let's build an "Elvira party monsters"alarm clock! Ben Heck inspirated

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let's build an "Elvira party monsters"alarm clock! Ben Heck inspirated


By pinballrockstar

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Heavily inspired by the Ben Heck show,i decided i want to build something too..something awesome,functional,usable that nobody build yet.
First i wanted to make a back pack with 2 remotes and a simple computer,but Jeri Elsworth appeared to have build that.
Then i wanted something raspberry pi and bought a lot of pi stuff,but i was way out of my comfort zone with that stuff(real hard).
So i figured it had to be do able,still really awesome...
I concluded it had to be a pinball alarm clock!!
Yes that is what i need,a cool alarm clock?!
Instead of the shitty ugly one i have.
I hate alarm clocks,it is a call you have to start doing stuff that you don't feel like doing.
What would be the nicest miniature pinball to build,that will make you happy each time you see it?
Yup,Elvira and the party monsters!! cool and vintage colors and cartoony and sexy...

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#2 2 years ago

So first you need to figure out the scale you want it to be,i roughly estimated scale 1:5 would be nice,otherwise stuff would become fragile(like the legs,if they are too thin,they bend.)
Then you saw all the pieces of wood the wrong size,because in your excitement you measure the wrong way...that is part of the process.
When you get it right,put it together and drill some holes for a speaker.

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#3 2 years ago

watching this thread. looks interesting.

#4 2 years ago

So next thing,you buy a second hand alarm clock at the thrift store for a couple of bucks.
Be sure it has a red display,it will look nice as a dmd and scale 1:5 pinball,is the correct size for a conventional alarm clock display.
Then you Ben Heck it...just cut the wires,saw the prints in logical areas where the connections are few , only to re connect them later with extension wires.

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#5 2 years ago

Make it so,that you can operate all the switches and potentio meters for volume and radio station search of the alarm clock are in a nice spot that is logical to find in the morning..

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#6 2 years ago

Very cool project. I can't wait to see how you do the artwork

#8 2 years ago

Then reconnect all the electronics with some old wires

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#9 2 years ago

Okay,everything still works,this is going to rock!
Made a nice speaker panel out of garbage plastic,with the exact texture!

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#10 2 years ago

This is really cool!

#11 2 years ago

Cool build!

#12 2 years ago

You should include a start button for snooze.

#13 2 years ago

I am so going to make one of these! Cool idea!

#14 2 years ago

Very cool. I am also curious to see how you do the artwork and back glass.

#15 2 years ago
Quoted from Crash:

You should include a start button for snooze.

Wire the snooze to a tilt bob, so you can just nudge it.

#17 2 years ago

adding some rvs legs

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#18 2 years ago

Made a nice example to get some real decals made

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#19 2 years ago

I painted the whole thing black,so no wood will show after putting the decals on..

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#20 2 years ago

Professional decals are in and they fit real well!

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#21 2 years ago

aaah we are getting somewhere!

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#22 2 years ago

You really ought to sell these....It's coming along nicely.

#23 2 years ago

Great job. I would pay 100 bucks for one.

#24 2 years ago

What do you plan on doing for the cabinet glass? Maybe a decal?

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from Crash:

What do you plan on doing for the cabinet glass? Maybe a decal?

could backlight the backglass and the playfield decal. Btw, this is a great idea for a clock and it turned out really nice. Fantastic job and thanks for sharing.

#26 2 years ago

Dude, that is awesome!
Good work.

#27 2 years ago

Looks pretty cool, are you going to add a topper

#28 2 years ago

That's very cool.

#29 2 years ago

Very nice, I'm inspired. You can probably get small LED strip and fit in the backglass have the decal printed on white vinyl and voila! You should be able to meter and get power from one of the lines already in the backbox.

Great fun!

#30 2 years ago
Quoted from VacFink:

Very nice, I'm inspired. You can probably get small LED strip and fit in the backglass have the decal printed on white vinyl and voila! You should be able to meter and get power from one of the lines already in the backbox.
Great fun!

I should be able to pull that off, i finally found some good artwork for the playfield and backglass.
The playfield was hard to find, nobody makes a straight picture of a playfield .
Every picture is angled.
But vpforums had some nice material!

#31 2 years ago

very cool, nice work

#33 2 years ago

yeah,i really feel like a Ben Heck now,supercool

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#34 2 years ago

Imagine if this were a real machine... all the cables would be like:

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#35 2 years ago

Looking awesome! What are doing for playfield? Can't wait to see the final product

#36 2 years ago

Wow that is really cool rockstar but it wouldn't last long at my house the way I MASH my snooze button.

#37 2 years ago
Quoted from ovfdfireman:

Looking awesome! What are doing for playfield? Can't wait to see the final product

I ordered transparant decals and i am keeping my fingers crossed , dunno if it will work, i want to lay the transparant playfield/backglass decals over some white transparant plastic so i can illuminate both when the alarm goes off and you can't see the stuff inside the machine through the playfield.

#38 2 years ago

All the buttons are fully functional in the lockbar.
For fun i put in some xerox prints for the playfield and backglass.
Cause i don't have the final transparant ones yet.
It already looks so good and works like a charm!

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#39 2 years ago

For now the paper copies fill the holes and it is a nice looker already

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#40 2 years ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Wow that is really cool rockstar but it wouldn't last long at my house the way I MASH my snooze button.

Wouldn't you want to mash your button even more with a clock like this? Looking great! My only suggestion would be to cut the displays off the bottom of the translite. At the moment because of this, the image is squished a bit narrow. If you crop those out and reprint on the same size sheet I think it will look a little better, especially since you are making a "DMD" out of the display.

#41 2 years ago
Quoted from Crash:

Wouldn't you want to mash your button even more with a clock like this? Looking great! My only suggestion would be to cut the displays off the bottom of the translite. At the moment because of this, the image is squished a bit narrow. If you crop those out and reprint on the same size sheet I think it will look a little better, especially since you are making a "DMD" out of the display.

Oh crap, you are right?
Now i have dmd and alpha numeric!
Shit, i have to make a call monday to adjust the final cut.

#42 2 years ago

Awesome!

#44 2 years ago
Quoted from fastpinball:

Nice build!
Aaron
FAST Pinball

Thanks, it runs on mpf

#45 2 years ago

hehe so cute

#46 2 years ago

Very cool - great work!

#48 2 years ago

Won't you tilt it when you hit snooze though?

#49 2 years ago

Nice work! Hard to tell it's not the real thing in a few of those pics. It would be pretty cool if you added lights. You could have a light source in the bottom and poke a few holes in the playfield with a transparent layer below it. Just a thought.

#50 2 years ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

Nice work! Hard to tell it's not the real thing in a few of those pics. It would be pretty cool if you added lights. You could have a light source in the bottom and poke a few holes in the playfield with a transparent layer below it. Just a thought.

Yeah, i am having transparant playfield and backglass decals made.
Then i can illuminate them.
How cool would it be if the machine lights up when the alarm goes off?!

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