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Bringing Blackout Back


By Steinke

6 months ago



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#1 6 months ago

After reading as much of Vid's Guides as I could, I decided to give it a shot. Shout out to tomass for helping me find this one and fireballak for selling it to me. I have been progressing very slow, but I think its time to start a post to give some momentum to the project. I am starting with the playfield. It has a lot of flaking/planking so I am going to have to clear it before I can do paint touch ups. Here are some before photos to get things kicked off.

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#2 6 months ago

Stripping the playfield turned out to be simple enough. Just need to remember where everything goes. Here are some better photos of the damage. Looks like I am going to have a lot of masking to do. all of the inserts are cupped so I will need to fill them as well as re-seat the triangle ones (they are lifted).

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#3 6 months ago

I pulled all the lifted inserts. The glue was very weak so I didn't break any. I didn't get any photos of the gluing process but after cleaning the holes with a dremel they fit flush with the surface. Next It was time to clean the surface as best I could. I used a magic eraser where I though it could take it, and sanded where the wood was stained as well as the shooter lane.

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#4 6 months ago

Now its time to lay down the clear. This is my first time using this stuff so mistakes were made. First I filled the inserts with a eye dropper. Then I made myself a spray booth and got busy. I put the first layer down too thick but I ended up sanding most of it off. There were pretty deep groves at the edges of the inserts, so I filled some with an eye dropper after spraying the first layer. Overall I think it turned out pretty good. Next step is masking.

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#5 6 months ago

Looking forward to seeing how this goes for you. I have a blackout that I've been wanting to restore for a year or two. Will be following along for sure.

#6 6 months ago

I will be following this also. I am making a homebrew version of this title simply to rip spinners. I hope your restore goes good! Great game!!

#8 6 months ago

Love it! Living vicariously through you!

2 weeks later
#9 5 months ago

I bought a project Blackout with a stripped playfield and a few missing inserts...played at pretty decent one at Pinball at the 'Zoo yesterday and am REALLy excited about the reference pics I was able to take.
I know the hard top is coming later this year...part of me wants to get started, part of me wants to wait for the hard top.

Will be following with great interest.

Good luck.

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#10 4 months ago

Didn't realize you started this thread. Following along.

2 weeks later
#11 3 months ago
Quoted from Steinke:

After reading as much of Vid's Guides as I could, I decided to give it a shot. Shout out to tomass for helping me find this one and fireballak for selling it to me. I have been progressing very slow, but I think its time to start a post to give some momentum to the project. I am starting with the playfield. It has a lot of flaking/planking so I am going to have to clear it before I can do paint touch ups. Here are some before photos to get things kicked off.
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How is your project going?
I ordered inserts (jewel) and decided to go with the original starburst because the arrows are that design and they were originally that way, so I need to order some additional inserts and likely another few items before I get started in earnest. My boards will be back in a week or two. Totally rebuilt with NVRAM installed. I have some work to do on wire harnesses--two wires are cut and two pulled out--probably related to GI. I'll need to figure out why they were cut (I assume a short) and fix that...

#12 3 months ago
Quoted from ss-pinball:

How is your project going?
I ordered inserts (jewel) and decided to go with the original starburst because the arrows are that design and they were originally that way, so I need to order some additional inserts and likely another few items before I get started in earnest. My boards will be back in a week or two. Totally rebuilt with NVRAM installed. I have some work to do on wire harnesses--two wires are cut and two pulled out--probably related to GI. I'll need to figure out why they were cut (I assume a short) and fix that...

Knowing how Alaska summers go, this might not move till September. Lol

1 week later
#13 3 months ago

Well, it turns out that my boards are FUBAR...my board guy needs some more time to determine what the story is...may end up needing to get the Rottendog combo. It also seems like there would be some continuity issues and locked solenoids on the playfield....gonna take me longer than I thought but I'll learn more with this one than my last pin...

#14 3 months ago
Quoted from Tomass:

Knowing how Alaska summers go, this might not move till September. Lol

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve worked on it. Hoping to have a bit more time in a few weeks when my summer classes finish. Still stenciling the black. Looking back I probably should have left the black but it’s too late to go back now. Thanks for all the support.

#15 3 months ago
Quoted from ss-pinball:

How is your project going?
I ordered inserts (jewel) and decided to go with the original starburst because the arrows are that design and they were originally that way, so I need to order some additional inserts and likely another few items before I get started in earnest. My boards will be back in a week or two. Totally rebuilt with NVRAM installed. I have some work to do on wire harnesses--two wires are cut and two pulled out--probably related to GI. I'll need to figure out why they were cut (I assume a short) and fix that...

I thought about putting new inserts in but just ended up reseating mine. Seemed to work but still need to flatten them a bit. Hopefully you can get your boards working, mine seem to work great but need a couple connectors reflowed or replaced. That’s coming up. Anyone know where if I can get a connector set or if I just have to piece it together.

#16 3 months ago

I have inserts to do on mine as well.
Some are completely missing.
I have the replacements, I just need to re-absorb the various playfield restoration threads, find my clamps and get on it.
Also playing with the idea of making a rotisserie.

I did some light connector work on my Firepower II.
My board guy did the pins on the boards.
I just bought the bulk pack from Marco or Pinball life.

The power supply is done and I think he said that the sound board didn't have the correct chip and that there was another problem that has been fixed on the sound board.

#17 3 months ago

The longer this takes, the easier it will be to just wait for the hardtop.

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