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Steve Ritchie discusses Pinball Playfield "Dimpling"


By StylesBitchly

1 year ago



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    Post #34 Ancient playfield pic for comparison Posted by vid1900 (1 year ago)

    Post #100 Summary of Playfield hardness test with gauge by Procrastinator Posted by vireland (1 year ago)

    Post #117 Explanation of test method to determine wood hardness. Posted by swinks (1 year ago)

    Post #129 Comparing the size of dimples based on hardness. Posted by TimeBandit (1 year ago)

    Post #195 What is Maple plywood? How is it made? Posted by vid1900 (1 year ago)


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    #43 1 year ago

    This falls into the category around "deciding to care" or not. My BM66 dimpled fairly quickly compared to my old classics. At first, because I wasn't used to it, I was worried about it. After watching how they occur, I've decided I don't care. If one day I want to re-clear my playfield, great, but right now, it's so much fun, who cares? It looks great, plays great, and no one walking up to my machine even notices it.

    When I restore a pinball machine, I do have OCD and at the point I declare victory (Finished!) I want it to look pristine. But then, the next moment, I want my family and friends to play the shit out of it. If it ended up with dimples from that point, fine.

    Designing and building a pinball machine that gets my teenagers excited to play is an impressive feat. I'll take the dimples.

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