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Whirlwind Club... Members Only!


By mof

6 years ago



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#3101 8 days ago
Quoted from orangegsx:

On the sheet is new old stock decals I purchased from the original supplier. He said it was material they patented called sun grip. Its actually kind of soft like leather and pretty bumpy. Grips the ball well.
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Could you take a direct overhead picture of each disk for me for color and design? You're the only one that I've ever seen have NOS decals.

#3102 7 days ago
Quoted from orangegsx:

On the sheet is new old stock decals I purchased from the original supplier. He said it was material they patented called sun grip. Its actually kind of soft like leather and pretty bumpy. Grips the ball well.
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Is there some sort of rubber spray out there or something which will add some adhesion to the decals without impacting on their look?

#3103 7 days ago
Quoted from Flynnyfalcon:

Is there some sort of rubber spray out there or something which will add some adhesion to the decals without impacting on their look?

Nothing that will last. I'm trying to make a permanent solution that's colored and sized correctly and completely washable. There are no crevices where dirt can stick. Using a similar, but thinner material, I can probably recreate the other targets as well that will never wear out.

#3104 7 days ago

That would be spiffy!

#3105 7 days ago
Quoted from orangegsx:

On the sheet is new old stock decals I purchased from the original supplier. He said it was material they patented called sun grip. Its actually kind of soft like leather and pretty bumpy. Grips the ball well.
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Given the part numbers I assume these were all made by Sun Process and if they patented a "grippy" material, it makes sense that they would call it Sun Grip. Even the drop target decals have some texture.

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#3106 7 days ago

I predict Spooky Pinball will be making some sort of a Whirlwind remake.

#3107 7 days ago

are these "sun grip" decals still available anywhere?

#3108 5 days ago

Finally just hit my first mega door bonus after 1 full month of ownership, then this...

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#3109 5 days ago

Bummer.

#3110 5 days ago

By Cracky!

#3111 5 days ago
Quoted from orangegsx:

On the sheet is new old stock decals I purchased from the original supplier. He said it was material they patented called sun grip. Its actually kind of soft like leather and pretty bumpy. Grips the ball well.
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so where did you get these?

#3112 4 days ago

Just picked up a really bad project whirlwind, made a thread for it if anyone wants to follow along: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/whirlwind-back-from-the-depths-

Does anyone have a source for new ramp flaps? my ramps don't look too bad but the flaps are rusty.

Anyone know what's up with this right spinner? pasted_image (resized).png

Also, long shot, but does anyone have a spare side ramp habitrail sitting around? Would rather not go to the expense of having this one rechromed. Or has anyone powdercoated theirs and have some pics of how it looks in another color?

#3113 4 days ago

Happy to finally join the club!

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#3114 4 days ago

I rejoined the club today!

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#3115 4 days ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Just picked up a really bad project whirlwind, made a thread for it if anyone wants to follow along: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/whirlwind-back-from-the-depths-
Does anyone have a source for new ramp flaps? my ramps don't look too bad but the flaps are rusty.
Anyone know what's up with this right spinner? [quoted image]
Also, long shot, but does anyone have a spare side ramp habitrail sitting around? Would rather not go to the expense of having this one rechromed. Or has anyone powdercoated theirs and have some pics of how it looks in another color?

#3116 4 days ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Just picked up a really bad project whirlwind, made a thread for it if anyone wants to follow along: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/whirlwind-back-from-the-depths-
Does anyone have a source for new ramp flaps? my ramps don't look too bad but the flaps are rusty.
Anyone know what's up with this right spinner? [quoted image]
Also, long shot, but does anyone have a spare side ramp habitrail sitting around? Would rather not go to the expense of having this one rechromed. Or has anyone powdercoated theirs and have some pics of how it looks in another color?

sos pad and some elbow grease will make it look like new.

#3117 4 days ago
Quoted from yaksplat:

Could you take a direct overhead picture of each disk for me for color and design? You're the only one that I've ever seen have NOS decals.

I just bought some hope these help?

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#3118 3 days ago

Guys, about to shop ww

Two things:

1. I’ve read (and had experience) with these posts snapping due to lock tite. Are all posts easily available if they do snap?

2. How does one heat up a post in order to loosen lock tite? Soldier iron touching the center of tnut under pf that post is screwed into?

