The Last Starfighter Pinball

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The Last Starfighter Pinball

By pinteresting

11 months ago

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    #401 7 months ago

    Don't use the restroom either...

    #402 7 months ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    FYI... When you are cooking breakfast for your wife and you are using really hot jalepenos, don't rub your nostril and left eye until you've thoroughly washed your hands.
    Just Sayin'

    Oh you didn't???? What a way to start off the new year.

    #403 7 months ago

    jeremy8419 LOL. Thank God it was only my eye.
    mustangpaul I know right?

    #404 7 months ago

    Some cool start up/auto-boot programming via Unbuntuu. So excited to see the hardware working. time is working on the programming. It'll be much easier when everything is all connected and tested.

    #405 7 months ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    Some cool start up/auto-boot programming via Unbuntuu. So excited to see the hardware working. time is working on the programming. It'll be much easier when everything is all connected and tested.

    Awesome!! Is that a bulldog breathing in the background?

    #406 7 months ago

    I'm going to cut the apron today and assemble. Probably do it at lunch. I'll post some pictures.

    #407 7 months ago

    Well dang. I didn't finish because I went and got a sandwich and ended up talking to a buddy for a bit but here's where I am. I'll finish before end of the day. I went with 16 gauge steel. I should have gone with .030" or .040" but this is what I had and it doesn't really matter.

    I will still need to spot weld in some mounting brackets but I will do that once those are invented.

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    #408 7 months ago

    It's hard to get projects done when you have to work. Full time jobs suck!

    #409 7 months ago

    im assuming the apron card areas are cut with a backplate welded? if you punched those by hand ill be impressed.

    #410 7 months ago

    This is what I water jet. The pieces are all spot welded together.

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    #411 7 months ago

    Damn, you got skills.

    #412 7 months ago

    skills = water jet

    Things are somewhat easy to duplicate especially if you are not making a replica of something else. If it's just the "idea" then you have a lot of leeway.

    #413 7 months ago

    I'm going to cut a new apron tomorrow. Adding a large hole in the center for a design feature.

    #414 7 months ago

    The version 2 apron

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    #416 7 months ago

    mustangpaul The circular hole will on this version. Although I was driving around today and decided that I want to change it again. I have some other ideas. The other guys have some great ideas too. Who knows what this thing will look like by the final version.

    #417 7 months ago

    How about cut out triangles above the card holders or a laser cut design that you could light up with EL paper?

    #418 7 months ago

    You ever played Blackout? It's probably my favorite pin, by odd chance. Really like the sounds on it. It's pretty The Last Starfighter -esque, imo.

    #419 7 months ago

    Sorry for lack of updates. TV pilot season kicked in early this year. Someone opened the flood gates.

    #420 7 months ago

    mustangpaul I'm going to try to get tricky with it but for now, I'm going to just keep it simple until we get a handle on this playfield.
    jeremy8419 I haven't played that yet. I'll check out the sounds on youtube.

    #421 7 months ago

    You're my new must see "tv." Enjoying the journey.

    #422 7 months ago

    burley9043 LOL. I'm going to have to go to some acting lessons so I don't sound so monotone.

    #423 7 months ago

    Ok. Sorry for the lack of updates. It's birthday month in my family. Holy cow.

    Back at it. We've received all the connectors so final wiring to multi-pin connectors will commence. We've also ordered a custom header pin board to be used as an easy interconnect board. We'll see how that works.

    New design for our custom blade bumpers is being printed tonight. I will print a plastic mold vs. a part that will be molded. The reason is that I'll be casting the blades in a colored silicone. It's way easier to cast into a hard mold than a silicone mold when you are casting silicone.

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    #424 7 months ago

    This is the mold being printed.

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    #425 7 months ago
    Quoted from pinteresting:

    This is the mold being printed

    Mold as in injection mold? Are you printing in ULTEM, or metal printing? Or do you mean TPU mold and pouring urethane?

    #426 7 months ago

    Pouring silicone. Technically, this is injection molding but it's very low tech. Plastic molds, injecting silicone.

    #427 6 months ago

    Nice work man. Following. It’s will be interesting to see how these bumper hold off. How do you plan to fix them? Will they basically be like blue rubber of death?
    I also like what you are doing for an Apron. Trying to decide what to do for my home brew game.

