Official "HARDTOPS" thread

(Topic ID: 218168)

Official "HARDTOPS" thread

By Skypilot

7 months ago

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  • Latest reply 13 hours ago by pudealee
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Topic poll

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

  • High Speed 84 votes
  • Firepower 67 votes
  • Silverball Mania 31 votes
  • Time Warp 13 votes
  • Mata Hari 26 votes
  • Blackout 41 votes
  • Tri-Zone 9 votes
  • Swords of Fury 45 votes
  • Space Station 30 votes
  • Fathom 27 votes
  • Pinbot 61 votes
  • Eight Ball Deluxe 63 votes
  • Strikes and Spares 20 votes
  • Kiss (Bally) 16 votes
  • Supersonic 21 votes
  • Grand Lizard 41 votes

(Multiple choice - 595 votes by 325 Pinsiders)

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#94 6 months ago

How does the CPR announcement affect hardtop going forward? Does this mean games that were run in the past (e.g., Taxi) are no longer fair game?

#100 6 months ago
Quoted from La4s:

They are catered to two different markets, IMO. CPR is $600-700 + a complete playfield swap. Hardtop is $350 without a complete swap. So, i guess it comes down to time and money for each person.

I understand that, but this is Hardtop's current policy from the original post:

Quoted from Skypilot:

If any of the playfield manufacturers( CPR, Mirco, others) are making or planning on making a playfield it is off limits for us.

If a company has already made the playfield it may qualify for a hardtop. Example=Taxi

This policy, however, is no longer relevant because the new CPR model completely does away with the concept of "runs." CPR will presumably begin making Taxi playfields again immediately. Does that mean it is "off limits" to hardtop again? Can HT never produce a title that CPR has run in the past?

#101 6 months ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

No, final approval of titles is decided by Planetary. If a Hardtop has been approved for production and has been made it will always be available.

Ah, gotcha. so basically hard top will just make whatever title planetary approves, regardless of what CPR has done or will do?

4 months later
#383 51 days ago

I don’t think I’ll even need sandpaper. The existing paint flakes right off! Excellent HT candidate.

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#386 51 days ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

I thought you were going the CPR playfield route?

Nope. HT all the way baby. Does CPR even have a FG playfield available?

#387 51 days ago

Has anyone started on their Flash Gordon yet? I started stripping down mine today. As I was examining things, I realized doing both playfields will be a total pain. I was originally thinking i'd just plop down everything on my rotisserie, but the upper playfield is attached to the lower via the wood rails. In order to remove rails, the upper pf will need to be removed. I can't think of an elegant way to do this without having to remove all the under playfield stuff from the upper playfield. Thoughts?

#402 46 days ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

This was my first choice. Rust-Oleum 12-Ounce Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint.[quoted image]

Is this fine to clear the shooter lane? Or is 2PAC necessary for that?

3 weeks later
#429 24 days ago

I was checking the alignment of FG hardtop and noticed that one of the arrows has 3M adhesive over it. The rest do not. Is this normal? Should I proceed with install? Will this insert look weird?
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#430 24 days ago

Looking at the photos posted by andyzola87 and readypo above, that particular arrow insert also looks like its not transparent on theirs either. I'm hoping that it is just the 3m sticker that wasn't cut properly, and there isn't actually 3m adhesive over the insert....

1 week later
#441 17 days ago
Quoted from Mathazar:

Actually, I had not considered a protector. Reasonably priced, doesn't look to terribly difficult to install. I wonder how much it will actually reduce the cupping in my case. I'll definitely research this option...thank you for the link, grbgemen.

The inserts will remain cupped but you won’t notice them because the lexan that lays over top of them is flat. I used one on a paragon with cupped inserts and it worked perfectly. It’s the easiest solution for cupped inserts. I love hard tops, but IMO they should be saved for completely blown out playfields.

#455 14 days ago

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for including the extra strip of plastic with the FG hardtop. Was able to create fitted shims for each ramp and create a perfectly smooth transition

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#459 13 days ago
Quoted from dzorbas:

I didn't get any extra with my BK hardtop so I cut away a lot of the material that sits under the apron and used that for shims. I also had to shim the outside shooter lane rail as the hardtop didn't extend across the shooter lane. Hopefully this is being addressed now. If not, get out your utility knife and a ruler!

Oh gosh. Now that I think about it, that may have been what that extra strip of plastic was for LOL. Either way, I think it's a good idea to include extra strips of plastic for shimming.

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