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schmake
27th May 2009, 12:25 AM
Didn't know whether to put this in the SS restoration or not, as I'm not planning on restoring this rather making a new themed pinball.

This is the Barracora that I picked up off Tony (the pinball shed) earlier in the year. (I didn't get a photo of it as soon as I got it home, so this is one earlier in the week, after I removed the coin door)

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture129.jpg

Grabbed it as a project pin, minus backglass which I believe was accidently smashed on arrival at the Pinball shed. Tony ensured that it was connected up and set for Aussie power, everything else was 'as-is'.

After getting it up to Toowoomba (thanks beas1973), I removed the mainboard and driver board to check on the workbench. Identified a dud CMOS so replaced that. Board worked for around 10 mins before giving me a RAM error. Then thanks to the kindness of Johns-Arcade (http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php?p=278590#post278590) I managed to get the board up and running again.

Some further testing in the machine identified one of the PIA's was bad along with some other logic gates. Ended up replacing and socketing the special solenoid logic gates. Now the machine was all working again! :) I'm not sure if I want to replace all the molex header pins and connectors, these are in pretty bad shape.

As you can see from the photos that I'm running out of room very quickly in my place at the moment. I need to get the cab outside under the pergola so I can begin to sand back and fix. It also appears as if this machine had been broken into at some stage as the front under the coin door is now metal and the base of the cab some sort of masonite. I need to patch up both of these modfications. It is also missing the riser between the cab and the backbox. Does anyone have the dimensions of this 'riser'?

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture130.jpg

I'm now in the process of stripping the playfield and redesigning the playfield. I'm not sure what I will do yet, however I do plan on keeping the same style/layout as the original barracora. The 3 and 5 bay drop targets ensure that I need to have a theme which is 3 then 5 letters.

Here is the playfield out ready for stripping in the "shonky schmakey" playfield rotisserie. The playfield actually looks quite good in this pic, in person it is in quite bad shape. Playfield wear and splitting of the wood, I'm hoping that the sanding down and prepration of the playfield will ensure it's longevity.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture134.jpg

My current gut feel is for another Star Wars themed pin, maybe with the theme "The Force". I even found a perfect Darth Vader topper at Target last week which I've put on top of the backbox for some inspiration.

I have enlisted the help of my partner who is a graphic designer to aid in the playfield/cab redesign, however she is not a Star Wars fan. In a surprising twist of fate she is keen on a classic scantily clad women type theme, some kind of playboy theme ("Big Boobs" anyone :lol)

There is still an awful lot of work to be done, but I am looking forward to it at the moment. What I am chasing is any ideas for a theme that can fit the 3 letters then 5 letters, or an 8 letter theme. Barracora didn't have any speech, and the limited sounds do sound kind of spacey/sci fi. Any ideas? :unsure

shootar75
27th May 2009, 06:00 AM
What I am chasing is any ideas for a theme that can fit the 3 letters then 5 letters, or an 8 letter theme. Barracora didn't have any speech, and the limited sounds do sound kind of spacey/sci fi. Any ideas? :unsure

MAD MAXII

That is going to be my pinball project when i get the right donor (getaway?) time & motivation

and skills:cry.

Fish Tales
27th May 2009, 06:12 AM
If you want cartoony graphics I say The Jetsons. Thunderbirds could be cool also.

Or for your original idea then Zena Warrior Princess.

Btw hate to see a Barracora die, its one looker of BG that you prob would never find.

Arcade King
27th May 2009, 06:13 AM
look forward to the updates mate keep them coming :)

Mango
27th May 2009, 08:31 AM
Donnie Darko theme with the targets as "MAD WORLD"

BAB YLON5 - alot of awesome artwork to work with, great sci fi theme

stuba
27th May 2009, 12:53 PM
sound is the key to what you're doing. see if one of the electronics gurus can come up with an add on sound board for you. maybe even an ipac/jpac and pc..

Savage
27th May 2009, 06:57 PM
This should be good.. Futurama I Say :)
If only Stern did a Futurama I get it!

Mad Max theme would be killer too.. as too Boobage

Fish Tales
27th May 2009, 07:15 PM
This should be good.. Futurama I Say :)
If only Stern did a Futurama I get it!

