I just want to say that the STTNG pinball game is one of the greatest pinball machines I've ever played. I first played it back in the arcade and was able to master it despite the way the out lanes will punish you for errant shots. I made several modifications to mine while it was in the restoration process and I have to say I'm glad I did. I wanted to take a minute to share them as I know the folks here will appreciate them.
I did most of the common mods, Hallmark Romulan and Klingon ships, target decals, and backboard graphics, but won't bother highlighting them and will only list things I did that are uncommon or a little different.
One thing I always felt was a little out of place on this game was the red pop bumpers, they just never seemed to fit well with the artwork of the game. I was trying to decide between blue and violet and ended up choosing blue, the deciding factor was the way the blue seemed to flow with the plastic set, I originally had blue out lanes as well but felt it was just too much blue for my tastes and went back to the original red here as the red and blue combination went really well with the plastics and the violet playfield. I still to this day don't know why they used green/yellow for the U.F.P. emblems and not blue/silver. I wonder what they would look like with yellow LEDs ...
As soon as the lighting harness was installed I did some LED testing for G.I. and other lighting to get an idea where I wanted to go with LED's and for the most part I went with incandescent bulbs in most of the playfield; the LEDs I really like is the LED star post lighting, I tried several color LEDS and several different posts and ended up going with red star post lighting in all four kicker posts. I wanted to use LED lighting of some sort for the shields as the heat gets trapped under the lenses and has been know to cause issues; I used cool whites in the shields for both GI and flashers which changed the shield color from teal to blue which flows well with the artwork.
The Borg ship, another area that can be damaged from the heat thrown off from incandescents; my original ship had some melted spots from the bulb heat so I used green 555s with bright white flashers in the Borg ship. I also installed a color changing LED under the playfied that gives the neutral zone hole a nice glow.
Lastly, I put LEDs under the cannons which I don't really care for but I really didn't want to ever have to change those bulbs.
The most recent thing I did was change the old plasma display out with a new color DMD, what a fantastic upgrade! I also pulled the two fuses from the DMD driver board afterwards. I figure why bother powering the HV section of this board when its not going to get used.