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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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Head box second stencil layer. Completion photos. I'll post some better final photos once cabinet has been clear coated.
    19 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. STAND DOWN everyone, I've got the bastard. Get the Kangaroo court and stake and matches ready. Just dont try and move a pin around Australia when you are done....
    18 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. things have changed over the last 3 years. will be offering up many one off pinball and arcade signs, signed 60s and 70s flyers, rare 80s promo pinball posters, auction posters plus more. offering up here first, will start up sunday. transitioning into retirement, time for others to enjoy.
    17 points
  27. Hey guys I hope everyone is keeping safe during lockdown. It’s been a while since I’ve posted so just thought I would share some pics of this fortune teller I’ve been working on. It’s based off these animated fortune tellers sold in the US Target and Home Depot back in 2017/2018. I bought this on eBay at that time and it’s been sitting around since. https://seasonalvisionslimited.fando...Fortune_Teller The prop itself is pretty good but I wanted to put it in a proper cabinet. So recently I picked up this Top Gun redemption cabinet from Lloyds for $200 which looked like a good candidate to house it. Stripped the metallic vinyl and patched up the holes after that it was just a matter of wiring up the buttons and speaker and slapping on some woodgrain decals to make it look more old school. I got Carson @ Noodleshirt to create the decals to finish it off. Couldn’t think of a new name so I went with Zoltar from Big 😅 It works well, here’s a quick video
    17 points
  28. Some more pictures of Yee during his visit to Chicago in 2015. I was happy that I could (pretend) to be his tour guide on my side of the world in the windy city. Sorry for the late post - I forgot I had these.
    17 points
  29. Hi all, Just want to share my Galaga full size upright cabinet build. Right of the bat, I want to thank AA and all the contributors . I have to say I have found it to be a great resource of information and has helped considerably. A big shout out to Carson and guys at noodle shirt. Amazing quality artwork printing. Also Austin Amusements, Ozstick, Vadership, where I was able to source parts. I chose to build a Galaga machine purely based on the fact it was a favorite game of mine growing up. The design is not exact to the original, but measures close to dimensions found using "jakobud cabinet plans". My son runs a small joinery workshop where I am able to use his Cabinet drawing software and send the file to the CNC for cutting. The final design uses 2 & half sheets of 16mm carcase white and 2 sheets 16mm MDF Black. The cabinet is basically a Base kitchen cabinet sitting on a Kicker base, with end panels. I spent a bit of time editing the various panels to get the design I wanted. Nothing is glued . Its all screwed together. I took a number photos along the way to show the assembly process. Hope you like it. Regards Scott
    17 points
  30. Hi All Time for another shuffle. HUO fully modded game. Presents and plays as new. More pix just ask. Shaker Motor Magic glass Laseriffic 3D topper Custom steampunk shooter rod Custom pingulp Custom Houdini sign on backbox Water torture mod Robot mod (no longer available to buy ) API Grand mini screen surround mod Seance planchette mod Ouiji sign mod Houdini sign mod Keylane sign mod Plastic protectors on slings and inlanes Custom Titans on lower playfield Custom flipper toppers Custom flipper bands Custom coin door decal and coin insert card. Game presents as new and has been bullet proof in my collection. Milk can shot is awesome. Longest throw of a pinball in any game in history and this game make shot 99.5% accurate. 3 magnets pulsing balls in all directions during seance multiball is spooky!!!! Great game for novice or skilled player as the rules are deeper than most realise. All colour changing LEDs throughout game for an amazing light show. Replacement value with all mods is $13500. Happy to use Bill for local or interstate transport. He knows where I live and is here Way too often 😂. Happy to answer any questions Cheers and thanks for looking. Scott
    17 points
  31. Hi everyone I bought a Space Fever Cab in around August last year and had been working on the resto and meant to provide some updates. Seeing I never did I thought I would provide a full download on the job 😂 The cab was found local (Brisbane) - I believe it was Berty's Space Fever originally... Sale from this link though i didn't buy via AA, I saw the cab browsing through Gumtree one weekend. https://www.aussiearcade.com/forum/trading-forum/for-sale/for-sale-arcade-open-for-posting/2159561-nintendo-space-fever#post2205963 This was the cab as I picked her up. When I got the old girl home, I set her up in the workshop and got to work on some of the basics. This is the Plate and JAA sticker which looks to be the same as the one advertised by Berty Colour overlay was in beautiful condition. Tried to leave alone, wiped off with a little glass cleaner, very gently albeit... Overall the bones of the cab were pretty good. Looking into it further and