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HEP This Week 1-19-2021


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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

  • Stainless/Factory 35 votes
    31%
  • Blacked out 54 votes
    48%
  • Painted Gold matched to cabinet 24 votes
    21%

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#6501 9 months ago
Quoted from ToucanF16:

I’m in Osaka and went to the Silver Ball Planet today. They had A Skateball right up front. Only 10yen (~$.10) a game![quoted image]

Wait, you can move around in Japan?! Most of the US is in lockdown

Cool to see a Skateball out in the wild like that.

Chris

#6502 9 months ago

Curtis is working a shorter schedule right now so he is using his free time to help around here. 4E3E4890-BFF7-4150-857B-D16830381B8B (resized).jpeg
With us both in the same room it means we need to keep an eye on Maverick
I make a quick tether for him.
If allowed to roam the room he will eat clipped zip ties,peices of wire or solder. Even has the potential to chew on the playfield rack. Fun guy but a bit of a handful in the work spaces. 8BB1157E-A15B-4745-964D-E3975E2A4B0E (resized).jpeg9B6E3BD0-4C0F-494D-8FFE-16576F1A5A65 (resized).jpeg
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While Curtis guts the BK I free the harness from the Skateball.
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#6503 9 months ago

Hmmm, you have a protégé now?

#6504 9 months ago

I’d watch your ankles...Mav looks a little pissed.

—Donnie

#6505 9 months ago

Do you make notes on the playfield or is that writing just now visible after you removed the harness?

#6506 9 months ago
Quoted from RC_like_the_cola:

Do you make notes on the playfield or is that writing just now visible after you removed the harness?

If it is a game that I haven’t documented yet and I am replacing the playfield then I will make a template out of it.
The notes let me know what connectors I used ,which pin certain wires went into so like a 4 pin square molex,red/yel 1,Org/blk 2,yel/grn 3,red/blu 4.
Not specific the picture but gives the idea.
This lets me build sub assemblies later without having the main harness in front of me.

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#6507 9 months ago

Skateball playfield is sanded and polished now ready to build.
The back was redone due to storage marks.

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#6508 9 months ago

Curtis is making good progress.
If he can get the old one gutted we will have room for the new one.

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#6509 9 months ago

Skateball Playfield building up
Nice new Reese rails.

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#6510 9 months ago

Just love those Reese Rails. Taylor does awesome work (just like you Chris). Even in black when they don't jump at you, they are solid and look fantastic. Hope you and the family are staying sane and safe down there Chris. Erik

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#6511 9 months ago

Skateball playfield is just about ready to flip and start the underside
Couple subtle changes nothing over the top

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#6512 9 months ago

Making some good progress on the Skateball.

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#6513 9 months ago

I have most of the assemblies on the Skateball and all the lighting mapped out.
LEDs are in the feature lamps and regular bulbs are being used in the GI as requested for a more authentic look from the players view since many of those GI lamps are visible even once fully assembled.

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#6514 9 months ago

Looks awesome! I particularly like the tough of the grey G.I. wires on this one for some reason. I have to say, I've regretted it every time I've ever put LEDs in an 80s game. Both Haunted House and Black Hole in my collection have LEDs throughout, and I absolutely miss the look and motion of incandescents. There is magic in those fractions of seconds that it takes for a lamp to heat up and cool down.

#6515 9 months ago

It looks like the G.I. (grey) is one run stripped at each lamp socket. How do you manage to strip it in the middle of the wire?

#6516 9 months ago

Tool Time with Chris!

#6517 9 months ago
Quoted from davidw:

It looks like the G.I. (grey) is one run stripped at each lamp socket. How do you manage to strip it in the middle of the wire?

I can do that with a wire stripper like this (I am not saying that's how he does it though)

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#6518 9 months ago

The main harness is now placed and it it being integrated to all the sub assemblies.

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#6519 9 months ago
Quoted from davidw:

It looks like the G.I. (grey) is one run stripped at each lamp socket. How do you manage to strip it in the middle of the wire?

