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Fish Tales
19th August 2009, 12:29 PM
Decided to clean-up the FT topper today, and replace bulbs. Struck me that blue globes may give a water glow, gotta be better than white anyway. Had some testors model paint in the shed, and thinned it down with turps prob 50/50 (to allow enough light through the bulb glass). Easy job to paint, held them upside-down in a peg (to aviod paint dripping on to the bulb's metal contacts). Yep I need a new bubble for my topper, but that can wait.

I think it looks ok:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/fitblue002.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/fitblue001.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/fitblue003.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/fitblue005.jpg

IPDB pic of a normal FT topper:

http://mirror1.ipdb.org/images/861/image-19.jpg

David_AVD
19th August 2009, 12:36 PM
Much better looking with the blue lamps I reckon. Well done. :023:

daics3522
19th August 2009, 01:20 PM
Much better looking with the blue lamps I reckon. Well done. :023:

Agree ............... Both my playfields have also become much brighter and attractive with coloured globes...........

Crafty
19th August 2009, 04:43 PM
Backyarding at it's best, well done.

Nice improvement

Shock_And_Awe
19th August 2009, 06:47 PM
Good idea Greg. I really like it :)

Johns-Arcade
19th August 2009, 07:39 PM
Nice mod Greg, it looks great!

Regards,

Johns-Arcade.

Fish Tales
19th August 2009, 08:10 PM
Been waiting to take some night shots, and yep I am happy. Next job is LEDs in the PF ;)

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/nanparty09FT005.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/nanparty09FT013.jpg

Under Fluro Lighting:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Gwind/nanparty09FT008.jpg

jyebow
19th August 2009, 09:29 PM
Looks Cool Greg, :cool:Nice Work.
Steve.

MrMaloo
19th August 2009, 09:51 PM
Nice job Greg .

And don't worry we won't tell your wife where all the missing pegs have gone ... :laugh:

Was the blue paint a "translucent blue" to start with or is it normal paint just thinned out a lot .

pinball god
19th August 2009, 10:20 PM
Looks great. Have you tried glass paint, it may give you a richer blue as you can dip the globe in several times to intensify the colour. It may also avoid getting the bulbs too hot as well???

pinsanity
19th August 2009, 10:35 PM
Looks great. Have you tried glass paint, it may give you a richer blue as you can dip the globe in several times to intensify the colour. It may also avoid getting the bulbs too hot as well???

I did the flashers in the cloud topper in my Addams Family that way (blue lightning in the clouds for the multiball sequence:)). One or two dips of the globe in the pot of glass paint, with the globe attached to a clothes peg (same method as EB:cool:) and they came out great.

AskJacob
19th August 2009, 11:14 PM
Looks like it shoulda been like that. Good eye for that simple mod mate!

Cheers
Jacob

Fish Tales
20th August 2009, 06:07 AM
I just noticed the blue light has made his eye stand-out more. Yes glass paint prob better, but I didnt plan this. I just used what I had in the shed. Its a dark blue paint Scott, I thinned it down at least 50/50.

WOKA
20th August 2009, 07:44 AM
A very effective idea.., I like it. Might go buy me some glass paint.

Shock_And_Awe
20th August 2009, 10:18 AM
You can take the "lazy man's" route and buy globes already done such as these.....
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=2&pg=1

stuba
20th August 2009, 11:22 AM
nice work. looks great. we are going to have the best FT's in the world with some of the stuff I've seen lately.

maybe time to put a fishing rod up the side and tie the dog to the other end..:D