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HEP This Week 8-8-22

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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

  • Stainless/Factory 35 votes
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  • Blacked out 54 votes
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  • Painted Gold matched to cabinet 24 votes
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#7001 2 years ago

Those grilled veggies look great!

#7002 2 years ago

Today was a steam pot because we were having a small family function. Yesterday was our 22nd anniversary
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#7003 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Today was a steam pot because we were having a small family function. Yesterday was our 22nd anniversary
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Dammit, he even makes food beautiful! Stop showing off lol.

#7004 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Today was a steam pot because we were having a small family function. Yesterday was our 22nd anniversary
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How many more uses are you gonna find for those windshield cradles!?!?

#7005 2 years ago

I was more curious what playfield that was

#7006 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

How many more uses are you gonna find for those windshield cradles!?!?

Truly tough to beat those things!

#7007 2 years ago
Quoted from Strohz:

I was more curious what playfield that was

Just a small cut of 3/4 inch birch plywood. I make shelves out of that too.

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#7008 2 years ago

Close the long weekend out with a few things.
First Curtis assembles his first baby toy 769F6F83-F77C-4F5A-B802-93C4978441F0 (resized).jpeg
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That was successful

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#7009 2 years ago

And an oatmeal fest
Homemade oatmeal,butterscotch and raisin cookies. 2C5E5219-DF98-4B25-BA2B-4296E85AE1F7 (resized).jpeg
Paired with an excellent oatmeal stout from my beer brothers Greg and James(both sent me a set that I could not possibly get in my neck of the woods).Thank you guys!!

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#7010 2 years ago

Wait, he's got the instructions AND the picture of the finished assembly?

That's cheating.

#7011 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Homemade oatmeal,butterscotch and raisin cookies.

Oatmeal raisin is the best cookie and anybody who disagrees can fight me. Woodrail turned out amazingly. Congrats.

#7012 2 years ago

Ok... so where’s the HEP oatmeal raisin cookie recipe? Come on!

#7013 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Paired with an excellent oatmeal stout from my beer brothers Greg and James(both sent me a set that I could not possibly get in my neck of the woods).Thank you guys!!

You're more than welcome.

#7014 2 years ago
Quoted from radium:

Ok... so where’s the HEP oatmeal raisin cookie recipe? Come on!

I am pretty sure she uses this one and just increases the cinnamon,vanilla extract and adds a full bag of butterscotch chips.
I also know that the tip about chilling the dough is important.
https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/soft-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

#7015 2 years ago

Starting this week off a day later than normal.
Going to get at least one of these TAFs headed towards completed

Both lamp panels have been rebuilt and set aside.
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One speaker panel is built using the colordmd LCD by request 03F5DD77-5F07-49CF-9A21-1688355E89EA (resized).jpeg
The other is built the same but with the LED version which is my own preference because it can still easily house the factory light board for the THING letters.
The games are being done in a mirror fashion meaning whatever I do to one I at the same time do to the other. That will continue to a point and then will get a bit more attention than the other at some point.
Both games have all the plugs pulled and underside boards removed and cleaned. F3945D43-0584-4C24-8A5E-87FB7F9F0E8A (resized).jpegCB35F916-4702-4524-87CB-9669951BDEEE (resized).jpeg3A3AC4AF-ECD1-42F8-870C-BA38BFAF7625 (resized).jpeg

#7016 2 years ago

Separating the non lamp board sets. 13D49AF3-DD3D-44EA-976E-F09113F9641E (resized).jpeg

Both will get get new fused magnet drivers. 11A21BCF-0216-4980-BC3D-DABED20DF28D (resized).jpeg
Also since they vary a little bit in opto mounting styles both will get new opto boards and brackets. B95911CD-CEAD-47F8-B09A-82B230955960 (resized).jpeg

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#7017 2 years ago

One lamp board set is marked to map the led needs. ECFC065D-6490-4384-A193-DDCE17FD681D (resized).jpeg
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That set is used to place them on the non marked set. The markings are then erased and the two sets are ready to go. Also worth noting I check all the pins on the connectors to make sure they do not wiggle or show signs of cracks if so reflow with solder.