testing the componentry I found: - CRT was completely non-functional. No powerup, chassis was soaked in yellow cap goo, was a bit yuck. - CRT looked to have significant screen burn (no judgement - the cab is 3 years older than me 😄) - Nintendo Power Brick (PSU) was U/S. No voltage out, when I removed her, I could hear caps rattling around inside which was not too encouraging - PCB looked in good condition but could not test at that point, stored away safely until later. - CPO looked like it had been burnt by some champion of humanity with a cigarette lighter or something... After I did a strip out of the cab I got in touch with Mike Haaland (Mikesarcade) and sourced a new: - PSU replacement - New Coin Stickers - New interconnects cables between the PCB and PSU (10-pin and 12-pin, I think??) - New Chrome Tabletop corners - New Table Instruction card and stickers (I did not and have not touched the original Japanese instruction Stickers, the new English stickers are laying over the top til i can source repro Japanese ones) I grabbed some new Screws of a decent gauge / width to reattach the tabletop to the body of the cab - I then ordered a new Tempered Glass tabletop from Archer Glass in Salisbury (QLD) then fitted it all up Once all fitted up and looking the part, I carried out a re-wire of the cab and installed the new PSU, and did my first ever re-cap on the CRT in the hopes it would then power up. I wish I only had videoed the reaction of mine when i saw the monitor come on for the first time!!! Was awesome 😃 After some testing and verifying everything I knew that PCB still had issues. I sent the Space Fever PCB off to @Kaizen who helped us get it all up and working again. While Kaizen had the PCB I did a couple of things: - Lightly went over the cab body with a wire brush attachment for heavily rusted areas - Covered the Cab body with rust converter so as not to ruin the patina, but to remove the surface rust ready to paint - Quick wipedown and then 2 coats of rustoleum colour as advised by Kaizen - The original Space Fever CPOs were removed from the cab and sent off to Carson at Noodleshirt for reproduction With the PCB repaired after a bit it was all put back together and tested at Kaizens place. Worked brilliant!! The next step was to take the cab back home and install the new CPOs (grind the rust of the tops of the panel bolts prior to installing ��) Here are the results!! The CPOs from Noodleshirt ^^^ Haha you can just see my toe at the end there Below: ready for install of the CPOs Note - I lightly sanded off the "Game A" button to try and remove some of the damage, didn't seem to work so great but maybe, i dunno looked about 10% better A few more little touches and it was done. After a quick clean it was straight into my little arcade downstairs. Bloody great to have it as part of the collection. (gonna paint match and fix that deep scratch in the tabletop - its killing me haha) Thanks everyone! Hope it was worth the read 😎
    16 points
  32. It happened. Check out this smug arsehole! 😂
    16 points
  33. I pulled my finger out a month or so ago and got it finished. Life then got too busy so didn't get around to writing it up. There were a few tweaks that were required after the first power up but nothing too major from memory. I did have to make a new light panel for the back of since the old one was swollen and toast. A few pics of the finished product. It plays very fast and smooth.
    16 points
  34. The stars aligned and some good luck got me 2 new additions to the arcade Again I found these from some "Wanting to buy" ads on Facebook and Gumtree Im really amazed at whats out there thats not advertised - Very clean original Taito Space Invaders - All complete with monitor, board etc just has a power board issue Also needs the reflective see through mirror, moonbase and blue backdrop- currently has a normal mirror and some homemade backdrop - Sega Harley Davidson & LA riders (US model) This was fun to get out of a small house, up the side and into my ute! Was in a home for 10 years hardly used until the screen went otherwise works fine with sound Will probably swap to a flat screen if I cant fix the rear projection I think thats it guys Im full and have a lot of work to do In the words of Mrs Ponty "Where the hell is that going!":redface ​ ​ ​
    16 points
  35. Good to see all the tributes to Yee, as has been said many times he was a top guy, who was always happy to help out at the drop of a hat. The turnout at his service showed how respected he was, both at Air NZ and in the arcade community. A few have asked me about Pincade, so I’ll mention that here. I spoke with Yee a few weeks ago, and during the conversation asked him what he would like to happen with Pincade, if he’d like me to carry it on in his name. He gave me his blessing to continue it as we saw fit, which was cool. So at this stage, Pincade will be on again in early March 2022, as it has been for the last 15 years. (except this year, for obvious reasons...) Following the same format as previous years, social nights and the SYS11 champs etc. I’ll be having a chat to a couple of likely suspects to help run the social side of it. I’m sure Hamish can come up with some appropriate artwork to honour the event as well - because Pincade will always be Yee’s (and Hamishes) event, no matter who ends up running it going forward. Dave.
