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  1. oh why? bought another project yesterday. this one was a true 'barn find' as it had been sitting there for 40 years. with the baseball almost done and grande domino waiting for the next pbr order to finish. the game holds many great memories growing up. it's also the only game that i know of that you can win 3 replays on one shot.. which is the outside specials/score and racking up an extra ball in the backglass that all award free games. as a kid growing up playing pinball this was always the biggest rush. so she is painted, which makes it the 4th out the last 5 picked up with painted cab. it has also been 'modernised' from 2" to 3" flippers. so will start on her tomorrow. the legs are the worst set ever but hey they are 31" and that's all that matters.
    9 points
  2. Sometimes, you just gotta turn on the candy and bask in the radiation.
    9 points
  3. Before the turf underlay arrived I got a start on painting the back carport. Its just going to be the same colour as the roof. I had a spare 4L tin of Monument paint so used up a bit of that. Also built the garden beds along the fence line from the timber we had from our previous garden beds. Transplanted the tiger grass from pots into the garden beds, and they are looking a little worse for wear. My brother in law has some well established tiger grass at his place so we can possibly grab some of that if ours doesn't grow very well. The first truckload of soil arriving (3 cubic metres) It took my wife and I about 4 hours to transport the soil from the driveway down to the back of the property. I checked my Fitbit and ended up on 24,000 steps that day. We had enough for about an 80mm underlay. We got all the soil fairly level (bit tricky without heavy machinery) and then the next day our Tif Turf Bermuda turf arrived. We were lucky that we ordered the Tif Turf because the delivery guy said they had about 3000 square metres of Sir Walter that they had tried to remove the day before and even though the top of it looked fine, it just crumbled underneath when they tried to lift it. A lot of unhappy customers calling up the landscaping company. We had our best and most helpful worker (father-in-law) on the case loading up the wheelbarrows. Got the grass down as soon as it arrived and it only took about 3 hours between the three of us. We also got some Straightcurve Rigidline edging to put between the pool and the pavers. We made the little channel for the pebbles to go in so the water run off from the pool wouldn't be directly touching the grass. Just ned to top up the rocks in that section. I also finished off the flooring in the studio and put down the carpet squares that I got from work. Im going to pick up a Johnny Mnemonic today and will see if I need to rearrange the carpet squares to fit the pinball machine onto.
    9 points
  4. Only read about this a couple of weeks back, but turns out a group in the UK have successfully saved the bulk of what they think is the last Full Scale RR unit over there. Also good news is that they’re dumping the ROMs to get into MAME, so it’ll be preserved. https://arcadeblogger.com/2022/11/20/the-last-ridge-racer/ (as an aside, did anyone ever find out where the Australian FS cabs ended up?)
    8 points
  5. Finally got around to “unboxing” this restored Flash Gordon that I imported from Belgium along with a couple of other games a couple of years back. Was packaged like a new Stern. Always a bit of a risk importing games without getting to inspect, and with potential shipping damage. But this thing is incredible. It’s the nicest FG I’ve ever seen and one of the nicest classic restorations full stop. The re-stencil is phenomenal. What’s more played perfectly from first game. Very snappy flippers and no problem making the ramps and upper pf shots. Fun game. Now, how do I score points on this thing?
    8 points
  6. Real nice restored fathom 18k
    8 points
  7. We have dug a drainage trench just along the fence line of the pool as we found a fair bit of water was making its way onto the soil. We have connected the 2 strip drains on each side of the pool into a gravel pit that should help with water runoff from the pool area. We still had some 20mm aggregate left over from behind the studio that we will put along the pool fence line. I made a call this morning for soil deliveries for garden beds tomorrow, turf underlay soil on Thursday and turf is arriving on Friday. I have tried to time the delivery of the soil around when the concrete for the carport footings is to be done on Thursday morning. We will have a few busy days of wheelbarrow work getting 2 cubic metres of organic soil for the garden beds put in on Tuesday and then 6 cubic metres of turf underlay soil on Thursday. Will need to make some space on the driveway so it can all fit, or make sure the previous soil is in the garden beds before the next lot arrives. Speaking of the concrete pad footings for the carport, our engineer has requested 600mm deep by 600mm wide square footings. It really is overkill. Moving back inside we have installed the shower that we bought 6 years ago when we moved into our house. We didn't end up using the shower in the main house but we kept a hold of it just in case me might need it in the future, and we have! It was a bit of a pain drilling into the tile. Bought a single glass and tile drill bit and it was about $18. Lasted about 2.5 holes... Had the water spray on hand as the bit heats up quite a bit but it was just useless and took forever to get through. Ended up getting a bunch of cheaper brand $5 ones from Bunnings and they were actually better than the expensive one. Got the screen all installed and also got the mirror put in too. Only thing left for the bathroom is the toilet and securing the vanity. Was looking at different flooring places for flooring options. Prices for the cheapest stuff were from about $40 per square metre up to $130 for some blackbutt timber floor boards. We need about 35 metres worth and so even for the cheapest stuff we were looking at $1400. Had a look on marketplace and there was a guy about 45 minutes away who was selling 60m2 of blackbutt flooring. We offered $800 and he accepted that. Went out and picked it up on the weekend and it was in really good condition and looks great as well. Almost made me want to redo the floor in our main house instead of the studio. The longer pieces are 2m long and he had a stack of other shorter lengths. They are all 150mm wide which I like more than the narrower versions. Good old neighbour is still overseas so we have been able to store them on his back deck. My wife and father-in-law are currently working on installing the boards and have done about a third of it already this morning. I have also recently purchased a pinball inspired comic book by Jon Chad - http://www.jonchad.com/books.html#pinball There is an illustration in there that I thought would look really good on the wall in the pinball area. I have an old projector that i thought would help me beam the image up on the wall and I bought some Posca paint pens to do the outlines. Well the projector works fairly well, just a little bit blurry in some places and I couldnt figure out how to get the whole image displayed on the wall. I have had to try and do it in 2 parts. My wife and I have almost finished with the top section and will do the bottom section over the coming days. The pens tend to run out of paint reasonably quickly. I have gone through about 6 of the thick ones now so I think I will just get a tin of black paint to do the fully black sections. I also am going to redo the first sections I did because the lines are too thick. They dont look very good. I didnt make reference back to the original image enough and just went off what was being projected and it wasnt the best detail. I also cant work on this during the day because the projector doesnt work well in full light. I will probably put the image of the illustrator Jon Chad in the little circle rather than the one that is in there currently. So next week hopefully will have the turf down and the floor in. Our flat pack kitchen cabinetry will be finished later in November so will be installing that in a few weeks time. I also just bought a Johnny Mnemonic pinball machine last week and will be picking it up on Saturday. I also got a call from AMD asking if I wanted to get a Godzilla Premium that I have had my name down for all year and that is a big yes. I paid that deposit and will be waiting for that to arrive next year.
