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"It's Halloween... everyone's entitled to one good start button."
Ok maybe that's not exactly the line from the movie, but this 3D Start Button from Rocket City Pinball is ready to spookify your Halloween pinball machine!
Using a virtual butcher knife, I virtually carved a spooky jack-o-lantern, including START lettering for its mouth. The translucent tangerine base color creates just the right lit-up-jack-o-lantern color. The pumpkin is printed atop the base with a mid-print filament change, so it's all fused together. The stem is detailed in a copper color during post-processing. Don't worry, the stem doesn't contact the housing; I've designed it with the button/switch stroke length in mind so it does not interfere with function.
Since Spooky's Halloween pinball uses a smaller, recessed start button (unlike the now-standard ~1.5" start buttons used by Stern and JJP), this item includes a complete housing assembly to fully replace it. The new assembly will cover the counterbore in the cabinet, leaving you with a clean installation of the new larger button. SOME BASIC ELECTRICAL WORK WILL BE REQUIRED, due to Spooky's wiring configuration -- your choice of either cutting/stripping two wires and crimping on terminals, OR simple desolder/resolder of two wires. Details below.
(Updated pics to follow once installed on the actual game; currently shown on my T2, lol)
Q: How do I install this button?
A: It's easy to install, but Spooky threw in one extra challenge -- they soldered the bulb wires to the socket. This complicates the installation just a little but the resolution is easy enough even for beginners. (Note: the microswitch wires are soldered also but this is not an issue, because you'll be transferring this entire switch into the new housing.)
a) de-solder the bulb wires and solder them onto to the new housing, or
b) if you're not comfortable soldering and/or don't have the equipment, then you will cut the wires and add spade terminals (which I will include with the kit). You'll only need basic electrical tools (cutter, stripper, crimper) which you likely already have.
Here's a video to help explain why these options are necessary and how to perform the spade terminal option:
Note, typical start button installations on other manufacturer's games have spade terminals already on the light bulb, in which case the installation process would simply work like this:
Q: I don't like layer lines on 3D prints, can you see the layer lines?
A: If you look closely enough, sure. Are they visible from the player's distance/perspective? Barely, if at all. I print most of my parts at very fine resolution (i.e., very thin layers) to improve their visual quality and minimize visible layer lines (which results in longer print times, of course). However, if you look closely enough you may see layer lines inherent to FDM printing. Remember, if you look closely enough at anything, you'll find imperfections.
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