June 20, 2019 at 8:56 pm #133249
Yes, it gets a flyer!
So have most of parts gathered to build Alien Star, mostly populated playfield from Haunt’s favorite guy Todd Tuckey, backglass from bgresto, and a bunch power supply and wiring harnesses from a couple guys in Alaska who parted out a dead Ice Fever. Plus a bunch of misc stuff from all over, which reminds me, I still need to buy cabinet rails.
I’ve started building the cabinet the backbox is in primer, paint this weekend, and bought a new toy to make this:
stencils made on my new vinyl cutter. would have been real helpful on the Hulk project. spent a lot of time figuring out how to use Illustrator and clean up the live trace it did. The main part on the left is done in a blue, and then the little bits on the right go over it in orange. the other side is just a mirror image, and I still need to do the cab sides and front in illustrator.
That’s it for now, and you may not see anything else for a while as I’m going on vacation for a month starting next week.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJune 20, 2019 at 9:01 pm #133250randrKeymaster@randr
Well that’s cool! Looking forward to this project for sure!
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Sweet! Following this one with interest.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJune 20, 2019 at 10:24 pm #133255TomParticipant@armyaviation
Month long party at BD’s house!
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Month long party at BD’s house!
As long as you get some work done on the projects! I’ll leave a list.
The tedium of cleaning up the illustrator trace. My OCD made me redraw the 4 point stars, but surprisingly let me get away with not having my circles all be circles. Front of the cab, around the coin door, left to do.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJune 22, 2019 at 9:47 pm #133502June 23, 2019 at 4:13 pm #133572
Still plugging away on the illustrator file for the front of the cab, the area around the coin door has more detail than the rest of the artwork on the cab.
In the mean time, stick the stencil shown above on the speckled, backbox and spray some paint…
Give it some time to dry.. but not too dry.. and peel off the stencil hoping you don’t botch the whole thing up….
Success! First color on. need to let this cure for a day or maybe even two then do the orange bits… then wait some more and repeat on the other side of the backbox. No way I would have done this without the stencil/vinyl cutter.
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That came out great !
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJune 26, 2019 at 8:59 pm #134665
So after 2 tries and fixing some black in between, we now have a wee bit of orange on this side. It has a couple small blemishes that I may or may not touch-up later, and the sheen is different on all 3 colors but the satin clear I plan on doing at the end will take care of that.
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Dang that’s better than factory ! Nicely done sir !
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Getting back rolling on Alien Star now that summer vacation is over. I got the other side of the backbox stenciled and have started assembling the main cabinet.
First time using my lock miter bit. kind of a pain to setup and use but should give very strong corners.
All strapped/clamped up as square as I can get it. backbox setting on the bandsaw behind it.
replicated the cross bars and corner blocks as close to factory as I could make it. well, it’s similar anyway :)
still need to cut the groove for the glass holder, cut the hole for the coin door and plunger and flipper buttons and power stuff, add another cross piece that is actually the front side of the neck, fill dings/cracks/imperfections, sand, etc then off to the garage side of the shop for paint. while it’s going through painting I’ll also be working on making the light board for the backbox with all it’s mounts and swivels and such.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereSeptember 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm #143838
While the glue dries…
A few years back when building my Star Wars cab I made a guide out of a 2×4 with a notch cut out to drill the corner holes for the leg bolts. It worked pretty good, but being wood got a little wobbly after the 8 holes.
So this is the guide block that’s been hanging out in the shop (I don’t throw anything away.. I need a bigger shop) I just clamped it to the corner at the appropriate height:
So what I’ve seen others do with 3d printed versions of this is over drill and add a metal bushing and I thought that was a great idea. A quick trip to Ace and I have a couple 3/8″ ID, 1/2″ OD bronze bushings that are 1″ long. I went with bronze instead of steel even though they cost a couple bucks more because the bronze would have less ability to dull the drill bits.
So I threw a 1/2″ bit in the drill press, set it to only go so far into the block of wood so the bushing wouldn’t go into the V and drilled the holes, then epoxied the 2 bushings into the holes, like so:
No, neatness does not count
To test it out I just screwed a couple scraps of wood together at a right angle, clamped the jig in place, drilled a couple holes then raided my spare leg bolt and leg plate bin for test parts. worked great!
Now I just need to wait until tomorrow for the glue to dry, measure for the hole locations (the system 80A have the holes at the same height front and back), then make some holes. Oh, I also spent a few minutes to get the router setup to do the slot for the glass channel as well as adding the front neck piece that I just realized I need to take back out and route for the hinges, good thing I didn’t glue that one and used pocket screws.
That’s enough for today, beer thirty. (why do we not have a beer emoji? )
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereSeptember 1, 2019 at 8:46 pm #143841September 3, 2019 at 10:19 pm #144048
Got the glass groove cut and leg bolt holes, coin door hole, start button hole, and plunger holes drilled, and fit the lockdown bar and reciever. Today my ‘new’ side rails showed up. I actually rather like the textured rails gottlieb put on some system 80 – system 3 machines, but I know a lot of people that don’t. I managed to find a set in mostly decent shape to use for this project as Alien Star did have them originally.
Test fit and mark for flipper holes etc. which I later drilled out:
I’ve owned a couple machines that had these side rails, but I finally got around to looking real close at the pattern. It’s rather mesmerizing once you see the pattern.
Tomorrows project is to route out the front of the neck (not on the cabinet in the above pics) for the backbox hinge, then reassemble and prep for prime and paint.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereSeptember 3, 2019 at 10:26 pm #144049JRParticipant@jfr1
Damn. That is neat to see. Thanks for sharing this journey.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereSeptember 15, 2019 at 9:29 pm #145224
Did some work on AS today, started on the lightboard, and got some speckles on the big cab, not totally consistent, but I can live with it:
And did the first stencil for the cab.
Also been going through all my parts and figuring out what I need and how to get all the wiring done. Trying to save up parts orders until I get further along so I don’t pay for shipping to many times. I’m just glad I’m not keeping track of costs, would probably depress me.
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Today I managed to get the stencil on the cab and back off leaving paint behind without messing it up. It’s the second layer (orange) I’m more worried about. Thinking about maybe doing a layer of clear in between since I had the stencil pull up some blue on the last one.
Still working on the lightboard for the backbox, trying to get everything all lined up.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereOctober 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm #146683
Didn’t get this one lined up quite right, but I decided I’d keep it anyway. One side done, except for clear, 2 to go. Still plugging away on the backbox details as well.
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