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Medusa ~ A Restoration To Please The Gods


By Skins

2 years ago



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#251 1 year ago
Quoted from bbhenry2000:

It makes you wonder why CPR's aren't done like this when you consider what they cost.

Because like all companies, they need to make money. There’s a reason playfield guys charge $700 to sand and finish a reproduction Playfield. It’s a ton of work and incredibly time consuming.

#252 1 year ago

Skins you finish this beauty yet?

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#253 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Skins you finish this beauty yet?

Not yet. Had some pressing things come up in my personal life, was a little burnt out and then broke my wrist on my dominant hand. I’m just getting strength and range of motion back though I’m still only about 60% there. I have slowly been getting the bug to get back into it so I should have some progress sooner than later.

#254 1 year ago

Sorry to hear you've had troubles, I've missed your threads. Take it easy and get well.

#255 1 year ago

Thanks man. Not so much troubles as time consuming inconviences. Well, that and stupidity for breaking my wrist installing a security camera system.

#256 1 year ago

I almost cut my figure off with a cheap box cutter a few years ago, so plenty of stupidity to go around

Take your time and don’t burn yourself out. This stuff is supposed to be fun not work.

#257 1 year ago

skins I’d rather see you finish that fathom !

#258 1 year ago
Quoted from Pmaino:

skins I’d rather see you finish that fathom !

Still a bit of physical therapy to go before I can use my hand confidently doing detail work.

#259 1 year ago
Quoted from Skins:

before I can use my hand confidently

aghhh we still talking pinball
enjoyed watching your thread skins .... some day I will get to restoring my Medusa.....just hope I live another 20 years!

#260 1 year ago
Quoted from meSz:

aghhh we still talking pinball
enjoyed watching your thread skins .... some day I will get to restoring my Medusa.....just hope I live another 20 years!

Thanks. Things are slow with my hand and I have to take frequent breaks because of fatigue in my hand but the playfield is read to swap at least.

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#261 1 year ago

Nice setup, let’s see some shop pics. Always looking to see how other guys setup their work space.

#262 1 year ago

Glad to see posts in here again...wishing you a speedy recovery. Already drooling at those two playfields

#263 1 year ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

Glad to see posts in here again...wishing you a speedy recovery. Already drooling at those two playfields

Thanks man.

Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Nice setup, let’s see some shop pics. Always looking to see how other guys setup their work space.

Thank you. Here a couple of the assembly side of the work shop. The dirty side is where I do cabinet prep, sanding, powder coating and blasting. It’s a mess so no pics of that side.

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#264 1 year ago

How much of a mess does that buffing setup make? Do you set up some kind of shield when you use it? I would like a similar set up but unsure what to do.

#265 1 year ago
Quoted from bam10:

How much of a mess does that buffing setup make? Do you set up some kind of shield when you use it? I would like a similar set up but unsure what to do.

Yeah the wall is painted with idea paint. It’s an erasable markerboard coating. It is in essence a catalyzed urethane coating so nothing sticks to it. If you look at the wall you can see where the coating is whiter than the rest of the wall. That’s the coating.

#266 1 year ago
Quoted from Skins:

Still a bit of physical therapy to go before I can use my hand confidently doing detail work.

Speedy recovery and hope you get back to doing restores soon!

#267 1 year ago

Nice. I need to get my TV setup and running. We moved over 2 years ago and I still haven’t put the TV up yet - time flies.

I was thinking about purchasing a power coating system, would love to hear about your setup (gun, oven, etc). Any tips and tricks? As you know, it gets expensive paying someone else to powder parts.

Anyway, enjoying the thread. Keep up the stellar work. Hope you’re back in the saddle soon

#268 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Nice. I need to get my TV setup and running. We moved over 2 years ago and I still haven’t put the TV up yet - time flies.
I was thinking about purchasing a power coating system, would love to hear about your setup (gun, oven, etc). Any tips and tricks? As you know, it gets expensive paying someone else to powder parts.
Anyway, enjoying the thread. Keep up the stellar work. Hope you’re back in the saddle soon

Compared to some of the other things we do to restore, powdercoating is relatively simple. I have a Gemma easytronic gun with a 2.5lb pot. The oven is a dual burner running on 240. I think the dimensions are 6’ high x 4’ wide x 4’ deep. I went that size to fit larger parts suck as side rails and legs in it. For small parts/batches I also use a oversized toaster oven. I switched to powder coating the underside metals because so often they are in very bad shape and tumbling doesn’t do enough for my likes. I’m supe happy with the ease of use and end results. The pictures are before my shop remodel.

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#269 1 year ago

Finally a progress update. Original side rails sanded, open grain filled, primed, base coat and clear. They still need to be cut and polished but they look great loosely mocked up on the playfield.

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I also got around to cleaning up my dirty side of the shop where I do my prep work and powder work.

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#270 1 year ago

Some progress. This game has tons of posts! I ran out of the correct finned posts so a few are place holders until the correct ones come in. Most of the topside done. Redid the spinner logo because the factory frowny faced one is terrible. Turned out great imo. Starting the common rail braid on the bottom side. Lots getting done.

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#271 1 year ago

New spinner design looks great IMO too....as does all of your restoration work

#272 1 year ago

skins Wow! Glad you're back at it! You're work is splendid - meticulous and creative! That spinner design is sweet!

