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  1. I am absolutely gutted to pass on the sad news that one of the great workers and doers and best all-round blokes of the pinball community, Yee Fong, lost his long battle with cancer earlier today. Yee was known to AA as Rocky2 and was the driving force behind New Zealand Pincade for a decade and a half. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make NZ Pincade the international success that it is, an event enjoyed by pinball friends from NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, France, Sweden, the list goes on. Yee was the sort of bloke who turns up to a pinball event like the Australian Pinball Expo or the Barn Meet a week early and works alongside the organizers to help make it a success. He worked on his own time and never asked for pay, except perhaps in the form a beer or two which most of us were happy to share with him. Yee seldom asked for much but often gave of himself. To those who know him, we know that we have lost a friend the like of which is impossible to replace. To those of you who did not know him I think he may have been best described in the simple observation from one of his close Kiwi buddies when he said "I'm a better person for having known him". Yee regularly opened his home to us all. We enjoyed great times there and I feel that it is proper to pass on our sincerer thanks to his family for all the times they hosted us so we could indulge our hobby. Yee's family have asked that news of his passing be spread and I only hope they understand the friendship and enjoyment that he helped to foster when he hosted an event. I hope that understanding might bring them some comfort too. In particular we are thinking of Yee's family and his pinball Bro's in NZ. We all lost a special person in our lives today. If you have a photo or a story of Yee please post it here. It might give us all a smile in a very sad time. Two pics from me. Yee on his verandah and most of the attendees at his home for Pincade 2014
    47 points
  2. It's been over a year and a half since "upgrading" to Vbulletin 5 and to say its been a disappointment is a understatement partly due to it feeling like a downgrade in some area's and missing a lot of features other forum software has standard and partly due to some people struggling with the software especially attachments, I also feel a lot of features have been left unfinished like the Calendar. I went with VB5 over other forum software at the time because I expected the migration to be smooth....how wrong was I. I spent the first week from 6am to 10pm trying to address issues and even longer getting it to where it is now. I could have spent that time migrating to another forum platform. I'm looking to moving AA to Invision Community or Xenforo however leaning heavily towards Invision due to its standard features. The end goal is to have a simplified user friendly experience. Some key features that caught my eye are Calendar Create community event pages across multiple calendars, with RSVP support, iCal syncing, venues and more. Downloads Share documents, resources and more with our powerful file manager. Also integrates with our Commerce tools to enable purchasable downloads. Gallery Updated Add photo and video sharing to your community, allowing users to create and share their own albums. Reactions Express sentiment with customizable reactions throughout the community, with positive and negative reactions tying into our reputation system. Reputation Identify your most valuable users - and troublemakers - with our reputation system. Users earn reputation points which are prominently shown beside their content. Leaderboards Users can earn trophies by being the highest-scoring each day, and a leaderboard keeps track of the highest-ranked. Drag'n'Drop Uploads Upload images and other files to content simply by dragging them onto the editor. It's never been easier to share rich content with a community. Full list here https://invisioncommunity.com/features Now there will be things that will not migrate to the new site like Paid Subscriptions, we'll deal with that when the time comes. Roadmap. Once the decision is made on which direction to go I will purchase the software and make a test forum using the migration tools to import a current version of the database and see how smoothly it all goes. I'd then invite you all to come over and try everything out to give valuable feedback, once we are satisfied the changes will be made to the main forum. I don't have the time I did in the past to spoon feed people who just can't be bothered, sounds harsh but I wasted a lot of time last time answering the same questions several times over. As above I don't have the time anymore to put into AA as I did in the past, having said that AA is my baby, I've met all my core friends via this site and many fond memories so I will do what I can to address the issues and make AA a user friendly and fun experience. If you wish to help me out and donate you can do it via paypal@aussiearcade.com every cent counts towards the site. Thanks to all the AAers who've stuck with the site.
    44 points
  3. It is with the deepest regret that I pass on the sad news that long term Aussie Arcade members TOADS lost his battle with cancer late last night at the age of 58. Mark joined AA in 2009 and was the kind of member that was always in the mix, lending a hand to make pinball events work and contributing to our community. He became a member of the mod team in 2017 where he continued to give to the community behind the scenes. Mark was not the kind of guy that sought recognition or accolades, but his ongoing contributions to the smooth running of AA cannot be overstated. He was a regular attendee at events like Pinfest and interstate meets where he regularly offered up his assistance for the benefit of others. Mark was a guy who found a hobby he loved and worked hard to bring it to others so they could enjoy it too. Marks long term partner Allison (Fairground) is well known to many of us, and she has our deepest sympathies in this, the toughest of times. Allison, I hope it brings you some comfort to know that Mark was so well liked and respected here on AA and in our community. Mark was a rare man who earned the friendship of others with his quick whit and often irreverent approach to life. We will all be worse off in his loss, but at the same time better off for having know him. Vale Mark, you will be missed by many. Dave
    42 points
