Homemade Pinball: Bumpers

Homemade Pinball Bumpers

I added a variety of bumpers using rubber bands. They work well, but I want to get some thicker, colored rubber bands for visual appeal.

Up until this point I have been thinking about not putting a glass top on it. Yesterday my son was playing with it and he hurt his hand on one of the nails in the playing field. (He’s fine… it was just a very small cut) I have some spare acrylic sheets in my workshop and will use one of them for a removable top.

3 thoughts on “Homemade Pinball: Bumpers

  1. This is a nice job. I too built(am building) my own pinball machine. Your flipper design is very similar to mine actually, but yours is a bit more refined/concrete. I am also making mine with cheap mechanical lighting/scoring. Obviously, you have stated yours will not use electricity but I’m waiting to see how it turns out.

    In addition, I’m also attempting to make an electric flipping mechanism involving a 120V motor. This is quite a bit more tricky and complex however.

    Can’t wait to see how the rest turns out. It looks great.

  2. Feel free to send over some pics of what you have so far and I’ll put them on my other site, HomemadePinball.com. The mechanical lighting and scoring sounds fun. I have no skills whatsoever when it comes to electricity, so I’ll leave that stuff to you. :)

    I’ve gone back and forth a bit on how I want to do the scoring for this, and I think I have it worked out now. There should be a post up here about it soon.

    Take care, and thanks for the feedback! :grin:

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