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Custom Pinball Machine in Progress

Discussion in 'Projects & Mods' started by Pinballer, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Pinballer

    Pinballer Member

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    This is a fun project that has been progressing for the past few years, Still many things to do but thought it was time to share with Pinball Revolution.

     
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    Very nice. Any more details on what you have done so far? What are you using for hardware? Programming?
     
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  3. Pinballer

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    It is a modified Secret Service Machine. The project has be done on the cheap, so far. Using two old pentium 4 CPU's which are in the Cabinet. Running visual basic. I will provide more details and video if you would like. I have been mostly focused on the mechanical and electrical side so far.
     
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    IMG_1195.JPG IMG_1196.JPG IMG_1197.JPG IMG_1198.JPG IMG_1199.JPG IMG_1200.JPG IMG_1201.JPG I could probably write a 5000 word essay about this project but I will try to keep it brief. If there is something in particular that interests someone then I can elaborate on that. Eventually I would like to have a good looking reliable fun game.
    - with Video screen for scoring, action videos and tracking progress.
    - the center rotating toy (like TOM) integrated into gameplay (right now works with stepper but not integrated into program)
    - lights functioning without flicker (had a lamp matrix going at one time) but could not get rid of the flicker.
    - Integrated into game, RGB light strips, works on it's own right now with ardunio.
    - Choice at startup of custom sound package along with rock and roll background music. Had this partially working at one time, drove us to two CPU's as one CPU controls lamp matrix, switch matrix, solenoids and sound bites. Other CPU controls video and background music.
    - Playfield is a maple plywoodboard with glued on poster and clear coated but would like to create a new one with air brushed race car theme.

    Still adjusting the playfield mechanically to get the flow right. The wrap around shot at the top is my focus right now as well as to get the left kickout to work better.

    I think my biggest challenges are yet to come, such as integrating the video and sound to the game using visual basic, my son knows VB much better than I, and he programmed most of the game but he has kind of lost interest. I might consider redoing the whole hardware and software package. Coming up with good modes and then programming all that will be a time consuming challenge but probably something that will be a lot of fun when I get there.

    I would like the cabinet and playfield to showcase race cars likes, porches, corvettes, exotics, etc, but I am no artist and I don't want to just throw on a bunch of photographs. This is probably the last thing I would get around to.

    This is a great project and feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions.
     
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    If you are interested in redoing the hardware, there seem to be three main options these days, P-Roc, FAST and OPP.

    I have been working on a custom retheme with Drano (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/holy-pinball-batman) and opted for FAST hardware and Mission Pinball Framework. The nice thing about MPF is that it is not hardware dependent and you are free to switch (or even mix/match). It is still under active development and they are adding new things all the time.

    There are two other locals that are developing with MPF, one is the Nightmare Before Xmas game.

    I assume you have also referenced this site: http://pinballmakers.com/

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for all this information. Some of it I had already seen, for instance the holy-pinball-batman and info on P-Roc, but the FAST, OPP MPF and pinballmakers.com are all new to me. When I started in 2011 most of this was in it's infancy. I have not really tinkered with the basic hardware and software framework for several years.
     
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    Wow Markinc, you are doing a fantastic job. I had not seen your posts up until yesterday. Thanks for the offer to answer questions. I need to try to find the time and motivation to progress my project. I see that you are progressing the ramps. I briefly considered making vacuum formed ramps myself, but the large oven was the main problem and I did not want to mess around with joining smaller sections. I made some ramps for my machine using cardboard as a template then using a fine tooth jig saw, cut up sheet metal from some old scrap computer cases. The sides have tabs like you are doing, using tiny screws with the heads in the region where the ball clears them, I also incorporated stand of feet from the sheet metal patterns making attachment easy to the playfield. Eventually I may remake the ramps from stainless steel.
     
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    I have got back to working on this machine for the last few months, here is how it is looking. Same basic electronics and software but a few changes .
     
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    Neat stuff. I like the center/right scoop trick.
     
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    Thanks
    How is that scoop a trick ? It is essentially a shot to the subway that feeds the right side ball shooter. Is that something unique ? I do have the center cube shot that is a jump ramp, if it hits one of three targets it will light the small led, but all shots into the cube fall into the subway. I have not seen a game with that trick . Is that the shot you are referring to ?
     
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    Cool project!
     
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