Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Slap some paint on it!

While waiting for my parts that are currently residing in customs-land, my girlfriend who works professionally applying decals helped me attach the last decals on the pinball machine - on the cabinet itself. It looks awesome!

1) The completed exterior - minus side rails and lockdown bar, but their time has not yet come.
It's really starting to look like a proper pinball machine now!

Doing so also allowed me to mount the legs in their final mode including the plastic protector, fixing the cabinet head and attaching the "fold-lock" on the back. The plunger, buttons and cabinet door is now also attached properly.

As soon as the parts arrive I'll jump right in creating the harness!


  1. looking better every time you post pics mate!

  2. Thanks! :D

    Can't wait to play the first game, which hopefully won't be too far away!
    I guess I'll tweak the ruleset a lot of the coming months but actually single and multiplayer games will be fully possible as soon as the wire harness is completed. :)

  3. Zoltán Homonnai25 October, 2012 22:03


    I'm a pinball fan, and his machine is like an original pinball.Really great work.
    I want to build a pinball machine to. This will be my diplom-work.
    And I need some help, in few thing.I need only the dimensions,and some electrical tips. Can you help me?
    My e-mail is: hmzoli@mailbox.hu

    Thank you for your trouble!

  4. Hi there!

    You can find the dimensions online quite easily, for instance here -> http://user.xmission.com/~daina/tips/pub/tip0473.html
    What kind of electrical help do you need? If I were to build another pinball machine today I'd go for the P-ROC system -> http://www.pinballcontrollers.com/index.php/products/66

    Hope it helps! :)

    1. Zoltán Homonnai26 October, 2012 15:37


      The dimensions what I need is the standard sligshoot positions, and the in-line, outlane positions,
      and the mounting holes.

    2. Ah, I see.
      What I did was use a scan from an existing machine's manual, and then retracing the position of the various parts.
      You can find most of Stern's newer releases online at http://www.sternpinball.com/schematics.shtml

  5. Absolutely stunning work.

    I have a Rocky & Bullwinkle Pin that has some damage to the artwork so i'm considering scanning the lot and doing a touch-up job before having the lot printed as decals and reapplying to a patched and sanded cabinet.

    Reading this has made me think that maybe my plan isn't so crazy.

    1. Thanks!

      No, on the contrary - I think it worked out rather well. I had some troubles matching the colors (the artwork is more vivid) and limited experience with CMYK colors so next time it will be better. Ask the printing firm for examples first before printing the whole decal. Most newer Stern games use decals on the cabinet nowadays, probably because it's cheap and gives great results. :)