So I have been working on a thing. I have been afraid to share for various reasons:
1) I have lots of ideas that burn away and never happen, but now it is working, so my confidence is higher.
2) Internet people can be cruel.
3) The property is still under copyright (but I would never sell it anyway.
I wanted to build my own machine. The reason was simple. I wanted to say, "I built a pinball machine." I asked my wife what the theme of the machine should be. She said, "Harry Potter". While on a trip to Disney World, I came across a theater that played the life story of Walt Disney. I was inspired by the black and white drawings and Disney's ability to tell a story using limited time and resources. So I chose Steamboat Willie as my theme.
The next quest to conquer was to determine if this was going to be a re-theme or a full-blown built-from-scratch machine. I first bought an EM game to re-theme because of the old-time feeling of the theme, but I soon realized that an EM re-theme would miss a very important element to the theme, music. That is when I realized I would have to build this thing from the ground up.
Actually, not the ground up, I would build this from parts I already owned. The cabinet itself would be donated from a parted out Apollo. I chose the playfield layout based on the fact I only owned one bumper. I once played a home-version pinball machine at a friend's house that I remembered well that only had one bumper, it was call Circus. I loved that game when I was a kid because one, it was all I could play, and two I could always hit the spinner shot (which made me feel super cool). I even used some of the artwork elements from that home-style machine.
It has a full video display and lots of music.