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My poor man’s Indiana Jones (eldorado city of gold retheme)


By sixtyfourbits

3 months ago



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#1 3 months ago

I wasn’t quite sure where to post this, so I may have already messed up. But I wanted to share my fun little project I’ve been playing around with for a couple weeks.
Introducing, my Indiana Jones and the temple of doom pinball machine (aka poor man’s Indy aka eldorado city of gold retheme).

It all started when a project Gottlieb eldorado city of gold popped up on Kijiji (Basically Canada’s Craigslist). It was listed quite cheaply. When I texted the owner, I was second in line. Well, a day later and I heard back that the first guy passed on buying it. So I go to see it. The good: a nice clean playfield, and it plays. The bad: some displays are out, no sound, no backglass. But again, the price was great, so I figured why not. I’m still very much a pinball noob, so this will be fun to learn on. Here is what the pin looked like when I first brought it home and set it up:

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Yes I know what you’re thinking. There’s swelling on the top of the head box! Yes I address that later.
Oh, the custom backglass? Yeah how could I say no to buying that! The previous owner said that the original translite was ugly and worn out, so he made his own. While I was tempted to rock it like that, I decided this was the perfect reason to try my hand at a very basic, low cost retheme project.

#2 3 months ago

The first thing I did after getting it home was clean it up. The playfield, while looking ok originally, looked even better after a quick clean. The cabinet looked pretty worn, but after a very strong cleaning, it’s much better and good enough for what this low budget project is.
The cabinet had a small bit of swelling on the front under the coin door, as well as on the top left corner of the head box. These mid 80s Gottlieb cabinets are made of some pretty poor particle board, and they swell quiet easily. Again, I’m not going for a quality restoration, so I simply shaved the two swollen areas down to flat level and repainted them. I touched up a fair bit of the black on the cabinet, and that helped the cab look a lot better as well.
Then I tackled the displays. I was lucky in that all that was needed was a solid cleaning of the connectors and board contacts and all the displays work perfectly now.
I don’t really have any pics for this post, as it was all just cleaning. Stay tuned for the next post when I start talking about the retheme.

#3 3 months ago

So after getting the game displaying and playing as it for the most part should (still no sound but that’s ok), I decided to make the playfield a bit nicer.
So I installed LEDs throughout (thanks again to malibu-ss for the LEDs, and for being a great friend and source of info too). I used green under the jungle plastics, and I’m very happy with how they look.
Next, I installed all new rings and flipper bands from Titan Pinball. I was very impressed with the quality, pricing and shipping costs from titan_pinball , and will definitely be buying from them again in the future.

Here are a few pics with the new bulbs and rings:
Out with the old:
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And in with the new:
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I just realized there’s a sneak peek here at both the custom instruction cards as well as translite. Oh well, I’ll be getting to those in the next post anyway Hahaha.

#4 3 months ago

One of the first things I started doing when I got into pinball ownership was making custom instruction cards. Mostly because it’s something that is easy for me to do, and I quite enjoy the creative aspect of it.
So once I knew that I was going to retheme this el dorado city of gold into an Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I made some instruction cards for it.
Also, in case anyone was wondering why I chose Indiana Jones and the temple of doom, I just thought that this is what Gottlieb would’ve chosen originally for their theme if copyright wasn’t an issue. Both temple of doom and el dorado city of gold came out in 1984.

Here’s a couple pics of the instruction cards:

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#5 3 months ago

So one of the biggest parts of this retheme is the backglass. For this I used the free program gimp 2, which is a wonderful Image editing program that I highly recommend. After I had an image I was happy with, I sent it to a local printing company that is able to print on backlit material. Because I did all the image work it was pretty cheap to have printed. Here is the end result:

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Here is the game over part lit up:
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And my favorite, the tilt lit up:
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It’s midnight here now, so I’m off to bed. Tomorrow I will cover the new legs, as well as the custom pop bumper and flipper decals I had made. I will also discuss what is left to do.

#6 3 months ago

Incredibly cool!!
Are you going to re-do the cab and playfield too?

#7 3 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Incredibly cool!!
Are you going to re-do the cab and playfield too?

Thanks!
I feel that the cab and playfield fit the theme well enough that they are ok to leave as is. For eldorado city of gold, it really only said the title on two places on the entire pin: the backglass and the pop bumper caps, and both of those are gone now. With this being a budget project, I’m ok leaving things as they currently are. I also added custom pop bumper decals and flipper bat decals, and they help retheme the playfield a bit more to the Indy theme.

