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Seawitch from scratch, Allentown edition (Bally/Stern multi-game platform)

By gdonovan

1 year ago


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#1451 26 days ago

Continuing adventures in solar! Rambling thoughts while I'm working.

One of the issues I have run into was that the number of panels I have is larger than the the controller can handle (in theory) so when the conditions are just right I'll get into an "over current" condition on the display panel which will shut down charging till the power tapers off.

How to solve this?

Well a chance comment on Amazon twigged me to the concept of running TWO charge controllers with one battery bank. This is an excellent idea! You can have one bank of cells to catch the early morning sun and then have other bank to take over in the late afternoon.

Something to play with in the future.

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#1452 20 days ago

Pinball stuff!

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#1453 19 days ago

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was a four day stretch!

Went to Vermont to see friends, stay over & be touristy. Home Sunday night where there were boxes waiting for me in the mailbox.

Slapped the PIN2DMD in Star Trek which I hope to color in the future, if not I'm going to just move to one of the DE pins which already has a color file available like Last Action Hero. dzorbas provided the PIN2DMD and I highly recommend purchasing one from him, awesome service.

Spent yesterday cutting trees till I burned out the electric chainsaw and then ran out of gas for the second. The electric one is much easier on my hands! Have to contact Ryobi today about a replacement motor. Only have 3 or 4 more trees to dispatch and I can move on from that particular chore that needed to get done..

The trees are ALL tall, 100 footers and in some dense patches so when you go to drop them they will get tangled up and you have to attach another strap and come-along and pull it over. It makes for a very long day and its humid again.

Gary
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#1454 18 days ago

I have a PIN2DMD I got for my X-Files but didn’t quite realize how different the install process was to a ColorDMD (for which X-Files is somehow still not a title). I got overwhelmed by other projects and haven’t dug into it. Thanks for the reminder. Any tips/links on the best install process?

#1455 18 days ago
Quoted from play_pinball:

I have a PIN2DMD I got for my X-Files but didn’t quite realize how different the install process was to a ColorDMD (for which X-Files is somehow still not a title). I got overwhelmed by other projects and haven’t dug into it. Thanks for the reminder. Any tips/links on the best install process?

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gary-s-definitive-guide-to-installing-pin2dmd-evo-in-data-east

This is a guide I did for Data East, its very similar to Sega X-files.

I will be doing a guide for Trek as well.

#1456 13 days ago

Video for apron decals uploading now.

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#1457 13 days ago

Shorter than I wanted, Youtube made me shorten it to less than 15 minutes so some duplicate steps were omitted.

#1458 13 days ago

very nice work. have you tried doing stencil and painting instead of decal (more color choices)? I had cut one out a few years back, but ended up moving and sold the machine before getting around to redoing the apron.

#1459 13 days ago
Quoted from BorgDog:

very nice work. have you tried doing stencil and painting instead of decal (more color choices)? I had cut one out a few years back, but ended up moving and sold the machine before getting around to redoing the apron.

Only in a minor way, I'll be doing some stencil work in the future.

#1460 13 days ago

Good vid on the apron Gary. I like how the Stern aprons look with the full correct text present & how the text/graphics are individual pieces just like the screen print is but with decals, to an otherwise fully painted apron.

Your other application tip was good by adding small pieces of tape to act as a "hinge" to each piece prior to peeling the back off so you can check alignment if you didn't want to apply by eye.

Quoted from BorgDog:

have you tried doing stencil and painting instead of decal

I wondered about how well it might work doing a painted stencil.

#1461 13 days ago
Quoted from Joydivision:

I wondered about how well it might work doing a painted stencil.

It might, letters would be a bear.

When I can finish the house stuff 'm still slogging through I have to airbrush keylines on Flash Gordon which is basically the same thing.

#1462 6 days ago

So keeping a promise I made last year to Isochronic_Frost (but was unable to fulfill at the time due to back injury) this Saturday I loaded up two pins and headed to the Saratoga Silverball event. Meteor and Fireball Classic were the designated titles and performed well with more than a few people mentioning both were right on the mark. Aside from Meteor getting a quick preventive wipedown of the playfield and Fireball once or twice not kicking out a ball both machine were flawless.

