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'Storm Blasters' - The Journey to Create New Software & Hardware for Whirlwind

By applejuice

8 years ago

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#57 7 years ago

Any news on this project ... I have a fully rebuild WhiWi just missing that great piece of software !

4 years later
#175 2 years ago

Our Whirlwind is the keeper in the house, many pins came and went out. Highprice pins like MM, LOTR, WOZ, BKSOR, etc, pp ... all went out some day expect: Whirlwind.
It is now for over 15 years in the gameromm, therefor ... I will be in in this great project !!

Maybe Chris Grannar is willing to do the sounds in stereo ...

8 months later
#249 2 years ago
Quoted from applejuice:

Thanks for the kind words ! I try my best

Yes you do ! It is great !
But maybe time to sell the hardware and get some testers who might feed you with comments
I would take part for the german tests

Looking really forward, WhiWi is the oldest gamne in my collection, all Wpc95 and many Stern went in and out .. but WhiWi is a keeper for over 15 years now.

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#258 2 years ago

I am still waiting for my invitation to become a beta-tester !

Still ... great work !

2 months later
#338 1 year ago

Yes, seems to be this mechanismen .. all other autoballauncher would need to remove the manual plunger and it seems that this will stay in the game.

I am prepared ....

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#359 1 year ago

Mhh .. from Europe to GB is no charge, only maybe a bad exchange rate but no fees.

3 weeks later
#375 1 year ago

First panels are ready.
It makes no sense sending them to the USA due the high shipping costs, same for outside EU.
If someone is intrested let me know.

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#384 1 year ago

looking forwar for the next update ! Looks great !
Please extend all ballsearches.

This is more than a "mod" ! It is a very huge project, all respect for Jim for programming this and the board layout.
What we need is a "sound guy" who is able to reorchester all the sounds in stereo or higher definition. Jim´s board is able to play stereo and a small amplifier can added easylie. But with the original mono sounds its not on level from the rest of the rewrite project.

Twister had also a nice idea ... why dont remove the 3 discs on a test playfield and add 3 magnets like on TAF ... very good idea and I will get a trashed playfield within the next month to think about a new layout in the middle part instead the 3 discs. there are many many many options.
The installed autoplunger itself is a hughe improvisation. Great ! WhiWi, TAF and ToTAN are for me the pins where I missed a autolauncher to get the multiballs recovered a specific time period. Also the ballsafe is a great thing. I miss this on TAF.

Looking forward for this ongoing adventure !
So far my system runs stable, my LED panels are not perfect , missing maybe some shilding from interferences.
Software is on a good way. Some games are fully playable, latest on the second multiball it becomes buggy. But .. we are in a beta stadium. I know this from my TBL very well and also the first software on Alien was not playable at all.

However ... a great project I am happy to be part.

7 months later
#415 9 months ago

Very cool .. it is going on !

Which are the best display panels ? Mine are horrible.

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