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My $300 Alien Poker Project


By RGarriott

6 months ago



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#151 3 months ago

With the inside of the cab completed the glass channel and side rails installed and i had to put the head on to see what the total package would look like. And im diggin it. Looks fantastic i thank.

One thing I think i may change is the shiny new spiral screws. I was thinking it would look good with some other things that i left like the shooter spring but im thinkin black would look better. What do you guys think?

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#152 3 months ago

Please rephrase the question and options

#153 3 months ago
Quoted from mof:

Please rephrase the question and options

Should he leave the heads of the siderail nails silver, or paint them black to match the rails?
I think black.
Needs lighted flipper buttons.

Whole thing looks great!

#154 3 months ago

The shiny screws draw attention to something that doesn't need any attention.

#155 3 months ago
Quoted from RCA1:

Should he leave the heads of the siderail nails silver, or paint them black to match the rails?
I think black.
Needs lighted flipper buttons.
Whole thing looks great!

Im thinking Black also, and it does have lighted buttons, they are red but they do look black in the picture. Thanks for the input.

Quoted from Billy16:

The shiny screws draw attention to something that doesn't need any attention.

Yep i agree they are goin black.

#156 3 months ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Im thinking Black also, and it does have lighted buttons, they are red but they do look black in the picture. Thanks for the input.

Yep i agree they are goin black.

Haven’t checked thread in a few days and it’s funny, we are working on the same piece. I just finished painting my rails on my Firepower project
and I set my buttons I got a few months back in place along with a polished stainless carriage bolt to see how it’ll look and I’m really liking the contrast of stainless and black. Looks like I might need to have some black screws on standby. Maybe the effect on mine will be different because the whole cab will be blacked out.

Your games looking great!

#157 3 months ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Haven’t checked thread in a few days and it’s funny, we are working on the same piece. I just finished painting my rails on my Firepower project
and I set my buttons I got a few months back in place along with a polished stainless carriage bolt to see how it’ll look and I’m really liking the contrast of stainless and black. Looks like I might need to have some black screws on standby. Maybe the effect on mine will be different because the whole cab will be blacked out.
Your games looking great!

Iv been keeping an eye on your progress and things are looking good. Im thinking the shiny bolt heads will look good with an all black cab.

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#158 83 days ago
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#159 83 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Everything on the playfield has been cleared off. I wasn’t planning on doing inserts but would ya look at that. Im doin inserts now.
They really came out much easier then i was anticipated. It doesn't take much heat at all.
I pulled one out and tried to sand flat. It was working but man i couldnt see doin that to all the inserts. So i spent $18 and bought all new.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Where did you find the Triangle Inserts? Are they 1-1/2" x 5/8" Triangle Inserts?

#160 83 days ago
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:

Where did you find the Triangle Inserts? Are they 1-1/2" x 5/8" Triangle Inserts?

https://www.pinballlife.com/1-12-x-58-triangle-inserts.html

I got all of my inserts from pinball life.

#161 83 days ago

Thank you I ordered some for my Gorgar from pinballlife from your pics it looks like they should fit nicely.

#162 83 days ago
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:

Thank you I ordered some for my Gorgar from pinballlife from your pics it looks like they should fit nicely.

They all fit very nice. Id like to have a Gorgar one of these days.

#163 81 days ago

you mind listing your insert parts/order

#164 81 days ago
Quoted from Spudgunman:

you mind listing your insert parts/order

I made all my triangles the same color, the game comes factory with red and green.

1-1/2" x 5/8" Triangle Transparent Starburst Green Playfield Insert
Qty: 4
$2.00

1" Round Transparent Plain Orange Playfield Insert
Qty: 1
$0.50

3/4
3/4" Round Transparent Plain Green Playfield Insert
Qty: 10
$5.00

1-3/16" Round Transparent Plain Orange Playfield Insert
Qty: 5
$2.50

1" Round Transparent Plain Red Playfield Insert
Qty: 10
$5.00

1" Round Transparent Plain Green Playfield Insert
Qty: 2
$1.00

1" Round Transparent Plain Dark Blue Playfield Insert
Qty: 8
$4.00

1" Round Opaque Plain White Playfield Insert
Qty: 6
$3.00

#165 81 days ago

Fun read I just pulled one of these back from the dead.