#3119 3 days ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

Guys, about to shop ww
Two things:
1. I’ve read (and had experience) with these posts snapping due to lock tite. Are all posts easily available if they do snap?
2. How does one heat up a post in order to loosen lock tite? Soldier iron touching the center of tnut under pf that post is screwed into?

When I restored mine, I had no problems. As best I could tell, I was the first to fully strip it down and there were no signs of thread lock as I recall.

#3120 3 days ago

No issues at all with locktite on mine. But then again, all posts are readily available anyways.

#3121 3 days ago

If I do run into issues, what’s the procedure for heating them?

#3122 3 days ago

I like using a soldering gun like this one for heating up the posts to loosen lock-tite. Under the PF, right in the middle of the T-nut. Usually there is a little bit of post threads sticking out down there. Heat those threads and the middle of the T-nut up until you see a touch of smoke and smell the lock-tite a little. It doesn't take long with a 160 to 200 watt soldering gun. The post will then walk right out of there like it has never-seize on it.

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#3123 3 days ago

Happy to join the club after pickup at the York show. Added sideblades and color changing leds in the back to simulate lightning. I may attempt mylar removal on mine after Ive got more time on it a little lifting from the inserts in the back. DE JP has always been my favorite, and it is a ripoff of this one. Top 5 game right here. Kids love the fan.

Color changing LED effect.

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#3124 2 days ago

Can someone tell me what the dimension in the gap on their lift ramp looks like? I have my original version and the version from Starship Fantasy.

My original is on the left and the one from starship on the right Part number 02-4429, pin crank is sitting in the gap. In the original, it's loose and in the new ramp the pin won't move. Larry says, "The pin in your game is not the original."

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The pin has an outside diameter of 0.185"
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Old lift ramp gap: 0.272"

New lift ramp gap: 0.175" (smaller than the pin OD)

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#3125 2 days ago

My reproduction one shown in picture is just over a quarter inch. Much closer to the original. I *believe* my repro came from FreePlay40- the guy that does the reproduction ramps- although it’s probably been a year since I’ve gotten this part and I’ve had so many other projects that I have yet to install it- coming close in the que. I know my bolt is not the correct one either because it is somebody’s modified threaded screw. So if you do find out some information please share it here because it will be something I will be addressing as well.

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#3126 2 days ago
Quoted from yaksplat:

Can someone tell me what the dimension in the gap on their lift ramp looks like? I have my original version and the version from Starship Fantasy.
My original is on the left and the one from starship on the right Part number 02-4429, pin crank is sitting in the gap. In the original, it's loose and in the new ramp the pin won't move. Larry says, "The pin in your game is not the original."

Wasn't your original ramp pin cut or ground down? Mine is original (I'm pretty sure) and also cut down. Does the original pin work with the new ramp?

#3127 2 days ago
Quoted from RonSwanson:

Wasn't your original ramp pin cut or ground down? Mine is original (I'm pretty sure) and also cut down. Does the original pin work with the new ramp?

My original pin was ground down, but also worn down. In the new lift ramp, the ground down pin has to sit in perfectly or it will rub. I'm going to cobble parts to make it work with an un-ground pin.

#3128 21 hours ago

So help me out here. I generally stink at pinball, but after having Whirlwind for a week I'm playing 30 minute games, getting multiple super cellar awards, and in general going through all the functions of the game every time I play. Either Whirlwind is way too easy or I've got something messed up on my machine. I just went into the menu and set the game from Medium to "Hard"... what else should I be doing? The ball makes it up the ramp just about every time, but the ball seems a little sluggish. I cleaned the coil sleeves on the flippers as best I could, but went ahead and bit the bullet after the game didn't speed up that much and bought a flipper rebuild kit. I'm going to check the pitch on the machine. What else can I do on this to crank the difficulty up just a little bit. I'm not that good, but don't have time for 30 minute plus games. Also... does your machine eat pinballs? I dropped a few new pinballs in every game I get, and the ones on my Whirlwind already look pretty beat. Is the texture on your spinning disks rubbery or sand-papery? I really love the theme and the shots on this one. Thanks and happy to be in the club.

