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Creature from the Black Lagoon Hologram Replacement

By wamonkey

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

I have had this listed in a couple sub-forums on CFTBL - but since the mod has garnered a lot of interest I decided to create its own stand alone post.

The mod is a cheap replacement for a dark / blue / damaged hologram.

The mod is DIY - but I can refer to Etsy for a guy who can make the art for you and provide all the LED strips to make the mod quick and easy. Art if your own choice and can be changed to anything you want. But, we have figured out the right size of the acrylic, the cuts to make it fit best, and how to mount it.

The kit is a good temp fix or permanent replacement without removing your existing hologram - meaning you can always go back at any time should you feel the urge.

Here is the original post -


The mod has evolved and got a little better - so I have created an install guide and more tips from a few beta versions, but it is pretty easy and fast to install, should take less than an hour.

Others have done the mod and posted on it as well.

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#2 1 year ago

To replace aging, blue, damaged, or darkened holograms on the Creature from the Black Lagoon pinball in cooperation with Benjamin from Otto Automation on Etsy – we created a CFTBL LED acrylic art replacement designed to fit over the original hologram without permanently modifying your machine.

Ben’s store link on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OttoAutomation?ref=custom_order_convo
Exact mod link: https://www.etsy.com/OttoAutomation/listing/673111279/led-edge-lit-engraving-retrofit-for?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1546883633331

1) ORDER YOUR KIT from Ben @ Otto Automation on Etsy (link listed prior) and this mod will be complete with all you need to update your hologram.
• If you want to go this alone – create your art image on a 10” WIDE X 8” HIGH, 3/16” thick clear acrylic sheet.
• Notch your 4 corners like the diagram below – about 2” x 2” angles on the top of the sheet and 1”x1” squares at the bottom corners. The notches will allow it to clear lights under the playfield and the lower squares place it over the hologram mounts while still holding it in place. The picture below shows the art over the original hologram, placed in the machine.

2) Prep your hologram – if you purchased the complete kit it will come with a 12-volt Green LED strip / mounting channel and approx..3’ of wire to hook up to the hologram light on the back of the lower cabinet.

• Secure the LED strip to the top of acrylic art – you will need extra tape to secure it to the art.

3) Remove your existing hologram mount from the machine.

4) Recommended – place a piece of black felt over your original hologram to prevent damage and to not interfere with the image when lit. Black paper or any black cloth would work as well.

5) Place the felt / hologram with the art facing up (see picture above) on the hologram mount and reattach it in place – (helps to have someone hold the mount at this time).

6) Once the hologram mount and the new acrylic piece is seated in place – run your wires from the LED strip to the lower cabinet hologram light. See picture –

• Recommend that you run the wire along wire clamps under the playfield to not catch when raising or lowering your playfield.

7) Attach the BLACK wire to the outside tab of the light assembly and attach the RED wire of the LED strip to the rear post of the light assembly.
• The kit includes alligator clips and can be simply clipped the tabs, you can also solder them in place.

• The bulb is a 12-volt bulb – so you MUST use a 12-volt LED light strip and it is best to not use any RGB light strips unless you can lock it to a single color. Again, the kit makes these choices for you and I recommend the kit for that reason.

• For soldering or creating a plug you can remove the light assembly – the alligator clips are the easiest – just plug and go (picture above is soldered connection).

Before your start up your game – it is recommended you unplug the Molex connectors off the hologram motor and the mirror motor then remove the hologram light bulb (keep the bulb and label it as it is not a standard bulb) – (pictures attached).
• These two motors will no longer be needed as the LED will simply light up when commanded in game play.
• By removing the bulb, you will not reflect off the mirror or lessen the image of the new acrylic art.
• By only disconnecting the 2 plugs and removing the bulb, should you ever want to revert the game back to the original hologram you simply remove the art, install the bulb, and hook the plugs back up and it will be original.

9) Test your mod
• Go to the test menu – under TESTS – HOLOGRAM – your acrylic mod should light up and be placed properly in the window.
• A small tip may be to use Gorilla tape (black) to blackout any LED over-lighting or to hold the mod in place on the felt, not always necessary but depending on your install it may help.

10) Enjoy the mod – you now have a suitable replacement for the super expensive and largely unobtainable original hologram.
Again – I highly recommend seeing Ben @ Otto Automation on Etsy for the whole kit it is simple and affordable and this mod should maybe take an hour to install. You will be happy with the result!


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#3 1 year ago

Could you make a screen for my Sexy Girl ?? I did the entire conversion
But no screen

#4 1 year ago

Great solution . Just ordered the kit. THANKS!

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from whitey:

Could you make a screen for my Sexy Girl ?? I did the entire conversion
But no screen

Never even heard of that game until your post, I think the whole point would be to see the naked girls not led lit nude girls.

That is pretty rare game...

5 months later
#6 1 year ago

Hello all, I purchased this kit and installed via the directions above. The kit came with an additional loose led strip not attached to the art (two led strips =one attached on bottom and one loose). I attached it to the top and attached both red wires to the rear post wire as instructed. put the two black wires together and attached to the wire that went to the side post. blows fuse. thinking I made a mistake and put them backwards, I reversed them. still blows fuse. Can anyone shed some light on this? Could the leads be backward on one of the strips? can I test this via ohms? please help.

1 week later
#7 1 year ago

Check if it has a bad soldering on the led strip.
No wires should touch each other. If they do it shorts.

2 months later
#8 1 year ago

i am interested too.Is it possible to see a video with the mod installed just to see how it looks like during gameplay?

4 months later
#9 10 months ago

Man, I am always too late. Is there any chance these will become available again? I just got a creature and I need one.

#10 10 months ago
Quoted from maglar:

Man, I am always too late. Is there any chance these will become available again? I just got a creature and I need one.

They are available on Etsy - I handed it off to him, I sold my CFTBL, but he is selling the whole kit.

I will PM you the link...

#11 10 months ago
Quoted from maglar:

Man, I am always too late. Is there any chance these will become available again? I just got a creature and I need one.

Sorry don't have my machine but works just like the creature except the picture is different super bright looks cool as a cheap alternative.

#12 10 months ago

Looks like the guy who made them moved from Etsy to Amazon

I found him - I would think he would still make them on demand....he is not listing the product but I found him easy to work with since it was custom made and kind of a test by me. I would think you can just email him and ask for one.

#13 10 months ago
Quoted from wamonkey:

They are available on Etsy - I handed it off to him, I sold my CFTBL, but he is selling the whole kit.
I will PM you the link...

Guy who made them moved to Amazon

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