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Martians are invading!! Revenge from Mars is home at last! - Continual updates


By NPO

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Well, this weekend was quite a hectic one for me. On Saturday, I drove 3 hrs and 15 mins from Dayton to the Pennsylvania border to meet half way and deliver TFTC to its new owner.

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So then I drove back to Dayton (another 3.5 hours) and on Sunday, left at 9am for the 5 hour trek each way to Grand Rapids, MI to bring home my grail pin - Revenge from Mars!!!

Let me just say this - if you EVER have to pick up a Pin2000 (RFM or SWE1) - you can make it work in a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, but man, it is pretty tight. You have to "Jenga block" the pieces in.

As of now, I have no pictures of it in the Jeep until WeirPinball comes over to help me unload and assemble it. Tunasled, you're more than welcome to get this party started and show pics from earlier today .

This initial post is more of a "teaser", as I will have many pictures up later on Monday when it is fully assembled and running. Patience my friends.... patience.

17 hours of driving over the weekend - I am bushed D: ...

#2 6 years ago

Yeah Buddy!!!

#3 6 years ago

RFM, my son's favorite game. I picked one up last summer and love it. Congrats on getting your grail.

#4 6 years ago

Oh yeah, this was a task. It took what... pushing 2 hours from dis-assembly to closing the hatch? I've played Tetris before but I don't remember the pieces being this heavy. It certainly was a pleasure meeting you and playing pins and talking shop this afternoon.

The fit was so tight that it didn't seem possible short of strapping something to the roof until it dawned on us that there is space under the head, where the crt monitor is. We actually had to use that space to make this work.

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#5 6 years ago

Tuna, you were way awesome to meet. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to bring my grail home. I will take excellent care of it. I really had a GREAT time hanging out with you and Mike!

Tuna was outstanding on every level. He PM'd me letting me know he had a nice RFM FS. At that point, I fire-saled TFTC, and was able to deliver TFTC to a very happy owner and snag RFM all in about 36 hours. Both gentlemen - the new owner of TFTC and Tuna - were outstanding. No problems at all - absolutely smooth and solid transaction on every level.

Quoted from TunaSled:

The fit was so tight that it didn't seem possible short of strapping something to the roof until it dawned on Tuna that there is space under the head, where the crt monitor is. We actually had to use that space to make this work.

There. Fixed. You deserve to have that credit; YOU figured that out my man.

#6 6 years ago

And yes, we had to take part of the backseat out of the Jeep. That is what is resting on of the the RFM pieces. The spare tire also had to be loosened and moved around to make this work.

P2000 - CAN be done in a Jeep, but man......

#7 6 years ago

Yup.. I had a SWE1 in my JKU. From Allentown to Mascouche/Canada. Had some issue to make it fit because of the roll cage bars, but it fits! RFM is a fun game. Grats!

#8 6 years ago

Yeah, I want one of these, some day. Congrats!

#9 6 years ago

Love my RFM! Congrats and enjoy!

#10 6 years ago

Thank you guys! RFM has made its way upstairs !! WeirPinball came over and helped me get it setup and playing. Poor guy, I didn't tell him it was going upstairs until he got here .

Here we are!

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#11 6 years ago

Looks good. I just picked one up too. It's a lot of fun.

#12 6 years ago

Sure is!!! Already getting LEDs ready for the underbelly of the playfield. Game has about 115 bulbs - time to reduce the heat on this badboy. Got one or two burned out flashers and bulbs, so we'll do the easy stuff first. Love this game - there is something so mesmerizing about watching it in attract mode. Love this game - can't wait for Jessica to get home and see it !

#13 6 years ago

Alright buddy, I want it back now. Pack her up. In a Cherokee.

Seriously, I don't think this clean specimen could have a better home than it does now. Cheers!

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from TunaSled:

Alright buddy, I want it back now. Pack her up. In a Cherokee.

For $3500 - sure .

#15 6 years ago

Quick video:

#16 6 years ago

Should have gotten an X-files. It would have been easier to load.

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from NPO:

For $3500 - sure .