Mad Max theme would be killer too.. as too Boobage

yeah but it would prob be a re-themed FG

schmake
27th May 2009, 08:17 PM
Thanks for all the ideas guys, I do like the sound of Futurama as I am a huge fan, plus 'cartoony' art will be much easier to implement. Another idea that has come out on drunken nights to fit the drop targets has been 'Red Dwarf'.

Excellent idea stuba, I hadn't even thought of extra sound add-ons. This is something that I will definitely be investigating/implementing no matter what theme I end up choosing :)

Time to begin stripping the topside of the playfield tonight

smartyohmss
28th May 2009, 01:53 AM
sounds good, looking forward to more updates.
I am also in the middle of redesigning the playfield and cab of a '89 Playboy, but still keeping the playboy theme.
Why feel restricted to a 3 and 5 letter title? Pick something thats gonna be fun to design and a theme you can stand playing for the rest of your life. The drop targets can simply be targets.
good luck

schmake
4th June 2009, 11:07 PM
A quick update. It's been a dirty few days with the preparation of the cabinet. I've stripped the cabinet and began to sand back. Had some 'fun' removing the side rails, they took me a lot longer than I expected.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture264.jpg

The cabinet had seen better days, and the back was water damaged. The front had seen an attempted break in at some stage and was replaced with some sheet metal. The masonite in the bottom of the cab has also been stripped out. I have picked up some cheap MDF to replace the bottom, back and front under the coin door.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture327.jpg

Will need a bit of bog to fill in the holes, gaps and spaces that will appear in the patching up of this cab. Haven't started on the backbox as yet. The back of it has the same water damage problem, so will need to replace it. I can't see it being as big a job as the body.

Keeping with the tradition of always finding some money in a cab I found an argentine coin!

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture260.jpg

I have also stripped the topside of the playfield, now begins the fun task of removing everything underneath. Taking plenty of photo's as I know it will be a jigsaw puzzle putting it all back together :o

Hopefully this weekend I will get the time to strip under the playfield, then get to removing the inserts. From what little research I have done, its suggested to heat up the area using a hairdryer or heatgun then tap the inserts out. Anyone have any tips on how to get them out easily? :unsure

Still deciding on a theme, what I do know is that I'm glad I have a graphic designer as a partner.

Fish Tales
5th June 2009, 07:10 AM
your on a highway to hell with that re-theme, hey actually.............;)

Foot
5th June 2009, 07:27 AM
Your on the right track with the insert removal

hamish_nz
15th June 2009, 07:19 AM
looking forward to seeing the updates

schmake
21st June 2009, 11:29 AM
Been away the past 3 weeks for work, so finally got a day to do some more work on this before flying up to Townsville/Cairns.

Have been having some fun here, woodwork is definitely not my strong point. Has been a nice learning experience however. Have replaced the bottom and back of the cabinet with 12mm MDF. Would have preferred some thicker MDF for the back, but I had heaps of 12 mm here, so that's what it is.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture337.jpg

Had a piece of pine here that was a perfect fit for the area under the coin door which was replaced by a sheet of metal. Perhaps after an argentine coin heist :)

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture334.jpg

Needed to do some fancy (well for me anyway) construction and cutting of holes and making a new back of cabinet area on which the backbox rests. The old one was in a real bad way (near rotten) so decided to remove it at the start. Needed to screw in a piece of pine first, then screwed/liquid nailed some more MDF on top to ensure strength and also ensure that the side rails will still sit nicely. I've managed to line it up all nicely as can be seen in the shot, so a bit of bog and sand and will look schmick from the front. As for the shonky jigsaw work where the wiring looms etc will go, I don't really care :lol

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture362.jpg

Today have finished a splash of undercoat on side and bottom, as well as inside the cabinet. Have decided to paint the entire cabinet.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture366.jpg

An awful lot of bog work at the front of the cabinet. Will be nice and dry by the time I get back next weekend to look at finishing it up.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture364.jpg

I'm approximately half way through removing everything under the playfield. Have been taking an awful lot of photo's, and then some more. I know that it will still not be enough when it comes time to put it all together.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture369.jpg

Just focusing on getting the cabinet and finished at the moment, was not liking the cold/wet weather here :(

I am thinking of making a Futurama machine. Theoretically it should be a lot easier with the artwork, plus my partner is a Futurama fan. I will definitely have to add some extra custom sound and have been watching the other threads here for some ideas. As for side art, I think I found the perfect artwork for a futurama machine

