"Nic's North American Pinball Tour" (aka I'm coming to fix your games!)


By NicoVolta

1 year ago


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    #2051 8 days ago

    Haven’t taken a day off yet, and why would I? This is like working in the Imagineering department in Disneyland!

    Roanoke is getting the best of what I can do. It’ll take a few months to complete the vision... but it’ll be a wondrous thing!

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    Oh... another tech update. I recently had my first opportunity to install new AS relay boards on a Spin-A-Card. It had horrible carbon tracking on both sides which was causing the wrong cards to light up during the spin sequence (short circuits).

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    If you have a 1970's Bally multiplayer EM, you should immediately open the backbox right now and look at the player unit stepper. Odds are, you’ll see some carbon tracking on the circuit board. Use the alcohol, Mother’s polish, alcohol, and dry Teflon lube technique to remove it... otherwise the sparks will eat through the bakelite and cause other problems.

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    Old board, meet new board.

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    I opted to solder the wires directly to the pad instead of riveting solder tabs. If you’d like to do it old school, you’ll need 11 GTB-A4701 solder lugs and 11 GTB-A4907 rivets to secure them for each board. Might want to get a few extra just in case.

    #2052 8 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Oh... another tech update. I recently had my first opportunity to install new AS relay boards on a Spin-A-Card. It had horrible carbon tracking on both sides which was causing the wrong cards to light up during the spin sequence (short circuits).

    If you have a 1970's Bally multiplayer EM, you should immediately open the backbox right now and look at the player unit stepper. Odds are, you’ll see some carbon tracking on the circuit board. Use the alcohol, Mother’s polish, alcohol, and dry Teflon lube technique to remove it... otherwise the sparks will eat through the bakelite and cause other problems.

    Other problems like a FIRE! That one had alotta play left compared to this one out of a Flip-a-Card I did a couple years ago:

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    #2053 7 days ago

    Although the "Grand Tour" may have concluded, I think there is a certain convenience attached to keeping this thread ongoing. Even if the posts become far less frequent. It's a body of work that has continuing reference value, and refers back to prior content.

    #2054 7 days ago

    Nic, remember that Spin-A-Card you "referred" me to a while back? Well, I was a little horrified when I saw it's AS unit, thought finding a replacement would be tough...then came across Steve's great repro. As he pointed out, one side of the unit carries 25v the other 6v. And the 25v side is top most and collects more dirt. Anyway, turned out to be an easy fix thanks to PBR.

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    #2055 7 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Sure... always up for a chat. Knockout isn't on our "hit list" at the moment but I am looking for interesting additions...

    I don't think Knockout is on anyone's Hit list!

    #2056 6 days ago

    Nic: Will you be maintaining both your Youtube pinball channels,
    Nic's Amazing and the Roanoke Pinball Museum channel or combining them?

    #2057 6 days ago

    They’ll both remain active.

    In the meantime... pinball school resumes at the museum! John is re-rubbering Target Alpha with Titan rings and Dremel-ing out the lamp sockets.

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    #2058 6 days ago

    File under “things I’m learning as an arcade manager”...

    Checklist: Install rapid-flip detector on all pins.

    Anyone caught flipping more than 50 times within three seconds will have a crane lowered from the ceiling, hoist them by the collar, swivel to a nearby open window, and drop them down the chute with overhead GAME OVER in LED lights repeating all the way down to the street.

    No refunds given when exiting by chute.

    #2059 6 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Anyone caught flipping more than 50 times within three seconds

    Are 3 yr olds exempt?

    #2060 6 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    File under “things I’m learning as an arcade manager”...
    Checklist: Install rapid-flip detector on all pins.
    Anyone caught flipping more than 50 times within three seconds will have .........

    Ahh. Welcome to the world of "public" game operations! For 25 or 50 cents, they feel they "own" the game. For $1.00, it's theirs to destroy.

    #2061 6 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Haven’t taken a day off yet, and why would I? This is like working in the Imagineering department in Disneyland!

    Roanoke is getting the best of what I can do. It’ll take a few months to complete the vision... but it’ll be a wondrous thing!

    that ceiling looks amazing!

    #2062 6 days ago
    Quoted from fantarama:

    that ceiling looks amazing!

    I’m gonna put chandeliers above the EM’s next. Do they deserve any less?

    #2063 4 days ago
    Quoted from fantarama:

    that ceiling looks amazing!

    Indeed it does. Venue lighting is an interesting (and perhaps touchy) subject. When I've been to PHOF at night, I think there was mainly just the light coming from the machines themselves. Not necessarily adequate. For example, you couldn't read much of what was on the background info cards, where they had them. Banning handles this better, though it's still not entirely satisfactory. At your location, it looks like there should not be much of a problem seeing or reading anything.

    #2064 4 days ago
    Quoted from fantarama:

    that ceiling looks amazing!

    Agree.. is that a tent-like roof or was the wavy curve fabricated in somehow. Its a nice touch to add some fun and whimsy to the area.

    #2065 4 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    Agree.. is that a tent-like roof or was the wavy curve fabricated in somehow. Its a nice touch to add some fun and whimsy to the area.

    That place is not a tent. The building is really something you need to experience. Huge fish tank, color-changing LED ceiling on the first floor, multiple floors to explore, a killer children's museum on the floor above the museum (with a few pinball machines to boot!). Just go experience the place before I ruin any more of it for you.

    #2066 4 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    Agree.. is that a tent-like roof or was the wavy curve fabricated in somehow.

    for me it looks like some kind of plastic (or acrylic, who knows the exact material) panels.
    it reminds me of fairs and my childhood when all I saw was colorful shapes and bright lights and couldn't care less of what it actually was. very cool!

