Why yes, yes I am. So I took my usual friday trip to pinball life in huntley. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, I'm spoiled living only 5 miles from there. I was motivated to go because I won the T2 LED mod on the spooky pinball podcast. Do I have a T2? No, but you never know, I might get one someday. Terry had my parts ready, I pet his dog who probably thinks I'm family at this point, and $100 later I was on my way. I bought 2 williams flipper assemblies with the standard solenoid size, about 50 clear posts (10% discount on top of the already deep discount for picking up in person), and a couple lane guides. Also needed a new skirt for my pop bumper on black knight so I picked up 4 because they're so cheap it's good to have extras (can't beat 33 cents a piece).
I chose data east lane guides because I like the clear, and the posts could come in handy if I decide to mount plastic art over the top, and they have nice steep angles for blasting the ball across the flippers. Also at $6 a pop how can I say no to that, surely cheaper than trying to get custom ones lasercut out of aluminum.
Now although I could probably plop the lane guides onto the playfield and eyeball it, I like to measure thrice and cut once so I went ahead and modeled it up so I could put it in my assembly. Hey, you never know, I might do another pinball layout and if I do the grunt work up front it will make it easier in the future. I'm also trying to go clear on as many items as I can since I won't have inserts. Yes I will have GI (that's not hard to do, add 6V to a bunch of sockets), but you never know I might want to add LED lighting to posts and anything else that's clear.
Funny how components start forcing you to move and adjust things. I had to back the waterfall ramp a good 2 inches, move the flippers down an inch, and change the text to 2 lines to get it fit properly. I thought about continuing the playfield art to plastics over the inlane guides but I can only imagine the alignment nightmare that would be.