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HEP This Week 12-9-19


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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

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#5351 44 days ago

Radical playfield.

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#5352 44 days ago

Inside.

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#5355 44 days ago

I'm not much for custom shooter knobs (in fact I usually hate them) but that matching skateboard wheel is hella rad.

#5356 44 days ago
Quoted from yancy:

I'm not much for custom shooter knobs (in fact I usually hate them) but that matching skateboard wheel is hella rad.

Me either honestly.
I really don’t like them or toys but the owner supplied me with things he wanted and I was able to make it work and as tasteful as possible.

The shooter rod was a bit of a pain.
The one he sent had a red wheel and I just couldn’t use it so I had to break it all down.
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I bought a multi colored set of the smallest Bones wheels I could find.
The orange one was the most ideal once I looked them over in person.
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I had to drill out and reset the set up
It is bonded with a 3M body adhesive used to bond panels on cars. Not cheap and requires a special applicator gun and mixing nozzles E4745049-7A0E-4AEF-9035-B1FB09799680 (resized).jpeg

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I put a weep hole in there to best bond the bolt into the rod.
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After a full 24 hours it was at full strength and assembled.

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#5357 44 days ago

Does the wheel spin?

#5358 44 days ago

Now I’m gonna have nightmares of bees chasing me until I make it to the next skatepark.

#5359 44 days ago

Wow, That Radical is Radicool!!!

#5360 44 days ago
Quoted from YZRider926:

Does the wheel spin?

I made a wheel shooter rod for my Radical and it does spin. It was a pain to get it just right, but worth the effort.

#5361 44 days ago
Quoted from YZRider926:

Does the wheel spin?

Is it Halloween

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#5362 44 days ago

Went for a Halloween run.

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Now drinking my first Halloween beer.
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Streaming Shudder
This new Creepshow is pretty good.

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#5363 44 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Went for a Halloween run.
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Now drinking my first Halloween beer.
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Streaming Shudder
This new Creepshow is pretty good.[quoted image]

Agreed! I’ve really enjoyed the new creepshow

#5364 43 days ago

Radical is folded up
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Now fully blanketed and back at the warehouse.

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#5365 43 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Radical is folded up
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That beats the heck out of any pinball box I’ve ever seen. Hopefully the owner will allow you to post a pick of the HEP Radical in their line up.

#5366 43 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Radical is folded up, fully blanketed and back at the warehouse.

Did you use your standard technique on this game or did restoring it require a more radical approach?

#5367 43 days ago

Building up the TOM cabinet
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Also just got one of the latest run of Mirco TOM playfields.
Colors look much improved over the first run.
Clearcoat looks to be improved as well.
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#5368 43 days ago

TOM is the only playfield I ever sent back. I wasn’t happy with it at all. So I sold the game I was going to restore. I’m glad to hear there’s an improved version

#5369 43 days ago

Power box ? Chrome or nickel plate.ty

#5370 43 days ago

I decided to prep and reclear the playfield
I could have almost used it as is but I just don’t want to take any chances missing something.
The two main things I saw were a slight run that would have been under the apron
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And the shooter lane was a bit dry in the center. That was most likely from clear absorption in the raw wood 4141329F-E86E-415B-AE1F-F504DD7A791F (resized).jpeg
Playfield was sanded. I noticed the clear is thinner on this batch and harder. Both are improvements.
I drilled out the topside t nut location that is under the trunk then countersunk and painted the t nut to match.
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The lane was smoothed and other holes cleaned up.

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#5371 43 days ago

TOM playfield is ready to clear.
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Now cleared.

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#5372 43 days ago

How long do you let the clear dry before you can start putting a playfield back together after you spray it?

#5373 43 days ago
Quoted from Pin-Pilot:

How long do you let the clear dry before you can start putting a playfield back together after you spray it?

I am comfortable assembling any playfield that is dry enough to sand and polish.
That can be as quick as 3 days but I generally wait at least a week if it is one I need right away and as long as 2 months if it is one I am in no hurry for.
Also there is a big difference in playfields that are just lightly recleared like the SC or TOM more recently than those that get a lot of repaints and multiple clear sessions. Those need to set about 2 weeks minimum so all the repairs and repaints are fully settled prior to final sanding and polishing.

#5374 43 days ago

SC playfield is sanded then polished.

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#5375 43 days ago

Impressive clear coats. You make it look so easy. Helps when you have a dedicated paint booth. You use a orbital polisher? what do you use for the polish!

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#5376 42 days ago

When Chris sent me these pics, I looked at this perfectly yellow-matched t-nut and thot to myself “who does that?” Maybe the slightest edge will be seen. Maybe.

Well, Chris does- and that’s why he gets my business.
He is such an asset to this hobby, gifted and a real gentleman too.
Thanks, buddy

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#5377 42 days ago
Quoted from marc_b:

When Chris sent me these pics, I looked at this perfectly yellow-matched t-nut and thot to myself “who does that?” Maybe the slightest edge will be seen. Maybe.
Well, Chris does- and that’s why he gets my business.
He is such an asset to this hobby, gifted and a real gentleman too.
Thanks, buddy[quoted image]

Are you kidding me? Look at that - it’s a total hack job. He didn’t even bother to carry the blue details through the t-nut.

TOTALLY kidding. Great work!

#5378 42 days ago
Quoted from marc_b:

When Chris sent me these pics, I looked at this perfectly yellow-matched t-nut and thot to myself “who does that?”

I thought the same when I saw that, but it's not the least surprising. Details matter in whatever you do ... and people usually (not always) will notice when you put the effort in. Great work as always Chris.

