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Creature Porn - A Bryan Kelly CFTBL Restoration


By Damonator

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

For my first restoration thread (and the first machine I've ever had professionally restored), I'd like to do something a little different. Rather than make several posts with a few pictures sprinkled in - I'd like to show everyone what the entire restoration process is like from start to finish. There were a few emails exchanged at the beginning, but the remainder were texts and pictures (over 300 pictures!). Since Pinside limits a post to 8 pictures, I elected to create a single page on my website with all of the texts/emails/pictures in the order they were sent and presented in a conversation format.

I had never spoken with Bryan before this project, but after working with him and meeting him in person at Expo, I can tell you he is the real deal - incredibly nice, humble and super talented. I'm jealous of those lucky enough to live near him and hang out with him on a regular basis. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process and will not hesitate to use him again on another restoration.

I'll post a few "after" pictures in this post, but feel free to post any of the pictures from my webpage in this thread.

The webpage is located here:

http://www.damonator.com/pinball/creature/creature.html

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#2 3 years ago

That's a thing of beauty right there

#3 3 years ago

Wow! Stunning!!!

#4 3 years ago

Someone asked - the full cost breakout of the restore is included at the end of the page.

#5 3 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Bryan does beautiful work.

Enjoy!

#6 3 years ago

How did you create a webpage from your iMessages? That's really nice!

#7 3 years ago

Wow, beautiful. Thanks for posting the detailed back and forth between you and Bryan during the process. There is a crazy amount of work there that nobody knows about until they do it, or read through your interaction throughout the entire process. Hard to imagine how many games Bryan has done to be that at ease through the process. Very cool.

#8 3 years ago

I used iBackup Extractor to pull the messages - but unfortunately you can't specify what size to extract the pictures as...and the default option is to pull tiny little pictures. I had to extract all the images from the conversation, resize and re-insert them one by one.

If anyone has used another tool that allows you to specify the image sizes (or pulls them as full resolution), I would love to use that in the future.

#9 3 years ago

I'm not a big fan of chome, but it looks great in this case. Very nice!!

#10 3 years ago

Wow! That's better than new, thanks for sharing so much of the process, what a talent!

I saw an ad he put up for a similar speaker panel a couple months back, I believe he offered his left nut for it in the ad and there the panel is on your game. That's customer service!

#11 3 years ago

Seriously can't stop looking at the pictures... .so impressive

#12 3 years ago
Quoted from sparechange1974:

Wow! That's better than new, thanks for sharing so much of the process, what a talent!
I saw an ad he put up for a similar speaker panel a couple months back, I believe he offered his left nut for it in the ad and there the panel is on your game. That's customer service!

FWIW - he offered his left nut in exchange for the speaker panel to be used in the next Creature in his queue.

It took me quite a while to find the chrome speaker panel (thanks Stu) and LED speaker panel mod (thanks Gordon). At least one of the mods hasn't made it to production yet - the LED Ramp Chase board by Bill Ung... but the prototype I'm using is working really well. GI OCD makes a *huge* difference on this game, but the factory ramp chase board isn't compatible.

#13 3 years ago

beautiful game, congrats, and awesome work Bryan

love the chrome, will favourite for when I get my game restored.

#14 3 years ago

Wow, what a beautiful game. Just finished reading the emails and seeing the steps to completion. Thank you for sharing everything. Its awesome to see a master like Bryan Kelly do his work.

#15 3 years ago

Looks amazing. I'm going to put a chrome package on mine.

#16 3 years ago

Awesome! thanks for sharing and also putting the pricing up there, most of us are quite apprehensive of putting a cost out there but it gives us a good idea if we ever want to go down that road.

#17 3 years ago

Congratulations to you the owner and Bryan the restore-er! That looks just beautiful and all the documentation is super nice to have/do.

Enjoy that game!

#18 3 years ago
Quoted from Gerrard17:

Awesome! thanks for sharing and also putting the pricing up there, most of us are quite apprehensive of putting a cost out there but it gives us a good idea if we ever want to go down that road.

I don't think my costs are representative - in fact I think it's the most expensive restore he's done. It's my wife's favorite title so I wanted to put as many tasteful mods in it as possible.

My guesstimate is that a basic restore without so many mods would run $6-$7k on top of the game cost.

#19 3 years ago

I read through the thread and that is a cool look into your transaction. He seems like a real down to earth guy and that makes it even nicer. Absolutely gorgeous machine. The nicest pin I have ever "seen". Congratulations!

#20 3 years ago

Hi Damon,

Wow, you did a really nice job documenting your CFTBL restoration performed by Bryan Kelly. As expected for a Kelly restoration, the final restored game is absolutely beautiful. That CFTBL is a show piece and should provide your family with many years of pinball pleasure.

Congratulations on the great looking game. I didn't realize that Bryan was so willing to provide progress photos during the restoration process so I guess I will have to bug him for some progress photos now of my TFTC restoration.

