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HEP This Week 8-2-21

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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

  • Stainless/Factory 35 votes
    31%
  • Blacked out 54 votes
    48%
  • Painted Gold matched to cabinet 24 votes
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#8301 8 months ago

Have a Heppy Thanksgiving Chris! Thanks for all things you teach people about how to restore pinball machines the right way!

#8302 8 months ago

This thread is one of the things I'm thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving Chris and thanks for taking the extras time to document your restorations here!

#8303 8 months ago
Quoted from Calfdemon:

...and thanks for taking the extras time to document your restorations here!

I’ll second that. I know it takes lotta time for Chris to update this thread. But it’s always the first place I look when I sign on the Pinside every day.

#8304 8 months ago

This thread is a total win win. Chris gets awesome advertising and those of us that aspire can get our fix. It’s perfect and I’m thankful for it! Keep it coming and Happy Thanksgiving!

#8305 8 months ago
Quoted from kermit24:

This thread is a total win win. Chris gets awesome advertising and those of us that aspire can get our fix. It’s perfect and I’m thankful for it! Keep it coming and Happy Thanksgiving!

Actually, this thread is also good for making me realize my pinball restoration inadequacies.

#8306 8 months ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Actually, this thread is also good for making me realize my pinball restoration inadequacies.

Plus one

#8307 8 months ago

What’s going on? No updates from HEP for a week now? Hopefully just a Thanksgiving break.

I know how much time it must take to document and post this information and the community really appreciates it and admires the work. Great stuff. Looking forward to more posts soon.

#8308 8 months ago
Quoted from PBFan:

What’s going on? No updates from HEP for a week now? Hopefully just a Thanksgiving break.
I know how much time it must take to document and post this information and the community really appreciates it and admires the work. Great stuff. Looking forward to more posts soon.

I will try to catch it up a bit. Last week was tough because my mom had some emergency medical issues and it just made me not want to focus my energy here until I felt she was in a better spot and that looks to be the case so we continue on.

Here we go.

Finished the SC project.

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#8309 8 months ago

I sanded and polished the Cyclopes playfield so I anticipate finishing that up this week.

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#8310 8 months ago

I pulled and set up my Knockout project.
I plugged it in and turned it on but it just hums

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#8311 8 months ago

Glad your Mom is ok ...
Wishing her well

#8312 8 months ago

After polishing the playfield and assembling the cabinet I am just about ready to do the final assembly off the TAFTW project.

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#8313 8 months ago

I found a way to get Curtis back into the workout program.

I push him up the hill on the sled.
With the weights ,Curtis and the ball it comes in at about 400lbs plus the motor resistance. The neighbors likely think I am insane but I enjoy myself. 30E903CE-AA5E-43DF-B428-802DFCD11743 (resized).jpeg5C70DA52-FA27-4C34-A60A-65B4ACBEA032 (resized).jpeg4B7D4A5A-0115-4D36-8602-FABE8B2D9CEA (resized).jpeg

After that we grilled a whole beef tenderloin. 61F4C437-551A-49CF-A258-F23A034BEECB (resized).jpegFB70F55F-F28B-4E6D-9894-F8A8B3B0BA8B (resized).jpeg
Then the Black Friday BCBS acquisition

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#8314 8 months ago
Quoted from edward472:

I'm just here to see how the Christmas village is coming along.

It’s coming along slowly.
My wife is very meticulous and slow.
It takes her an hour to make minute rice

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#8315 8 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

It’s coming along slowly.
My wife is very meticulous and slow.
It takes her an hour to make minute rice [quoted image]

Looks wonderful!

#8316 8 months ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

Glad your Mom is ok ...
Wishing her well

Thank you!

#8317 8 months ago

Hope your Mom is ok and that you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

This thread is a great read and adds to the positive vibe of Pinside. Love how you always stay professional and positive. That with the craftsmanship, great beer and food updates makes this an awesome thread to browse while watching football and having a brew.

You deserve a Twippy award.

#8318 8 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

It’s coming along slowly.
My wife is very meticulous and slow.
It takes her an hour to make minute rice [quoted image]

My wife is the same. She'll redecorate three or more times before it's "right"

#8319 8 months ago

Chris. Glad to hear your mom is doing better. Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. Happy to see you be able to clear your thoughts and get back in the shop.

