Quoted from Chalkey:
I think you're probably right and I'm wrong
^^^ first time this has ever been said on pinside
cottonm4 I know that was an option too but I really wanted something less visually obstructive. Using old sockets for the brackets is brilliant, I would have cut and bent sheet metal. I could have gotten a little more elegant with my rail but I used the thickest wire that came with the kit and it was a pain to work with. Probably overkill and I could have made something nicer with a thinner gauge. The clearance between ball and plastic is also so small I probably could have just made it about a 1/4" rise. In any case, I had folks over Saturday night and so far so good with 0 balls jammed over the plastic.
Well Chalkey, you galvanized me into action regarding a Seawitch ball control item. I figure there had to be another way to skin this cat.
This is my aluminum ball stop bracket that I made awhile back. For this bracket I used some light socket strap to make my attachment brackets. THe bracket itself is a soft hand formable aluminum.
But it has all gone away now. I have made a clear hood that is above the left upper flipper. I think this will contain the ball quite handily. After doing some play testing I may have to make a 2nd unit with a different profile; I might have to add a little more material This is very thin polycarbonate that measures .010" thick/ or thin. Poly is essentially unbreakable so I think the .010" thinness will work in fine form.
Making the marks on my plastic. The pic is not clear but it is showing the bottom end of the plastic.
Here it is installed. You can see the hood but it hides in plain site fairly well.
I'll play test it for a little while. If need be, I make extend the hood a little farther out from the flipper.