  4. Hi Everyone, So as some of you may know we ( Kurt, Jack and Suzie) have started a part time pinball parts business. This is in part due to the big down turn we have experienced in our work lives and also at the suggestion of friends and suppliers. We aimed for the launch September 1st and to have all stock in house ready to roll....and we made it! We are specilaizing in all of the custom bits and pieces I have done over the years along with stocking parts for restorations here in Brisbane. At this stage we will not be having a website, just mail outs to those interested and a social media site exposure along with here on Aussie Arcade. We have partnered up with Pinsound to supply their awesome gear here and are stocked up on the major items. Can assist with custom sound and shaker packages if needed. We also will be holding stocks of premium quality LEDs, thanks to Ryza's help, so no need to preorder and wait now. These leds are awesome if you have not already tried them and represent great value and more options like antighosting, flame, rgb star posts, higher spec leds etc. We are not offering kits - who are to tell you how to light your machine up! But, we are happy to offer advice and show you our machines and ideas. We are stocking Perfect Play Silicone rubber as well. An awesome alternative and they have met with great reviews. Strong vibrant colours. Been running these in Creature and Theatre for testing and they are holding up well and have great feel on the flippers. We are stocking Pin2dmd colour displays either hardware only assembled, or fully configured and activated along with a donation to the colour artist on all units. This important to keep projects like this going in the industry. There are a myriad of parts available to assemble these and the quality varies greatly. We are only using the highest spec and quality components and panels, be aware they are not all the same. You can also build your own units as an option if you have the time and knowledge. Mods galore! We have partnered with some suppliers overseas to supply great mods for games like Getaway, Attack from Mars, Star trek next Gen etc. We promise we will not have figures with bulging eyes due to having wiring inserted in the rear end! Custom one off translites and speaker panels and also supplies to build your own custom speaker panels. Mirror blades - Grade #8 highest spec Stainless mirror and Coloured Stainless in Gold, Black, Green and Blue. And lots of basic restore components such as hardware, trims, buttons, rebuild kits, coils etc. Lastly, I would personally like to thank Travis and the AA team for their support and platform to share our endeavour. And also all of our friends, pinball and non pinball, for the support and ideas as we go. You can contact us on the details below: E: kjspinball@gmail.com M: 0492 859 754 Thank you and Happy Flipping! Kurt, Jack and Suzie
    42 points
  5. I get asked to fix a lot of Hankin pinball boards and up until recently I had nothing to test the boards out in....not unless I had a machine here that i was fixing for someone and I could then test the boards out in that. It was hard to find a cheap battered up Hankin that i could part out to get the wiring harnesses out of as well as the transformer...every time something came up for sale it got jumped on pretty quickly. Well thanks to Rob M for finding an old Orbit1 for me that was a perfect candidate! A lot of time went into building this , it took a couple of months doing a little at a time as I have no spare time cause i’m always working. I’m pretty fussy as people would know from the neatness of my repairs so I wanted it to look and work perfectly…. i’m very happy with how it turned out.
    40 points
  6. So looking through a bunch of photos trying to find Yee at meets and I got nostalgic. I also had to cancel one of these due to COVID and promised to dust it off once things settled down. Anyway. F**k it. Fire pits. Beers. Shots. Shit talk. Circle of trust. Pinball. Camping. All weekend (Friday to Sunday). No F**king Comps. August (weekend TBA). AA’s longest running, intermittent, last minute, whatever the f**k event is back and bigger than ever. AA’s finest riff-raff welcome to attend. This ones for you Yee. ********* Update 01/07/21 Dates - 27-29th August How much to attend? - $100. I don't care if you come for a day or the whole 3 days the price is the same. But that isn't fair - If you don't like it, sorry, but this is about making things easy for me, not you. Kiwis - no fee payable How do I pay? - paypal no exceptions. If you can't use paypal, either find someone to pay for you, or don't bother coming. I won't accept cash, and under no circumstances will I accept bank transfer. Its a pain in the arse, and quite frankly if something goes wrong, you may wait a year to get it back (there are two people on here who can vouch for that). Pinging me here repeatedly does no good because in between meets I don't visit AA anymore, and haven't for several years. So it is paypal or nothing. FYI the reason I don't come here anymore is because it is like an alcoholic walking into a brewery, best to be avoided. What do I get for that? - well you get access to one of the largest playable collections of pinball machines in the country. Generally speaking 96 games at any given time ranging from EMs to late Sterns. Where does the money go? - some money goes to Dan to cover wear and tear on his machines. Some money goes to Edy to fix stuff and keep everything running. Some money goes to my electricity bill. Some money goes to new parts to replace the things that break after a meet (usually 5-10 games). Almost always something goes wrong with my septic and I end up paying huge money to fix it. The usual. I also will keep snags and bread rolls flowing throughout the event so no-one goes hungry. Never ran an event in the pinball space that makes money, so no-one is being ripped here except me. Covid - I'm going to assume everything works out just fine however I won't start taking payment till after this latest lockdown ends. If covid strikes again I will give everyone a full refund (this is why we use paypal, it makes refunds easy, and things that take up too much of my time don't happen). Any questions, dump them in this thread and Edy will eventually get the answer out of me! Cheers! ***** Edys Fabbo List of Attendees (it isn't exhaustive, so don't panic, will be updated) Leigh Furbs Edy Railways +1 Nate AutoSteve + 2 PinballSC ?? Tezza Rob Mac Manny + 1 Davefjedi DAG Woka Pinballaddicted + 1 Gapmaster + 1 Macca101010 The Judge Acejas ?? Symonnz + 1 db666 Kayakingoz Kramer Randy Gay Rhodes Zac + 2 Warwick Aceman JustAnotherRat ?? Jug123 Pinballzero + 1 Jason Roberts + 1 Hashman DangerRay Skids Raysco Jono Steelers + 2 Marco Graham ?? Duane Electromechanicalman Newo + 1 Ocyen + 1 Genie + 1 Spacies Whitewater Wedgehead Timbo Spudly PinPaul + 1 BigDaddy Divmon SilverSurfer Prince Cardini Nick64 Silverbak RolandRat+ 1 Arcade King
    34 points
  7. That was really hard saying goodbye. I’ve lost my Father and my Father-in-Law who was like the dad I never had. Losing Yee hits different. Its like the world just got a little dimmer if that makes sense. The fact that people from all of the different endeavours in his life reflected on Yee in the same way speaks volumes about the man. Yee lived a life full of fun and hard work, friends and family, always saw the glass half full, and rarely complained about anything. Sometimes in life you don’t realise what you had until it is gone, my friendship with Yee is one of those things. I still can’t quite believe he’s not going to be at the next event. I kept looking around for him at the drinks we had before his funeral, and then the sharp realisation that he isn’t here anymore hit me at least 3 times during the night. For my part I’m going to try and be more like Yee in the future and actually build connections when people reach out rather than being too busy with work. We should all try and be more like Yee, we’ve only got so much time on this earth, and only we get to choose how we spend it. I will miss you Yee.
