Cardboard Pinball Machine




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Two days ago I felt really bored and after thinking a bit I thought why not make myself one of those cool pinball machines that are there at videogame then I started searching for materials and after a lot of searcch these are the materials I used :

6 Chopsticks
Duct tape
(Red, Blue, White, Black)
BBQ Sticks
A Spring

So I made the frame of the pinball machine from cardboard by just making a small cardboard box sort of thing!
And then to make the launching mechanism that will launch I used a chopstick and cut it in half and then glues 2 pieces of cardboard on the top and bottom and then just put a spring in the center and as you press the top the spring will get pressed as it will be attached to cardboard and that will make the launcher launch the ball once pulled back!

The flippers were the easiest as all I had to do was to make sure they were moving around a pivot and then use elastic bands to make the spring back action once hit!

Then I added a rotator wheel and two bumpers and a triangle supporter and some tracks!
The mission of this game was to make sure that you go on the track and finish it without dying in less than 5:00 mins!
I passed the lower mission....the lower track once but never passed the higher track... :(
My friend on the other hand is really good with this so he passed the lower mission 4 times and the higher mission twice!
We both played for 10 turns....

Chopsticks really came in handy to make the frames for the rotator, the triangle, the bumpers, the tracks support and even the launcher!I thought of using BBQ ssticks for supports but they were just too weak!

Here is a video of it in action! The video was made before I added the duct tape decoration so it doesn't look as good as the pictures in the video....

Enjoy watching the pictures!



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    34 Discussions


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Anything related to pictures is acceptable so...but the most themed one will win so definitely I am not going to win...


    2 years ago

    that's cool bro


    2 years ago

    SWEET! I'm gonna turn it Star Wars!


    3 years ago on Introduction

    that's sooooooooo amazing! You should do a thing on how to make it!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    My mom threw away this one coz she says there is no space in the house :(

    I might make another one and if I do then I will take pictures of it being made and post an instructable :)

    Glad u liked it


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Have you thought about wiring in some LED's and possibly an audio track so as to have similar sound effects? And maybe figure out a way to have the flipper really spring up by a button like a real one. Other than that, great idea! Love it!

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You mean the flippers somewhat like this?

    But because mine was small and made out of cardboard...not wood or was a bit hard...

    Even if I wanted to make it with wood or plastic, I cannot because the only tool I have is a glue gun...and some srpay piants...not even a dremel... :(


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, sort of. But I understand with the lack of supplies- I admire your ingenuity! I also have very few tools but I usually borrow any tools I need for bigger projects.
    I've been trying to make this but I don't have any time. I'll reply with a picture if I get to making this. Still though- great project!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Its not the cost of the tools that's a bother for Recently I was stopped for using my gluegun for a month! Because I spread glue all over the house while working with yeah...

    Hope you get the time to make it!