The Last Starfighter Pinball

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The Last Starfighter Pinball


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    #601 74 days ago

    Did they update the graphics on a new version of the film?

    #602 74 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Did they update the graphics on a new version of the film?

    I don't believe so

    #603 74 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Because time was giving me crap about having Cactus Canyon as my avatar when I don't have it anymore. I did the JP because he likes JP...and I'm an ass.

    I did notice this

    #604 73 days ago

    time is coming over to the house this weekend to work on some wiring. Going to hopefully get most of this done this weekend.

    #605 71 days ago

    I'm curious is anyone has tips on how they've wired their home brew pinball machines. I found a video on youtube and I'm wondering if there are reasons for keeping all the wiring floating off the back of the playfield and/or why the wiring isn't mounted to the playfield.

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    #607 71 days ago

    This is a shot of Scott's wiring. Looks like it's primarily the RGB wiring but this looks way better to me. I think I will go even a step further because I'm so particular about the wiring.

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    #608 70 days ago

    I found it easier to deal with if it wasn't mounted directly to the playfield. I didn't heat shrink it, either. Just zip tied it and used some cable tie clamps mounted on plastic standoffs. I'm planning on more of the same for my current project.

    #609 70 days ago

    Generally you don't run it on the playfield because there's no room on modern games. Also it means you can go "over" things without having to make all kinds of twists and turns. Saves wiring.

    Not as nice as the WMS version but this is an option:

    https://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=2692

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    #610 70 days ago

    Here's my game in progress. Just zipties but will add a few wire holders.

    Re-wiring

    #611 70 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Well, here's my first attempt at version 2...

    damn that's cool-- very clever.

    Sell it to JJP!

    #612 70 days ago
    Quoted from jwilson:

    Generally you don't run it on the playfield because there's no room on modern games. Also it means you can go "over" things without having to make all kinds of twists and turns. Saves wiring.
    Not as nice as the WMS version but this is an option:
    https://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=2692

    We also use those ladders to space wires from the playfield and to prevent them from getting stuck in switches or mechs. We 3D printed those. Let me know if you need a stl model.

    #613 70 days ago

    Maybe I'll design something that is a combination of metal with off-the-shelf cable clamps. Something along those lines.

    #614 70 days ago
    Quoted from jabdoa:

    We also use those ladders to space wires from the playfield and to prevent them from getting stuck in switches or mechs. We 3D printed those. Let me know if you need a stl model.

    Oh. That might be cool.

    #615 70 days ago

    I use these to route the cables over the playfield. They are very handy to use: you can open en close them if wires need changing. They have super strong glue on the back, so will not fall off.HTB1OBlcKVXXXXcSXXXXq6xXFXXXk (resized).jpg
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    #616 70 days ago

    I use 3d printed ladders as well. With homebrew wiring I like to think in more planes than just against the playfield.

    With the serial LEDs a lot of us like to use, you need to be careful with solenoid lines in relation to the LED lines especially data lines.

    I did led wiring and gi wiring on the plane of the playfield, and all solenoid and switch wiring on a different parallel plane, using the ladders to offset it. I like to also make sure not to run LED lines parallel to solenoid lines, and try to cross them at right angles, even on the different planes.

    #618 69 days ago

    I've ordered a few things. I would like to keep most everything down on the back of the playfield personally. I understand the concept of the speed of wiring above the components but I guess it's just a personal preference thing.

    #619 69 days ago

    I can only assume this will be a completely closed source and design project?

    I ask since others wanting to do customs like myself.

    I look at that mech building station photo... And I'm like damn... Couple hundred $ in wire spools right there.

    #620 69 days ago

    Uh. Well, I never really thought that anyone would be interested in making this machine other than ourselves. I don't believe that we've discussed releasing all the drawings, program and design onto the community. I suppose that it is a possibility. I will discuss with the others and see what their thoughts are.

    Quoted from LovelyCoCoNuts:

    I can only assume this will be a completely closed source and design project?
    I ask since others wanting to do customs like myself.
    I look at that mech building station photo... And I'm like damn... Couple hundred $ in wire spools right there.

    #621 69 days ago

    Truthfully, I bought way more wire than I needed for one machine. I also bought much larger gauge than necessary. I simply overdo...because what's worth doing is worth overdoing.