Bryan does great work, has a slightly warped sense of humor (which I like), is an honest straight shooter and is very easy to work with as you have found out as well.

Gord

#21 3 years ago
Quoted from GRB1959:

Hi Damon,
Wow, you did a really nice job documenting your CFTBL restoration performed by Bryan Kelly. As expected for a Kelly restoration, the final restored game is absolutely beautiful. That CFTBL is a show piece and should provide your family with many years of pinball pleasure.
Congratulations on the great looking game. I didn't realize that Bryan was so willing to provide progress photos during the restoration process so I guess I will have to bug him for some progress photos now of my TFTC restoration.
Bryan does great work, has a slightly warped sense of humor (which I like), is an honest straight shooter and is very easy to work with as you have found out as well.
Gord

Buy a smart phone, Gord, and I'll send you all the pics you want. That's what I did with Damon. I click and send. I hate doing it any other way.

#22 3 years ago

Thanks Bryan. I do have a smart phone that I share with my wife as she works from home and uses the land line for her work. PM sent with the smart cell phone number.

Gord

#23 3 years ago

Good lord Damonator. Machine looks awesome. Mr. Kelly rocks!

#24 3 years ago

Fun read. Thanks for the link.

Nicest Creature I've ever seen. Period.

Eventually I'll get around to mine. If it turns out half as nice, I'll be very happy.

Love all the mods too!

#25 3 years ago

My favorite part was the T nut tool.

#26 3 years ago

Great example of a very talented restoration. Beautiful!

#27 3 years ago

That machine looks so...so good. I'm want it baaaad.

It's a shame no one has figured out how to reproduce the hologram. That's one of my favorite things on CFTBL.

#28 3 years ago

One word AMAZEING

#29 3 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

That machine looks so...so good.
It's a shame no one has figured out how to reproduce the hologram. That's one of my favorite things on CFTBL.

I believe they were by pps? I love the mike d lcd hologram mod as it adds so much more to the game

#30 3 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

It's a shame no one has figured out how to reproduce the hologram. That's one of my favorite things on CFTBL.

Pinball Dreams (Henrik Maurer) from Germany did reproduce the CFTBL hologram and they did a very nice job on them. They are currently sold out and I am not sure if they are going to do another run of them or not. Henrik replied in the following Pinside thread a couple of months ago regarding the possibility of doing another hologram run for CFTBL.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/creech-holo-part#post-2705078

Gord

#31 3 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to assemble that, and share....I learned alot! .....about beer too!

A Work of Art!

#32 3 years ago

I have a tv in my shop as well to have a little background noise while I work. No Dr Phil though. Amazon Fire TV.

#33 3 years ago

Enjoy the new machine. Bryan does great work.

#34 3 years ago

Really interesting to see this restore unfold in almost real-time. Nice!

#35 3 years ago

She's a beauty Damonator and great job on the restore by Bryan as usual.

#36 3 years ago

Awesome looking and love the chrome door!

#37 3 years ago

Just wow.

#38 3 years ago

Awesome, Wow, Fantastic, Incredible. Not enough can be said but thanks for sharing that Dominator and great job Bryan.

#39 3 years ago

It needs to be said... Bryan Kelly is RICH! RICH with SKILLS!

Brad

#40 3 years ago

Beautiful, I just did mine with a naked PF. It looks great but I didn't go all out like you did. Its a damn shame there is no alternative for a apron except those stickers. They aren't fluorescent and they don't look nearly as good as the original stickers that came on some of them.

#41 3 years ago
Quoted from McCune:

My favorite part was the T nut tool.

what does a guy need to do to get one fo those?

#42 3 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

what does a guy need to do to get one fo those?

Be a friend of Mr. McCune's.

#43 3 years ago

I can not tell a lie. I honestly think this is the nicest, "classiest" looking game I've ever done. Personally, I think the chrome makes a Creature look fantastic.

I had a gentleman deliver me another Creature to restore, just when I finished this one. As we unloading his, he's telling me a few things he's been thinking about doing to it, possible trim colors, etc. I told him to come downstairs and take a look at Damon's game. We took about five minutes to check it out, inside and out. He then looked at me and said, "I'll take one just like this."

And I said, "okey dokey."

#44 3 years ago

Where are you getting the PFs?

#45 3 years ago
Quoted from zr11990:

Where are you getting the PFs?

Private individuals. Damon and I were lucky enough to source two. One went in his game and the other I bought from him for the next one I'm restoring.

#46 3 years ago

Loved reading the back and forth between you two!

#47 3 years ago

I have my old one that I want to have turned into the nude version like the ones that Gene did and cleared. Don't know what I will do with it but Im going to do it anyway. Maybe swap it out again.

#48 3 years ago

Absolutly gorgeous !!!
Congrats to the owner, and a tip at the hat to Sir Bryan !

Great you both were willing to share this 'adventure' with us all, Thanks!

#49 3 years ago

Looks great. Nice job Bryan.

#50 3 years ago

Absolutely incredible. What a work of art.

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