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Geiger Space Rider: Harlem Globetrotters Retheme

By jim5six

10 months ago


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#1 10 months ago

This is a thread documenting my Geiger Space Rider retheme of HGT.
Overview:
While at the Texas Pinball Festival in 2019 myself and three friends found ourselves playing a Harlem Globe Trotters in one of the back corners and we we’re having a great time. It was pretty beat but still felt good to shoot. Don’t get me wrong I had played it before but this was the first time I really dug into it. Fast forward to Pinburgh 2019 and I had the chance to play there very nice example and still really enjoyed it. HGT isn’t a theme that excited me but I love how the playfield shoots and considered adding one to my collection. Around the end of 2019 I begun to look and the one I found had a toast playfield. Looking for replacement I ran into this Geiger playfield retheme kit that Tsskinne was selling. The kit consisted of a playfield and plastics (minus the sling plastics). He was kind enough to send the backglass he had to BGResto so reproductions were made available. So… sounds like a plan has come together!
Thanks,
Jim

#2 10 months ago

Here is the donor game, a complete and working harlem. Just the ticket! And the retheme kit along with the backglass from BGResto. Now how will I find the time to take on this project?!?
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#3 10 months ago

Along came March 2020… Like many of us, I ended up with a forced vacation (furloughed Mid March) and thankfully I had already spent the money so I could do this project without the big spend. The first big hurdle was the playfield clearcoat. This paint really needed to be cleared but I couldn’t afford to send it out so its time to break out some old skills and do it myself. I built a quick booth with pvc, plastic, 2 box fans, and 2 filters. Let’s do it!
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#4 10 months ago

The cabinet ended up being in worse shape than though. I ended up replacing the back panel on the cabinet and the backbox. I was struggling with the art as I did not like the generic side panels that Geiger produced originally and they are unobtainium anyway. I was interested in a few stencils I found while browsing the pinball pimp website. To my surprise I saw a facebook post from Chuck W(building his own Space Rider) and he was using one of the stencils I was circling! I got the idea to contact him and see if he would share the colors he used so I could match his cabinet making these two Space Riders look like they came from the same “factory”. I designed and printed some decals for the apron and coin door, printed on vinyl and covered in maylar. Ok, now I have a plan!
Not as many pictures of the build process as it was hot and dusty and I was annoyed so… whatever, this is what I got.
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#5 10 months ago

The playfield had cured by now so I can begin the playfield build up. I decided to use the drop targets from Space Invaders, spinner art is from Mars Trek and the center ones are from Spectrum. I got the pop bumper caps from Flash Gordon and sanded off the center art to a satin polish finish. I am using a mix of red and yellow Titan silicone rings and I think everything looks really good together. I had a HGT plastic protector set and that was good as these Space Rider plastics are thin and VERY brittle feeling!
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#6 10 months ago

Here are the final results. Overall, I am happy with how it came out. I only had blue acorn nuts on hand and I don’t like them. I have some other colors ordered and will try them out when I can. You may notice in the pictures that the sling art does not jive with the rest. I recreated the sling art from images I found on the interweb and hopefully we can get some made eventually but for now this is what I did… I removed all the art from my HGT Sling plastic and sandwiched my printed art between the protector plastic and the original HGT plastics. The problem is that the originals are so yellowed that they affect the image dramatically. I think I can do better, so I will.
Thanks,
Jim
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#7 10 months ago

This is not intended to be any kind of a "how to"... I know many of the operations have been skipped. I just wanted to post what I have... I am not great at capturing pictures of the process, sorry if there is something I didn't capture you wanted to see. Feel free to ask any questions you have.
Thanks,
Jim

#8 10 months ago

real nice work, congrats

#9 10 months ago

Looks great. Very good integration of cabinet art, apron, targets, etc.

Thanks for sharing.

#10 10 months ago

Very nice job. Good work making it all tie together.

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#12 10 months ago

Awesome to see it all done up! So happy I was able to get these playfields out to people who are taking the time to make complete games. Thank you for putting in the work and sharing it with everyone.

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#13 8 months ago

waaaw good job if you ever sell
one more geiger kit installed
i like geiger kits i have 10 off them only miss world complete kits incl backglass in glass not the plexi one ant slingshots

#14 8 months ago

That looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

#15 8 months ago

WOW, that is gorgeous. The only thing that bugs me about that kit is there are still basketball references on the playfield and plastics. I almost bought a kit from Tommy, but that little nitpick stopped me. I ended up finding a super nice Harlem and selling my older average one.

#16 8 months ago

Nice work! A friend and I picked up two sets as well and had the pfs cleared. I'm still looking for a solid donor cab. My brave friend is using an empty Star trek cab and going at it from scratch.

If anyone has a wiring harness, or the in line drop target assembly for his please let me know. Also if you have a Harlem for sale please let me know.

Thanks for all the pics and details!

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#17 6 months ago

We are doing the Space Rider Harlem Globetrotters re-theme too. The lack of slingshot plastics really took us for a spin! game was all done, installing plastics... wait there's no sling plastics! So had to make them (would have been nice if that was mentioned.) Since was doing that anyway, decided to re-word the original plastics, to get the basketball wording off (since it's a space game!) This is what i came up with. Changed the "slam dunk" shot to the "warp" shot, to keep the space theme. Should have the plastics all done in a day or two...

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#18 6 months ago

Nice work! Love the use of the Super Spin EM artwork on the cabinet. Looks good

#19 6 months ago

Nice work. Great to see this!

#20 6 months ago

re-did the plastics and installed them today. notice the changes to the wording on both the plastics and the playfield. no basketball references...

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#21 6 months ago

Looks sharp!

#22 6 months ago
Quoted from cfh:

re-did the plastics and installed them today. notice the changes to the wording on both the plastics and the playfield. no basketball references...

Nice work. Do you have spinner target graphics decided?

#23 6 months ago

It's so weird to me that they would make all that new art, but still use phrases like slam dunk.

#24 6 months ago
Quoted from cfh:

We are doing the Space Rider Harlem Globetrotters re-theme too. The lack of slingshot plastics really took us for a spin! game was all done, installing plastics... wait there's no sling plastics! So had to make them (would have been nice if that was mentioned.) Since was doing that anyway, decided to re-word the original plastics, to get the basketball wording off (since it's a space game!) This is what i came up with. Changed the "slam dunk" shot to the "warp" shot, to keep the space theme. Should have the plastics all done in a day or two...
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Sling plastics missing was mentioned in every ad I made for selling these kits. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/space-rider-conversion-kit-for-harlem-globetrotters#post-5140478

#25 6 months ago

Ive built several Geiger conversions, its really fun doing them. as for changing the words, to me that is pointless, part of the geiger conversions is the fact that they are quirky. La Retata is a perfect example, what the hell does robocop and dragnet movies have in common

Ive built La Retata and Miss World. they are both right by each other again now that Miss World returned to me

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