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SWAP BOX the led light box for quick swapping/displaying translites


By blimpey

6 years ago



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    #301 1 year ago

    Yeah, I’d be in for at least two, maybe more.

    #302 1 year ago

    I was anxiously awaiting to see if he would make more, then eventually found another option. This isn’t front loading like on the Machines, but it accomplishes displaying the art on the wall, which is mainly what I wanted.

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    #303 1 year ago

    The problem is the margin just isn't there to make these practical. Maybe if someone in the plastics or manufacturing industry were to make the panels in plastic it could drive down the prices and time to produce (eliminate all the milling, sanding, painting, routing, etc). But doing it yourself by the time you supply all the bits... you can be 70+ in parts before you even include any labor. It just makes it impractical to do in any volume.

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    #304 1 year ago

    I have reconsidered resuming the building of Swap Boxes. I never did it for the money, more the enjoyment of seeing them on display in collector's game rooms, and the feedback in this thread.

    Pricing will remain the same $135 (plus shipping). I can ship one Swap Box for $35 or two for $45.

    All will be the r/f remote style (it was by far the most popular model).
    I just built a couple Swap boxes for the newer Stern Spike 2 LCD style games. BM66, GOTG, Aerosmith, and SW look fantastic in Swap Boxes.

    I will only be building Swap Boxes for any modern Stern sized translite (1999-present).
    I have several parts orders incoming, and should have some inventory built within the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks for all the support!!

    #305 1 year ago

    Twenty thousand Thumbs Up!

    #306 1 year ago

    I’ll take 2 modern stern ones and 2 newer stern ones please!! Let me know where to send the funds!!

    Thanks for bringing sexy back!! Lol

    #307 1 year ago

    I think ive been waiting the longest.
    Thanks for coming back and doing these.
    Pm sent.
    Eric

    #308 1 year ago

    Glad you guys waiting on Stern sized swap boxes will be taken care of.
    I really need 2 WPC sized ones though

    #309 1 year ago
    Quoted from flynnibus:

    The problem is the margin just isn't there to make these practical. Maybe if someone in the plastics or manufacturing industry were to make the panels in plastic it could drive down the prices and time to produce (eliminate all the milling, sanding, painting, routing, etc). But doing it yourself by the time you supply all the bits... you can be 70+ in parts before you even include any labor. It just makes it impractical to do in any volume.

    I'd say $65 margins is well worth the time it takes to build one, and package. People are fighting to buy these things. He could do 10 on a saturday.

    #310 1 year ago

    Oh crap I only have one GOT tl. But I do have new mirrored Silverball Mania and Space Shuttle bg's that I would LOVE to get box's for.

    #311 1 year ago

    Well if a custom one could happen. I am in. Thanks John.

    #312 1 year ago
    Quoted from lordloss:

    I'd say $65 margins is well worth the time it takes to build one, and package. People are fighting to buy these things. He could do 10 on a saturday.

    1) I used a very conservative number as I've not looked at his BOM in particular. He's supplying things like trim which I've not sourced, while I tended to include the window material in my builds
    2) If you think he could do 10 of these that quickly from scratch... I think you should just build them yourself and see

    Even simple structures take time when you include actual prep time, waiting for finishes/glue to dry, switching out jigs/bits. Stocking parts and doing assembly as a separate task would speed things up, but also make it from an on-demand build to actually dedicating space and capital to inventory, etc.

    I've built multiples of these myself... they are awesome and you wish you could do it for everyone... till you start realizing the really minor return on your time unless you industrialize the build.

    #313 1 year ago
    Quoted from flynnibus:

    1) I used a very conservative number as I've not looked at his BOM in particular. He's supplying things like trim which I've not sourced, while I tended to include the window material in my builds
    2) If you think he could do 10 of these that quickly from scratch... I think you should just build them yourself and see
    Even simple structures take time when you include actual prep time, waiting for finishes/glue to dry, switching out jigs/bits. Stocking parts and doing assembly as a separate task would speed things up, but also make it from an on-demand build to actually dedicating space and capital to inventory, etc.
    I've built multiples of these myself... they are awesome and you wish you could do it for everyone... till you start realizing the really minor return on your time unless you industrialize the build.

    You got that right. I know that first hand with my 2 mods.

    #314 1 year ago
    Quoted from blimpey:

    I have reconsidered resuming the building of Swap Boxes. I never did it for the money, more the enjoyment of seeing them on display in collector's game rooms, and the feedback in this thread.
    Pricing will remain the same $135 (plus shipping). I can ship one Swap Box for $35 or two for $45.
    All will be the r/f remote style (it was by far the most popular model).
    I just built a couple Swap boxes for the newer Stern Spike 2 LCD style games. BM66, GOTG, Aerosmith, and SW look fantastic in Swap Boxes.
    I will only be building Swap Boxes for any modern Stern sized translite (1999-present).
    I have several parts orders incoming, and should have some inventory built within the next couple of weeks.
    Thanks for all the support!!

    Awesome!