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#273 1 year ago

Couple updates on mechs. First up is the zipper flipper assembly

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#274 1 year ago

Looks great now, especially with the powder coated parts.....it was a dirty mess

#275 1 year ago

Drop target bank. What a beast and what a filthy mess.

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#276 1 year ago

Well, pinside rearranged the pics again so old and new are commingled.

#277 1 year ago
Quoted from Skins:

Well, pinside rearranged the pics again so old and new are commingled.

Its like watching someone UNrestore a machine!

#278 1 year ago
Quoted from Skins:

Well, pinside rearranged the pics again so old and new are commingled.

Pinside has nothing to do with it. It is your cursor that is moving...

The pictures will be placed where your cursor is located when you push the "+" button on the pictures. Just make sure you do not forget to Carriage Return between two pictures.

Yves

#279 1 year ago
Quoted from Arcane:

Pinside has nothing to do with it. It is your cursor that is moving...
The pictures will be placed where your cursor is located when you push the "+" button on the pictures. Just make sure you do not forget to Carriage Return between two pictures.
Yves

I appreciate the input but that’s just not accurate. I have been posting here a long time. I’ve got the hang of how to hit the “+” and in the correct order. No matter what I do, they are reordered. Perhaps it’s an iPhone thing? I only post from an iPhone.

Test:

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These show the box of each picture highlighted and the order they were inserted. As you can see the post jumbled them. DC4679C3-28F1-4759-9C71-F6F60FC59E7D (resized).pngF70FF36B-4E87-47B6-A305-42507741A4A9 (resized).jpegC084C928-D385-4A2B-ABD5-DEDEF7271EC2 (resized).jpegF3F923AB-C330-43EA-AF10-D3C4357321DE (resized).png8CEA02D6-13D0-4929-8FE3-FEBE5D630E04 (resized).pngBF184680-3F93-4E45-9D19-A4BC51CA00BF (resized).png7EABC8AC-0803-4BFE-9393-FE42D247983E (resized).png

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#280 1 year ago

Ha! Even a post of me trying to show how the order gets screwed up, screws up. Oh well. No more energy from me on it.

#281 1 year ago

Just pay attention to the cursor location AFTER you press the + button and where it inserts the next if you are adding multiple pictures in a row

The scripting with the editor box is a bit wonky with where it places the cursor after adding an image.. so doing multiple + actions can be confusing and frustrating. It's hard to associate the attachment IDs with the inserted text at times.

#282 1 year ago

Yeah, I'm on an iPhone. No cursor. I don’t care enough about the order to worry about logging onto my Mac. If correct order is a concern, they are in the right order on my Facebook page. No worry of cursors there. Facebook uploads in the order they are selected. Imagine that.

#283 1 year ago

Awesome restoration and documentation! A great job with the drop target bank and Zipper flippers. I will definitely be returning to your pictures at some point in the future. Thus far I've been able to replace 2 broken targets without removing the bank of targets but sooner or later I'll need to take it out. Will be great to have access to your pictures!

#284 1 year ago

All mechs have been cleaned, bad coils replaced, new coil sleeves, new coil stops, new stacked switches, new coil wrappers, nyloners, hardware corrected and replaced as well as making everything powder coat pretty. Parts are just sitting loosely in place for the time being.

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#285 1 year ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see more.

Thanks to you, I've started restoring my Medusa as well

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/medusa-restoration-another-pinball-gets-pac-man-handled#post-4599578

#286 1 year ago
Quoted from PACMAN:

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see more.
Thanks to you, I've started restoring my Medusa as well
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/medusa-restoration-another-pinball-gets-pac-man-handled#post-4599578

Thank you.

Refreshed the back lightbar. The thing was filthy, pinched exposed wires and the plastic shield was full of scratches. Everything cleaned, wires repaired and covered with heat shrink and the plastic shield buffed. There was some deep scratches that couldn’t be buffed out but it come out great. So shiny it looks wet.

Dirty...
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Clean
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#287 1 year ago

Looking good. It’s fun to see your approach to this title as I’m working on the same machine. Your coil assemblies tuned out quite nicely.

#288 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Looking good. It’s fun to see your approach to this title as I’m working on the same machine. Your coil assemblies tuned out quite nicely.

Thanks Mike!

Got the Playfield in the cabinet to make sure everything lined up. Now I can mount mechs and solder the harness in. Played around with the new portrait mode on the iPhone.

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Also spiffed up the hanger brackets. I put some felt on the side that rubs the receiver to protect the painted finish of the receiver.

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#289 1 year ago

Wrapping up the cabinet loose ends.

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Bottom side done. As soon as the cab is wrapped up I can start mating things back up together. 4F1E30C3-0063-4E10-BDFE-653F2E9D3972 (resized).jpeg

#290 1 year ago

Getting closer. Apron and shooter gauge in place. Remaining plastics and light bar can’t go on until the playfield is out of the rotisseri.

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#291 1 year ago

The Gods are getting restless Bump

#292 1 year ago

Sorry, I post most of my updates over on my Facebook page and website. Hard to keep up with all 3. At any rate, the game is complete and is already off to its new owner. Thanks for checking in. I appreciate it!

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#293 1 year ago

That is Beautiful!
I would LOVE to add a Medusa to my lineup. Hard to find tho

#294 1 year ago

Restoration perfection!!! Sir, you certainly have set the standard by which other restorations can be compared. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

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#295 11 months ago

Turned out nicely. Congrats.

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