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A clock in my Gottlieb Fastdraw


By Freedom2000

62 days ago



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#1 62 days ago

Hi All,

I am pretty new on this forum, as most of the time on the other side of Atlantic ocean

I am the owner of a 1975 Gottlieb FastDraw pinball that I have almost fully restored. It is now playing like a charm on a clean and neat playfield !

As I am a "electronics geek" I wanted to add something to my pinball but without destroying anything into the original wirings.

Here is what I made : A Bluetooth Low Energy clock synchronized via Wifi with NTP and connected to my Android phone for tuning.

The clock directly moves the score reels to display date/time and rings the bell (chime)

It connects on the backglass side directly on the connectors. The pcb is hidden into the cabinet and protected by a nice wood cover specially designed by "french tech industry" !

Videos are here (sorry in french but easy to follow !) :
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full integration into the pinball :

JP
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#2 62 days ago

Nicely done. I like that it's integrated into a working game. There have been other clocks made with similar approaches including:

Bally Wizard with a GPS:


Harbor Lites with a real time clock (RTC) chip:
https://sites.google.com/site/randyelwin/home/projects/harbor-lites-clock

Just score reels with an RTC:
https://hackaday.com/2018/12/13/turn-old-pinball-parts-into-a-unique-digital-clock/
https://makezine.com/projects/convert-pinball-score-reel-clock/

and my own effort using a WWVB radio receiver:
https://www.funwithpinball.com/exhibits/atomic-clock

/Mark

#3 62 days ago
Quoted from Freedom2000:

"french tech industry

I don't speak French, but that's a cheese box, right?

Nice work!

#4 62 days ago

Wow, it's as if Gottlieb built their own version of a grandfather clock. Well done!

Along those lines, I'm glad grandfather clocks do not use 24 hour time. The clock striking 24 (at midnight!) would be intolerable.

#5 62 days ago

That is really cool! At first I thought this was just going to be another post along the lines of "Hey, I bought a pinball and found this old clock somebody left inside of it."

#6 62 days ago

It would be really cool if the chimes went off every quarter hour.

John

#7 62 days ago

Impressive!

#8 62 days ago

That's really cool.

#9 61 days ago
Quoted from MarkG:

Nicely done. I like that it's integrated into a working game. There have been other clocks made with similar approaches including:
Bally Wizard with a GPS:

Harbor Lites with a real time clock (RTC) chip:
https://sites.google.com/site/randyelwin/home/projects/harbor-lites-clock
Just score reels with an RTC:
https://hackaday.com/2018/12/13/turn-old-pinball-parts-into-a-unique-digital-clock/
https://makezine.com/projects/convert-pinball-score-reel-clock/
and my own effort using a WWVB radio receiver:
https://www.funwithpinball.com/exhibits/atomic-clock
/Mark

Thank you !

I do like all this stuff and mainly the harbor lites which is quite original because no noise !
To be honnest I started pinball mania when I saw these clocks in Elektor last year. I immediately wanted to buy a few reels. But it was expensive.
I eneded by buying a full pinball !

And since this date, my idea was really to have something not spoiling the pinball !

JP

#10 61 days ago
Quoted from RCA1:

I don't speak French, but that's a cheese box, right?
Nice work!

Right !

Cheese box --> boite à fromage in French !

#11 61 days ago
Quoted from DaMoib:

Wow, it's as if Gottlieb built their own version of a grandfather clock. Well done!
Along those lines, I'm glad grandfather clocks do not use 24 hour time. The clock striking 24 (at midnight!) would be intolerable.

I can change this and set up a 12/24 format option !

#12 61 days ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

It would be really cool if the chimes went off every quarter hour.
John

Easy to do !

But even hours chimes are a nightmare...

I wanted a chime tone for hour, 1/2h and 1/4h. theoritically easy because the xylo has 3 tones... but not enough IO ports left on my ESP32 microcontroller !

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