    #428 6 months ago

    Hi Pinteresting, I’ve added a couple of your pics to the Facebook group, “Strictly Custom Pinball,’’ I hope you don’t mind, and it would be awesome if you joined that group as well to show off your progress, kudos. JD

    #429 6 months ago

    Can you share pics of how you do the casting/injecting? Do you just pour it in the funnel at the top or do you actually push it in with something like a big syringe?

    #430 6 months ago

    Damn the speed at which this is comong together is insane. People usually spend years putting together machines from start to finish. Seems like this should be ready in 6 months from start to finish.

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    #431 6 months ago

    Sorry guys. I just getting back after almost 10 days with the flu. Ugh. Best weight loss program EVER!

    #432 6 months ago

    fortytwo Thanks! They'll basically be held and be replaceable components just like any other bumper.

    danzig I joined. Thank you. Pending...

    wolfmarsh Yes. I'll shoot a video when I do this. I'm planning on using a syringe to inject from the top but also added a "funnel" to feed the mold while things settle.

    lurch Yeah. Unfortunately, the past two months haven't been very productive because of holidays, birthdays, more birthdays and sickness. I'll get my sh!t together and kick this pig!

    #433 6 months ago

    Wow, awesome progress, and so quickly! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    #434 6 months ago

    Just started working on a few things again. Still feeling the left over symptoms of having the flu. Ugh. Totally lingers.

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    #435 6 months ago

    What is that in the first 2 pictures? A magnet lock?

    #436 6 months ago

    Yup, Magnet that can hold the ball and reverse it back down the ramp entry. I have an idea for a reverse drop target too....

    #437 6 months ago

    Magnet lock. That’s cool. Will it then pulse like the stern playfeild magnets that force the back up the playfeild?

    #438 6 months ago

    This is very VERY cool. Keep up the great work!

    #439 6 months ago

    Yes. That's the intent. The magnet will, theoretically, stop the ball, pulse and send it back up the ramp and out of the entry as cleland said.

    Just starting work on how exactly that will work but all tests show that it should work just fine.

    #440 6 months ago

    I'm going to vomit up another short video showing more of the current state and some of the changes that we're working on now. We're also downsizing the control panel to a slightly smaller/simplified version. That will be coming in the next week or so. For now, these or some grabs of the current design. Most of this is already on the playfield and functional. The magnet return on the left ramp is new and will be installed, hopefully, this weekend. This will not be the final design for looks. Just a place holder for some functions and discussion.

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    #441 6 months ago

    Dude this is great stuff. I like the shape of the ramps.

    #442 6 months ago

    Been having trouble modeling ramps in fusion 360. So If you don't mind me asking.. are they sweeps?

    #443 6 months ago

    Stupid amount of talent working on this game. I love it!

    #444 6 months ago
    Quoted from PACMAN:

    Stupid amount of talent working on this game. I love it!

    The team is great, and John “pinteresting” has all the equipment and knowledge in manufacturing parts that makes anything we dream come alive. pacman I’m a huge fan of your Sega Outrun and Space Harrier rebuilds. Beautiful!

    I wish I could have an Outrun like that one day, my favorite driver back in the day.

    #445 6 months ago

    real nice work looking great

    #446 6 months ago

    I'll be printing the new magnet housing in higher resolution tonight

    #447 6 months ago

    sd_tom Yes. They are sweeps with two rails.
    wolfmarsh Thanks! We hope you enjoy the build.
    pacman I don't know about talent but it's a fun project for sure.
    swinks Thanks. It's getting there.

    #448 6 months ago

    this is truly amazing and loving the videos. it makes me wish that I had chosen a different profession to be able to play with some of the cooler toys than I do

    #449 6 months ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    this is truly amazing and loving the videos. it makes me wish that I had chosen a different profession to be able to play with some of the cooler toys than I do

    its never too late. just like pinball can be a hobby, so can being a maker

    #450 6 months ago

    Yeah. Truthfully, I know how to build some stuff but most of the time, I'm going on youtube / internet and seeing how others do it. I had no idea how to 3D model anything or 3D print, etc. Just learned and now.... I'm a professional novice.

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