(Topic ID: 266184)

Bally Man wall art project


By Hop-Pac

82 days ago



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  • Latest reply 73 days ago by frobozz
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    #1 82 days ago

    I want to start by thanking MrBally for posting this pic of the Bally plant. I've played a ton of old Bally pins with Bally Man in the apron. I never payed much attention to him. But when I saw this picture, I knew I wanted to do something for may wall.

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    #2 82 days ago

    Starting with a picture I took at the arcade.

    I got out my sketch pad.

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    #3 82 days ago

    Then scanned the image and went to Staples to get it printed on a transparency.
    Set up a make shift overhead projector and drew the image onto a piece of wood

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    #4 82 days ago

    Started routing out the recessed part

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    #5 82 days ago

    Finished cut out.

    And on my pin for a size comparison

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    #6 82 days ago

    I remember seeing this logo on a Big Show I would play when I was around 8 yrs old. I thought the guy looked creepy. When did they switch to the logo with the ball and trail?

    #7 82 days ago

    Sell them

    #8 82 days ago
    Quoted from jp1985:

    I remember seeing this logo on a Big Show I would play when I was around 8 yrs old. I thought the guy looked creepy. When did they switch to the logo with the ball and trail?

    I think the first game with the ball logo was Future Spa 1979

    #9 82 days ago

    The drawing at the start of this project was done in Jan '17!
    This has been an off and on project for over 3 years. Just now getting back to it. Nearly done so I thought I'd post now. Definitely a one time deal

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    #10 82 days ago

    Paint

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    #11 82 days ago

    I can't remember from back in the RGP days who actually got that man off the wall when it came down but I want to say Duncan Brown did or someone that he knew. Anyone remember and what the status is of it now?

    John

    #12 82 days ago

    I want to back light it and to make it all one piece instead of six. So I cut a piece of 1/4" plywood for a backboard. This will make the whole thing easier to hang, will reflect the lights, and hide the wiring.

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    #13 82 days ago

    Drilled holes and attached to backboard. I used a bunch of pinball posts as spacers.
    Now disassemble, paint, and wiring

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    #14 82 days ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    I can't remember from back in the RGP days who actually got that man off the wall when it came down but I want to say Duncan Brown did or someone that he knew. Anyone remember and what the status is of it now?
    John

    I thought Dick Bueschel got it. I remember him advertising it for sale in one of the magazines for $5K about a year before he passed, but not sure if he ever sold it. I could also be remembering another sign, but I’m pretty sure that’s it. Someone told me at one point that Tim Arnold ended up with it, but can’t remember who told me that lol....

    #15 82 days ago

    Wow, that's looking awesome! I can't wait to see the finished product

    #16 82 days ago

    Wiring the lights. Lots of little solder points. Had an issue to figure out. Set me back about an hour and a lot more unsoldering and resoldering. But he's done. Next is all the circles

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    #17 82 days ago
    Quoted from Strohz:

    Wow, that's looking awesome! I can't wait to see the finished product

    Thanks!
    It's moving along nicely now. Hope to have him on the wall tonight or tomorrow.

    #18 82 days ago

    This is really cool!

    #19 82 days ago
    Quoted from RocketFromTombs:

    This is really cool!

    Thanks

    #20 82 days ago

    Nice ! That logo is really iconic to me. John Q. Public wouldn't know what it is. A lot of great games have this logo on them. My faves for sure. Cool usage of the posts too. Can't wait to see it lit up. Old Ballys are cool.

    #21 81 days ago
    Quoted from pinkid:

    Nice ! That logo is really iconic to me. John Q. Public wouldn't know what it is. A lot of great games have this logo on them. My faves for sure. Cool usage of the posts too. Can't wait to see it lit up. Old Ballys are cool.

    Thanks pinkid

    #22 81 days ago

    Paint is dry. Wiring is done on the back of backboard. Just some final touches then he goes on the wall !!

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    #23 81 days ago

    Really cool! Nice work.

    #24 81 days ago

    Here is a backlit teaser picture

    yes, just a teaser. darkened pic on purpose

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    #25 81 days ago
    Quoted from Hop-Pac:

    Here is a backlit teaser picture
    yes, just a teaser. darkened pic on purpose[quoted image]

    I have a feeling this is going to be a beautiful piece.

    #26 81 days ago

    Great work Hop-Pac.

    Bally Technologies, the operating name of Scientific Games that makes Bally and Williams/WMS slot machines in Las Vegas made a model of the "Bally Icon" for the museum inside their Corporate HQ 1 1/2 years ago.

    For reference, here is what the illuminated sign looked like at night in 1975. Red, white and green Neon was attached to the back of the sign and the light reflected off of the terra cotta face brick.

    Hard to believe I took those pictures 45 years ago.....

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    #27 81 days ago

    Very cool Mr Bally. Thanks for sharing!!

    John

    #28 81 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Great work Hop-Pac.
    Bally Technologies, the operating name of Scientific Games that makes Bally and Williams/WMS slot machines in Las Vegas made a model of the "Bally Icon" for the museum inside their Corporate HQ 1 1/2 years ago.
    For reference, here is what the illuminated sign looked like at night in 1975. Red, white and green Neon was attached to the back of the sign and the light reflected off of the terra cotta face brick.
    Hard to believe I took those pictures 45 years ago.....[quoted image][quoted image]

    MrBally thank you for these pictures and the inspiration! Those night pics are exactly what I was going for. I think I captured it...I hope so

    #29 81 days ago

    Ok. So here he is!
    All put together and ready to hang.
    He is 47" tall, used 28 blue posts, and 76 little tiny soldering points.
    The word "Bally" is just a plain paper print from my computer. When the country opens back up, I will have it printed on vinyl and stick it on.
    Will get final lit up pictures posted after he is hung on the wall

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    #30 81 days ago

    very nice, great work

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    #31 81 days ago

    And... He's on the wall!!!

    Does it look like MrBally's pic?

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    #32 81 days ago
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    #33 81 days ago

    Very nice!!!

    #34 81 days ago

    Awesome work, looks fantastic.

    #35 81 days ago

    Beautiful

    #36 81 days ago

    Great work, looking awesome.

    #37 81 days ago

    You should be proud. Great work.

    #38 81 days ago

    Wow, very impressive!

    #39 81 days ago

    really awesome work!!!

    #40 81 days ago

    Beautiful work! You knocked it out of the park!

    #41 81 days ago

    Thank you

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    #42 73 days ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    I can't remember from back in the RGP days who actually got that man off the wall when it came down but I want to say Duncan Brown did or someone that he knew. Anyone remember and what the status is of it now?
    John

    I drove with John Popadiuk somewhere (Michigan? Maybe Canada?) to pick that up from whoever he bought it from. Sorry I don't remember much more than that, but that was a very long time ago! Somewhere, maybe PgJ, there is an article about the adventure. The neon was all broken up in it but JPop had a neon shop at the time and was planning to rebuild it.

    I heard years later that he had sold it (I can only imagine someone made him a stupid big offer for it, and he needed the money) so I don't know where it is now.

    Fine job by the OP on recreating it!

    ETA: Original design by Jerry Kelley, I always heard...

    #43 73 days ago
    Quoted from frobozz:

    Somewhere, maybe PgJ, there is an article about the adventure.

    Issue 80, December 2000 according to this:

    http://www.pingamejournal.com/backs/makehtmb.php

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