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Handshake in Space - Space Mission

By mrm_4

86 days ago


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#1 86 days ago

In November 2021 my buddy calls me out of the blue “Hey a guy I work with has a pin he wants to get rid of before he sells his house you want it?”

I mean, for $250 I figure I can dump $3000 into it and sell it for $1500 so why not!!!

The game is extremely dirty as are all the game I end up with, but the backglass is nearly flawless.
The playfield needs some loving. The cab has a few bruises. Should be a fun project!

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#2 86 days ago

Dirty dirty dirty

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#3 86 days ago

It's a cool machine. My son in law picked one up last year and he's been working on it trying to get it up and running again. I have helped him out a few times, but it is not fully functional yet. His main problem is that someone decided to spray WD-40 over everything in the head. All the score reels and stepper units are gooey. Lots and lots of cleaning to do, but lots of fun to work on.

#4 86 days ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

His main problem is that someone decided to spray WD-40 over everything in the head.

Wait… you’re not supposed to do that?!!

I need to adjust my strategy

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#5 86 days ago

This is going to be my 3rd EM project, it’s the sister to the Strato-Flite in this thread:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-dy-no-mite-strato-flite

You’ll see this space mission photo bombing the background in my work shop throughout the Strato Flite thread.

The difference in approach with this game is I’m going into it with the intention of clearing the playfield. My other 2 EMs I didn’t want to go that route but I think it’s time to retrain my way of thinking with cleared EMs. Plus I know how you kids like everything SUPER SHINY.

I have a few things on standby for the game. One big help was a plastic set from AlexF

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#6 86 days ago

I did a few spot-cleanings and tried to do a few color matches to see how close I can get the paint. I’m going to be in good shape paint wise. Decided I was getting too excited about the painting part and stripped it down so I can properly clean it.

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Froze the mylar off with no issues and I wet sanded all of the inserts with 600 grit so the new clear will have something to grab on to when the time comes.
I’ll scrub this sucker through the weekend and post more as I go.

#7 86 days ago

Vid's trick with flour and 90%+ alcohol cleans off the mylar with ease. Give it a shot.

You do excellent work as seen on the Strato thread.

You alluded to clearing the inserts, what method will you try? The playfield paint is not too bad overall but the wood is worn down around some sunken inserts.

Always nice to see your results, will watch this thread too.

#8 86 days ago
Quoted from Garrett:

Vid's trick with flour and 90%+ alcohol cleans off the mylar with ease. Give it a shot.
You do excellent work as seen on the Strato thread.
You alluded to clearing the inserts, what method will you try? The playfield paint is not too bad overall but the wood is worn down around some sunken inserts.
Always nice to see your results, will watch this thread too.

Yes that alcohol and flour method will be put to use. For the most part everything I do is Vid reverberations.
After I touch up the worn areas I’m going to lay down a can of SprayMax. Then I’ll level the inserts using a dropper, with some 2-part that I have left over from my Firepower project. Once I get the dips filled I’ll put 2 more cans of SprayMax down then go through the sanding and polishing process.

I’ll probably pull the Strato Flite PF and do it at the same time as this one.

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#9 86 days ago

Interested to see the results!

#10 86 days ago

Backglass looks great. They are usually flaking and/or faded.

#11 83 days ago

I’ve had mine for a few years and I still think it’s a very fun game. The playfield has been touched up and cleared. Attached are a few pictures for inspiration.

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#12 83 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

I’ve had mine for a few years and I still think it’s a very fun game. The playfield has been touched up and cleared. Attached are a few pictures for inspiration.
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That’s great looking game man. Mine won’t look that good.

#13 83 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

That’s great looking game man. Mine won’t look that good.

Do not sell yourself short.

#14 83 days ago

Space Mission next to the baby crib! Haha. That machine looks fantastic!

#15 82 days ago

So mean green, alcohol and magic eraser, then a wet sand of the entire playfield with 600 grit was needed to clean the thing.