I also just got parts for multiball mod. You gonna do this as well?

#166 81 days ago
Quoted from Spudgunman:

Fun read I just pulled one of these back from the dead.
I also just got parts for multiball mod. You gonna do this as well?

I dont have any plans for the mod right now.

#167 79 days ago

Shes alive. I got my leds i got the display boards complete so i took some time today to make sure all electrical was good and I plugged it in. Wasn’t sure at first if it was working but the volume was all the down and I hadn’t put in the bulbs yet.
Im really digging these blue displays from wolffpac. I had a few segments that that didnt light from the beginning but just needed to reflow a few joints and all was good.

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#168 79 days ago

Here are the rest of the displays installed. I still have a few more leds to install on the bottom row but i need to get some more non ghosting bulbs. It looks really great. Im pretty excited.

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#169 77 days ago

I put the backglass in to make sure all displays are lined up properly.

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#170 77 days ago

wow. Really is turning out great! Thanks for sharing hope to do mine soon.

#171 74 days ago

All inserts have been wet sanded and my hole template made. It will come in real handy to aid in my search for all the drilled holes and sockets after clear coat and overlay.

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#172 74 days ago

I got in some work today on the drop bank. Took it apart gave it a good scrubbing and installed a few bee parts. I want to thank slochar for helping me out with a few parts that I couldn’t find.

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#173 61 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

I put the backglass in to make sure all displays are lined up properly.[quoted image][quoted image]

Great progress! It's going to be a really good looking machine!

Are you planning to paint your lockdown bar black ?

#174 61 days ago
Quoted from matiou:

Great progress! It's going to be a really good looking machine!
Are you planning to paint your lockdown bar black ?

Funny you asked, I was going to ask the same question because I’m about to paint mine black and was debating using SprayMax 2K clear on it after painting to help keep it from rubbing/scratching off.
If you are painting are you clearing too?

#175 61 days ago
Quoted from matiou:

Great progress! It's going to be a really good looking machine!
Are you planning to paint your lockdown bar black ?

Quoted from mrm_4:

Funny you asked, I was going to ask the same question because I’m about to paint mine black and was debating using SprayMax 2K clear on it after painting to help keep it from rubbing/scratching off.
If you are painting are you clearing too?

Yes the lockdown bar will be black also. I dont think im clearing it, just a gloss enamel.
Im waiting on the weather be break to clear the playfield. Should be this coming wk. pretty excited to get moving on the clearcoat and overlay.

#176 61 days ago

I have all the new bulbs, switches, and Parts for bumpers, slings and flippers.

#177 61 days ago

Your $300 Alien Poker is starting to sound expensive

#178 60 days ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

Your $300 Alien Poker is starting to sound expensive

The most expensive cars I've owned in the past were the free ones.

#179 59 days ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

Your $300 Alien Poker is starting to sound expensive

Yeah the $300 P.O.S is looking more in the range of $1500 right now. I know its not a very sought after rare gem but hopefully it can be around for another 40 yrs. with the elbow grease I've put into it.

#180 59 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Yeah the $300 P.O.S is looking more in the range of $1500 right now. I know its not a very sought after rare gem but hopefully it can be around for another 40 yrs. with the elbow grease I've put into it.

It’s a fun game with good rules for the era. Going to look great when you’re done.

#181 59 days ago

Still, $1500 for a beautiful AP is a bargain. Plus the experience and satisfaction you get along the way is extremely worthwhile.

Great work!

#182 54 days ago

Playfield has been final sanded, inserts are down to 2000 grit.

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#183 54 days ago

Took the ball kickers and sling apart and put in the tumbler. Reassembled and ready to play.

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#184 54 days ago

Well i got the clear 2k down for the base coat. Going to take my buffer over the inserts but all in all I think it turned out pretty good. The last 2 pics are of the test for the over lay. I wanted to see how it was goin to react with the 2k. Went real good. I did a couple light coats 15 min apart and then did 2 more medium at about the same interval and then finished off the can an hr later.