    8 points
  8. hi all jjust got this working after many months of searching for a schematic. i bought it at burns auctions in melbourne,after searching for a smaller older eerie digger,this would have to do. its unusual in its operationmas you dont win a prize ,just have to pick up as many beans as you can ,in 2 minutes .and drop them in the hopper. the dial turns ,with each load you pick up and drop, its a kinda fun novelty game .
    7 points
  9. Up for sale is probably the best moded and condition Star Wars LE Pinball you could find Home use Only Would consider Stern trades No other pins in pictures for sale just SWLE with below STERN Mods- R2D2 Sten topper (very rare hard to get ) HD Glass Art Blades Shaker Motor Shooter Rod Extra Mods Speaker grill (to match new sterns) Upgraded speakers and sub Speaker light kit Flipper britebuttons Shooter housing LED Shooter Plate Chrome bolts Lockdown accent (can’t get this one anymore, best they had made) Full clear Titan rubber kit Plastic protectors Playfield screen layover Boba get ship Star destroyer mod couple toy Spot light covers (satellite reflectors) Flipper bat toppers Custom cards and coin door decal/coin slot card Light up side rails (new, not installed) Can help ship interstate with Bill Pinball Transport asking $20k REDUCED
    7 points
  10. I bought a bottle of Jack Daniels. I tied it to my bicycle carrier. I was about to leave. Then I realised that if I fell off the bike on the way home, the bottle would break. So I drank all the JD before I rode back. Finally it turned out to be a very good decision, because I fell off my bicycle seven times on the way home
    7 points
  11. Mystery Prize Draw: 23 gamers were eligible at the end of the tournament for the mystery prize draw. All players had to play and post a score for all 11 games. The eligible players are listed below: The winner is drawn by chance from the eligible players. And the winner of the Mystery Prize Draw for MGL53 is … DEREK Congratulations! Your mystery prizes are as follows … 1. Mario Kart Remote Vehicle (Race around the arcade) 2. Pac-man Game Keyring (Just like the bonus in the game) 3. Funko SODA Creed (Everyone needs a sense of humor) 4. Nerf Jolt (A bit of fun during a games break) 5. PEZ Knuckles (Sonic's and your friend) 6. Iddy Biddy Minions (Eat and laugh at the same time) 7. Space Invaders Cup (These aliens are everywhere!) 8. Pac-man Lunch Plate (Just eat more) 9. Mario Xmas Stocking (It's always good to get ready) I will send a PM to Derek to congratulate him on his prize win and ship them to his postal address. That is the conclusion of the MGL53 prize draw. Thank you to everyone who played all of the games in MGL53. MGL54 is starting very soon and there will be a mystery prize in that tournament as well. See you then for more fun and games! OOO 👻
    7 points
  12. So the wife bought me a Pandoras box, which was great but then I felt the need for a cabinet to play it in. so built that. I then bought an old and worn "Cobra Command" Cabinet that under the dust and rubbish had both Elevator Action and Makaimura PCB's connected by a couple of Relays and a switch. Got that going and cleaned up - had a lot of fun. from the same guy I got a Shinobi cabinet in pieces with no CRT or PCB - so playing with that. A work friend then gave me a half finished homemade cabinet that I'm Mameing. So basically the wife is very sorry she bought me the Pandoras box!
