Custom Futurama Pinball Machine

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Too cool but the video clip on the site needs sound!

It all started when I bought a weathered Superman Pinball Machine for the parts. When I gained access to the head I found the boards to be in good shape. I pulled the PCBs to see which ones worked and after a little fiddling and small repairs, they all fired up and the displays worked fine.

So, I had a fully functioning board set with a ravaged cabinet and playfield. I decided to use the boards to make a design station to experiment with possible playfield toys and devices. The playfield is made of 3/4″ Birch Plywood. This meant the height critical components had to be counter-sunk, but I thought the additional rigidity would be a bonus. At this point I had a full length blank playfield with working flippers and slings to play with. I started sorting through the wire harness and decided, in an effort to avoid trouble, an 8-letter title would be in order. By chance one of my favorite shows “Futurama” had just that. I started buying posters, calendars, toys and anything else I thought might integrate well into a pinball machine.

Dressing Room / Hotel Requirements for Mary J. Blige

I am always fascinated by this stuff.

MARCH 6–If you’re considering booking Mary J. Blige for a concert or TV appearance, be prepared to make a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond. That’s because the 35-year-old R&B singer’s performance contract stipulates that her dressing room include a “private toilet (with new toilet seat).” According to her current concert rider, an excerpt of which you’ll find below, Blige also requires, among other things, six cans of “Schweeps Ginger Ale,” Aveda candles, and a tub of Red Vine licorice.