Category: Pinball

Monster Bash Full Restoration

Another restoration just came out of the “oven”, this time a Monster Bash pinball. This machine came to my hands as a top collector’s pinball machine and at a first glance it seemed to be in very good condition.

In a closer look, we can see that there is much to be done in terms of restoration for this machine to be considered top collector.

It had some previous restoration done on the playfield but a little careless, as you can see from the photos below. Protectors like this are usually an authentic box of surprises.

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Like I said, “a box of surprises”! What I found was awfull  … How do you  let a pinball get to this point?!

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More parts that need to be replaced, as  usual  (but not on a top collector): D

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Some more parts that need to be cleaned or even  replaced… this wear out is not acceptable on pinballs of this level …

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The worst area to be restored on the playfield of a Monster Bash. Those who do this type of restoration know what I’m talking about. This is hell!

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With hard work ahead, nothing like quickly getting your hands-on …

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Notice this wonderful hand made clearcoat (sarcastic mode on).

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Clean and restore and seal  everything with a new clearcoat.

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I think it’s better now: D

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The cabinet was a little dirty inside and needed to be sanded and painted again to look like new.

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… and a few more surprises …

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After treatment, sideboards application. These sideboards are spectacular and framed with the playfield artwork.

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With the playfield and the cabinet finished, it’s time to assemble everything.

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New clear rubber kit that will match perfectly with the colors of the playfield and the LED kit.

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The first test of the PinballBulbs LED kit.

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Some of you have probably seen this kind of toppers around. For me it’s the first time I install one and it does not look bad at all.

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With the machine finished it is time to enjoy the final result. Here are the photos and the video. I hope you like it.

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“Bad Wolf” Pinball Project

I think I can say that this is the craziest project I’ve ever done. I mean it in a good way, of course. Anyone who knows me, knows that I like crazy projects. I’ve done crazy projects … but none like this … nothing prepared me for this: D

I’ve recently received a call from an audiovisual creative agency. They are called “Lobo Mau” (“Bad Wolf”) and were preparing their presence in the annual event promoted by the national creative club, the CCP (Clube de Criativos de Portugal).

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The event’s theme this year was “There are no more Rambos” (Já não há Rambos), meaning that today  you don’t do a project all by yourself, end to end, you do it with lots of synergies from several areas and inputs.

Therefore, the idea of this creative team was to do something in synergy with several companies and / or entities, people, whatever. So for this project, I’ve joined the Artica guys once more. If you remember , we created together the Sega Rally project with RC Cars, a project that got talked about around the world, with articles in such prestigious media like Gizmag, Engaged and Techcrunch.

This time, the idea was to take a pinball and change either the gameplay or the aesthetics of the cabinet and playfield to become a completely new and custom game.

Taking into account the theme of the event, the gameplay would have something to do, obviously, with Rambo. The aesthetics of the cabinet would link with the company name (“Bad Wolf”): D

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We bought this Excalibur (Gottlieb) pinball in relatively good condition and running, and for a very reasonable price.

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It would be necessary to capture some of the machine signals to implement a custom system, something that Artica does very well.

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My job would be the restoration and the new decor of the pinball. Lots of work to be done in so little time…

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The cabinet was in very poor condition. Worst than I expected, but everything was solved.

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It was also necessary to sand all the playfield, because since we were having a completely new game, it din’t make sense to keep the original artwork

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Here comes the worst part of this project, at least for me. The idea of the agency was to cover the entire cabinet with a wolf skin (synthetic, of course). It was not an easy process and it took me a few days of work and patience … You can not imagine what it is like to work with wolf fur and glue …

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But in the end, it was looking pretty good 😀

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I had to assemble everything again for Artica to finalize their work.

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In the backbox I’ve inserted a monitor, because this new concept would have triggered videos depending on the completion of certain objectives.

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Here is some “witchcraft” made by Arctica, using an Arduino to gather the signs of the machine and thus to trigger their videos

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Here are some pictures and a video of the finished project…I want to believe that we made a Rambo Pinball afterall… loool.

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