    6 points
  13. Got lucky with a local Gumtree find last night and picked up 2 x Sanwa PM1745 monitors to stash as spares for the tubepocalypse. Perfect as drop-in replacements for my Astro City cabs. One monitor works perfectly, which is awesome. The other has a chassis fault which needs repair, but still gets an image, so I know the tube is good. It's bloody lucky that this stuff still turns up locally from time to time. No burn on either tube as well, which is fantastic. Pretty sure with the limited use my cabs get, the tubes will outlast me and then when I shuffle off this mortal coil, my sons will be left with a cab and tube stash they won't ever use or want Serves them right for being little punks
    6 points
  14. My 2 x Rush 2049 cabinets arrived along with a bunch of NOS hydro and 2049 bits I bought, and some more non-typical PCBs! My space is getting very full now and I still have a HOTD2 and Time Crisis 2 to fit 😂 I’ll likely look to offload 2-3 cabinets, and am already in discussions with a few guys on here about some of them. I’ll list some stuff publicly in the coming days to gauge potential interest. For now, enjoy the 2049 pics and my full space pic 🤣
    6 points
  15. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my old Sega Rally driving cab was off to a new home to be replaced by a Red Ferrari, well here it is! It wouldn't be a cab for me without a respective worklog Yesterday Mark from need a courier delivered the OR2SP cab that I had purchased from @DRAGONKZ who has somewhat become my cabinet whisperer - the last 5 cabs have been because of him (2x NNC's, 2x Aero's now OR2SP). Nothing like seeing a cab come out the back of a truck with your name on it The cab pretty much slotted right in where Sega rally left off except I needed a few more cm's worth due to the coin box, pushed TC over to pretty much touch the side wall and she's in! DRAGONKZ and I pretty much went through both cabs a few weeks ago and confirm basic functionality so we already knew what were in for.. First order of business was to get to the monitor control board to adjust the monitor. This is how it was when I got it, it was dark, dull and the contrast was all over the shop - I couldn't even see the options on screen because it wasn't configured the best. To get to the control board though, you needed to take the whole wheel assembly (holy sh*t that was deceivingly heavy). Here's a good 18+ years worth of dust - I can't see the dash being removed for it to be cleaned.. Since this is the japanese version of the cabinet, we are lucky enough to have Toshiba PF's in it and I already had the "custom remote board" to get to the additional settings which allow me to get to the RGB cutoffs and gains to really be able to tweak. I eventually got to this: Next on the list was to look at the marquee, I assumed they were busted globes. It took a while to figure out how to get to the globes because the perspex lid wouldn't just come off and I was worried I would break it. All it needed was a solid push to access the light box. It's a shame that these had the fluro unit removed and just have 240v batten fixes with bayonet lamp holders, but it does the job. LED GLS globes added and we have light! After inspecting the marquee, you soon realise why it was "stuck" - there's a good amount of "coke juice" making it very sticky After all that was done, I called it a night and had a good 30-40 mins playing Attract mode Things to do: - Speakers. They used Blast City speakers on this cabinet , the soundtrack on this game is so good that they need to have good working speakers. This one had only the left side working and DRAGONKZ only had the tweeters working. I'm deciding if I should put 2.1 logitech's in or not - part of me is wanting to keep it as original as possible, but the other part of me is thinking how can this soundtrack be wasted on such a POS speaker setup.. we'll see. Fortunately the speakers aren't too much of a PITA to get to compared to the blast city which needs half the cabinet to be taken off. - Purchase Decal for the back seat with OR2SP - Purchase Ferrari emblem for the wheel - Ideally fit new cushions for the seats - Maybe update the side art as it's OR2 not OR2SP, but it's a decent amount of coin for very little value.. the cab is wedged in and you can't really see that artwork at all. - Further cleaning. Of course, a deep clean is always good - Test Naomi 2 and confirm functionality with Initial D - Burn another Chihiro driving game and confirm functionality - Learn to 1cc every part of game whilst drifting hairpins and S bends Overall, this cab is in fantastic condition given the years it would've been onsite, but since this isn't "daytona" or "initial d", I don't think it would've been as abused as those games - great for us who bought the machine, very little repairs required
    6 points
  16. I've been through the switch wiring and I can see why it wasn't working properly 🤪 I changed the wires to their correct spots in the socket and it now plays. It needs a few switches cleaned and checked and a few lamps replaced but it's nearly there. The Howzat is next in line. 😁 I have used a Homepin Mpu and solenoid driver boards in this to confirm that everything is working correctly then I'll look at the original boards again.
