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Roller Coaster Tycoon owners club. All are welcome.

By CoolCatPinball

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#501 10 months ago

In switch test, one of my left lock lane switches does not register. I took out the left lock lane switch assembly:100_5873 (resized).JPG
The upper (lock 2) switch registers, but the lower (lock 1) does not register by switch action, but will register when the wires are shorted. Both diodes registered the same meter readings both ways.
Now the hunt for an original Cherry style switch begins. I have a couple of other brands on hand, but they don't use the pivot hole type of wire form. I do want to keep the original wire form. If I locate this style original switch, I will purchase several to keep in the RCT parts box:Cherry switch (resized).JPG

#502 10 months ago

Are you saying it won't physically lock one ball or two? It is supposed to physically lock 1 ball but never 2.

Question, you mentioned the ball goes there from the Rocket. Does it ever go there from the Chicago Loop? If not, your diverter might not be working.

#503 10 months ago

Yes, right now the game will not physically lock ball one ever, the ball is shot out immediately. That is the switch that is not registering. The left lower diverter does function correctly and sometimes the Chicago loop sends a ball into the left lock lane. Found Cherry DA3 switches at Pinball Wizard in Salt Lake City, I placed an order. Not widely available.

#504 10 months ago
Quoted from pinballlarry1:

Yes, right now the game will not physically lock ball one ever, the ball is shot out immediately. That is the switch that is not registering. The left lower diverter does function correctly and sometimes the Chicago loop sends a ball into the left lock lane. Found Cherry DA3 switches at Pinball Wizard in Salt Lake City, I placed an order. Not widely available.

For future issues, you can buy the generic wire switches from Marco and bend the wire to match the original. They have the wire and ribbon style of diy switches. When you replace the switches, be careful not to overtighten the mounting screws which will deform the switch body itself and cause failure again over time.

#505 10 months ago

I saw the various other styles of micro switches, but want to keep using the original wireform and just transfer it to a new Cherry DA3 with the pivot posts. Upon further inspection, it appears that a previous tech reversed the white/red and white/orange switch wires. My old eyes can still distinguish between red and orange using a magnifying glass and my good reading glasses. Switch matrix chart shows upper switch 42 being white/red and lower switch 43 is white/orange. My switches are wired white/orange to upper and white/red to lower. Perhaps when the lower switch failed, it caused the game to go into ball search every time a ball entered the lock lane. Changing the switch wires would probably cause the game to think there were two ball in the lock and instantly eject them as programmed. That might be why I get the sound "oh no, not two at once!" whenever the lock lane shoot the single ball out. Some what expedient fix for a field tech, game still playable, but no 2 ball multiball from the lock lane. After I get the new switch installed and the wires moved back, I will test everything with the glass off and see what happens.

#506 10 months ago
Quoted from pinballlarry1:

I saw the various other styles of micro switches, but want to keep using the original wireform and just transfer it to a new Cherry DA3 with the pivot posts. Upon further inspection, it appears that a previous tech reversed the white/red and white/orange switch wires. My old eyes can still distinguish between red and orange using a magnifying glass and my good reading glasses. Switch matrix chart shows upper switch 42 being white/red and lower switch 43 is white/orange. My switches are wired white/orange to upper and white/red to lower. Perhaps when the lower switch failed, it caused the game to go into ball search every time a ball entered the lock lane. Changing the switch wires would probably cause the game to think there were two ball in the lock and instantly eject them as programmed. That might be why I get the sound "oh no, not two at once!" whenever the lock lane shoot the single ball out. Some what expedient fix for a field tech, game still playable, but no 2 ball multiball from the lock lane. After I get the new switch installed and the wires moved back, I will test everything with the glass off and see what happens.

Yes, if a previous tech reverse the upper and lower wiring, then you would get very odd behavior probably as you described because the first locked ball would always be interpreted as a second ball, but in many cases the play field ball count logic would have a conflict. Not sure how it would respond. Anyway, The top switch is #42, white red. The bottom is #43 white orange. See page 5 for the visual ID of those two switches.

#507 9 months ago

Installed new lower lock switch today. Put in a new Cherry DB5 using the original wireform from old switch. Confirmed both switches were wired correctly, I was in error about them possibly being reversed. Game now plays correctly, ball will physically stay locked in the lane when appropriate. Heard a couple of different statements from the dummy. Can get 2 or 3 ball multiball now and score lots more points. Did not realize just how much this switch affected the "fun" of playing the game. Much better now!!

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#508 9 months ago

Hi All- Anyone have any suggestions on the easiest way to get to the bulbs in the blue and white bumpers- trying to finish my led conversion- do I need to remove the left ramp?

Thanks All-

#509 9 months ago
Quoted from ktcoady12:

Hi All- Anyone have any suggestions on the easiest way to get to the bulbs in the blue and white bumpers- trying to finish my led conversion- do I need to remove the left ramp?
Thanks All-

Yes you need to remove the left ramp assembly for access to the bulbs and you get the opportunity to do some cleaning and waxing

#510 9 months ago

Good point hawkeyexx- I will do that !

#511 9 months ago
Quoted from ktcoady12:

Good point hawkeyexx- I will do that !

I installed color changing comet LEDs

#512 9 months ago

Hi ALL RCT Owners- Is the Eat/info plastic impossible to find ? If so does anyone know where to find it? Thanks all

#513 9 months ago
Quoted from ktcoady12:

Hi ALL RCT Owners- Is the Eat/info plastic impossible to find ? If so does anyone know where to find it? Thanks all

Here ya go...

https://www.pinball.center/en/shop/pinball-parts/playfield-parts/plastics/9030/plastic-4-for-roller-coaster-tycoon?c=2286

The bad news is they don't ship to the US. So either make a friend in Canada or get in on Zitt's group purchase...