    34 points
  8. Leigh and I just arrived home from a lightning trip trip to NZ for Yee's service. We caught up with a lot of our NZ mates last night for a beer and a feed (a few to many for some of us), where we told our war stories and had a laugh or two in such a tough time. All of us who have been to NZ for Pincade have been fortunate to meet and befriend a great bunch of people. I feel very lucky to call you people my mates. One of the last things Yee said to me a little over two weeks ago was "we had some great times didn't we?" Everyone who was part of the pinball events and meets that Yee attended/organized gave him something, as well us getting something back from him. That's how friendships work. The overwhelming feeling from the day was that we should all be doing a better job of keeping in contact with our friends and see each other more often. I agree. The posts above accurately reflect how I knew Yee. He was either working, laughing or sleeping. This comment is well reflected in the people who spoke at his service today and all of the photos people have posted. I have to struggle to find a pic where he is not smiling or doing something to get or give a laugh. That quickness to laugh is why I loved him as such a great mate. There were a bucket-load of people at Yee's service today, from all of his life interactions. Yee would have felt a little bit humbled I think.
    30 points
  9. Can't wait to get out of the office to dive in to this box... Sent from my SM-G988B using Tapatalk
    30 points
  10. Hi pinheads. Just a heads up that supply of our products is having to go through a transitioninal stage so don't go madly ripping old rails off thinking we may or may not have what you need in stock. The speed bump we have been thrown is Marks work has abruptly announced late last week that they are winding his section up almost immediately due to a global down turn. While Mark is not fazed as he was going to retire this year anyway it will bring an end to him having access to the laser machines etc. We are endeavouring to find a reasonablly priced local 3rd party to help us carry on but this is all subject to costings and what we will have to sell the trinkets for. Thanks for all your support over the last 10+years and we'll hopefully have this resolved in the next month. cheers from Jeff & Mark.:)
    29 points
  11. After trying to get one for the last couple of years I've finally taken delivery of my deadpool pro. To say I'm happy is a massive understatement. I had forgotten just how good it is. :041:
    28 points
  12. Mark C as many new him passed this morning after a tough battle with cancer. He leaves behind 5 children and is now at peace with his wife Sue, who also lost her battle with cancer a few years ago. I only knew Mark for 5 years when I purchased my first pin from him, and we remained close friends catching up for coffee and dinners occasionally, as we lived close to each other. I last saw him last week when I brought him some Greek meat I cooked on the spit, at his request. God he enjoyed eating that meat! I'm sure many of us have our own stories about him, but it's a sad day, as Mark provided so much to pinball in Australia. RIP mate.
    28 points
  13. My wife is a primary school teacher and a part of the curriculum for yr6 involved learning about circuits. She wanted to show the kids that circuits can be involved in more than lights and power points in the home. What better way than to show them something with plenty of circuits that’s really cool. I took a pin in for them for the day. Kids were blown away with it. Some had played a pinball before, others had know idea what it was. The line up outside the room before class, at recess and lunch was enormous apparently. This line included staff that “needed to see what was going on� Kids even stayed back after class to play. Kids all got a go during the day, one at a time with the kids finished first with correct work given first priority. This exposed the lazy ones in the class that could now finish their work, both neatly and correctly in a timely manner, that any other time can’t seem to do so. Busted!!!! They have already put in an order for next year as it was a huge hit. I’d say a few parents have been hit up to get a machine now too. :lol
    28 points
  14. Hi Guys, I'll cut to the chase. It is highly unlikely that this event will be able to proceed. Best estimates from NSW health is we'll be fighting this thing for another 6-12 months. All non-essential gatherings are likely to be banned in the coming days for the foreseeable future. So for the time being I'm putting this event on hold. Everyone who has sent money via paypal I will refund it. I think I got one or two payments into my bank account, I'll be in touch with you guys directly to refund the money. This sucks, but unfortunately we won't have a choice until we get the all clear. Please don't blow up my inbox as I won't respond (I don't at the best of times). I've got enough going on in my life trying to keep 54 people employed during this crisis. Apologies to all as I know many of you were really looking forward to this event. I promise once the dust settles I'll host the mother of all pinball piss-ups. Cheers, Leigh
    28 points
  15. NOW "SOLD" AND HEADING SOUTH OVER THE BORDER FOR SOME RESEARCH NEAR LATROBE UNIVERSITY. I have here on offer a chance to be the proud new owner of a TAF ramp collection. There is not one, not two, not even three but seven ramps in this auspicious collection including a never seen before Albino version. Every one is unique with its own previous artists work and repair interpretations there to marvel at for hours on end. Plus there is so many other uses for these very adaptable pieces of pinball art. See some examples above for inspiration. In the garden, in the kids bath and even as a bookmark for beside the bedside table. Now this exquisite collection is being sold as a set of seven and not willing to separate. The collection is more valuable together. Tell him the price son!!! They will be all packed with the care they deserve in a beautiful gift box and I'll also throw in a custom large plastic bag with TAF signed in Texta on it. This once in a lifetime offer will stand for two weeks only before being donated to the Cleanaway institute of Recyclonia. The price. FREE, you just pay the small cost of shipping. Sorry but no steak knives this time around. 1st in, best dressed. Be quick - this offer won't last:) Box size is 73cm x 46cm x 8cm. Weighs 5kg. Half of which is the extra rivets, brackets, epoxy glues, grime used by previous artistes. Just to be clear. If you fit any of these to a working game you want your head read:blink:
    27 points
  16. Thank you everyone for your kind words and support. Mark would often say “Allison, I’m a very busy man!� But he would always make time for pinball and partying.