    6 points
  17. Quite a bit added since those pics.
    6 points
  18. More sega stuff. and also, a 'new' 3dsxl and some other nintendo goodies
    6 points
  19. Tell her they don't loose value like a wedding ring does.
    6 points
  20. The 3rd MGL of the 2022 season has now been completed, 39 gamers played in this very difficult competition as follows: Congrats to all competitors that played in this tournament, 11 different video games were played over the course of 59 days. We had 5 games that have never been played before in the MGL they were, Cadillaces and Dinosaurs, Dockman, Vigilante, Pinball Action and Cabal. In this tournament 12 different gamers had at least one of their games drawn from the games pool, they were: wirre.the.man, RichyS, Fire_Power, OOO, mappy24, ella, lasice, ivanstorm1973, ZNC and Lexa (1) Almorte (2) With 11 games played there were 6 different game winners: megaderek, ZNC, OOO, DaLar (1) PG3 (2) DBH (6) Congrats to all the game winners: The competition was extremely tight for most gamers leading into the last three games of MGL53, 11 gamers scored over 900 points which is an amazing result, 7 gamers scored over 1,000 points. Great result Congrats to Donald Hayes for winning MGLLIII with an astonishing 1,082 total points beating the rest of the competition by a 43 point margin to win his 4th MGL title after MGL48, MGL51 and MGL52. He played fantastic throughout the entire tournament, Donald's best scores were: 827,030 on Wonder Boy, 152,420 on Super Cobra, 578,400 on Crazy Kong, 131,600 on Vigilante, 1,806,720 on Pinball Action and 9,999,990 on Wardner for 1st place. 100,860 on Dockman for 2nd place, 818,100 on Exed Exes for 3rd place, 136,960 on Roc'n Rope for 5th place, 1,025,500 on Cabal for 6th place and 607,900 on Cadillaces and Dinosaurs for 7th place. Donald has managed to maintain in the top 7 for every game. Amazing result. Terence Wong finished in 2nd place with 1,039 total points, with a 6 point lead ahead of 3rd place and 43 points behind Donald, Terence played outstanding throughout the entire tournament Terence best scores were: 119,600 on Vigilante for 2nd place, 470,800 on Crazy Kong for 3rd place 2,961,390 on Wardner and 149,900 on Roc'n Rope for 4th place. Great gaming Terence. Daniel Larsen finished in 3rd place with 1,033 total points only 6 points behind Terence, Daniel best scores were: 9,999,990 on Wardner for 1st place, 2,645,120 on Cabal and 162,660 in Roc'n Rope for 3rd place. Well done Daniel. Pessimester finished in 4th place with 1,031 total points only 2 points behind 3rd place Pessimester best scores were: 914,500 on Cadillaces and Dinosaurs, 91,510 on Vigilante for 3rd place and 1,583,120 on Cabal for 5th place. Robert Macauley finished in 5th place in his 40th MGL tournament with 1,015 total points only 16 points behind 4th place Roberts best scores were: 767,310 on Wardner for 2nd place, 2,038,020 on Cabal for 4th place and 624,100 on Cadillaces and Dinosaurs for 5th place. Robert has now completed 40 MGL tournaments without missing a single game, this is an amazing achievement congrats. Martin Patra finished in 6th place with 1,010 total points only 5 points behind 5th place, Martin best scores were: 192,560 on Roc'n Rope for 1st place, 3,072,980 on Cabal for 2nd place and 36,000 on Dockman for 5th place. Well done. Charlie Milne finished in 7th place with 1,001 total points only 9 points behind 6th place, Charlie best scores were: 477,900 on Crazy Kong for 2nd place, 994,020 on Pinball Action for 6th place and 43,930 on Vigilante, 128,300 on Roc'n Rope and 258,050 on Wardner for 7th place. Nice gaming Charlie. Svatopluk Halada finished in 8th place with 990 total points only 9 points behind 7th place Savtopluk best scores were: 33,910 on Super Cobra and 73,990 on Dockman for 3rd place, 384,600 on Exed Exes for 7th place, 104,020 on Roc'n Rope and 762,510 on Pinball Action for 8th place. Well played Savtopuk. Darren Mcgahey finished in 9th place with 975 total points only 15 points behind 8th place, Darren's best scores were: 184,250 on Roc'n Rope for 2nd place, 450,300 on Crazy Kong for 4th place and 27,140 on Super Cobra 7th place. Well played. Germano D' Alessandro finished in 10th place with 966 total points only 9 points behind 9th place, Germano best scores were: 1,081,900 on Exed Exes for 2nd place, 28,650 on Dockman for 10th place and 22,170 on Vigilante and 110,520 on Wardner for 11th place. Well played Germano. Derek Long finished in 11th place with 958 total points only 8 points behind 10th place, Derek's best scores were: 3,293,070 on Cabal for 1st place, 731,920 on Wonder Boy for 3rd place and 1,585,470 on Wardner for 5th place. Nice gaming Derek. Evan Mcgahey finished in 12th place with 958 total points, well done me. Ben Sweeny finished in 13th place with 942 total points only 15 points behind 12th place, Ben's best scores were: 1,060,090 on Pinball Action 5th place, 131,000 on Wardner for 10th place and 125,600 on Crazy Kong for 11th place. Great gaming Ben. Lukas Dudek finished in 14th place with 936 total points only 6 points behind 13th place, Lukas best scores were: 660,700 on Cadillaces and Dinosaurs for 4th place, 44,730 on Vigilante for 6th place and 995,110 on Cabal for 7th place. Superb effort Lukas. Derek Camin finished in 15th place with 931 total points only 5 points behind 14th place, Derek's best scores were: 33,710 on Vigilante for 8th place, 720,560 on Pinball Action for 10th place and 221,200 on Exed Exes for 11th place. Nice gaming Derek. To the gamers who finished in the Top 20 a huge congrats to you all, Thank you to everyone who took part in MGL53, I hope you enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to seeing you all again in MGL54. This was the 3rd MGL tournament of 2022 season down and only one more left. A special thanks to OOO for providing the MGL53 artwork and the mystery prize draw thank you. The Mystery Prize will commence soon, I hope you all enjoy your gaming break until MGL54. All the best, Evan
