(Topic ID: 95247)

How fast does a pinball travel?


By Nokoro

4 years ago



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  • Latest reply 40 days ago by L8vid
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    #1 4 years ago

    So I have heard all sorts of claims about how ridiculously fast a pinball travels in a machine. I decided to google it and found this video:

    If it is right, it is shockingly slow. Still, I suppose it is all relative, as ten miles per hour on a small surface like a playfield is pretty fast.

    #2 4 years ago

    Convert mph to feet/sec or in/sec and further realize most action takes place in close confines.

    Traveling across country in a car, then sure, 10mph is slow. When a target is 16 inches from the flipper and a ball ricochets back to the player at 10mph that is another story.

    #3 4 years ago

    I think a few rebound shots on my STLE have approached 76 mph...give or take a few! It's fast!

    #4 4 years ago

    3 to 4 miles an hour.

    It has been measured in the past on RGP.

    LTG : )™

    #5 4 years ago

    880 ft/min. or 14.6 ft/sec. pretty quick. For 10 mph.

    #6 4 years ago

    What happened when it hits 88mph? Does it burst into flames and travel back to when the machine was produced? Lol

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    #7 4 years ago

    How fast on F-14 kick back?

    #8 4 years ago

    Agreed with all of the above. It is like those old 80's commercials for RC racers that advertised 76 mph scale speed.

    How much I wanted one of those!

    #9 4 years ago

    I'd like to see a radar gun display mod for an appropriate theme. Something that measures ball speed on an orbit, or loop, and then displays MPH in red leds, or dot matrix. Something like the Mustang tach mod, but utilizing different technology. Has this already been done on a pin?---probably. I'm hugely ignorant.

    #10 4 years ago

    You can measure using Tracker and overhead video.
    Here's an example shot on Dr. Who.

    Peak speed was 2.3 mph.

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    #11 4 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    How fast on F-14 kick back?

    Good question. 180mph

    #12 4 years ago

    damn beat me to the bttf reference lol

    #13 4 years ago

    And here I thought this topic would be about shipping a pin.

    #14 4 years ago
    Quoted from Drewblood419:

    What happened when it hits 88mph? Does it burst into flames and travel back to when the machine was produced? Lol

    Only on a BTTF pin

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    #15 4 years ago

    "how dose 950 miles per hour sound"

    #16 4 years ago
    Quoted from L8vid:

    You can measure using Tracker and overhead video.
    Here's an example shot on Dr. Who.
    Peak speed was 2.3 mph.

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    I'm surprised if this is true...just seems like the ball is going way faster...especially on my JM when I get it looping.

    #17 4 years ago

    again, mph speeds are going to seem low because you're trying to get a speed relative to traveling a mile (which is 5,280 feet or 63,360 inches)

    take a speed of 2.5 mph
    that translates to 3.66 fps (feet per second) or 43.92 ips (inches per second), meaning that the ball is traveling the length of the playfield in 1 second. if the ball was traveling at a speed of 10mph (4x as fast), it would probably be moving a lot faster than what you could track and react to.

    #18 4 years ago
    Quoted from BlackRabbit:

    I'm surprised if this is true...

    See for yourself! Download this:
    https://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/

    and feed it some fast-moving pinball action.

    Ask pinsiders to post fastest ball speeds to find the fastest game.

    #19 4 years ago
    Quoted from cheesewhisperer:

    I'd like to see a radar gun display mod for an appropriate theme. Something that measures ball speed on an orbit, or loop, and then displays MPH in red leds, or dot matrix. Something like the Mustang tach mod, but utilizing different technology. Has this already been done on a pin?---probably. I'm hugely ignorant.

    Bally Vector

    #20 4 years ago
    Quoted from L8vid:

    See for yourself! Download this:
    https://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/
    and feed it some fast-moving pinball action.
    Ask pinsiders to post fastest ball speeds to find the fastest game.

    That's a cool idea. I'm guessing the Warp ramp on Star Trek is not nearly as fast as it seems, but I still have trouble getting that timing down.

    4 years later
    #21 40 days ago

    Getaway Loop?

    Interesting. I suppose 100 MPH fastballs are out of question for new Baseball themed game coming out this Christmas

    #22 40 days ago

    What's the velocity of an unladen pinball? Depends if African or European...

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