Tiny bit of background on me. I'm a concept artist in the video Game industry, and I LOVE pinball, and have been toying with the desire to make my own pinball games in my free time. Not only because I am a huge fan of old school pinball artwork, and want to try my hand at it, but also because I am fascinated with game design in general, and pinball has a lot of interesting challenges to explore.
I'm working on a home made pinball game. Mostly as hobby, but if I get to the point where people want to buy my hobby, that would be cool too. Anyway, I live in a 2 BR apartment so space is at a premium, and I'm using .75" balls instead of full sized pinball's. This keeps the machine smaller, and saves me space and money in general.
The problem is, because I'm working at a smaller scale, it makes buying parts a tricky business.... Most pinball parts like flippers and bumpers are made to accommodate 1.06" balls that weigh more than the ones I'm using. I may move up to the 1" balls eventually, just so that I can open myself up to a whole world of aftermarket parts to purchase, but for right now I've been enjoying designing every part myself and building them from scratch. I'm even looking into wrapping my own solenoids.
Bellow are some shots of my prototype pin at the moment. There are no real game functions in play right now. I don't really intend on this being a finished game ever actually. Its just a testing ground for pretty much everything I want to put into a real game eventually like switches, pop bumpers, LED's, etc... The flippers work as a manual mechanism. And I have 2 magnetically trapped balls to hit for multiball. I want to eventually install some switches in the lanes to score, (or for now, just blink lights) and I'd like to replace the curved lanes with ramps. I have been teaching myself electronics through youtube and websites (which has been daunting) because I really want to get lights and solenoids working on this thing. I included a pic of my first successful soldering job, 2 LED's on the same wire, haha! I felt like a genius.
Anyway, I'll be posting progress on here as I work on it, and will most likely be asking a thousand questions of folks who know a lot more about this stuff that I do. Which brings me to my first round of questions!
Q: I'm wanting to install some electric flippers, but Not full sized ones. My reason for not wanting full sized, is the balls aren't full sized, so they might feel awkwardly large, and I also don't want to use a full 24V (I think that's what real flippers use). I'm trying to keep to lower voltages as I don't know what I'm doing really with electronics, and I'll be a lot more comfortable dealing with a 9V or 12V power source. Plus my play field is only like 20" long, so the ball really doesn't need to get hit that hard. So I am wondering if anyone can suggest a good medium sized flipper from an existing machine I could look into buying in after market? Something bigger than the upper playfield of Shrek. I think those will be too small and weak? (anyone know off hand what the voltage is on those?)
That said, as a follow up question, If I use a lower voltage on a full sized flipper coil will I just get weaker power out of it? Because that might be acceptable...
You can see I'm basically a monkey in the dark with a box of tools. So any guidance is appreciated, and all mocking will be deservedly embraced.