    6 points
  21. If only you guys put as much effort into talking about Arcade and Pinball stuff......
    5 points
  22. Mate you are doing some great work there,! that is a lot of dedication. Just a note on the speaker wiring from the first page, the speaker diagram shows 2 speakers wired in series, not parallel. Game boards don't like a load less than 4 Ohms , but 8 ohms is normal and less load on arcade PCB amps , so LAI did a couple of different variations of speakers in Lowboys , some had 4 ohm speakers wired in series to give 8 ohms, others used 8 ohms speakers wired in parallel to give 4 ohms. Basically if you have 4 ohm speakers wire in series as per your picture ( never in parallel because that is only 2 ohms and will kill most amps ) , if you have 8 ohms speakers wire in parallel which will give you 4 ohms ( series gives you 16 ohms and low sound volume ) . Just for interest sake, LAI lowboys ( advertised as the "Operators little friend" ) were always woodgrain right from the very start of production, the tone changed and the very last versions were very close to what you have chosen, they were all made with 16 ply marine ply they had custom made, they did do custom colors for large orders in Red or Blue and there was a one of run of 40 Yellow cabs for a center in WA called SpinOut. The earliest version didn't have back doors or skid rails on the back, but all had fluro's in the top, not actual fittings like you have just open end fittings and separate starter holders. There were heaps of changes inside and out over the years they made them, although from first to last they maintained their wiring color code only adding extra colors when Jamma become standard. Like everything good heaps of clones existed, the one you have is a cross between the LAI lowboy and Gottlieb lowboy , made in Sydney by George and his brother who operated Gottlied and were mortal enemies of LAI. LAI never made any lowboys with Kortek monitors, they were imported by Gottlieb and Associated Leisure , LAI lowboys started with Kaga Denshi ( 3 piece type ) , Kaga KZ20EN and ES , Nanao MS7-20L and Orion. LAI started using Kortek heavily when 25" and 26" monitors started to appear. Keep up the great work 🙂
    5 points
  23. Three project cabs that I'd like to move on so I have actual space to work on stuff. Although I'd love them in my collection I don't have the space and they're at the bottom of the pile. Tried to keep the prices low but let me know if I'm way off. Open to a trade for original PCBs but there isn't a lot on my list at the moment (also after some Candy cab parts). To my knowledge all three are complete but are not running. The photos are terrible I do apologise but will grab some more! Included my next step to work on them if they don't sell but unless I get 6 months of work off that is not happening. I'm in Glen Waverley if you want to check them out today. I'll be home all day tinkering but have a pretty crazy week work wise coming up. Radikal Bikers - $200 PCB runs (tested on another cab). Chassis appears dead (and the cheapest looking chassis I've seen). Tube looks burn free 29". This appears to be a generic Italian made cab based loosely on a Sega cab? My nest step: replace the chassis. Offroad Challenge - $375 US made Midway cab. PCB runs (tested on another cab). Monitor (26") does not power on but appears free of burn. Glass in front of the monitor is there but not pictured. Same with the PCB cage. Feed back motor starts up when turned on. I suspect one of the PSUs and the chassis are suss. Body is fair. There is a chip from the wood on the top right and the decal is damaged in a few places. Appears 100% original. Coin mechs appear damaged. My next step: pull the PSU / chassis. Would likely replace the PSU with a more modern solution. Space Fever Color Cocktail Cab - $700 Had this project for three years and made zero progress. Japanese made Nintendo cab. Someone seemed to have wanted to convert it to DK at some stage. Sad about this because my dad remembers playing it on a Ferry in 1980 so wanted to fix it up for him but need to be realistic. No idea if either the PCB or the monitor work. It appears original except for the PSU being swapped. My next step: build/buy a JAMMA adaptor to test the PCB.
    5 points
  24. I can see why nixie tubes went out of fashion. That's 132 wires. Crimped one end, I still have the other end to do. 🤪
    5 points
  25. Generic update wise, I’ve been too busy with other stuff to focus on arcade stuff, but still been chipping away at bits slowly over the past few months. The main key updates since my last post are: * Daytona twin has been shipped off for a full restore * USA 4 slot neo geo big red arrived and added to the stash pile. * War Final Assault is running after a whole bunch of troubleshooting and a Video card and CPU board swap * 2 x Rush 2049 arrived in AUS and being delivered in a week or so * I bought a Jap House of the dead 2 and it’s somewhere between Japan and AUD, so likely here before XMAS * I bought 2 x Jap Outrun 2 cabinets and sold 1 to @mR_CaESaR Im hoping to get stuck in to everything in the coming months, so hopefully better updates in the future. For now, here a pic of the OR2s and Daytonas (pulled out to get ready to ship) (The PF from Clayton for the big blue can also be seen to the right of the OR2s 👍)
    5 points
  26. After MGL51 MGL52 and MGL53 have been completed, this is the 3rd tournament of the World Championship of eSports for 2022 ... MGL54 will begin November 25th....
