Building my own FATHOM... getting started

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby HPR Pinball » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:02 pm

Wow je suis très impressionné, tu devais te faire une ligne de production pour le Canada, les kit US c'est plus achetable.
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby OTTOgd » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:13 pm

Sweet!

Chnillapoil wrote:Update!!!

Finally got the first display workin'

:jump :jump :jump :jump :onfire :onfire :onfire :woot

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby YellowMustard » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:43 pm

Chnillapoil wrote:Update!!!

Finally got the first display workin'

:jump :jump :jump :jump :onfire :onfire :onfire :woot

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super beau Alain, c est capoté!!! curieux de connaitre le cout par rapport au kit dispo sur le marché, mais jamais rien de tel que bin servi par soi meme!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Chnillapoil » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:46 pm

environ 120$ au total mais je vous averti, c'est pas pour les néophites. Beaucoup de travail et technique en électronique pour faire ça.
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Postby YellowMustard » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:52 pm

t inquiete j avais pas l intention de m essayer, ce qui me questionne le plus c comment tu as fait les circuits imprimes!
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Postby Azatotht » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:24 pm

Super nice Alain !! Je vais répéter ce que la moutarde disait auparavant, je me sens petit dans ce monde ;-)

Wasn't this thread started in english ? :-)
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby redketchup » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:30 pm

T'es pas tanné de m'impressionner!

Bravo!
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:38 pm

Azatotht wrote:Super nice Alain !! Je vais répéter ce que la moutarde disait auparavant, je me sens petit dans ce monde ;-)

Wasn't this thread started in english ? :-)


Je pars pour quelques jours et il y a une occupation française :)

I finally have some more parts to play with. I will post an update tonight.

Well done Alain! That's super cool

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:02 am

I finally got my cabinet parts back from the CNC today.
I can now go back to my resurrection of this poor Fireball II cab.

I couldn't find a panel that I liked for a good match for the bottom, so I went with a 1/4" plywood. It's a bit of an upgrade, but I guess Fathom is worth it :)

Over the next couple of days I will prep, assemble and fill all the wood. Hopefully, once all my travel is done this month, I can get this into the spray booth for some primer. This old wood will need lot of filling.

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Chnillapoil » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:58 am

This Fathom will be top notch. Hope to see it in person one of these days. Should plan a pinball trip to Toronto.
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:51 am

Chnillapoil wrote:This Fathom will be top notch. Hope to see it in person one of these days. Should plan a pinball trip to Toronto.


There's plenty of nice collections to play... and warlock has the BPL space now and that is filled with games. You should definitely do a little pinball pilgrimage to the GTA.

Hopefully these pictures will upload properly from my phone.
I filled the cabinet a little more yesterday (including the 2nd flipper button hole) and then sprayed a little blue inside before I installed the bottom panel.


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That's going to be it for a while I'm afraid.
Too much travel for the next couple of weeks :(

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:01 pm

I'm finally back from all my travel. Got to visit the PHOF on my recent trip to LV too!

Time to get back onto Fathom again.
I'm going to drag this cabinet into the spray booth this week and try to get it all primed so I can smooth everything out and start stenciling.

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:31 am

Finally got the cabinet primed.
We had some remnant blue paint lying around so i used that for primer instead. It's epoxy based and nice and thick.

Even so, there is a lot of grain in this old wood. Now I have to decide if I want to leave the grain for some authenticity or try and fill it perfectly smooth?
What would you guys do?

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby redketchup » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:37 am

I like when you see a little bit of the wood grain, but I think is little more then expect...
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:55 am

redketchup wrote:I like when you see a little bit of the wood grain, but I think is little more then expect...



I agree. This FIreball II cabinet was not in nice shape and the grain was very dry and open. I think I will probably sand and fill this one.
More work, but the final product will be better.

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby HPR Pinball » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:10 pm

I prefer a lot more the authentic look for a 30 years old pinball when it's time to restoration.
30 years old pinball that look new fresh from a 2016 factory, it's a ''sacrilège'' :)
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Postby Drano » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:06 am

HPR Pinball wrote:I prefer a lot more the authentic look for a 30 years old pinball when it's time to restoration.
30 years old pinball that look new fresh from a 2016 factory, it's a ''sacrilège'' :)


Well, lets see how it looks once I sand it. Right now the grain is too open. If I can fill in the bad spots, I can still sand it enough to expose some woodgrain.
I agree that some woodgrain is most desirable... however, the same argument can be made of modern reproduction playfields and other reproduction items.

I'll post an update once I figure it out.

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Postby Drano » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:12 am

So I decided that I wanted to keep a little woodgrain. I used some spot putty to fill in the worst gaps but left the rest.
The cabinets are now ready for the real base colour. I'll do that as soon as we have some warmer weather or Ill bring the cabinet to work and use the booth there.

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I also got my lamp sockets this week so I stapled them in tonight, along with the ground braid.

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I can't wait to start applying the stencils :D

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby HPR Pinball » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:19 am

That's lot of work for a Fathom. Great job, can't wait to see more results :-)
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:01 am

HPR Pinball wrote:That's lot of work for a Fathom. Great job, can't wait to see more results :-)



If they were easier to find I would not go to so much trouble ;)

Also, it was more of a challenge. I wanted to see if I could revive such a terrible cabinet. Even though it would have been easier to make a new cabinet, it makes me feel good to save this one from the dump.

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:28 am

Some paint...
Stencils soon


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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby WARLOCK » Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:56 am

Looks great bro!
As usual.

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Drano » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:51 pm

Just thought I would post an update. It's been a few days.

I finally got around to applying the first stencils. The quality of the product from Pinball Pimp was equivalent to similar ones I've cut at work.
The key is always to really press down the edges after the final backer has been peeled away. For even greater security, warm the stencil edges with a blow drier as you press down.

I did have one problem. My desire to keep the cabinet looking authentic with plenty of woodgrain caused the paint to show a lot of cracks that simply would not fill. I ended up spraying more than I should have and nearly messing up the entire job. I was able to do a few things and salvage it, but I will not be making that mistake again.

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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Chnillapoil » Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:58 am

What kind of paint did you use ?
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Re: Building my own FATHOM... getting started

Postby Fifty » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:37 am

Those colours really pop.



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