    26 points
  17. I've been requested to post this. Fortitude Valley Brisbane Qld Detectives have located a Funhouse pinball that was seized from an offender and has been stolen from an unknown person. It could have been stolen ages ago and put in storage. If anyone has information in relation to a stolen funhouse pinball contact Fortitude Valley CIB on 07 3737 5757. I have seen the serial number and photos but its best that you have your own proof of ownership. Lets get this pinball back to its rightful owner.
    25 points
  18. Yeah sorry my dudes. Edy is on my arse constantly but I largely have to ignore it in spite of his frustration. I also haven't read anything in this thread, so I'm going to leave answering any questions in the very capable hands of Edy. Now i'm going to sound harsh in this next part because I'm time poor so you get the 'to the point' version of me. How much to attend? - $100. I don't care if you come for a day or the whole 3 days the price is the same. But that isn't fair - If you don't like it, sorry, but this is about making things easy for me, not you. Kiwis - no fee payable How do I pay? - paypal no exceptions. If you can't use paypal, either find someone to pay for you, or don't bother coming. I won't accept cash, and under no circumstances will I accept bank transfer. Its a pain in the arse, and quite frankly if something goes wrong, you may wait a year to get it back (there are two people on here who can vouch for that). Pinging me here repeatedly does no good because in between meets I don't visit AA anymore, and haven't for several years. So it is paypal or nothing. FYI the reason I don't come here anymore is because it is like an alcoholic walking into a brewery, best to be avoided. What do I get for that? - well you get access to one of the largest playable collections of pinball machines in the country. Generally speaking 96 games at any given time ranging from EMs to late Sterns. Where does the money go? - some money goes to Dan to cover wear and tear on his machines. Some money goes to Edy to fix stuff and keep everything running. Some money goes to my electricity bill. Some money goes to new parts to replace the things that break after a meet (usually 5-10 games). Almost always something goes wrong with my septic and I end up paying huge money to fix it. The usual. I also will keep snags and bread rolls flowing throughout the event so no-one goes hungry. Never ran an event in the pinball space that makes money, so no-one is being ripped here except me. Covid - I'm going to assume everything works out just fine however I won't start taking payment till after this latest lockdown ends. If covid strikes again I will give everyone a full refund (this is why we use paypal, it makes refunds easy, and things that take up too much of my time don't happen). Any questions, dump them in this thread and Edy will eventually get the answer out of me! Cheers!
    24 points
  19. Hi All. Apologies as I haven't been posting much or posting my latest restores here, but just reaching out that I'm changing my name from Savage Restoration to "Restored by Scott" or RBS for short. This has been something I've been meaning to do for a long time, and the name "Savage" did not really have any bearing to me, I actually come up wit the name after one of my favorite RC cars the Savage SS.... The new name, just gives it a bit of personal touch to it.. So in due time, my FaceBook and You Tube Channel with change and so to my name on here..... Here's a glimpse of my new logo. Cheers Scott
    24 points
  20. :cool: HI All As the title says lots of games for sale....... These were Larry’s ( Latchmc) machines. Rod Brooks from Pinball People and I had told Larry before he died that we would assist his wife when the time came to sell. Cabinet decals for TZ SOLD Getaway $4000. SOLD Fish Tales $4800. SOLD White Water $7500 SOLD Indiana Jones $8500 SOLD Dracula $9000 SOLD Judge Dredd $4000 SOLD Star Trek Next Generation $7500 SOLD Creature $7500 SOLD T2 $6500 SOLD Flintstones $5200 SOLD Spanish Eyes SOLD Players condition Far Out SOLD Very nice condition Big Indian SOLD Very nice condition Eldorado lost city SOLD Eldorado lost city not working SOLD
    24 points
  21. I realised I never updated this thread with new photos. It's been ages since the reno finished and I still haven't painted or put down new carpet tiles in the games garage 🙂 What I did do was organise all the machines and have my first games night in a while. Photos show the new garage and carport space, should have snapped a photo of the deck, that's where all the important drinking and discussion was taking place 🙂 Had just over 20 people there and the space held up well. Plenty of room on the deck and it's great to be able to flow down from the deck, into the carport with the projector setup and then into the garage with the games.
