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Looking for a stern Dracula backglass and or art files to create one


By Antennaejim

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Does anyone have any spare parts for an old stern Dracula?

#2 3 years ago

I have a project that's in the middle of a restoration that I quit a few years ago and am getting back to.. The original bg in mine is junk, probably 50% paint loss. I found a better one on Ebay that has pinholes, but it's usable. I had to buy a 2nd set of plastics to get a complete set. There used to be a seller on Ebay that would sell a 'repro' of it that appeared to be a translite print of some sort.

#3 3 years ago

I have one of those translites, it's a nice alternative.

I had found a mint Dracula BG on ebay 2 years ago, bought it and it arrived in a million pieces because the seller did not know how to pack it properly. Such a shame too, most of these are in real poor condition.

#4 3 years ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

I have one of those translites, it's a nice alternative.
I had found a mint Dracula BG on ebay 2 years ago, bought it and it arrived in a million pieces because the seller did not know how to pack it properly. Such a shame too, most of these are in real poor condition.

Real shame as they're very uncommon.

I restenciled the cabinet, but am going to redo it because I used latex paint and am unhappy with it how it turned out. I just recently, during a Sherwin Williams sale event, got a quart of oil based All Surface Enamel matched to the pink/purple base. I'm going to sand it down, re-primer, and redo the cabinet and backbox.

As far as my playfield goes, I have completed 95% of the touch ups. Mine had some flaking off of the paint at the top at the snake head. There was wear down to the wood around the bats/inserts. Using the info I've seen on here and Vid's guide, I plan to clear over what I've done, then finish the touch ups, clear, and build up the playfield.

What I'm unsure about is.. I don't have an MPU.

I like the idea of converting a Bally -35 or building up a bare board -35, but how hard is it to convert -35 to Stern 100?

#5 3 years ago

Why not an Altek mPU?

#6 3 years ago
Quoted from patrickvc:

Why not an Altek mPU?

That would be the simplest, should have mentioned that I could do that.

I like the idea of building up a bare PCB, but I have mostly been in the video game side of the arcade hobby, where there's apparently more interest in repros of bare PCBs, like the WG6100 color XY stuff, etc. I was just wondering if I went the Bally -35 route, how hard it would be to convert it. Probably not worth the hassle and like you said, use an Altek MPU. Thanks.

#7 3 years ago

I like my altek! I have the mpu and the lighting board for LEDs.

#8 3 years ago

Do you have any contact info for a translite?

#10 3 years ago

I have a Stern Dracula in storage. The backglass is probably not 100% but I am willing to scan it for you. Can you scan your plastics for my future restore ?

#11 3 years ago

If needed, and not soon, but eventually, I could scan my plastics set if someone needs scans for reproductions. I know there are 1 or 2 that are often missing or broken.

#12 3 years ago

That translite is for the Williams Dracula game!

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from Joey_N:

If needed, and not soon, but eventually, I could scan my plastics set if someone needs scans for reproductions. I know there are 1 or 2 that are often missing or broken.

That would be awesome !!! Two are broken and one is missing.
I don't need them in a hurry, because other projects need to be finished first. Eventually suits me fine.

#14 3 years ago

The ebay seller that used to have the repro stern Dracula translites was classicarcades, you could contact him about it, I think he has an external website too.

#16 3 years ago

Can anyone with a Dracula take a close up/high res/straight on/not at angle photos of the area at the top machine covering the Yellow/Red/Orange/Pink, including the bats and the cats, areas in front of the drops? I need to touch this area up as some was worn to the wood. I'm thinking of attempting to silk screen the black cats/bats/text back on or do waterslide decals, but need high res to go off of.

Thanks..

#17 3 years ago

Thank you for all the info. I was just informed by a printer that I need all of the color layer prints to do a repro of this. And this has a mirror back to boot. It's going to be rough

#18 3 years ago

Have you considerd going with bgresto? I see he has a lot of the early SS Sterns, but not Dracula. If your original glass is decent, perhaps you could ship it to him to reproduce.

#19 3 years ago

@Joey_N ... my playfield has some wear in that area too, but since it is in storage for the moment I'm not sure how much. If needed I can take a picture, but not quite sure if it would help. Drop me a message if you would like me to do this.

