Nice work Cooked71. Looks good!
Quoted from Thunderbird:
The best playfield protector is the one that’s ripped off and thrown on the ground. Lol
Hahahaha, you made me laugh on that one, as that's exactly what I did with my AC/DC Luci VE protector. Here's a pic of it on my concrete basement floor.
Backstory: I was installing it on my NIB machine, and sawdust that must've been hidden in the seam of the playfield window cut out, and dust from who knows where, kept appearing on the backside as I was reassembling the playfield with the protector in place. I kept carefully lifting and reaching under it to try to remove the particulate. The final straw was when I reached under, and scratched the protector on the bottom side with my hand (I had no ring or watch on), and put a very noticeable scuff in the protector, that you could easily see at all times. Did a finger nail do it? Who knows? I tried to polish it out, but that just left a big cloudy area with a slightly less noticeable scratch. I was pretty enraged at that point, so out came the scissors, and I cut the protector out and threw it on the floor. I never played a ball on it.
Based on the above experience, I don't know how these protectors don't end up a cloudy and scuffed mess with all kinds of particulates and dust on the backside.
I just became a member of the BM66 club a month ago by trading my very nice original TOTAN for a low play (312 plays) BM66 Premium. I haven't played it much to this point as I'm waiting for a set of Cliffies to arrive, and the Covid19 pandemic seems to be delaying USPS delivery by quite a bit. Everything seems to work nicely on the BM66, and I played a few games to make sure everything worked, which it did. The only issue I had to deal with was tweaking the sensitivity of a few targets that had too large of switch gaps. Unfortunately, this included the bat cave target inside the middle of the turntable. Jeez-O-Petes that was a pain to get to, because I had to disassemble almost everything from the top of the turnable. That turntable is an impressively packed piece of equipment. Kudos to Gomez on the design.
As far as trading the TOTAN for BM66, I loved the TOTAN, but I had it for almost a decade. It shot as smooth as butter but it was a real easy player for me. I saw everything it offered long ago, including winning the genie battle 2 times during a few games. I wasn't playing it much at all over the past 2-3 years but liked to keep it around as visitors to my game room loved it. Not playing it much lead to thoughts of selling/trading it, and a local Pinsider posted a BM66 for trade and he was interested in a TOTAN, so the deal was done. I think I'll dig the much deeper rules of BM66 when I get everything buttoned up with the Cliffies installed, and the BM66 theme just hits a nostalgic sweet spot for me as I loved the show when I was a kid watching reruns in the 70's. Adam West will always be my favorite Batman.
Plus, I figure if I end up missing TOTAN, CGC will probably make a remake down the road. I just don't know if I could part with the money for a remake after owning an original for so long and getting real good at it. I might rather spend the money for a newer pin with deeper code that will stay fresher for a longer time in home use.
Quick question from a new owner: Is it common practice to change the green shooter spring that I believe came stock in my BM66 to a stronger one? It seems really weak.
Quoted from jorant:
Do these games (either original or catwoman) have any pooling? What are the playfields like on this? If I bought a new one should I be worried? It seems like nobody has complained about this in regards to batman 66.
Yes, they have it. I just ironed out the blisters/pooling on the 6 slingshot posts this morning of my BM66 which was made in April of 2019. I've seen it on Catwoman editions as well.
Quoted from JMCFAN:
Where can I order a replacement spring...?
I just ordered an orange one from Pinball Life. I also borrowed the orange spring from my Metallica in the meantime and can verify it sends the ball all the way around the loop on the plunge for the super skill shot.
I'm have at least one ball reject from the right ramp on every game on my BM66 and it's getting old. It appears to me that the rejected balls get airborne at the bottom of the ramp and then hit the leading corner of the clear plastic ramp lid (which the CAT standup with the 2 LEDs mounts to).
It seems as if someone just made a 1/4" to 1/2" longer lid that the ball would slide underneath it instead of hitting the corner and bouncing back at me.
My apologies if this has been covered in the last 3 years. Being a new owner I'm unfamiliar with everything discussed over the last 318 pages.
I lifted the lid by putting a couple of washers underneath it thinking that making it higher would be better, and it did help. I'd just like to eliminate the problem all together. I might throw an extra set of washer under it to make it higher yet in the meantime.
Thank you in advance for any help.
Quoted from airplanequartet:
I’ve never experienced that... is the ramp sitting flush with the play field?
Yes, both ramp flaps are nice and as flush with the playfield as can be. I just set it up and waxed it recently. Maybe it will settle down after more plays. Maybe I should reduce flipper power as well.
Quoted from Jediturtle:
Could your ramp be overtightened to the playfield, causing a bumpy transition from the flap to the ramp itself? Not sure if that is possible with the ramp design, but I have seen that on ramps where they screw directly into the playfield from above. Might be something to play with at least. Or on the opposite end of that, could the ramp be loose?
Also, are your blue nubs installed correctly on each side of the ramp? If those are on wrong or tapered the opposite way, maybe they could be creating a bit of a ramp if you hit them on the way to the ramp? Again just a thought. That's a weird one. Mine can be blazing fast, but I've never seen the ball jump, much less reject.
Thanks for those ideas Jediturtle. I'll take a closer look later today.
The money that would have been used on a mirrored backglass was was diverted to the extra man hours required for Stern personnel to individually watch each "I deserve to be allowed to buy an SLE" submission video by grovelling hopeful customers to be.
Question for all you fellow BM66 owners:
In the process of installing the Mod Couple's Atomic Pile, I noticed this o-ring buried in the turntable is almost broken (again). I replaced the stock o-ring in May, when it broke in the same spot. The replacement is a Titan silicone o-ring, which I hoped would last longer, but 6-7 months later, it's almost broken too.
It's no fun to tear the turntable down to this point, so I'm gonna replace it again, but I gotta ask: Do any of you have any recommendations as to how to make this last longer, or why it's breaking here? I'd hate to do this every half a year.
Thanks in advance for any advice!!!
Quoted from thundergod76:
Is it possible the O-ring you used is one size too small and stretched too much? I had this issue on my KISS with the slings never lasting. Titan suggested one size larger and haven't had further issues.
It is possible. I looked at the original broken o-ring I removed and it had 1 1/2" on it, so that's what I replaced it with, but it is pulled really tight, especially around the post shown with the tearing. I'll double check the manual in regards to recommended o-ring sizes. I suspect if the manual says 1 1/2", it was the designer's intent to keep this o-ring taught, as the ball rolls against this o-ring on its way out of the turntable assembly after you shoot the "bat cave" shot through the batmobile spinner.
It seems like this particular o-ring really should have been a wireform. I've been thinking about how I could make a wireform that could be added to the turntable in this area without major surgery.
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:
Interesting. Even the Tilt forum says otherwise. Are you guys running an older version of the code?
I'm sorry, when I wrote "That's how mine works", I meant that I'm agreeing with you. Apologies for not being clear. First Tut saves minor villain progress, and all subsequent Tuts add +1X channel multipliers (starting at 2X as you noted). That makes it very lucrative for me to keep stacking Tuts.
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