New to the hobby, I jumped in with both feet by deciding to do a full retheme on a 1968 Williams Student Prince.
I've been on a bit of a tiki kick lately, so the retheme will have that as the base inspiration. I plan on replacing
everything that is wood (cabinet and playfield), and the playfield will be done with veneer marquetry techniques
instead of the usual painted graphics, with the text laid on top via decals. The metal siderails and lockdown bar
will also be replaced with either laminated bamboo or a to-be-decided hardwood, and the posts are being
replaced with lathed black palm.
I'm slowly working through refurbishing the mechanisms (with lots of help from the VECTOR guys at the Dallas
Makerspace), and alternate that work with artwork design and woodworking on new parts. I've finished
prototyping the graphics and design for the pop bumper caps.
The outer skirts are lathed, then laser etched with the design.
The same with the cap centers, but each cap has a different face etched on it.
The centers will be slightly raised above the outer skirt, and have the bottom of the part silver leafed so
when the bumper is lit, the light will spill out onto the outer skirt. The plywood on the bottom will be removed after all the work on the lathe is finished.
After getting some feedback, I will also be adding a circle of thin lexan under the bottom of the caps that sticks out about 1/16" to take any hits from air balls.