    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    I’m gonna put chandeliers above the EM’s next. Do they deserve any less?

    it seems only right.

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    The building is really something you need to experience.

    would love to see more!

    #2067 4 days ago

    Well... as of today I have a cold, it is very lightly snowing, I made a 425-mile torrential rain roundtrip to West Virginia for nothing yesterday (that Hi-Score Pool machine was a bust), and still haven't taken a day off. Thinking mid-May might be good. That's when I'll be returning to Texas to pick up some furniture and games to haul back for YOU to play!

    Energizer Bunny got nothin' on me.

    Oh goody! Mail arrived today!

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    #2068 4 days ago

    I like the plate.

    #2069 4 days ago

    Not many other folks who could legitimately drive around with a plate like that!

    #2070 4 days ago

    mmmm, 1st we pinball, then we eat.

    #2071 4 days ago

    Do or do not, there is no try.

    #2072 3 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    EM's are like old cars. I don't count an EM "fixed" by repairing the weakest link in the system. It's only fixed when everything works, works well, and works reliably.
    Doesn't matter how skilled one is. This. Takes. Time. To. Do. It. Right.
    Luckily, it's time well-spent! OK... back to the factory... got some new crazy ideas ahead!

    Thanks Nic I agree and should be priced accordingly. Translation lower your price if it's not totally fixed and stop saying I'm low balling if it's not.

    #2073 3 days ago

    I saw the listing for that Hi-Score Pool it must of been bad to pass that up.it said working but so did my Williams Little Chief.just because it turns on does not mean it's working.

    #2074 3 days ago

    Well... crap. Turns out I have a mini-flu-thing. It's my first half-day off!

    I found four distinctive remixes of the Pinball Song. This was, by far, my ABSOLUTE favorite thing on Sesame Street... was so disappointed whenever it didn't run during an episode.

    Dubstep video pinball remix of "The Pinball Song" by Hexstatic: » YouTube video

    Hip-Hop (like the vintage cartoons and the "WOW" sample): » YouTube video

    Full-on vocal re-recording and new HQ jazz audio: » YouTube video

    Or... a straight-up remix with more animation than most other versions: » YouTube video

    #2075 2 days ago

    I know you are more of a "physical" than "virtual" guy but while you are recuperating, have you ever looked at the computer game: Adventure Pinball - Forgotten Island? its a different take in that instead of trying to simulate a real table, you are the ball. The camera follows the ball as it moves around and in some cases becomes the ball. It can be a bit disorienting but makes for a different experience.

    I think its a free download these days, take a look at it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=671&v=e_sdFV5mMs8

    #2076 1 day ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    I know you are more of a "physical" than "virtual" guy but while you are recuperating, have you ever looked at the computer game: Adventure Pinball - Forgotten Island? its a different take in that instead of trying to simulate a real table, you are the ball. The camera follows the ball as it moves around and in some cases becomes the ball. It can be a bit disorienting but makes for a different experience.
    I think its a free download these days, take a look at it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=671&v=e_sdFV5mMs8

    That is pretty cool. If you're gonna go virtual, might as well take the pinball in totally new and impossible places! I can imagine one themed after Monty Python and the Holy Grail... weave your way up Swamp Castle, knock the prince out of the window, slay the guests... knock the limbs off the Black Knight blocking the bridge to the next table... battle the rabbit... it could totally work.

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    Can't keep me out of the museum for long. Big party at the museum last night. Lots of lawyers. The rooftop had the food, but the cool kids hung out in the pinball arcade... and yes... there was Saturday Night Fever, Hall & Oates, and Xanadu.

    "OMG I HAD MORE FUN TONIGHT THAN IN THE LAST 20 YEARS!"

    That's what we like to hear. We gave them an extra hour before bringing up the house lights with Van Halen's "Happy Trails".

    Pinball DJ... the world's best job.

    #2077 1 day ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Well... crap. Turns out I have a mini-flu-thing. It's my first half-day off!
    I found four distinctive remixes of the Pinball Song. This was, by far, my ABSOLUTE favorite thing on Sesame Street... was so disappointed whenever it didn't run during an episode.
    Dubstep video pinball remix of "The Pinball Song" by Hexstatic: » YouTube video
    Hip-Hop (like the vintage cartoons and the "WOW" sample): » YouTube video
    Full-on vocal re-recording and new HQ jazz audio: » YouTube video
    Or... a straight-up remix with more animation than most other versions: » YouTube video

    Venetian Snares did a version of this and its my personal favorite

    » YouTube video

    #2078 1 day ago

    Pace yourself friend as one's passion can exceed one's physical limits - if not now then someday. At least limit work to 80 hours per week until you let some of that local pace sink in. This is a great move for you - all the best Nic!

    #2079 22 hours ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    They’ll both remain active.
    In the meantime... pinball school resumes at the museum! John is re-rubbering Target Alpha with Titan rings and Dremel-ing out the lamp sockets.

    How does “pinball school” work? I just found this thread and hadn’t heard of the museum. The kids and I will be making a pilgrimage very soon!

    #2080 20 hours ago

    We maintain a small staff of volunteers which drop in occasionally on pre-arranged tech days. Mostly fellow hobbyists & we also have lunch together. Since my arrival there has been extra interest in EM-related work... so I’m giving more time to the volunteers for that.

    C’mon in and say hello! I’m there literally every day, just about all day. I’m sure I’ll take a day off eventually... maybe in May. Ah yes... Allentown! That’ll work.

    Lots to do. Ambitions to fulfill!

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