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my weekend cardboard pinball project.


By DanTheGlassMan

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    So i was surfing the interweb the other day and came across these dudes who make cardboard pinball. Pinbox 3000 i think their product is called. Its cool and i was totally into getting one for craft time with my daughter but then i saw the price. 50 bucks! For cardboard! So i said to hell with that. i can make something like that. On friday i got to work. Made the flipper assembly and plunger assembly. Then got the cabinet together. That was kind of a chore but it came along. The playfield assembly was a tight fit into the cab. I had to fenaggle it in place trying to fit the drain tray and buttons through the holes in the cab. Then the fun part. I spent a few hours playing with layout ideas before i made one i liked. First thing first i had to get some background art around the inside of the cab. This game was going to be punisher themed. Hes a badass and my favorite character. And honestly the world needs a punisher pin! So i made a layout with some of my favorite elements of pinball. Ramps, captive ball, spinner, bash toy, orbit. This game has no electronics so no drops or pops sadly. Oh well. The game turned out great though. The layout is fun! That king pin shot is a dangerous center drain risk though!

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    #2 4 years ago

    wheres the pre order list?

    #3 4 years ago

    nice job Dan!

    #5 4 years ago
    Quoted from DanTheGlassMan:

    then i saw the price. 50 bucks! For cardboard! So i said to hell with that

    you're not paying $50 for cardboard, you're paying $50 for R&D to design a cardboard pinball that can easily fold up (and swap playfields), and laser cutting time. I don't see any reason anyone couldn't make their own pinball out of cardboard. I'd sooner try to pickup a used zizzle for $50-$100 before I spent it on cardboard.

    I think it would be interesting for someone to make an open source fully mechanical pinball design with return compression springs (instead of rubber bands), maybe you could layer cardboard and use elmer's glue to build up the right thickness and even use real pinball components (3d print components from pinballmakers.com in cases you don't have spare parts to save money).

    Nice job!

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