Here’s how to make your own Pickle Pick mode for your Rick and Morty pinball machine. Here’s a very easy to do mod that adds a little more pizzazz to your game. I located mine in the upper right corner over the turnaround lane plastic. I think it looks great there and does double duty by helping to hide the opto wire running to the ramp.
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Here is a list of the parts you will need:
The main item to procure is the Talking Pickle Rick figure from Runnning Press. You can buy it on amazon for about $10. I’ve also seen them locally at my Barnes and Noble bookstore. It also includes a little book all about Pickle Rick. The remaining items you should be able to get at your local hardware store are 1/2" diameter wood dowel about 2 1/4” long, 8-32 size hanger bolt, 8-32 lock nut, #8 washer. I ordered the plastic protector set for my game, so I have two plastics in the area where I mounted mine. I removed the original plastic and mounted the mod to the plastic protector itself. If you don’t have the plastic protector kit you could also mount directly to the original plastic.
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First step is to drill a 5/32” hole in the plastic about 3" down from the wider end. You should place a piece of scrap wood under the plastic as you drill to help give you a clean exit hole. I also made some new artwork to go into my plastic protector. I printed my art onto some photo paper and used double sided tape to attach it to the top of the plastic. You want your new mounting hole drilled before applying your new artwork. Use a sharp exacto knife to trim out the art over the three holes (2 original mounting holes as well as the hole you just drilled).
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Next step is to prepare your mounting dowel. The dowel you bought is probably longer than you need so you’ll need to cut off about a 2 1/4" inch piece. Try to keep your cut nice and square so the bottom of the dowel is flat. Drill a 3/32 pilot hole in the center of one end of the dowel. Try to drill straight down the center and not slanted at an angle. To insert the hanger bolt into the dowel you need to put a nut on the threaded end first. Then you can use a nut driver to screw it into the dowel. Once its fully screwed in you can remove the nut. Now you can insert the dowel into your plastic and secure with the washer and the lock nut.
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Next step is to prepare your Pickle Rick. You need to remove him from the plastic base he’s glued too. I used a sharp exacto knife and carefully trimmed him away from the base. Try to cut as close to the glue line as possible to minimize cutting away too much of Pickle Rick material. He is hollow and was only attached at the base so he should just slip off the base once cut. Since he is hollow, he will slip right over your ½” dowel and you can re-install the assembled mod into the game. Once installed, you can rotate him on the dowel to the exact position you want.
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For those who don’t have tools or skill to do this themselves I’ll be selling this as a fully assembled mod. The kit will include a fluorescent green plastic and will have pickle themed art already applied as well as some green acorn nuts to finish it off. I’m getting the fluorescent plastics cut now and they should be ready in a week or two. I tried a test with a small scrap piece of flouro green and it works well with the RGB lighting. That area of the game has 2 RGB lights under it so it gets a lot of light. Most of the time the LED’s are programmed to be white which causes the plastic to really glow green. When its not white the other colors still show through great.