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Freeplay40 Ramps


By Freeplay40

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#2851 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

After I finish the Black Belt and Transporter ramps I'm thinking two of the Demo man ramps and also we could squeeze Whirlpool ramp.

Great news.

#2853 1 year ago

Demo man ramps will print money

#2854 1 year ago
Quoted from lordloss:

Demo man ramps will print money

So will that BR whirlpool ramp!

#2855 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Below is most of a post I made in another thread here on Pinside....Thought I'd put it here as it pertains to the TMNT ramp
athenspin was kind enough to send me some really nice photos of the TMNT ramp...Thank you very much. I have been lobbied a lot to do the ramp for Time Machine. The reason I haven't even tried yet is due to some very thin walls between 2 lanes on that ramp... Although not quite as bad, they are very similar to the walls between the lanes on the TMNT ramp. Both the Time Machine ramp and TMNT ramp are what is referred to as a female form...In other words, the mold looks pretty much like the actual ramp and the plastic is pulled down into it as opposed to a male mold where the plastic is pulled down over an inverted form of the ramp. So imagine the mold with fairly thin walls separating the lanes. The material I currently use for my molds is a ceramic. It would be difficult to cast the mold with thin walls like that (Even thinner and more curve on Time Machine) and not have them break when I tried to remove the original from the cast ceramic. Let's say that I did get a good cast. While the forming process itself generally won't damage a mold, I suspect that those walls in the form would certainly bust when trying to remove the plastic from the mold after forming. The mold for Time Machine would not withstand one pull. TMNT is not quite as bad, but I do not think I would even attempt it with a ceramic.
This was not a problem with the original manufacturing of this ramp as the original mold was no doubt made of solid aluminum. Given the relatively low volume production runs these days, it simply makes no economic sense to spend several thousand $$$ to have a mold made out aluminum. Starship Fantasy still uses the original molds for most of his ramps.
So can it be done? I am looking at another medium to make molds with...actually an aluminum impregnated epoxy. This might be strong enough for molds like the TMNT and possibly for Time Machine, but will it be smooth enough and can it be machined after cast for corrections. It's quite expensive so errors can get costly quick, but certainly a whole lot cheaper than having a mold cut from an aluminum Block! As far as Time Machine is concerned, I would certainly be more inclined to test a new mold medium on TMNT first.
Oh yeah...and I need the bigger heater. Added a photo below so you can see what I'm talking about with respect to the thin walls.[quoted image]

Noooooooooo. Hopefully you find a way one day

#2856 1 year ago
Quoted from Muskie82:

Noooooooooo. Hopefully you find a way one day

I think I will. I love a challenge!

#2857 1 year ago

its so awesome your doing this. so many games with broken and damaged ramps and not many options to fix them. I am excited about this. now we just need someone who does all the wire form ones.....but those mostly rust more the break.

#2858 1 year ago

I am down for Demolition Man ramps, sweet...

#2859 1 year ago

Center Ramp for Comet please!

#2860 1 year ago
Quoted from Lathroum:

Center Ramp for Comet please!

First one when the new heater is done.

#2861 1 year ago

I’d like to suggest the other BR ramp too as mine is broken worse than the whirlpool

#2862 1 year ago
Quoted from allsportdvd:

I’d like to suggest the other BR ramp too as mine is broken worse than the whirlpool

I could probably do both.

#2863 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

I could probably do both.

Fantastic keep us posted

#2864 1 year ago

My center ramp in comet was the only thing NOT broken. LMK when you do TMNT

#2865 1 year ago

Hey Mark with your current setul are you able to reproduce the rocky and bullwinkle center ramp?

#2866 1 year ago
Quoted from PinDeLaPin:

Hey Mark with your current setul are you able to reproduce the rocky and bullwinkle center ramp?

I've only done the WABAC ramp so far....

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#2867 1 year ago

Have you got a chance to do any work on the Space Shuttle Ramps? Consider me presold I just completed playfield restore and made the best of the situation with ramps. Cabinet is next up and I will be prepping that in weeks to come.

Love to see any teasers or help in anyway.

#2868 1 year ago
Quoted from TechnicalSteam:

Have you got a chance to do any work on the Space Shuttle Ramps?

