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FLYNN'S arcade sign 1/3 scale for my gameroom


By BillE

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Had this idea to build a 1/3 scale FLYNN'S sign using EL wire after finding some schematics online for the sign that was used in the building in TRON Legacy.

    The sign dimensions:

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    The real sign:

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    At 1/3 scale the sign is 12" tall and around 42" wide

    My first task was to get the metal letters cut and build the rolled frame.

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    To make the sign more realistic to a neon sign I wanted the EL wire to be offset from the letters using small mounts, they don't make mounts this small so I decided to make my own using some clips, screws and black standoffs.

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    Next I rolled 3 pieces of 1/2" square tubing and some cut some smaller pieces to make the sign mount. The sign mount is curved. Once the pieces were cut I welded everything together including some hangers.

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    Next was to attach the letters for placement

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    Next post - Wiring and testing

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    #2 5 years ago

    Ok. Now for even more fun. EL wiring this thing up is going to be super tedious and making all the mounts equally tedious as each one is drilled and assembled and takes a long time, but I'm up to the task. This part took several days to do.

    I painted the mount semi gloss black and the for the letters I had to make a decision to go white like the original or go black. I went black because the EL wire is colored when off so against the black the sign will look a lot better in the off state.

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    The power supply mounts behind the N, I modified the case slightly to accommodate the screws to mount properly.

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    I initially went with red , orange and yellow wire like the real sign but the yellow EL Wire lights up greenish.

    So I scrapped the yellow and went with orange instead.

    Finally the sign lit up

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    Next is to extend the power supply wire so I can mount the sign high up in my game room.

    #3 5 years ago

    Looking VERY nice so far...would you consider making more/selling them?

    #4 5 years ago

    Damn. Next party you see me at shake my hand, that's brilliant.

    #5 5 years ago

    AWESOME. I would love to have one of these!

    #7 5 years ago

    Very nice!! Add me to the list if you make more.

    #8 5 years ago

    Looks fantastic! Would love one of these. Looking forward to seeing finished sign.

    #9 5 years ago

    dang...

    who's flynn?

    (kidding)

    #10 5 years ago

    K guys, final pics are up in 2nd post , enjoy the pics , the pics do not capture the color properly, looks way better in real life.

    #11 5 years ago

    Awesome work.

    I love to see guys taking the initiative and getting stuck in to a project like this.

    rd.

    #12 5 years ago

    Amazing thanks for sharing the build pics...looks great

    #14 5 years ago

    Wow, very nice. So I'll ask the noob question. EL = ? Is that tubing?

    #15 5 years ago

    That is SICK. When I see projects like this, I always wish I had the skills to make something like that.

    Extremely nice job!

    #17 5 years ago

    Wow! Add me to the list if you ever sell these.

    #18 5 years ago

    That kicks ass. More creative than I could ever get!

    #19 5 years ago

    Amazing work.

    #20 5 years ago

    Man, there are some talented people on Pinside! Hats off.

    #21 5 years ago

    That is f***ing awesome!

    #22 5 years ago

    That's some sweet work and it would look real nice in my gameroom :0)

    #23 5 years ago
    Quoted from BillE:

    Finally the sign lit up

    It moved...

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    #24 5 years ago

    Please sell these...PLEASE.

    #25 5 years ago

    Looks incredible. Never heard of EL wire, but now I have some research to do!

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    #26 5 years ago

    Wow glad you guys like it, I'm so happy with the end result, it looks like the real thing, I was very anal about getting all the dimensions proper for 1/3 scale. I just mounted in my gameroom.

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    For my favorite machine

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    #27 5 years ago

    That looks amazing!

    #28 5 years ago

    That is REALLY slick and it's so clean compared to neon tubing too. Get the assembly line rolling, you've got orders.

    #29 5 years ago

    Is that lit up, on the wall or is it off?

    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from thepinballworks:

    Is that lit up, on the wall or is it off?

    It's off, When it gets to the evening I'll take a nice pic with it on, I have to go buy some stuff at Home Depot or something to route the cord and wire the cord to be longer to reach the outlet

    #31 5 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    That is REALLY slick and it's so clean compared to neon tubing too. Get the assembly line rolling, you've got orders.

    I would buy one in an instant.

    To the OP have you considered making more to sell?

    #32 5 years ago

    Your work turned out awesome !

    Thank you for sharing the pictures and how you did it.

    LTG : )

    #33 5 years ago

    That is fantastic!! You are one hell of a craftsman!

    #34 5 years ago

    Great work! The sign looks fantastic! Your time and effort have definitely paid off. Thanks for sharing.

    Brad

    #35 5 years ago
    Quoted from PanzerFreak:

    I would buy one in an instant.
    To the OP have you considered making more to sell?

    Well yes and no, at first I was like I could make these for people but after finally getting done I was like man that was a royal pain in the ass, there are over 1000 individual assembled pieces in this, 120 soldered joints, waterjet cut parts, around 210 custom clips, welding, grinding, painting, overall probably over 40 hours work time, so I doubt anyone would buy this unless they were ready to pay some coin.

    #36 5 years ago

    That is amazing.

    #37 5 years ago

    Gah. I swear, I posted on this thread this morning to chime in with "That's Awesome!" and it somehow disappeared. Strange. Anyway - Your sign looks freakin' amazing man! Nice job.

    /always wanted to be Flynn

    #38 5 years ago

    Brilliant! Nice work.

    #39 5 years ago

    BillE what are you using for the topper on your game?
    I wanna see a better pic of it.

    #40 5 years ago

    Wow - you have unbelievable talent! Someone didn't sleep through metal shop in high school...

    #41 5 years ago
    Quoted from hassellcastle:

    BillE what are you using for the topper on your game?
    I wanna see a better pic of it.

    Oh that, that is awesome, it's the tron light cycle they sell them on ebay, it's around $400, but I sent it to Gio at pinball refinery to work his magic on it, he actually did a real cool job on it, very happy with it.

    #42 5 years ago
    Quoted from KrustyBurger:

    Wow - you have unbelievable talent! Someone didn't sleep through metal shop in high school...

    He was too busy teaching the class. AWESOME work!

    #43 5 years ago

    Nice work... that sign looks AMAZING!!!

    #44 5 years ago

    That is incredible!!! Nice job!

    #46 5 years ago

    WOW! Now that is simply amazing. I might have to make a trip to Bakersfield one day just to see this thing in person!

    I think Hannibal Smith from the A-Team sums this project up nicely:

    #47 5 years ago

    Now THIS.....is EPIC!

    WELL DONE!!

    Chris

    #48 5 years ago
    Quoted from BillE:

    so I doubt anyone would buy this unless they were ready to pay some coin.

    I think you would be surprised what some people would pay. If I had a tron themed area I would be trying to get you to make me one. Outstanding craftsmanship!

    #49 5 years ago

    Looks awesome. Nice work.

    #50 5 years ago
    Quoted from Skins:

    I think you would be surprised what some people would pay. If I had a tron themed area I would be trying to get you to make me one. Outstanding craftsmanship!

    Very true. Even if you just sold the frame without the EL wire, I am sure people would buy.

    Just due to sheer curiosity, what would you estimate your costs at? (including your time and labor of course!)

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