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There's one more Addams Family

By wallybgood

1 year ago


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    #1 1 year ago

    Built an Addams Family completely from parts this winter/spring. NLA parts that were handmade include wire harnesses, ball guides / metal parts, light insert panel, and Thing box. Have all guides and various metal brackets in CAD if anyone else needs them. Laser cut from 18ga stainless by HeMan40 (Dino) then bent with small brakes and hand tools. Converted to a “Stern type” slide out playfield system. Makes for easy access to playfield assemblies. Was able to make the backboard taller and added some graphics. Went with Fliptronics 2 and PBL flipper optos. Running ColorDmd LED display. Populated a bare sound board by Victor T (Dumbass) Most excellent Greed Book Mod from Mark Jenison. Pioneer backbox speakers w/Lpad.
    Painted and decaled the head/cab using Phoenix Arcade silkscreened art. PinGraffix for PinBlades. Local dude, Bill Webb built the sweet bare cab. Bare head from Virtua Pin.
    Used playfield from Pinside Market that was listed as touched up and cleared by HEP. Looks really sweet! Color scheme for jets/buttons inspired by HEP Thank you, Chris, for hosting your wonderful gallery of past restorations.
    Thanks to Dankme (Steve) for drawing the lampboard PCB’s. Thanks to Greg Bitz for measuring guides/brackets on his TAF. Thanks to Gatordad (Mike C) for allowing me to check some of his TAF wiring. I have some really great pinball buds.
    Wouldn’t be possible without these most excellent parts suppliers- Pinball Life, Marco, MantisA, PSPA, PBR, PPS, P Inc, Classic A, SF, MrP, Arakissun, Pinball Basement, Comet, Titan. Thank you IPDB for archiving parts lists, manuals, ROM images.
    More pics on my OneDrive https://tinyurl.com/58um9vza (disregard date stamps)
    Wally

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    #2 1 year ago

    Wow. Thats very impressive, to say the least. How much you think you spent on it?

    #3 1 year ago

    great job .... what's the small black box on the back of the light panel?

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from transprtr4u:

    great job .... what's the small black box on the back of the light panel?

    Looks like the battery pack for the MPU. If it's attached there it seems inconvenient

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    Looks like the battery pack for the MPU. If it's attached there it seems inconvenient

    Yep, battery pack.

    #6 1 year ago

    Wow that’s super cool, hope Shredder565 is taking notes

    #7 1 year ago

    well this beats any "how I spent my pandemic" story I could come up with.

    Congrats!

    #8 1 year ago

    Wow, this is incredibly cool and very impressive.

    #9 1 year ago

    Bout time Wally! Looks fantastic! What’s next, a wide body?

    #10 1 year ago

    Great job Wally! Your attention to detail is top notch as always.

    #11 1 year ago

    What is this, like the 5th scratch built machine you've made? Phenomenal stuff.

    #12 1 year ago

    Looks better then a new one!

    #13 1 year ago

    Amazing piece of work!

    #14 1 year ago

    Awesome

    #15 1 year ago

    Great work again Wally, great helpful guy with an awesome skill set

    #16 1 year ago

    Looks great!!!I love the taller backboard and slide out system.
    Tough one to build from scratch and convert.

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    #17 1 year ago

    Wally has done it AGAIN.
    Can we get him designated as a pinball machine manufacturer?
    So far WallyBeGood Manufacturing has brought us:
    MMw
    AFMw
    SSw
    MBw
    TAFw
    ...and I might even be missing one. WBG, Inc has put out so many machines one tends to forget just how many they have produced!

    #18 1 year ago

    From nothing to... something awesome!!!! Mad skills!!!!

    #19 1 year ago

    The best part about this is the conversion to a slide out playfield bracket system. TAF needs that so so much. Mad props!

    #20 1 year ago

    so.... um. happen to have a dropbox full of details?

    An absolutely amazing job. How's it play?

