After I saw HOOKED connect a real automotive tachometer to his Stern Mustang, I wanted to do something similar to my HS2 Getaway. I plan on synchronizing the tachometer needle with the playfield tachometer lights. I've also thought about boosting the tachometer needle position every time the ball makes a loop around the supercharger.
I'm pretty inexperienced with electronic design. I was working my way through the opening chapters of the "Make: Electronics" book (great book for learning basic electronics) when I first started thinking about making this. Building this mod has been a great way for me to get practical experience. It's also helped me better appreciate all the work that goes into designing and building all the great aftermarket pinball products that are available to us.
Below are all the videos of a multi-part series documenting my experience designing and building a pinball mod. They're pretty long, but I hope the trials and successes along the way will make them interesting.
Getaway Tach Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZXypXzuz-W3Nu35rhYS4dh87afp_na9_
All of my pinball videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZXypXzuz-W1a3N0_SjL0kYL04ukL9sOv
Part 1: Concept and prototyping
Part 2: Integrating with pinball circuitry
Part 3: Schematic and circuit board design
Part 4: Circuit board assembly and bench testing
Part 5: Completion
And finally, here it is in action!