Thanks to ForceFlow for attending and the other pinheads who brought some excellent games! I was able to get some quality time on Houdini, Demolition Man, Fish Tales, Deadly Weapon, Sorcerer and a few other titles.
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#1463 6 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

So keeping a promise I made last year to Isochronic_Frost (but was unable to fulfill at the time due to back injury) this Saturday I loaded up two pins and headed to the Saratoga Silverball event. Meteor and Fireball Classic were the designated titles and performed well with more than a few people mentioning both were right on the mark. Aside from Meteor getting a quick preventive wipedown of the playfield and Fireball once or twice not kicking out a ball both machine were flawless.
Thanks to ForceFlow for attending and the other pinheads who brought some excellent games! I was able to get some quality time on Houdini, Demolition Man, Fish Tales, Deadly Weapon, Sorcerer and a few other titles.
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Thank you a million for bringing those two!!!
It meant a lot and it really brought some awesome titles to our lineup!!

Appreciate everything you’ve done this weekend and the several surprise maintenance events you graciously helped with

#1464 5 days ago

Going to be a busy week boys, some mischief on the horizon!

#1465 3 days ago

An offer has been made.

#1466 2 days ago

negotiations done, offer accepted.

going to be a long day tomorrow.

#1467 1 day ago

/drums fingers.

Time to go yet?

T-minus 22 hours

#1468 1 day ago

12 hours to go.

12.

#1469 1 day ago

Spill it.

#1470 1 day ago

Bad luck, you will know soon enough.

Deal isn't done till the truck is loaded. Or trailer in this case.

I did leave a clue.

Trust me, will be worth the wait.

#1471 1 day ago

On the road!

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#1472 20 hours ago

See what did you bring home thread, still loading!

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#1473 19 hours ago

Cool! Can't wait to see them all unwrapped.

#1474 18 hours ago

Holy Moses! What a haul!!!

#1475 18 hours ago

Koi

Quoted from SR230CC:

Cool! Can't wait to see them all unwrapped.

Going to be several weeks, busy as heck

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#1476 13 hours ago

Wow, That’s a massive score, well done!

#1477 13 hours ago
Quoted from Joydivision:

Wow, That’s a massive score, well done!

12 pins, only one does not boot, 2 new swemmer black hole/haunted house sound boards, 1 wico pin lift, new black hole playfield window and rotating disc and other assorted goodies.

#1478 11 hours ago

Today's haul;

*Black Hole- Auto grade repaint, nice playfields, new MPU and power supply board. Spare new playfield window and spinning disc.

*Sorcerer- New plastic set, playfield protected by factory Mylar, nice backglass, other new parts, need to reassemble.

*Grand Lizard- Playfield wear 2 small spots, missing lockbar, nice backglass.

*No Fear- Cab fade..

Roller Coaster Tycoon- Nothing wrong with it, present for my wife.

Rocky and Bullwinkle- Ball Launch button slightly funky, nothing else. Minty paint.

Kings of Steel- Nice playfield which is unusual, credit display has some burns.

*Vector- New MPU and SDB, recapped S&T, nice all around.

*Haunted House- Extremely nice cab and playfield, no broken plastics, new boards, need some work to sound board wiring.

Cyclone- Very Nice.

*High Speed- No boot, nice condition otherwise, suspect 5V regulator.

*Jurassic Park Lost World- Pick up magnet inop, slight cab fad.

Two new Swemmer System 80 Sound and Speech boards with SC-01A chips (new)

And Wico pinball machine lift missing the hydraulic assembly.

Pins with the asterisk will be available more or less in the very near future so if interested drop me a line. I'm leaning towards "they work but could use a minor shop status" in regards to pricing. No Fear, Vector (which is nice and has new boards) and Black Hole already have interested parties. The ones without asterisks I plan on playing for a little bit, a few weeks at best before putting up for sale.

R&B is very, very nice and I'm aiming for a $3000 price, which is below the lowest price of pinside average $3050 - $3550 for example. Matter of fact everything here will be listed below $3000 with Kings of Steel below $2000 even though it has decent cab and backglass and the playfield is NOT blown out like all of them seem to be. I'm still thinking about that one as it doesn't get much love but examples that are not utterly blown out are scarce.

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