Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby mad » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:19 pm

congratulations for this beautiful restoration with precision and detail on the playfield and the cabinet.

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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:58 pm

Ok, one side to go the I am done painting. Please let this go well.
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First coat went on fine. Waited ~5 minutes to do second coat. Stripped tape and plastic back while waiting for 2nd coat to cure. Started removing tape and plastic almost immediately (1-2 minutes).
Pulled stencil off very quickly compared to any of the others. Mostly just hauled it off and let it snap off at the narrow sections. Had nothing land in the paint. Still had issues in the central area.

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Overall, this paint is just plain hard to work with. I varied every parameter, the paint just sucks but I got a good result in the end. I just fret over all the little details when I am 2" away from the cabinet and head. When I come back a month later I wonder what I was so stressed over, the thing looks awesome.

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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:02 pm

So crap, I forgot to do the insert, but at least the booth is still up.

So this was pretty low stress. Flash Gordon has no connector to disconnect the harness of the insert from the head so everything from the head was looped up on the back.

To sand it, I held the whole thing face down off the edge of the table and held the sander face up. That way nothing went into the sockets. Then I taped it all up and put ear plugs in each hole.
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Now finally, done with painting. Down comes the booth that was filling up the whole half of the garage.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:02 pm

I let everything sit for about 3 weeks before touching it again. First step was to put it up on some legs. Notice the playfield support rails are missing.
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I had never seen this happen before but the playfield support rails had been badly damaged. I mean you never even think about these, they are just there. But in this case I made new ones and took the opportunity to remove those unhelpful notches that just make everything go bang when you drag the playfield forward.
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No good photo of this but I attached them with more Kreg screws and some wood glue behind them. The factory also used glue but large staples in stead of screws. You also get a bit of a look at the fresh ground braid.
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I like how the edge of the playfield got nicely sealed over. I have had splinters off a machine one time the wood was so rough.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:08 pm

More grounding shots.
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The coin box surround was new wood. The old ones got destroyed when I removed the metal plate underneath.
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The grounding is kind of crazy on these early Ballys.
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Looks a lot better than at the start.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:25 pm

The Coin Door

Nothing worse than a gross coin door. This one was typical but needed some freshening up. Everything was dull with rust showing up here and there. I have a different door on a Xenon that I was sure someone had thrown up on, so this was fixable, plus no smell.

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This coin casting is pretty typical, but can look a lot better.
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Behind the coin casting is dirt and corrosion, all fixable.
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The backing plate behind the skin always gets the worst of any liquid poured on the machine through its life.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:44 pm

Based on reading comment here I decided to try getting some zinc plating done at Reliable Plating. So I gathered up a whole pile of parts and took it over.

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Super friendly guys there. In fact one piece got left there when I picked everything up so I asked him to describe it, apparently it was a rectangle with holes in it. It was the coin casting cover but that was hardly a definitive description. If you have not been there, you walk in and you are right in the middle of the shop. He wanted to see what was on one part so he invited right into the sea of vats and he dipped it immediately and commented on the rate of bubble creation as to what it might have been. Bring safety glasses.

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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:53 pm

I got on such a roll putting the door together and back on the cabinet, I took no progress photos. Anyway it obviously got back together.

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Here is how the coin casting looks. Strictly speaking this is from my Xenon door but the coin casting was polished up the same way this time. Whatever this metal is (likely a lot of zinc) it polishes up pretty nicely.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:06 pm

It is time to get this thing running again.
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Remember this?
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I had the zinc plating died black for this piece. Despite the fact it should be conductive I was having trouble getting good continuity. I masked off each foot print area and Scotch-Brited it off. I put dielectric grease on each pad so it won't corrode.
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I cleaned up the main transformer but minimally cleaned the one for the strobe. I noticed the plate in Xenon also has the mounting holes for a similar transformer, maybe Bally had been planning on a strobe attachment for a while.
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Lots of wires to reroute and secure in place.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:29 pm

Lock down bars get pretty bad, and don't look right when the rest of the machine has been cleaned up.

This is my 4th try at this. After 6-8 hours of blood sweat and tears I get a pretty good polished bar. I am determined to beat this.
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I take it up to 2000 grit before hitting the buffer. It is really hard to avoid leaving behind some scratches from the previous grits.
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Test polishing the one end.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:39 pm

The head came together pretty quickly in the end. All new instruction cards printed on card stock and stapled in place. Replace all the boards. Just need to put the harness clips back in.
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby bjm-maxx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:53 pm

We have now caught up to real time. I am missing a few parts to complete this restoration although the machine plays, I don't have my back glass in yet. So no completed photos yet. I can post these playfield shots though.

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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby HPR Pinball » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:44 pm

Maaca really need more thread related to pinball like this one, thanks a lot for sharing :) :)
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Re: Flash Gordon restoration - done the hardest way

Postby steamfitter » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:02 pm

Awesome work with precision to details :thumbup
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