PinWorlds launched - Free AT-AT pop bumper cap for Star Wars pinball!


By PinballCharlie

2 months ago


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#1 61 days ago

** For the free AT-AT pop bumper cap details, scroll down to Post #19 ***

So I recently bought a SW Pro pinball... and was pretty shocked to see how bare the playfield was. Luckily, my family and I love the ruleset, Star Wars assets and the fast playfield.

I didn’t want to put a bunch of off-the-shelf toys in it, so I took matters into my own hands and began custom designing my own mods specifically for the pin a few weeks ago.

My first mod - “Palace on the Desert Planet” is finally done. I modeled it in the vein of Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine. It really balances the right side of the playfield - I tried to match the sand color in the playfield shot leading into the Tatooine gobble hole.

The second mod I am working on is for Hoth.

Third is Endor - that completes a diorama for each of the worlds (Death Star is already there, at least).

These are currently only mountable on the PRO version of SW. LE/PRE is in development.

I am taking the individual worlds off the market and will eventually sell all three as a set - one for Pro owners and one for LE/PRE owners. This will take time to refine.

Any questions - let me know on this thread and I’ll answer when I get a chance. PM me if you want to get on a list.

Thanks and happy flipping,

Pinball Charlie

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#2 35 days ago

Ion cannon is on the test table - getting super close to production! Pictured is the LE version.

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#3 34 days ago

Add me to the list please

#4 34 days ago
Quoted from Soapman:

Add me to the list please

Hey Soapman - I assume you want the Pro version, right?

#5 34 days ago

I can tell you all, these are not cheesy mods. They complete the machine. Make the worlds part of the game in 3D. Really well made and look awesome!

#6 28 days ago

They look great. Well made. Make the game look great. Thanks @PinballCharlie

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#7 28 days ago

Those look really cool. Wish I had a machine to put them on.

#8 28 days ago

Thanks Soapman - looks great!

An interesting tip; the Hoth mod is designed with light chambers that disperse the light throughout the Ion cannon sphere. The red acrylic rod extends directly to the "heart" of the cannon, rests on the LED in the center.

If you lightly pull the rod up it will change the tone of the cannon glow from a reddish hue to bright white. You can experiment and find just the right tonality you prefer.

When I launch the website, I think I will include blue, green and red acrylic rods (I have to experiment with it first)

If anyone wants to try different colors, I use 1/16" diameter acrylic rod cut to 70mm.

#9 25 days ago

Just installed the excellent S.W. "worlds" mod. in my premium. I really like it and I think it looks better in person. The flash from camera washes out some of the cool effect and my camera is a little dark without the flash. Thanks again Chuck for all your efforts on this great mod! P.S. Jabba's Palace was sort of loose and teetering with only one attachment point(bracket). I put a slim self adhesive zip tie mount under it and ran a small black zip tie around a recessed part of the hyper loop wire frame(were ball will never come into contact). This totally secured Jabba's P. and is very hard to see. I think its way better than having a second wire frame bracket towards the front of Jabba's P. which would be much more visible and unsightly. Some of the pics(esp. cannon) unfortunately came out a little blurry.

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#10 24 days ago
Quoted from PlayPin:

Just installed the excellent S.W. "worlds" mod. in my premium. I really like it and I think it looks better in person. The flash from camera washes out some of the cool effect and my camera is a little dark without the flash. Thanks again Chuck for all your efforts on this great mod! P.S. Jabba's Palace was sort of loose and teetering with only one attachment point(bracket). I put a slim self adhesive zip tie mount under it and ran a small black zip tie around a recessed part of the hyper loop wire frame(were ball will never come into contact). This totally secured Jabba's P. and is very hard to see. I think its way better than having a second wire frame bracket towards the front of Jabba's P. which would be much more visible and unsightly. Some of the pics(esp. cannon) unfortunately came out a little blurry.

Man, that looks awesome! I'm really happy you like it! How is the weathering in person? The black clips are barely noticeable on Endor, I like that a lot!

That single clip should hold Tatooine firmly in place. Did you make sure that the clip hugged the cross-bracing on the wireform? It's so hard to design for a pin that is not in my possession. That clip fits great and is sturdy on my GOT wireform (which seems to be the same as SW LE). I'll have to get back with you (I am sending out some new clips to my LE tester). I like your solution, though.

I'll get back with you once I figure out what is making Tatooine loose and send out a corrected bracket..

BTW - it looks like the red acrlylic rod can go a little deeper into the cannon on Hoth. It's a preference thing, but it will change the tone of the sphere to a light red; give it a try to see the difference.

#11 24 days ago

Great effort on these. At least in the pics, Hoth looks the best by far as it looks the most effectively integrated. On the Premium/LE, Tantooine looks the most 'tacked on' and least appealing to me. If you were going to do any further work, I would try to reshape the base -- particularly on Tantooine -- and make it less 'square'/'blocky' and try to make it look more natural and integrated. Can I buy just Hoth?

EDIT: It would be interesting to see an Endoor that took advantage of including the nearby lamp as the antennae dish. I'd have to look it up, but someone else (Mod couple?) made antennae dish mods for the spotlights on SW. A combination of what you did but integrating the nearby spotlight could be cool..

#12 24 days ago

Thanks, TB! I agree that Hoth is the definitive show piece. I can't take credit for the whole thing, though - it was a great collaborative effort from another pinsider

Tatooine is a tough one, but I see what you are saying. There is so much packed into the area near the Tatooine shot. The wedge shape on Tatooine is an exact fit. It has to have some bulk to it as it contains a mounting channel, wiring harness and LED lighting, so there are limits to the artistry. It's possible on a further revision that I could round out and terraform a bit on the bottom (facing the flippers), but that's about it....

