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APOLLO 13 CLUB – Everyone Welcome

By PappyBoyington

8 years ago


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#501 8 months ago

My auto launch coil is sticking every 4 or 5 times when testing in the menu and is staying extended. Sometimes it sticks every time and then 4 or 5 times later it will stick.
-changed the sleeve, no help.
-changed to a new replacement Stern coil and the included sleeve, no help.
-when you barely touch the rod when sticking with power on, it retracts like normal.
-when rod extends and gets stuck, I turn the main power off but rod stays extended. Slight touch and it retracts.
-There is not any power going to coil after it sticks.
-occasionally it will unstick itself and reseat.

Could the transistor drive it outward too hard causing it to mechanically stick, even though the power stops applying?
Maybe I need to polish or replace the rod? Might try a stronger return spring if I can find one. Any source for the rod or the spring?

#502 8 months ago

Took possession of a nice Apollo last week. I see various retailers selling side art. Though because of the shooter lane it doesn't seem like side art could fit. The metal for the shooter on the side is riveted in. Has anyone only put in a left side? Only one side would probably look weird. Seems as though no side art for this table.

#503 8 months ago
Quoted from singapore_pin:

Been looking for a moon belt for 2 years, believe many others are in the same situation. Hope one day someone works on a solution.

Quoted from zebpin61:

I too would be interested in a new replacement moon belt. In the interim, if your existing belt still has half of the belt intact, you can attempt to reposition the belt 180 degrees since the operation doesn't actually use the full belt. This approach has worked on my game. The only challenge I had was finding the ideal position of the belt so the normal operation wouldn't get too close to the compromised section(s). Good luck!

I am about to make these belts, I ordered some parts to make replacements ones but they gave lead time 6 weeks. I am going to build 4-5 pieces, I willl let you know when I am ready.

#504 8 months ago

Put me down for a belt!!

I'm about to install the side-blades and noticed the metal bar that guides the ball during ball launch. My thought is to cut the side-blades so it does not interfere with the metal bar.

#505 8 months ago

Do you remove the balls before lifting the playfield to the Service position?

#506 8 months ago
Quoted from funworldgr:

I am about to make these belts, I ordered some parts to make replacements ones but they gave lead time 6 weeks. I am going to build 4-5 pieces, I willl let you know when I am ready.

Awesome! Thanks a lot!

#507 8 months ago

installed side art without removing metal bar , no problems!

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#508 8 months ago

The side art is just going over the metal bar?

#509 8 months ago

Side blades look great. I'll install the side blades over the metal bar.

#510 8 months ago

over the metal bar, yes.

adhesive applied in cut pvc, and boxed pvc.

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#511 8 months ago
Quoted from funworldgr:

I am about to make these belts, I ordered some parts to make replacements ones but they gave lead time 6 weeks. I am going to build 4-5 pieces, I willl let you know when I am ready.

I am definitely also a buyer for a belt. Appreciate the effort that you are going to!

#512 8 months ago
Quoted from somnambulist:

I am definitely also a buyer for a belt. Appreciate the effort that you are going to!

Still waiting the material, unfortunately I won’t make a lot of them. If they work I will reorder to fix more. I will post once I have any news.

#513 8 months ago

Having a 13 ball multi-ball issue and wondering if this is due to the code or is there something else to check. The ball ejects from the rocket with no issue except for when its 13 ball multi-ball. After all the balls drain the last ball remains in the rocket and does not eject. Game does a ball search and it still does not eject. Game then shoots a new ball onto the playfield. Here is a picture of the ball under the rocket. The switch works good. Any suggestions?

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#514 8 months ago

It was a sticky switch 51, rocket down position.

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#515 6 months ago

Does anyone have a complete list of LEDs for A13? Looks like Comet doesn't sell kits for this game, so my best option is probably just to buy them separately.

Thanks.

#516 6 months ago

Purchased the entire kit off eBay. He did a great matching job too.

#517 6 months ago
Quoted from unlockpinball:

Purchased the entire kit off eBay. He did a great matching job too.

Which seller? I can't seem to find any kits for A13.

