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HEP This Week 1-15-2020


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
    21%

(113 votes)

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61 key posts have been marked in this topic, showing the first 20

Post #142 Alien repair completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #621 Grand Prix completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #651 Tip Time with Chris - Guide coating (part 1) Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #726 Indiana Jones:The Pinball Adventure completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #803 A brief history of HEP Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #826 Tommy completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #1228 Addams Family completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #1287 Rebuilding a backbox lampboard Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #1430 Head and Cabinet stripping and repair process Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #1485 Special Eight Ball Deluxe completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #1519 Comparing original to CPR Addams Family repro playfield Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #1823 Addams Family (w/purple topper) completed Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #2073 Comparison between prototype and production Whirlwind Posted by High_End_Pins (1 year ago)

Post #2120 Eight Ball Deluxe completed Posted by High_End_Pins (12 months ago)

Post #2183 Tip Time with Chris - Sanding and polishing playfield process Posted by High_End_Pins (11 months ago)

Post #2212 Tip Time with Chris - T-Nut installation Posted by High_End_Pins (11 months ago)

Post #2414 Dr. Who completed Posted by High_End_Pins (11 months ago)

Post #2802 Simpsons Pinball Party completed Posted by High_End_Pins (10 months ago)

Post #2888 Special Whirlwind completed Posted by High_End_Pins (10 months ago)

Post #3007 Indiana Jones:The Pinball Adventure (gold trim) completed Posted by High_End_Pins (9 months ago)


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#716 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

The heads side by side.
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Nicely done Chris!

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#746 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Trying to figure out what I want to do with the back of the head.
I don’t have a Data East warning text screen and so far I don’t do enough of them to justify having one made.
I do have black ink and could do a Williams System 11 screen or WPC screen on there. Obviously it would not be correct but it would look more complete.
Thoughts?
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If it were mine, I would probably want to leave it blank if it couldn't be accurate. Or maybe some sort of Tommy related custom uniqueness on the back.

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#874 1 year ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Sorry I missed it but how do you finsh the edges?

He sands them very carefully and with expertise that only much experience brings.

#903 1 year ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

You had mentioned how to regrain the ball guides but I think I missed the answer.

Most of us use some variation if a dremel or drill with a flapper wheel or preferred attachment.

#957 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Cleared to save the current spot it is in.
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Pin Porn...... Sexy time

#989 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

the large harbor freight tumbler is actually really nice (and a lot quieter than that small cheap one that they sell
https://www.harborfreight.com/18-lb-vibratory-bowl-with-liquid-drain-hose-96923.html

I have a Thumlers tumbler and absolutely love it. I went through 3 of the $40 arsenal (blue) ones on Amazon (extensive review posted) which were garbage.

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#1339 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I had no idea how much 300 feet of corrugated tubing was.
Now I know it is A LOT !
Will need none for a long time.
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You literally bought a football field of split loom tubing hahaha

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#1460 1 year ago
Quoted from robotron911:

I gave up natural trees years ago as artificials got so much better. I love a real tree but it is an enormous fire hazard.

What do you mean? They only hit about 5000 degrees in 5 seconds flat....... is that bad? Seriously though, I remember burning the old dead tree in about March for the first time about 8 years ago and it scared the crap out of me how fast it burned and how hot it got. I had to repaint that side of the house and it was like 10 feet away

We have vacillated back and forth over the years and have a fake tree up in the garage. The last few years we have gone natural to feel more in the holiday spirit. I do hate how the needles seem to jump off the tree though. The wife also hates putting together all the limbs on the fake tree. I know they make ones that just fold up and stay attached but I'm not interested in buying and storing another tree.

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#1579 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Not that I have seen.
The hole made is smaller than the square of the bolt so as it draws in it there is no risk of spinning.
The square hole you see in an original cabinet started out round like these the bolt is what created the square which is why it remains round in the inside.
Main thing is it needs to be smaller than the square. Larger would be a problem.

On top of this, don't overtighten the bolts or the art will wrinkle at the bolt hole. A lesson that I had to learn the hard way on my very first restoration.

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#2031 1 year ago
Quoted from lb1:

Here is one:
I'm surprised, it's usually the other way around. Once you get more comfortable you switch from wet to dry.

That's definitely what happened with me. I started wet but once I mastered dry, I never went back.

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#2175 11 months ago

I'd rather donate or toss things in the trash then garage sale it. I have no patience for the people that want to offer you 2 cents on the dollar for things and my Friday/Saturday morning is much more valuable to me than what I could make having a garage sale.

My wife and kid do it occasionally as they for some reason enjoy it but I can't stand being anywhere near it. If it's worth enough, I'll do CL, OU, Ebay, Pinside, etc. but that's about it.

