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DUMPSTER FIREpower


By mrm_4

10 months ago



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#451 88 days ago

As I get more familiar with this machine one thing that keeps bugging me is the exposed lights behind the stand up targets.
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I want there to be a translucent wall behind them similar to the plastic used in the FIRE rollover lanes.

I tried to make my own out of some of these lens filters I got.
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Not sure how I feel about it. But it’s better than staring full on into a bulb....

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#452 88 days ago

Wouldn't it be easier to buy colored bulb condoms?

#453 88 days ago

I bought flex bulbs. Then pointed the light up. Works great.

#454 88 days ago
Quoted from Billc479:

Wouldn't it be easier to buy colored bulb condoms?

Bulb condoms are the same as buying a Red LED. I don’t want the plastic to be lit entirely red or red light to be cast entirely from the bulb. Same as when I fixed the plastic art earlier, don’t want red everything just red specifics.

#455 88 days ago

Maybe it’s a dumb idea, I can just remove them

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#456 88 days ago

I sometimes use the white bulb condoms for spots like that.

#457 88 days ago

Maybe try incandescents in that area so it won’t be as harsh.

#458 87 days ago

How are you finding the black rubbers?
Any difference from the standard ones?
I have heard that the black ones are lightly stiffer and less lively(I've also heard that they dry out and lose elasticity faster) than the white ones.

I've got a set of black for one of my Blackouts and the other has white.
Going to tune the machines against each other and I'll have a decent feeling for it when the second Blackout is done.
Just curious what your thoughts are.

#459 87 days ago
Quoted from ss-pinball:

How are you finding the black rubbers?
Any difference from the standard ones?
I have heard that the black ones are lightly stiffer and less lively(I've also heard that they dry out and lose elasticity faster) than the white ones.
I've got a set of black for one of my Blackouts and the other has white.
Going to tune the machines against each other and I'll have a decent feeling for it when the second Blackout is done.
Just curious what your thoughts are.

I love them. These are the silicone Titans not the regular black rubbers.
I got them after putting a white set in my Mata Hari. Look and play great.
I need to clean all the lint and stuff off them from me touching’m tho

1 week later
#460 80 days ago

Installed the Cliffy lane protector. Looks pretty good. Glad that nasty chipped area is protected and hidden.

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#461 80 days ago

Got the capacitor for the speech board from setzkor
Installed it in the board and unfortunately nothing changed. The voice is significantly lower than the sound effects

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#462 80 days ago

Nice soldering Job. Clean

Quoted from mrm_4:

Installed the Cliffy lane protector. Looks pretty good. Glad that nasty chipped area is protected and hidden.
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I am waiting for my eject hole cliffy for my High Speed to come in the mail.

#463 80 days ago

Gameplay

#464 80 days ago

Nice Job. Game looks great.

#465 80 days ago

That’s a beauty. Looks great, plays great. Fantastic job.

#466 80 days ago

Damn fine job! Beautiful!

#467 80 days ago
Quoted from Pin-Pilot:

Nice Job. Game looks great.

Quoted from phillyfan64:

That’s a beauty. Looks great, plays great. Fantastic job.

Quoted from ss-pinball:

Damn fine job! Beautiful!

Thanks fellas!
Even after this video I needed to dial in a few switches.
My 1-6 targets are solid but a few blades needed adjusted behind some of the rubbers between posts. I also found that all 3 of these switches would make contact when the ball would bounce off the left orbit area. Needed to tighten the rubber up and bend some blades but I think it’s about as good as I’ll ever get it.

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#468 80 days ago

Thanks for making the vid for us!
Looks like it plays clean and fast.

My two cents (to all firepower owners):
* consider adjusting the exit wall on the left saucer so that it doesn't dribble out onto top of sling.
* consider adding cliffy enhanced frames to remove the ball hop (gotta use slo-mo to check for sure).
* brighten up the dark spots under a few plastics. the one by the right outlane is the most bang for buck for sure.
* comet strip under the apron to brighten up around the flippers.

