Polynesia: a tiki retheme of a 1968 Williams EM


By Hardsuit

2 years ago


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#51 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinball_Nate:

Whoa! This is incredible. I've been into Tiki for 20-25 years, and have an entire basement full of tikiphilia! (I think my basement pin collection might be on the gamerooms thread?? I forget).
This is an excellent project. You need some Martin Denny background music!!
BTW, I'm thinking about thinning my tiki mug hoard, if anyone is interested in some mugs, shoot me a pm. I don't have a photo selection available yet, but if enough interest that'll force me into it. Mugs are mostly Orchids of Hawaii varieties.............
-Nate

PM Sent. Been a fan of Tiki since I was a kid (Like a lot of people, it was caused by the Tiki room.) Still waiting to have the space and $$ to build my own lounge in the house or a separate building in the backyard. I have been REALLY wanting to theme my son's room to it, but so far my SO has put her foot down on that

#52 1 year ago

How can I get a Set of 3?!!! I have a Gilligan that needs these! Please PM me when you make more, I'm in, my money is good! Thanks Eric.

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#53 1 year ago

Speaking of tiki, my wife and I made these covers to go in the Tiki Basement.......turned out pretty good!

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#54 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinball_Nate:

Speaking of tiki, my wife and I made these covers to go in the Tiki Basement.......turned out pretty good!

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Love those

#55 1 year ago

Just saw this thread. Awesome work! Love it. Used to have a Tiki theme in the basement of a prior home. I liked the idea of adding some tiki to POTC that was mentioned early in the thread. May have to play around with that.

#56 1 year ago

Tiki game room!!

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#57 1 year ago

i love the tiki room. do any of you have any Vantiki artifacts.

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#58 1 year ago

Working on the carved tiki for the backglass now...

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#59 1 year ago

The tiki theme is great something new can't wait to see the finished product. i think you need lights behind the eyes to light them up. Have other ideas but its an em pinball so can't add them to it.

#60 1 year ago

Cp1610: Way ahead of you, already have two LED candle flicker kits that are designated for behind the eyes... ?

New photo is 8 hours in on the carving:

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#61 1 year ago

Wow, nice job on carving - I wouldn't have the patience!!!

#62 1 year ago

Seeing this makes me think of the hidden temple game show that used to be on tv.

#63 1 year ago

Another 3 hours of carving tonight, and fixed my earlier boo-boo with the tongue...

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#64 1 year ago

Not done yet, but got far enough along on the tiki to use it on the backglass for the Let's Play expo in Plano this past weekend...

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Timelaps gif of some of the carving here: https://imgflip.com/gif/166bbu

#65 1 year ago

Cooler and cooler! Hope you keep updating this thread as you make progress, I'm loving the pictures!

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#66 11 months ago

Long time, but new progress! I'll have better pics from TPF, but heres a few closeups of what I've gotten done lately.

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#67 11 months ago

Great idea and well executed! I think this is the way I would go for a re-theme project. Who wants to help (make it) for me? lol

#68 10 months ago

Wow, great progress!! Looks good.

#69 10 months ago

Is that real mother of pearl? Awesome! Looking forward to the TPF pics, I love looking at this pin.

#70 10 months ago

I loved looking at this at TPF. Such a great looking project.

#71 10 months ago

What an incredible piece of art. Fantastic work man, I love it.

#72 10 months ago

Every time I click on this thread I want to go mix up a hurricane in a nice tall glass.

#73 10 months ago

Photo credit to cooked71, taken in the VECTOR area at TPF this year:

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#74 10 months ago

Too bad you can't bring this to PAGG this year…

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#75 3 months ago

Still not dead! I'm VERY lucky to have the assistance of @NicoVolta (of "Nic's North American Pinball Tour" thread) to work through all of the mechs. We've done a full refurb on the main board (need to replace one coil, otherwise finished). Next up is a full refurb on the backbox, with the playfield to follow.

TPF 2018, here we come!

#76 3 months ago

Polynesia will be flippin'

Perhaps we should wear Hawaiian shirts, sandals, and be sipping Mai Tai's with umbrellas...