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-this-week-9-17-18/page/88#post-5139387

#6520 9 months ago
Quoted from davidw:

It looks like the G.I. (grey) is one run stripped at each lamp socket. How do you manage to strip it in the middle of the wire?

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Best to strip toward the previous connection not away from it then it can be threaded into the lug hole.

#6521 9 months ago

Thanks for the info. I really appreciate the fact that you take the time to answer questions and help others while doing your restorations.

#6522 9 months ago
Quoted from RC_like_the_cola:

Do you make notes on the playfield or is that writing just now visible after you removed the harness?

what's really cool is that Williams actually did screen the bottom of some playfields with wiring information. the bottom of my neighbor's cyclone has dotted line markings on where the GI braid was run and wire colors for the lamp and switches. I'll get him to take a photo and send it to me

edit:

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#6523 9 months ago

Getting pretty close to done on the underside of the Skateball.

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My stock of plated parts had enough drop target bottom plates to add the adjustability feature to the large and the center bank so that is a definite upgrade.
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#6524 9 months ago
Quoted from j_m_:

what's really cool is that Williams actually did screen the bottom of some playfields with wiring information. the bottom of my neighbor's cyclone has dotted line markings on where the GI braid was run and wire colors for the lamp and switches. I'll get him to take a photo and send it to me
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Whoever installed that ground braid must have been horrible at staying within the lines in a coloring book!

#6525 9 months ago

I ended up having issues with the Rottendog rectifier board(no surprise). It smelt like something was burning and there was a crazy static coming through the speaker and pulsing with the displays when I did a power up of the cabinet solo. Turns I didn’t have the 7 volts just using the test points and who knows what else. Don’t have time or patience to figure out why it isn’t any good.
Swapped it for a better unit. Replaced a wire or three and moved on.
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Skateball playfield wired.
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Installed and powered up. No more GI issues or burning smells.

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#6526 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

I ended up having issues with the Rottendog rectifier board(no surprise). It smelt like something was burning and there was a crazy static coming through the speaker and pulsing with the displays when I did a power up of the cabinet solo. Turns I didn’t have the 7 volts just using the test points and who knows what else. Don’t have time or patience to figure out why it isn’t any good.
Swapped it for a better unit. Replaced a wire or three and moved on.

Installed and powered up. No more GI issues or burning smells.[quoted image]

Is that the rectifier board Marco is selling here:
https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/PS2518-18

#6527 9 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Is that the rectifier board Marco is selling here:
https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/PS2518-18

It looks like it or similar.
Pinball life also sells one.
One thing that really struck me as odd on the Rottendog was that it only had one heat sink on one Bridge rectifier the other has one per.
Also the other is clearly labeled with the solder designations on both side whereas the Rottendog is not.
Looking at the solder pads etc the Rottendog just doesn’t look as robust as the other version to me either.

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#6528 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

It looks like it or similar.
Pinball life also sells one.
One thing that really struck me as odd on the Rottendog was that it only had one heat sink on one Bridge rectifier the other has one per.
Also the other is clearly labeled with the solder designations on both side whereas the Rottendog is not.
Looking at the solder pads etc the Rottendog just doesn’t look as robust as the other version to me either.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Yeah, I tried various rottendog products and eventually just gave up. Too many weird issues. Thanks for the followup. These kinds of details (part numbers, links, etc) are necessary when there's a Tip Time with Chris key post talking about a specific product that worked for you!

#6529 9 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Is that the rectifier board Marco is selling here:
https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/PS2518-18

Quoted from High_End_Pins:

It looks like it or similar.
Pinball life also sells one.
One thing that really struck me as odd on the Rottendog was that it only had one heat sink on one Bridge rectifier the other has one per.
Also the other is clearly labeled with the solder designations on both side whereas the Rottendog is not.
Looking at the solder pads etc the Rottendog just doesn’t look as robust as the other version to me either.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

I've used the PinballLife one on 2 different machines. It comes with everything you need and is very clear on what you need to do. Really great kit.

