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3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

Have you noticed that the multicolor shot designator (insignia) that is mounted above the warp ramp doesn't illuminate quite as well as the ones in the playfield? Would you like it to? Easy:

Before:
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After:
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Here's what to do:

Step 1: Prepare these 2 parts. You will need a piece of cardboard (any but not too thick) and a piece of plastic milk jug (the thin translucent variety). Cut with scissors to these shapes (approximate is fine):
pieces.jpg

Step 2: Attach double stick tape to the back of the cardboard where it will hit the LED board:
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Step 3: Pull the playfield out a bit so that you can access the back of the LED board assembly. It should look like this from behind:
behind_1.jpg

Step 4: Loosen the LED board and rotate it lower so it is centered in the Insignia better. Re-tighten in this new position:
behind_2.jpg

Step 5: Attach the milk carton piece to the back of the plastic insignia stack with a few pieces of scotch tape. This will help to make the entire insignia light up uniformly:
behind_3.jpg

Step 6: Attach the cardboard to the front of the LED circuit board with the double stick tape. The cardboard helps to block out the back panel GI lighting and gives better contrast to the insignia:
behind_4.jpg
(detail from above)
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That's it! Pictures don't really show how well this works. The insignia lights up almost exactly like the ones in the playfield after doing this. Enjoy!

#2 3 years ago

What creativity! Nice job.

#3 3 years ago

WOW, fantastic. Great job!

#4 3 years ago

There's a few guys here that would sell that for $25

Thanks for sharing sir!

#5 3 years ago
Quoted from PW79:

There's a few guys here that would sell that for $25

Ha, so true, so true

#6 3 years ago
Quoted from PW79:

There's a few guys here that would sell that for $25
Thanks for sharing sir!

funny thing is, i was going to make one for this, just didn't have the time , yet.
$25 for a piece of plastic is a lot of money when you think about it, so if i do one i might sell it for $24.

caker i like what you did there, thank for sharing!

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

funny thing is, i was going to make one for this, just didn't have the time , yet.
$25 for a piece of plastic is a lot of money when you think about it, so if i do one i might sell it for $24.
caker i like what you did there, thank for sharing!

Ah man, beatmaster you are too funny.

#8 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Going out to buy some milk. Do I cut the plastic shape out after or before i drink the milk?

#10 3 years ago

Nice work. I've done similar things with diffusers inside flasher domes with LEDs, they often benefit from something spreading the light out. The even light vs a hot spot can be a world of difference.

#11 3 years ago

Does it even need to be cut into a specific shape? If you cut both pieces into an oval that you can't see from the front would it work?

Edit: Never mind I see there is a 44 socket in the way.

#12 3 years ago

I can't loosen the screw on step 4 . Its driving me crazy , There is only a small space there and the screw is so tight I can't budge it . Went down to bunnings for a small screw driver with some grip , and nothing can be found other than jeweller ones ( the grip is too small and you can't get enough purchase) and the other ones are too big and too long to fit between the back lighting panel and the screw . What does everyone else use here?

#13 3 years ago

Try gripping the screw driver with a locking pliers.

#14 3 years ago

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

#15 3 years ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Try gripping the screw driver with a locking pliers.

i gave up, and i don't give up easily .spent all afternoon on it , used so many different methods , screw won't budge. i think they glued the sob in there. i need a l shaped screw driver to get some leverage but no one sells them around here , so i will try that one later. i did the plastic and cardboard so its a fair bit better but there is a portion on the bottom left of the insignia sign that needs more light . moving the led down would have fixed that i recon. oh well .

#16 3 years ago

I did a similar mod by building a little "tent" behind the insert to try and contain the light. I had trouble loosening the screw as well but I was able to slightly rotate the LED board without needing to loosen the screw.

#17 3 years ago

Very cool mod

2 months later
#18 3 years ago

I made a diffuser and cover, I looks awesome. I 3d printed an opaque diffuser and a black box to block the outside light. It installs with double sided tape. No tools required, just a repositioning of the light if it is not centered.

» YouTube video

#19 3 years ago

Looks great. Gonna have to do this if I wind up getting a ST. So many cool mods coming out for it now that it's making it easier to lean that way.

