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HEP This Week 12-9-19


By High_End_Pins

1 year ago



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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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#101 1 year ago
Quoted from BorgDog:

Definitely like the black acorn nuts. Do those just screw on the same posts as the speed nuts that normally are on these? I might steal that idea when I get around to refurbing my Joker Poker.
and, sorry to whomever, but not a fan of those instruction cards.

With a little extra effort the black acorns went right on.
Since they are plastic iteas easy enough.
No problem on the instruction cards I use whatever I have on hand usually because many change both that and the playfield glass as soon as the game arrives. Just looking for something decent to fill in the gaps while it is here.

#102 1 year ago

can't wait to see you tackle that broken backglass....I'm assuming it's unobtainium??

#103 1 year ago

I'm sure i'll get in trouble for saying this, but that is the ugliest pinball cabinet I have ever seen.

#104 1 year ago
Quoted from Squeakman:

I'm sure i'll get in trouble for saying this, but that is the ugliest pinball cabinet I have ever seen.

It’s like weird office furniture had sex with a redemption game.

#105 1 year ago

chris, what's the purpose of this nail inside of the rubber ring arrangement behind the switch on the joker poker?
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#106 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

chris, what's the purpose of this nail inside of the rubber ring arrangement behind the switch on the joker poker?
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I am not positive but there are several like that throughout the game.
I am going to guess a guard to keep the ball from getting in there

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#107 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

chris, what's the purpose of this nail inside of the rubber ring arrangement behind the switch on the joker poker?
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It keeps the plastic from sagging.

#108 1 year ago
Quoted from psd4me:

It keeps the plastic from sagging.

That and they make cool shadows

#109 1 year ago

psd4me 's comment makes the most sense. the only way a ball could get in there would be in the rubber snapped as well (and then you'd have the issue of the ball being able to enter from that upper right area

#110 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

psd4me 's comment makes the most sense. the only way a ball could get in there would be in the rubber snapped as well (and then you'd have the issue of the ball being able to enter from that upper right area

Agreed.
There are a couple others scattered around the playfield that look to be for ball guidance but they sit just out in the open.

#111 1 year ago

That Alien cabinet could have been half the weight and twice as strong.

#112 1 year ago

Alien head rear panel is ready to rework.
Glue has dried overnight. 19D74688-D6E3-4EEC-8779-A92FE3053A5B (resized).jpeg

The paddle is cut to shape 1CD7DC68-DB62-4DDB-A419-D5F1714964D0 (resized).jpeg

The void is filled. Keeping it minimal this is strictly cosmetic
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Filler is sanded. It is important that the edges are mostly wood because if I just used filler it would probably crack when the t molding is installed.
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It is lightly primed with a black primerB0F452B8-5F6F-401A-9082-28BE97ADE249 (resized).jpeg

Then textured
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Then painted
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#113 1 year ago

really nice work chris

#114 1 year ago

Love this thread format. Interesting seeing how you repair Alien.

#115 1 year ago

While the panel dries I will start prepping the frame. 9FBAC7BC-4101-4844-86AA-E28BE07CF56D (resized).jpeg

There are several sheared off dowels.

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#116 1 year ago

A sample dowel is salvaged 3CFD6639-8FB4-40A8-9C5D-9BD4F732192F (resized).jpeg

Off to. woodcraft to match it up. 87A9E822-4264-4AFA-92A6-EB9184965BFB (resized).jpeg

Got them
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#117 1 year ago

The frame is prepped for the replacement dowels where needed.

This is done by drilling the broken ones out with a proper sized forstener bit.
It is marked with tape as a method of measuring the proper depth.

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#118 1 year ago

If you ever get tired of pinball I'm sure a museum would hire you for art restoration.

#119 1 year ago

The new dowels are set.

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#120 1 year ago

Back panel is redrilled and ready for the frame.
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Frame test fit.

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#121 1 year ago

Backpanel is then glued to the frame. 8E8DACF2-4FB3-4082-A69B-3F6E52FF8560 (resized).jpeg9A787FD2-6DDA-4957-B1AA-3B5A2061D1F1 (resized).jpegimage (resized).jpg

#122 1 year ago

T molding fits well and while not perfect I am going to say it is perfectly fine for the location of it and will be a durable repair. Will let that sit for a bit then reassemble the rest.

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#123 1 year ago

Head is rebuilt less the backglass and now in place.

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#124 1 year ago

Alien has pretty much run its course until I get the backglass so now I will start gearing up for next week.

I have two cabinets I need to prep and prime.

First is for the recently pulled IJ project. image (resized).jpg

The second is for the first of my three up coming Spirit projects.

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#125 1 year ago

Always a good read - thanks for posting!