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#185 49 days ago

What are you planning for playfield art? I have a new playfield CNC'd, have all the lenses (except cannot find plain triangle inserts anywhere, had to take starburst) but not glued yet. I had started making art from scratch in Illustrator based on a scan of my beat up playfield.

#186 47 days ago
Quoted from MeEtc:

What are you planning for playfield art? I have a new playfield CNC'd, have all the lenses (except cannot find plain triangle inserts anywhere, had to take starburst) but not glued yet. I had started making art from scratch in Illustrator based on a scan of my beat up playfield.

I bought an overlay from classic arcade. I also couldnt find a plain triangle insert so I just went with the starburst.

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#187 38 days ago

I got around to putting down the overlay today. It went on really easy. Laid down nice and smooth with no bubbles. I only had one issue and from previous people’s experience with overlays I had the same. And that is an issue of all inserts not lining up. I did my best to line up inserts on the bottom half of the pf and offset the difference with the top 4 kings. Its not perfect but i think it turned out pretty damn good. Now just waiting for my clear to come in Wednesday.

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#188 38 days ago

Hardest part of the overlay was cutting out all the white areas.

#189 38 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

offset the difference

You made the right choice.
From the player's POV angle (the angle that matters most), the brain sees that thicker top ridge on the Kings as normal.
-mof

#190 34 days ago

1st round of 2k clear in the books. Turned out pretty good with no bubbling of the overlay. It has orange peel but i will wet sand that out and then on to the 2nd can of 2k for the final.

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#191 27 days ago

Round #2 of clear coat.
Playfield was wet sanded with 1500 and 2000. While doing so There were a few high spots arounds some inserts that actually got sanded down to the white of the overlay. No biggie though, luckily they were all in the black ring. So they just needed alittle touch up. Got those touched up and then applied 2 cans of 2k. There are still acouple slightly high spots around the inserts but looking really good over all. I think ill do another round but im not sure yet.

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#192 27 days ago

Looking pretty damn nice.

#193 23 days ago

Hey guys Im looking for the large plastic on the right side that spans over the shooter lane. I have 2 but both are broke or cracked. Any body got one in good shape they are willing to get rid of?

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#194 4 days ago

Its been a couple wks since I have posted anything but things are back on track. I ended up putting 6 cans of 2k clear down. It turned out good. Not perfect. The clear went on super easy no issues there but it was just the overlay. To get out all the small bubbles from under the playfield was impossible. The slightest bubble shows up and it was mainly around the inserts.
It is still 100% better then what was there when i got the machine but not perfect.
I feel if I were to do this again I would not go with an overlay. The cost of the clear, new inserts, overlay and the time doing it, I would definitely spend the extra $300 to get a new pf. An overlay is good for when there is no other option. Anyway thats my thoughts on that.
I started populating the pf this wk, its coming together nicely. Got all the switches cleaned and installed. Drop Targets and stand ups installed. Pops started but not finished. I would have had the saucer kick outs finished but the kids have decided to hide the new saucer plates. Damn kidds.
Anyway those are on order and should be here mid wk.

Thanks for checking in with the project and we will keep trucking though.

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#195 3 days ago

Looks awesome to me.

#196 3 days ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

Looks awesome to me.

Thanks I appreciate that.

#197 3 days ago

All new LEDs installed under the PF also. I went with the same color frosted comets under the inserts but am going to try something different for the white "K" king and the "A"ace inserts. I thought it may be neat to put the RGB color changers under those. So once you go through that lane or hit the Ace saucers it would cycle through the colors instead of just white. Idk, we will see how it looks. What do you guys think? Do you guys have any in your game?

#198 3 days ago

I am also trying the pink under the Orange inserts, Comet suggested trying it out so why not. I have amber/orange leds just in case.

#199 3 days ago
Quoted from RGarriott:

Thanks for checking in

Can't wait to see this thing light up and a video!
-mof

#200 3 days ago
Quoted from mof:

Can't wait to see this thing light up and a video!
-mof

Same here.

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