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Fish Tales - Casters Club!!

By shacklersrevenge

6 years ago

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#1399 1 year ago

Hi All,
I am very excited because I got my first FT. Wow! I love it so far. The only thing is doesn't have a topper. So I am in the process of making a topper. Any tips will be much appreciated. So far I got the Dome, fish, shell decals, reflector decal, and a knocker set-up. I bought two 44 light bulb sockets. I am thinking one should be a Flasher..right? The things I need now are I believe the light strip in front (don't know where to get this) and make the back board for it. Does anyone know the dimensions of the board. Also what is the background of the board? Any help would be fantastic or to point in any directions for more detailed steps of doing this. I know I am not the only one that has ever done this. THANKS in advance! Tom

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#1406 1 year ago

I am about done building my topper but in need of the background behind the fish. Any suggestions? I also am unable to find 5 lamp board so I am going to just run 5 separate #555 bulbs in font. Any other advice or suggestions?

#1408 1 year ago
Quoted from MrArt2u:

Do the topper background images Pinballgeek posted earlier in this thread (#775, Page 16) work for you?

Thanks So Much! Pinballgeek did a GREAT job on this background. Any advice on where to go to get this printed? Any special print shops that do this type of printing on decals?
Thanks! Tom

#1428 1 year ago

Just finished building my FT topper.

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#1434 1 year ago
Quoted from Neal_W:

Looks great. One thing that sticks out - Your eye is not painted black in the center with a white dot like original, giving your fish a "dead eye" look.
Take some hobby paint and try painting that, or maybe stick on a black disk.

Thanks! I thought it was looking a little Zombie like

Quoted from MrArt2u:

Great job. I'll likely be making mine in the near future. Any tips or parts list you'd like to share while it's all fresh in your mind?

Thanks! It was a little bit of work and some adaptations but all in all was not too bad. Just make sure you use the correct measurements and get the fish and Dome from Planetary pinball. You will save about $25. Most of the light sockets are out of stock so you have to improvise. Like the light board on front is unavailable so I used #44 light sockets. The Background I got printed at a local print shop which turned out really good. I used the coil assemble from Marco. You could use any knocker one but this fit perfect. So most of parts from Planetary Pinball and some from Marco. Hope this helps. If you have any questions, just let me know.

#1439 1 year ago
Quoted from MrArt2u:

What did you do for the harness? Did yo make one up and match the factory connectors?

I just matched them up. I knew where everything went so it was pretty easy just matching them up and then run the wires.

#1440 1 year ago

Just put the finishing touches on it.

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#1442 1 year ago
Quoted from Badamack:

Nice. Is that a 3d translite? If no, then, what are you backlighting it with?

Just LED's in front and #44 in back for diamond. Decal is from a friend at a print shop and has high gloss on it. The background decal turned out really nice. I have the diamond insert out just a little bit to get 3 D effect.

#1445 1 year ago
Quoted from king-pin:

I think he meant the translite, not the topper.

Sorry! Yes, just LED's in translite. They are greens, whites, blue, and orange.

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