Flipping out! Part 2


Got my 3d printed custom Drumstick flippers and how cool! Then a few days later I got a pair of Vic Firth Steve Smith Drumsticks.  Hoping to reproduce the art screened on the drumsticks onto the new flippers.


More 3d printing for the playfield coming soon, stay tooned.






Standup Target Setback


Ugh! Yet another setback.  So I had picked up a few standing targets from Pinball Life which I used for setting up the decals I previously posted.  StandUp Target Decals

The new targets are much better built and the old ones were really in need of replacing.  The only difference was the mounting bracket I didnt want to have to drill new holes in the playfield nor realign the new targets.  So the plan was to just swap out the brackets on the new targets.  Except…The new batch of targets I got (all 20 of them) were all riveted!

Looking back the website does show them with rivets.  So Im not sure how /whymy first few samples were screws.  Oh well time to break out the drill :(

Only 19 more to go…


Houston We Have a Problem!

A BIG setback today.  While putting literally the last screw and post on the upper playfield I realized the original screw had broke off in the wood! This went undetected on my tear down and even scanning as there were just small bits of wood that filled in the hole so I didnt think much of it.


Now I have to take the upper playfield back apart and try to extract the broken screw then attempt to repair the playfield so a new post can be mounted without damaging the new art or parts.  Its a fairly “high impact” placement that the ball comes in contact with from the shooting lane.  So my improved solution will be adding a tnut to the underside of the playfield and stronger metal bumper post.  So it dosnt happen again.





Lower Level Playfield Some Assembly Required

Lower playfield assembly.

 New lower playfield features include:

  • Light reflective illuminated playfield art
  • Brushed Aluminum mini Flippers
  • UV blacklights (Lower PF Plastic-Infinity/Grill)
  • Color changing LED for its “Brain”
  • Twilight Zone Pearlescent Ceramic “PowerBall”
  • Retro Warm White LEDs
  • All New Standing Targets

Atari Video Pinball Prototype Project – Operation: Solar War

Project Introduction

One of my coin-op video game favorites is the 1978 Atari classic Video Pinball. Atari had a sequel of sorts scheduled for production but only ended up making  5 prototypes. Demands for huge selling arcade games like Asteroids, and Battlezone kept Atari pretty  busy and many projects like Solar War fell by the wayside never to see the light of an arcade.

Challenge excepted!  To help make this happen I would first need to find a Video Pinball cabinet I could convert and I found the perfect candidate.

I actually started this project well over a year ago and have made a tone of progress.  So I will be updating the blog build from the photo and video archives.  Lots of great stuff with plenty of tutorials on restoration, laminating/repairing cabinets, artwork, former Atari Employees the list goes on and on.  Wont make this years show but will defiantly hit the show circuit next season.  So stay tooned…





Plastic Perfection

Got the rest of the plastics laser cut from Paradise Arcade!

Bryan did an absolute fabulous job, and couldn’t be happier.


got balls?