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27th December 2007, 09:52 PM
my new project is a big one!:rolleyes

This machine SOOOO!! ****ed!

But as I am a big fan of fixing ****ed things, I have committed myself to fix this one.

Apart from the machine being incredibly filthy dirty & cabinet almost beyond repair.

I will get this baby looking as new...:cool:

But first I have request from a fellow TFTC owner.;)

I need a high res photo of the front of your machine.
I really need a close photo of the Crypt Guy? See the photo attached.

I am going to fill & air brush the cabinet for now.
....But I am also re-creating it in vector for digital printing it work.

So what I need from someone here is very high quality shots from the front of your machine.
It needs to be taken square & no reflection from the flash.

If you can help me out, I would really appreciate it.

Email photo to - playwell@msn.com
Photo upto 5mb:)

Thanks for your help.

27th December 2007, 10:21 PM

27th December 2007, 10:53 PM
It used to have one of those stupid lock bars across the door.

So it had some huge bolts through it on both sides.

I have many photos that I will be putting up on this thread during the restoration.
Wait till you see the play field.... I luv a challenge! :lol

but for now I need a good close pic of the (front) Crypt keeper art work for reproduction.
Please help!

27th December 2007, 11:11 PM
Give it time - let folks have a look at the thread - I'm sure there is someone that owns the game on the forum..

Keep the progress pictures coming (in the meantime) - especially the "Before" pix of the playfield.

28th December 2007, 06:54 AM
The progress photos are coming along I will put some up soon after I finish the internal & external cabinet painting.

Then I will move to the play field which is almost completely done. just finishing off the scoop hole today.

Hope someone helps me with a photo soon.:)

29th December 2007, 12:10 PM
I still need that photo guys, c'mon Please.:069:

While I am waiting for your kind effort, I have a photo of my own you can look at.

See if you can pick the before and after.

29th December 2007, 01:07 PM
didn't think that ball run mark would come out so easily, nice work! :)

Mickey Juice
31st December 2007, 03:00 PM
photos sent ;)

31st December 2007, 04:47 PM
NICE work dude! :D

Mickey Juice
2nd January 2008, 11:38 AM
Did you get the photos I sent Playwell??

10th January 2008, 11:57 PM
Thanks Mick, Yes I did.
I have been working on the vector art for the cabinet from photos that a few people kindly sent to helped me out. Thanks all...

Back From Holidays & have been working on the TFTC.

Huge job this one, but has come up nice.
Finished the internal electrics & mechanics today to a decent working order. Still a few minor things to take care of now.

The playfield is clean & all metal bits polished to mirror finish.
Replaced all bulbs and rusty/corroded nuts a washers.

It Plays extremely well now except for the odd sticky switch or two.
Will get new switches on my next order from the states.

After fixing a few sunken inlays & cleaning both sides of the playfield it came up really well. Plays smooth as new.
All Lights are bright a clear.:)

Broken wires, Sticky switches & bad soldering was this machines second biggest issues.

Next is to fix are the PCBs boards that have a few minor sus components that are not standard or at least should not be the way they are ATM. Easy fix.

After all the fiddly bits are finished I will complete the external vector drawing & print all new external decals at work.
The drawing just takes to damn long for me.
Maye cause I'm so painfully fussy.:rolleyes I even give myself the shits! :lol

I will put a few pics of the machine soon.
But for now a progress jpg of the artwork I have been reproducing.
I have put all efforts to make it extremely close reproduction. Using photos from 5 different machines.

The main difference is that i have cleaned the original artwork up considerably. I have removed all overbleeding from the shitty screen printing from the factory.

He is not finished but have a look anyway.:cool:

Colours are matched to Pantone PMS charts.
*Note colours in photo are not accurate. Screen colours will also vary.

Mickey Juice
11th January 2008, 09:15 AM
looking good!

11th January 2008, 09:19 AM
the art is looking great mate!
nice work

11th January 2008, 09:37 AM
A bit late for this post, but if you need help on anything for TFTC i have a perfect machine here :p

11th January 2008, 04:26 PM
Awesome effort on teh artwork!!! did you just freehand artwork?

BTW, what are you printing on?

11th January 2008, 04:58 PM
Awesome effort on teh artwork!!! did you just freehand artwork?

BTW, what are you printing on?

I am printing onto "Avery mpi 2003" with clear over laminate.
This is the same material that vehicles are "wrapped" in when digital printed art is applied to vehicles.
UV stabilised and with the clear almost cratch proof and never get any rubbing ware from fingers near the buttons.... :D

A lot higher quality than the standard print.:)

Photos of the machine in a few minutes.. (not art work), just the clean playfield & mech of the machine....

11th January 2008, 06:35 PM
Here are a couple of photos:

11th January 2008, 06:50 PM
Looking good !!!

Personal preference - use white rubbers, it will look so much better !

11th January 2008, 10:08 PM
nice material...what machine do you run it on?
So when you have laminted you dont worry about mylar?

11th January 2008, 10:41 PM
nice material...what machine do you run it on?
So when you have laminated you don't worry about mylar?

I use Roland digital printer at work.
This is one of our machines. I also do backlit prints but only on premium material that makes too expensive for the average arcade/pinball person.

This art work is for the external cabinet graphics only, not playfield.
All playfield art I do by hand/brush. then clear coat.


10th December 2008, 12:29 PM
Looking at the front left hand side of the cabinet
Classic how the holes were drilled right through his eyes lol

23rd February 2009, 08:15 AM
Thats AMAZING what you have done so far. Well done!

Trend Signs
10th March 2013, 04:59 PM
Finally finished the front of cab repair. It only took a few years to get around to it.;)48599

bad photos, but you get the idea.

It does look great. Like new.