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PotC owners club: "Dead men tell no tales..."


By rai

4 years ago



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#1257 2 years ago

Hello all! I Joined Pinside a couple days ago with having a POTC pin already. I got it back in 2014 from a Chuck E. Cheese for $1700. It was in really poor condition. Sorry no before pics. 2 optos were bad, the clutch for the ship was shot, and the link from the coil to the treasure chest lid was broke. In addition, the auto launch was not working and the decal on the Tortuga disc was worn down to about an inch in diameter.

I initially fixed some of the problems do be playable and have some fun with it. Last year, I started taking apart the playfield to clean it, as well as all the parts. Since this was a hobby, I worked on it when I could. Cleaning was the worst part of the whole project as it was evident that it wasn’t really taken care of that great while in the custody of CEC. But I cleaned it in the cabinet and out.
When I looked up online where to buy parts I saw some of the mods out there. Since I was on a budget, I saw some mods and figured I could create the same. There were some I could do though. Here is a list of mods.

1. Speaker Panel (I made using the old one and completed it in 2 days)
2. Speaker Grilles are a cloth material to allow sound to go through.
3. New speakers
4. Old sails broke and made new ones out of painted cloth and small dowls to hold them up. They are very light like the originals.
5. Added a modified firing LED cannon mod to the ship. Instead of the LEDs only coming on with the flasher when hit, I created a circuit allowing the LEDs to simulate cannon firing all different from each other. It stops “firing” when the ship sinks.
6. Added a jolly roger flair to the pops
7. Painted the chest
8. Purchased target covers
9. Purchased shooter lane protector
10. LED lights all over. Nothing color enhancing as I’ve seen with others as I bought them before I saw them.
11. LED behind the translight
12. Added cannons, by the flippers, on top a homemade deck. Cannons fire when you press the flippers. Special circuit was made so if you hit the flippers really fast, it only “fires” once. You need about a half a second for the circuit to reset. Both these and the ship’s cannons mimic cannon fire, not just flash. They do fade, but quickly. May be considered by some as they flash, but I made them the best I can to mimic cannon fire.
13. Added “Dead men tell to tales” homemade stickers on top of flippers.
14. Changed rules, I mean guidelines, as well as all images in that area. Installed a couple electroluminescent panels underneath to highlight them.
15. Added some coins on the front molding. It does not interfere with my hands when playing.
16. Added a coin to the plunger.
17. Added a few pics to the front.

I would like to get a decal set for the outside of the cabinet but need to wait for funds to get. Due to the location of its prior play, there is damage and extreme fading to the existing images. I would also like to add a topper of sorts. I’m still looking for the right items. I currently have a LED sign from when it was in tournament play at CEC. It shows the high scores and apparently my house is Chuck E. Cheese as the sign shows, other than the scores, “Welcome to Chuck E. Cheese”.

I hope you like what you see, even though some mods are the same as others. I do have a video of the cannons firing https://www.facebook.com/SmurfU/videos/vb.100000283422362/1723676784318419/?type=3. Due to the brightness of the LEDs on the playfield, the video does not do the flipper cannons any justice as to how they look when firing.

Thank you for reading.

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#1260 2 years ago

Thank you. Since I never kept track of other expences, I would have to estimate as to the cost of repair/mods. I figure that with the game purchase plust parts/mods would be around $2500.

#1261 2 years ago
Quoted from michi:

That's a great looking machine!

The sails look really good, better than the originals. I really like those!
Michi.

Thank you. I had painted the originals and played for a while, but during a game, a sail fell off. The plastic around the screw shattered and the other was showing major cracking. I wanted to have the sails look as close to the movie sails as possible.

5 months later
#1582 1 year ago

Here is a better link for viewing a video of the mods to my machine. I really like the firing cannons by the flippers (hard to see in the video) which are controlled by pressing the flipper buttons and the cannons firing on the ship.

3 weeks later
#1639 1 year ago
Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

where did the new sails come from on the ship?

After I rebuilt my machine, I had repaired the sail I had but wanted something better. After a few plays the sails broke. I decided to make these using some plastic for the masts and wood dowels and black string to hold the fabric sails. It's still light enough and small enough to do all the actions required for gameplay.

#1641 1 year ago

Here are pics of the sails. Also, I posted pics of the mods I did back in July in this forum.

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#1648 1 year ago
Quoted from Soulrider911:

potc1334 wow, that looks awesome,,, do they still fold without hitting anything?

Thank you. Yes, they fold up without hitting anything. They are the same size as the old ones.

#1649 1 year ago
Quoted from Bendit:

Wow! That does look awesome. A video of the collapsing sails would be awesome! (if you have time).
Good job man. I love how you fastened the sails too. Very cool.

Thank you for the compliments. I will work on a video to post.

#1651 1 year ago
Quoted from Bendit:

A video of the collapsing sails would be awesome!

For your viewing pleasure.

#1652 1 year ago

Here is a vid of the cannons on my ship firing. They fire all the time while power is on, but they stop when the ship sinks. I cannot think of any ship (real or false) that can fire its cannons when it sinks. They start firing again when the ship comes back up.

#1653 1 year ago

More mod videos with cannons. These are by the flippers. They fire when you press the flipper buttons. If you hold in a button, it only fires once. If you rapidly press the button it will fire but not fire again until there is about a 1/2 second wait between button presses. I put dark paper down for the vids so you can see them firing.

#1655 1 year ago
Quoted from Bendit:

The sails are somewhat rigid! It looks awesome. Good job.

Thank you again.

2 months later
#1724 1 year ago
Quoted from PeterG:

Upgraded my Kraken

Great Mod! Where did you get the other part of the Kraken at?

#1729 1 year ago
Quoted from PeterG:

The kraken part is this one
http://images.collector-actionfigures.com/AF-141961_a3e384c0-2e6f-11df-8650-001ee5d7ff66_00.jpg
Search on google Zizzle Kraken Slime.
I drilled the eye out and added a led that is attached to the flasher at the back of the kraken plastic on the playfield.
I lighted the slime with some leds, I have seen versions with a flasher dome there, but I liked to keep the slime, It will dry out and will get hard but looks great. I have the Jack figure that jumps into him, like in the second movie.

Thank you for the information. I also like the key. You have some really good ideas and mods on your machine.

1 year later
#2063 89 days ago
Quoted from dzoomer:

Quiet here. Hope your all enjoying the Stern's POTC. A good player friend recently beat Davy Jones which is pretty impressive imo. Who here has done that?

I have twice. However, I have yet to complete the compass for the Four Winds Multi-ball. I get close with one direction to go, then I choke.

#2064 89 days ago
Quoted from PeterG:

Now I have a gun

That looks great! Is it hooked up to the auto launch?

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