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*FINISHED* The Acrylic Pinball Project - I am "clearly" insane

By Mk1Mod0

6 years ago

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#152 6 years ago


#153 6 years ago

can't wait to see the finished product!

#155 6 years ago

very cool, this going to look so bad @ss when completed.

#156 6 years ago

this is awesome!

#157 6 years ago

Side panel. Hard to see the blasting results with the paper still on the outside, but you get the idea...

#158 6 years ago

Wonderful.... Simply wonderful! Fantastic creativity and tenacity on the detailed stencil work. That takes a great deal of time and concentration. Bravo!

#159 6 years ago

Great shot of your plastic set! If that's any indication as to the quality of your cabinet artwork, it's unveiling should be nothing short of remarkable. I'm really taken aback with the attention to craftsmanship and detail on the project. SUCH an incredible labor of love. Thank you for documenting your journey and bringing us along on the ride. I'm always excited when I see this thread has some updates. Keep up the stellar work!

Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics

#160 6 years ago

I must also mention that I enjoy this thread and am envious of your work

#161 6 years ago

Cant wait to play this at the pinball expo 2014!

#162 6 years ago

Gonna need more LEDs...

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#163 6 years ago

This is some stunning work. Great job so far!

#164 6 years ago

this is so f****** awesome!!!

#165 6 years ago

damn! that side panel is incredible.

i hope someone's going to make an article about this, pinball magazine are you reading this?

#166 6 years ago

Insane indeed! Completely awesome! Plastic set FTW

#167 6 years ago

"Some assembly required..."

#168 6 years ago

I'm currently building a virtual machine that's going to be cool.....

This is unbelievably awesome. I'm envious. The art work looks stellar when lit up. I'm very intrigued to see the playfield. This is my current favorite thread on pinside. I'm watching this closely. Kudos to you.

#170 6 years ago

Amazing work. Thanks for sharing

#171 6 years ago

OK. First dry fit-up today and all looks well. Meanwhile, I have more practice pieces curing in the jig. Trying to figure out why I am getting so much of a crazing effect. That'll make for ugly corners.

Kitten approved, as you can see, so I've got that going for me.

Thanks for all the compliments and encouragement. It helps a ton!

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#172 6 years ago

On the other side of the garage... (yeah, it's the same side but I needed a segue...)

1) A little tuning and a lot of cleaning and this will be transferred to it's acrylic counterpart.
2) Every label in this sucker is bi-lingual. Smarter than me.
3) Multi-national service outlet. Two prong or two blade - no problemo!
4) I've seen worse. MUCH worse.

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#173 6 years ago

Unbelievable project pin you have..!! Great job, and would love to see this when finished.
You stated about a crazing effect you are having.,
I viewed a guy who was building an aquarium coffee table out of acrylic about a year ago, and I thought
if you haven't seen it, you could benefit from it.
He has other videos as well, so take a look at it, and see if it helps....

#174 6 years ago

Joey! Yeah, I actually have watched a lot of his videos. I can relate to them much better than some of the "pro" website how-to videos. I think the problem I'm actually having is called "clouding" and it is due to our high humidity here. May have to due the major construction inside.

#175 6 years ago

As I said before, if you're using Weld on 3, try 4. It was made specifically not to do that:


It has nothing to do with humidity.

#176 6 years ago
Quoted from browne92:

As I said before, if you're using Weld on 3, try 4. It was made specifically not to do that:


It has nothing to do with humidity.

Got it. Thanks. (Hard head here... tough to penetrate.)

#177 6 years ago

Looks beautiful so far! Amazing!

#178 6 years ago

I love this project/thread!

#179 6 years ago

Freaking awesome man! Keep it up.

#180 6 years ago

Great project! I was wondering if you plan on doing some HEP'ing on the brackets and mechanisms or are you going with the 'classic' look?

#181 6 years ago

"HEPing," huh? Had to look that one up! No, staying classic with a few updates. Color LEDs lighting the side artwork and soft white LEDs in the backbox so as not to blind the players. Probably some thing in the case to light up the machinery and such. I considered clear flipper bats and clear posts, but concluded that I had to have some contrast. Then I saw these - ebay.com link

Sold. Still considering options for the flippers. Other than that it will be all original. The idea for me was that anything wood would be turned to clear plexi. Casing, back box, playfield, etc. Also doing the backglass, transition and guides. It's all starting to shape up now, but March is coming fast and I've got 4 other machines to prep for TPF. Wish me luck!

#182 6 years ago

Good luck!
I'm looking forward to following your progress.

#183 6 years ago

Add me to the list of folks who are blown away by this project. Awesome work!

#184 6 years ago

Light work weekend. Finished grooming over the machinery and spent some time compiling a list o' stuff to order for the other 4 machines I'll be bringing to TPF to be played and hopefully sell. (Thanks, PBR, you guys are the best!) Managed a little garage time and finished routing the slots for the machinery platform supports, the back box support and the coinbox back stop. Also finished cutting out all of the corner blocks, platform support blocks and playfield supports. Picked up a new piece of polycarbonate for the playfield. (See, I can listen!) Now all I need to do is dress all the corners and prep for final assembly. Meanwhile, working on the back box support collar and stripping inserts from the old play field. Getting ready to service the 4 score assemblies and credit counter. Whew!!

#185 6 years ago

OK, EM gurus. How do I repair this? In my navy days, I would have just filled the sucker with hot lead! Do I just heat it up and melt in some solder?

#186 6 years ago
Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

OK, EM gurus. How do I repair this? In my navy days, I would have just filled the sucker with hot lead! Do I just heat it up and melt in some solder?

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Yes. Get the surfaces good and clean and it should flow nicely.

#187 6 years ago

You mentioned it is hard not to 'hurry up' this project, which could maybe mess up your craftsmanship. No, don't hurry! This is one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen. Take your time and you will be much happier knowing you took this thing to perfection. I can only wish I had your skills . . . AND . . . your patience!!!!
Mike in Kentucky

#189 6 years ago

Oh, man. Great idea. ^^^

#190 6 years ago

Still progressing, slow going at this point. Down to polishing up all the cab pieces before final assembly of the lower cab. Even though most of the corner marriages won't be seen thanks to legs and lockdown bar, it still has to be a good, solid joint that can take abuse without cracking. Going to add in cab protectors for a little extra flex and may need longer leg bolts. Meanwhile, still cleaning score reels and stepper motors etc, etc, etc.

#191 6 years ago

Awesome job .
Bravo !


#192 6 years ago

Such a great thread!

#193 6 years ago

This thing is going to look stunning. Excellent work thus far.

#194 6 years ago

Amazing project

#195 6 years ago

very cool project.... going to look absolutely wild when you're done!

#196 6 years ago

still following along and looking great!

#197 6 years ago

Agreed! ^^

#198 6 years ago

This is what makes the internet worth while - great job!

#199 6 years ago

Next, please do a Fish Tales and turn the cabinet into an aquarium

#200 6 years ago

Wow, following!

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