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Homepin OFFICIAL Thread - Pinball Parts & Machine Progress


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#1101 2 years ago
Quoted from Kevlar:

Mike, it looks nice but I'd rather it just wobbled on a spring

Yes, we also have a toy that does wobble on a spring BUT it is assisted by a tiny shaker motor

#1102 2 years ago
Quoted from Homepin:

Yes, we also have a toy that does wobble on a spring BUT it is assisted by a tiny shaker motor

Mike someone mentioned TB4 would be represented in a lower playfield and TB5 the topper, have these plans changed or still the same?

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#1103 2 years ago

TAG under playfield (resized).jpg

#1104 2 years ago

Oh now that's just plain teasing!!

#1105 2 years ago

Looks like a Dream to Service!

Im amazed, Mike!

#1106 2 years ago

Ha, clean. I think I counted 19 coils.

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#1107 2 years ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

Mike:
Will your machines come with a playfield prop rod? I feel these are absolutely essential when working on the playfield. Especially when working on the flippers, I don't want to have to lean the playfield against the backbox and stand on a step ladder to solder on wires on a flipper coil or EOS switch.

Your wish is Mike's command:

"Our stainless steel playfield prop. It supports both sides of the playfield so no twisting!"

Homepin playfield prop (resized).jpg

#1108 2 years ago

Shhhhit...this thread is like pinball crack. Nice job!!

#1109 2 years ago

See what can be done if you give a shit about pinball!!!

#1110 2 years ago

Pffft... Stainless steel. Next thing you're going to tell me is that it's welded and finished in reflective chrome.

#1111 2 years ago

Interest growing. Keep em coming

#1112 2 years ago
Quoted from solarvalue:

Your wish is Mike's command:
"Our stainless steel playfield prop. It supports both sides of the playfield so no twisting!"

Interesting idea but it looks a little harder to put up having to make sure it clears all the components. Please consider including a ball catch like JJP does so that the balls dont fall out when the playfield is lifted.

#1113 2 years ago
Quoted from tjc02002:

Interesting idea but it looks a little harder to put up having to make sure it clears all the components.

I imagine you just lift the playfield all they way up and rest it on the backbox, lift up the stand and then lower the playfield back down onto it.

Quoted from tjc02002:

Please consider including a ball catch like JJP does so that the balls dont fall out when the playfield is lifted.

They already have this according to the flyer: "passive ball stop (prevents damage when lifting the playfield)"

#1114 2 years ago
Quoted from solarvalue:

Your wish is Mike's command:
"Our stainless steel playfield prop. It supports both sides of the playfield so no twisting!"

The only problem I see with that is some dork shorting out their coils with it and taking out the transistors...

Quoted from solarvalue:

They already have this according to the flyer: "passive ball stop (prevents damage when lifting the playfield)"

That was Pinball 2000s only redeeming factor!

I was very surprised that others didn't reuse this simple idea ... probably a 50c piece of metal and a nut and bolt.

Nice work Mike!

rd

#1115 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

The only problem I see with that is some dork shorting out their coils with it and taking out the transistors...

Rubber tips on the ends of the rods would help.

#1116 2 years ago

Indeed they would.

rd

#1117 2 years ago

Some of the later Williams machines had vinyl sleeving on the end of the prop rod. A guy could use heat shrink tubing instead too.

#1118 2 years ago

We have a plastic bung in the end and heatshrink - just not shown in that picture as it's one of our test machines.

#1119 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

The only problem I see with that is some dork shorting out their coils with it and taking out the transistors...

That was Pinball 2000s only redeeming factor!
I was very surprised that others didn't reuse this simple idea ... probably a 50c piece of metal and a nut and bolt.
Nice work Mike!
rd

DP and JJP did.

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#1120 2 years ago

There are many toys not installed in this video and also lots of switches need adjusting - but it still plays well (just that the Chinese staff can't play pinball - LOL).

Sadly the shipping company has brought forward the loading of our container to this Sunday morning so there is no chance we will be able to have these machines ready and packed for Pinfest. They will now have to be air freighted at horrendous cost

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#1121 2 years ago

Best I could do:

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#1122 2 years ago

I see the future of pinball and I like it....

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#1123 2 years ago

My only concern is how large and obtrusive those siderails are. Really very visually distracting.

#1124 2 years ago

Sounds really well . Stop teasing and show it allready

#1125 2 years ago
Quoted from drinkduffbeers:

Sounds really well . Stop teasing and show it allready

Can't - still subject to approvals.

Stern has the luxury of doing all the approvals before you and I even know the machine they are building - I don't.

#1126 2 years ago
Quoted from Homepin:

Can't - still subject to approvals.
Stern has the luxury of doing all the approvals before you and I even know the machine they are building - I don't.

Fair enough. My own intrest is really growing, but can wait a little longer

#1127 2 years ago
Quoted from jwilson:

My only concern is how large and obtrusive those siderails are. Really very visually distracting.

You look at the side rails while you are playing pinball? - - - really?

#1128 2 years ago
Quoted from Homepin:

You look at the side rails while you are playing pinball? - - - really?

It's the whole package. Why even put art on the side if it doesn't matter? In a lineup you won't even see the lightning EL head sides since most people put them an inch apart. But you did that too.

Just my personal opinion - they eat up so much of the side of the cabinet art space for no reason.

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#1129 2 years ago
Quoted from jwilson:

It's the whole package. Why even put art on the side if it doesn't matter? In a lineup you won't even see the lightning EL head sides since most people put them an inch apart. But you did that too.
Just my personal opinion - they eat up so much of the side of the cabinet art space for no reason.

