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A Fish Tales rebuild...PICS UP


By cosmokramer

1 year ago



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#252 1 year ago

I sprayed the final coat of black on the lower cabinet, as soon as it is dry I can remove all the masking and see how it turned out...the head still needs the final coat, I will spray that later today.

Can anybody point me in the right direction for a replacement cabinet speaker? Im not looking to upgrade to flipper fidelity, just looking for a basic simple replacement for the stock speaker...the cab looks nice and I dont want to put that shitty looking stock speaker back in it...

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#253 1 year ago

WOO HOO!!!!
Special thanks to indypinhead! Just as I was preparing to use the template I made at the MoP to make a rod plastic I got a pm from indypinhead saying that he has the plastic I need. Thanks Tim for holding on to it for almost 10 years for me, I appreciate it...
A few new decals and its good to go...

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Also as you may have read ericpinballfan has come through with the missing reel handle! I now have all the parts needed, and in the nick of time too as I am starting reassembly in a few days...

#254 1 year ago

CALLED IT!! Nice, the rod plastic.

Also hey, check out this thread, I have purchased everything in the instructions for the speaker, just haven't rebuilt my FT yet, still in the dead middle of the refurb!

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-add-a-cheap-sub-under-40-that-sounds-awesome-to-your-wpc-game

#255 1 year ago

Holy Crap!! That's awesome!

#256 1 year ago

Done...

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#257 1 year ago

Since the decals were stored in a tube for 3+ months it is always easier if you lay them out a day or 2 before install to ease some of the curling...first I just lay them across a flat table to reduce some of the torque, later I will put a bit of weight on them to flatten them out...

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#258 1 year ago

I don’t need this part but I by chance stumbled on to it today. I’ve never ordered from this site but I have a friend who has. Just throwing it out there. I mean obviously cosmo no longer needs it but it seemed like a super hard part to find so maybe one of the people following could use it

https://coinoppartsetc.com/product/parts-sale-pinball-machine-parts/fish-tales-pinball-machine-game-plastic-31-1682-3-sp-free

#259 1 year ago

I got a replacement cabinet speaker from Marco for about $20. It was a HUGE improvement over my destroyed one. That said, I usually drive out to a place called Speaker City in Burbank and have them match a speaker for me. They tend to be overkill, meaning they will handle a bunch more power than we'd ever throw at them, but they really look great in there. I just put one in a buddy's Gorgar and the sound improvement was amazing, and the price, about $25 out the door. Maybe you have a speaker place closer to you?

#260 1 year ago
Quoted from jmountjoy111:

I don’t need this part but I by chance stumbled on to it today. I’ve never ordered from this site but I have a friend who has. Just throwing it out there. I mean obviously cosmo no longer needs it but it seemed like a super hard part to find so maybe one of the people following could use it
https://coinoppartsetc.com/product/parts-sale-pinball-machine-parts/fish-tales-pinball-machine-game-plastic-31-1682-3-sp-free

that figures...I spent 4 months looking for one and as soon as I get it another pops up for sale...someone will grab that pretty quick.

Quoted from MrArt2u:

I got a replacement cabinet speaker from Marco for about $20. It was a HUGE improvement over my destroyed one. That said, I usually drive out to a place called Speaker City in Burbank and have them match a speaker for me. They tend to be overkill, meaning they will handle a bunch more power than we'd ever throw at them, but they really look great in there. I just put one in a buddy's Gorgar and the sound improvement was amazing, and the price, about $25 out the door. Maybe you have a speaker place closer to you?

thanks Art, gonna head to the stereo shop today

#261 1 year ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

that figures...I spent 4 months looking for one and as soon as I get it another pops up for sale...someone will grab that pretty quick.

It’s crazy how that works. I have been looking for a demolition man diverter and my friend sent me to that site. He said he had ordered a bunch of stuff from there. No diverter arm of course lol.

#262 1 year ago

I want to try to center the start button in the sun circle using a flashlight from underneath to line it up...

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Then set and trim front decal...

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Moving on to the sides...

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Trimmed... flip it over and do it again...

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Moving on to the head...

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#263 1 year ago

Cosmo, dude, skills are amazing! Thats a really good idea.This is going to be amazing.

#264 1 year ago

I use a heat gun on low setting to warm up the decals after installation...you can actually see the vinyl "grab" the cabinet as the heat passes over it... it sucks into all the holes as well making them easy to see and cut out..

Dont panic if the decals have a wrinkle or bubble before installation as seen here...

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These decals are super durable and easy to use, those wrinkles smooth right out...you will also notice when you apply heat some bubbles will form and you can watch them grow as the warm air expands, again its no worry, they will dissipate in a day or two and you'll never see them.
I used the dry "hinge" method of installation.

#265 1 year ago

I'm doing this shortly, I think I can speak for all of us in saying there should be a video attached!!

