About a year ago, having been inspired by the "New MM" and wallybgood's "There's one more MM" thread about building Medieval Madness pinball games, I decided to follow in his footsteps.
So I bought a trashed NBA Fastbreak, started ordering parts, and coordinated the purchase of a Medieval Madness pinball that would be needed as a reference model to be picked up the weekend after Pinball Expo.
As you can imagine, the timing couldn't have been worse.
But, having already committed a point-of-no-return amount of funds to the project, I decided to continue, now with the goal to keep it under $8k.
Well, I made it. Just barely.
I had the good fortune of having some spare parts and materials around from previous projects (wiring, misc common pinball hardware), some other resourceful individuals working on their own MMs, and generous friends. I don't have an enumerated list of individuals that helped make this happen, but want to make sure to give special mention to Rick Schieve, Brian at HSA Pinball, Mike Chestnut, and Matt Gaulden of Rolling Ball Sculptures. For those I didn't mention: you know who you are; Thanks.
I'm not going to post a lot of photos of how it was built because, honestly, I mostly followed what wallybgood posted in his photo album (except for his crazy wiring templates), which you can see in his "There's one more MM" thread.
I wish I had taken more and better photos (lighting in the gameroom isn't the greatest for photos)
Clean slates (damn, left the door open)
Couldn't find these, so I made them with my 3D printer
Repopulate the original playfield so I can copy it
Castle shots of each playfield
Parts rack starting to dwindle...
Also unobtainium at the time. Fortunately I have some connections in metal working that made some up for me. Made an extra.
The repro wire ramps were raw when I got them, and the originals were sort of worn, too, so I sent them off to Mike Chestnut who made everything look awesome.
Finally finished playfield
Finally finished cabinet
Finally finished project (for some reason, lighting made the trim look gold, but it's not)
As with all projects, I learned a lot from this experience. Like, I really hate putting on pinball decals, always check the fuses, it's really hard to unbend metal once you've bent it, manuals aren't always correct...