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  1. If you do get your hands on some wire, I would be so interested to see the process of making the wireforms. I imagine you're bending to an existing template wireform and TIG welding over the joins? If you could do a sneaky video that would be sweet! 😄 Max
  2. Woah nice! Hope you're well Scott. GLWS Max
  3. I think 20k+ is achievable for a full restore CV
  4. Are you just talking about people who aim to solely make a profit from poor quality restoration? Is this extremely common? Plenty of people restore their own machines because they enjoy it, and naturally the average buyer will pay more for a machine that looks good. I don't really see this as manifestly dishonest, unless there is some sort of claim that the 'garage restoration' is showroom quality and 'as new'. The high quality restorations will still command a higher premium which discerning buyers may be willing to pay. Doesn't mean the 'garage' resto is worth nothing.
  5. IJ Restoration Progress Apologies for adding to this monstrous thread, I'll probably split off future restores to separate threads as this one will soon get too big. Anyway, made some more good progress on the IJ playfield. I took a punt and ordered an overlay from PinballCenter as I would need to use a decal to fix Dr. Jones' shirt, which had suffered some flipper drag and a nasty touch-up. I was very reluctant to use the overlay, so my plan was in fact to cut out what I needed and ditch the rest, for fear of an imprecise fit on the playfield. The following issues presented themselves: 1. I'm not as good with a scalpel knife as I thought - there's no way I'll get accurate cuts if I try to salvage bits and pieces 2. These insert decals had white outlines, so replacing one meant replacing all for continuity's sake 3. The colour accuracy (especially the skin colour) on the decal was suboptimal, so I couldn't use bits and pieces of the decal without a distracting colour difference. 4. The decal was thicker than I thought. I'm hoping the clear coat will level it out, however I wasn't planning for as thick of a coat as I will end up needing. All of this considered, I decided to take a punt and apply the decal whole, after sealing the playfield underneath with one coat of clear. Application was sweet and the fit was fine. I then used the Darksoul KBS Diamond Clear method to roll on 2 coats over the decal (I will likely apply two more coats), thinned to 20% with solvent thinner. I won't go on about method since it has been documented elsewhere but am happy to elaborate if anyone is interested. A couple of things that I found: - I had read that the clear coat can affect the decal, so I did a sample on a bit of decal off-cut before proceeding and didn't have any issues. - The coating didn't go on as evenly or as thick as I had expected, it even looked like it left gaps where it went on too thin, but I figure better to go slow. - I used a high density foam roller (100 or 160mm) - I thinned to 20% to avoid solvent boil/bubbles during curing - I applied hardly any pressure during rolling and tried not to over-roll And.... we are at a point where the playfield is starting to look more 'alive'. It's a hundred times better than what I began with so I've got to be happy with that. Two more coats of clear before playfield reassembly. Hopefully the next update will be a finished machine. Also picked up a Pin2DMD from @Wiseold which will hopefully make this pop! Never had one before so looking forward to it. Decal applied on top of clear coat: After 2 coats of KBS (still wet):
  6. Machine is now sold. Thanks everyone for your messages. Max
  7. Great looking result on the playfield. I take it your clear coated yourself? Did you roll it or spray? Looks super smooth.
  8. Thanks Luke Will have a look at that today. Much appreciated!
  9. Got a PM saying link for pics wasn't working. Should be able to see pics below. Thanks for the PMs so far :)
  10. Hi AA Selling my Stern Family Guy because it doesn't get much use anymore. $5700 I imported this machine from Italy some years ago. Playfield: - Has been stripped, cleaned and decal repair was made on the "PINBALL" inserts. You can see this is slightly mis-sized but looks much better than before. - Has Makrolon playfield protector fitted - Around half of the playfield plastics replaced with new ones - Pinball Life Stewie Pinball decal mod added - Newton Ball assembly replaced - Beer can decal replaced - LEDs installed throughout - LED DMD missing approximately 10 dots, however no full lines so it isn't too distracting. Cabinet: - Some nicks and scratches, you can see these in the photos. Faults: - Occasionally, a switch fires when it isn't supposed to. I haven't checked which one it is and what's causing it. I've adjusted price to allow for this. - There are a couple of LEDs out - Slightly sticky flipper on upper playfield that needs some fine tuning. So not a perfect machine but it's cleaned up very nicely and the price is lower than usual for this title I think. Located in Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Photos: https://s989.photobucket.com/user/ma...?sort=3&page=1 Cheers, Max
  11. Hi all Need to get rid of an old Jackpot led box. Doesn't come with the original link as it isn't legal to keep those - but all electronics still inside otherwise. Sold as is :) $30 Pickup Darlinghurst Sydney Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Do you know how old it is? Nightlife usually use a media player (might be built-in on this one) that is controlled remotely by them. However not sure if their fees are for licencing of music or the actual software. Chances are, the older it is, the better chance you have of having no software issues. I would say pre-2010 you won't have any problems. Max EDIT: you obviously won't be able to update it with new music from them, unless there is a way to manually load files (I don't know about them)
  13. No innuendo intended in title 😂. I remember when Whoa Nellie got made by stern a few years back and had a hard time selling. I seem to remember resale market not being strong, but haven't seen one for sale in ages. Does anyone know how many of these came into Aus?
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