After I cleaned it I penciled in the key lines for the inserts and used a super fine acrylic paint pen to fill in the black.
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Some text was worn off in a couple places so I decided to add it back by hand.
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Thing that sucks about acrylics is they’re too thick, if I were to use ink I could probably make this thing look printed but whatever. I’ll just go for that slightly out of focus look. I did my best with a blade.
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I ended up touching it up even further after this pic. I noticed the color match of the yellow was a little off.
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Now color matching this teal took 7-8 years off my life.
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I was about to give up then my little lady bug friend came along and told me to quit being a cry baby and add some orange to mute the vibrancy.
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Then that brings the fun to this monstrosity…
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I repainted all the teal to even it out then I traced the 5 from the other side.
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I eye balled where I thought it would look right and then took my exacto knife and pushed through the tracing paper to score the outline of the text.
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You can see where the paint will go
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So I got the magnifying glass set up and did my thing. C8BC020D-254A-4FDE-9DA6-54E17D2721D3 (resized).jpeg
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Yes I know I could’ve just air brushed the whole area and then used water slide decals. I practice that method on Solid State games. I’d rather do things by hand on EMs.

#16 82 days ago

Now that the colors are in a good spot it was time to touch up the off white!
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I wanted to keep the vintage warm white look in the areas under the plastics so here’s what I did:
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First start off with a dime size of Buttermilk
-add a drop of light mocha to dirty it up
-Add a drop of camel to give it some body
-now Add 2 drops of bleached sand to bring it back a little
-it needs some yellow but not too much so the butt end of a tooth picks worth of golden straw
-same amount of Banana cream and sunny day to find a nice yellowish aged off white

Now that you have that mixed and its still not right, POUR THAT CRAP DOWN THE DRAIN and go back to using Buttermilk right out of the bottle because you’re frustrated and this hobby is stupid and it’s just freaking off white so who effing cares!
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#17 82 days ago

I’m happy with the colors so all that’s left of the playfield before I clear coat it is to sand the shooter lane.
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I gotta say color matching craft paints is mind bending. Especially if the sheen is different. Take this red for instance.
It was messing with me because when it was wet it was basically a dead on match but when it dried the matte catches the light funny and looks off.
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But when I wipe naphtha on it, it’s perfect.
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Little things like that will drive you nuts!

#18 82 days ago

Very nice work as usual.

I like painting the playfield by hand as well, but do like to airbrush the whites under the plastics.

#19 82 days ago

Looking good! Next time, sand the shooter lane (and anything else) first so you don’t run the risk of messing up your fresh paint.

#20 82 days ago
Quoted from pinheadpierre:

Looking good! Next time, sand the shooter lane (and anything else) first so you don’t run the risk of messing up your fresh paint.

See that’s what I thought too but the production team here said it keeps viewers on the edge of their seats if I go off script

Hopefully I won’t have any issues but yeah would’ve been better off doing that before I scrubbed it down.

#21 81 days ago

Great job with color matching. I wish I could use a brush as good as you. I have to use my airbrush and water slide decals. I call it paint by numbers. Keep up the great work.

#22 79 days ago

Here are the pictures of my spinner you requested.

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#23 79 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

Here are the pictures of my spinner you requested.
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Perfect thanks man!

#24 78 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

Here are the pictures of my spinner you requested.
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I dropped the pics in my image editor and I’m cleaning them up and recoloring. I’ll post the pdf when I’m done if anyone else wants to make a replacement decal for your spinner.

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#25 78 days ago

The pdf sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

#26 77 days ago

Typical playfield parts clean up routine.
Everything gets the ultrasonic but the metal also soaks in Evaporust and then tumbled over night.