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/futurama-cast_web.png :cool:

Fish Tales
21st June 2009, 11:41 AM
Top theme choice, Bender gotta be huge on the BG. :cool:

horseyboy69
19th July 2009, 09:42 PM
Hey Scott,
Great thread. I will continue to watch this very closely. It's a huge project but, a labour of love I'm sure. Great to meet you and Jo today, hope the neck isn't too sore tomorrow and hope you get great use out of the 4-way CP.
Cheers,
Ian

PS Futurama is the perfect theme! If you can rig up the sounds using the PC etc. the choice of quotes from that show would be limitless.

schmake
20th July 2009, 07:06 PM
Hey Scott,
Great thread. I will continue to watch this very closely. It's a huge project but, a labour of love I'm sure. Great to meet you and Jo today, hope the neck isn't too sore tomorrow and hope you get great use out of the 4-way CP.
Cheers,
Ian

PS Futurama is the perfect theme! If you can rig up the sounds using the PC etc. the choice of quotes from that show would be limitless.

Thanks Ian, was great to catch up yesterday. Jo is still complaining about some whiplash but I was more worried about my licence. Got that fixed up today :)

Time for a quick update. Just a little more work done on the cab. The playfield is still in the garage waiting for me to take everything off the bottom. All is unscrewed, it is still just sitting there in place.

Got some artwork printed out for the cabinet today. Looks pretty impressive :cool:

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture409.jpg

Also got the legs, siderails, lockdown bar and coin door powdercoated last week. Cost me $100 which I thought was ok, considering I didn't have to do any prep work, and everything was extremely rusty and in pretty ordinary shape. Door has come up looking very snazzy. Just waiting for the Williams coin door inserts when Gibo gets in his CPR order.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture407.jpg

The cabinet has been painted inside and out in black gloss. Decided to use the cheapy super cheap auto compressor and paint gun. Was pleasantly surprised with the result.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture397.jpg

Cleaned the transformer, and all internal wires. I did mess up and put the power switch on the wrong side (Doh!) Must have been my dyslexic side coming out as I cut the whole in from the bottom. Will need to ensure that it is well and truly protected and to ensure no potential biting! :o

I will be looking to apply the stickers to the cab tomorrow. Getting my mate who did the printing to come over and show me how he applies stickers using the wet method. Looking forward to getting it on there so I can then put the side rails etc back on and get the cab back inside. I haven't started any prep work on the backbox to minimise the amount of dust around the place.

Mango
20th July 2009, 07:19 PM
very nice :)

AskJacob
20th July 2009, 09:24 PM
Those legs are begging for some black stripes a-la benders legs :D

Cheers
Jacob

schmake
21st July 2009, 09:00 AM
Those legs are begging for some black stripes a-la benders legs :D

Cheers
Jacob

I like your thinking :cool: I may have to investigate some ways to do this.
I did go for the grey/silver powdercoat as to match bender :)

AskJacob
21st July 2009, 09:43 AM
I like your thinking :cool: I may have to investigate some ways to do this.
I did go for the grey/silver powdercoat as to match bender :)

try it with some car pin stripe tape (or even trim some black electrical tape)- that way if you hate it you can peel it off... To make it permanent you would mask it up and then spray paint the lines I guess (or see how durable the pin stripe tape is)...

Cheers
Jacob

schmake
25th July 2009, 04:05 PM
try it with some car pin stripe tape (or even trim some black electrical tape)- that way if you hate it you can peel it off... To make it permanent you would mask it up and then spray paint the lines I guess (or see how durable the pin stripe tape is)...

Cheers
Jacob

I will investigate some black pin stripe tape once I get the legs on this bad boy, be interesting to see how it works.

Anyway, I managed to get the front and one sides artwork on yesterday. Nice and dry today so put a side rail and coin door on. Looking pretty snazzy.
I've used some aluminium offcuts to hide the join of the artwork. What do you guys think?

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture413.jpg

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture412.jpg

horseyboy69
25th July 2009, 05:27 PM
Great job Scott. I might have to venture up to the red soil just to play the only futurama pinnie in the world. The art work looks awesome. Well done so far.

WOKA
25th July 2009, 07:53 PM
Looks great.. Top job.

Why don't you extend the alu angle all the way down the front of the cab..?