#8320 8 months ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

What color ramps are you putting in SF? I recently did some themed vinyl decals for a guy who was putting clear ramps in his and wanted something to hide the coil under the right ramp at bottom. Would be happy to share files with you or send you a set if you were interested.
I don't have a pic of the decals actually installed, but here they are along with a pic of the test fitting on plain paper.
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I used red ramps but these look cool.
I think I have one more SC here to do and would definitely use them on that.

#8321 8 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I used red ramps but these look cool.
I think I have one more SC here to do and would definitely use them on that.

Just PM me if/when you decide you would like a set.

#8322 8 months ago

Just received pics of the restoration that I designed these for. Again, PM me when ready and I'm happy to send you a set.

As far as quality/process goes, I designed and produced these like most all of my decals:
- Printed using a 6 color photo printer on high quality adhesive gloss white vinyl
- I then apply a clear gloss vinyl on top for durability and protection
- The decals are then cut to shape using a home vinyl/craft cutter

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#8323 8 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

After polishing the playfield and assembling the cabinet I am just about ready to do the final assembly off the TAFTW project.

Really like this project. Hope you'll be uploading some more videos!

#8324 7 months ago
Quoted from pintibo:

Really like this project. Hope you'll be uploading some more videos!

Thanks for the last videos! Beautifully and skillfully done. Very impressive how fast you can you such a project at this quality level. Your customer must be excited to finally get the high class pin he was looking for.

#8325 7 months ago

nice work on the video's

everyone, make sure to add HEP for youtube videos for the Twipy nominations

#8326 7 months ago

Hoping everything is still okay with your mom Chris, and everyone else for that matter! Going through some serious HEP withdrawals over here and check numerous times a day to see if there is any new activity. Its my favorite thread on Pinside and the first one I check every time I log in.

Hopefully you are just on a holiday break trying to get your Christmas shopping done! lol

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#8327 7 months ago
Quoted from Calfdemon:

Hoping everything is still okay with your mom Chris, and everyone else for that matter! Going through some serious HEP withdrawals over here and check numerous times a day to see if there is any new activity. Its my favorite thread on Pinside and the first one I check every time I log in.
Hopefully you are just on a holiday break trying to get your Christmas shopping done! lol

Thanks all is well here just took a break from Pinside for a bit.
It’s been business as usual in the background.

#8328 7 months ago

FH is almost done.
This one rivals the TAF train wreck.
It was one of those games where if it wasn’t rusty broken or beat it was flat out missing or wrong.
I was able to come up with everything that was missing and after many extra hours of soldering and all new hardware you will never know it was the water logged turd it once was. Ever!!

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#8329 7 months ago

Cyclopes is coming along also.
Hope to have both the FH and Cyclopes done this week.

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#8330 7 months ago

Rudy has been redeemed
Have to go with inside pictures today.
Cold and rainy.

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#8331 7 months ago

Playfield

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#8332 7 months ago

Inside.

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#8333 7 months ago

You truly worked a miracle on that Funhouse Chris !

LTG : )

#8334 7 months ago

Very well done, and very tasteful mods, too. Love that thing.

--Donnie

#8335 7 months ago

Amazing work Chris.
Absolutely the nicest Funhouse that I have ever seen.

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#8336 7 months ago

Amazing work as always Chris. From the gorgeous job you did to my ToTAN years back, a perfect job on my BoP and now, the finest Funhouse in the land. It's true, this machine was an absolute turd but it was purchased early into my pin collecting hobby on eBay years back before I knew any better. I knew if anyone could turn my FH around it would be you. Blessed to be one of your loyal patrons Chris. Your skills never cease to amaze and I am proud to have your impeccable work represented in my collection. Can't wait for Rudy to come back home! Thank you!!!

#8337 7 months ago
Quoted from Latinfantom:

Amazing work as always Chris. From the gorgeous job you did to my ToTAN years back, a perfect job on my BoP and now, the finest Funhouse in the land.

Congrats, looks amazing indeed!

#8338 7 months ago

Chris, another awesome job! I am super jealous over this one!

#8339 7 months ago

Hey Chris, I saw this in another thread, and thought it might be something you want to add to your pinball cabinet repair tool bag.

#8340 7 months ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Hey Chris, I saw this in another thread, and thought it might be something you want to add to your pinball cabinet repair tool bag.

Pretty cool. I suppose noodles and super glue are the equivalent of plastic but I would really need to consult with my uncle Roger though he’s an expert on rice.

#8341 7 months ago

FH ready to move out. 15D73617-F115-46AB-9BE3-3AEB00FD4488 (resized).jpeg

TOM is a semi restore.
Just focusing mostly on the playfield trim etc. it’s for a local.