#518 6 months ago

My game is missing the "8-ball lock through assembly" located in the far left corner. Anyone has any ideas were I can try to get a hold of one?

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#519 6 months ago
Quoted from Triball:

My game is missing the "8-ball lock through assembly" located in the far left corner. Anyone has any ideas were I can try to get a hold of one?
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Ouch, that's a challenge. At least you have the plunger that holds the ball lock, but you are missing the actual trough and the switch membrane. The membrane is now available, but you'd have to fabricate some sort of trough to hold the balls.

I don't want to rip my game apart, but assuming the manual is accurate (so long as I scaled it properly) I could trace it and create a 3d model as a starting point.

https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/181-5000-00
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#520 6 months ago

alright I went ahead and 3d modeled the trough. it may not be accurate since I only measured the 1.2" width (it would be more accurate if I took a dimension from one side to the other) but this is a decent starting point. I can send you STL files if you want to try to find a local 3d printer service to get one printed up to check fit.
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#521 6 months ago
Quoted from toyotaboy:

(it would be more accurate if I took a dimension from one side to the other) but this is a decent starting

Wow! This is amazing! Thank you for your effort. I will give this a shot. I have a friend who do 3D prints and may help me out here. Thanks again! I'll send you a PM.

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#522 5 months ago

Got a color DMD installed today. So awesome in this machine. So many details that I never noticed before. I like a shaker motor on my machines. And really enjoying chasing achievements on the 2 machines I've put IC on. But, I agree with my wife, that a color DMD on Apollo could be the single best mod we've added

#523 5 months ago
Quoted from CypherPinball:

Got a color DMD installed today. So awesome in this machine. So many details that I never noticed before. I like a shaker motor on my machines. And really enjoying chasing achievements on the 2 machines I've put IC on. But, I agree with my wife, that a color DMD on Apollo could be the single best mod we've added

I installed the colorDMD the second it became available 5 years back. The only thing that would make it even more awesome is if this was one of the double height SEGA titles instead of the standard.

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#524 4 months ago

Was able to resin print the rocket this weekend. 21 hours! think I'll be working on casting these to save time. Electronics are nearing completion for the engines too!

Brian

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#525 4 months ago

Looks better than what Sega made!!

#526 4 months ago
Quoted from Triball:

My game is missing the "8-ball lock through assembly" located in the far left corner. Anyone has any ideas were I can try to get a hold of one?
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I think I have this complete assy in my lockup , send me a pm and your offer and I can have a look. shipping is from the Netherlands

#527 4 months ago

Congratulations friend, very good work.
I'm glad to know that many people love this game as much as I do.

Could you make the file available for printing?

Quoted from bpull:

Consegui imprimir o foguete com resina neste fim de semana. 21 horas! acho que estarei trabalhando em lançar estes para economizar tempo. A eletrônica também está quase pronta para os motores!
Brian
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#528 77 days ago

I'm in need of the "Danger Exhaust" decal on the trough upkicker. I see someone asked in the thread about a year ago, but I didn't see any replies. I've searched the usual parts suppliers and can't find any decal sets. Has anyone made reproductions or have artwork/scans available?

#529 76 days ago

I'm someone who is struggling to find a plastic set for this game being as a lot of my plastics are either broken or missing.

I was speaking to someone at CPR (https://classicplayfields.com/) about another product and they mentioned that they are currently working on a new mirrored backglass for Apollo 13.

I asked if they'd be willing to do an Apollo 13 plastic set and they said they'd consider doing a plastic set for the game if they can get a hold of a NOS set.

If anyone has a NOS plastic set, even if they don't want to sell it. It would be awesome if you could reach out to them about potentially using your parts to make a new set.

If you do want to sell it, I'm willing to buy it, and I can reach out to them again to try and get them to use it to make another set.

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#530 36 days ago

We are having an issue where in 13 ball multiball, about 50% of the time it won't release all the balls from the bank of 8. Sometimes 1 will be left, other times 4 balls won't be left, it varies. The coil just isn't staying down long enough. And it's weird because it's not consistent. Sometimes it will release all 8, other times not. Any ideas what might be going on? I've felt with my finger and the coil isn't hot or anything. I even increased my pitch a bit, to see if that would help, If the balls just aren't rolling fast enough. But that didn't really make a difference either. Thoughts?

