Ball guides in! Waiting on parts from Germany so kinda slow going
All the ball guides are in! Almost all the posts in. Was debating on colors, went with all yellow for the top rollovers and light blue for rest of the playfield
Finally got some garage time to tackle the ramps. This has been something I was putting off as new ramps can kinda be a pain sometimes. However, These fit quite nice and I only needed to bust out the heat gun in a few spots. I have been very happy with the quality from Starship Fantasy ramps. Larry is great.
new ramp left old ramp right. To be honest, the old ramps are in killer shape and really did not need to be replaced, but I kinda tend to go overboard
It looks pretty amazing I must say
I like that you still put the condoms on the LED's in the signs. Looks a ton better.
Beautiful game so far.
Man I love this game... and it looks like a blast to restore! I'm thoroughly enjoying your project ... maybe one day I'll find one that I can sink my teeth into.
Creech is the game that made me love pinball. I remember looking at that tangled mess of ramps and wondering how the ball could even reach some of them. It definitely has a certain charm to it.
Well, its been over 200 days - according the Pinside warning haha - since I have posted on this trthead because it took that long to get my new cabinet. Well it finally arrived, and I have been making some great progress I am excited to charge with you all.
I am starting with the backbox.
First needed to make a template using the original backbox to drill holes for the light panel.
Installed brand new ground braid, and had to include the original QC sticker
New Decals in all the original locations
Next onto the decals
All trimmed and they look amazing!
Used a razor at a 45º degree angle and very carefully ran it down the sides.
Time to put the boards in. Thanks to the amazing work of ChrisHibler these boards are better than new! MPU has NVram installed also.
Boards in, New Fuse decal installed
And We are done with the BB... For now
Next up Cabinet time, and Creech is staring me down!
Made some progress on the cabinet.
First, needed to drill holes for the playfield and backbox hinges. Used the old cab as a template.
Next installing some new ground braid.
Going under all the leg brackets to get good ground
Sub is mounted and grounded.
Vent grill looks like new
And ya... this was not supposed to be installed as I had an acrylic backboard made so I can light it from behind... so I had to carefully knock it out.
On to the fun part, some decals started with the coin door first and used the start hole with a flashlight as an alignment aid.
Time for the sides. I use weights to hold the decals in place then slowly work from one end to the other.
Next trimming the decals for the leg protectors. This part is important as the leg protectors alone can still wrinkle the decals.
Gloss Black can be a pain as it shows every little imperfection but came out really nice. I also used a black ink marker on the seams to make them basically invisible.
Started to wire up the power box and add wiring for the external power supply.
3D printed a base bracket for the power supply
So I knew this was going to be a tough one to solve. The backboard decals are unobtanium. I was able to find one about a year ago, but its not gloss and the color saturation is pretty bad. THe dead give away is the green.
So I found a high res scan and doing some test prints with my large format photo printer. Getting pretty close to the original! Just a few more tests and I think The colors will be darn close.
Got the power box in today.
Mounting the power box spacer, glue and some small brads.
Power Box is in!
Still trying to figure out exactly where to mount the MW Power Supply
Fresh Black Poweder coat on the Apron, and some brand new (near impossible to source) Apron decals!
Sanding the shooter gauge housing to paint and put a new decal on
Originally I had toyed with the idea of trying to get a black powder coat with very subtle green flake you would only see if the light hit it right.
Unfortunately it came out a little too leprechaun for my liking so the trim Is being stripped we are going gloss black. I think it’s gonna look really nice with the chrome accents
Well, today was backboard day. I have a custom cut acrylic backboard I had made based on the original.
I started with a lightbox and a printout of the decal to use so looking from the back I could identify where to cut for lights
Then I made a huge mess routing out the back
Ready for some LED strips
LED strips are in, its not pretty on the back but it will work
Lighting test is looking pretty good going to add a few more lights ( had to order more LOL - I have a box of bulbs and didn't have what I need )
Finally masked out the front and did another coat of black as I was getting some light bleed.
Got some more progress on the creech.
Finally done with the backboard, added an LED controller to fade the creech head, the green leaves and little lizard guy.
Changed out the coin slots to clear and have green LED's lighting them
Couple new connectors for the start button.
Getting the coin box in, some lovely chrome by sc93cobra
Added Felt tape to protect the glass
Test fitting the glass and getting the lockdown reciever centered
Found a good location for the power supply behind the mirror
New plumb bob
Started wrapping the harness in split braid loom
Legs are on so glad I went black.
More harness work, time to clean this up
Finally mounted the power supply, it fit nicely behind the mirror with a good 3/4” clearance.
Looking much better!
Power supply test success! Leds work
Better than new!!! Love it! I like the blacked out legs on this one! One of the best looking pinball machines ever made IMHO.
Looking great, thanks for sharing your work and your progress. This game is really going to stand out and has some great touches. I am lucky to have a nice playfield but I'm still jealous of your cleared hot pink version
The big moment moving the playfield in.
But first felt tape on the edges to prevent scratching
Felt applied to both sides of the playfield
And ready... GO
It fits! ALso will notice before the playfield was in the rails were not on yet whereas here they are. I do this to prevent possible scratching for the initial move.
Peek at the remade matrix sheet. I mounted in the bottom, factory is on the left wall under some of the wire harnesses, but if you truly needed to reference it,,, kinda hard in the old spot. You can also see my PinWoofer AMP nicely inside my 3D printed mount to the left.
Creech is pumped.
Still working on some finishing touches then time to wire it all up!
The CPR mirrored backglass is pretty stunning. I did have to trim the trim - haha - quite a bit but now fits great!
3D printed a mounting block for the mod power relay
And really excited to get my diy poster mod in the game. Thanks so much to swinks for writing up such great instructions!
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