+1 for best active thread on Pinside. Keep the updates coming!
I applaud you for having any type of spray booth, large or small. In NZ most paint shops don't have any booth! As per council requirements, you can spray for no more than 20 minutes every hour with no booth. You can paint a car in 15 minutes once prepared so most don't bother. Now painting 2pac is a different story but for lacquer or enamel, go for it.
The reason you will succeed is the stance you have taken. Heck we've all seen pics of Heighway's factory or different factories over the years, large in size but completely baron of staff and most importantly pinball machines. Walk before you run.
I'm so looking forward to this. Just the back story is awesome, the way the company communicates is outstanding.....I never feel strung along with this thread and only get educated along the way. Great work and it looks awesome.
Quoted from Homepin:
I'm a little surprised nobody has asked about the LM339 chips that we use in all of our replacement boards? This story is connected with:
"Why aren't all of your replacement boards for sale in the USA?" - a question that was raised last week in this thread.
I wasn't going to say much but I have been inundated with messages and emails asking for some clarification - - - so here we go.
Several months ago (probably 6 or more) I sent a fresh order of our replacement PCBs to Pinball Life. They were stopped at the border by USA customs. Nobody could get to the bottom of "why"? but eventually, a letter came through stating that customs were concerned that the chips used on the boards were copies or fake chips using the "T.I." logo.
I have used tens of thousands of these bog standard parts (LM339N) and was a bit taken aback by this sudden interest. To be fair to customs (and T.I.) I really have no way of knowing if the chips are real, fake or anything else. I buy them from the same place I have purchased most smaller runs of semiconductors for over 10 years now and have no reason to doubt their authenticity BUT I can't prove it.
So, I bought a batch of several thousands "generic" LM339 chips from a local semiconductor factory without any branding. We then stamp the Homepin logo on them here in the factory and use them in our products.
I sent another box of the newly made boards to Pinball Life and these were seized as well with the same explanations given. WTF!!!
It isn't possible that anyone even looked at these boards in the second box because there is NO T.I. logo - or any other logo for that matter, apart from the registered and trademarked Homepin logo! I add there is no copyright, patent or anything else over these replacement boards. In fact, they are actually copyright to Homepin.
USA customs refuse to talk to me and will only talk to the receiver of the goods - when Terry asks them a question, they won't respond!
If anyone is able to help (on a professional level, for pay) with this issue please contact me.
Until it can be resolved, USA customs is holding over $6K worth of goods and I'm not inclined to send any more as both Terry and I are substantially out of pocket at this point.
Here is a shot of our "new chips".
Seeing they are socketed, could you not just send them without the LM339 and have Terry buy locally and install? I'm sure it won't be this easy but just my 2cents.
My favourite part
Embedded Microcontrollers - (there are NO personal computer parts used)
Got to give credit to the guy/girl on the scooter. I don't take my bike out if it looks like it's going to rain
That sucker right there is jammed packed! It's a world under the glass as every pin should be. Bring on the gameplay video
Quoted from o-din:
So did Mike design the layout?
From menory he mentioned in some interviews that he had numerous engineers design. Watching the video a few times, the dead balls going up the centre ramp actually catch air. Mike must have known as there's a little metal bracket in that exact spot. Any airball seems to hit this and come back down. I'm sure he will have it sorted.
All I know is that this entire things sucks!
Was one of my favourite threads up until like page 20. It was a one man crusade to build pinball and he showed us how this was completed along the way. It was great reading and no other to my knowledge gave us this insight.
I have no idea if he stole or copied ideas but Mike seems like a typical good aussie bloke. I don't think he's pulling the wool and been very upfront along the way.
Quoted from Durzel:
It begs the question - what more do you expect highwaygames and homepin to do exactly? Swallow the cost of container and door-to-door shipping?
I'm guessing you missed this post?
Quoted from Ballypinball:
Pete get everyone together and I will get them all picked up and shipped to Melbourne for free, only the GST aka tax will be due
WHY because I am sick of all the Warts on the industry.
It's all very strange and confusing regarding the shipping but I think we can all agree on two things.
1.Why do pre order customers from 4+ years ago get abused and belittled when posting on this forum? This abuse from Homepin directly, now that's bloody strange! Thanks for supporting me, have a kick in the nuts!
2. Wayne is a good bastard
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