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DIY Pinbot topper * 8-21-16 * UPDATE: Now Installed!

By cosmokramer

5 years ago


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#1 5 years ago

I wanted to try to make a Pinbot topper for my friend and fellow pinsider AXRELAY using mine as a template...His game has the base only so we wont need to make it however its an easy piece to cut and mount if one was needed...Taking a piece of pipe (base of flagpole) that was about the same radius as the topper we marked a straight line down the pipe and also marked the center of a piece of red acrylic amazon.com link » purchased from ebay...
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my first attempt was to use a heat gun to make the acrylic pliable, but that didn't reach a high enough temperature so the next step was a small blowtorch. We only had one piece of acrylic so there was not a lot of room for error, but found that moving the flame slowly but consistently over the center strip of acrylic was the key...one of us (with gloves) was holding the acrylic while the other worked the heat and as it began to soften as he was holding it he began to pull it around the tube slowly and work it into place...there were a few areas during the learning curve that I held the heat in one place too long and got some bubbles but very minor imperfections, and the overall product has a few waves in it (If we did a few more they would come out a bit better now that we learned from some mistakes)...here it is after heat and form...
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next he had to trim the bottom (we left it a bit long to make it easier to wrap around the pole)...cut and glue some side caps and add 1" chrome tape (link to come) also from e bay
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not perfect but better than nothing, looks great from the players vantage point...Next up I am waiting for 8 lamp sockets (link to come) and a 6 pin molex(link to come) so I can fabricate the wire harness (again I have a real advantage by being able to put mine next to me for reference as I build a new one)...

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More to come...

#2 5 years ago

Nice job Cosmo!

You may turn this into a lucrative career. How long do you think it would take to make 12,000 of them?

#3 5 years ago

Cool fix man

#4 5 years ago

nice job!

#5 5 years ago

Great job!

#6 5 years ago
Quoted from ThreeAmigos:

How long do you think it would take to make 12,000 of them?

Longer than it would take to get a C&D letter from Rick...

#7 5 years ago

Can someone confirm that 1251 bulbs are needed for the topper?
You can't use 89s right?

#8 5 years ago

The topper uses 89's

1251's are used on the robot face on the light board and 2 under the visor.

#9 5 years ago

Looks rad, but could use some text on it, like "PINBOT" or something.

#10 5 years ago
Quoted from chipleader:

The topper uses 89's
1251's are used on the robot face on the light board and 2 under the visor.

hmmmm... mine has 89s under the visor and 1251 in the topper???

#11 5 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

hmmmm... mine has 89s under the visor and 1251 in the topper???

And that's why the eyes were burnt out and the topper was very dim.

#12 5 years ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

And that's why the eyes were burnt out and the topper was very dim.

I tore it down for restoration right after I got it so I never noticed dim topper bulbs but I guess that explains why the 89s under the visor came out looking like this...

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#13 5 years ago

Cool, VERY cool...

#15 5 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

the 89s under the visor came out looking like this...

Must have been one bright flash.

4 months later
#16 5 years ago

Well it has been awhile since I got back to this project, now that my Pinbot restoration is complete I want to wrap this up before I start on a High Speed that needs a whole new cabinet and head.

I removed the harness and lamp bases from my game to serve as a template...
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you will need a 6 pin Molex .062" Connector Kit like this (just an example, source around and find it cheaper than this listing)
ebay.com link: itm
I ordered 8 #89 lamp bases from pinball life, I could not find the ones with the exact base I needed but these were close enough, just need to bend them a bit after installation
(link coming)
some 18 ga wire (I used 16ga because its what I had on hand)
some zip ties
solder station
wire strippers/clippers
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#17 5 years ago

I'd replace all those bulbs with LED strips, make it really pop!

#18 5 years ago

Basic harness is complete, I did'nt have all the same colors as the original but it does'nt matter as long as I pin it correctly. I just need to solder harness to bases and install molex. I will diagram the harness for those who dont have one to replicate, but bear with me as I have no skills when it comes to that sort of thing.

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#19 5 years ago
Quoted from dudah:

I'd replace all those bulbs with LED strips, make it really pop!

That would work but we are trying to keep it original.

#20 5 years ago

All done...now I have to test it on my game before it gets installed elsewhere...

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EDIT: passed testing...job complete

1 week later
#21 5 years ago

Installed today in Axrelay's pinbot...not perfect but looks nice and works great...a few pics of it in action...

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#23 5 years ago

I couldn't be more happy with this topper! The only people who would know it's not OEM are those that own one. This adds so much to the game, and I never thought I'd have a topper for this table. THANK YOU! Labor of love! (To top it off I had my best game ever on the machine this week and rolled the score to 10,200,000. The high score reads 9,999,999!)

#24 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

#25 5 years ago

Great job guys! Looks legit!

1 week later
#26 5 years ago

I have had a few inquiries as to how this connects to the game...there is a 6 pin molex coming off the board with the ceramic resistors, located in the upper area of the middle of the board set.

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#27 10 months ago

I will diagram the harness for those who dont have one to replicate, but bear with me as I have no skills when it comes to that sort of thing.

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Did you ever get around to sketching a wiring diagram for the Pinbot topper? About to attempt a build myself and have no example for reference.

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