For what it took you to get her home, fair enough

#18 6 years ago

Quick pictures from a cleaning and waxing job I did tonight - a "surface job" - not a thorough complete tear down.

Nearly all the bulbs have been converted to LEDs.

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#19 6 years ago

A thing of beauty my friend. Here's the B_R trick I referred to earlier: http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/rfm-is-in-the-b_r-grg/page/2?ti=0#post-176118

#20 6 years ago

Congrats on the pickup! I remember starting a similar thread as well almost 3 years ago now. My whole family loves the games(my wife especially loves both of our Pin2k's). Have fun and enjoy it! Don't know if you're in to gameroom posters to go with your games but they make a really cool RFM poster and the poster for "TILT" is a really nice close up of the playfield so just wanted to let you know they are out there. Congrats again!

#21 6 years ago

That is a very nice RFM. Congratulations on the new game!

#22 6 years ago

Best part was he got to kick my ass on the first game played at his house!

#23 6 years ago
Quoted from WeirPinball:

Best part was he got to kick my ass on the first game played at his house!

You were just winded from us taking it upstairs .

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#24 6 years ago

By recommendation of a couple fellow Pinsiders, I decided to add "beer seal" to my RFM - particularly the main metal island where the ball gets launched off the pop-up ramp to the main target island. I would hear the ball nail that metal area, and it made me cringe. So Tunasled suggested beer seal, which is great stuff when you can find it. Since all the suppliers wanted $12-$15 in shipping alone, I figured I would try my hand with some local stuff first.

Here's what I used:

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And here's what it looks like in my RFM as of now.

The piece was 8.5" long and the width of the metal island was 0.5" wide (as noted on the bag).

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#25 6 years ago

Looks good. I picked up an RFM last week and it has the same stuff on it. Until your post, I thought that was stock.

#26 6 years ago

Nice! Now let's see how that video amp worked out!

#27 6 years ago
Quoted from TunaSled:

Nice! Now let's see how that video amp worked out!

Enjoy

#28 6 years ago
Quoted from NPO:

By recommendation of a couple fellow Pinsiders, I decided to add "beer seal" to my RFM - particularly the main metal island where the ball gets launched off the pop-up ramp to the main target island. I would hear the ball nail that metal area, and it made me cringe. So Tunasled suggested beer seal, which is great stuff when you can find it.

that reminds me, I still need to give rick @ pps the contact info of another pinside member that still has a NOS ball catcher decal so that he can get these made up. the original "decal" is pretty thick (like those texturized non-slip bathroom tub stickers) to absorb the impact of the flying pinballs

#29 6 years ago

Wow, brilliant! Nice to see you haven't beaten my weak martian count yet... POO lives on!

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#30 6 years ago

I hope I can find one in good shape.

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#31 6 years ago

So I installed some more RAM tonight. Got it from Rob Anthony here on Pinside. Super easy to do. So far, P2000 has been super easy to work on. Only thing I had to do was loosen the VGA connector that is held into the PC box by one screw. If you don't do that, installing the new RAM is nearly impossible. Didn't have to disconnect anything else at all - super, super easy to do.

Pictures of the install. Note that the new RAM chip is NOT 100% identical to the old one, but hey, Rob sent it to me and it worked 100% !

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Quick picture of the plugs - basically what goes where.

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Shot of the P2000 computer

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That slot there is where the new RAM will be going. It is directly above the cpu fan in the picture.

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Quick shot of the new RAM from Rob.

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New RAM installed with original RAM. Note how much higher the new RAM is. This is it in its fully "locked and loaded" position.

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One last look before it goes back into the machine!

Just a huge FYI .... once you hook everything back up, MAKE SURE you hit the red reset button on the front of the computer box. If you do not press the red button switch, your machine will not boot up, and you'll be scratching your head wondering what's wrong. The translite bulb will turn on, but the computer WILL NOT BOOT until you hit the spring-compressed red reset button on the fron of the computer box.

Game takes maybe 10-15 secs longer to load upon bootup, but wow, the animations are MUCH smoother. Definitely a great improvement and for $10, sheesh, this is an easy no-brainer.

Thanks, Rob!!!

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