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Metropolis robot + mods for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:59 pm
by Drano
Hey guys,
I thought I would share this fun and relatively easy little mod for my recently acquired Genesis.
I am a big fan of the silent film Metropolis. It's no secret that designer John Trudeau was heavily influenced by this movie when creating the game. The playfield artwork is literally ripped from the movie's scenes and the robot that gets revealed is loosely based on the robot "Maria" or "Hel" from the film also.

Sadly, the rest of the game's artwork takes no direction from the movie.

One of the things I wanted to try and do was to replace the simple vacuum formed robot with one that was more accurate to the film. I couldn't find any suitable figures online so I located a reasonable 3D model on Thingiverse made by user: Larry009 and I printed it on my 3D printer.

After a little cleanup and some paint, I had a pretty usable model.

Here's how it looks now.
Hope you like it.


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Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:34 pm
by shane
Way cool, nice work.
Very neat movie.

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:35 pm
by Patrab
Looks great. Love it!

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:17 pm
by Sparky
Amazing!! I want one now! Lol

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:31 pm
by OTTOgd
Pretty cool!

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:20 pm
by Azatotht
Very nice indeed :mrgreen:

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:51 am
by Drano
Thanks guys.
Still trying to figure out what to do with the translite and speaker panel... but the goal will be to tie the whole game/theme together a lot better.

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:30 am
by cait001
Super cool!
One of the only things I did not like about Genesis were the ramps. The purple just seemed to not work. Has anyone ever thought of redoing them as translucent, or a different colour?
I like the playfield art on this game a lot, and the Metropolis alternative backglass that's out there is wonderful.

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:31 am
by Azatotht
cait001 wrote:Super cool!
One of the only things I did not like about Genesis were the ramps. The purple just seemed to not work. Has anyone ever thought of redoing them as translucent, or a different colour?


YES !! And Drano has another thread showing that, gotta dig it for you now :mrgreen:

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:32 am
by Drano
cait001 wrote:Super cool!
One of the only things I did not like about Genesis were the ramps. The purple just seemed to not work. Has anyone ever thought of redoing them as translucent, or a different colour?
I like the playfield art on this game a lot, and the Metropolis alternative backglass that's out there is wonderful.



You mean like this? :D

I also added the chrome T-molding and I have plans to cover up the pink stripes on the cab with 3/4" chrome tape as well.
The speaker panel and translite will take a bit more work.

The game hasn't been sopped yet. I'm waiting on new targets, clear Titan rings and a few other bits and pieces before I tear it down and clean up the playfield.


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Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:34 am
by Azatotht
Drano wrote:You mean like this? :D


There you go ;-)

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:42 am
by OTTOgd
cait001 wrote:Super cool!
One of the only things I did not like about Genesis were the ramps. The purple just seemed to not work. Has anyone ever thought of redoing them as translucent, or a different colour?


Yeah, I started privately bugging Mark to make these ramps three years ago, before I finally got a Genesis! I helped with the Cliffy's too.

Here's the introduction from Mark/Freeplay40: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic ... st-2286464

... but Genesis ramp drama on MAACA starts in 2011: http://www.maaca.org/viewtopic.php?p=19469#p19469

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:03 pm
by cait001
Drano wrote:You mean like this? :D

I also added the chrome T-molding and I have plans to cover up the pink stripes on the cab with 3/4" chrome tape as well.
The speaker panel and translite will take a bit more work.

The game hasn't been sopped yet. I'm waiting on new targets, clear Titan rings and a few other bits and pieces before I tear it down and clean up the playfield.


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Oh wow that is SO MUCH BETTER! You get to see all that artwork underneath, it really makes the game shine!
Huge improvement.

Re: Metropolis robot mod for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:05 pm
by Drano
I did a little application on my cabinet using some 3/4" chrome tape and some chrome adhesive vinyl. All modifications are reversible but I wanted to see how the game would look if I got rid of most of the pink. I also added the chrome T-molding on the head, so it all goes together a bit better.

Down the road I'd love to work on a custom translite and speaker panel, but it can wait.
Maybe I'll get lucky and find someone parting out an old Gottlieb ROCK. That game has the exact same speaker panel and apron, but in blue. It would be a much better fit for the genesis playfield art.


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Re: Metropolis robot + mods for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:11 pm
by cait001
You have the prettiest Genesis I've ever seen.

Re: Metropolis robot + mods for Gottlieb GENESIS

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:17 pm
by Drano
cait001 wrote:You have the prettiest Genesis I've ever seen.


"prettiest"? C'mon... I took away all the pink :lol:

Thank you anyway!