#5379 42 days ago
Quoted from pinster68:

I thought the same when I saw that, but it's not the least surprising. Details matter in whatever you do ... and people usually (not always) will notice when you put the effort in. Great work as always Chris.

True enough. When I got my first game from Chris- I noted that all the screw heads were perfectly aligned throughout the game! I am always amazed, but I am no longer surprised. It’s those details that make his games so coveted. And his details are not just aesthetic- but usually very very functional and make a difference in game play and less maintenance.

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#5380 42 days ago
Quoted from marc_b:

True enough. When I got my first game from Chris- I noted that all the screw heads were perfectly aligned throughout the game! I am always amazed, but I am no longer surprised. It’s those details that make his games so coveted. And his details are not just aesthetic- but usually very very functional and make a difference in game play and less maintenance.

Thanks Marc.
It is great to see you here in the thread.
If it were not for you,DJB,and a few others in the early days HEP would have never even gotten off the ground floor let alone been able to evolve into the quality levels and experience I have today.
Doing this TOM for you is one of the highlights of this year and I really mean that no ass kissing.To still have some of the same customers and honestly friends after 15 years is a true blessing and really makes me feel like I have done things the right way over these many years.

#5381 42 days ago

So with that in mind you should do an updated restore on the first machine you ever owned, no charge! When can I drop it off? LOL.

#5382 42 days ago

Tearing down the SC donor playfield
The amount of mechs on such a small playfield is truly overwhelming.
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These still remain
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Each harness is separated.
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#5383 42 days ago
Quoted from Pinballemporium:

So with that in mind you should do an updated restore on the first machine you ever owned, no charge! When can I drop it off? LOL.

I”ll have to run that by new management once they wake up

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#5384 41 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I”ll have to run that by new management once they wake up [quoted image]

Whoa careful there. I think Scott is smart enough to figure out he can win over management with a box of milk bones. lol.

--Donnie

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#5385 40 days ago

Chipping away at the SC
When I tore down the old playfield for the needed parts I organized the washers and lock nuts.
These are always a pain to pick out of the tumbler then a pain to pick the media out of.
That was solved with some simple zip ties.

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#5386 40 days ago

Brilliant!!

#5387 40 days ago

Let that stuff run over the weekend.
I was busy Skip came through on Saturday and dropped off a High Speed project.
Then I had my Sunday festivities.
Homemade chicken chowder and chicken wings this week along with a side by side of the 2018 and newly released 2019 CBS.

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#5388 40 days ago

Parts were then ready to pull from the tumbler.
Really can’t understand why I did not think of this 15 years ago but whatever!

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#5389 40 days ago

SC playfield is now building up. Saved a good bit of time not digging through the hardware nor having to pick it all out.

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#5390 40 days ago

Time for the underside of the SC.Game is a monster underneath.
Four target banks,three flippers,jet bumpers,vari target,spinning dial,subway ,and more all in this little area.
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Going with all new GI sockets. The old ones are just not worth cleaning all the gunk off of desoldering and reusing.
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SC has its looms turned up to better clear mechs. Even at that it still could use a little more clearance in some spots.
What I will do is switch to the TAF loom brackets.
TAF didn’t need those taller ones to start with but they will come in handy on SC.

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#5391 40 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Four target banks,three flippers,jet bumpers,vari target,spinning dial,subway ,and more all in this little area.

"Let's build a small game," Pat said. "It'll be cheap," he said.

#5392 40 days ago
Quoted from yancy:

"Let's build a small game," Pat said. "It'll be cheap," he said.

It won't weigh more, he said.

LTG : )

#5393 40 days ago

'We'll keep it simple.' He said.

#5394 40 days ago

How do you prevent your clearcoated playfileds to start ghosting on the big inserts? Especially MM, CV and AFM Playfields are critical after clearcoating them.
Thanks Pat

#5395 40 days ago

Making some pretty good progress on the SC playfield.

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#5396 40 days ago
Quoted from the_one:

How do you prevent your clearcoated playfileds to start ghosting on the big inserts? Especially MM, CV and AFM Playfields are critical after clearcoating them.
Thanks Pat

Really not much can be done during the clearcoating process to prevent or predict future ghosting possibilities.
If it is present at the time of it can be dealt with on some level but after the playfield is recleared it may or may never return.
The issue with ghosting is it happens below the original surface and screening.
It is the loosening of the screened layer from the plastic lens creating a cloudy Look within the insert.
The work done or layers of protection added on top of that really isn’t going to have a big impact on how those two surfaces are bonded to one another other than to stabilize them from chipping away and beautify it.

#5397 40 days ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Parts were then ready to pull from the tumbler.
Really can’t understand why I did not think of this 15 years ago but whatever!

Freaking genius!!! Did the parts come out just as good, or how did it work with them sandwiched together? It's definitely one of those palm on forehead moments

#5398 40 days ago
Quoted from Strohz:

Freaking genius!!! Did the parts come out just as good, or how did it work with them sandwiched together? It's definitely one of those palm on forehead moments

They turned out great The key is to leave some slack in there for them to move around.

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#5399 40 days ago

I agree, I love this. It was so annoying to pull media out of lock nuts, I just always replaced them lol.

#5400 40 days ago

Hey Chris,

I may have missed someone asking before but do you have and collect pins at this point? Do you play or with doing all the restores you find you don't want to play once your day job is done.

Just curious.

Love the thread. It's impressive and keeps me motivated to work on my projects.

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