And yes! The worlds can be purchased separately or as a set.
The site launched literally about 14 hours ago, so tread at your own risk; there is much to do! Not officially announced yet, but it is functional and purchasing is enabled.

http://www.pinworlds.com

I love the antennae dish by the Mod Couple! I plan to get a set, for sure. The nearby lamps do a great job of illuminating the Endor mod due to proximity (hard to tell in photos). Casts some good shadows on the model.

#13 24 days ago
Quoted from PinballCharlie:

Man, that looks awesome! I'm really happy you like it! How is the weathering in person? The black clips are barely noticeable on Endor, I like that a lot!
That single clip should hold Tatooine firmly in place. Did you make sure that the clip hugged the cross-bracing on the wireform? .

I liked the weathering and left as is. I don't know if I want to risk weathering the Endor forest, maybe later. The black clip just fits loose on my wire form. Also true for Endor, it can be easily moved forward & backward. The cross brace on the wire form keeps it from sliding too far down though. It does feel too loose though. Jabba's is very secure with the zip tie installed and does not move(or droop down hill) now. I agree with the previous poster too. If the base of Jabba's palace and Endor were more rounded with no square edges it would look more natural. Also if the top part sort of tapered down the sides a bit more(like the side of a hill) instead of the unfinished flat sides. I really love the mod though and do think it looks better in person than under the harsh glare of a camera flash.

#14 24 days ago

Hmm, that shouldn’t slide at all on Endor. You say Endor slides down and stops at the cross bracing.. that bracket needs to be ON that cross bracing. Stretch the bracket over it and it should be hugging the cross bracing securely. Same for Tatooine. Here is a picture of the bracket properly attached to the cross bracing (this is on GOT). Is that how you have the it?

Edit: to be clear, it’s the the bottom bracket on Endor (flipper end) that needs to be stretched over and straddling the cross-brace (cross-brace will be inside the bracket). On Tatooine the cross-brace for mounting is above the bracket (backbox end).

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#15 23 days ago

Here is a better illustration than that awful shot above. Make sure to "slip and clip" the bracket over the cross-brace to secure the model in place.

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#16 23 days ago
Quoted from PinballCharlie:

Hmm, that shouldn’t slide at all on Endor. You say Endor slides down and stops at the cross bracing.. that bracket needs to be ON that cross bracing. Stretch the bracket over it and it should be hugging the cross bracing securely. Same for Tatooine. Here is a picture of the bracket properly attached to the cross bracing (this is on GOT). Is that how you have the it?
Edit: to be clear, it’s the the bottom bracket on Endor (flipper end) that needs to be stretched over and straddling the cross-brace (cross-brace will be inside the bracket). On Tatooine the cross-brace for mounting is above the bracket (backbox end).

My fault, I did not get the clip over the cross brace. I didn't notice the clip was supposed to straddle the cross brace. I will attach it that way for Endor & Tatooine. Thanks for noticing this!

2 weeks later
#17 8 days ago

The updated Tatooine and Endor look great!!

#18 8 days ago
Quoted from Soapman:

The updated Tatooine and Endor look great!!

Wow - thanks a lot, Soapman! You must have gone to the website to find the photos

All of you early buyers and Pinsiders had some GREAT advice on how to improve them, and I incorporated as much as I could. I am going to make a formal announcement on this thread and offer a freebie later in the week, plus offer Forest and Sand worlds on the Pinside market.

All of you early buyers, of course, will get a smashing deal on the updated models, PM me if you want them

Here are a couple pics - I don't have stock on Endor yet for a pic of the installed model - will come with the announcement...

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#19 3 days ago

The final design of our “Worlds” mods are complete! All three worlds (Sand, Forest and Ice) for your Star Wars pin representing Endor, Hoth and Tatooine can be purchased right here on Pinside. Each of our dioramas are individually hand painted and weathered; each one highly detailed and unique. After painting, each model is shot with at least three layers of clearcoat.

To celebrate the launch of our store, we are offering a free-to-print pop bumper replacement cap for the Hoth shot from Thingiverse.com. If you have a 3D printer (and who doesn’t nowadays, right?), download the .STL and print away!

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2842899

https://hotwheels.mattel.com/shop/en-us/hw/star-wars/hot-wheels-star-wars-at-at-vs-rebel-snowspeeder-2-pack-dml94

Buy the AT-AT at the retailer of your choice, secure to the pop bumper cap with hot glue or epoxy, and there you go! Note that this cap is different from the one that comes with the Ice World mod; the AT-AT faces towards the player rather than away from the player.

The AT-AT is no longer in production and getting difficult to find, so you may want to purchase sooner rather than later.

Early buyers – Sand World and Forest world have changed significantly based on your excellent feedback. If you want to upgrade to the final models, you can do so for $15 each, both for $25 or you can simply send back the old models and I will send you the new models for free. PM for details.

We have limited stock ready to ship – if you want to purchase all three worlds at once at a discount, visit our site!

https://www.pinworlds.com

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#20 2 days ago

Huh - maybe not all of us have a 3D printer yet - it's a must for this hobby

I've added the replacement pop bumper cap to my store, just in case you want one, but don't have a printer.

Link:

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1139-pinworlds/01585-at-at-pop-bumper-cap-for-stern-s-star-wars-pinball-machines

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