#8 3 months ago

Yes, please don't destroy the playfield and cabinet. They look nice. El Dado City of Gold is a hard game to find. The backglass is near impossible so printing something fun is fine. This machine was already a non licensed Indiana Jones rip off to begin with. Maybe you already knew this.

Hopefully one day the glass will be reprinted and you can pop one back in.

I have a very nice example of this game in my collection. Never leaving.

#9 3 months ago
Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

Thanks!
I feel that the cab and playfield fit the theme well enough that they are ok to leave as is. For eldorado city of gold, it really only said the title on two places on the entire pin: the backglass and the pop bumper caps, and both of those are gone now. With this being a budget project, I’m ok leaving things as they currently are. I also added custom pop bumper decals and flipper bat decals, and they help retheme the playfield a bit more to the Indy theme.

I think it looks great as is, but if you want to spice it up...check out hot toys or sideshow for great mod add-ons.

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#10 3 months ago

I would recover the targets with letters in Indy-Font. The targets on the upper end * * I N D I A N A * and the targets right J O N E S.
It would integrate the theme a little bit more.
It is esay to do:
Printing on Photo-Paper, laminate the front side with clear tape and the back with double sided sticky carpet tape, color the small side with an edding in the color of your targets (best would be black).
Ready to use.
That is the way i fresh up old targets like you can see here

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#11 3 months ago
Quoted from Metengo:

I would recover the targets with letters in Indy-Font. The targets on the upper end * * I N D I A N A * and the targets right J O N E S.
It would integrate the theme a little bit more.
It is esay to do:
Printing on Photo-Paper, laminate the front side with clear tape and the back with double sided sticky carpet tape, color the small side with an edding in the color of your targets (best would be black).
Ready to use.
That is the way i fresh up old targets like you can see here[quoted image]

That’s an awesome idea! The letters fit the drop target arrangements very well, I’m not sure how I didn’t see that earlier! I will definitely be giving this some more thought, thanks for the recommendation. I think I would go INDIANA for the first 7 across the top, and then use the remaining 3 for pictures of the three protagonists faces. Then JONES across the second set of targets.
Thanks again for the neat idea as well as the useful tips on how to do it.

#12 3 months ago

So another small change I made was switching from chrome legs to black legs. The chrome legs were in pretty nice shape still, so instead of painting/powdercoating them, I just swapped them with some already black legs I had. I’m not too worried about not having the exactly correct legs, and these are very close anyway. I much prefer the dark legs on this cab.

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#13 3 months ago

The Hulkster approves!

#14 3 months ago
Quoted from Pinball_Gizzard:

The Hulkster approves!

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#15 3 months ago

You did a really nice job and kept it on a budget. Congrats man! Be proud!

#16 3 months ago

Great work!
Best theme for pinball...

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#17 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Very cool looking. And I think you increase the value by 2x.

#18 3 months ago

If I may offer a suggestion? I have looked at the backglass a few times and something was bothering me I could not put my finger on till just now. If you are going to redo it for any reason a red or yellow border or mask around the score displays would make it look factory.

Awesome re-theme!

#19 3 months ago

Thanks for the kind words everyone!
I still have to post about my custom pop bumper and flipper decals, and maybe a post to show total costs so far. I originally wasn't going to disclose costs, in case I trade/sell it down the road, but I feel that if I'm going to keep saying its a budget build, most people are going to want to know what I have into it so far. That's half the fun when reading about budget builds lol.

Quoted from gdonovan:

If I may offer a suggestion? I have looked at the backglass a few times and something was bothering me I could not put my finger on till just now. If you are going to redo it for any reason a red or yellow border or mask around the score displays would make it look factory.
Awesome re-theme!

No worries, you and I think alike. I was originally going to have a border around the score displays, but had to abort that idea before settling on my final translite print. The reason I didn't was because I wasn't sure exactly how the displays would line up against the translite. I had a pretty good idea, but if I was off by half a centimeter (and on a 25x25 inch translite that could easily happen) then the display borders would look terrible and the whole translite would look bad. So I took the safe route and didn't have display borders. Being a budget build I didn't want to risk having to reprint the translite, even though the cost of printing it was pretty cheap. I agree though, they would look nicer with borders. I may still think of some way to add them yet, I'm not sure.