#266 1 year ago

Lots of new hardware in the head along with new ground braid, now thats it coming together I wish I would have done something with the metal base plate for the boards...
Im working on getting a bockbox warning silkscreen made so that wont be done for awhile...

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#267 1 year ago

Looking good cosmo ! Maybe get the baseplate chromed ?

#268 1 year ago

Heres how it sits this morning, should be flippin today.

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#271 1 year ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

should be flippin today.

Great news, looking forward to seeing that!!

#272 1 year ago

What are those large green things in the backbox?

My Medieval Madness remake doesn't have those ( - :

#273 1 year ago

Must feel good applying the decals, nice work man!

#274 1 year ago

How many feet of ground brain did you need?

#275 1 year ago

Looks awesome! cosmokramer and your decal is in the mail!

#276 1 year ago
Quoted from Plumonium:

Must feel good applying the decals, nice work man!

Quoted from Soulrider911:

Looks awesome! cosmokramer and your decal is in the mail!

Thanks guys.

I had an issue with some bubbling of the decals...some of the through bolts and around the coin door bubbled as the fastners were tightened. Here is one near the coin door...

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No worries though...just remove the bolt (or coin door), heat up the decal and rub out the air...then reinstall

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#277 1 year ago

Nice!! Yup the heat gun is your friend, your doing a great job man!

#278 1 year ago
Quoted from northerndude:

How many feet of ground brain did you need?

Im not 100% sure because it came off a 100' roll but I think around 25'

#279 1 year ago

Tying up a few loose ends...new tempered glass, trim and translite...time to build a backglass.

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#280 1 year ago

3D or regular the translite?

#281 1 year ago

The excitement must be getting ready to boil over.

#282 1 year ago
Quoted from Plumonium:

3D or regular the translite?

I got the regular version, it is a next gen pps and they did a great job on it

Quoted from Wildbill327:

The excitement must be getting ready to boil over.

yes, Im just wrapping up the final fit and finish

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#283 1 year ago

Looks very nice indeed! Mine is in good shape for kinda blend when lit. I got a replacement for my WhiteWater from PPS and its bright and contrasty.

#284 1 year ago

Like a dummy I tried to use felt instead of metal standoffs for the legs and got decal wrinkle at all 4 legs...had to remove the legs, heat the decals and work out the wrinkles...then I made some metal standoffs, they dont look pretty but I didnt want to spend $20 for a set of 4 pieces of angle with 2 holes...

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I made 4, then trimmed the decals that would be under the standoffs and installed. Now there is a gap between the legs and decals...

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#285 1 year ago

Nice tip on the heat to remove wrinkles.

If the objective is solely to put some space between the leg and the decal, a piece of cardboard would do just fine.

#286 1 year ago

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#287 1 year ago

Brother you are doing some amazing work! You are gonna have a killer machine after you finish this!

#288 1 year ago

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#289 1 year ago

Still need to install new sling plastics, new legs, leds for the flipper buttons, reel handle and I need to screenprint the backbox.

#290 1 year ago

Very nice work...it is always a great feeling when you finish something like this! Congratulations mate.

#291 1 year ago

Fantastic job! Looks amazing

#292 1 year ago

Awesome job!!!!

#293 1 year ago

Got to love it when a plan comes together
Great work, might have to use your flashlight trick down the road.

#294 1 year ago

Such an amazing job! High five

#295 1 year ago

Nice job the the cab and decals. The translite looks great!

#296 1 year ago

Thanks, pretty sure this probably should have been a parts game from the beginning but its nice to see it in all its glory.
I have a lot of people to thank, and this weekend I will update the $$ spent list then total it all up, Im not looking forward to that...
Im very happy I decided not to keep track of man hours spent, I think it would shocking...

#297 1 year ago

WOW this is amazing. You have mad skills. This is my all time fav machine....drooling over this one......

#298 1 year ago

Nice man!

#299 1 year ago

Today was a great day, my friend ericpinballfan stopped by today to deliver the last piece needed to finish this game...Not only is Eric a true asset to this site and the hobby, he is also the only person I have ever met who has seen the band Food for Feet perform live that was not at the Moose Lodge in Norco, Ca circa 1986 at Skid Thomason's 16th birthday party with me and some friends...

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... thanks Eric

I have a decent size punch list of small things to do, I scratched the paint on the interior wall just a touch putting in the playfield so I will fix that. The fishing reel needs to be nickle plated, I have some parts for TOM (my next restoration project) that I have to get re brassed so I will get it all done at the same time. In the meantime, I have been so busy with other stuff I have not played a full game yet...looking forward to that soon.

#300 1 year ago

Does anybody know of a good plating company in So Cal? I am really leary of sending out an unobtainium part with all the horror stories of lost parts. Looking for black nickle and re-brassing

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