Category: Pinball

The Machine: Bride of Pin·bot

When I was a kid I didn’t had the change to play with a lot of  Pinballs. In fact in the place where I lived, there weren’t that many places where you could play one, but there were some… so the few pinballs I played, got a special place in my heart.

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Two of them are already have in my modest collection, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Creature From The Black Lagoon. Now it was time to bring to my mancave, another of these pinballs, The Machine: Bride of Pin · bot.

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This is an amazing but simple gameplay machine which I personally like … a lot. If the memory doesn’t  betray me, I think I played it for the first time somewhere between 1993 and 1995 in an arcade hall in a dark basement.

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This pinball will in the future require a complete restoration in the cabinet and the playfield, but for now I just wanna play with it xD

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This pinball is now with me thanks to PinballPT. They made an impeccable cleaning and put it to work. Awesome work as always … and I managed to fit the machine in my car loool

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Creature from the Black Lagoon Pinball Restoration

This topic will be fully dedicated to the restoration of one of my favorite pinballs of all time. I played it a lot as a boy and since then this is one of my favorite pinball themes.

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As I said before in my first post about the CFTBL, I bought this pinball from the same guy who sold me the Terminator 2. At the time I changed some rubbers and did some cleaning but now it was imperative to make a massive restoration on it :D

To do that I had to disassemble this to the last screw. Here is the full restoration process!

I first started to disassemble all the parts from the backbox, boards, cables, coils, etc.. It´s very important to label everything, specially the connectors, so that in the end it’s easier to connect and assemble everything.

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Sometimes, you find some weird things… take look at these plastics!!

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All of my ramps are in very poor shape…some day I have to change it, but not now…

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Another problem was the wood, it needed a properly repair in some parts…

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Although the playfield was in good conditions some inserts were cracking…

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… the exit ramps of the playfield are a bit cracked. I used a piece of mylar so that area can resist the fallen balls.

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Removing all the artwork decals to apply the new ones…

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In such situations the best thing to do is to use a heat gun to take off the entire artwork and with the aid of a spatula remove the loose pieces.

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The cabinet needed to be strengthened, because some parts were badly damaged and could compromise the stability of the cabinet.

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After this  I had to sand the entire cabinet…

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It was time to take care of the playfield and prepare it for polishing

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Novus 3 and Novus 2 were already shinning, I only gave Novus 1 when I assembled the playfield.

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Cleaned all metal parts. They looked like new…

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The wonderful technique of flame polishing puts your ramps like new.

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Now look at the differences between them…

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With the cabinet repaired and sanded is time to start painting…first, the backbox.

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IMG_2649_zps7176d724…and now the cabinet…

I saw on the internet a restoration project of a CFTBL where they painted the inside of the cabinet in green and decided to do the same in my pinball.

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These are my “Home Made Leg Plate Bolt”.

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These are the decals by PinballPT.  They look great!!.

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You can find this decals at http://www.pinballpt.com

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It is now time to begin assembling…

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…and applying some restored labels and decals…

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I also had to do a clean sweep on the bottom of the playfield…

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…and assemble the playfield …

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The first lighting test…I changed most of the conventional lamps by LEDs

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Almost done. I decided, after some advise, to place the overlay of the Best of Pinball. It was very easy to assemble and you don’t have to attach it to the playfield.

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Finally, the restoration is ready and the pinball is like new. It was hard work but worth it. I leave you with photos of the end result of the restoration.

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