2000 REPRODUCTION PLASTICS
DO: Removal of original metal posts
Flight 2000 plastics set has a unique bunch of posts that were
actually embedded into the plastics themselves. Similar
to rivets, these cannot simply be "snapped
out". These posts are found in the return lane
plastics as well as throughout the maze clears. There is a
simple procedure in removing these, and they MUST be removed
in order to use them with your new set of reproduction
Load up a drill with a nice sharp titanium 3/16 drill
bit. Why titanium? The bit must be capable of biting
metal. These bits are typically a golden color (not
silver or chrome). Grab the metal post by its bell using
needlenose pliers. Don't grip the pliers too tight or
you will dent your posts! Start your drill spinning, and
begin to push the bit into the TOP of the rivet hole... let
the drill slowly strip away the metal... POP... the post will
spin right off the plastic. Do this for all your
embedded posts. It is normal for a little ring of metal
to stay embedded in the original plastic.
If you need
to SEE this procedure being done, Mike and I made a video of
This is a 16 MB video file from a digital camera. May
take some time to download.
When installing your new plastics, use these posts exactly as
they were intended, except they aren't "embedded"
into your plastics anymore. Carefully slip them into
place (don't scratch the ink on your plastics) one by one as
you put your screws back in (maze and return lanes).
See how the metal posts
work exactly as intended with the repro plastics. The
force of your screw keeps everything nice and tight. The
need of them being embedded into the plastics is obsolete.
To make the repro plastics look even nicer, we HIGHLY
recommend you purchase brand new shiny screws and throw away
your old ones. You will need three sizes: short
ones for the rails, medium ones for the return lanes, and long
ones for the maze. New screws glisten really shiny and
look great with your glossy new repro plastics.
WASHERS (Cosmetic Tip)
A personal touch that you may choose to employ
is using chrome finishing washers in combination with new
screws. This not only protects your plastics from screw
turns, but they simply LOOK GREAT. You can use them under post
nuts AND screws. Some use them EVERYWHERE. These
washers are available at Home Depot and such. Once you
are done the plastic installation, you step back and the
playfield looks like it's studded with jewels. Some
people may not like this idea, but this is only offered as a
personal opinion. Here is a photo of an F2K maze area done
with this technique:
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
NUTS REPLACEMENT (Cosmetic Tip)
Another word of advice is to get rid of all those
white plastic post nuts. Some of you may even have brown
or black rubber ones. Either way, this is another
personal opinion for you to decide for yourself. If you
have access to any standard 6-sided hollow-metal post caps,
use those. They were standard on Gottlieb games
throughout the 80's. They can be stripped from
Gottlieb System 80 games. Run them for 3 days in a
polisher and BAM...perfect chrome!! They happen to fit
on Stern and Bally post bolts too. These may be found at Home Depot, but
they're usually the solid ones. Continuing with a cosmetic theme of SHINY IS
BETTER, it is recommended topping your post bolts with these.
Yes, you can use the finishing washers underneath those too.
Look at the maze photo above and you'll see the nuts behind the
AND ENJOY !!