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HEP Firepower 2018 Finished 4-6-18


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1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

This one is heading towards the finish line
It is for a local who is not a pinball collector but just loves the game and memories of it specifically.
At first I was just quietly going through the motions of it.
New cabinet ,new playfield and plastic set thinking that alone is good enough and way beyond this guys expectations but as it starts to come together I started getting more inspired by the fact it is my first Firepower so I want to do it as much justice as possible within the guidelines given by the owner.
First I reworked the CPR playfield by filling in some of the wood blanks in front of the targets and slings.
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#2 1 year ago

Playfield then cleared.

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#3 1 year ago

New cabinet.
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#4 1 year ago

Damn, your fingers are beat! Beautiful work.

#5 1 year ago

Cabinet primed
Block sanded then based in black. CF8844FD-85CD-4A8C-9607-038A94CD5424 (resized).jpeg
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#6 1 year ago

Now stenciling.
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#7 1 year ago

Cleared the first time.
Full gloss just to build around the base colors and seal.

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#8 1 year ago

After a few day the cabinet was sanded and then matte cleared
Not too dull not too glossy. 83F8FA54-4F34-451B-A758-3C5D3BFBBDB1 (resized).jpeg
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#9 1 year ago

That cabinet looks awesome... you can send me this instead of the old one if you want!!!

#10 1 year ago

Dang! Looking good! Following this one.

#11 1 year ago

Fast forward cabinet is built up.
Coin door was rough and you can’t get a new skin so I straightened and watersanded it to the best of my ability going for a somewhat stock overall look.
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#12 1 year ago
Quoted from danczaz:

That cabinet looks awesome... you can send me this instead of the old one if you want!!!

Finally got one coming for the project huh? Cool....Also awesome work as usual HEP!

#13 1 year ago

Cabinet was missing some parts at arrival like the knocker.
I decided to make one up and relocate it.
The speaker was trashed ,no ground pin on the cord so new line filter cord,power switch things like that.
Turned it on to make sure it worked from here considering where it started.
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#14 1 year ago

Playfield was sanded and polished.

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#15 1 year ago

Gotta ask the big question...
Drop Targets?
-mof

#16 1 year ago
Quoted from mof:

Gotta ask the big question...
Drop Targets?
-mof

No I do have some small lighting changes though I will put up tomorrow.
This is for a local guy who wants it to look like it “just came out of the box” Lol!
It is already way over his head since he isn’t into the hobby itself but at the same time it is a great opportunity to create a nice Firepower. Might be the first and only HEP version.

#17 1 year ago

At least now you won't get any calls in a few weeks, when the horseshoe targets stop registering, perhaps the best choice for a new collector -- to stick with standups.
-mof

#18 1 year ago

This is great!!! After going to the museum in Banning and playing through all those machines many times, I have come to the conclusion that Firepower is my #1 favorite of them all. So fun to play, so cool looking, so cool sounding. I hope to conspire to get my hands on one of these someday. Seeing one done up by you will be awesome.

#19 1 year ago

This is looking fantastic as usual. I remember doing the PF swap on my Firepower a few years ago. I was very intimidated at first but in the end, I really enjoyed the process.

Seeing your threads really inspires me to work on my games. Thank you for taking the time to share your process, I really enjoy it!

-Steve

#20 1 year ago

Will it be done by morning?

great work as usual!

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from mrossman5:

Damn, your fingers are beat! Beautiful work.

Yeah these fingers have been through a lot !
From the pictures of those alone you know you are dealing with a professional.

#22 1 year ago

Building up the new playfield.

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#23 1 year ago

I am using the added flipper Lane plastics from the CPR set.
This looks like a simple thing but what I have actually done is drill the stainless Lane guides and playfield itself to accommodate bulbs.
Factory set up was just one bulb ad no holes.

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#24 1 year ago

Going wit red star post instead of the conical ones. I like the look in the way it matches the lens style on this game.

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#25 1 year ago

Nice new Reese rails in black instead of the natural wood looking originals.

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#26 1 year ago

Doing black wafers and clear bodies for the jet bumpers.
I think the black wafer looks good and is lower maintenance than white.
My hope is the clear bodies will add a little light because I find when games have both opaque bodies and caps it can be less obvious or rewarding visually when they are lit.