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#3129 20 hours ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

So help me out here. I generally stink at pinball, but after having Whirlwind for a week I'm playing 30 minute games, getting multiple super cellar awards, and in general going through all the functions of the game every time I play. Either Whirlwind is way too easy or I've got something messed up on my machine. I just went into the menu and set the game from Medium to "Hard"... what else should I be doing? The ball makes it up the ramp just about every time, but the ball seems a little sluggish. I cleaned the coil sleeves on the flippers as best I could, but went ahead and bit the bullet after the game didn't speed up that much and bought a flipper rebuild kit. I'm going to check the pitch on the machine. What else can I do on this to crank the difficulty up just a little bit. I'm not that good, but don't have time for 30 minute plus games. Also... does your machine eat pinballs? I dropped a few new pinballs in every game I get, and the ones on my Whirlwind already look pretty beat. Is the texture on your spinning disks rubbery or sand-papery? I really love the theme and the shots on this one. Thanks and happy to be in the club.[quoted image]

What the freak?? I've been playing for years, I'm average -> slightly above average at pinball and I can't even beat my Whirlwind GC of 15mil. It's brutal as fuck, so 54mil if you consider yourself as generally stinking is a fantastic score. I'm generally done in 5min... story of my life

What degree have you set the playfield at? I have mine setup around 7.5-8deg, and with strong flippers it's totally chaotic. If your flippers are strong, ramp the mofo up!

#3130 19 hours ago

Open the outlanes up?

#3131 19 hours ago

if your ball goes up the ramp when you plunge the ball......then your machine is adjusted wrong.....it should go to the right of the ramp and loop around to the upper right flipper.........there are many discussions and photos of how to adjust it in this thread

#3132 18 hours ago
Quoted from zerbam:

if your ball goes up the ramp when you plunge the ball......then your machine is adjusted wrong.....it should go to the right of the ramp and loop around to the upper right flipper.........there are many discussions and photos of how to adjust it in this thread

Well... my plunge goes to thr right of the ramp as described.

Quoted from zacaj:

Open the outlanes up?

I dont think you can adjust the outlanes on this one.

#3133 18 hours ago

You prob have it set to get free balls often.

Chance settings to
Credits when you do well. Not free balls. Also increase score needed to get free balls.

My hunch is you’re getting a lot of gimmes. Also, set to 3 ball games. Not 5.

#3134 18 hours ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

I dont think you can adjust the outlanes on this one

There are posts above the outlanes that can be moved to make the opening larger or smaller

#3135 17 hours ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

You prob have it set to get free balls often.
Chance settings to
Credits when you do well. Not free balls. Also increase score needed to get free balls.
My hunch is you’re getting a lot of gimmes. Also, set to 3 ball games. Not 5.

I'm on 3 ball for sure, credit for extra game... just found that max extra ball is set to 6 this morning. What is the default? That is probably my issue.

I don't recall seeing outlane posts... I'll take another look tonight.

#3136 16 hours ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

I don't recall seeing outlane posts... I'll take another look tonight.

There are 4 posts that can be moved. 2 on each side at the bottom of the "thunder bumpers" above the outlanes.

#3137 14 hours ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

I'm on 3 ball for sure, credit for extra game... just found that max extra ball is set to 6 this morning. What is the default? That is probably my issue.

Are you actually getting 6 EBs ever? I put my games on unlimited EBs, but I never manage to earn more than 1-2. If you're actually getting lots of EBs then you should look into that setting

#3138 14 hours ago

Waiting on my re-import any day now coming from Italy , gonna need some work but this is a grail pin! Can’t wait to put some time in with the wind in my face.

#3139 13 hours ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Are you actually getting 6 EBs ever? I put my games on unlimited EBs, but I never manage to earn more than 1-2. If you're actually getting lots of EBs then you should look into that setting

On a good game you’ll get one for 8 skyway tolls, 35,50, and 75..

You also get one in the cellar, then another for the super cellar award, and one when you lock the 5th ball.

I’d say I get 3-4 on an average game. I do set it to no extra balls sometimes when I want to get a game done in under 45 minutes haha

#3140 5 hours ago

Thanks pinside! Okay... opened up the outlanes. Checked the slope, it was under 6.5. Flippers are really struggling now but rebuildkit is on the way. Changed out rubbers in bottom half. Looking forward to a test game in the morning. Before and after photos. Should make a big difference in difficulty and speed.

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#3141 4 hours ago

It's surprising how different a game gets with a little angle change.

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