#20 3 months ago

Next was the custom pop bumper and flipper decals.
I’m very happy with how these turned out, for two reasons. First, I think they look great. Second, they were free! That’s awesome when running a budget build.
I created the png images to be used, and then my sister was able to print/cut them out of vinyl with a machine she has. Before applying, I removed the painted eldorado logo from the top of the pop bumpers. As mentioned in an earlier post, the only places on this pin that actually said el dorado city of gold were the pop bumper caps and translite. So now all traces of the previous title are gone.

Here’s a few pics:

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#21 3 months ago

Very impressed with the work thus far, eagerly watching this one!

#22 3 months ago
Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

No worries, you and I think alike. I was originally going to have a border around the score displays, but had to abort that idea before settling on my final translite print. The reason I didn't was because I wasn't sure exactly how the displays would line up against the translite. I had a pretty good idea, but if I was off by half a centimeter (and on a 25x25 inch translite that could easily happen) then the display borders would look terrible and the whole translite would look bad. So I took the safe route and didn't have display borders. Being a budget build I didn't want to risk having to reprint the translite, even though the cost of printing it was pretty cheap. I agree though, they would look nicer with borders. I may still think of some way to add them yet, I'm not sure.

1/4" wide automotive pinstrip or tape perhaps? You could even get a chrome foil style.

#23 3 months ago

So with that last post, I'm pretty much caught up on all the work I've done to the retheme. There are a few things left to tackle though.
With metengo 's drop target post, I'm adding custom drop target decals to the list of things to do. I really like the idea of spelling INDIANA to build points, and JONES to build the multiplier.
The machine still has no sounds/music. I've debated getting the sound board fixed (I'm 95% sure its a problem with the sound board itself, as it shows signs of being previously worked on), but el dorado city of gold's original sound effects and drum beat background isn't exactly that great to begin with, so I may just skip fixing the board and do a custom music setup with Indy music. Or I might use the el dorado drop target and roll over sound effects with Indy music (which would save me adding double switches to all the existing switches). I'm still debating the best way to do this and what route to take, so if anyone has ideas, feel free to share.

So with me constantly saying this is a budget re-theme build, I thought I'd share a cost breakdown, so that everyone following can see how cheap I've been so far lol.

Costs:
El Dorado City of Gold pinball machine - $550 Canadian / $408 US
LEDs - $55 Canadian / $41 US
Titan Pinball order - $67 Canadian / $50 US
custom translite - $35 Canadian / $26 US
custom instruction cards - $0 / made myself
black pinball legs - $0 / already had
yellow leg protectors - $10 Canadian / $7.50 US
yellow cup holder - $20 Canadian / $15 US
custom pop bumper and flipper decals - $0 / family member printed them
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Total Pin cost so far - $737 Canadian / $547.50 US

Now that I've actually done the math, I'm very pleased with how the pin has turned out for what I have into it. Getting custom music added will likely cost me, as will the sound board repair as I'm not talented enough to tackle that myself yet. But the drop target decals should cost very little / might be free, so that's nice.
I might not have an update for a while now that I'm all caught up on my current progress, but when I do more to the pin, I will be sure to update this thread.
Thanks to everyone for the kind words so far, I really appreciate the support.

Added 73 days ago:

Since this point I have ran into more costs, such as sending boards away to get worked on, buying new replacement boards, more cosmetic work/materials, etc. I cannot edit this post to adjust/update the current costs, so I will just leave it as the budget/costs have gone up, but are still at a level I'm ok with having in to this pin/project.

#24 3 months ago

Great work! I think making some custom plastics would really take it over the top and would be easily reversible.

#25 3 months ago

You can do a lot with $50 on Amazon with the key words "Indiana Jones Playset".

#26 3 months ago
Quoted from Shredso:

Great work! I think making some custom plastics would really take it over the top and would be easily reversible.

Thanks!
I debated making custom slingshot plastics, and I still might. So while I likely wouldn’t do a full custom plastic set, I do agree that even a couple would really add to the retheme, and would be easily reversible

#27 3 months ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

You can do a lot with $50 on Amazon with the key words "Indiana Jones Playset".

