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The Crazy Mansion by the Pinball Amigos


By pinballrockstar

2 years ago



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    #1717 1 year ago

    Hey Pinball Amigos,

    Like so many others I've really enjoyed quietly following your Mansion thread the last few months... plus I wanted to thank you because I found some inspiration in your "just try it and get it done" theme which contributed to me creating a little device that helps in my daughterboard assembly/packaging process. To avoid hijacking your thread I posted a video of the device in a separate thread:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-electric-card-cutter#post-4044446

    Thanks, guys!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC Pinball resets or for my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 month later
    #2118 1 year ago
    Quoted from jokerpoker:

    Bas i saw that pic with Baby Packman in the Tesla.

    I shared that pic with a guy at work who owns a Tesla - he was amazed! ... and he agreed with jokerpoker on the "crazy" assessment.

    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Can't play pacman on a tesla right?

    Don't they take feature requests? The dash has a big screen in it and you really need something to do while the car drives itself...

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets, the Pinball Pyramid, or Williams system 3-7 sound board potentiometer solutions

    #2182 1 year ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    Here in the States you guys always start building while it's still during work hours here so it leads to the question ..... WTF are we supposed to do at work on Friday, work????

    The Friday before the Christmas probably isn't the most productive time in any office! rotordave has a new 'traveling in the USA' thread which could make for good Friday afternoon office-fodder...

    -Rob
    -new at http://www.kahr.us - Williams system 3-6 display glass brackets!

    1 month later
    #2675 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Debating about the bannister...

    This, along with the picture posted with it -

    https://images.pinside.com/2/9a/7a/29a7aaeb3890742c8397294ea7d734b96a822e35.jpeg

    (from post 2654 above) cracked me up because it looks like the two heads in the backbox are part of the debate! Thanks for another fun Friday.

    -Rob
    -check out my Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2111218102/skee-ball-display-pcbs-redesigned?ref=e36051
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or for my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 month later
    #3291 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    About half or 60% Swinks,like a regular dmd,we are debating that actually

    Maybe the slope of the lower PF could vary which would change how much screen is visible. I went back a quite a few pages to refresh my memory on the plan for the lower PF (quoted post 834 to help others find it).

    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    So this is the rough plan,2 flippers downstairs and 2 pop bumpers.
    On the 2 sides,we are gonna make 2 rows of targets,spelling the insert words "crazy" and "mansion".
    Lite both words and you can shoot straight down the middle for mental jackpot

    Anyway, accomplish something on the main PF to reveal more screen and make the lower PF ready for mental jackpot. Get the ball down there when the slope isn't steep and there aren't many points to be had (so player is just wasting time stuck in the asylum), but when it's steep/difficult the jackpot can be earned. Maybe what's revealed on the screen is icons showing the state of each letter's insert target which is progress toward earning the jackpot.

    A mechanism that incorporates a threaded motor shaft running through bolt fixed to the lower PF may be enough to give control of the pitch. The lower PF's exit ball path would need designed deliver to that spring you guys built no matter PF position.

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my new Skee Score displays

    #3343 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Allright?!
    Not too bad?
    With some better hinges and some tweaking this is gonna work just fine!!

    not bad? It's spectacular! ... and as swillie points out all the more so because of the timeline from "lets do it" to "it's done". Awesome!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my new Skee Score displays

    #3357 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    But your (here comes an example..) $20 is actually €16 in our country,so your 20 is our 16.
    So that is food for thought.

    Reminds me of the inch-cm or yard-m tangent a few weeks ago. There's metric system money too?

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my new Skee Score displays

    2 months later
    #4079 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    I also hord power supplies in all voltages!

    Doesn't everybody? Mine are conveniently stored in a cloth Marco bag they give out at pinball shows.

    My bag of wall warts
    inside the bag

    When I pulled the bag out for the photo I noticed about a dozen overflowing into the box underneath. I respectfully disagree with calling it hoarding... more of recycling as these things come in handy periodically.

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or for my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    3 weeks later
    #4342 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Okay,waiting for the guys,i’m gonna start early tonight!

    Thank goodness - there is NOTHING going on here in the office this afternoon!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or for my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 month later
    #4963 1 year ago

    So this made me smile - the red and green arrows are pointing to what will be airbrushed next week. Intentional placement?

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    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H and model S Skee Ball

    4 weeks later
    #5347 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Time for the alley and some pinball friends!
    Take care,be safe!

    We (many Northeast USA pinball folks) are at The York Show this weekend. It was great to have your weekly installment of fine literature awaiting when I got to the hotel for the night... Thanks! There are a couple of vendors here with tons of parts from chopped up games - ramps, coils, targets, mechs - kinda like your alley on steroids. You guys would love it!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    1 week later
    #5391 11 months ago

    Ha - I picked up this retro 8mm projector at a church sale last night... feed and lamp both work. Too bad I don't have any films for it. Happy picking!

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    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 month later
    #5574 10 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    We have a supercool announcement!
    Phil from UK pinfest contacted us to invite us and our machines for next years (august) UKpinfest.
    They have a parking spot for our mobile home and they have beer too,so we decided to do a “ pinball amigos international tour”

    Nice - Dates are listed as August 23-25 on their website. Plenty of time for us USA folks to talk to spouses about 2019 being the year for a "special" European vacation! Maybe ask them for a trip to UKpinfest as a Christmas present! Would be awesome to play a game or three on this game we've watched materialize bolt-by-bolt... and with so many ideas/recommendations from the thread.

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 week later
    #5728 10 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Started unwrapping some new relays and making a board from foamcore..

