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    Can anyone suggest what is the ideal angle setting for a playfield? Maybe in terms of how far to screw the leg levellers both front and back? I would like to adjust my Creatures but don't know if there is a recommended setting.

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    The recommended angle is 6.5 degrees for modern solid state machines. If your machine has a spirit level on the RHS of the shooter lane, adjust the rear leg levellers until the bubble is halfway between the two black lines.

    I usually adjust left/right level by placing a ball at the top middle of the playfield and letting it roll. If it pulls one way or another, you know which side to adjust.

    If you don't have a level, you can always buy a "playfield inclinometer" from one of the major suppliers. You place it on the playfield and adjust the levellers until the needle indicates 6 or 7 degrees. I *think* I saw one at Bunnings or a hobby store but I'm not sure, so you may be able to get one locally.

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    • #3
      Yeah 6.5 is the recommended slope.

      Has anyone managed to find a playfield slope meter here in Aus?, I know the US pinball sights have them available but shipping kills it on small purchases.

      So how's the creature pescefritte?? Fill us in on what she's like.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Daring33
        So how's the creature pescefritte?? Fill us in on what she's like.
        Only arrived late this morning. Played 1 game but had to get to work in a hurry (wish I didn't). That's when I noticed the back legs were a little too low. She does look sweet though next to my Demo Man and World Cup Soccer. Artwork is awesome in my opinion. One of the best looking machines out there.

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        • #5
          Playfield slope meter would be easy enough to make.

          I could have a go at making a few of them, if enough interest. You would have to cover materials, postage and a little bit for my time, though.

          What are they worth, the pro made ones?

          Sounds like a fun little distraction
          ...maybe, but then again "maybe" covers a lot of things, like: maybe Michael Jackson really is LaToya in drag, or maybe if Dorothy clicks her heels 3 times and says "There's no place like home" while she is at home, she would telefrag herself..." - MadMikeAU

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          • #6
            10USD from marcospec

            http://www.marcospecialties.com/Item...%2DNCL&eq=&Tp=

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            • #7
              OK, thats a little different from what I had in mind. I was thinking of a spirit level marked off to 6.5 degrees.
              ...maybe, but then again "maybe" covers a lot of things, like: maybe Michael Jackson really is LaToya in drag, or maybe if Dorothy clicks her heels 3 times and says "There's no place like home" while she is at home, she would telefrag herself..." - MadMikeAU

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pescefritte
                Can anyone suggest what is the ideal angle setting for a playfield? Maybe in terms of how far to screw the leg levellers both front and back? I would like to adjust my Creatures but don't know if there is a recommended setting.
                6.5 degrees is the recommended.

                But really, it's a starting point, rather than a set-in-stone measurement. Some machines play better with steeper slopes, others with less. "Suck it and see" works best.

                Be aware that the bubble on the 90s machines is often waaay out of whack these days. You can buy inclinometers from a hardware store.

                (I happen to have a genuine Williams one which I scored from eBay a while back :-)

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