I did search on amazon a bit before, as I was looking for a custom topper. The playfield and glass are quite close together, so I’m not sure about adding anything to the playfield, but I’ll take another look on amazon

#28 3 months ago

Sometimes simple is better. Really a fabulous retheme!

#29 3 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Sometimes simple is better. Really a fabulous retheme!

Thank-you! I appreciate that

#30 3 months ago

Awesome idea! Really cool.

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#31 3 months ago

Small update.
I’ve sent my sound board and cpu board to Jerry Clause for repair. I’ve heard from a few people that he’s a board wizard, so I know they’re in good hands. Hopefully this fixes the two gameplay issues I was having, which is no sound/music, and no high scores being saved. He will also be checking the boards thoroughly over, so they should be good for a long time. I’ll update again once the boards are back in my possession.

#32 3 months ago

Where do you get a custom translite made? Are you doing the art yourself?

I'm thinking of tinkering with a light re-theme down the road. So I'm eagerly following this.

#33 3 months ago
Quoted from TheHueManatee:

Where do you get a custom translite made? Are you doing the art yourself?
I'm thinking of tinkering with a light re-theme down the road. So I'm eagerly following this.

Thanks for following this project!
I made the custom translite art myself. I actually made this one and a custom Shaq attaq one as well. I used the program gimp 2. It’s a free program and is very user friendly.
For printing, I used a local printing company. I originally was thinking staples, but the one I called couldn’t do backlit material. Plus, staples is a lot pickier about possibly copyrighted material. The local place I went to were pretty relaxed about what I was printing, especially once they knew it was for personal use only and was a one off print. They also had awesome pricing, as I only paid about $35 a translite. I think the cost was low due to me doing all the artwork myself and having it properly sized for printing, so they didn’t have to do any image work.
Let me know how your project goes once you start it, I’d love to see what you have planned. If you need any help with creating the translite, I quite enjoy doing that too and could offer to help or give tips.

#34 3 months ago

Here’s the custom Shaq attaq I made, in case anyone was curious about it now that I mentioned it.

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#35 3 months ago
Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

Here’s the custom Shaq attaq I made

That came out great! A billion times better then the original.

#36 3 months ago
Quoted from Metengo:

I would recover the targets with letters in Indy-Font. The targets on the upper end * * I N D I A N A * and the targets right J O N E S.
It would integrate the theme a little bit more.
It is esay to do:
Printing on Photo-Paper, laminate the front side with clear tape and the back with double sided sticky carpet tape, color the small side with an edding in the color of your targets (best would be black).
Ready to use.
That is the way i fresh up old targets like you can see here[quoted image]

Awesome job! Looks really cool!
Yeah, I think putting the word "Indiana" at the top drop targets and "Jones" on the right drop targets is a really super idea. Easy to do and would absolutely bring some additional integration to the pf (in addition to your pop bumper caps, which look really great, btw). Since the word "Indiana" only has seven letters and there are 10 drop targets, as opposed to having stars, or whatever, on the left and on the right embedding that name, it might be cool, since it is the Temple of Doom (and he collects those three "special stones"), to have some form of picture/shape resembling those 3 stones. Also, can consider adding some covering stickers to the advance rollover standing targets on the left (in front of and behind the left pop bumper).
I know there's a Williams symbol, but these are cheap and could work in a pinch:

ebay.com link » Indiana Jones Williams Nos Pinball Promotional Stickers

Or:
ebay.com link » Indiana Jones Target Body Armour New Material Design Lifetime Warranty

Also looks this fella has something as well you could use:

ebay.com link » Lot Of 9 Pinball Promo Coaster Cutouts Twilight Zone Indiana Jones More

Anyway, following this project.
Great job thus far!! Fun!!

#37 3 months ago

I always though Shaq Attack could be made into NBA Jam. With some of the spell "Shaquille" stuff in the rules you might have to tweak it to something like, Shaquille O'Neil presents...NBA Jam, but still, I think it would make it a much more approachable theme.

