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Offline Mr Pinbologist

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Stern Lightning tidy up
« on: May 21, 2017, 07:54:09 AM »
Time for the next resto... well this will be just a "get going and tart it up a bit" rather than a complete resto, as its not getting a cab repaint as i dont have the time to do it!


This is the Stern Lightning that Ian (aka Howzat) picked up a last June for $300 from a mate of mine during a road trip we did to Armidale, (i picked up a Wms Flash in Guyra on the same trip for $230 which has since been fixed up and sold).


Anyway some pics of Lightning that we started on yesterday;


The cabinet is not too bad, I've already repaired the bottom panel that was falling out!
























The backbox needs some attantion, chipboard  (SHITboard) on back of backbox and MDF on the front edge water damaged















The playfield on the other hand, is a different story! although it looks ok at first glance on closer inspection it has a LOT of wear!
























I got a bit of a lucky break with the playfield, i've done a deal with Nino for a Lightning playfield he has that is in a LOT better shape than this one, so it'll be a simple playfield swap for this game rather than trying to restore THIS one  #*#


Soon as the replacement p/f arrives the work will begin  *%* *%*





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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 08:03:27 AM »
This is the home made backglass that the game had %.% %.%








And here is the translite i found on ebay that will be used instead.. much better i think!!












And the bag of goodies that came with the game.. new coils, lamps etc













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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 09:39:18 PM »
I have never played this game before .   this will be the 1st game I have owned with an upper p/f  and no bumpers

I have always wanted  a B/knight or Flash G but there quite pricey, so hope fully this will be a good player

I would be keen to get some opinions of game play  from you guys

As Mitch said where getting a replacement P/F from Nino  and repainting the legs and coin door

The B/box surrounds will be replaced     I carnt waite to get this in the line up        Howzat

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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017, 08:57:51 PM »
Custom crate arrived today. Long story  @@^
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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 08:28:28 PM »
Progress update;


The replacement p/f arrived from Nino about a couple of months ago. MUCH BETTER than what i had to work with on the original p/f  *%*  Thanks Nino  ^^^ ^^^


First four pics; the playfield as received...


And last three pics how it looks now after refurbishing. ALL of the inserts removed, flattened and refitted level, some minor touchups done (mainly around the inserts), mylar applied and reassembly started.


Some of the parts will be swapped over from the old playfield. The ramps are from the old p/f as they were in better shape, regrained/polished and fitted.

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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 08:36:30 PM »
Backbox and cabinet repairs being done;


Backbox back panel replaced and front backglass surround replaced. Lots of delaminated ply needed to be glued  ^&^


Cabinet had a few loose joints reglued/clamped/screwed together as needed and back panel repaired.

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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 08:45:23 PM »
Looking sweet mitch


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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 08:47:20 PM »
Never seen a lightning but it looks like a cool game, I'll enjoy following your progress with this one.

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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2017, 08:45:15 AM »
Glad the playfield is being used on a game. I was hoping to find a project Lightning to utilize it, but it is going in a game to be played - so I'm happy !

It is a cracker of a game. The classic Sterns are always overlooked, but this title won't leave a collection. Great game !
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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2017, 10:01:54 PM »
Thanks for sending the P/F Nino and the grate is the best way to do it
It will get used   as Big dog     Cam sends P/F down to Mitchs quite often

Mitch is doing a great job    I carnt waite         Ian

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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2017, 01:41:53 PM »
Thanks for sending the P/F Nino and the grate is the best way to do it
It will get used   as Big dog     Cam sends P/F down to Mitchs quite often

Mitch is doing a great job    I carnt waite         Ian

Was not comfortable sending the PF unless I had a crate.
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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2017, 07:59:51 PM »
Hi guys, a quick progress update;


Cabinet progress pics;
 
Backbox progress


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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2017, 08:10:40 PM »

I broke one of my golden rules with this one and did some touchup work on the cab and backbox rather than a total repaint.. i normally WILL NOT do cab touchups as the end results usually up looking like dog shit, but since this cab really wasn't too bad i decided to have a go at it with the airbrush.


The worst of the wear was below the flipper buttons which was what Ian was most concerned about getting repaired. I ended up using the same Trident brand airbrush paint i use on playfields and backglasses, matching the blue as best as i could which was pretty hard to do since the colour had faded differently between the left and right sides  ^&^


Some of the yellow was resprayed as well, using automotive acrylic (after some failed attempts with the Trident waterbased airbrush paint). The cab abd backbox were clearcoated after the touchups work to seal and protect them.


First two pic showing the cab before (since i lost the original pics i posted due to the photophuckit stuff ups)!
Next two pics blue touchups done, before clear applied (cabinet had been sanded before touchups were done).
Rest of the pics showing the end result after the clearcoat applied and side rails going back on..
Not perfect but looks much betterer me thinks  :D
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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2017, 08:28:10 PM »
Playfield update;


Drop target banks removed from old playfield, refurbished and fitted to the donor playfield.




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Re: Stern Lightning tidy up
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2017, 08:37:24 AM »
Looking good Mate. Playfield looks very busy and colourful !
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