1 month later
#2832 10 months ago

I assume it is by hand?

Ohh god, what a nightmare that would be. He has covered it previously in if not this thread, definitely in others. He has a Festool rig he uses and it involves many different grits depending on what you are trying to accomplish and from what starting point you are at.

#2834 10 months ago
Quoted from kcZ:

I think that is for cabinet prep... Not this final block sanding step. I used to have a 2-3' sanding pad for doing car bodies, I'm guessing that he has something like that.

Gotcha. Personally I've never had to block a cab to get it to come out level and smooth using proper techniques but I could see that being a good way to be absolutly sure.

#2869 10 months ago
Quoted from NYP:

Ahh thumblers tumblers! Nice and quiet! 10,18 or 45?

18, Thumlers is the only way to go. I love mine.

#2899 10 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Ready to start stripping the IJ playfield. This one is really rough in the wiring. Everything was spliced inches from the source.
This is a prime example of a restoration that actually did more damage than upgrading.
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It amazes me that people go through all of that, including heat shrinking the splice and yet cant be bothered to use $6 stick soldering iron to swap things out correctly.

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#3038 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Pretty sure I am going to watch this. The picture alone is a pretty good indicator that I will be entertained.
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Haha, the wife and I watched it a while ago just because of the photo as well. Those van meetups are pretty interesting.

2 months later
#3812 6 months ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

Chris, what's your preference for dealing with the rubber boot on prop rods? It's usually chewed up and worn away. The different liquid rubber products out there I don't know if they actually would get the same elastic feel and thickness as the factory pieces..

For my restores I use yellow plastidip and I get the factory look, feel, and thickness. I highly suggest it.

To address the keeping of plastidip, I pour it in a Mason jar for canning things and then add a plastic bag over the top before I seal. The chemicals separate for lengthy storage but you can mix them up again.

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#4025 6 months ago
Quoted from Aniraf:

What are you planning on doing with that extra TZ mini playfield? My friend bought a TX with a crack right down the middle of his.

If you can't find one I think I have one off of my old TZ I restored. Not repro or NOS by any means but it's pretty clean if I remember correctly (and local).

#4035 6 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

The magnets need the cores removed and turned.
This can be a little tough since the threads tend to be locked up and the cores themselves soft it is easy to gouge them up during removal.
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Hey Chris,

I've got a vise that has been sitting on my garage floor waiting for me to design a wall mount but I like that swivel mount too. Can you point me to a link that i can check it out or maybe a model number that I can look up? Does it support a lot of torque on it? Could it also be used for a grinder/polisher?

I was think about designing something with a pivot rod in the center that could be turned over and locked in place with a vise on one side and a grinder/polisher on the flip side but I've just never gotten around to it.

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#4246 5 months ago

Is there a good online resource for higher grit quality sand paper from the 500-4000 range? Maybe in popular RO patterns and/or sheets.

3 weeks later
#4558 4 months ago
Quoted from hawknole:

I searched but could not find, what is the non-corrosive citrus based cleaner you use? Thanks in advance.

Duragloss 462 Ultimate Orange Concentrated Cleaner and Degreaser - 1 Gallon amazon.com link »

#4674 4 months ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

Eh? The polished look means any ball trail is immediately seen. At least on grained finishes there is other markings to diffuse the sight of the ball trail.
The grained look is OEM style and isn't as gaudy. Not every surface should reflect spots and glare back at you.

On all my full restores I have fully polished every metal part as I just preferred the look. I will say that they lasted much longer without showing ball travel marks then the few that I didn't do a full restore so I just regrained some pieces. In my opinion it was because of the high polished nature of the finish just didn't allow any of the fine dust/debris to grab onto the guide and leave the mark vs the rough texture of the regraining finish which it grabs onto fairly quickly. In the end it's just a preference thing but it definitely doesn't take me that much longer to polish than regrain, probably 3-4 times the time invested.

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#4864 4 months ago
Quoted from TG:

I saw that, but it doesn't explain the removal process of the decal from the ramp.

Freeze spray

#4928 3 months ago

Your fitness tracker, what kind is that and how does it work? Do you have to tell it what you are doing or does it detect it automatically?

#4931 3 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Looks like just the built-in Apple watch fitness tracker.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/apple-watch-fitness-features/

Gotcha, thanks.

1 month later
#5399 74 days ago

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

#5415 73 days ago
Quoted from lb1:

I had a jet black car once - my first and my last. It looked great for about two hours after being washed.

LoL same here. My saying is everyone owns a black car..... once.

2 weeks later
#5566 57 days ago

I like the oak skids. Small detail that really helps durability.

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