    #21 1 year ago

    Ho.
    Lee.
    Shit.

    Amazing work!

    #22 1 year ago

    Nice work as always wallybgood! Wally's putting out more games than Deeproot!

    #23 1 year ago

    The fairy tale ending we all hoped for!

    Congratulations and good work.

    #24 1 year ago

    Terrific! I had a bit of a taste of what this is like, as I rewired my BSD playfield from scratch due to the multitude of hacks. All that work makes you appreciate why pinball machines are expensive

    #25 1 year ago

    You're amazing Wally, truly an inspiration.
    Well done...

    #26 1 year ago

    W O W

    GREAT JOB !!

    Playfield slide arms -
    lucky !!

    #27 1 year ago

    I know you have done other games from scratch but still massively impressive. Just finding all the parts and having to custom make stuff is a huge job.

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    #28 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone. Love every aspect of this hobby from deciphering parts lists, looking for parts, to sanding/bondo/painting, making parts that aren't available, building wire harnesses, bending metal, everything. To top things off, along the way I’ve met some really good pinheads.
    Wally

    #29 1 year ago

    Very nice.

    #30 1 year ago

    "Excellent work Brother Wally...now, we need 500 more machines..."

    #31 1 year ago

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

    Wally, you’re a MAD man!

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from High_End_Pins:

    Looks great!!!I love the taller backboard and slide out system.
    Tough one to build from scratch and convert.

    Thanks, Chris.
    I was able to fit a 7 in x 19 3/8 in. backboard. Clearance from the top of the backboard to the cab neck ended up to be 3/16 in. The width is smaller than the original because it has to clear the slide and pivot support bracket when the playfield is in the fully raised position resting against the head. (backboard dips below horizontal)
    Wally

    #33 1 year ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    so.... um. happen to have a dropbox full of details?
    An absolutely amazing job. How's it play?

    Hey Yak
    I uploaded pics to my OneDrive https://tinyurl.com/58um9vza (disregard date stamps)
    Plays fast!
    Wally

    #34 1 year ago

    WallybLEGEND!

    #35 1 year ago

    Wow, makes my extensively shopped original look like a pile

    #36 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballlife:

    Wally has done it AGAIN.
    Can we get him designated as a pinball machine manufacturer?
    So far WallyBeGood Manufacturing has brought us:
    MMw
    AFMw
    SSw
    MBw
    TAFw
    ...and I might even be missing one. WBG, Inc has put out so many machines one tends to forget just how many they have produced!

    Thanks, Terry.
    Also CC. Running with Eric P's CCC code. Sweet pin!

    #37 1 year ago

    Awesome !

    I really liked the pinblades and backboard graphics.
    What did you use for the backboard ?

    #38 1 year ago

    Amazing.

    Related note: can you clone one for me...?

    #39 1 year ago
    Quoted from Zigzagzag:

    Awesome !
    I really liked the pinblades and backboard graphics.
    What did you use for the backboard ?

    Hey ZZZ
    Found a haunted mansion wallpaper graphic on line. My son, Gregg, color matched to the PinGraffix side blades and overlaid with a "grunge effect". Then printed on photo paper at Staples and glued to backboard with 3M spray adhesive.
    Wally

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    #40 1 year ago
    Quoted from wallybgood:

    Hey ZZZ
    Found a haunted mansion wallpaper graphic on line. My son, Gregg, color matched to the PinGraffix side blades and overlaid with a "grunge effect". Then printed on photo paper at Staples and glued to backboard with 3M spray adhesive.
    Wally[quoted image]

    It looks really great - would you be willing to share the file ?

    #41 1 year ago

    Beautiful, beautiful TAF Wally!
    You never cease to amaze me with your build talent and determination.
    ~Steveo

    #42 1 year ago
    Quoted from wallybgood:

    Thanks, Terry.
    Also CC. Running with Eric P's CCC code. Sweet pin!