-mof

#469 80 days ago
Quoted from mof:

Thanks for making the vid for us!
Looks like it plays clean and fast.
My two cents (to all firepower owners):
* consider adjusting the exit wall on the left saucer so that it doesn't dribble out onto top of sling.
* consider adding cliffy enhanced frames to remove the ball hop (gotta use slo-mo to check for sure).
* brighten up the dark spots under a few plastics. the one by the right outlane is the most bang for buck for sure.
* comet strip under the apron to brighten up around the flippers.
-mof

I’ve been adjusting the left scoop wall. 7/10 times it feeds right to the left flipper, I’m afraid to bend that guide out any further away from the post. Figures it would be a dud the first time ejecting the scoop while I video but if you watch the 2 times it ejects during multiball and at the end it feeds fine.

#470 80 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Got the capacitor for the speech board from setzkor
Installed it in the board and unfortunately nothing changed. The voice is significantly lower than the sound effects
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Well crap.

Can you doublecheck the socket and solder job on IC3? Do you have another IC3 to try?

#471 79 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

left scoop wall

Perhaps then the key is a cleaner hit from the scoop eject, so that 10/10 clear the slings

#472 79 days ago
Quoted from Schwaggs:

Well crap.
Can you doublecheck the socket and solder job on IC3? Do you have another IC3 to try?

I’m going to check the solder maybe later tonight or tomorrow after work and report back.

Quoted from mof:

Perhaps then the key is a cleaner hit from the scoop eject, so that 10/10 clear the slings

Good call, I pulled the spring on the mech and shortened it so it is tighter and now the feed is solid. Thanks

#473 79 days ago

She sure cleaned up nicely. Great job on a game that innovated 40 years ago and is still fun today.

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#474 71 days ago

So I just searched "mouse piss" on the forum and this wonderful thread came up...my recently acquired Flash Gordon has some mouse piss stains in in it...what did you do to alleviate the problem? Luckily, it isn't bad....just soaked (and long dried) into one small area.

#475 71 days ago
Quoted from ss-pinball:

So I just searched "mouse piss" on the forum and this wonderful thread came up...

Hahaha that’s awesome

Originally I was going to use a product called “Natures Miracle” because it has natural enzymes that eat away at the bacteria that causes the smell but it has too much water in it. Was worried it’d really warp the wood more than it already was.

I just cleaned it the best I could with Mean Green. Then after I sanded it down I soaked the wood in 91% alcohol a few times and let it dry before I painted it. I still think I can faintly smell it when I open the backbox but I think it’s in my head and I’m associating the smell of new paint with pee now.

#476 70 days ago

I'm not sure that there's enough there to actually smell.
Interestingly, it is just inside the coin door, all around the power switch...why do they go for electronically sensitive areas?
Still, I'm thankful it isn't worse...

#477 68 days ago

I cleaned it out yesterday with a bleach-based bathroom cleaner.
Will probably do that again with a toothbrush to try to further lighten the stains with some kind of enzyme cleaner formulated for urine.
There's gotta be a concentrated product somewhere.
Will then let it dry completely and hit it with a coat or two of Killz.
Will probably replace that section of ground wire and the on/off switch, just to be thorough...maybe even the chunk of wood that the switch is mounted on....depending on the level of damage, maybe just sanding off the stain.

#478 68 days ago
Quoted from ss-pinball:

I cleaned it out yesterday with a bleach-based bathroom cleaner.
Will probably do that again with a toothbrush to try to further lighten the stains with some kind of enzyme cleaner formulated for urine.
There's gotta be a concentrated product somewhere.
Will then let it dry completely and hit it with a coat or two of Killz.
Will probably replace that section of ground wire and the on/off switch, just to be thorough...maybe even the chunk of wood that the switch is mounted on....depending on the level of damage, maybe just sanding off the stain.