Buy a Thunderbirds pinball and I will leave them off, just for you ....

#1130 2 years ago
Quoted from jwilson:

My only concern is how large and obtrusive those siderails are. Really very visually distracting.

They look normal size to me. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you are looking at. The black side rails that run down the side and expand at the flipper button?

#1131 2 years ago

Doesn't seem like the side rails cover much more than the stern lollipop rails would.

#1132 2 years ago
Quoted from PunkPin:

Doesn't seem like the side rails cover much more than the stern lollipop rails would.

Agreed and i also think these will help to protect that front leading edge of the cabinet from future damage too.

#1133 2 years ago

Still SCREAMS colordmd to me guys...the machine has a lot of vibrant color going on and then you have an orange eye sore from 1992. Dots look good, but imagine the look with color. Next level.

#1134 2 years ago
Quoted from Chitownpinball:

Still SCREAMS colordmd to me guys...the machine has a lot of vibrant color going on and then you have an orange eye sore from 1992. Dots look good, but imagine the look with color. Next level.

As long as your name is not Marty Feldman, a colour dmd or lcd is absolute useless while you are playing.
A display located in the apron or as heighway pinball does, in the playfield, makes sense.
Everything else is wasted money, in my opinion.

#1135 2 years ago
Quoted from master_of_chaos:

As lang as your name is not Marty Feldman, a colour dmd or lcd is absolute useless, while you are playing.
A display located in the aoron or as heighway does, in the playfield makes sense.
Everything else is wasted money, in my opinion.

I borrow a RRWOZ every so often for a few months and I disagree, sorry.

I also think my jp looks like ass with an orange dmd and cant wait to get the color dmd.

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#1136 2 years ago
Quoted from jwilson:

Just my personal opinion - they eat up so much of the side of the cabinet art space for no reason

#1137 2 years ago
Quoted from PunkPin:

Doesn't seem like the side rails cover much more than the stern lollipop rails would.

Agree, and personally I prefer the angular look. The cabinet itself is angular, after all.

#1138 2 years ago
Quoted from master_of_chaos:

As lang as your name is not Marty Feldman, a colour dmd or lcd is absolute useless, while you are playing.
A display located in the aoron or as heighway does, in the playfield makes sense.
Everything else is wasted money, in my opinion.

Is the backglass and side art are useless too? Most people like an entire 'package' with the DMD being a big part of it.

If it is on location the color can be an effective, built-in attract mode.

So while it may be wasted money for the player on the machine, it isn't necessarily useless for the owner or other people watching gameplay.

#1139 2 years ago

There was a "Ramp is up" animation on the DMD during the video, So maybe some sort of moving ramp entrance with another shot behind it

#1140 2 years ago
Quoted from Chitownpinball:

Still SCREAMS colordmd to me guys...the machine has a lot of vibrant color going on and then you have an orange eye sore from 1992. Dots look good, but imagine the look with color. Next level.

They were going to do color, but they had some terrible unforeseen setbacks, not limited to the fact that their main programmer passed away during development. Let them get this game out and we'll see what happens in the future. You can't do everything on the first release. Perhaps later games will have a color LED display, or they might even offer one for Thunderbirds when they are more established. In any case, Homepin has chosen to put most of their resources into mechanical playfield features rather than the display. It's a different approach to a lot of the other manufacturers at the moment and it's good that the consumer has a choice.

#1141 2 years ago

Digging the music, is the sound in stereo Mike?

I like the "International Rescue" on the backboard

Really looking forward to the reveal next month

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#1142 2 years ago
Quoted from Kiwipinhead:

Digging the music, is the sound in stereo Mike?
I like the "International Rescue" on the backboard
Really looking forward to the reveal next month

Our system is 2.1 audio.

That is, more simply, stereo with an additional sub woofer channel. It is a 5 speaker system and the electronics are manufactured by Homepin (2 x 1" tweeters, 2 x 5" drivers and one 10" woofer).

Our speakers are made by a factory that is directly across the road from my apartment here in Shenzhen, about 500m from the Homepin factory.

#1143 2 years ago

Hearing it play gave me a huge smile. After everything you've been through I'm so happy you're nearing the end of this journey Mike! Pinfest is gonna be awesome!

#1144 2 years ago

Can't wait to get one. Love the thunderbirds!!!! So cool!!!!!

#1145 2 years ago
Quoted from Homepin:

Our system is 2.1 audio.
That is, more simply, stereo with an additional sub woofer channel. It is a 5 speaker system and the electronics are manufactured by Homepin (2 x 1" tweeters, 2 x 5" drivers and one 10" woofer).
Our speakers are made by a factory that is directly across the road from my apartment here in Shenzhen, about 500m from the Homepin factory.

Sounds similar to my dialed in sound system?

#1146 2 years ago
Quoted from bigd1979:

Sounds similar to my dialed in sound system?

"Made in China"? Very little doubt about that. LOLOLOL

#1147 2 years ago
Quoted from Homepin:

"Made in China"? Very little doubt about that. LOLOLOL

Lol.... regardless its sounds excellent out of the box. The best stock pin system imo .

#1148 2 years ago

I thought it was timely to post this picture again

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#1149 2 years ago

From AA:

"I looked out my office window down to the factory floor yesterday and thought that finally, the Homepin factory LOOKS like a pinball factory!

It's what we have been working towards all these years and here we are, making pinball machines from scratch!"

http://www.aussiearcade.com/showpost.php?p=1114598

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#1150 2 years ago

So the speaker panel hinges on the left? Thats new.

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