    5 points
  27. Sandblasting and Powdercoating the CP 😀 Progress slowing here now while waiting on a few things and wiring the AC of the cabinet. Thought I’d get the CP prepared here. Just a before picture here, quite rusty used and abused over its time. Friendly local sandblasting was first. Being in the small coastal town here there isn’t particularly a workshop you go to get this done. Local powder coater gave me the lads number and I dropped the CP off to him on his work site about 3km up a bush track 😂. The lengths we go to. He did a nice job and sent a picture Onto powdercoating. Honestly you can’t fault the finish of a nice powdercoat. The CP will be covered eventually, but a nice fresh base here for the future, free of all the previous rust. Pretty cheap too locally here and they did a good job. Sandblast $30 Powdercoat $60 Pretty happy with that 😀
    5 points
  28. Finished off the mural in the games room. I ended up using the image of Roger Sharpe from the same book. You know the one - where he saved pinball? I think I ended up going through about 10 poska 7mm paint pens. I bought a 1L tin of black paint to fill in the shaded parts and used the paint pens for the outlines. Few little bits I wasn't too happy with but when you stand back and look at it, you can't see too many of the mistakes. My wife and father-in-law almost got the whole studio flooring complete apart from about 3 rows. They had to leave to take our youngest to swimming lessons. Had 2 cubic metres of good organic garden soil delivered yesterday and so the garden beds have all been topped up. As part of the DA we need a 2m tall vegetation barrier between ours and our neighbours properties. We have some tiger grass now planted all the way down the fence line. We went with tiger grass as it provides good screening and its kind of a clumping bamboo style plant without the wild spreading of the root system that bamboo has. Tomorrow our concrete arrives for the front carport footings as well as 6 cubic metres of lawn underlay. The Tif Tub Bermuda turf arrives on Friday. Getting closer
    5 points
  29. I've been thinking about this project for quite a while now and seeing that Thomas just needs a few tweaks I'll start on it soon. It'll be based on the Jeff Waynes musical version of H.G.Wells' War of the worlds, using new mechanisms and switches this time but I'm not sure what I'll be using for a main processor yet. The cabinet will be from the $100 tip find Phantom of the opera and I'll be trading the internals from this machine and possibly a couple of other scrappers for new mechanisms and boards. I'm hoping to use nixie tubes for the display and want to give it a 1890s feel. As you've probably come to expect it could take a while for me to complete it but hopefully it'll be worth the wait. Cheers Trev.
    4 points
  30. This shows a bit of the complexity See all of those light grey lines, without knowing all the detail, they would be a wide range of simulations of various events that would happen to lead to that sea temperature change. It's not certain, any of those grey lines could happen. And no they can't know for sure that La Nina will be finishing (see, some of them drop down - but then then there's the interplay with the Pacific Dipole etc etc). I think you're looking for certainty, where things aren't as black and white as that. And no they can't say for sure, but they can say 'odds are', and they will more than likely be right. But they might not be right. And then you'll say 'a ha! see those fools aren't right', when really they were just trying to make it more understandable and left off the details of margins of error and uncertainty - because people aren't good at interpreting it. So yeah, BoM definitely aren't going to get it right 100% of the time, but they definitely aren't going to get it wrong 100% of the time! And based on all the research and science, they are getting a lot better at understanding when they are wrong, and the likelihood they are wrong. And based on that, they can still say with confidence that shit's not looking great with the climate, because based on all of the different likely scenarios, the climate's heading in a bad direction.
    4 points
  31. Simply Superb earthling Emperor ming awaits my favourite game keep hitting the left bank of drop targets to lite the spinners for 1000 points a spin then rip the ball thru the spinners i love doing that n the sound it makes always makes me laugh it also lites the saucer for 10 then 20 then 30 grand dropping all targets on the left bank a forth time lites extra ball in the saucer then there is the wood beast i reckon there is nothing better than in line drop targets for x 2 then x 3 then extra ball then head to the upper play field n drop the 3 drops up there for x 4 then back to the left bank of drops for x 5 and if you can ignite the phase for 15 seconds on both x 2 n x 3 your score and the sounds go thru the roof it truely is a fantastic game to play and will keep you wanting to play just one more game
    4 points
  32. A good day today My TAF is now fully working again, tracked down the Row 8 ground short fault. First I checked the continuity on the white-grey wire (row8) between each switch in turn and every other switch, no problems there I then checked each switch was actuating and checked the diode , not problems there. so I start scratching my head in wonder as everything under the playfield is checking out. Then after a few beers I realised I had not check continuity at the connector. Eureka a dodgy termination, I could get continuity from the switches to the wire at the back of the connector but nothing when probing the front of the connector pin 8. So I pulled the wire, cleaned out the IDC, and punched down the wire again. I didn't have the correct tool so I had to improvise using an exacto knife with the blade installed in reverse, worked a treat. Dodgy I know but I had a need that needed to be satisfied without delay 😁 (it is only temporary until I can source the correct bits and tools) now do I go with Pancon IDC or Molex Trifurcon? just kidding its gonna be Molex,
