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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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#8651 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Both Centaurs graduated the paint shop.
One has very obvious changes the other is much more subtle. [quoted image]
The more traditional build can be best appreciated with the use of a little lighting. [quoted image][quoted image]
Seeing them together is cool. Regardless of which one you prefer. [quoted image]
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Either one makes the condition of the original in the background look pretty sad [quoted image]

both masterpieces for sure, i may still have a slight preference for your previous white Centaur art piece

#8652 9 months ago

Got everything back from plating for the Centaurs.
$1000 to plate the needed parts for two games
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#8653 9 months ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

both masterpieces for sure, i may still have a slight preference for your previous white Centaur art piece

Thanks we will see how it all comes together.
This is going to be a bit deeper than the cosmetics. I hope to modernize some things.

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#8654 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Thanks we will see how it all comes together.
This is going to be a bit deeper than the cosmetics. I hope to modernize some things.
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UNWANTED INPUT:That shooter rod really needs a custom metal sculpted ball, but short of that, a polished metal round one or the pointed Bally one would fit the theme better. Centaur sniffs at plastic.

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#8655 9 months ago
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#8656 9 months ago

Amazing craftsmanship and creative interpretation. Killer work

#8657 9 months ago

Heads on the red one
Backglass test fit to make sure the lock mech works well.

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#8658 9 months ago

as soon as you don't put the new color CPR playfield in there...

#8659 9 months ago

Stunning. Good job so far Chris.

#8660 9 months ago

Another Monday.
More Centaurs image (resized).jpg
I got the new ones up on legs. image (resized).jpg
Transformer panels built and placed. C5BAABA7-8CEF-468F-A4BF-8AD8A220C761 (resized).jpegimage (resized).jpgimage (resized).jpg

On the charcoal Centaur I am sticking with the normal playfield hinge system. image (resized).jpg
On my custom build I am going a different route.

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#8661 9 months ago

I hate the lifting and unserviceable nature of Centaur and Fathom.
You cannot rest the playfield against the backbox unless you remove the playfield and place it in the hold brackets.

It took a good bit but I have worked out a slide system for it.
All this done in the old cabinet with the old parts fully assembled to insure there won’t be any guess work on the new stuff.
Everything clears and works surprisingly well.

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#8662 9 months ago

it's amazing that given how long pinball machines have been manufactured, that the companies haven't made changes to ease serviceability.

then again, some of those companies are just now finally getting to the 21st century in terms of displaying error codes and bad lamp and switches.

#8663 9 months ago

that's so great! I always hate that on my Centaur and Fathom... It's nearly as bad as TAF where you can't slide out the PF to work on the mech at the back

#8664 9 months ago

Both Centaurs now have rails and boards.

Tons of wiring to sort out and adapt.
Pretty sure I am going to tackle the lamp panels first.

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#8666 9 months ago

Playboy build is closing out.
I had a lengthy last minute part delay.
Shipping is so painful right now with the winter weather.
Should have it done in a day or so.

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#8667 9 months ago

Centaur room is becoming a version of pinball restoration/conversion hell

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#8668 9 months ago

More organised than my bedroom, what are you talking about

#8669 9 months ago

Playboy is all done.
Outside pictures are tough this time of year so we will stay in.
I didn’t like my coin door decal choices so I made one.

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#8670 9 months ago

Playfield
I did not clear this one it was supplied already cleared.
Found it to be a bit thicker and fragile for my own taste but it turned out nice overall.

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#8671 9 months ago

Inside.

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#8672 9 months ago

Lookin as good as the lady’s! Lol Excellent work Chris !

#8673 9 months ago

Shuffle the deck.

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#8674 9 months ago

Bad Cats ... looking forward to watching this one

#8675 9 months ago

The plating on Playboy looks amazing

#8676 9 months ago

Really looking forward to seeing you work your magic on that Bad Cats, Chris!

#8677 9 months ago
Quoted from jwo825:

Really looking forward to seeing you work your magic on that Bad Cats, Chris!

Me too!

#8678 9 months ago
Quoted from jwo825:Really looking forward to seeing you work your magic on that Bad Cats, Chris!

I look forward to watching him work his magic on any machine just amazing what he can do, I wish I had 1/10 of his talent.

#8679 9 months ago
Quoted from jsandjs:

I look forward to watching him work his magic on any machine just amazing what he can do, I wish I had 1/10 of his talent.

Agree, every one looks awesome, and I want every one of them after I see the final pics. The Playboy was excellent, super nice. Bad Cats is going to be a great one too, that is a cool machine.

#8680 9 months ago

Waiting patiently for The Shadow.......

#8681 9 months ago

Started this cold icy morning off throwing a pot roast together.
Will let that cook for about 6 hours at 275

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#8682 9 months ago

Packed the playboy up.
Nice simple game took very little to dial in.
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#8683 9 months ago

Set the Bad Cats up.

Cabinet is pretty nice for an original given it’s age.
Little impressions around the legs. 1727016B-D5A5-490D-B219-6A41D9723FD9 (resized).jpeg

I do not want to add to that. 88828F87-0E95-4B21-89CF-09CF477CF6AE (resized).jpeg

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Small banding type impression above this keg location. 66045BF7-02D7-4236-820B-F377999C3ACB (resized).jpeg
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#8684 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Set the Bad Cats up.
Cabinet is pretty nice for an original given it’s age.
Little impressions around the legs. [quoted image]

Wow, factory serial sticker on the outside of the cabinet. You don't see that every day.