#20 3 years ago

There recently was a great condition Stern Dracula backglass (not translite) available at one of the regular parts suppliers, but I cannot remember where. I think it was pulled out of machine. It was not MoP.

There is one on Ebay right now, which is RESTORABLE:
ebay.com link » Stern Dracula Pinball Back Glass

Art Files you may be able to get here:
http://www.theretrocade.com/flying_dutchman/home.asp
flyingdutchman.backglasses@gmail.com

#21 3 years ago

I saw that one on Ebay. It's definitely fix-able and nicer than most probably, but there's some paint loss and what looks like bad lifting at the bottom. I'd be afraid that come loose in shipping.

#22 3 years ago

Mine has a really nice back glass I could have scanned in the next couple weeks. I already have a full playfield scan if anyone needs it pm me. I had a friend create a stencil for the cats and bats and I airbrushed them back on it came out really good. 20150929_212439.jpg

#23 3 years ago
Quoted from ssbodyman:

Mine has a really nice back glass I could have scanned in the next couple weeks. I already have a full playfield scan if anyone needs it pm me. I had a friend create a stencil for the cats and bats and I airbrushed them back on it came out really good. 20150929_212439.jpg

Wow...you are a saint. This is exactly what I need.

So, I did 99% of the touchups on this a couple of years ago and never finished the project or clearcoated it. After reading vid's guide, I want to mask and respray the 'white' areas a true white instead of the off white I did. Also, I want to redo the area around the cats and bats that was worn to wood, using an airbrush to respray the solid areas. I touched up the bats and cats with a fine brush and I'm just not happy with how it turned out. I want to mask and respray the yellow/orange/red/pink, then either decal, stencil, or screen the text, bats, and cats over it.

PM coming your way.

#24 3 years ago

That's exactly what I did. I used automotive paint and can give you the codes if you want. This is what I started with. 20150902_144648.jpg

#25 3 years ago

That is a beautiful board ssbodyman! Nice job. And I just ordered a translite from classic arcades he still has them. What is the best method of making that look good? Clear glass in front of it? Any ideas on a pleasant appearance?

#26 3 years ago
Quoted from Antennaejim:

That is a beautiful board ssbodyman! Nice job. And I just ordered a translite from classic arcades he still has them. What is the best method of making that look good? Clear glass in front of it? Any ideas on a pleasant appearance?

2 pieces of 1/16" tempered glass and sandwich the translite between them

#27 3 years ago

Thank you!

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#28 3 years ago

Too bad I can't get 1/16 tempered glass! The thinnest I can get is 1/8 tempered. I'm stuck getting lexan that will yellow over time.

#29 3 years ago
Quoted from Antennaejim:

Too bad I can't get 1/16 tempered glass! The thinnest I can get is 1/8 tempered. I'm stuck getting lexan that will yellow over time.

So get the thin glass and use a thin piece of lexan in the back. You'll only see the glass once it's installed.

#30 3 years ago

I'm still searching for Classic Stern Pinball backglass to manufacture. But i'm no art guy! Anyone with 300 dpi color, white, & blocking files ready for print let me know. You will be compensated if it looks good for production. Guys just did Lightning glass, & Iron Maiden glass recently. Along with Seawitch, Star Gazer, Nine Ball, & Catacomb that have been selling for last few years. 2 hits color, 2 hits white, & single hit gray. I'm also interested in doing mirror glass next year. Dragonfist, & Meteor art i'm still waiting on possibly for future production. www.greatpinball.com

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#31 3 years ago

John, how would you handle the mirroring? Dracula has it I know. Some kind of adhesive film?

#32 3 years ago

I would screen the mirroring first, & direct print the rest later. I have had 2 large screens for years waiting to be used. So mirror would be another file.

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#33 3 years ago

Lexan is only available in between 1/16 and 1/8 so glass is no longer an option if I want it to fit in the channel unfortunately. Lexan only total disappointment.

#34 3 years ago

Well you don't *have* to sandwich it between to pieces you know. Just put it behind a piece of glass, and tape it to the edges, like Stern does with their factory translites. Should be totally fine.

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