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#27 1 year ago

I've never seen clear bumper bodies before. Very cool. Curious to see how they look when lit.

#28 1 year ago

Come on with this. This is my favorite game in my small collection. You’re making me want to send it to you!

Looks great!

#29 1 year ago

Topside post and guides are in place.

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#30 1 year ago

Will start working through the coils that go topside before I flip the playfield and start on the wiring.

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#31 1 year ago

Your work never ceases to amaze me.

#32 1 year ago

Where were the pop bumper parts purchased from? Would love to switch mine over.

#33 1 year ago

Wow. I love seeing threads like this. Amazing work. I'd love to own a HEP machine some day.

Awesome!

#34 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

working through the coils

Nice custom coil wrapper!

#35 1 year ago

::::popcorn made:::::

Can't wait for the next installment!

#36 1 year ago

I like the clear pop bodies, I hate to say this but I’d have gone w/ orange skirts tho. Just to match the flames with... looks amazing tho

#37 1 year ago

Going to start stripping the underside
I will be de soldering and adding connectors color correct or as close to as possible. That type of thing. It s very needed on this one as there are hacks and the wiring would come up short without them in places.

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#38 1 year ago

I have new flipper assemblies from Pinball Life. Put PPS wrappers(they are yellow not orange but they look nice let’s hope they at least stick well long term) on them and now I am going to add the Lane change for the right. The left doesn’t get one.
I will make small harness for each side. It takes a good bit of extra time to do it this way but it makes maintaining the game and servicing it so much easier.

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#39 1 year ago

Flippers are done.

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#40 1 year ago

If only there were a way to circuit bend the speech to say "FIREPOWER RESTORED" instead of "destroyed".

#41 1 year ago

Nice! i like that going to .062 molex for the lane change switch wires and .093 for the flipper coils. I don't have any .062 stuff around so I just have been going with .093 4 bangers. I strip more insulation off the smaller wire and fold the wire over, doubling the amount of bare wire to crimp the .093 to. Works good, but your way is more correct.

#42 1 year ago

How do you get those flipper base plates so shiny? Or are they new replacmements? I find this part hard to tumble and I know you can strip the zinc coating if you buff them. Yours look great.

Edit: I have poor reading comprehension skills. I see they are new plates.

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from Elicash:

How do you get those flipper base plates so shiny? Or are they new replacmements? I find this part hard to tumble and I know you can strip the zinc coating if you buff them. Yours look great.

He said above they are new assemblies from Pinball Life.

#44 1 year ago

Coils are done less the kickback because I am going to look that over and see if it might be better to change the entire assembly out to a more modern version.

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#45 1 year ago
Quoted from tilted81:

I like the clear pop bodies, I hate to say this but I’d have gone w/ orange skirts tho. Just to match the flames with... looks amazing tho

I actually really liked that idea. Often I will defer to black wafers because it can be hard to reach and clean jet bumper areas but not on this game so I decided to try it out.
They now look like more like individual fires and are going to work well with the added flipper Lane plastics.

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#46 1 year ago

Oh man, that orange is the way to go!

#47 1 year ago

For the final coil assembly I am going to change it out entirely in favor of this.
They are identical with the exception of the bracket on the newer style being just a little lower profile.
That isn’t an issue though since it goes under the apron. Coil will be just a touch stronger since it is a 23-800 replacing a 23-850 doubtful it will have any negative consequences.
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#48 1 year ago

Would live to play this game when finished.

#49 1 year ago

The original playfield was trashed so I was able to clean all the wiring while still attached without fear of damaging it.
On the older games the harnesses are best removed as bundled where as on newer games they can be better removed and cleaned individually.
Everything is nice and clean now the rest of the detail work will be done as the parts are removed and transferred to the new playfield.All the targets ,much of the lamp sockets and the way they are wired be replaced.

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#50 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

what I have actually done is drill the stainless Lane guides and playfield itself to accommodate bulbs.
Factory set up was just one bulb ad no holes.

This is brilliant (and ballsy) - looks fantastic.

I also really like the idea of star posts to match the inserts. I learn something from every single HEP thread!

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