    4 points
  33. You can just go by the last post apparently that he is wrong and made children homeless.
    4 points
  34. Darksoft CPS2 Multi Got @DRAGONKZ's CPS2 DS Champion Edition Multi to install and I must say, this install was WAAAAAAY easier than the first version. No need to worry about snapping very thin pins on the main board, jumpers, PAL chip version etc Checked and confirmed the board is suicided. Battery is still intact, fortunately no leaks. A little strange it was suicided even though the battery was still holding it's voltage Nevertheless, the B board was prepped, removed the battery and removed all the socketed roms As mentioned, the install on this was a breeze compared to the original version and I'll gladly install this one version any day of the week. This easy changing games around
    4 points
  35. Hi Sydney Pinheads We're going to try a regular comp @Beercade in 2023 on the second Thurs of the month (except Apr) Thurs 12th Jan23, Thurs 9th Feb23, Thurs 9th Mar23, Thurs 6th Apr23, 11th May23, 8th Jun23 Dates may be cancelled if required, I will try to give plenty of notice if this happens We will meet from 6.00pm and the comp will kick off at 6.30pm to give ppl time to register and have a few warm up games (or grab a beer) Tournament will be Group Matchplay Qualifying - 3 Rounds of 2 matches (6 qualifying games) Round pairing: 1st round will be random plairing & then we'll align players based on their score for the lst 2 rounds. Scoring system: IFPA (7/5/3/1) for 4player grps (7/4/1) for 3 player grps. Arena draws: Attempts will be made to assign an arena that hasnt been played the fewest times by all opponents. Three rounds of two games per round. Tiebreaker: Ties will only be broken for entry into the semi final & final and will consist of 1 ball shootout The finals will consist of the top 8 (or top 4 field if less than 16players). Semi Final - players will be seeded into two groups with the top two players from each group going through to the final. Each group will play 2 semi finals in chaos format with placings awarded 7/5/3/1 with the top 2 players from ea group going through to the final Final - The top four players will play 2 finals in chaos format. ENTRY FEE: $16 ($10 to the venue as the comp games will be on free play, $5 into the prize pool, the $1 IFPA\Aus Champ fee) expect to play 10 games if you make to the final 4. Prizes 1st, 2nd, 3rd will split the cash from the $5 entrance fee. There will also be random prizes on the nite donated by the Beercade, AMD & Stern (if available) VENUE: Beercade 113-115 Regent St Redfern NSW 2016 GAMES: comp pins will be determined on the night Starting at 6.30pm we expect to be finished about 10.30. All normal tournament rules apply. This event will be played for IFPA WPPRs
    4 points
  36. I also received an Aussie Raiden Fighters PCB from a Gumtree purchase. Goes great on the Blast City, although the width adjustment was maxed out on the monitor adjustment and it’s still 2cm clear on each side. It was also glitching out a bit so I cranked up the 5v. It’s still only reading 4.75 at the testing points near the Jamma edge, but seems fine now.
    4 points
  37. A bit of progress today. I got back a Blast City CP from the powdercoater. It was on my Windy II when I got it. It had some mild rust starting so I decided to get it re-coated. I got the new overlay on, holes cut, buttons installed and joysticks fitted. I also put in a repro instruction space. I’m trying out the Blunderbus delrin bullet tops I got from @xb74 CQB Arcade. The machine isn’t quite up and running yet as I need to troubleshoot some monitor issues. But it’s coming along as to how I want it. Original panel Blast overlay removed With new powdercoat (appliance white) LS-33s and Sanwa buttons Final install
    4 points
  38. My Daytonas have gone to Gamemasters in VIC. They basically do restorations of these Sega racing cabinets day in and out! They used to make wooden cabinets back in the day, so I may send a few more down their way next year. Most cabinet restoration seems to be done by hobbyists, unfortunately we don't really have any dedicated companies doing this day in and out, unlike the USA where there are several 😞 Soon see! haha I have brand new pink/blue gun assemblies, spare PCB, and burn free MS9 sitting aside, so if need be I can replace those bits and that means almost everything in the cabinet would have been replaced! (So not much more can be replaced!) The MS9 chassis is off to Jomac, so fingers crossed it all works once it comes back 🙂
    4 points
  39. Hi Everyone, I’m moving to Sydney’s Western Suburbs on the 14th of Nov, from the Uk. Sadly I’m leaving most of my collection in the UK in storage, until I know if I will be staying permanently in Australia. I’m into my Japanese Candy Cabinets and would like to know if they are regularly available in Australia and how much they cost, plus where do they pop up for sale ? Are Candy Cabs popular in Australia?, in the UK supply is minimal and they sell super fast and prices have doubled in the passed ten years. Are there any Retro Computer shops or Arcades in Sydney? My Collection Sega Blast City Sega New Astro City Sega Aero City Sega Dino King Jamma Conversion CFTBL Pinball XBOX ONE Kiosk XBOX 360 Kiosk Pachislo’s x2 Arcade Supergun ( Bringing this with Me with some MVS Carts and a PVM ) Game wise I’ve got loads of MVS, Naomi, ST-V, Atomiswave,PGM and a few Jamma PCB’s. Plus have loads of Consoles and Games Cheers from Luke
    4 points
  40. AA updated to IPS Community Suite 4.7.4 Released 11/02/2022 Key Changes This is our November maintenance release. Key changes include: New Feature: Moderating with Personal Alerts New Feature: Moderator approval queue now includes a reason why Updated: Events update includes additional streaming platforms Invision Community now requires a minimum of PHP 8.0 Additional Information Core Increased minimum PHP version to 8.0. Added Moderation Alerts. Adds the ability to see the number of replies to an alert, and view all replies to an alert in messenger. Reduced the Cloudflare warning on the support page to note issues may arise from specific Cloudflare features only. Fixed an issue where an alert reply button was shown to those without access to the messenger via module permissions. Fixed an issue where viewing a theme's differences may not show all changes correctly. Fixed an issue where some applications presented content for the 'Similar Content' ElasticSearch widget that wasn't suitable. Fixed an issue where pre-upgrade resource check may ask you to check a default language pack for compatibility. Fixed an issue that may cause slow AdminCP logins if there are a lot of email send failures. Fixed an issue where attachments may download with an extra file extension when using Amazon S3 to store files. Fixed an issue where some moderators may see template errors in the userbar at the top of the page. Fixed an issue with PHP 8 and the UT8 converter used for legacy upgrades. Fixed issue