Sounds like by doing all that you should be good

1 month later
#479 24 days ago

She caught my eye this morning

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One thing I don’t like about my camera on this new phone is it’s too good and catches the refresh or whatever of displays. It always looks like segments are out. And DMDs look terrible with it.
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#480 24 days ago

Wow! Simply stunning - you've done an amazing job. Well done

Now I want one

#481 24 days ago

Yes, Looks great! Nice Job. Enjoy!

#482 24 days ago
Quoted from Pin-Pilot:

Yes, Looks great! Nice Job. Enjoy!

Quoted from Manny65:

Wow! Simply stunning - you've done an amazing job. Well done
Now I want one

Thanks fellas!
Man I suck so bad at this game. I swear every single target was designed to bounce off right into the outlanes.
I never shake my games around but this game frustrates me right into tilt city.

#483 24 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Thanks fellas!
Man I suck so bad at this game. I swear every single target was designed to bounce off right into the outlanes.
I never shake my games around but this game frustrates me right into tilt city.

Arh yes, I remember playing Firepower back in the day, designed to take your money as quickly as possible

1 week later
#484 16 days ago

Update with this restoration:
I got sick of the sound being so little when balancing the voice. I decided to see if a new speech board would help.

HOLY CRAP!!!

Popped this new baby in and BOOM!!!! This game is loud as hell

So with that being said I think I can finally close the book on this project.

Thanks so much to everyone that helped me out with this resto. All the help shows how awesome this site is when it comes to support.

Bittersweet but this thread gets the check mark now.

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#485 16 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Also applied Satin black to the apron and shooter lane cover. I’ll actually apply this decal in a day or 2.[quoted image][quoted image]

Where did you get the apron decal? I have been looking for a firepower one!

#486 16 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

Where did you get the apron decal? I have been looking for a firepower one!

mrm_4's do look great and really suit the machine

Here are some alternatives in case you haven't seen them
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/custom-apron-cards-printable-versions-only/page/18#post-5632527
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/custom-apron-cards-printable-versions-only/page/11#post-5237013

#487 16 days ago

I have the cards. I mean the decal for the apron...

#488 16 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

Where did you get the apron decal? I have been looking for a firepower one!

Here you go sir.

https://www.bestofpinball.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=11800

#489 16 days ago

I just stumbled on this thread. IDK what's better.... this Firepower restore or the Mata Hari Well done! Looks fantastic

#490 16 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

I have the cards. I mean the decal for the apron...

sorry, clearly I need to learn to read

#491 11 days ago

Check mark back off:

Ok since my sound issue is fixed I remembered I bought a better speaker.

I installed it and MAN does it Bump . Feels like a shaker is installed. Problem now is it has TOO MUCH BASS and the high end sounds muffled. I wish I had a tone adjustment or something to EQ the mids and hi frequency

Any suggestions? Something easy is preferred.

I hear adding an inline capacitor might cut some of the Low end but I’m not sure what kind of cap, what orientation, what line so on so forth.

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#492 7 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Check mark back off:
Ok since my sound issue is fixed I remembered I bought a better speaker.
I installed it and MAN does it Bump . Feels like a shaker is installed. Problem now is it has TOO MUCH BASS and the high end sounds muffled. I wish I had a tone adjustment or something to EQ the mids and hi frequency
Any suggestions? Something easy is preferred.
I hear adding an inline capacitor might cut some of the Low end but I’m not sure what kind of cap, what orientation, what line so on so forth.[quoted image]

Any thoughts on tone adjustment for system 6 games to accommodate wider range speakers?

#493 7 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Any thoughts on tone adjustment for system 6 games to accommodate wider range speakers?

https://lmgtfy.app/?q=speaker+capacitor+calculator

A 200uf cap in series will attenuate 6db per octave below 100hz for an 8 ohm speaker.

A 100uf cap in series will attenuate 6db per octave below 200hz for an 8 ohm speaker.

Either use a bipolar electrolytic (orientation does not matter) or a standard electrolytic (positive of cap to positive lead from amp - negative lead of cap to positive lead of speaker - negative speaker to negative amp)

#494 7 days ago

You’re the man schwaggs

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