    23 points
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  23. Wayne, I've bought a lot of things from you, machines and parts, and still some incoming. What part of your brain thinks that telling someone to suck eggs / they could've done better, POST sale and publicly do you think is a good idea? Firstly I'm not looking to sell to the US. And secondly, you never advertised you are paying 18k to me, or anyone before this thread. I'm unsure how that margin even works to be honest, with all expenses considered, but I'd encourage anyone looking to sell to jump on this public offer right away if that is what they want. But maybe discuss an advertisement like this with mods and then maybe better to post it in another, non community sale thread, so anyone interested can get in on it, if this promotion is even allowed in AA. Personally, I'm actively looking to sell locally and advertised this first in a Brisbane only group to support Qld machines staying in Qld. That aside, I literally run my entire business, Tactical Arbitrage, on margins in cross country arbitrage and had I wanted to make an international profit, I'm no idiot. That's not what I'm doing when I'm listing a pin in AA. Lastly... Please don't jump in my thread telling me what I should have priced it again and how I missed out on 4k. It's not cool man and belittles my experience. I don't jump on your Facebook posts and tell you, you sold badly, and I've never had beef with you. I did my homework and was comfortable with my offer to the community. And that's that. Thanks. Sent from my SM-G988B using Tapatalk
    23 points
  24. After looking for one of these for 25 years in Australia, I finally got my grail game. It's an unremarkable game for most people, and that's probably why none seem to survived in Australia. So, I had to get it imported from the US. Big thanks to Pecos on Pinside for selling it to me, and Jason @pinball classics for shipping it over. Thanks as well to @jeff for his help in getting a total play counter for it, and of course, Bill for transporting it from Brisbane to Sydney. Also thanks to the forum here for the advice in how to organise all of this. This is the game I used to play in the local corner shop as a 10 year old, nearly 50 years ago, and what started my interest in Pinball. So far, I've installed a 240v mains cord and transformer, and it now powers on. It won't start a game as yet, but that's today's project. I've got a 50hz score motor to go in it as well along with the proper apron. Longer term, the plan is for a full restoration on it - after I've got it going and relived my youth.
    22 points
  25. So, Fiona and I have been repairing a TOTAN recently. The playfield was rooted with a lot of artwork missing. A new playfield was out of the question, so we decided to have some fun and see how well we could touch things up ourselves. Here are some before and after shots. The main areas of damage were the 'Z' insert, fireball inserts, lamp insert, 60 lamp bonus insert, and the golden symbol insert at the left ramp. All credit goes to Fiona for the painting. I absolutely do not have the patience or the skill to paint with this level of detail. Full disclaimer: the "fireball" text was not painted, but was saved when it was pulled up with the Mylar and reattached to the playfield. The rest of the art was repainted from scratch. Now this is not Savage or Nino level work. And it is definitely not intended to be. But we were really pleased with how it turned out, and it has definitely breathed new life into this playfield. I see a lot of restorations where people go all out buying new parts, replacing entire playfields, and just generally taking everything to the Nth degree. That is fantastic to see, but I always feels sorry for the parts and playfields that just get discarded or relegated to wall art because of a bit of missing paint. So I guess the point of this thread is to encourage people to take a second look at parts and playfields that they initially thought were "too hard" and just give them a go. You might be surprised with how they turn out!
    22 points
  26. JUST AN UPDATE; Well here we are a little over a year since the original announcement. We're still going but in a slightly reduced capacity as we are unable to do custom stuff anymore as we haven't personal access to a laser cutter. I've mentioned that before. Some lines when they run out we won't be making anymore due to unviable. E.G. The Bally SS coin boxes are all gone and won't be back. We are still assessing EM backcovers as they also may not be viable and there is limited demand for them it seems. Also our leg protector packages are in the questionable box as well - still working on that one. We have NOTshut shop as a persistent rumour keeps floating around that we have. :rolleyes We had to put the price up on some gear due to a third party/s making them for us but its as minimal as we dare. We are currently using two local companies who both do good work but it depends on pricing and lead time on which company we'll use for that particular product. I'm now using a freight app that will list a choice of different carriers to compare prices with so now I can supply cheaper ( but slower) or quicker (but faster) options and you can choose. To avoid disappointment or a dummy spit please enquire about what you're chasing before you remove them only to find we dont have whatever. I've mentioned that before as well but.... Mark and I would again like to thank all concerned for the support you've shown with our humble trinkets. Cheers and stay safe people;)
    21 points
  27. I may be deemed a philistine of the highest magnitude for what I've done. I had an EM machine which would have been very expensive to restore to working. This wasn't an option because I was always going to sell it. The entire board in the base of the cabinet full of gear was in very bad condition and the wiring was falling apart when touched. However the play field was in about 95% good condition, cabinet about 50% and the back glass had a lot of flaking. I read an article about using an Arduino to run a pinball machine. As an electronics tech and my programming knowledge it seemed easy enough and this guy provided some code. It was a good starting point. Short story is I now have a working pinball machine and it was rebuilt at a low cost. First stage was the cabinet. It had a rats nest in it and the tropical climate and high humidity wasn't kind to the cabinet. The ply base had delaminated so badly it had to be replaced. Before that though I had to glue and clamp all around the bottom of the cabinet due to the ply delaminating. This done and filling done, the base was replaced. A good start. Next was the play field. I stripped down the top of parts, cleaned it and the parts and reassembled. Remarkably the parts under the play field were in very usable condition. I stripped off all the parts I would no longer need and they went into storage. Ran all new wiring from the rollovers and targets. Ran wires (good solid gauge) to the solenoids, added diodes and tested with a 24V PSU. No smoke or flames. All good so far. I removed all the bulbs and run 2 x 50 LED programmable strips which were completely controllable via the arduino program. Next was to add the arduino mega and start connecting the rollovers. A mega has a gizillion inputs so was ideal. The software this guy provided used an 8 digit 7 segment display. (He didn't have the head unit) I ran with this for now