where reporting content on a site with restricted moderators generated an error. Fixed issue where users could receive notifications for content that had been hidden. Mobile navigation links are no longer duplicated when configured as a dropdown menu. Removed any placed widgets from the login and register page. Events Added support for TikTok, Twitch, Vimeo and SpotMe online events. Fixed a MySQL query error when using locales with a comma decimal separator. Fixed RSVP stats report not working. Fixed the broken event cover image on the overview page. Fixed an issue where the timezone selector would only be correct if adjusted by an author in the same timezone. Fixed an issue where the create event button may show to members with no permissions for any calendar. Fixed an issue where searching for events may not work correctly. Fixed some untranslated phrases. Fixed an issue where markers may not show on Google Maps when using events near me. Forums Fixed a potential slow query when working with solved topics. Fixed an issue where a future published topic has a different start date than the first post date. Gallery Improved image loading speed in albums or categories with a large amount of images. Fixed an issue where Gallery Results could break Stream Subscriptions. Fixed issue where switching between plain-text and rich editor on image upload lost text content. Fixed an issue where users could not download attachments from Album Comments. Pages Fixed the missing record status icons in the record feed widget. Fixed an error when viewing a record in a database that is not searchable. Fixed an issue where the pages media center didn't support svg files while replacing an existing svg file. Fixed an issue where hidden linked records were displayed to users with no permission to see them. Blogs Fixed merging members inadvertently re-assigning group blogs. Fixed an issue when upgrading from legacy versions. Fixed the wrong webhook documentation reference to the blog class. Downloads Changed the RebuildScreenshotWatermarks task to use the REBUILD_INTENSE constant for the rebuild cycle. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Changed the order of the autogenerated hook method signature. Added a new class parameter public $similarContent = TRUE|FALSE; to each /extension/core/ContentRouter class to control whether it should show in similar content. Fixed saving the Blog add / edit form while IN_DEV. Downgraded PHP 8 scanner logging to debug only. Deprecations and Removal Announcements Completed in this release Facebook Promotional Tools removed (Facebook no longer allows API posting to groups and pages) - No action required VigLink removed (VigLink API no longer working as intended) - No action required Ability to choose which apps to upgrade removed (this is no longer a necessary option) - No action required Guest Page Cache removed (this is a legacy way to cache pages that replicates how a CDN works) - No action required
    4 points
  41. Hi all, I worked in arcades in the 90's and never lost the bug. I have a few home made machines (4k OLED Virtual pinball, horizontal and vertical bartop & an old LAI pedestal that needs work (and a monitor). I also have a bunch of older consoles, CRT's & VGA monitors to play them on, especially light guns. PS, PS2, DC, XBOX, 360, Xbox One, PS4, Series X. I've also got some of those minis and a NEO GEO Arcade Stick. My favourite though is my Retroelectronik Supergun, I have a Unibios MV1FZ and also Run and Gun PCB. I sold an original Japanese candy cab when I had kids 13 years ago and regretted it ever since. I'm really looking for a Goldie or a NEO GEO cabinet of some description and Police Trainer to add to the collection. Pinballs are starting to get out of my price range over the past few years, hence why I made my own. Stuff up here is rare as rocking horse you know what so travel and freight are killers.
    4 points
  42. Hi all gamers, It's time soon to solve the mystery in the arcade. The 33rd Mystery Prize draw will be held this coming Sunday. One gamer who played all 11 games in this MGL will win all of the prizes. The winner will be drawn after the close of MGLLIII. I have provided another 9 prizes that are a lot of fun. 19 gamers are currently eligible for the draw. You've got to be in it to win it! Good luck to all gamers ... 🎲
    4 points
  43. So encouraging to see blokes willing to talk about health issues. The path to recovery is different for everyone but threads and discussions like this one can be part of it for many people suffering from mental health issues. If you feel like you want to help out an organization offering mental health support in the Tamworth area, please check the AA page below and consider supporting @BIG Trev and his Tech Shed by voting for them. Dave
    4 points
  44. Gday Mitch thanks so much for your kind words not only are you the best pinbologist EVER worth well more than your weight in gold i reckon there would be shit load of pin owners on the mid north coast that would be buggered without you but also a superbly excellent and accomplished musician the missus and i absolutely love your album MY VENTURES VENTURE! n listen to it quite often it always puts a smile on my dial we would love to see you play live one of these days Funny you should mention being down my way last week i was gunna call you as i have a slingshot issue on the old pinbot and also we have more eggs than we can possibly eat n i thought i might go for a ride n bring up a dozen or so eggs n some oranges Whenever you come to fix my pins i always consider it as more of a social visit n i try not to bother you whilst your working on my games but i cant help myself because i really enjoy chatting with you on anything and everything you are always most welcome at our place anytime Im gunna put on your CD right now have a few beers play a few games and have a good old sunday session absolutely heavenly
    4 points
  45. It's getting closer to being finished. I recrimped a lot of the connectors in the backbox, there are three to go. After I'd had enough of crimping I decided to have a look at the boards. They've all been recapped and had the headers reflowed and cleaned. I had to do some minor repairs to the solenoid driver board and the sound board. The solenoid board needed a bodge wire and a ceramic capacitor replaced and the sound board needed a prom chip and a crystal which I borrowed from another rough board. I also needed to clean the legs on a couple of chips. Hopefully they're now ok. I have the display connectors to repin too but I I'll probably do that after I've tested it. 😉 I have a set of rubbers on order but can't find a 3" white one at the moment.
    4 points
  46. Not wanting to double post, but the current line up of non drivers before todays stuff arrived (Carnevil, Gun Bullet, KI2, MK3, War Final Assault, Vendetta) And more pics of Gauntlet Legends because the artwork is 😍
    4 points
  47. 3 points
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