#8685 9 months ago

Pretty nice overall for a System 11. 5E2E8332-5686-4A2D-99D9-F686F0EFA947 (resized).jpeg

The playfield is a full Mylar. 1906F7D9-586A-484D-A802-3E9643DC6667 (resized).jpeg

I could pull this Mylar and restore this playfield in theory 81D5CC59-D0EB-41EF-BA44-13510290F60F (resized).jpegAD9A2F0B-805C-475F-8120-1377654DEA62 (resized).jpeg

I probably won’t though because System 11 playfields especially those that have spent years under Mylar tend to either have or develop insert issues during the clearcoating process requiring all inserts to be stripped.
This one is already showing those type of problems ECBBD0F1-C87C-4B7E-B7BF-E9C8271B4A32 (resized).jpeg
I can deal with that when there are no alternatives but it is pointless when playfields are available.
Once I strip it I may make a more informed decision but either option is available to me on this project.

#8686 9 months ago

Neat game ,Will be watching-Hope to someday have Chris/HEP do me a pin like HS II
I kinda think my cat Bootz looks like that cat on side of cab- Lol

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#8687 9 months ago

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If I can push a wooden spoon through it then it’s ready to eat. A5576636-B869-420A-A406-E6A73D531794 (resized).jpeg

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#8688 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

The playfield is a full Mylar. [quoted image]
I could pull this Mylar and restore this playfield in theory [quoted image][quoted image]
I probably won’t though because System 11 playfields especially those that have spent years under Mylar tend to either have or develop insert issues during the clearcoating process requiring all inserts to be stripped.

Do it. DO IT! What's the point of this thread if not for us to watch you recover what most mortals regard as the unrecoverable?

That Bad Cats is in amazing shape.

#8689 9 months ago

Dessert. image (resized).jpg

Maverick has worn out another Mater.

These are getting tougher to find but the new one showed up today. B1835872-73B1-49FA-B694-C8FFF25C07A5 (resized).jpeg

He instantly starts working on it. 82366986-7471-4BC0-84BE-A64860F52ACC (resized).jpeg

Dares you to even try to take it. D80880BE-1E9B-4334-A6D2-11D56CCE8E9D (resized).jpeg

#8690 9 months ago

I built the lamp panels for both Centaurs.

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#8691 9 months ago

Placed them then checked the alignment with the backglass. image (resized).jpgimage (resized).jpg
Now for the coin doors.

#8692 9 months ago
Quoted from v8torino:

Neat game ,Will be watching-Hope to someday have Chris/HEP do me a pin like HS II
I kinda think my cat Bootz looks like that cat on side of cab- Lol[quoted image]

I have a HSII going to a local restorer soon, my first pin that i'll have restored on my behalf. Have a new playfield that spossed to have been cleared by Tim at Hot Rodded Pins here in Australia, wish i could justify sending it to him for the restore.

MMMmmmMaybePunkin

#8693 9 months ago

One door built.

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#8694 9 months ago

What do you do if you cant get a replacement playfield and after pulling the mylar, it pulls a bunch of paint? Do you scan the playfield first?

#8695 9 months ago

Luv the Bally stickers on the Playboy & Centaur!

#8696 9 months ago

Bad cats is gutted cabinet is in the prep room.
I will be manually painting it .

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#8697 9 months ago

Decent example

#8698 9 months ago

It will probably be fairly decent when he is done

#8699 9 months ago

The Bad Cats cabinet is prepped. 26848A00-C4D7-44F0-BAC8-FFBA8F052E90 (resized).jpeg
I filled the chips and banding marks with fiberglass. A20A427B-8220-4393-97BC-0180D3A0ED20 (resized).jpeg
You can get a better sense of the fade by looking at the bolt holes in the head.
As usual most of these games look a lot better together at a glance and then as they come apart you start to find little things here and there that give you a better sense of what it might really need.
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$300 worth of orange base coat here. The top line is orange one below that black. Even in the same quantity some colors cost more than others because of the pigments needed to make them. image (resized).jpg8CAB27B2-6058-47B1-B094-B61FAABEBB51 (resized).jpeg
Decals are much cheaper and easier than painting but I never decal anything I could paint no matter how much trouble or costly it is.

I just rough a little color over the repair to see how close it is. You can’t go by what you see here the clear will show the true color best.
It doesn’t matter at this stage it is more of a color check and camouflage for the filler right now.I can tint it later based on what I see once cleared. 29ADC3EB-2969-4F9E-9EF6-E6547110C331 (resized).jpeg

Now I can clear everything.Clear in this case is just pretty much primer. It will smooth and protect the art hopefully start filling some grain.

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That is just the start lots of work left to do.

#8700 9 months ago

I have a new CPR gold playfield. 72747022-D2D2-4FE8-A6EA-C921584F1D36 (resized).jpegD3FF1464-2B0D-424E-A918-986A07603D8A (resized).jpeg

Clear looks strange on this one they are hit and miss but nothing that can’t be dealt with. 5D76EB46-465D-4693-8C20-39A535282E88 (resized).jpeg718704A8-36AB-45A6-9737-1C8989C6C64F (resized).jpeg

Sanded it 5E9F8353-F906-4C4C-A53F-C2FCA67373C3 (resized).jpeg
Cleared it.

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