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#8342 7 months ago

Starting to get a little deeper into my Knockout project.
Typical EM.
Burnt coils,funny smells and cloth wiring
Not so typical missing floor.

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#8343 7 months ago

Christmas beer roll out.
Had a couple bottles that I really thought looked like a poison bottle so we converted one with the cameo.

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#8344 7 months ago

Short week this week with Christmas this Friday so I will skip my normal Sunday routine and work a bit more.
TOM is supposed to really just be a playfield and trim swap and I usually avoid that type of work because it almost never is that simple.
Playfield is just about ready to pull out of the cabinet. 88657F76-1F45-4885-A559-7D0CE71A37FA (resized).jpeg

Said to have full LEDs .True enough unfortunately it is of the color flooding variety.
That mentality of if a plastic is purple then surely it would look best with a purple LED under type of thinking throughout this playfield. B82AB542-4705-4F52-8E56-3D64E264EA45 (resized).jpegC175B129-3626-4FCB-9EBC-E3DF42ED2506 (resized).jpeg1C2A19B1-F89F-4286-B1C3-C80692EB4D46 (resized).jpeg

As much as we often criticize playfield manufacturers I have to say when it comes to some titles like TOM I am extremely grateful.
By the time you pull the wireguides and deal the aftermath of that along with the insert wear in the book you would be looking at quite a tedious playfield restoration.
It’s one I have done many times over the years and I don’t miss it a bit.

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#8345 7 months ago

With the playfield out I can better see what it will take to make the cabinet a nice home for the new playfield and trim without completely stripping it and redoing it inside and out. 0AAAD5F6-C431-4F0A-A1E8-BDBBC32AF716 (resized).jpeg

It’s a bigger mess than I expected in there.
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It does include a spare trunk board ,clear plastic protectors and a toothbrush. CE5AF3A8-4EAF-41D6-BBAE-59662380DEBD (resized).jpeg

#8346 7 months ago

It’s hard to work around things and do a thorough job even in a abbreviated version of the process so I just bite the bullet and gut it. F9F72BE6-C076-4610-AB4A-BA14FE9A78D4 (resized).jpegC69DC2D6-91E1-415E-9EC4-33907DAAEC73 (resized).jpeg

The cabinet art on the head is pretty nice has a small chip that someone glued back on.
Could be a little better there but I am not going to open that can of worms. 747C0C01-1568-407C-8FAD-7123FD1DF134 (resized).jpeg

What I can do is clean it up well and smooth the face up. 66606D51-36E7-4339-8C75-BDA0783214F7 (resized).jpeg44DC0857-9C1C-4C97-92B6-6235469402CC (resized).jpegA29279E0-96B9-40A8-B0DD-682654037CA5 (resized).jpeg

#8347 7 months ago

Chris, what are you using to just clean the face up? Is it bondo? Once you sand out, is there any other filler or glazing type putty that you use to fill imperfections? I think I've read it in this thread before, but sometimes hard to find it again.

#8348 7 months ago
Quoted from epeabs:

Chris, what are you using to just clean the face up? Is it bondo? Once you sand out, is there any other filler or glazing type putty that you use to fill imperfections? I think I've read it in this thread before, but sometimes hard to find it again.

I use half time for that. It is something in between regular bondo and glazing putty
If I were doing this in normal HEP fashion I would prime and sand it but since this is just a bit of a cabinet refresh I smoothed it and rattle canned it. 9C55795D-2FCA-43A9-8C26-7266A98B1FF3 (resized).jpeg

Not perfect but much improved with a reasonable time and effort expenditure. 6977EBFC-BCA3-4D92-B677-70F2E0B64F94 (resized).jpeg

Did pretty much the same on the lower cabinet interior

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#8349 7 months ago

I blasted etched and painted all the bolts. 02C2CEE4-23A6-4D4B-BCED-AB3031D73A70 (resized).jpeg
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Unmasked and polished the original art. image (resized).jpgimage (resized).jpg
Will try to do some quick and easy touch up where I can image (resized).jpg

This is outside of what I signed on for on this project but it is bothering me. image (resized).jpg

#8350 7 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Will try to do some quick and easy touch up where I can [quoted image]
This is outside of what I signed on for on this project but it is bothering me. [quoted image]

I called it in my head when I saw the post where you mentioned the glued chip. There's no way Chris is gonna let this go.
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who suffers from this "positive" albeit maddening trait.
Stuff looks great, thanks for taking the time to post pictures and explanations.
r/
Mike

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