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Bally Flash Gordon Restoration and Customization


By Tbgolfen

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Summer 2018 arrived a few weeks ago which means its time to do another restoration. If you are interested in other restorations I have completed here are two documented on pinside.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/getaway-hsii-restoration-and-customization

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-frontier-restoration-and-custom-artwork

A little back story about this project. Flash Gordon has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. I have been coveting troz FG forever. Every time I played it I asked him if it was for sale. Each and every time he said it would never leave his collection. During the first week of April I received an unexpected email from troz asking if I would be interested in purchasing his FG project. I responded immediately with a yes!

Thanks to troz this project was made possible. I purchased a working game, new cpr gold playfield, plastics, and apron from him.

#2 1 year ago

Here a few pics to get us started on this thread. These were taken before any work had been done.
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#3 1 year ago

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#4 1 year ago

I decided this time to disassemble the cabinet first and send the parts out to be chromed separately from the playfield parts.

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#5 1 year ago

Watching! Will this have a custom paint job like Frontier?

Shawn

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

Watching! Will this have a custom paint job like Frontier?
Shawn

Sounds like a great idea to me.

#7 1 year ago

The cabinet is in need of a few repairs before I get started with a fresh paint job.

The first thing I noticed was the head had been crushed and put back together with dry wall screws.
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#8 1 year ago

More pics.
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#9 1 year ago

Before I started the repair I brought the cabinet back to bare wood. I used a chemical stripper and then sanded.

I glued and pin nailed the cabinet back together.

I decided to fill the void in the head with popsicle sticks. Pretty sexy! I glued and clamped them in the head.
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#10 1 year ago

My favorite filler is evercoat. It sands amazingly well. Unfortunately it is not the cheapest product.

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#13 1 year ago

Wow, just went through your Frontier thread. Wow!

Can't wait to see what you come up with for Flash Gordon!

#14 1 year ago

Eagerly following, one question, in your first post in this topic, did you post the same link twice, was it supposed to be two diff restores?

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

Eagerly following, one question, in your first post in this topic, did you post the same link twice, was it supposed to be two diff restores?

He meant to post his Getaway I'm sure https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/getaway-hsii-restoration-and-customization

#16 1 year ago

Following!

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from FatPanda:

Wow, just went through your Frontier thread. Wow!
Can't wait to see what you come up with for Flash Gordon!

Holy cow!! Just saw the frontier thread too, and I agree with fatpanda! Amazing job!! I can’t wait to see how this machine turns out too, lol!

Following!

#18 1 year ago

Following

#20 1 year ago

The bottom of the cabinet needed some repair as well. Bally used cheaper particle board on the back of this cabinet. Thankfully it didn’t chip all the way through. I got out the table saw and fashioned a support piece that I glued, pinned, and filled. I also glued some of the splits in the ply wall sides.

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#21 1 year ago

Next it was time to sand and fill the cabinet.
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#22 1 year ago

Time to setup the home spray booth and shoot some primer.
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#23 1 year ago

Spraying primer always reveals the imperfections that need to be filled. Time to block sand, fill, and primer again.

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#24 1 year ago

Time to shoot some color! I use Creatix Wicked Airbrush Colors.
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#25 1 year ago

I had to put the pinball machine aside for the day as it was time to help my buddy paint his ‘72 Nova in the garage. Nothing like the pressure of spraying a car that has been under construction for 6 years. This car is the fourth car we have painted in the garage. 3 coats of color and 3 coats of clear.
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#26 1 year ago

Watching closely.

#27 1 year ago

Spraying cars too...now your just showing off

#28 1 year ago

Hi,

Interesting topic... I will stick to it.
May you tell us the reference of createx paints used (series, and colors names) please? I'm not sure of the exact shades as the FJ is always altered by the UVs...

#29 1 year ago

Love how your Frontier and Getaway turned out. Definitely following this one.

#30 1 year ago
Quoted from Leveeger:

Hi,
Interesting topic... I will stick to it.
May you tell us the reference of createx paints used (series, and colors names) please? I'm not sure of the exact shades as the FJ is always altered by the UVs...

