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Alien Apron & lighting mod

By Faust

1 year ago


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  • Latest reply 4 months ago by TomDK
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#101 10 months ago

Hi Tom,
Yes, fully agree. Would like to know how to adjust the big in the middle for the color changing (I) effect and the 2 small LED strips, logically they can be only the lighting for the Weapon insert, but how have they been mounted there?
I guess I'm going to mount the 2 small controllerboards to the backsite of playfield. Would help to don't demount the whole Apron if playing with the effects by using the poti's.

#102 10 months ago

I mounted now the 2 long Strobo stipes by using 3M double sided band. Cutting into small lang strips and glue onto the 3d printed mounting frame.
Be very carefully, I needed to resolder the 3 thin cables to the stripe, they brake off quite easy.
So thats fits now as well as reglued with elastic Pattex the weapon insert and acid burn holes (styropor).
Not sure how to align the middle LED block and the 2 small LED Stripes ... might be "Weapon ready" and "Weapon cycling" lightning ...

#103 10 months ago

With the help from Felix I was able to fix it.

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#104 10 months ago

I had the same glue issue when received, i used industrial double sided tape instead.
I also had 2 missing 1'' connectors (Vimtoman?), that i have ordered separately.
Now it' s in place, It's beautiful and i'm so happy to have a REAL apron instead of the old plastic crap.
Big Thanks to Faust and vimtoman for the work!

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#105 10 months ago

Heres some info and pictures for the electronics to help out.
I've updated it since sending to Felix.
I had left the documents to Felix to do but really should have done them.
My appologies for the cable I chose as not great stuff

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#106 10 months ago

I think I've helped out most people that got a LEGO box instead of a plug n play apron.
Sorry about that!
By the time the first reports of hotglue letting go arrived, all were made and shipped.
I warned most users already about it.

Funny thing is that it seems to be rock solid here....
Twister said it may be due to temperature changes (in combination with the powdercoat).
In any case I will never use it again anymore.

#107 9 months ago

With the help from Andrew and Felix I wS able to install mine as well. Took just couple of minutes after reglued all the parts.
I’m happy

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#108 9 months ago

My arrived disassembled as well. Trying to get it back together. I have four of these black pieces and can't figure out where they go. Can anyone help?

Thanks

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#109 9 months ago

fossmin they are mounts for the led strip.
Mounting and aligning.
The locking ones go at each far end .
Place the non locking at the ball entrance.
Wires exit to the center where the Alien logo and controllers mount.
They have a long section for alignment.
Pictures of items attached. I do not have an apron so cannot show you in situe.
Maybe someone can take a picture just to varify it for you .
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#110 9 months ago

Is there consensus on which 12V power supply should be used for the upgrade? Or how to tell if yours is original an needs to be updated? I believe I have read elsewhere that running powered mods in this game with the original 12V PS is asking for trouble.

#111 9 months ago
Quoted from fuko:

Is there consensus on which 12V power supply should be used for the upgrade? Or how to tell if yours is original an needs to be updated? I believe I have read elsewhere that running powered mods in this game with the original 12V PS is asking for trouble.

I have Beowulfz07 version of PSU. Link below

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/alien-pinball-official-game-thread/page/471#post-4669103

Depending on layout you may have to shift the relay.

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#112 6 months ago

Late to the forum here. This Apron is awesome. You guys did a great job. We got our Alien early this year and she is in the shop getting a little work done. This apron would just top her off right. We would like to get one on to update her, is it possible to still get one? Faust Vimtoman

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#113 5 months ago

I'm afraid he's very hard to get.

I purchased from him and sent him money on March 3rd for "It is the very last one I have, and I can throw in a prototype version of the apron that you can use in a DIY project (powedercoated apron)", admittedly at a discount - since I guess he was cleaning out.

Since then - around 20 messages from me asking for updates to his half dozen, and eventually he only sent one apron.

He didn't tell me until I received it, and I messaged him to get told "...at the post office they took out 1 because the shipping weight exceeded 5 kgs which is the maximum, and I didn't want to pay..."

He hasn't responded to my messages in the days since - so I guess, the extra item he offered, is an absorbed loss.

Lighting wise, not sure what to do - it's loose wires, loose LED strips, and loose gels. No instructions at all. I have an electrician mate, we will work it out.

Overall, I will make what he sent work, and the quality of what was sent looks good - but will he do more, or remain active? I can't be sure about that.

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#114 5 months ago

I can't find this connection. Can someone please give me a wider image so I can locate it.

Thanks

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#115 5 months ago
Quoted from fossmin:

I can't find this connection. Can someone please give me a wider image so I can locate it.
Thanks
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That is the very rear of playfield underside. Bottom when the playfield is raised.

The blue plastic in the corner of your image is a pop bumper base.

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I have a question for anyone. See those I/O board nylon retaining screws in that image above, my game has hex head (alot smaller than those in the image) and some are missing. These look more like thumb screw style??

Anyone know where best to source these type?

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#116 4 months ago

Hi Alien Apron Friends

I had suddenly problems with balls delivered to the shooterlane, sometimes they got stuck, sometimes 2 balls get to the shooterlane.
So I figured out: It is the nice apron.
What happened: The double adhesive tape didnt stick anymore, so the metall part glued to the apron became loose, balls where hit against this part.
Just new 3M tape would be a solution .. for the next weeks .... So did the following:

Remove the little tap on the metall, bring on a post like on wireforms.
New 3M tape and a little screw the wooden ballguide right to the shooterlane.
Hopefully this will last a little longer.

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#117 4 months ago

Trying to finally get this installed. I have Heighway .94 boards. My board says K2 at this location with three blue wires. Is this where these two plugs go?

Thanks

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#118 4 months ago

Don't ask. Anyone have a suggestion on a replacement for the Weapons Ready light?

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#119 4 months ago
Quoted from fossmin:

Don't ask. Anyone have a suggestion on a replacement for the Weapons Ready light?
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Any help here?

Thanks

#120 4 months ago

Cut the shortes left side and resolder on the right side should work.
The rgb stripes with dataconnection should also be available on amazon, ebay, radio shack, etc ....

But sure would be great if Felix would give advice.

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