Foot
25th July 2009, 11:54 PM
Awesome job so far, great artwork! Looking forward to the rest

Supremicus
26th July 2009, 10:48 AM
Looks very nice scott. Can't wait to see the rest when it's done.

AskJacob
26th July 2009, 12:40 PM
Looks great.. Top job.

Why don't you extend the alu angle all the way down the front of the cab..?
+1 my thoughts too - I reckon he was just trying it out to see how it looked

Looking mighty good. Awesome quality print for cabinet art!

Cheers
Jacob

quick thought - dunno if it would look like crap, but to match the futurama logo, I wonder what the flipper buttons would look like with yellow button outsides with red buttons?

Cheers
Jacob

Foot
26th July 2009, 01:09 PM
Looks great.. Top job.

Why don't you extend the alu angle all the way down the front of the cab..?

Maybe cause that's where the legs go

AskJacob
26th July 2009, 01:40 PM
Maybe cause that's where the legs go

:rolleyes:redface:fryingpan::laugh:

WOKA
26th July 2009, 05:30 PM
Maybe cause that's where the legs go

Well..., at least someone here is awake...!

DKong
26th July 2009, 05:43 PM
Great job Scott. I might have to venture up to the red soil just to play the only futurama pinnie in the world. The art work looks awesome. Well done so far.

Not the first Futurama pinballhttp://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd199/DKongAA/future_1.jpg

Been done before

schmake
26th July 2009, 07:10 PM
Thank you guys for all the feedback and support.

Foot is awake and on the money :cool: Here's an updated snapshot of the front with one of the legs on to see how it 'worked'

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii68/schmakey/Project%20Barracora/Picture414.jpg

I tried looking for the website which had the custom futurama pin in it a few weeks ago, but I couldn't track it down anymore :unsure
Unlike his machine, I'm not going the route of creating ramps etc, I will just simply modify the existing barracora design to a futurama theme. I'm not sure that my playfield design skills are up to scratch, plus it will be much easier to utilise the tried and tested design (lazy option) I've begun the playfield artwork design.... it is certainly interesting/challenging.

I will look to implement custom sounds, so I have been watching AskJacob's progress with the VMusic2 module with interest, however it is beyond my current skill level.
Although I don't like the option of having a PC in there, I may have to for ease. At work the other day I wrote a small app in .net that would play looping random bgm and also sound effects/bytes on keypress. Not sure how to interface when a game finishes in order to implement bgm.

As for the idea of the red button, yellow outside, I will swap the centres of credit/start buttons around to see how it look for the flippers :) The reason for the red lunaply underneath the start/credit buttons was due to me cutting out the hole for the button slightly too large. So I decided to laser cut-out my own washers. Unfortunately I couldn't get my hands on yellow/white lunaply, so I had to use red for both, but I am happy with the finish. While I was down there cutting out the washers I decided to make some custom coin door inserts which I'm quite happy with. It will be interesting to see which looks better the williams repro freeplay or the customs or a mixture.

I also need to get the dimensions of the spacer (for lack of a better word and not really knowing what it is) that is between the cabinet and the backbox. Unfortunately the Barracora didn't have it on it when I got it. I can see the perimeter from underneath the backbox, but I can't work out the height. I am assuming that it would be angled in order to ensure that the backbox is level

AskJacob
26th July 2009, 07:25 PM
I have heard of that "bit" called a neck - not sure if it is the proper name.

As for the sounds, let me know if I can help in any way. You are probably running faster than the sound development is :D but more than happy to help/share etc.

Cheers
Jacob

Pinball Warehouse
26th July 2009, 09:19 PM
Hi Scott, that project is finally looking very good, you are doing an excellent job.
What a difference you have made. Any chance of it making an appearance at the mega meet in mid August here in Brisbane.

schmake
29th July 2009, 09:56 AM
Hit Tony, unfortunately I don't think that it will be ready for the Mega Meet. I still need to finish the playfield artwork and clear coat etc. It will be ready to journey to a meet one day!

Beast
1st November 2009, 07:29 PM
Hi Scott, Any further progress?? Will have to come past and have a look :)

horseyboy69
23rd January 2010, 09:54 PM
Scott,
Any updates on the Futurama Pinball? My brother has just moved to Toowoomba, so one a visit one day I would love to drop in and see how it's going. Cheers,
Ian

Mango
2nd September 2010, 03:53 PM
bump for some update action :)