I second this. With Hard Tops on the market I would think we will start seeing a lot more Space Shuttle restorations.

#2869 1 year ago

Not yet on the Space Shuttle ramps. Will require the new heater. This ramp and the Comet center ramp will be the first ones I do.

#2870 1 year ago

Hope your new heater is on the way. I think many of us would help crowdfund. Not sure it would get your there.

#2871 1 year ago

Hey Mark any chance you have the blue and red Jackbot ramp done yet?

#2872 1 year ago

Fingers crossed on TMNT!!

#2873 1 year ago
Quoted from TechnicalSteam:

Hope your new heater is on the way. I think many of us would help crowdfund. Not sure it would get your there.

I would be up for donation, need that big Demoman right ramp.

#2874 1 year ago
Quoted from TechnicalSteam:

Hope your new heater is on the way. I think many of us would help crowdfund. Not sure it would get your there.

This is a great idea and a way that we can further support Mark's contribution to our hobby. What do you think Mark??

#2875 1 year ago

Freeplay, your'e gonna have a mutiny on your hands if you keep waiting on the larger heater.

#2876 1 year ago

I have 95% of what I need for the heater....it's just procrastination more than anything. While I appreciate the offers, I do not believe in crowd funding. Expense is mine and I would never ask or expect anyone to put up money.

#2877 1 year ago
Quoted from lordloss:

Freeplay, your'e gonna have a mutiny on your hands if you keep waiting on the larger heater.

Why do I get the feeling that would make you happy?...

#2878 1 year ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Hey Mark any chance you have the blue and red Jackbot ramp done yet?

I have 6 ready to dye now (I do them 6 at a time). Will start the blue dye tomorrow and the red dye probably Friday...The red dye has a couple High Speeds going in tonight.

#2879 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

I have 6 ready to dye now (I do them 6 at a time). Will start the blue dye tomorrow and the red dye probably Friday...The red dye has a couple High Speeds going in tonight.

Thanks Mark

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#2880 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Why do I get the feeling that would make you happy?...

You just gotta be careful about expectations. Easy to get hopes up and get burned out.

#2881 1 year ago

Several people have mentioned that they want Mark to make the Black Rose whirlpool ramp. This guy is saying that he will be making this ramp.

Seller: Kevin James Bradley
Location: Chicago, IL
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pinball4sale/permalink/2523983470961770/?sale_post_id=2523983470961770&rt=11
"I'll be doing a run of this Whirlpool ramp plastic replacement for Black Rose. Blue plexi engraved with the "Whirlpool" text. Also making slingshot protectors. Only doing one run, PM me if interested."

#2882 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

If there was enough interest I could do those....but not the artwork. Probably do them in clear then lobby PPS to reproduce the decals.

its just a clear flat piece riveted to a metal ramp, correct?

#2883 1 year ago
Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

its just a clear flat piece riveted to a metal ramp, correct?

That's a quote from a very old post...What ramp were you referring to?

#2884 1 year ago
Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

its just a clear flat piece riveted to a metal ramp, correct?

Yes I think Bluespin is mistaken that guy is just making the top cover piece not the whole whirlpool ramp

edit : oops I thought you were talking about the post above you

#2885 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Several people have mentioned that they want Mark to make the Black Rose whirlpool ramp. This guy is saying that he will be making this ramp.
Seller: Kevin James Bradley
Location: Chicago, IL
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pinball4sale/permalink/2523983470961770/?sale_post_id=2523983470961770&rt=11
"I'll be doing a run of this Whirlpool ramp plastic replacement for Black Rose. Blue plexi engraved with the "Whirlpool" text. Also making slingshot protectors. Only doing one run, PM me if interested."

Might want to ask for clarification. Sounds like he is just making the cover for the Whirlpool ramp out of blue acrylic. If he is just making the cover and the slingshots, also ask what type of plastic the slingshots will be made of. You would not want, especially the slingshots, made with acrylic....probably wouldn't last a week.