Maybe someone like Pinbits will contact you to build them with their cutter. Would be super nice to have them make a case (kind of like their AC/DC lightening bolts). Have the diffuser piece cut the same size as the plastic then have another plastic (out of a dark color) cut the same size as the plastic with a whole for the light board to shine through.

#20 3 years ago
Quoted from 85vett:

Looks great. Gonna have to do this if I wind up getting a ST. So many cool mods coming out for it now that it's making it easier to lean that way.
Maybe someone like Pinbits will contact you to build them with their cutter. Would be super nice to have them make a case (kind of like their AC/DC lightening bolts). Have the diffuser piece cut the same size as the plastic then have another plastic (out of a dark color) cut the same size as the plastic with a whole for the light board to shine through.

I edited my comment above.

#21 3 years ago

That looks and works really nice. Gonna make more?

#22 3 years ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

That looks and works really nice. Gonna make more?

Yes, I am sending one to a Premium owner to install for testing.

#23 3 years ago

Ok Tim - shut up and take my money - we know it will fit mine as you and I both have Pro's

Happy Birthday BTW

Jim

#24 3 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

Yes, I am sending one to a Premium owner to install for testing.

I will take one if you decide to sell the mod.

#25 3 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

Yes, I am sending one to a Premium owner to install for testing.

I'll let everyone know how it fits when it gets here.

#26 3 years ago
Quoted from TomGWI:

I will take one if you decide to sell the mod.

IM in too!

Quoted from Aurich:

I'll let everyone know how it fits when it gets here.

I need to get down there and check out your premium!... And shadow

#27 3 years ago
Quoted from Eskaybee:

I need to get down there and check out your premium!... And Shadow

You've got an open invitation, any time.

#28 3 years ago

I am in on this!! premium should fit the same as pro

#30 3 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

I'll let everyone know how it fits when it gets here.

Oh sure...it figures you'd get the first one.

#31 3 years ago

Now that it lights up nicely, I see that it has something do with making shots when it is lit. Cool.

#32 3 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

Now that it lights up nicely, I see that it has something do with making shots when it is lit. Cool.

Where is mine

#33 3 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

Now that it lights up nicely, I see that it has something do with making shots when it is lit. Cool.

that why sometimes we couldn't see what to shoot for... well, we couldn't see much.

#34 2 years ago

I can't believe that looks so amazing! I wish I'd seen this thread a lot sooner...

#35 2 years ago

Agreed, looks much better thanks for posting the pics and instructions us pinball addicts out here salute you!

#36 2 years ago

Just did this about an hour ago with great results.

Thank you.

#37 2 years ago

I am down for one of these also! looks great

#38 2 years ago

Mine might even be more jury-rigged in terms of construction, but thanks so much for the fabulous suggestion!!

Same basic milk-jug mod, but I just stuck a bell-shaped piece of paper over the back of the assembly; can't see it from the front 80 degrees or so, so it's all good!!

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#39 2 years ago
Quoted from TomGWI:

I will take one if you decide to sell the mod.

I will sell these for a reasonable price, but the DIY approach works too, if folks don't want to spend the money.

#40 2 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

I will sell these for a reasonable price, but the DIY approach works too, if folks don't want to spend the money.

Are they ready yet

#41 2 years ago
Quoted from MN-Flipper:

Are they ready yet

You can haze Aurich now, it's almost in his hands now

#42 2 years ago

Thanks for the great idea, took some frosted vinyl that I have for my graphic work and stuck it on the back. Also did the same on the area on the playfield by the pop bumpers to diffuse the flasher a little bit. Cheers!

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#43 2 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

You can haze Aurich now, it's almost in his hands now

I have a pro like yours - we know yours works

#44 2 years ago
Quoted from MN-Flipper:

I have a pro like yours - we know yours works

Yeah, your right, I going to play it right now!

#45 2 years ago
Quoted from Tmezel:

You can haze Aurich now, it's almost in his hands now

Didn't come in today's mail, so I cannot report on anything.

#46 2 years ago

They should be identical sell sell !!

#47 2 years ago
Quoted from The_Dude_Abides:

Agreed, looks much better thanks for posting the pics and instructions us pinball addicts out here salute you!

Glad you guys are enjoying this! I know it made a big difference for my game.

#48 2 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

Didn't come in today's mail, so I cannot report on anything.

You just did.....it didn't come in the mail.

#49 2 years ago

I have had to teach myself to be patient. Anyway off to Texas.

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