but later would get the score reels to work. I rewrote the supplied code and or cleaned up the code for testing my rollovers. I had the code add 1,000 points and used the serial monitor port to print out which rollover was activated. All good with the rollovers working. Next I added a MOSFET and tested firing a solenoid via software. Play field solenoids were going to be directly connected to the 24Vdc. I did however end up using the arduino to control the chimes, extra ball knocker and the score reels. Next was to make sure the code scoring was working. At this point it was only basic scoring because I didn't know how the rules worked so the scoring was basically 1,000 added when targets hit and rollovers activated. I was happy the project was going to work so I went ahead and added all the MOSFETS and associated resistors I would need for the score reels, chimes and extra ball knocker all of which would be controlled via the arduino and software. The resistors for the MOSFETs were added to a terminal strip shield which had some prototyping area. At this point I had a working machine with scoring displayed on an 8 digit 7 seg display but the scoring wasn't doing anything other than adding increments of 1,000 points. Then I had an incredible stroke of luck! Googling provided me with a youtube video of a guy reviewing Moon Flight on an online version of it. I downloaded the video and sat and watched it many times in slow motion and worked out how the bonuses worked, what lights lit up and when an extra ball was given. Even worked out what activated the three chimes. I sat down and wrote the code for the scoring system and chime activation. Quite a few games had to be played and adjustments made to the code to get it fine tuned. So all good. Now to work on to moving from the 7 segment display to the score reels. Again it was more coding getting the reels to firstly zero and then increment as the score was added and adding bonuses after the ball was lost. Lastly I added the code for tilt and hardware to disable the flippers. I had a LOT of trouble with electrical interference from the 24V solenoids on the play field causing false triggering of the inputs. After trying every know method known to man to lessen the electrical interference, I went the simple way out and added a 100mS delay before the input detection function started looking at the inputs. This allowed the interference time to disappear before the Arduino started checking the inputs. 100mS is too long but the problem was solved so I left it at that. Here are a few pics. By far the worst ever wiring set up I've ever done but it was pretty much made us as I went along. If I did one again the component placement and wiring would be much neater. The play field is all original above and below the board except for the bumper plastic parts and new rubber rings.
    21 points
  28. Lets try this again. Migration seems to be almost perfect will all topics and posts preset. I've noticed a few characters messed up here and there but no big deal. 🙂 First thing you want to do is go to your profile in the top right and check all your settings carefully especially notifications. Get familiar with the PM system which is the little envelope symbol at the top right of the site. There a few different skins installed for you to try but I think this dark one is a good default for now. Don't be afraid to click on stuff to see what it does....that's what I do. Everybody needs to reset their password, if you can't figure out how to do it and you are reading this as a guest just click HERE The software is pretty intuitive and easy to use compared to the Vbulletin so I'm not going to waste time writing tutorials. If you have a question just ask. Somebody asked how do I return to the top of the site, Use the link at the bottom left of the forum that says "Home" There's a lot of work left to do on the site but its more than usable in its current state. Don't expect things to be as they were or in the same place this software is as far from the old VB5 site as it was from windows 3.1 New registrations are closed for a day or two so I can get my head around the new site. Lastly thank you to everybody who donated and contributed time in testing the new site and giving me valuable feedback and especially @cwispy for setting the new server up for us.
    20 points
  29. Whoo hooo when you loose your right leg you also loose your license to drive to get it back you have to go through a similar test as we all did back when we were 18yo. though the written part also includes a cognitive test to see if you still have all your marbles i had done the written test back in March, i was about to do the practical portion when every thing closed due to CV19 now that things are reopening testing also resumed i needed to take a few lessons to get used to using my left foot, that was the easy part they also check your driving skills, getting over 30 years of bad habits is a challenge took the test this morning and passed easy legal to drive again now just need to get the car converted for my left foot (will post pics when done) yay!!
    20 points
  30. Hi folks! We’d like to share some exciting news with you all… Western Australia is set to have its very own Pinball Festival 😊 With Western Australia starting to ease restrictions from tomorrow, we thought what better time to announce plans for a pinball festival over here in the West. The West Coast Pinball Festival is a community event that will aim to help increase the overall awareness of pinball in Western Australia, and with any luck help grow the pinball community; while also serving as a means to help support some of the local small businesses following the economic impacts of Covid-19. Dates: Fri, 18 Sept - Sun, 20 Sept Location: The Old Pickle Factory, West Perth We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the following festival partners who have already joined us in support of the event... - Stern Pinball - Kids Just Wanna Have Fun Amusements - Marco Specialties - Haggis Pinball - Zero Latency - NPB Security - Aussie Arcade - MeCharge - and more to come... To keep updated as information is released please visit our web site https://westcoastpinballfestival.com/ or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/westcoastpinballfestival/ We'd also like to put the call out to anyone in the community that is keen to come onboard and help support the festival, we'd love to hear from you! So please don't sit back, we encourage anyone in a position to help...step-up, get involved and play an active role in helping grow and support the pinball community in Western Australia. Some of the things we’re seeking support from the pinball community are… + Exhibitors (your machines @ the Festival) + Festival Sponsors & Partners + Event Volunteers Stay safe people and thanks for the support. Kind Regards, West Coast Pinball Festival Crew
    20 points
  31. been toying with the idea of adding a few early ss pins to the shed for a few years. so after shedding a few over the past 6 months the chance came up to buy a pretty nice flash over the weekend. so a deal was struck and home she is. overall the game is in pretty good condition. there has been some touchup done pretty well on the playfield. the bglass is faded though has mylar. game doesn't work atm but as can be seen in the last photo is doing it's best to boot. so in the queue for now. need to find a spare bumper cap as one of the originals has a crack through it.