    As CC is STUPID elusive for me, I would LOVE to roll my own CCC!!

    #43 1 year ago
    Quoted from Zigzagzag:

    It looks really great - would you be willing to share the file ?

    Yep, no problem. Happy to share.

    #44 1 year ago

    Incredible. Super curious of a ballpark of how much that cost you (not counting time, obviously).

    #45 1 year ago
    Quoted from PhilGreg:

    Incredible. Super curious of a ballpark of how much that cost you (not counting time, obviously).

    Around $6000.
    I generally start looking for parts years in advance of starting so I run into some really sweet deals. I was able to find some parts on Pinside Market, Ebay and from pinball buds (who know that I’m looking for parts) at very reasonable prices. For example, the used power transformer was $80, and a complete wiring harness (from a WPC-95 pin) was $50. Also, I bought quite a few "show specials" at Expo and TPF. Great deals are always found at the pinball shows. Marco always runs a free shipping incentive at shows. TAF topper was $100 at Expo. The Pinball Life open house during Expo is a great time to buy parts. I was able to find some parts from a TAF that was in a fire. (They still smelled like smoke) Somewhere around $1000 in parts if new for $300. Took time but everything cleaned up well. Pics are the bookcase, before and after. I restore many used parts like the coin door (the TAF one was recovered from a flood), pop mechs, sling mechs, flipper mechs and targets. If you want all new parts and you want them tomorrow, costs will be substantially higher. Could double easily. The only parts that I always buy new are the playfield (or pro restored original), anything plastic, glass, SS side rails and cab/head decals. New parts are sweet but taking old beat up ones and bringing then back to life is really rewarding.
    I enjoy sanding/bondo/painting/applying decals to the cab and head myself. I find building wire harnesses a nice diversion. I also built the Sound Board and MPU from parts. Gotta’ love the smell of soldering in the morning.
    Wally

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    #46 1 year ago
    Quoted from wallybgood:

    Around $6000.
    I generally start looking for parts years in advance of starting so I run into some really sweet deals. I was able to find some parts on Pinside Market, Ebay and from pinball buds (who know that I’m looking for parts) at very reasonable prices. For example, the used power transformer was $80, and a complete wiring harness (from a WPC-95 pin) was $50. Also, I bought quite a few "show specials" at Expo and TPF. Great deals are always found at the pinball shows. Marco always runs a free shipping incentive at shows. TAF topper was $100 at Expo. The Pinball Life open house during Expo is a great time to buy parts. I was able to find some parts from a TAF that was in a fire. (They still smelled like smoke) Somewhere around $1000 in parts if new for $300. Took time but everything cleaned up well. Pics are the bookcase, before and after. I restore many used parts like the coin door (the TAF one was recovered from a flood), pop mechs, sling mechs, flipper mechs and targets. If you want all new parts and you want them tomorrow, costs will be substantially higher. Could double easily. The only parts that I always buy new are the playfield (or pro restored original), anything plastic, glass, SS side rails and cab/head decals. New parts are sweet but taking old beat up ones and bringing then back to life is really rewarding.
    I enjoy sanding/bondo/painting/applying decals to the cab and head myself. I find building wire harnesses a nice diversion. I also built the Sound Board and MPU from parts. Gotta’ love the smell of soldering in the morning.
    Wally[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Did you make/find the wedge slips for the bookcase assembly?... or did you leave out?

    #47 1 year ago
    Quoted from vec-tor:

    Did you make/find the wedge slips for the bookcase assembly?... or did you leave out?

    If you are referring to the bookcase shims, they are available at Marco. https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/01-10759

    Wally

    #48 1 year ago

    Incredible as always

    #49 1 year ago

    So looks like you find old and / or rusty under cab parts. Do you get them plated? If yes is it nickel or zinc? And about how much is cost? Beautiful work congrats.

    #50 1 year ago

    So amazing as always Wally. Cheers!

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