#126 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I am going to guess a guard to keep the ball from getting in there

This. They didn't care about plastics sagging back then. Use the game 2 or 3 years, junk and replace.

LTG : )

#127 1 year ago

Alien cabs are so cheap looking! They could go out of business with work like that.

#128 1 year ago

The new Spirit cabinets are an unknown.
They were built to spec but before I paint and stencil I need to check some basics.
Does the coin door frame fit?image (resized).jpg

Does the lockbar receiver fit?this is complex cut and routing on these for pinball cabinets. image (resized).jpg

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What about the backglass?image (resized).jpg

Yes it does. It is Friday 5 o’clock Let’s have a toast!
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#129 1 year ago

HEP would you mind sharing what type of polish you used on the Joker Poker playfield?

#130 1 year ago

Gulden Draak is good stuff. Packs a punch

#131 1 year ago
Quoted from Zdoor:

Gulden Draak is good stuff. Packs a punch

Yes indeed.
I am a less is more drinker.
I would rather drink two glasses of high quality beer than 4 regular ones.

#132 1 year ago
Quoted from Thrillhouse:

HEP would you mind sharing what type of polish you used on the Joker Poker playfield?

Meguires diamond cut.

#133 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Yes indeed.
I am a less is more drinker.
I would rather drink two glasses of high quality beer than 4 regular ones.

With you there. Been drinking a lot of Firestone Sucaba lately. Very tasty and also packs a whallup

#134 1 year ago

Bottoms masked for both replacement cabinets.

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#135 1 year ago

Been a long week the Draak has kicked in and I am tired.
Tomorrow is my 46th birthday or as I like to think of it as “the 30th anniversary of my 16th birthday”expect limited production and who knows what?

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#136 1 year ago

Happy 46th birthday Chris!!! Hope you have an awesome weekend!

#137 1 year ago

Great thread. Just curious if you have people on staff helping. Also wondering how you avoid burnout after all of these years?. Its pretty common especially with the pinball resurgence that people are getting overwhelmed that do work like you do which is understandable.
Congratualations on such fine work!

#138 1 year ago

Happy Birthday, Chris. I hope your day is as awesome as you are. Thanks for posting all the things you are doing. |It is awesome to watch your quick and astonishing work.

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#139 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballplusMN:

Great thread. Just curious if you have people on staff helping. Also wondering how you avoid burnout after all of these years?. Its pretty common especially with the pinball resurgence that people are getting overwhelmed that do work like you do which is understandable.
Congratualations on such fine work!

Thank you.
I do not have any help.
The main thing that keeps me from burning out is consistency and routine.
The system I have developed over the years keeps me busy but also allows for some daily freedom so it doesn’t feel like work or pressure even though it truly is.
Essentially I just built the work into my daily life and lifestyle so it feels like a natural part of the day not a chore.

#140 1 year ago

I'm sure this has been asked and answered, but where do you get your new cabinets?

#141 1 year ago

time to get up. happy birthday.

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#142 1 year ago

Alien is alive and well.
Kind of cool in the dark.
No evidence of being smashed except the lack of a backglass.

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#143 1 year ago

IJ up on four legs.

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#144 1 year ago

Grand Prix up on four legs.

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#145 1 year ago

Alien is alive and well.
Kind of cool in the dark.
No evidence of being smashed except the lack of a backglass.
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Backglass on it's way to you Chris

#146 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

chris, what's the purpose of this nail inside of the rubber ring arrangement behind the switch on the joker poker?
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The nails in older games do a few things:

It keeps the ball from getting trapped if the wrong size rubber is installed, while still allowing full switch blade travel (for self cleaning action).

On really large plastics, the installed nails are taller and keep the plastics from sagging from the bulb heat.

Stainless Steel finishing nails polish up as nice replacements.

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#147 1 year ago

This week of 9-24
I will start about where I left off last week.
Prepping and priming the new IJ and Spirit cabinets.
First will be doing the finish work to the heads.
Spirit

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That head was built with a thicker back panel so it now feels more substantial than the original. image (resized).jpg

There are some minor gaps and voids to fill prior to priming.

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#148 1 year ago

Spirit head ready to prime

Builder did an excellent job in that needed very little fill work.

I am not filling the back because I am going to let that panel float since there is a grill to bolt into the back and it is very neatly and symmetrically built in.

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#149 1 year ago

Going to do a new thread this week? or update the subject? Possibly update the subject to remove the date and just make it a more generic "HEP current projects in action" sort of thing?

#150 1 year ago

IJ Head is prepped.
Required a little more work than the Spirit but nothing out of the ordinary. 1CD3EC66-64EE-4BEC-BDBA-17DD261A69F2 (resized).jpeg
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Now ready to prime.

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