I'm new(ish) to the hobby, just got my first pin last weekend, and I'm already thinking about future projects (natch!). I think I may be approaching my next project a little differently than most, though. I'm not so mechanically/electronically inclined as I am artistic. (I'm a cartoonist and university art prof.) So here's my question to you:
What pinball machine would be the best to re-theme?
...but before you answer, let me lay down a couple of guidelines.
I'm looking for something that I can take as-is, sand down the artwork/plastics/backglass, and make my own art package for the pin. I'd like something that does NOT have VOICE cues, so that I don't have to worry about incorporating those into my new theme. However, I am not a big fan of EM machines *cringe* (sorry EM guys), so let's leave those out of the equation. Which pretty much leaves us in the late 70's/early 80's solid state era. I'd also like to find a pin that is FUN TO PLAY!!! I'm sure I could just find any old beater to repaint, but I'd like the machine to actually be enjoyable after I spend all this time retheming it.
SO! What do you guys think? Any suggestions for pins to look out for?
Thanks for any and all suggestions,
Elephant Eater Comics