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Building a pinball playfield rotisserie

I’m a big video arcade game fan, but do love a good game of pinball. I own LOTR and have a project Firepower pending, but a recently acquired Flight 2000 pinball machine by Stern, see coinopspace for details, has motivated me to try my hand at pin restoration. After stripping most of the playfield parts I found myself at that point where its tough to get at the stuff underneath the playfield. It was time to create a playfield rotisserie. What’s that you ask? Exactly what it sounds like. A big contraption that allows you to rotate your playfield and access both sides easily. Playfields are big, heavy and awkward. Using one of these tools makes dis-assembly and final reassembly a much easier task.

I did some research and decided to model my rotisserie after the one found on Ed Cheung’s website. If you’ve never seen his site I recommend taking a look, he has some inspiring work on display. I bought the materials and used lumber I had on hand. The materials cost about $65, pricey, but still cheaper than a store bought PF rotisserie.

I made two mistakes here. First was the length of 2×4’s clamped on the table should have been longer. Second, my table was not sturdy enough to hold the weight and I had to prop up the mechanism. No good. I would have to build a different model for better stability. Not a big deal, just took more time.

I built two A frames and mounted all the hardware. Two scrap pieces of 1×4 made nice support struts on the bottom. I wasn’t going for anything fancy or adjustable, just stable. I’ll just remove the struts when I’m done, easy. I sized the length for the Flight 2000 playfield and mounted it in place with some C clamps. Works great and will make the removal of the remaining hardware a breeze.

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