#531 35 days ago
Quoted from CypherPinball:

We are having an issue where in 13 ball multiball, about 50% of the time it won't release all the balls from the bank of 8. Sometimes 1 will be left, other times 4 balls won't be left, it varies. The coil just isn't staying down long enough. And it's weird because it's not consistent. Sometimes it will release all 8, other times not. Any ideas what might be going on? I've felt with my finger and the coil isn't hot or anything. I even increased my pitch a bit, to see if that would help, If the balls just aren't rolling fast enough. But that didn't really make a difference either. Thoughts?

Check the plastic bushing in the playfield for the solenoid plunger to see if it's impeding the travel. I found my plunger binding with plastic bushing and ultimately removed the bushing entirely, haven't had a problem with the plunger holding or releasing the 8 ball reserve since. Hope it helps.

#532 29 days ago
Quoted from CypherPinball:

We are having an issue where in 13 ball multiball, about 50% of the time it won't release all the balls from the bank of 8. Sometimes 1 will be left, other times 4 balls won't be left, it varies. The coil just isn't staying down long enough. And it's weird because it's not consistent. Sometimes it will release all 8, other times not. Any ideas what might be going on? I've felt with my finger and the coil isn't hot or anything. I even increased my pitch a bit, to see if that would help, If the balls just aren't rolling fast enough. But that didn't really make a difference either. Thoughts?

I ran into this when I had high carbon pinballs installed on the machine. Essentially, those pinballs hold more of a magnetic charge than regular pinballs. Meaning, the magnet from the moon, would charge them, then the top 4 balls would have a slight hold and would resist falling down in the time the game allots for all 8 balls to drop.

Switching to regular pinballs fixed the issue for me.

#533 26 days ago

hello
is has been a while but have been very sick , a time ago i bought at Marco BALL TROUGH GUIDE PLATE STERN 4 BALL
535-7801-00 for my apollo 13 lane problems i am looking for service builitin on how to install this
is there anyone who can help me or make a picture of his apollo 13 ball lane on how to install this correctly ?
thank you very much in advance for any help greetings Tony

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#534 26 days ago

Recently worked on an Apollo 13 and noticed all three amps were populated. Any one else have this?

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#535 26 days ago
Quoted from chad:

Recently worked on an Apollo 13 and noticed all three amps were populated. Any one else have this?
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Mine looks the same.

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#536 20 days ago

Hi

would it be possible to send me a picture on how to install this BALL TROUGH GUIDE PLATE i can't find any pictures
thank you in advance

tony

Quoted from DavidPinballWizz:

I've been struggling with bad ball trough feed for a few years.
That is when the coil should release a ball to feed the upkicker, the balls remained stuck, and not advancing.
Adjusted the switches to the most sensitive way, replaced all 13 (!) balls to non magnetic, cleaned the full mech, checked and fixed any pits in the trough rail, checked game pitch and leveling, etc... no solution
I can now say I finally fixed the problem by doing this.
I added the extra rail to the trough that was later added to sega/stern machines. For example IJ4 had a seperate update kit for this that had these parts:
trough ball guide plate 535-7801-00 (1 pce)
1/4" x 5/16" x 0.144" I.D. Spacer Tap. 254-5014-03 (1 pce)
#2-56 x 1/2" HWH-SER TF (Larger Head) 237-5937-01 OR 237-5937-01 (6 pcs)
In case anyone has thee same problem, this is your fix!
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#537 20 days ago
Quoted from explosiveegg:

Mine looks the same. [quoted image]

Thank you, I thought maybe they were experimenting with 3 channel .

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#538 9 days ago

Found the solution with help frpoù stern closed

Quoted from tonybelgium:

hello
is has been a while but have been very sick , a time ago i bought at Marco BALL TROUGH GUIDE PLATE STERN 4 BALL
535-7801-00 for my apollo 13 lane problems i am looking for service builitin on how to install this
is there anyone who can help me or make a picture of his apollo 13 ball lane on how to install this correctly ?
thank you very much in advance for any help greetings Tony
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