Other Sinbad owners will notice a few things that don't look "right". Here's a list of modifications that I've made. I know not everyone cares for this sort of alteration to the original design, and I'm not sure I'll keep everything this way, but for the most part, posts, plastics and rubber rings are cheap enough to play with to get a unique look that hopefully emphasizes the game:
BRIGHTER ORANGE PLAYFIELD COLOR: This is covered in more depth in my lonnnnnnnnng playfield restoration post, but when I was doing my touch ups and restoration, I was staying with the original colors - as closely as I could match anyway! However, when I started to match the orange, I really like the 'out-of-the-bottle' vividness of the Createx Orange and decided that this could be much cooler. It looks really vivid in the photos, but isn't quite as obvious in person, but other Sinbad owners will notice right away I'm sure.
COLOR-MATCHED LEDS: I ordered an LED replacement kit which has colored LEDs to replace many of the white LEDs. If memory serves, this was the kit from Marco specialities.
The white frosted bulbs in the kit from Marco were a bit too bright for the playfield when visible, so I used some dimmer white LEDs that look a bit more like incandescents. I believe these were from Comet, but I can't find my link. I also added in a few colors not included in the kit where the playfield plastics seemed to work with this.
TITAN PINBALL SILICON RUBBER RINGS: In Orange! I have to say, these look REALLY good on Sinbad! They do seem a fraction thicker than the standard white versions and thus are a tight fit and don't hug posts quite as well, but they look and feel pretty awesome.
TRANSLUCENT STAR POSTS: After removing so many filthy and ugly standard white star posts, I looked at some different options. Unfortunately since Gottlieb has a unique two-screw siamese post for the swinging sword target the options are limited if you want all your posts to match on the entire playfield. So I used red in the center and white everywhere else.
BLUE LANE GUIDES: A couple of the original Yellow Lane Guides were broken, so while searching for replacements (hard to find in yellow), I came across some blue alternatives. As the color scheme involves blue, I decided to shake things up and have blue lane guides on the playfield where there was some blue artwork. I'm not quite sure about this yet. I need to add some correct hue blue led's to the blue lane guides to make a final call on this. And the only place I could find the right size lane guides in yellow was from a shop in Australia:
YELLOW POP-BUMPERS: As mentioned above, I thought the white pop bumpers and caps that Gottlieb seemed to use on all games in this era sort of distracted from the overall playfield theme. I found some yellow caps and matching pops with black rings that (in my opinion) match the game really well.
I also replaced the blue skirt with an orange skirt which matches the orange circles:
I am also using some of the Pop Blast LEDs to add more light. There are no yellow versions, but I ordered red and white versions to see what worked best, but ultimately the reds looked cheesy so I'm just using White http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/05-PB555-W
GLOSS BLACK SIDE RAILS: There is NO returning from this mod, but since I have two Sinbads, I decided to risk trying something instead of the standard wood laminate. Once the laminate and glue was stripped, I sanded the rails, filled with putty, sanded, and primed. Originally, I went with an orange color, but fortunately my wife did not like it and suggest black. So they got a gloss black. I have to say, I think this turned out really well! The black side rails integrate so nicely with the black line art and really help to emphasize the playfield artwork.
DROP TARGETS: These are the right targets for the game, except they are new and were given a coat of two part automotive clear to hopefully preservice their appearance and look.
What didn't work:
SCREW POST NUT COVERS: I bought some orange screw post nuts in that cool-looking 'colored metal' finish. I thought these would look nice and an upgrade on the standard Gottlieb chrome look screw post nuts. Unfortunately, the threading or whatever on these nuts do not work with the Gottlieb screw posts, so they went back in the bag.
Replacing flathead with Phillips screws. I really wanted to replace most of the flathead screws with a Phillips, but in some cases, i couldn't find one that was the right size for all of them.
IN PROCESS/FUTURE: The plastics on both of my Sinbads really took a beating. Nearly every corner is broken or chipped. Especially the plastics over the two yellow drop targets. My first Sinbad had some strange plastic from some other game that almost matches, and my second Sinbad was virtually in pieces. So one of the last things I'll do is to order a new set (which is one of the pricier items unfortunately). I also have a set of corner protectors on order from Titan Pinball to keep what's left of these plastics and any future plastics better protected.
I think that about covers the cosmetics. Below I'll list a complete list of everything else I did to this game.