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#38 3 months ago
Quoted from ChipScott:

Awesome job! Looks really cool!
Yeah, I think putting the word "Indiana" at the top drop targets and "Jones" on the right drop targets is a really super idea. Easy to do and would absolutely bring some additional integration to the pf (in addition to your pop bumper caps, which look really great, btw). Since the word "Indiana" only has seven letters and there are 10 drop targets, as opposed to having stars, or whatever, on the left and on the right embedding that name, it might be cool, since it is the Temple of Doom (and he collects those three "special stones"), to have some form of picture/shape resembling those 3 stones. Also, can consider adding some covering stickers to the advance rollover standing targets on the left (in front of and behind the left pop bumper).
I know there's a Williams symbol, but these are cheap and could work in a pinch:
ebay.com link » Indiana Jones Williams Nos Pinball Promotional Stickers
Or:
ebay.com link » Indiana Jones Target Body Armour New Material Design Lifetime Warranty
Also looks this fella has something as well you could use:
ebay.com link » Lot Of 9 Pinball Promo Coaster Cutouts Twilight Zone Indiana Jones More
Anyway, following this project.
Great job thus far!! Fun!!

Great input!
I was planning on doing the Indiana Jones letters on the drop targets after metengo suggested it, but I really like your idea of the three stones from the movie filling in the 3 remaining drop targets.
I also like the idea of adding decals to the advance rollover targets a lot.
Thanks again for sharing both ideas!

#39 3 months ago

Quick concept mock up for my NBA Jam idea.

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#40 3 months ago
Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

Thanks for following this project!
I made the custom translite art myself. I actually made this one and a custom Shaq attaq one as well. I used the program gimp 2. It’s a free program and is very user friendly.
For printing, I used a local printing company. I originally was thinking staples, but the one I called couldn’t do backlit material. Plus, staples is a lot pickier about possibly copyrighted material. The local place I went to were pretty relaxed about what I was printing, especially once they knew it was for personal use only and was a one off print. They also had awesome pricing, as I only paid about $35 a translite. I think the cost was low due to me doing all the artwork myself and having it properly sized for printing, so they didn’t have to do any image work.
Let me know how your project goes once you start it, I’d love to see what you have planned. If you need any help with creating the translite, I quite enjoy doing that too and could offer to help or give tips.

I'm just in the brainstorming process now. Looking at el dorado city of gold, comet or alien poker. (I'm preferring an Alien theme because that gives me more options)

I don't want to do a DMD or EM

#41 3 months ago
Quoted from TheHueManatee:

I'm just in the brainstorming process now. Looking at el dorado city of gold, comet or alien poker. (I'm preferring an Alien theme because that gives me more options)
I don't want to do a DMD or EM

I agree, early solid-state pins lend themselves best to rethemes.
I actually had a different theme I wanted to do first, but when this eldorado came up for sale, I knew I had to do Indy and the temple of doom. I’m also glad I started with this one, as it saves me doing a custom playfield overlay. I’ll work my way up to that on the next retheme.

#42 3 months ago
Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

I agree, early solid-state pins lend themselves best to rethemes.
I actually had a different theme I wanted to do first, but when this eldorado came up for sale, I knew I had to do Indy and the temple of doom. I’m also glad I started with this one, as it saves me doing a custom playfield overlay. I’ll work my way up to that on the next retheme.

I actually got the idea after seeing this thread. Figured if I could get a nice copy for cheap enough I could do a light re-theme. (plastics, translite, stickers, props etc)

El Dorado City of Gold -> A Fireball Island (board game) re-theme. Maybe "Fireball Temple"
Comet -> Would re-theme it to Edmonton K-Days (annual carny fest in the city)
Alien Poker -> Re-theme intended with the wife playing poker against Aliens. Maybe "Amanda Slow Rolls the Aliens"?

#43 3 months ago
Quoted from TheHueManatee:

I actually got the idea after seeing this thread. Figured if I could get a nice copy for cheap enough I could do a light re-theme. (plastics, translite, stickers, props etc)
El Dorado City of Gold -> A Fireball Island (board game) re-theme. Maybe "Fireball Temple"
Comet -> Would re-theme it to Edmonton K-Days (annual carny fest in the city)
Alien Poker -> Re-theme intended with the wife playing poker against Aliens. Maybe "Amanda and the Aliens....play poker"?

All three of those ideas are awesome. Do you know of project pins of each that you could buy cheap enough right now? Or will your choice be heavily determined by what pops up first?
With how you edit gifs, I’m sure you will be able to tackle all the graphic work yourself. But if you do need any help or have any questions, feel free to message me.

#44 3 months ago
Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

But if you do need any help or have any questions, feel free to message me.