I chose the colors I liked more than whether or not they reflected the original color best. Jet black, scarlet red, and metallic gold.

#31 1 year ago

So the work continues. I decided this time to start with the original art work. Here are some pics of the stencils applied.

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#32 1 year ago

After the stencils were applied and masked off, it was time to spray some black. E1548B6A-AC05-42CC-B88D-223A0BB51967 (resized).jpeg1485383C-0009-46EA-988E-F29360589D05 (resized).jpegBA11C251-6F8E-44D5-A638-6E615BFA6B84 (resized).jpeg

#33 1 year ago

Pulling off the stencils makes me nervous as delamination has happened before. However this time everything went well.

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#34 1 year ago

The next set of stencils are now installed and masked off. I decided to spray metallic gold over white. The idea is for the metallic gold to be as bright as possible.

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#35 1 year ago

I then sprayed the cabinet with 2 coats of clear. I want to lock the colors down and then color sand flat. This will provide a better surface for the touch ups as well as custom art and prevent any delamination from occurring.
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#37 1 year ago
Quoted from Tbgolfen:

I decided to spray white, metallic gold with a little bit of white, and then metallic gold. The idea is for the metallic gold to be as bright as possible.

Traditionally, to get a very bright silver or gold color, it is sprayed on top of matte black.

Yves

#38 1 year ago
Quoted from Arcane:

Traditionally, to get a very bright silver or gold color, it is sprayed on top of matte black.
Yves

Interesting. In my limited experience it seems to come down to hue preference. I believe white, black, and silver are all used. White keeps it more toward the brighter side (yellow) where black is warmer (brown). Then again if you apply excessive coats of paint it doesn’t really matter. I am a hobbiest so take it with a grain of salt.

#39 1 year ago

Any plans for air brushing? Cab looks great but curious what custom stuff you are going to do now that you have factory paint.

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

Any plans for air brushing? Cab looks great but curious what custom stuff you are going to do now that you have factory paint.

Yep. However, I do like aspects of the original artwork. The goal is to enhance it.

#41 1 year ago

nice job... I make stencils for this game as well

www.pinballpimpstencils.com

#42 1 year ago

Started color sanding this weekend in order to start the custom work this week.
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#43 12 months ago

Wow, that's really cool. I love the play and look of FG, and I must confess I kind of liked it with the gloss, it was really interesting and somehow weirdly appropriate - but simply outstanding once sanded. I re-did mine, but it pales in comparison to the work you have done!

Given your other restorations, I can't wait to see what you end up with.

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#44 11 months ago
Quoted from zahner:

Given your other restorations, I can't wait to see what you end up with.

Thanks! The cabinet is at Kiwi Terry’s so I hope to post some progress pics by next weekend.

#45 11 months ago

I did have to do a repair to the cabinet. I dented it somehow and here is a few pics of the fix. It required sanding and filling. Sprayed some primer and left it for now. Some of the new art will fix it and what is left I will do after the art.

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#46 11 months ago

Sorry about my pictures being out of order. I can’t seem to figure out how to fix it.

#47 11 months ago

I color sanded and polished the playfield this weekend. I used a 3M pneumatic sander with 1500, 3000, and 5000. Then polished with a foam pad. The playfield is a CPR Gold. Although the playfield looks great and would work fine a little bit of work will go a long way in improving game play and aesthetics. The upper playfield had planking and some clear build up around the inserts. The lower playfield had less planking but the inserts were pretty bad. The clear buildup around the inserts was enough to change the trajectory of the ball.

This was my first time using this sand and I was absolutely blown away by the speed and quality of the results. It took about 30 minutes total to sand and polish. Doing it by hand use to take me half a day. Here are some pics.

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#48 11 months ago

Some final pics of the playfield.
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#49 11 months ago

Now it’s time to strip the top of the old playfield and desolder the wire harness.
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#50 11 months ago

I checked in on Terry today and to my excitement he had started on the art. Here are a few progress pictures.
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