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#7018 2 years ago

Next are the backbox ground panels. 8A3E34E0-E480-423F-B2DB-394BE1D5BC9E (resized).jpeg
One is fairly decent after cleaning and doesn’t warrant anything more. E28C7AFB-BCDB-4613-9060-05961EBF3C8A (resized).jpeg
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All screws on that panel are rusted as well this is from the AA game.
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That panel is torn down then sanded and sanded/polished with scotchbrite and metal polish to not only freshen it up but to also add future corrosion protection.

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#7019 2 years ago

After that the panel is rinsed with cold water. 7214D7D6-AFD5-460B-817B-495AF3A88508 (resized).jpeg
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It’s now more on par with the other. 483BE2A9-3651-426F-95FA-879A4F04CC8D (resized).jpeg34C9BA8C-7029-423B-BD02-8082C5522A6C (resized).jpeg
Then rebuilt with new screws.

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#7020 2 years ago
Quoted from robotron911:

Bravo. I've seen every post on this thread and you do unparalleled work, but this is your masterpiece.

Agreed. This goes beyond mere pinball restoration, into historic preservation.

Normally I'd say Chris should use the woodrail to advertise his services, but I doubt he wants to do another one!

#7021 2 years ago

I was doing pretty good updating as I went then I just needed to stay busy so this is the overall on the TAFs today.

First when a game has a topper I recess the bolt heads.
That is a little tougher with holes already made.
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I drll a small indentation in a bolt to help hold the forstner center.
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Then it is much less risky to make the recess.
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Now the bolts can sit flush or below and the topper won’t warp or crack around them.
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Speaking of toppers I made the mistake of getting one from Marco. It has no holes and an odd shape.

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Second hole I made the piece of shit cracked!
$180?! Down the drain it is made of acrylic!!!
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For my other TAF I had ordered one from Pinball Inc

Much better. Made of PETG and has the holes. Needless to say I had to order another from Pinball Inc 5A1363F6-4571-492E-A9DC-523FECC7D1A7 (resized).jpeg

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#7022 2 years ago

I'm sure Chris has found it's not worth his time & patience to sit on the phone complaining about defective parts to get a refund, but man, it chaps my ass to see this inferior crap and it's not even my money.

#7023 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Speaking of toppers I made the mistake of getting one from Marco. It has no holes and an odd shape.
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Second hole I made the piece of shit cracked!
$180?! Down the drain it is made of acrylic!!!
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Marco is really spinning the drain with aftermarket product quality. No idea what's happening over there...

#7024 2 years ago

Nice job on all Chris!!!

And yeah very disappointed with the crap Marco is putting out lately.

#7025 2 years ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Nice job on all Chris!!!
And yeah very disappointed with the crap Marco is putting out lately.

Thanks.
I hate to call Marco out so often. I have been dealing with Marc and Nancy for almost 20 years and these are good people!
The issue I have found is that the parts they carry that I must foolishly assume come from known vendors are not coming from those vendors.
For example I am thinking to myself “Yes that topper is from Starship Fantasy or Pinball Inc it just cost $30 more because Marco is selling it BUT I am placing an order anyway “
The reality looks to be IMO that it is an in house sourced copy(knock off) made to lower standards or of other materials”
It’s frustrating not knowing what to expect when it comes to these things. I am constantly throwing money away over there more and more frequently as a result and complaining or moving on is the what I struggle with most.

#7026 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Thanks.
I hate to call Marco out so often. I have been dealing with Marc and Nancy for almost 20 years and these are good people!
The issue I have found is that the parts they carry that I must foolishly assume come from known vendors are not coming from those vendors.
For example I am thinking to myself “Yes that topper is from Starship Fantasy or Pinball Inc it just cost $30 more because Marco is selling it BUT I am placing an order anyway “
The reality looks to be IMO that it is an in house sourced copy(knock off) made to lower standards or of other materials”
It’s frustrating not knowing what to expect when it comes to these things. I am constantly throwing money away over there more and more frequently as a result and complaining or moving on is the what I struggle with most.