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinballcenter-parts-needed

Oops, just noticed they're out of stock. Shouldn't be a big deal, that seems to happen every so often and they restock.

#514 9 months ago

Is there a plastic protector for the EAT plastic anywhere now?

#515 9 months ago
Quoted from jaytrem:

Here ya go...
https://www.pinball.center/en/shop/pinball-parts/playfield-parts/plastics/9030/plastic-4-for-roller-coaster-tycoon?c=2286
The bad news is they don't ship to the US. So either make a friend in Canada or get in on Zitt's group purchase...
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinballcenter-parts-needed
Oops, just noticed they're out of stock. Shouldn't be a big deal, that seems to happen every so often and they restock.

THANK YOU !!!!

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#516 8 months ago
Quoted from McSquid:

My RCT won Best in Play: Modern (2000-present) at the Pintastic show in Sturbridge! I thought you guys might appreciate the topper I built. A functional model rollercoaster activated by the rocket shot. Here is a quick video my friend took:
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THATS REALLY NICE!

Very very well done man. I just recently picked up a RCT machine. It's my first pin, I'm new to pinball. It just seemed to be the best value for the pricerange. My EAT plastic is broken like many in this thread have mentioned.

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#517 7 months ago

Thread bump for one of the most under appreciated games.
Such a fun shooter.

Has anyone replaced the troll hot tub with anything? Like a barrel?
I was thinking maybe 3d printing a ticket booth.
And I want to add a funhouse mirror in back so you can see the top lanes better.

Maybe 3d print some buildings for the diverter covers.

A rocket body over the top of the rocket vuk would be cool too. I'm Just trying to think of non intrusive mods that fit with the theme.

Anyone have any other ideas?

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#518 6 months ago

Excited about having our first family pinball Machiene. RCT is the star of the game room. Fits our vibe, family of 5 and zeal for Cedar Point.
Looking forward to participating in the pinside community.

#519 6 months ago

Welcome to the club!

Should be at Cedar Point in June! Got a few new coasters since I was last there.

#520 6 months ago

I need a new black rubber sleeve for the pop up post to the left of ABC entrance. A 3/8” OD fits over the post but I can’t find the right length. Anyone know what piece this post is? I can’t find it on the rubber diagram.

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#521 5 months ago
Quoted from usul27:Having a problem with mine now. It behaves a bit strange. Sometimes, when starting a new games it says "Ball saved" and auto-launches the ball - even though no ball had been played. Also the fun modes get activated and started randomly.
Switch test show no strange behavior. All switches that I could think of seems to work well. Any idea?
P.S. I updated the display ROM, but I wouldn't expect that this has any impact on the game itself. But I might still try the old ROM instead if nobody has a better idea.

Did you ever find the cause of this? It’s happening to mine intermittently.

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#522 5 months ago
Quoted from Boise_D:

Did you ever find the cause of this? It’s happening to mine intermittently.

I had this happening on my RCT when I first got it.
It's probably a stuck or bad switch or diode in either the food stand subway switches or ball lock. Or possibly the trough has a flakey switch.
It was one ball lock switch and the subway switch bad on mine.

They were full of dirt/carbon. I sprayed them with compressed air upside down. And the flakey switch problem and random launches went away.

But I will probably eventually replace those switches if it ever pops back up.

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#523 4 months ago

I bit the bullet and got new side rails. The groove in the cabinet from what I can only guess was the previous owner wore a ring. Or scratching nails on the cabinet constantly. It was driving me nuts.

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#524 4 months ago

That does look much better! That's some crazy wear there.

#525 4 months ago

Added some custom flash lamp covers today.
Much Less blinding with the LEDs in standard covers. Fit the theme good too. Saw a YouTube video that someone had done this before.
$10 mod.

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#526 4 months ago

More 3d printing. Just because I always hated the plain diverter covers. Working on a ticket booth for the other diverter cover. Lol

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#527 4 months ago

Very nice lookin. Great job.

#528 4 months ago

That Funhouse cover is very cool, I want one of those!

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#529 3 months ago

I changed things up a bit. And printed the buildings to look closer to the RCT art.

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#530 3 months ago

Those look awesome. I would buy them if you want to sell them

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#531 22 days ago

I’m having an issue where before game start it says “4 balls missing”. The it seems to play normally but then on ball two or three it kicks out two balls instead of one. Any ideas where to start diagnosing that? I’m not very experienced with pinball tech.

#532 20 days ago
Quoted from PurpleTophat:

I’m having an issue where before game start it says “4 balls missing”. The it seems to play normally but then on ball two or three it kicks out two balls instead of one. Any ideas where to start diagnosing that? I’m not very experienced with pinball tech.

Start by going into switch test and seeing if the ball trough switches are all registering. My guess is the problem is there.

#533 20 days ago
Quoted from bbaker2824:

Start by going into switch test and seeing if the ball trough switches are all registering. My guess is the problem is there.

Thank you! I’ll do that.

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#534 3 days ago

Lol. More printing and painting.

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#535 1 day ago

I get to join and I actually really like RCT.

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#536 11 hours ago

That is a great pair of machines!

#537 9 hours ago

Hi All- if anyone knows or has a lead on a plastic set particularly the EAT/INFO - I would appreciate it!

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