Space Shuttle Restoration Log: How NOT to do yours…
Start Date: 10/15/2013
Plan: Take a perfectly working Space Shuttle pin, tear it down, repaint cabinet, swap playfield, clean the hell out of it and put it all back together again.
Stretch Goal: I should actually COMPLETE this before Zapcon 2014. (4/12/2014)
Unrealistic Goal: It should work as well as it currently does once I put it back together.
Expertise Level: I once soldered two wires together, using an oven. It kinda worked!
Free Time Available for Project: 1 hour per week.
Lame Backstory: When I was 11 I worked in an arcade at a beachfront hotel in Florida. While working that arcade I ate a lot of Pizza and Nachos, drank Gallons of Mountain Dew, stared at chicks in bikinis and went from Mikey-sized to Chunk-sized in a Florida Summer. I was a freaking MASTER of Time Pilot, Donkey Kong Jr, and Kick Man (what a great game!). I NEVER played pinball because it was too damned expensive (2 quarters!) and I was terrible. ONE of those pins happened to be Space Shuttle (I think, when you are drinking as much Mtn Dew as I did, and it was that long ago, it’s really just a best guess, maybe there was a shuttle launch one day on the news while I was hanging out in the arcade, shoving nacho-cheese-laden pizza down my face).
Fast forward 24 years. I started collecting arcade games (first mame, then on to the real deal). Then I needed a pin to round out the collection. So I bought one. Then I realized pins were amazing. I sold/dismantled my arcade games, and bought pins. One night, surfing the phx CL I found a cheapish Space Shuttle. I bought it, loved it instantly, and decided I would NEVER get rid of it... Then CPR reprod playfields, new ramps came, and I bought all that shti thinking that ONE DAY, ONE DAY I would restore Space Shuttle. So that didn’t happen… for like 2 years..… Until…. Today!!!!!!! Well, a couple of weekends ago in reality, but, hey, it’s more interesting if everyone would just believe that it all starts TODAY.
Disclaimer: For the record, I, for the most part, have NO idea what I’m doing. If you’ve seen Bryan Kelley’s or McCune’s work, that’s what I WANT to achieve. If you’ve seen their expertise and skill, that’s NOT where I am, at all, not even close. Chances are, I’m going to fck some stuff up pretty solidly. It’ll be fun, I'll drink a LOT of beer to make it better when I screw up, and I'll drink celebratory beer when I do something right. Feel free to tell me I’m dumb for doing one thing or another, publicly. It’ll likely be too late to fix me (as I will have already done done the stupid thing), but maybe others will learn from every and all mistakes I make along the way…
Bonus/Test Picture: The Endeavor prior to its final mission (Well, it's there, just sitting behind the SRBs and External Fuel Tank)...