Carnival Queen


By okorange

4 months ago


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#51 73 days ago

Ready to begin cleaning the interior cab and the guts. Looks like a rather large mess, eh?

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#52 50 days ago

Finished with the interior cabinet. Initially my intent was to give it a good cleaning, but scrubbing and even sanding would not remove all of the cigarette ashes, liquid residue and whatever other dirt and crap had accumulated in there over the years, especially by the player controls. Every last piece was taken out and cleaned well, including all of the switches, and everything was painted . Thank goodness for digital photography, getting things back together again without it would be a lot harder. Here's a couple more photos of what it looked like before, and the after photos taken today. Lockdown is finished as well. I left the carriage bolts a little loose because they'll have to come out again once the painting begins at some point. I find it easier to leave the screws in their place when painting, and then removing them and cleaning the paint off rather than searching for obscured screw holes later. Next will be the inside of the head unit.

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#53 49 days ago

Master !!

#54 49 days ago

Phil, what a fantastic job your doing!!!
Terry K

#55 48 days ago

Thanks guys. A snail's pace but that's about all I can do. Just a hobby...

#56 48 days ago

Thought I'd throw this in now. The playfield on the right was taken out of the machine I'm restoring, I almost have it totally stripped. Very very dirty and why waste time if you don't have to? The one on the left came out of a parts machine with too many hacks and a destroyed cabinet. The colors are vibrant and the amount of cleaning will be minimal (comparatively). It does help to accumulate stuff over the years, you never know when you'll need it! Interestingly, the serial number of the playfield from the game is in the 1400's. The replacement, believe it or not, is only one number off from the rest of the machine.

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#57 47 days ago

That spare playfield looks real nice and must have felt great to pull it out of your stock parts inventory.I am sure it will be the "icing on the cake" at the end of your restoration. Keep up the great work!

#58 45 days ago

Cleaning the legs up. As far as I know, Carnival Queen was the only bingo that came with white metal legs from the factory.

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#59 44 days ago

It's amazing how light this is when everything is removed.

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#60 38 days ago

Computer artwork is completed for the stencils. I use a Canon Lide 220 scanner with the top removed to create scans and then stitch them together, clean up the colors and create the layers. From these samples, I can "stroke" the outsides with black lines and it is easy to cut the stencils out from there with an Exacto. I overlap colors where possible to avoid breaks in the intended scheme as much as possible. The colors represented here are not necessarily the actual colors being laid down, but close.
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#61 37 days ago

Playfield in progress as well. I use Gel Gloss for the intial cleaning, then a Magic Eraser wetted with LA Awesome and finally Meguiar's Cleaner Wax to bring the shine. Parts are polished up and ready for reinstallation.

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#62 36 days ago

Wow...
The boxes I am considering for repaint are loosing the paint in chips. I thought of tracing patterns and then making stencils. What material did you use for the stencils?

What was the process for removing all from the boxes? I thought masking would do the trick. I`m not thinking of spraying. Rollers and brushes.

Thanks for listing the play field cleanup process.

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#63 25 days ago

The playfield is completed and ready to install once the rest of this beast is completed. The one from the parts game was in pretty good shape. Looking good, really no wear but, of course, the usual dirt. Didn't anyone ever clean these games? Anyway, everything is cleaned up and shined. The lamp shields are new, I think they came from Belgium. I've had them in inventory for a long time. At first glance the instruction cards on the apron looked good, but they've been swapped out with cards I Photoshopped many years ago. It was necessary, the third photo shows "Press Buttons After Shooting 5th Ball". That didn't happen on Carnival Queen, Bally was too worried about it with the screen movement. They capitulated after it hurt play on this game and reinstituted the feature on Sea Island, the next game up. I used the arch from the original game because someone had glued a Formica strip to prevent wear on the other one. Not happening. Those marks from hundreds of thousands if not more than a million balls running through that track are almost impossible to remove. I've found it's best to clean as well as possible and let it go, despite my pinball OCD.

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#64 25 days ago

Nice work - the playfield looks wonderful. You've got a hell of a parts bin!

#65 25 days ago

Always looking for parts. I bought an NOS Bounty glass (thanks Roger) six years before I located the game itself. I started a thread a few months ago advertising my quest for NOS parts, but not much came of it. Always buying if it's the right deal.

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#66 7 days ago

So things are progressing. I went to York to see the bingo row and hang out a bit, then some more family issues. Wow, this is taking me a long time. That's pretty normal. Anyway, painting has begun. Here's the cut out stencils for the cab sides. Head paint is just about completed.

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#67 6 days ago

Hey @okorange, I just noticed something (nice looking stencils, btw)...

Looking at that gorgeous playfield picture you posted recently in this thread, do I have all my rebound rubbers on upside down?? I've always bought games with them flipped the other way and have kept mine that way thus far.

Could the balls get wedged underneath of the rebound in that orientation?

As usual, just want to make sure I'm not doing something stupid.

#68 6 days ago

Hey BPC can you upload a pic of what you mean. I just checked all of the other games here and they all are configured the way I have set the CQ.

#69 6 days ago
Quoted from okorange:

Computer artwork is completed for the stencils. I use a Canon Lide 220 scanner with the top removed to create scans and then stitch them together, clean up the colors and create the layers. From these samples, I can "stroke" the outsides with black lines and it is easy to cut the stencils out from there with an Exacto. I overlap colors where possible to avoid breaks in the intended scheme as much as possible. The colors represented here are not necessarily the actual colors being laid down, but close.

I'm really enjoying the restoration details you go into and the great photos you post. Can't you work faster so we can see more.

Did you hold your scanner against the sides of your cabinet before you (more likely an assistant) started the scan software? Or did you somehow lay the cabinet on top of the scanner? Great idea.

#70 6 days ago

Check your photo on the left in Post #56. That's the correct orientation.

#71 6 days ago

Gor it. Thanks for the input guys. I get so wrapped up in this stuff I miss dumb things like this! I actually looked at my other games and still didn't see it. As to the scanner...it's easier to lay flat if you can but the cab sides were done upright holding the scanner against the paint. It's very light and one person can operate the whole deal. @ bingopodcast cancel the photo request!!

#72 6 days ago

BTW this scanner will work upside down so instead of laying the cab on the scanner you can do it the easy way, scanner flat facing down on cab.

#73 6 days ago

I'm still not seeing the orientation thing of the rebound rubbers.
How can they not be only one way?
I posted a picture of mine.
I can't imagine them any other way

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#74 6 days ago

In one of the pics, he had the rebound rubber bracket upside-down. The rubber was pointed outwards and looked odd, which is why I commented. He has been doing this a long time, so I thought I'd check to make sure I hadn't been wrong my whole life.

Turned out he had just accidentally installed it upside-down. No big deal.

#75 6 days ago

That's good.
Hard to play these machines upside down

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