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Bally Flash Gordon Restoration and Customization


By Tbgolfen

1 year ago



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#101 1 year ago

Lookin great!

#102 1 year ago

How does the gold leaf work? Obviously most of that must get removed next right? Otherwise he wouldn’t have done so much detailing on the crown and stuff.

#103 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Looks great. Terry is a very talented artist.
I like the way it is integrated with the original art too.

Thank you sir! I will pass your praises on to Terry.

#104 1 year ago
Quoted from radium:

How does the gold leaf work? Obviously most of that must get removed next right? Otherwise he wouldn’t have done so much detailing on the crown and stuff.

Good question. Terry preferred this time to do a little more than just a rough outline of the crown and jewelry to work out the spacing and concept. So the artwork is buried under the gold and silver leaf. Artwork will be applied over the gold leaf. Because masking on top of gold leaf is really tricky and can cause delamination, I will put 2 coats of clear on next to lock everything down. Then he will come back and do shading and detail work on top of the gold/silver leaf (actually on the clear coat) much like what you saw. Any mistakes or corrections to the artwork can be sanded off without impacting the leaf. Although time and expense are the cost of intermediate clear coats, I believe in the end you arrive at a finished product quicker because of the potential damage (chips, scratches, delamination, etc) that can occur with so many layers of material. Those accidents can often mean redoing an entire section of art to make it look right.

#105 1 year ago

This is looking....
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#106 1 year ago

Amazing vision, stunning work. Alex ross doesnt have those chops. You're at a skill level that is quite rare.

#107 1 year ago
Quoted from Tbgolfen:

Good question. Terry preferred this time to do a little more than just a rough outline of the crown and jewelry to work out the spacing and concept. So the artwork is buried under the gold and silver leaf. Artwork will be applied over the gold leaf. Because masking on top of gold leaf is really tricky and can cause delamination, I will put 2 coats of clear on next to lock everything down. Then he will come back and do shading and detail work on top of the gold/silver leaf (actually on the clear coat) much like what you saw. Any mistakes or corrections to the artwork can be sanded off without impacting the leaf. Although time and expense are the cost of intermediate clear coats, I believe in the end you arrive at a finished product quicker because of the potential damage (chips, scratches, delamination, etc) that can occur with so many layers of material. Those accidents can often mean redoing an entire section of art to make it look right.

Oh I get it. Very interesting, thanks for the explanation!

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#108 1 year ago

These next few updates might cause concern that this project has lost its way. The cabinet artwork is all in "place" but far from finished. These pictures are of the front cabinet. They are not complete but needed to get the gold done on them.
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#109 1 year ago

The gold leaf is finished on the cabinet. These are the first pictures of the back box that I have shown. The art is original with gold and silver leaf added. These pictures are of the cabinet being prepped for clearing.

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#110 1 year ago

The next few pictures show the cabinet with a few coats of clear. As a reminder, these coats are simply to lock the art and gold leaf down. I got a little over zealous with the clear and got a sag on the flash side. It will sand out no problem but always frustrating to make mistakes. I will wait a few days and sand them flat. Then back to Terry's house for more art over this next weekend.
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#111 1 year ago

Thank you sharing these progress photos....going well

#112 1 year ago

Clear is so nice, one can almost make out the model of the car in the reflection...
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#113 1 year ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

Clear is so nice, one can almost make out the model of the car in the reflection...
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If this was CSI you'd be able to make out the face of the killer driving the car in the reflection.

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#114 1 year ago

Clear is a life saver. Terry and I have put some time in this weekend and are very happy we did an intermediate coat.

#115 1 year ago

So I sanded the clear flat with 1000 using the 3m pneumatic sander. Terry then airbrushed black over the gold to create shadows and details.

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#116 1 year ago

You might be wondering why so much black. The short answer is anything you spray on gold leaf will end up looking flat. So you overspray the gold and then use an eraser to sand off the black revealing the gold leaf. This will creat a “reflection” point. A little hard to capture via a photo. The last picture is from an angle picking up the sun. You can see how reflective the jewels become.

In addition Ming’s detail in his robe was brought back by spraying red over the gold and then erasing it back.

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#117 1 year ago

Can you post a video of this beauty once done? This is gonna be stunning!

#118 1 year ago
Quoted from Spitfiren8:

Can you post a video of this beauty once done? This is gonna be stunning!

I would say that is a reasonable request.