I go out of my way to find stuff anywhere but Marco for this very reason. So far, so good. I pay more in shipping and spend more time hunting getting stuff from multiple vendors that I probably could get in one load from MS, but the bump in quality is worth it for me.

#7027 2 years ago

The TAF cabinets are both with heads now.

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#7028 2 years ago
Quoted from ReadyPO:

Maybe because it is different than what you usually do, maybe it is the history, the art/beauty or just watching how an expert navigates a learning curve, I have really enjoyed watching the wood rail unfold into the beauty it really is. I know you don't post game play videos but you do test them so it would be great to see this one in action if possible when done. (and maybe some time in the future do another one, or pre-war even). Thanks for bringing us along for the ride!

I threw a video together for you real quick. It is pretty basic but it gives an overview of the game.

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#7029 2 years ago

Breaking the woodrail down to deliver tomorrow.
This is something else I never do that I am roped into on this one
At least I will know it arrives safely and gets set up properly.

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#7030 2 years ago

Says playback on other web sites is disabled by the owner when i try to play it, could you post a youtube link please mate rather than inbed? Really keen to have a look.

#7031 2 years ago
Quoted from punkin:

Says playback on other web sites is disabled by the owner when i try to play it, could you post a youtube link please mate rather than inbed? Really keen to have a look.

Should work now.

#7032 2 years ago

Thanks so much for the video! Really have a feel for the gameplay now. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the only publicly available footage of Select-A-Card in action.

#7033 2 years ago

Top stuff, thanks.

#7034 2 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to post the video ... Great Job!!!

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#7035 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Breaking the woodrail down to deliver tomorrow.
This is something else I never do that I am roped into on this one
At least I will know it arrives safely and gets set up properly.

HEP White Glove delivery origin story?

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#7036 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Breaking the woodrail down to deliver tomorrow.

I can't even imagine the total bill on this thing given all the supplies/paint AND delivery. Yowza!

#7037 2 years ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

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Amazing how well my head fits on that body

#7038 2 years ago

Thank you so much for the game play video! Just a great project from start to end, and to see this beautiful machine in action is icing on the cake!

#7039 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Amazing how well my head fits on that body

It was a little big compared to the original pencilneck, but photoshop is magic, so you scaled just fine.

Please keep taking around the house pics with you in different pose angles and posting them. It took a while to find one where your head was about the right orientation (Curtis almost became the deliveryman until I finally found one of you that would work). More choice is better.

#7040 2 years ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

HEP White Glove delivery origin story?

For some reason my brain started playing the Curb Your Enthusiasm music to that photo.

#7041 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Amazing how well my head fits on that body

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#7042 2 years ago
Quoted from fnosm:

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Well, if THAT's the case...

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#7043 2 years ago

Amazing job Chris, really one of your best! Here's the flyer if anyone wants to see:

https://nypinball.com/flyers/select-a-card/

#7044 2 years ago
Quoted from NYP:

Amazing job Chris, really one of your best! Here's the flyer if anyone wants to see:
https://nypinball.com/flyers/select-a-card/

You should upload that to ipdb. Theirs is much lower and crappier resolution.

#7045 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I threw a video together for you real quick. It is pretty basic but it gives an overview of the game.

Man, you suck at pinball - hah!

#7046 2 years ago

Thanks for making the video. Awesome job on the machine.

#7047 2 years ago

In an effort to get all my finished cabinets up on legs I start assembling the HS cabinet. 6FC01ED0-BC18-4CC2-849D-1319CA110653 (resized).jpeg
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Now in place. C3E6D0E0-E1CF-456A-837B-DD5604823190 (resized).jpeg

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#7048 2 years ago

Head is mounted on the HS and it is starting to look like something.

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#7049 2 years ago

Seeing your video of the Select-A-Card made me realize that you don't talk much about testing the machines after you complete them. Do you actually do much play-testing to make sure that the game plays well? Or do you assume that most of these will be show pieces that see little-to-no actual play?

#7050 2 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Head is mounted on the HS and it is starting to look like something.
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Just finished my #HS restore. (yes, I borrowed your stripe wrap and white Williams logo ideas) Looking forward to watching you finish up this #HS.

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