Thanks! I appreciate the offer...I may take you up on that. I'm not in any rush to get a machine yet....but it's something I plan on starting in a year or two.

Quoted from sixtyfourbits:

All three of those ideas are awesome. Do you know of project pins of each that you could buy cheap enough right now? Or will your choice be heavily determined by what pops up first?.

I went through a list of machines on pinside using the customization option and it helped me narrow down what titles would be compatible with the themes I'm shooting for. (El Dorado COG, Comet and Alien Poker all struck me as themes I could easily work with) Price is also important as I don't want to shell out a bunch of cash for something I may butcher, lol. It's a wait and see approach for now.

Not trying to derail your thread so let's get back to your re-theme

#45 3 months ago

So I’m trying to make a decision, and thought I’d ask here for opinions.
I created circular graphics of short rounds head and Willie Scott’s head. I was planning to put them on the standing targets circled in blue. I’m happy with how the graphics turned out, but with the metal dot on the center of the stand up targets, the graphics do not sit well/correct.
I then had the idea of making them bigger, making an Indy one too, and putting them on the 3 plastics circled in red.
My question is: would that look good and help the look of the retheme, or is this an unnecessary addition and I should stick with the idea “less is more”?
I’m very much on the fence so any input is appreciated.

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Also, I hope to have the decals done soon to customize the drop targets to spell Indiana Jones. I’ll post once they are here.

#46 3 months ago

Hello,
it is easy to recover the targets with washers (see picture 1, there will be one out there which fits). Then, with the metal dot in the middle, you have a plain target where you can stick whatever you want (see my description of making custom targets).
The idea to take Indy on them is a good way to integrate the theme.
Maybe like the original (see picture 2) with a little work in paint or other software you can create a round target with Indy.
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#47 3 months ago
Quoted from Metengo:

Hello,
it is easy to recover the targets with washers (see picture 1, there will be one out there which fits). Then, with the metal dot in the middle, you have a plain target where you can stick whatever you want (see my description of making custom targets).
The idea to take Indy on them is a good way to integrate the theme.
Maybe like the original (see picture 2) with a little work in paint or other software you can create a round target with Indy.
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Nice idea with the washer.
Yeah, I think putting a sticker on the stand up targets is a great way to add some integration. I think that putting larger stickers on the plastics could have the potential to look a bit forced and maybe a bit junky; however, if you could somehow get the measurements of the slingshot plastics and create new plastics that look both integrated with the Indiana Jones theme while still look in line with the pf colors/graphics, etc color that might be cool.
Keep us posted!

#48 3 months ago

I customized the slingshot plastics, but please read my logic here before looking at the pics.

I debated creating full new slingshot plastics, but decided against it for a few reasons, and instead went with customizing the existing ones. Here’s my reasons:
- I enjoy the look of the originals, and how the jungle background ties into the playfield and other plastics.
- I really wanted any modification to be more small and subtle than big and busy.
- the way I modified the plastics is completely reversible, in case I or the next owner decides they don’t like them.

I started out wanting to have a different character on each of the three plastics, as show:
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But what I found was that Willie Mitchell was far too white/bright, and Short Round was borderline the same problem. The only one that looked decent was Indy. Short Round is my favourite character from the movie, so I was a bit disappointed, but I didn’t want to edit another image again, so I decided on using two Indy’s. which, I feel fits the theme/look/age of the pin.

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The way I created Indy was by printing the graphic on label paper, so that he had a sticky background. I then cut him out, and placed him on top of the slingshot plastics. I then cut Mylar the shape of the plastic, to give Indy a more shiny/finished look, while adding protection.

In the end I’m happy with how the plastics turned out. Again, I wanted it to be a subtle change, and I feel it is. And as mentioned it’s completely removable if I decide against it down the road someday.

Here’s some more pics:
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#49 3 months ago

Another thing that I do to all my games is create a keychain for their key. I’ve probably created 10 by now, but being a pinballer on a budget means that quite a few have left too lol. I hang all the keys together on a light-up letter-board on the game room wall. Today I got around to adding one for Indiana Jones and the temple of doom.

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#50 3 months ago

In my opinion a drawn Indy (Williams-Look) would fit bettter to the drawn playfield.
Use pictures like this one https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/15-503/Indiana-Jones-and-the-Tomb-of-the-Gods-3
You can cut out the head like you did with your ones (Stern-Look) and label it on the slings.

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