#2886 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Several people have mentioned that they want Mark to make the Black Rose whirlpool ramp. This guy is saying that he will be making this ramp.
Seller: Kevin James Bradley
Location: Chicago, IL
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pinball4sale/permalink/2523983470961770/?sale_post_id=2523983470961770&rt=11
"I'll be doing a run of this Whirlpool ramp plastic replacement for Black Rose. Blue plexi engraved with the "Whirlpool" text. Also making slingshot protectors. Only doing one run, PM me if interested."

I confirmed with the seller that he is making the ramp cover and slingshots but not the ramp itself. The ramp cover will be acrylic and the slingshots will be petg.

#2887 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

I confirmed with the seller that he is making the ramp cover and slingshots but not the ramp itself. The ramp cover will be acrylic and the slingshots will be petg.

Thanks for confirming. I have always made my own plastic protectors....rough cut then sand to desired shape. Here in the Seattle area we have a plastic store called Tap Plastics. About the only plastic they don't carry is PETG...Go figure. However, they have a nice bin full of scrap pieces of a variety of plastics that they sell by the pound. Every so often I go in and buy all the 1/8" Lexan (Polycarbonate)...this is what I make protectors with or clear covers for ramps. Yes the 1/8" is a little thick considering the nuts that hold the plastic and protector in place. For this I drill enough of an inset around each hole (underside) in the protector to make the nuts fit. And as opposed to PETG, the edges of Lexan can be polished....but given it's Lexan it takes some effort.

#2888 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Thanks for confirming. I have always made my own plastic protectors....rough cut then sand to desired shape. Here in the Seattle area we have a plastic store called Tap Plastics. About the only plastic they don't carry is PETG...Go figure. However, they have a nice bin full of scrap pieces of a variety of plastics that they sell by the pound. Every so often I go in and buy all the 1/8" Lexan (Polycarbonate)...this is what I make protectors with or clear covers for ramps. Yes the 1/8" is a little thick considering the nuts that hold the plastic and protector in place. For this I drill enough of an inset around each hole (underside) in the protector to make the nuts fit. And as opposed to PETG, the edges of Lexan can be polished....but given it's Lexan it takes some effort.

Mark, I have the use of my lasers at work. I can cut plastic protectors, and ramp covers. Just need the old one, or a template to digitize a program.

#2889 1 year ago
Quoted from Chynnalou:

Mark, I have the use of my lasers at work.

Wish I could say that.

#2890 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

That's a quote from a very old post...What ramp were you referring to?

that was from the fire ramps

#2891 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Demolition man is in the cards.

does that include the piece that the claw drops the ball onto, mine beat up and cracked... sadly can't seem to find that damn part anywhere.

not really a ramp per se, but it's the starting place for most of them.
P/N - A-18057

https://www.pinballspareparts.com.au/parts-by-machine/williams-parts/demolition-man/a-18057.html

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#2892 1 year ago
Quoted from hocuslocus:

does that include the piece that the claw drops the ball onto, mine beat up and cracked... sadly can't seem to find that damn part anywhere.

We can take a look at that one also, provided it is not injection molded.

#2893 1 year ago
Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

that was from the fire ramps

Also got a request today for the lift ramps for Fire!

#2894 1 year ago

Not ramp related, but can you make the curved plastic piece for LW3 that prevents airballs over the center targets?

#2895 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

We can take a look at that one also, provided it is not injection molded.

That'd be great! hopefully it's not injection molded then.

#2896 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Not yet on the Space Shuttle ramps. Will require the new heater. This ramp and the Comet center ramp will be the first ones I do.

If you have a list started for people that want SS ramps you can put me on it for sure. Thanks!

#2897 1 year ago

I'm in on

Demo Man ramps

Black Rose Whirl Pool ramp. I really need the main ramp on BR but I know that's to big right now, just hate the thought of folding up my BR till a main ramp gets made someday.

And of Course the Comet center ramp

So far of the ramps that can possibly be in que

#2898 1 year ago

While we are all on the ramp frenzy....bumping for Grand lizard ramps in smoke or green!

#2899 1 year ago

Grand Lizard in Green would be fantastic

#2900 1 year ago
Quoted from Jakusu:

While we are all on the ramp frenzy....bumping for Grand lizard ramps in smoke or green!

Quoted from Dicky:

Grand Lizard in Green would be fantastic

I intend to do Grand Lizard eventually...again ...bigger heater. Already have the original ramp here.

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