Almost a year ago I bought a Junk Yard pinball machine and have really found the rules and gameplay to be great. When i bought the machine the cars surround had some breakage that didnt really bother me enough to pay $60 for a new one. In considering that piece i thought it would look really cool if the cars above the 5 wrecking ball car targets were also 3 dimensional so i started this project. First I layed out the surround and sketched the 10 cars similar to the originals but in a way that made sense for a 3D version.
Then i extruded the various parts of the cars and skewed them a bit so they looked like they were piled on top of each other in a Junk Yard. I also took one of the cars on the top row and made it look like it was kind of falling in. At this point i probably had between 15-20 hours into 3D modeling this damn thing...
Then i had a buddy of mine 3D print it for me. I decided to make it out of a translucent blue plastic, knowing that the end result wont really be clear but have some translucency. Plus this is what he had already and i knew it was going to all get detail painted anyway. Here is the solid right out of the printer:
At this point its hard to see the detail because of the way the light hits it but i was actually very pleased with the result. Next step was to trim off the support material that was added during the printing process and mock it up in the machine. I also primed the surfaces i was planning on painting. Here's a couple of pics in my machine:
Also, here's a pic before i primed it. it shows the translucency of the solid and you can see the internal honeycomb structure that fills the solid cavities.
Im currently in the process of painting the cars and will post some more pics soon but i wanted to hear peoples feedback on it and i was also wondering if anyone would want to buy one. I would only really want to sell the solid right out of the printer and it would be about $60. You would have to possibly remove support material and drill the holes. You would definitely have to paint the entire thing. It would most likely come as seen in this picture:
Thank you for checking out my first pinball "mod". Hope you like it.