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Dimpling and wood grain on new Deadpool playfield

By drsfmd

10 months ago

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  • Latest reply 30 days ago by chuckwurt
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    #51 38 days ago

    I see how my tone overwhelmed my point. I have held my tongue over the past year or so (also not being a member helped) in these hardness debates. And I kinda just let loose in a less than helpful way.

    My issue really isn’t old playfield/new playfield or pinball in general. It is the complete misunderstanding/misrepresentation of what hardness testing is, what the numbers actually mean, what is a meaningful data set, what is a properly performed test, etc.

    If joe off the street goes and gets a handheld tester and drops a few indents on a piece of wood clamped in a vice...those numbers likely will be highly suspect and the + - on the numbers will be large. Best case theoretical limits depending on which hardness scale you are using can be large too.

    for example you get an Oaken hardness value of 100 on one playfield. Best case that is 100 + - 25. How many indents did you drop? What was the variation? If you got 100, 98, 105, 97, 102 on your measurements I will be highly suspicious that you are not performing the test correctly. Let’s pretend you did it perfectly and got those numbers. Next playfield done perfectly but you got an Oaken value of 85. Much softer right? NO. Within the accuracy or your measurement tool, they are similar.

    This is the crux of my vinegar response.

    #52 38 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Contact your distributor with these pics. They will get with stern to get you a populated replacement playfield. Should not be a problem.
    I don’t care how many plays it has, this shouldn’t have happened.

    I just noticed some ink lifting by the ball guides leading to the Katana lock. If I purchased the game used, am I SOL? I put maybe 75 plays on it. I’m fine with dimples and stuff like that, but I shouldn’t be seeing bare wood after extremely light use.

    I’ve stopped playing for fear of it getting worse, and am now considering selling it. The game is spectacular, but the QC is shit.

    1 week later
    #53 30 days ago

    I just moved in to my new place and set up my Deadpool Pro, only to find very significant playfield damage in the shooter lane. I was worried that this might be due to a dirty playfield, or worn balls - but both check out fine. My guess is that the coil power for the ball release (which was set to factory default) was enough to naturally do this kind of damage - so I turned it down to it’s minimum.

    Turning the coil power down to its minimum doesn’t seem to make a difference - so I suggest everyone that owns a new Stern, especially if it’s routed, turns down the ball release coil power.

    I’m really concerned about the playfield’s print flaking off as others have described in this thread - so I’m praying they do another run. Deadpool is such a great game.

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    #54 30 days ago

    That’s typical shooter lane wear. If you want to prevent it in the future or protect this from getting worse, cover that area of the shooter lane with Mylar.

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