went along. Now on to the pinball machine. He's a huge fan of WWF Royal Rumble so this machine is all WWE. Its a work in progress but it's coming along pretty well. After the first few full cardboard pins I mentioned we should make something more sturdy. Out comes the 1/4" plywood, tongue depressors, bamboo skewers, rubber bands, bells a fidget spinner and some ingenuity. We are working on some ramps around the back and there is a multi-ball when you hit the wrestling ring up the middle. Figured I would share. Have to find some 3/4" ball bearings so we have some weight above a marble... More mods to come! Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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#2 11 months ago

Love this! Please post some video when the Monster Bash arrives.

#3 11 months ago

AWESOME post! I did the same thing at a similar age - made several pinball machines from the plywood of discarded kitchen cabinets. This really makes me smile - and please post a MB picture/video too! Thanks for sharing.

#4 11 months ago

I certainly will post some video. Delivers tomorrow for a Friday morning presentation!!!! Thank you for the kind comments.

#5 11 months ago

Looks better than Led Zepplin. Very creative kid! Awesome.

#6 11 months ago

Nice! Future IFPA champ in the works. Love the fidget spinner. Great job!

#7 11 months ago

Delivered, setup and wrapped, ready to go! So hard not to play it....

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#8 11 months ago

Future engineer right there! Love it!

#9 11 months ago

Well what is going on? Update please

#10 11 months ago
Quoted from thedarkknight77:

Love this! Please post some video when the Monster Bash arrives.

I’ve been waiting patiently

#11 11 months ago

He's going to love MB!!!

#12 11 months ago

I like his better than the Stern wrestling pin.

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#13 11 months ago

Well, he loves it. Doing fairly well. His high score is around 20m. I've gotten to 121m but we haven't taken down what I assume is the high score from the factory of 150m. Still working on the WWF home made too! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I think a picture is worth a thousand words!

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#14 11 months ago

Buy a box of Captn Crunch and put it next to machine for when his energy is low! He's going to play that night and day ........FOREVER! Good job

#15 11 months ago

Beautiful story! Like him, I had made my pinball in wood when I'm ten. I became a watchmaker...Your son will always work with his hands.Have fun with your nice Monster Bash.

#16 11 months ago

TICTAC thanks so much. I was an aircraft mechanic and now an IT guy, I imagine you're correct, he will end up working with his hands. He's really mechanical and methodical when he approaches things. It's a sight to see. Have a happy new year!

#17 11 months ago

There is a kit for sale on Amazon for kids ages 9 and up to make their own pinball machine. OP, I thought that your son would really like it.

#18 11 months ago
Quoted from hlaj78:

There is a kit for sale on Amazon for kids ages 9 and up to make their own pinball machine. OP, I thought that your son would really like it.

Thank you. He did get one and it may have come from Amazon!

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