Just got my Mata Hari put back together! Got her back in January 2020 with the intention of restoring the playfield following Vid's guide. Stripped the playfield back in February and got all set with my spray booth for the 2PAC. Got all the parts through the vibratory polisher, but at the time it was still too cold to spray the 2PAC. Fast forward 7 months and here comes winter again; so, I had to get moving. Followed Vid's guide and leveled all the inserts. Got a head start on the decals with some help from some great folks here on Pinside, but still had to recreate several line-art decals, including Mata Hari's hair and face, the dagger hilt, and much of the text. This was a long process working with Affinity Designer to make them all vector graphics. Finally got started airbrushing, was worried about mixing the colors for color matching, but ended up not being so bad. I did paint much (>90%) of the playfield and 7-8 different colors. Hit it with clear and applied the decals. Hit it with clear and polished her up. I did take some artistic liberties by not putting on some of her mid-section decals, so shoot me, but I like the way she looks. Forgot to mention the saucer was pretty chewed-up, that was fixed my color matching some wood filler epoxy, even drew in some wood grain stains to match!
New targets, the hot stamped type, new flippers, new pops caps, have new plastics coming from CPR, and new Invisiglass, and even made a 'dust cover'. Oh and a new rectifier board and LED driver board. Wow, I guess that is a lot. Not to mention new legs, levelers, LEDs. In all, TOTALLY worth it, this game is smooth, sounds great, and is fun to play.
One issue that I need to tackle is the slight diming of the GI LEDs when flipping. If there are any great ideas, let me know, but I've already completed my initial search on a fix and it's either, live with it, install a separate power supply for the GI, or rectify the 6.3 VAC and filter it.
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