(Topic ID: 257700)

Kraken Pinball


By matthies

6 months ago



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    #51 5 months ago

    This just came in the mail today. Made me think of your project.

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    #52 5 months ago

    Nice! It's probably no surprise that after I chose the theme I somehow managed to build up a small collection of Kraken Rum bottles.

    #53 5 months ago
    Quoted from matthies:

    Nice! It's probably no surprise that after I chose the theme I somehow managed to build up a small collection of Kraken Rum bottles.

    To study of course!Such dedication.

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    #54 5 months ago

    Finally able to test the ramp to see if it actually works. I designed it without knowing whether it would work or not, so it was a massive relief to see this:

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    I was surprised by how smoothly the ball landed on the wireforms and by how fairly light shots still made it up the ramp entrance.

    I still have some work to do on each end of the wireform, but here's how it looks on the playfield:

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    I'm not a fan of how some ramps will bounce the ball around before releasing it to the playfield because it looks clunky. So my goal is to have a smooth exit that releases the ball a bit faster than normal towards the flippers. I'm sure I'll need to add extra protection to the playfield, but I want a fast and smooth ramp exit.

    #55 5 months ago

    Well done!That is nice smooth ball action, especially for the first time. Time to give up your day job.

    #56 5 months ago

    Ramp and form look awesome, great work so far!!! Curious to see how silver solder holds up.. I used a Blowtorch on mine with brass and joining rods — was not the easiest to use. Was hoping to weld final versions but wondering if solder could work well now.. that’s stainless for the forms?

    #57 5 months ago

    Don't know if this is intended but the shape of ramps remind me of a tentacle. Maybe you could powder coat or make some mold to go with the wire forms to that effect. Just an idea!

    #58 5 months ago
    Quoted from matthies:

    Finally able to test the ramp to see if it actually works. I designed it without knowing whether it would work or not, so it was a massive relief to see this:
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    I was surprised by how smoothly the ball landed on the wireforms and by how fairly light shots still made it up the ramp entrance.
    I still have some work to do on each end of the wireform, but here's how it looks on the playfield:
    [quoted image]
    I'm not a fan of how some ramps will bounce the ball around before releasing it to the playfield because it looks clunky. So my goal is to have a smooth exit that releases the ball a bit faster than normal towards the flippers. I'm sure I'll need to add extra protection to the playfield, but I want a fast and smooth ramp exit.

    I'm glad I stumbled across this thread. Great work on the ramps! I look forward to watching the progress of this HB and seeing it in action someday!

    #59 5 months ago

    This is bad ass. It looks awesome!!

    #60 5 months ago
    Quoted from Mbecker:

    Was hoping to weld final versions but wondering if solder could work well now.. that’s stainless for the forms?

    Same here. Would have prefered to weld it properly, but this will do for now until I properly learn to weld. If problems show up later on, I'll mention it on this thread. All stainless steel 304.

    Quoted from SLCpunk2113:

    Don't know if this is intended but the shape of ramps remind me of a tentacle. Maybe you could powder coat or make some mold to go with the wire forms to that effect. Just an idea!

    Great minds think alike! The plan is to make tentacles to wrap around the ramps.

    #61 5 months ago
    Quoted from matthies:

    Finally able to test the ramp to see if it actually works. I designed it without knowing whether it would work or not, so it was a massive relief to see this:
    [quoted image]
    I was surprised by how smoothly the ball landed on the wireforms and by how fairly light shots still made it up the ramp entrance.
    I still have some work to do on each end of the wireform, but here's how it looks on the playfield:
    [quoted image]
    I'm not a fan of how some ramps will bounce the ball around before releasing it to the playfield because it looks clunky. So my goal is to have a smooth exit that releases the ball a bit faster than normal towards the flippers. I'm sure I'll need to add extra protection to the playfield, but I want a fast and smooth ramp exit.

    That is soooo cool.

    #62 5 months ago

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    #63 5 months ago

    Needed a bit of a break from making ramps, so I cut the plastics:

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    I was going to order laser cut plastic, but the cheapest quote was $110 (AUD), while a blank sheet of clear polycarbonate cost under $20 on eBay. So I printed the design out on paper, cut the paper parts out, taped them onto the plastic, then used a jigsaw to cut them. Pretty simple.

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    Just need to sand the edges so they're nice and smooth and drill holes for posts. The art won't be done for a long time, so these will just sit around until then.

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    #64 5 months ago

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    #65 5 months ago

    Despite the 38°C weather (100F), I sweated my way through finishing the left ramp.

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    It's not as smooth as the right ramp so it needs a bit of fine-tuning. The area to screw down at the back is way too big, so it sticks out into the orbit area. I'll cut the left support off and try something else, otherwise I'll change the design and get a new one laser cut.

    Here are the ramps in action:

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    Pretty happy with the progress I've made in under two months. But things will slow down now that I need to start working on the art. I really want this machine to look professional, so I'll be taking my time to get the art as good as possible.

    If I was rich, I'd throw a wad of cash to Zombie Yeti as it would be awesome to see him come up with wild sea monsters all over the playfield and cabinet.

    #66 5 months ago

    Badass!!! Love the 180 returns on ramps. Where’s that spinner on the left leading to though?

    #67 5 months ago

    You can see in the other photos that the spinner leads to the orbit. As I mentioned, the support for the ramp sticks out too far, so I'll need to cut it off so it doesn't block the orbit. That's why it doesn't look right in the latest photos.

    #68 5 months ago
    Quoted from matthies:

    You can see in the other photos that the spinner leads to the orbit. As I mentioned, the support for the ramp sticks out too far, so I'll need to cut it off so it doesn't block the orbit. That's why it doesn't look right in the latest photos.

    Gotcha — missed that. Really want to see this thing flip!

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