    #315 1 year ago
    Quoted from blimpey:

    I have reconsidered resuming the building of Swap Boxes. I never did it for the money, more the enjoyment of seeing them on display in collector's game rooms, and the feedback in this thread.
    Pricing will remain the same $135 (plus shipping). I can ship one Swap Box for $35 or two for $45.
    All will be the r/f remote style (it was by far the most popular model).
    I just built a couple Swap boxes for the newer Stern Spike 2 LCD style games. BM66, GOTG, Aerosmith, and SW look fantastic in Swap Boxes.
    I will only be building Swap Boxes for any modern Stern sized translite (1999-present).
    I have several parts orders incoming, and should have some inventory built within the next couple of weeks.
    Thanks for all the support!!

    Great news. Would it streamline your building these and make them a little less expensive if you didn't paint them, sent them out unpainted and we could paint them any color we wanted? After all only the outside get's painted and I think most of us could handle that.

    #316 1 year ago

    I would love to buy 2 of these when they become available. Please keep us all posted.

    #317 1 year ago

    Dang, I think I first inquired about these 6 months ago. After figuring it wasn’t going to happen, I found another option. I spent over $300/frame, and ordered 12of them. Sure they were custom sized, LEDs, diffuser sheet, etc, but I would have waited for these. Although they are all B/W BG I did.
    Either way, good to see you’re doing these again!

    #318 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheBigDog:

    Dang, I think I first inquired about these 6 months ago. After figuring it wasn’t going to happen, I found another option. I spent over $300/frame, and ordered 12of them. Sure they were custom sized, LEDs, diffuser sheet, etc, but I would have waited for these. Although they are all B/W BG I did.
    Either way, good to see you’re doing these again!

    $3600

    #319 1 year ago

    Yeah, it was a little more than that. I know people who spend much more on art... this is the kind I wish to display

    #320 1 year ago

    Here is the newer sized Spike 2 Stern LCD Swap Box.

    Dirty Donny gets the first two for Aerosmith and his Sci vs. Fi blacklight back glass.

    I will then go in the order of PM’s I have received.

    Thanks for all of the interest.

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    #322 1 year ago

    I would like to purchase one I tried to pm you thanks

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    #323 1 year ago

    I would love a williams one too and have PM'd

    #324 1 year ago

    I'd like one for the 27" x 17" TPF translite. PM sent

    #325 1 year ago

    I have been the worst at responding to PM’s.
    Sorry about that. I am going in order of the inquiries received, and will contact you when I reach your name.

    #326 1 year ago

    No worries about the delays on PM's. I think I speak for most of us in that we are just ecstatic you are making them again!

    #327 1 year ago

    We are I have the sopranos with the alt translite can't wait to be able to swap them out

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    #328 1 year ago

    Swap boxes installed. Great product and seller!

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    #329 1 year ago

    Dang I need a couple of these. Looks great.

    #330 1 year ago
    Quoted from Apollyon:

    Swap boxes installed. Great product and seller!

    Game room looks great!

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    #332 1 year ago

    Thanks for making this. Love it. Just need to find a spot for it.

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    #333 1 year ago

    I might order one for a spike 2 (Iron Maiden) sized Translite. do they come with the glass and trim for the translite?

    #334 1 year ago

    I provide the top & side channels and bottom lift channel. I do not ship glass. A sheet of 1/8” thick glass will run you about $15 from your local glass shop.

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    #335 1 year ago

    Sent a pm looking to buy a pair

    #336 1 year ago

    Sent a pm as well.

    Quoted from blimpey:

    I provide the top & side channels and bottom lift channel. I do not ship glass. A sheet of 1/8” thick glass will run you about $15 from your local glass shop.

    Any one have the exact dimensions for the piece of glass? This would be for a Spike 2 translite size.

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    #337 1 year ago
    Quoted from blimpey:

    I will only be building Swap Boxes for any modern Stern sized translite (1999-present).


    I was thinking of using a SwapBox to display my CPR mirrored STNG backglass but it looks like you aren't doing WMS anymore. Oh well...

    9 months later
    #338 87 days ago

    Could you make one for space invaders? With the chasing lights? This would require an additional piece of glass in front for the infinity effect

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    #339 86 days ago

    Hope he gets back to you, I sent him two PM's about a year ago with no response. Since he did not get back to me I made my own box probably cheaper in price.

    Blog Post :

    https://pinballsupernova.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/pinball-related-builds-construction-of-a-light-box-for-pinball-translites-video/

    Video :
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    #340 86 days ago

    It’s been a while since I have built these. Sorry if I had failed to respond. I have no plans to resume.

    It’s a free time thing I did for enjoyment, after building a couple hundred the enjoyment faded.

    There is someone on Pinside who does LED frames, different than how I was building, but I thought they looked well done.

    The key is to mass produce these. With sizes all over the place that’s hard to accommodate.

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    #341 41 days ago
    Quoted from blimpey:

    There is someone on Pinside who does LED frames, different than how I was building, but I thought they looked well done.

    Blimpey - you were an inspiration to keeping my project, Lit Frames, going when obstacle after obstacle appeared. I thank you for that!

    If anyone is looking for a frame for a Stern LCD, Stern DMD, or 90's WMS/Bally translite, let me know. You can check out my active thread here for pics and reviews:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lit-frames-led-backlit-translite-frames

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