#119 1 year ago

The next step is striping the graphics. This will clean up the edges of the gold leaf and create a cleaner look. Black on the red background and red on the black background. Here is a progress pic. Lots more to do. E8BA806D-591A-45B8-8D40-9B97FDD33C18 (resized).jpeg

#120 1 year ago

Large lines are done in black and red. Now for the circle and small lines.
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#121 1 year ago

Man that's going to look amazing with all the trim on!

#122 1 year ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

Man that's going to look amazing with all the trim on!

Thanks!

Striping is done on the first side.
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#123 1 year ago

This is even too nice to have on a pinball machine... I want it on my wall

#124 1 year ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

This is even too nice to have on a pinball machine... I want it on my wall

It might be a little intrusive but worth it! Thanks!

#125 1 year ago

Touchups to the artwork is complete on the flash side. Forgot to take a picture after the striping was complete. 03CE4666-7E77-400E-A779-BA38B1933C2D (resized).jpeg

#126 1 year ago
Quoted from Tbgolfen:

Touchups to the artwork is complete on the flash side. Forgot to take a picture after the striping was complete. [quoted image]

Wow...
Amazing work. I'd love to see what you would do with a Fathom.

#127 1 year ago
Quoted from zahner:

Wow...
Amazing work. I'd love to see what you would do with a Fathom.

Thanks!

I can’t imagine ever doing one because Mike did the best version I have ever seen. Check it out if you haven’t already.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pmd-–-fathom-restoration-let-the-spending-begin

#128 1 year ago

The air brushing on that Fathom was also crazy awesome. This FG is shaping up well

#129 1 year ago
Quoted from Tbgolfen:

Thanks!
I can’t imagine ever doing one because Mike did the best version I have ever seen. Check it out if you haven’t already.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pmd-–-fathom-restoration-let-the-spending-begin

That's just crazy excellent. As much as I love the cabinet art and what the world normally sees, the blue and chrome under the playfield is just ... well, on a higher plane.

I'm not worthy...

#130 1 year ago

Worked on the coin door today. It is all back together. Door has been chromed, screws have been polished or painted, parts have been washed in ultrasonic bath, and interior parts painted.
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#131 1 year ago

Amazing!

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#132 1 year ago

We are getting close to the finish line! Couple touchups to the front of the cabinet and cleanup the top cabinet and I think we can call it.
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#133 1 year ago

Looks amazing. But aren't you forgetting her ear? Seems missing some darker shades.

#134 1 year ago
Quoted from g94:

Looks amazing. But aren't you forgetting her ear? Seems missing some darker shades.

Good catch! A little overspray grayed it up a bit. It will get fixed. Thanks.

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#135 1 year ago

Final prep for clearing. Touchup of the red and black colors. 5C7E677D-62D4-4AC0-9565-DBB551D80B07 (resized).jpeg
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#136 1 year ago

Ready for clear.
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#137 1 year ago

First coat of clear is done.
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#138 1 year ago

Second coat finished.
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#139 1 year ago

astounding!

#140 1 year ago

So awesome. Amazing work.

#141 1 year ago

Clear really makes it pop!

#142 1 year ago

Thanks everyone! Sanding and polishing are complete. All imperfections at this point are considered my hidden intentions.

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#144 1 year ago

I have a few decisions to make. I am undecided about the rails and lock down bar. They are currently chromed but I have some extras around. The chrome seems to compete with the artwork. My options are to 1) powdercoat (red or black). Not sure how close color matching would be. 2) I thought about painting them red and clearing them (Not as durable but should hold up in a home environment and fixable). With both options 1 and 2 I would also consider having the artwork continue through the rails. Integrating the artwork would be more seamless with painting the rails. 3) chrome. 4) raw steel.

Open to opinions.
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#145 1 year ago

The chrome vs the metallics is a bit weird, I think it's detracting from Terry's work.

Red feels a little off to me, rails are supposed to contrast. I'd either go raw steel and keep closer to the leaf work, or go black personally.

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#146 1 year ago

I like the Black, and I'd also to a Black border around the front of the head. May do that on the FG I'm working on.

The thing that really sticks out to me is the contrast between the high gorgeous detail of the cabinet art work to the near stock looking backbox artwork.....I'd detail the backbox art as well to match the cabinet, yet keep the original artwork theme.

#147 1 year ago

I think black would look the best.

#148 1 year ago

i like the red! possibly with black screw heads

#149 1 year ago

Yeah the red tends to blend in and disappear nicely. Also, it matches the frame of the head.

Just for s&g, how would gold look?

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