#231 right here, can't wait.
Quoted from FatPanda:
I love the loud "snap" of a knocker! If you want to quiet it, a piece of thick felt, like for the bottom of chair or table legs, works well to quiet it a bit.
Sound was ear piercing before the felt was there, works wonders. Still a solid knock but muffled down a few levels.
Same paint issues here with #231. Sounds like they are the same two posts, right reactor scoop and left lock posts. Initially the paint appeared to be bubbled up around the post. Also had a ball flying around inside the reactor and noticed the left lane guide was moving around. Closer look, paint chips.
The rubber washers previously mentioned from Menards work great and all the posts can be done for a few bucks. The Pewaukee WI location is now out of stock I went with the black to match the pin-striping throughout the game. They do squish out a 1mm or so and are not as dark a black but if it will prevent further chipping that's ok. I would recommend doing this even if you don't have paint chips. TNA is so easy to pull the plastics and posts that it is a simple upgrade the next time you wax.
Quoted from fancypants:
Kinda a funny situation, during multi-ball I seemingly lost track of one of my balls (never a good thing). Eventually once my available balls drained the machine started hunting for the ball as well. Thinking it might be caught somewhere, I started nudging the machine too. Then I noticed my right sling starting to machine gun. I was like WTH ... upon further inspection....hiding IN the slingshot![quoted image]
IIRC your slingshots are a little too powerful. Adjusting the power down slightly should prevent balls from entering the slingshots.
Quoted from estrader:
The chipping really irritates me but The fix to me is worse. It feels like it changes the game. The washers make the Star post sit higher which makes the slings slightly higher that sit on the star post so it changes the way the game plays. My slings seem to fire a lot less than they used to which slows the game down.
Did you adjust your sling switches after installing the washers?
My machine required drilling out a broken screw from the shooter lane ramp within 10 games. Was I happy drilling into my new machine, no. Was it worth contacting Spooky, no. It was fixed within 30 minutes with beefier screws and this is the first mention of it to anyone. Many of the same issues have occurred but I stayed on top of it and replaced/fixed the issues. Grab some tools and learn how to work on your machine, that's half the fun of this hobby.
Quoted from highdef:
I have to turn down the volume every time I enter my initials for high score. The levels are much louder vs. in-game play volume. I then have to bump up the volume again once I start another game. It would nice if this could be balanced out.
At least you can turn yours down. My machine is possessed and changes the volume to 11 on it's own.
Here's a sample of something i've slowly been working on, summertime lazyness. Optos track the plunger and will have different effects for ball waiting to plung and autoplunger. The paper is just acting as a diffuser and will not cover the main opening.
With all of those extra lights you're going to need one of these. Getting really close to being done with this meter and should be ready by the end of the month. It's a batch of 25 with potential for another 25 later on. Send a PM if interested in a meter and would like to be added to the list.
The gif is of the demo board which has a small issue preventing correct placement under the apron, function is otherwise 100%. Mounting issues have been addressed and final boards should be here any day. Changes are minor and the picture does reflect the final board.
Ball ready activates green forward flashes.
Auto plunger activates a white forward flash.
Analog plunger meter with gradual light levels.
4 brightness settings.
On/off for ball ready and auto plunger effects.
Only one more spot open for the first batch of plunger meters, whoever wants it better hurry up! There will be a second batch after seeing the enthusiasm for this mod. Thanks for the interest and kind words everyone.
All first batch slots are filled as of this morning. Still sign up for batch #2.
Update for everyone about the meters. The first handful have finally been completed and shipped this morning. Tomorrow I will be posting a seperate thread containing installation and adjustment instructions. Finally Monday I will begin to pm the first batch waiting list as kits become available. Be one the lookout tomorrow and can't wait to see these out in the wild.
Quoted from VolunteerPin:
Just watched the video. Very cool. Does this help with getting plunged shots to fall through the lanes. I have a very tough time with that even after a year or whatever of ownership.
I went from 1 in 5 making it through the lanes to multiples in a row. Once the sweet spot on the display was found it became much easier but not a gimme. Don't forget to give the machine a good nudge while the ball passes through the gates.
Thank you Fatpanda for the posts last night, all of the preorder slots are now full! Several kits should ship today followed by many more over the weekend. The tape instructions have been updated on the install page and works really well as long as you don't need to replace the tip.
Shooter meter kits are coming along nicely and will be shipping next week. I'll be sending more pm's and invoices as kits are completed.
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