    20 points
  32. Just letting people know if they need a unobtainable part that I have finished off another one and tested well and ready for those that need one. This part is the Banzai Run Ball Lifter Thanks to a Canadian Pinhead for trusting me and taking the risk to send me his part out of his game to the other side of the world. The tested one is the upgraded, beefed up section version which proves the wiring passes through while being more stronger and hopefully will last a long long time. These are available here at Shapeways at the moment and you can choose a different coloured version. https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?type=product&q=swinksbanzai Also here are my other reproduction parts if people are interested: https://www.shapeways.com/marketplac...on&sort=newest https://swinks.com.au/
    20 points
  33. Hi All Its time for the next project ! I was not going to post anything until I got the mech working. Without i, there was no point making this Themed Pinny ! Big thanks to @OzBlackKnight @ @swinks for helping out with the metal work and 3D printed parts.There a 100+ hours in this design and a couple of other parts so far :o So have a look at the video and have a guess of what the pinny's Theme will be based on ( those who already know, say nothing ! ) I think this gonna be a 2 to 3 year project ! [video=youtube_share;-kp1RrmykFY]
    19 points
  34. Head box second stencil layer. Completion photos. I'll post some better final photos once cabinet has been clear coated.
    19 points
  35. Copy and pasting what I wrote on facebook since some people aren't on there. Got to play today. I'm a big JJP fan but this is next level stuff! --- Just wanted to post some quick thoughts on JJP GnR for those that are interested and have been messaging me. While it's still fresh! The game is awesome! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since playing...and I haven't had that feeling in pinball for a while. I think the reason for this is that the design team, as wanky as this sounds, has created a new experience in pinball. The light show is something you can see pictures and videos of. But they will NEVER be able to give you the same experience in real life. I played maybe 10 different songs and the experience and the mood the song sets is different on all. There is no copy and pasting going on. Regardless of the crazy light show. It is somehow not blinding. And I never lost track of the ball. The lite shot can be seen, displayed on the mini screen and Slash and crew always have call ours telling you what to go for anyway. The game shoots well. The shots are big and fat and not tight. This is not a brickfest. I wouldn't say the game is too easy though.....Game times are not too long and not too short. It does throw out 2 or 3 multiballs that just seem to start. These multiballs aren't super valuable and don't have more than 5 seconds of ball save. The art on the LE cab is just beautiful. If you missed out on the CE! Don't stress. IMO the LE is the best of the bunch (I haven't seen the CE or standard in person of course) Umm what else? The animations on the screen are next level. JJP are miles ahead of the competition but this just takes it that step further. I got into a mini wizard mode and it was a really fun mode where I controlled where the tank was aiming with the spinning disc. And then chose when to cash out each shot. Good risk/reward. But to be honest I didn't care too much about scores abns points because it was too fun to flip. Lastly.... I switched to a game of JJP pirates. As as much as I love that game... I felt like I was playing a much much much older machine. The games wasn't ALIVE like GnR. From all accounts the game has already sold extremely well. So many people are raving about it that it's a natural internet reaction for a portion of people to want to drag it out of the cloud where it's sitting. As always, pinball is personal, we all like machines for different reasons. Make up your own mind when playing it � But also... Make sure you have 15.5k before you do.
    19 points
  36. Absolutely mint Spiderman Black, huo very low plays. Very few of these floating around and even less in this condition. Objectively the game is brilliant but its just not connecting with me so deserves a new home. Has all the LE spiderman goodies... mirrored backglass, cab art, chrome armour, le plate. Has signed certificate and manuals. Presents as a new game. No errors dmd is 100% Cab and playfield are as close to perfect as you can get. 10900 ono pm Cheers. Includes: Shaker motor Real knocker Mirror blades full led make over Colour matching inserts and flashers Backbox lighting with colour changing effects with remote Custom Black Spidey topper Cliffys for Sandman and doc ock Full playfield plastic protector set installed Custom yellow and red playfield webbing Black flipper bats with decals full set of target decals Superbands
    19 points
  37. My Daughter has left the nest for some time now so I decided to pack up her bed and move in! Now I have a bit of space to do some board work. Amstrad monitor set up ready for the CPC and my good old trusty Turbo XT on the end playing a bit of Alley Cat and some other game... Plan is to install some blackout curtains and desks to set up more computers and maybe some consoles!
