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In Progress Terminator 2 Restoration

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Ant127

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My initial idea was to sink all the wiring into the cabinet itself, then fill over them and paint. However even though the leds I used have a 100000 hour life, I wanted to be able to change any should I need to at any point in the future.

I took some measurements and my current SS side blades would hide all the wiring apart from rear. After abit of research I bought a sheet of 1mm Mirror HIPS so that I could make my own mirror blades to the sizes I need.

Next step was to remove the parts from the inside, mask everything on the outside and crack out the router.

Once I had cut all the channels for the wiring, I gave the inside a light undercoat and re-sprayed it in satin black.
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After a a few days to let the paint harden, I wired everything up and tested it all. Thankfully everything worked 😀

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Next I moved onto measuring and cutting the mirror HIPS so that they could hide the wiring. It was pretty easy to do and only took a few runs with a sharp Stanley blade to cut. What took longer was measuring and re-measuring to make sure all the angles and holes lined up.
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I used some ultra thin 3m tape to attach them to the sides. I re-fitted the playfield and while it is close, it does open without scratching the mirror HIPS.

I’ve left the protective film on the front of the mirror blades until I permanently re-install the playfield. I also plan to stick some thin felt to the side of the playfield just in case it gets to close.

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Final job was to finally fit some of my newly powered coated parts, new Williams warranty and lockdown mechanism stickers and re-wire and fit the main power box.

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Just been catching up on this build, absolutely incredible work. Those handmade chromed leg protectors are next level. Respect! 🤜🤛
 
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Just been catching up on this build, absolutely incredible work. Those handmade chromed leg protectors are next level. Respect! 🤜🤛

Thanks mate, I really appreciate it.

Shaping actual protectors wasn’t to hard, but without a hydraulic press, it was getting the holes for the bolts lined up and neat with a dremal and file which was a complete bitch to do.
 
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I got round and finished installing another mod today.

Big thank you to @Colywobbles who took my initial plan for my playfield backboard and transferred it to some mirror hips.

Once received I installed some red acrylic which I sank into the backboard for a flush fit then backlit it with a few red led strip lights. Ill remove the protective film when I’ve refitted the playfield back into the cabinet.

Should hopefully go really well with the new mirror blades I fitted.

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I'd wondered what that was for. Skynet meant T2, but I didn't think of an infill panel. It's a bit late to suggest now, but would a strobing bar of l.e.d's, as with a 'program loading' graphic, be too intrusive?
 
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I'd wondered what that was for. Skynet meant T2, but I didn't think of an infill panel. It's a bit late to suggest now, but would a strobing bar of l.e.d's, as with a 'program loading' graphic, be too intrusive?
That’s cool idea. There’s so many ideas you can come up with around the Terminator theme.

To be honest, most of it won’t be seen as it will be hidden by a new skull mod I’ve got in mind.
It was sort of a side project that I thought I’d try out. Happy I did though.
 
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