#6530 9 months ago
Quoted from spandol:

I've used the PinballLife one on 2 different machines. It comes with everything you need and is very clear on what you need to do. Really great kit.

I have always had very good results with nvram.weebly rectifier boards. Epecially since I don't need the extra connectors and pins, which really cuts down on the price.

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#6531 9 months ago

Skateball playfield build is all done.
Few more details left and it should be complete.
The incandescent bulbs in the GI are a nice look gives that warmth to the plastics.

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#6532 9 months ago

Skateball finished.

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#6533 9 months ago

Skateball playfield.

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#6534 9 months ago

Skateball inside.

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#6535 9 months ago

Another spectacular job...

#6536 9 months ago

Black knight cabinet makes its way into the rebuild room.
Lots of parts to unpack and inventory.

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#6537 9 months ago

Friday beer it is a tasty one from Hoppin Frog

Toris the tyrant.

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#6539 9 months ago

Enjoy your well deserved Friday beer Chris. The Skateball looks fantastic and I can't wait to take it for a test drive!

#6540 9 months ago

Black knight Replacement playfield and its issues.

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#6541 9 months ago

Black Knight playfield set prepped and then cleared along with the apron.

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#6542 9 months ago

Skateball dialed in with very little resistance. 1CC98809-0659-464E-BA41-23798EA68F01 (resized).jpeg
Started staining the wood rail parts
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Made a couple changes to the BK front.
Wasn’t too much trouble I just went back to yellow with the horses and shrunk/fine tuned some of the “blocky” looking parts of the red details. They just didn’t look close enough to my original.
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Broke out the wheat wine.

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#6543 9 months ago

Looking good as usual sir. You need to update the thread. It's April

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#6544 9 months ago

One more stain application on the wood rail parts.
Hope to clear those this week.

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#6545 9 months ago

BK lower graduates the paint shop once again

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Lamp panel refinished and the many tilt/bell assembly boards I have for it and the HS are primed. 740FF328-9C5C-45F4-BF34-BD7A62A3F8D9 (resized).jpeg
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The coin door and coin door parts for the BK are blasted,metal treated then etch primed and fill primed. I am going to do the door only in black. Reasons being it will look better plus the door had some dents that had to be fixed making stainless no longer an option.

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#6546 9 months ago

Here are a few efficiency tips.
First is the poor painters oven.
Place primed objects directly in the sun to bake them.
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Next on weight lifting days I am given 1:30 to 3 minute rest between sets. The program uses 5 sets per lift and there are 5 lifts so it gives a lot of down time even though I am technically exercising.
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I use that time to braid and build up my
cabinets.
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So even though I am in theory working on myself I am still baking my coin door and building a cabinet all at the same time.

#6547 9 months ago

Must be nice to have sun heat to bake them in

#6548 9 months ago
Quoted from Stretch7:

Must be nice to have sun heat to bake them in

Yeah from around mid April until late October we usually have plenty of heat and humidity.

#6549 9 months ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

BK lower graduates the paint shop once again

I know you didn't want suggestions when you were working out the stencil design, but now you're done! A drop shadow or keyline/dropshadow combo would really make the Black Knight logo pop. I like the red with yellow drop shadow, personally.
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#6550 9 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

I know you didn't want suggestions when you were working out the stencil design, but now you're done! A drop shadow or keyline/dropshadow combo would really make the Black Knight logo pop. I like the red with yellow drop shadow, personally.
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That looks nice I had thought about something like that or a fade etc but the need to manually cut it all out makes it hard to shadow complex shapes clean.
Basic ones are easy enough.
In order to do it best I would have to get an extra stencil in for the lettering made about 1/4 of an inch smaller.
I also thought about Shading the shield and lots of other stuff but when you do some of these changes you have stick with things that you can easily duplicate and redo in case there are breakthroughs in the sanding process.
Where it is at now is very similar to the original but just a bit more realistically colored and a bit less basic.

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