    Building an EM!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 week later
    #5832 9 months ago

    come off the spinner? The curved corner looks to match the shape... kind of a rough cut in that somewhat rounded corner.

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H and model S Skee Ball

    4 weeks later
    #6256 8 months ago

    Is the plan still to raise and lower that lower PF to expose different amounts of the lower monitor during different parts of gameplay? I can't remember whether or not that feature was scrapped.

    Also, that clip with the plastic in the saw has an interesting sound - maybe something that could be incorporated into the soundtrack somewhere?

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H and model S Skee Ball

    1 week later
    #6384 8 months ago

    That's a very attractive space - you won't be welding on that floor will you?

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    1 week later
    #6481 7 months ago

    I'm curious if you had to do any pre-work with the electric in the new space prior to moving. Have you had all the games turned on yet? Over here that's a long enough line to make running them on one electric circuit challenging. I've got two 15 amp lines (@ US voltage) in my basement so no breaker tripping issues but I notice a little weakness in flippers when all 11 are on compared to playing with just a couple powered up. Since your voltage is different I'm guessing your breakers are sized differently too so maybe tripping breakers isn't as big a challenge in Europe?

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    1 month later
    #6765 6 months ago
    Quoted from MarkInc:

    Looks like mostly everyone is focused on Texas right now.
    Good time to make something crazy cool for all the rest of us that didn't go to TPF.

    I'm back home from TPF and just catching up tonight. Thanks for sharing this week's build!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED Display Boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    #6854 6 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Amigos checking out!
    Have a great weekend people!!

    Just a picture illusion or has something gone awry with the Iron Maiden display?

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    1 week later
    #6962 6 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    I quickly throw in a bunch of white and yellow commands so the rgb’s light up

    Knowing the inserts were already red, yellow, or green, why not just put white behind them?

    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Time to quickly play pinball,we did enuff!

    Agreed - you guys made a ton of progress this week. Congratulations!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    #7004 6 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Oh wooooow dude hahaha!!!

    Not going to post a photo snapped through one? We want to see too!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED Display Boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    #7042 6 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    We did some thinking this weekend and you know what?
    We really think these mechanical things in a pinball machine are way more attractive and cool than all these modern points of view with tiny lcd’s on the playfield and such.
    We like shooting a physical mansion,a trapdoor in a ramp,an electro magnetic capture by a ufo on the playfield way better than all the digital stuff and molded toys that don’t add anything to the game.
    Pinball is all about: “ where did the ball go now?” And where will it appear again?
    It’s also fun to try and get to another level playfield.
    Pinball is mechanical....that’s what we love about pinball...
    Sure we have a big lcd too...but the mechanics in the crazy mansion are nuts and make us smile everytime.

    Exactly. Did you guys see this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/where-is-the-innovation-in-the-last-decade ? My answer (in post #30) was right here in the Crazy Mansion build.

    robin, how do we get #CM and/or #crazy mansion populated with this game?

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    #7112 5 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Good night friends out there!

    All work, no play this week? All the games are off behind you...

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us t go get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    4 weeks later
    #7295 5 months ago

    For me the fun in this thread stems from the innovation of the Amigos ... so while we're waiting here's a cross-post of another thread I just saw with a cool innovation:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/firepower-duel-destroy-or-be-destroyed

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    1 month later
    #7868 3 months ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    I might even suggest a Plastic storage bin for the whole thing, and am additional fan/small blower to flow into tube
    and area needed.

    As a test, put the smoke machine in the plastic storage bin, put the lid on and turn it on - it should quickly flood the small space with fog. Now, take that lid off and mount it to the bottom of the playfield such that the mansion is inside this smoke chamber with the smoke machine also inside the chamber. No tube needed... but that playfield has got to be getting heavy - this may make raising it a two man job.

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED Display Boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    1 week later
    #7897 3 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Hey everybody,welcome to Amigo friday!

    Wow, things are in high gear already this week - quite the flurry of posts... COOL!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    #7953 3 months ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Gotta keep you guys in the loop right?
    Cheers

    Thanks for that from all of us - this was an incredible week! That results video is AWESOME!!!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    3 weeks later
    #8196 80 days ago

    Very nice - the in-game sounds fit well with the videos too!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    4 weeks later
    #8530 51 days ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    What? The guy in the hallway has a VIC20 for sale?!!

    Wow - VIC20 was what I had as a teenager - was too poor to get a C64 or an Apple II. I had the cassette tape data storage recorder device and a RAM memory upgrade for it too. I would write code in BASIC on it but I don't remember what any of it did. I do remember it was possible to enter a "high resolution graphics mode" where you could use a "poke" command to directly write memory locations that would control individual pixels on the screen. The tape machine was necessary so you didn't have to re-type your program with every power cycle; I think the RAM upgrade provided enough memory to allow full-screen high resolution.

    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Beard’s voice is gone

    Happens to me a lot at shows - what you guys are doing (manning a booth for an entire show) can be very tiring. You guys are doing great!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    2 weeks later
    #8737 31 days ago
    Quoted from pinballrockstar:

    Dude?
    Seriously?
    There is nobody in the topic!!
    We need to build something cool,we are losing followers

    Couldn't connect in real time this week but I'm here - watching and smiling!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    2 weeks later
    #8875 16 days ago

    How similar will the heartbeat mode be to metamorphosis in BOP? Balls are locked, sounds and lights stop, a simple heartbeat sound coinciding with a big flash of light and pulse graph on displays. Here's someone's upload of it in BOP:

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    #8934 10 days ago

    The animatronics are excellently done - very impressive!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

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