    19 points
  38. Mates. Brother and sisters. Friends and family The BPAC Massive is very excited to announce the dates for 2021. July 16th to the 25th 2021 At our new home, DogTap Brisbane in Murrarie. The Australian Kong Off IV will be on the 17th and 18th of July The Brisbane Masters will be the 24th and 25th of July Full 10 day event schedule dropping in the coming weeks. Tickets for all events on sale at midday on the 16th of April. Loads more info coming soon regarding sponsors, merch, travel options and ticketing. Stay tuned friends xx
    18 points
  39. In case anyone else is a fan of amazing celestial happenings, here's a few pics I took of the recent Perigee / Blood moon. The last two are of eclipse totality - the beautiful Blood Moon
    18 points
  40. Thanks Yee for being a mate and an amazing travel companion on so many adventures including Sydney pinball expo, barn meets and Illawarra Steelers meet. The big Chicago lasVegas LA trip, the Texas Oklahoma trip and all the travel around NZ. We liked the same things, beer, pinball and buckets of chicken wings. Your pincade connected all the downunder pinheads and more, and we owe it to you to keep your dream alive in some way shape or form. Rest In Peace my friend,
    18 points
  41. Great words Dave , really strong from the heart. I am absolutely gutted , Yee is right at the top of my list of being the BEST person that I have ever met in my lifetime thus far ! From the time over a decade ago I first spoke to Yee via PM through AA then on the telephone to going to NZ for the very first time where Yee picked me up at the airport to attend Pincade number 2 I knew he was the most gentle , genuine , caring and friendliest person. I was nervous and not confident going to NZ on my own BUT Yee had that knack that personality and genuine care where he soon had me confident and raring to go , the friendship started from there and I cannot tell you how much I appreciated Yee along with his beautiful family ! Yee would never allow me to stay at hotels , he hosted me at his house 10 out of 12 years I attended. He would never want my money or the gifts I bought as he was just that way inclined that he did what he did because he wanted to and with no expectation of anything as the friendship and passion of pinball was enough . He was exactly the same when I visited during a family trip one year away from Pincade where he had myself , my now ex wife and the kids over for dinner & games. Infact when I lost my father unexpectedly whilst I was over there at Pincade 2014 his was support was unbelievable and he calmed me so well and got me a flight early next morning to get me home to the family which I will never forget! There are so many other things to be said about Yee but as others have said .... His tireless work , efforts and achievements in this hobby has been simply outstanding and will never be forgotten. I feel empty , gutted , lost and will always remember you Yee. I will cherish our friendship forever and we have lost an absolute gem of a person that didn’t deserve to go so young. RIP Yee my NZ brother , condolences to Pam and the kids. Your Aussie brother Troy AKA Genie.
    18 points
  42. Hi there to all. I'm new to Aussies Arcade as an active member but have been a follower and mad about Pinballs for many years. Looking to give back to the community by offering the highest quality Chrome Plating and Electro Plating services available. Chrome plating is very labor intensive and involves extremely hazardous chemicals. I can assist Aussie Arcade members in achieving the highest quality results available. Restore or improve your machine to pristine. Whether it's Legs, side rails, lockdown bars, hinges or the various shooter guns, etc. I can offer serious savings, provided you understand - I don't rush jobs - Quality takes a certain amount of time - Also, I can offer genuine savings to you by including your needs amongst larger commercial plating runs and jobs. Contact me for details if you are interested. Cheers, Carl.
    18 points
  43. Hi everyone, I am moving on my beautiful Theatre of Magc pinball machine. It plays well, no error messages, nice cabinet. The good bling ....... 3D translite Full apron Magnet Mirror blades Metal gold flipper buttons Gold tigersaw and mirror mods LEDs throughout Translucent purple flipper and slingshot rubbers. The not so good...... Trunk has cracked and chipped on one side at bottom, due to ball impact. Minor wear on the illusion inserts Photos taken with glass removed. If you need more photos please let me know. Thanks Allison $10,500 firm for AA members.
    18 points
  44. Hi All, Just letting everyone know I can still help in getting that hard to find Arcade or Pinball Machine (or bulky parts for that matter) from the US back to Australia. We DO NOT do the locating, but can assist and give general advice on shipping once you find an item. PM me if you have any questions.
    18 points
  45. Massive saving now, I just did an order last week, fed x postage was $65, the same order last year was over $200 postage. Please before you order, check with our local sellers, RTBB, Pinball Spare Parts and Mr Pinball. Please support these local guys and keep your money in Australia if possible.
    18 points
  46. Yeah its me :D I thought this was appropriate for AA because this was the first job my new Business received and from a member who's been on here since the beginning. Big shout out to @garuda. His Dads TZ had been out of action for years so I brought it back to life. Boards have been gone over, any bad connectors replaced, LM323 switch mode adjustable regulator installed. New CPU put together with love (by me) Fram installed (No Batteries EVER!) New shiny rails from @Railways Non ghosting LED's and other parts from @KJS Pinball Cab work and decals done by Dr Decal @WOKA Pictures don't even come close to doing justice to this machine. Just needs a Pin2DMD and shes done.
    18 points
  47. Not Really a restore, but anyway!.... All wood areas were blackened out, and also a lot better clear coat. Applied 4 layers of clear. Sanded down in three stages, than applied another four layers of clear. Cut - Buffed - Polished and waxed... Included a few before photos..
    18 points
  48. Been a hell of a long time since i've added any new games to the lineup, some pics of my latest addition to the collection, another holy grail title for me; Gorgar! Have been after this particular game for the last ten years, hounding my mate who had it saying it needs to come home with me :lol Last Sunday was driving home from Armidale after some band gigs, called in on my mate and wasn't even thinking about buying anything new (was the last thing on my mind actually!) He started talking about taking this one (and an Eight Ball i restored for him a few years ago) to an auction.. well next thing i knew a deal was done and i was on my phone transferring funds into his account, part of the money i was saving for a van to haul pins actually! Anyway after the 450k round trip yesterday to pick it up, a few pics of the game in my lineup in one room of my house. First fully functioning game i ever bought (and most expensive!) i had previously got the game going when my mate bought it. Cabinet is in pretty good shape needing only a few touchups, same deal for the backglass which will be sealed soon as i have some decent weather here (needs some blue touchups). Playfield has had a couple of touchups done at some point of its life and has been mylared. For the time being i've set it up to enjoy and will do a little work on it at a later date.
    18 points
  49. Well the day has finally come where I've branched out from solely having B/W in my collection If only I could work out where the power switch is, I could actually play a game on it :lol
    18 points
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