Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shame! Shame! Shame!

My plan failed - I have not been able to work on the pin as much as I wanted to.
Music, life, family and a lot of other cool things has simply been taking all my time.
But fear not; Soon the new workflow shall rise from the ashes of the old! ;)

Also; Game of Thrones.
Last two episodes were killer! \m/

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Vacation's up!

So, back from my mini-vacation!
Been doing nothing but enjoying the weather, visual pinball 10 and life in general. #thumbsup

Starting this Monday I'll begin working on the machine on a schedule.
Figure it's time to get it up and running, right? :) 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Die...odes.

Progress is going slow, not only did I solder the ground cables wrong. I also soldered a lot of diodes in the wrong direction. I soldered the first one wrong and used that for reference for the next etc...
But on the plus side; I'm halfway done with the soldering of diodes now!

The gate and ball lock is taking shape as well, need to rearrange a ball guide and drill a few holes but other than that it shouldn't be much more work.


Sadly, I'm starting to toy with the idea of a kickback in the left lane too, haha. But I guess that'll have to wait. :)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Through The Gates of Hell

Here's a quick preview on the test version of the one-way gate.
It's not nearly as slimmed as I would have hoped, but without special wire bending tools it's impossible to bend smaller angles. The wire is tough!

1) Partially assembled gate.
The gate has changed since this photo was taken, will post update soon.
2) Position on the playfield. The switch registers hits from front and back but
will only allow balls to pass through from the bumper area.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Nothing bad...

...that doesn't bring any good, right?

Having some forced time-out from soldering made me focus on game rules instead, and it hit me -
I'm not done with the playfield just yet.

I have a one way gate planned, which actually was planned for but never made it to the "final" playfield because of time and technicalities. The gate would be sitting between the vent and motorized targetbank, preventing direct shots (or at least partially) into the bumper area. I might do a half gate to allowing less-than-direct shots to pass/bounce into the bumpers thou. I did work around the lack of a gate by blatantly pushing The Masterpiece and New Years Eve-corresponding actions up one floor, to the upper level. But this way allows me to use my original ideas which, quite frankly, sound a lot more fun!

I also found a spare flasher that I can place somewhere now that I got plenty of free flasher-channels. I'm thinking it would be a cool effect to put it behind the Big Daddy and possibly killing all lights and strobe that flasher during his awakening. The shadows should be pretty cool and the effect of the red eyes in the dark would be nice too!

The next part is getting rid of the captive ball and replacing it with a ball lock, similar to the one i recent Stern games such as Avatar, Rolling Stones or X-Men. It will be a tight fit, but I have all the parts and just need to Frankenstein them together. The best of it all - it costs me more or less nothing, and is more or less a matter of screwing things together.

This should be the equivalent of taking a bathroom break on a road trip, so nothing major. While waiting for my soldering iron replacement to arrive, there's not much else I can do. :)


Friday, March 4, 2016

They call him jinxed.

I was just about to start soldering on all the diodes and....
My soldering iron decided to die on me.

At this point of "two steps forward, one step back" I just got to ask myself - How badly jinxed am I?
Seriously, does that even happen to people?

A replacement soldering iron has been ordered so now I'm waiting for that to arrive. :(

1) Fresh diodes! Get your diodes here. 

What 3 GB graphics get you...


I can't remember if I've posted the full table graphics overview yet, but thought I'd do that. :)