    This is probably enough wire to do 4 machines but I figured that I didn't want to run out since I would be going through a couple harnesses in the design stage to get to a final harness.

    I spend about $300 on wire.

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    #622 69 days ago

    time and I have already spend about $4000 or so on components and other parts. I haven't even gotten to the vacuum forming and molding casting stage yet. The printing for the playfield is going to cost a pretty penny also. I figure that will run about $450 each playfield.

    #623 69 days ago

    I believe time is building a spreadsheet that lists all purchases of components and some materials in the case that the other guys in the group will want to purchase and build in the end. I've committed to building 6 of these total if they are interested. It'll be fun to line them all up and see what people think when they play them. Unless it sucks of course.

    #624 69 days ago

    Watching with great interest. Love the movie. I wish they had made a sequel back in the day. Please post more pics

    #625 65 days ago

    Working on some new changes to the ramps and other components

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    #626 65 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Working on some new changes to the ramps and other components

    Are you putting posts on the sides of the ramp entrances or blue rubber bumpers?

    #627 65 days ago

    vireland Right now, they are custom bumpers that we are trying out. We would ship the machine with about dozen rubber bumper replacements beyond that, they could be purchase through Marcos.

    Kidding. They are custom rubber bumpers that look like this. They may change for the next version.

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    #628 65 days ago

    The first image is the actual prototype. The second image is what they will look like after they are proven and tested. Rubber bumpers will be cast in a 60D tinted silicone.

    #629 65 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    vireland Right now, they are custom bumpers that we are trying out. We would ship the machine with about dozen rubber bumper replacements beyond that, they could be purchase through Marcos.
    Kidding. They are custom rubber bumpers that look like this. They may change for the next version.

    For a second there I thought you were putting EL strips on the insides to light up the rubber. Can't get THAT at Marco.

    #630 65 days ago

    vireland HAH! It's funny that you said that. That's EXACTLY what I was planning on doing. I'm going to test that at some point but haven't quite had time to devote to that yet.

    #631 65 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    vireland HAH! It's funny that you said that. That's EXACTLY what I was planning on doing. I'm going to test that at some point but haven't quite had time to devote to that yet.

    You really are going to kill me with this machine. Do want.

    #632 64 days ago

    Approximately how the flag bumpers will look (red). In the end, the plan is to light them with leds. We'll see how that goes. I know it's a lot of extra work but we're already so far into this thing. Might as well, make it ridiculous.

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    #633 64 days ago

    It would be cool if the rubber bumpers could detect hits.

    #634 64 days ago

    solarvalue I'm sure there is a way to do that. Not sure I have the know-how to do so.

    #635 64 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    I'm sure there is a way to do that. Not sure I have the know-how to do so.

    something like this perhaps?

    #636 63 days ago

    Some of the stuff we've already discussed.

    #637 63 days ago

    looks great, what drawing program are you using?

    #639 63 days ago

    Oh boy! What do we have here?!

    Some custom silicone bumper molds? Still 1/2 hour to go.

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    #641 63 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Some custom silicone bumper molds

    Very cool, can't wait to see the results of those molds!

    #642 63 days ago

    This is what they look like. Having some parts cast in them now.

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    #643 63 days ago

    What do you use to inject the silicone, just a handheld plastic syringe?

    #644 63 days ago

    wolfmarsh Ended up not injecting it. I just poured and closed the mold

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    #645 63 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Ended up not injecting it. I just poured and closed the mold

    Neat, but are they firm enough?

    #646 63 days ago

    vireland We'll see. This silicone is still curing and remember, they get clamped between two piece of steel.

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    #647 63 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    vireland We'll see. This silicone is still curing and remember, they get clamped between two piece of steel.

    As long as it doesn't feel like a bag of sand...

    #648 63 days ago

    very impressive, well done

    #649 63 days ago

    @swinks Thanks. Normally, I would 3d print a mold. Just bored one evening.

    #650 63 days ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    wolfmarsh Ended up not injecting it. I just poured and closed the mold

    This is so cool!

    I can't wait till this type of bumper is standard from all manufacturers, especially backlit!

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