Several months (or longer) ago, I received a well-worn Cyclone playfield from Arizona I believe. Pinsider midcoastsurf sent it to me. I have been collecting parts and thinking about modifications to the basic layout since getting the playfield. About a month ago I sanded and 'cleared' it with some Rust-O-Leum enamel just to protect the wood.
Initially I had been meaning to build this playfield up based on the movie The Life Aquatic but recently decided to switch to another Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Not sure when, but at some point I realized the tunnels were perfect for this. At some point in the last year someone sent me their busted but hacked to work subway ramp. Today I pulled out the old parts from a Bad Cats playfield I had and modified the doghouse scoop/kickout to work as a feeder ramp/pre-launch below the playfield. Rather than use it like it would have been used on Cyclone, and partly because I wanted the ball actually hidden (not visible in the see-through inserts on the Cyclone playfield) I was able to trim and modify the weldment to work as a feeder. I'll be posting more pics in the future and generally tracking progress here from time to time.
As seen in the pics, the standup targets on the right are being replaced by drops that will allow a load in to the kickout on the right. Additionally I'm opening up the back and making a full orbit with an up-post on the left to drop the ball into the former ferris wheel feed. I haven't figured out that yet but I am already modifying a habitrail from a Gottlieb Monte Carlo to act as a subway from that area to the vuk served by the center target ramp (and the upper area will serve as a stagin area for multiball using two disappearing posts. I haven't worked out ramps yet but am considering a couple captive ball/newton/horseshoe arrangements and will have one if not two convertible ramps, and possibly a magnet but that isn't yet in the plans.
Here is with the rear ball guide premilinarily being tried out:
More pics soon.