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


By NicoVolta

2 years ago



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    #2301 6 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    FYI... I will be doing a live stream in the Facebook group: Em Pinball this evening at 9pm EST. Just covering the basics of the "magic brush" and rebuilding relays.

    joined , *looking forward to viewing bump*

    #2302 5 days ago

    I’ve got it saved for posterity, but soon I will post an improved version with upgraded lighting and edits. Overall it was a decent introduction to the process... but there is still a lot to learn in terms of getting the touch knowledge drilled in! As well as finicky things like interlock relays, double-stack relays, etc.

    Also forgot to mention: Pitted contacts. If the surface of the contact is gnarly, you’ll need to smooth it out with a little sanding/polishing.

    #2303 5 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    I’ve got it saved for posterity, but I’m going to do a better version with improved lighting soon. Overall it was a decent introduction to the process... but there is still a lot to learn in terms of getting the touch knowledge drilled in! As well as finicky things like interlock relays, double-stack relays, etc.

    I thought it was pretty good Nic, I had never sat in on a live facebook event before. Look forward to your next one!

    #2304 5 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    I’ve got it saved for posterity, but soon I will post an improved version with upgraded lighting and edits. Overall it was a decent introduction to the process... but there is still a lot to learn in terms of getting the touch knowledge drilled in! As well as finicky things like interlock relays, double-stack relays, etc.
    Also forgot to mention: Pitted contacts. If the surface of the contact is gnarly, you’ll need to smooth it out with a little sanding/polishing.

    That was a great effort there Nic. Concise and well done. Hopefully, next time your Production Assistant will provide the set with a larger piece of paper and some tape.

    #2305 5 days ago

    When is Pinball School at the Museum??

    #2306 5 days ago

    I enjoyed your broadcast Nick. You seem to be a natural in front of/behind the the camera!

    #2307 5 days ago

    Thanks all! It's probably due to my father being a celebrity DJ back in the day... some of it rubbed off (pictured at center). KVIL was huge until the mid/late 90's in Dallas.

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    BTW, also forgot to remind everyone to tug every solder joint. *facepalm*

    Another video shall ensue, but not for a while. I'm tired. Like, so tired I slept through getting my roof replaced today... no joke.

    Pinball school is running behind schedule, but it will happen. Just... gotta... do... more....

    #2308 5 days ago

    It was a great to watch, picked up a few more tips,

    Like pushing the metal actuator plate as opposed to the plastic switch ladder to compensate for wear.

    Switch biasing

    50/50 split adjusting so all contacts in the stack actuate simultaneously

    I thought I heard a slight chuckle when I said "You were the Bob Ross of pinball" in the chat room which was pretty cool as well

    Thanks again: chas

    #2309 4 days ago

    Great watch and learned a lot, funny that one of the switches had no wires attached

    #2310 4 days ago
    Quoted from chas10e:

    It was a great to watch, picked up a few more tips,
    Like pushing the metal actuator plate as opposed to the plastic switch ladder to compensate for wear.
    Switch biasing
    50/50 split adjusting so all contacts in the stack actuate simultaneously
    I thought I heard a slight chuckle when I said "You were the Bob Ross of pinball" in the chat room which was pretty cool as well
    Thanks again: chas

    LOL yes tried the Bob Ross mellow voice for a bit. Was TOO mellow. I'll continue to build up the PINBALL... RADIO... VOICE... SPECTACULARRR!

    I hadn't mentioned the 50/50 rule before. Hard to explain without seeing a video, but now you got it! Halfway to touch, the other half to push.

    All switches changing state at the same time. Push the metal plate in s s l l o o w w m o t i o n to check if they are all marching to the same beat.

    Quoted from astyy:

    Great watch and learned a lot, funny that one of the switches had no wires attached

    Yes, this is common especially on Bally games. Perhaps the design and final revision changed after the parts were ordered? You'll see empty ones on Bally motor switch stacks too.

    #2311 4 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Yes, this is common especially on Bally games. Perhaps the design and final revision changed after the parts were ordered? You'll see empty ones on Bally motor switch stacks too.

    That's just Bally saving some money on assembly. Same motor/relay configuration used on multiple games. The empty switches are populated on other games, but the assembly didn't need to change from game to game. Savings (in people time for assembly) outweighed the expense of the extra switches.

    #2312 4 days ago

    Nic,

    Are you going to put this up on your YouTube channel?

    I'm not on Facebook and would lie to check it out.

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