#77 3 months ago

I have debated making Polynesia themed Hawaiian shirts with custom printed fabric for TPF in the past. Considering I should have a vendor booth this year, I'm thinking I need to make it a reality.

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#78 42 days ago

Wooo, making the hard push to get Polynesia 100% finished for TPF this year. I am *most* fortunate to have @nicovolta helping me out with a full teardown and restoration of the entire machine (backbox, playfield, and main board), and will be having the playfield clearcoated by Keith Holbrook.

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#79 41 days ago

cool project

#80 41 days ago

First time seeing this. Super cool.

#81 41 days ago

Just found this thread, excellent work. Your in good hands, the game will be mechanically humming along in no time at all! I am impressed with the woodworking, looks like you have access to a really well stocked shop! Do you do this type of work for a job or is this a hobby for you? Either way this is something cool I would not have imagined existing, thanks!! Super cool.

#82 40 days ago
Quoted from Hardsuit:

Wooo, making the hard push to get Polynesia 100% finished for TPF this year. I am *most* fortunate to have nicovolta helping me out with a full teardown and restoration of the entire machine (backbox, playfield, and main board), and will be having the playfield clearcoated by Keith Holbrook.

Too bad you couldn't get better help.

Can't wait to play it at TPF~!!

#83 40 days ago
Quoted from rufessor:

Just found this thread, excellent work. Your in good hands, the game will be mechanically humming along in no time at all! I am impressed with the woodworking, looks like you have access to a really well stocked shop! Do you do this type of work for a job or is this a hobby for you? Either way this is something cool I would not have imagined existing, thanks!! Super cool.

I've been a picture framer for 30 years, and am a member at the Dallas Makerspace. Gotta love 24/7/365 access to 2 tablesaws, drill press, 4 lathes, disc/belt/drum sanders, router, planer, jointer, and a 5' x10' CNC Multicam router. The 4 laser cutters make doing the veneer marquetry work just a bit easier as well...

#84 39 days ago

Playfield is now sanded, and ready to lay down the new hand painted artwork. Getting the old artwork off was a chore, ended up having to hand scrape the entire thing along with regular heavy application of rubbing alcohol to get the old paper and glue residue off.

Old artwork and paper removed, but soooo much glue residue...
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Glue all scraped off, and sanded to 120 grit. Ready to laminate on the new paper and start painting in the artwork.
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#85 16 days ago

Paint is being applied to the playfield!

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And no, that's not OSB plywood or other icky cheap stuff I'm painting on. It's a sheet
of sugar cane/rice paper laminated on top of the original playfield and lightly sprayed
with shellac. It will be clear coated to a smooth glossy finish after I'm done painting
the designs.

#86 15 days ago

That was my first thought. Chipboard, really?

Rice paper followed by clear is a cool idea, perfectly in theme.

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#87 8 days ago

Getting close to finishing up the playfield artwork now:

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#89 6 days ago

Wow- thats a cool idea. Will the paper be as visible when your done or will it fade a bit and clear up with the top coat? Will you see colors on inserts clearly when not lit?

#90 6 days ago
Quoted from rufessor:

Wow- thats a cool idea. Will the paper be as visible when your done or will it fade a bit and clear up with the top coat? Will you see colors on inserts clearly when not lit?

I'm hoping to build up the clear deep enough that the top surface will be physically smooth. Gonna take more than a few layers, but I gave the playfield a good solid coat of shellac and then a run through a vacuum heat press today at my work to lock down the paper fibers. It helped quite a bit, it is much smoother.

The insert colors are only slightly visible on the two green inserts, otherwise they disappear under the rice paper.

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#91 6 days ago

That's an interesting look... I'm looking forward to seeing this in person at TPF'2018.

#92 5 days ago

Playfield clear coat buildup in progress:

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#93 20 hours ago

This is really cool! And you have some phenomenal skills! Gonna keep an eye on your thread. Good luck moving forward!

And I just noticed that you left the original game name on the playfield in the bottom right. Nicely done!

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