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#27 77 days ago

I think my recreation of the spinner looks pretty good.
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I print it on photo paper then I mylar and apply a double sided adhesive before I cut it out.
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#28 77 days ago

The decals look great

#29 77 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

The decals look great

Thanks I posted the pdf in the club thread

#30 71 days ago

I’ve been cleaning up this shooter lane. The area of ball impact out of the trough drove me nuts. The more I would sand the more dirt revealed itself and the lane is actually getting misshapen so I either would have to stop with these 2 dirt spots and live with it or paint the lane.
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Well the thought of color matching wood and trying to paint the shooter lane and make it actually look good is as appealing to me and getting a spinal tap so I decided to cheat in a sense.

I matched paint close as I could to a dark tone of the grain and painted just the trouble area.
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Then I immediately tried to wipe away as much as I could with naphtha so it would grind the paint into the wood allowing the grain to show and cover the dirty areas enough so it’s not too obvious that it’s painted but clean enough to not be such an eye sore.
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Ended up looking pretty good in my opinion!
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Plus from way back here you can’t even tell!!!
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#31 69 days ago

Mrm_4 I appreciate your humor and excellent work.
To clear, or not to clear, that is the question....

#32 67 days ago

While the weather here continues to go through it’s manic depressive episodes of 70 and sunny to crippling blizzard every other day I’m going to tackle the underside of the playfield.
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For those that have followed my other projects, you know the routine.
Few references pics…
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Then I take all mechs and relays apart so I can clean everything. I’m starting up front with the flippers and sling-kicker set up.
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One cool thing I got to do was use a secret weapon of sorts with these pliers. I’ll create a separate post for that later.
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I use the ultrasonic with Formula 88. I just add enough to cover the bottom and then fill with hot water.
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2 cycles and the water is mud…
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After the ultrasonic I soak any metal in Evaporust.
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Then everything gets tossed in the tumbler. I use corn cob bedding from the pet store and add a swirl of polish to help it out.
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I’ll do this same process with EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE. Then I’ll create new coil wrappers, labels, decals, etc.
I really should consider actually wearing the gloves that I bought for working on pins…
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#33 67 days ago

The other night Amazon shows up when I wasn’t expecting anything. I open the package to this??? I didn’t buy these…
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My mortal enemy fattdirk texts me immediately “hey did you get my Amazon package? I saw vid1900 raving about those being the best for removing side rail nails”
I run down stairs and I kid you not, Literally in 3 seconds I pulled out the nail-screw!
These things are amazing!!!

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#34 66 days ago

Coil wrappers tallied and Playfield Coils printed

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#35 65 days ago

I like me some shiny hardware! Moving down the rest of the playfield…
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Artoo is concerned about the amount of filth and mouse droppings in the cab.

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#36 37 days ago

mrm_4 How did you get the metal piece in this picture off the playfield without damaging it? I was just about to drill out the rivets on mine, but I saw yours in your ultrasonic cleaner intact. Thanks for any advice you can give. Your work is amazing.

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#37 36 days ago
Quoted from Sean18:

mrm_4 How did you get the metal piece in this picture off the playfield without damaging it? I was just about to drill out the rivets on mine, but I saw yours in your ultrasonic cleaner intact. Thanks for any advice you can give. Your work is amazing.
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That piece was a pain! Basically from the bottom side I used a punch and hammered out the bolts little by little until I was able to pop it out. Once it was out I drilled the holes slightly wider in diameter so I can pop it back later with out so much tension.

#38 35 days ago

What are you using for adhesive on your coil wrappers? I’ve been using some Scotch double sided tape but I’m concerned it won’t hold long term when things heat up.

#39 35 days ago
Quoted from Pinball_Gizzard:

What are you using for adhesive on your coil wrappers? I’ve been using some Scotch double sided tape but I’m concerned it won’t hold long term when things heat up.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/thruster-i-just-met-her-xenon-restoration-#post-5997460

#40 35 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

That piece was a pain! Basically from the bottom side I used a punch and hammered out the bolts little by little until I was able to pop it out. Once it was out I drilled the holes slightly wider in diameter so I can pop it back later with out so much tension.

Thank you. I was afraid to use a punch, thinking it would tear up the playfield. Seeing you were successful, I'll give it a go.

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