(Topic ID: 218168)

Official "HARDTOPS" thread


By Skypilot

1 year ago



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“If we produce a Hardtop for this game would yo purchase it?”

  • High Speed 118 votes
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  • Firepower 80 votes
    11%
  • Silverball Mania 36 votes
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  • Time Warp 15 votes
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  • Blackout 53 votes
    7%
  • Tri-Zone 12 votes
    2%
  • Swords of Fury 53 votes
    7%
  • Space Station 41 votes
    5%
  • Fathom 34 votes
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  • Pinbot 81 votes
    11%
  • Eight Ball Deluxe 79 votes
    11%
  • Strikes and Spares 25 votes
    3%
  • Kiss (Bally) 23 votes
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  • Supersonic 23 votes
    3%
  • Grand Lizard 48 votes
    6%

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#659 3 months ago
Quoted from cjchand:

Can anyone here speak to how their game played before and after? I’m super eager for the HS Hardtop to be released, but my playfield isn’t totally trashed, either. So, doing what I do best: overthink things... despite the post immediately above

I just put one on my Flash Gordon last weekend. It looks AMAZING and plays great. The only issue I'm having is that I still need to do a lot of adjustments due to the added height of the hardtop. I had to raise two of the ramps so the ball wouldn't get stuck at the lower spinners (I used some thin poster board screwed in on each end of the ramps to add a bit of height). If you have star rollovers, be REALLY careful to make them level with the hardtop, because mine settled after install and the ball gets stuck on them. I even had a ball get stuck on an inlane rollover, but a sharp nudge dislodged it. I'm glad I did the hardtop because my playfield was trashed, but you have to be prepared for some adjustments. A new playfield would be the ideal option, but you're looking at much more money and a hell of a lot more work. I still think it's a great product, and I'm thrilled they make it for Frontier, because I desperately want a Frontier and every one I've seen has a blown-out playfield.

#660 3 months ago

One thing I'll add is that I've seen so many folks talking about sanding and clearing the entire playfield. I can understand that to a degree if you're an absolute perfectionist, but all I did was sand the area around the inserts and I got great results. There are a few areas on my Flash Gordon where the pre-cut holes on the hardtop are large enough that you can see a bit of the original playfield underneath, and personally, I'd rather see the original paint than sanded, cleared wood. To each their own, but you don't have a ton of free time on your hands and you want to get back to playing, I think you can get awesome results just by sanding the inserts and rubbing a little Novus 2 into them before installing the hardtop.

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#744 58 days ago

I got a Flash Gordon in a trade that came with a Hardtop. After installing the Hardtop and replacing pretty much everything you can see in this pic, including the plastics, pop caps and flipper bats, I'm incredibly impressed with the results. It probably looks better than it did back in '81.

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