    16 points
  36. Many years ago at the barn the Circle of Trust was formed with those sitting by the fire. It was created by Yee, Leigh and myself. The reason? Some people only go to these things with the sole purpose of getting points, so they turn up, eat, get their points and leave. Some again without even introducing themselves to others, thanking the hosts and bothering to talk and mingle. That is no lie. That's probably the reason why there are no comps at this meet. This is going back to the roots and social side of meets. How they used to be. You come to meet up with your mates and make new ones. So, if you were in the circle sitting around the fire, you were there for the right reason, according to us of course :lol and we were probably drunk :lol
    16 points
  37. Three classic Sterns for sale. All in really tidy original condition. Those who have been to my place in Pukekohe know I keep my machines pretty tidy and in full working order. Happy to work in with your shippers, I’ll pack them in cardboard for shipping. 1/ Catacomb - PRICE DROP TO $6500 NZD as you can see in the pics, really nice original condition. Playfield is pretty minty, as is backglass. Shopped and rerubbered two years ago. 2/ Iron Maiden. SOLD 3/ Split Second. PRICE DROP TO $4500 NZD. tidy original condition, some wear to the tigers on the Pf as per pics. Two new boards, new LED displays. Backglass has some flaked areas. Shopped and rerubbered two years ago. 4/ Bell Games Flash Gordon. SOLD — See below for shipping rates to Aussie. — FYI Iron Maiden is heading to Brisbane, so if you want your pin to tag along with that one, your shipping will be cheaper. — if you want a deal on both the remaining games, hit me up. cheaper than buying them in the States! :) Dave.
    16 points
  38. All to often we see boards with corrosion that has been caused due to someone reading somewhere online that you can make your board look shiny and new by washing it in the dishwasher and or by using dish washing liquid soap. This image shows the corrosion on the edges of the pads which, this time was easy to repair, but left much longer, would have resulted in probably the board being written off. NEVER DO THIS! Dishwasher's run at around 60C for the wash cycle and up to 80C or higher for the rinse cycle. This is not something you should be subjecting the components to and the chemicals in the dish washing liquid or tablets are not designed for electronics, they are designed for cooking and eating equipment. They can contain phosphates, salts and bleaching agents, none of which are good for circuit boards. So how should you clean a circuit board? The short answer is, if you do not have the correct equipment, DONT! The long answer is to use the correct chemicals. 1. Cleaning There is quite a few products available which can be used to clean pcbs. These include, but are not limited to Isopropyl Alcohol 99% or better Electronic Circuit Board Cleaner (eg: Kleanium Circuit Board Cleaner, Electrolube Electronic Cleaning Solvent Plus) Aqueous cleaners (eg: Electrolube SafeWash, Kleanium Printed Circuit Board & Electronic Parts Cleaning Solution) We use the SafeWash products and have done for many years. You simply apply to the circuit board using a brush or spray bottle and use a soft bristled brush to agitate and loosen the grease and grime. If a board is really dirty, you can rinse it off and repeat the process as many times as needed until the board is clean. 2. Rinsing After cleaning a board with an aqueous based cleaner, you need to rinse it off to ensure that no residue remains trapped underneath components. To do this, it is best to use De-Ionised water if you can, but if not, distilled water is a good alternative. Failing that, if you have plenty of Isopropyl Alcohol available, you can use regular tap water, by rinsing the board well and then drying it off with compressed air, not at too high a pressure, and them totally submerging the board in the Alcohol and agitating for a couple of minutes. 3. Drying There is a lot of posts around that say you can just stick the board out in the sun to dry or use a paint stripper. Whilst you can get things pretty dry, its the small amounts of trapped moisture that causes the long term problems that we see on a daily basis. Where possible remove the bulk of the water with compressed air and then thoroughly dry the board with a paint stripper, or better still, place the board into a dehumidifier for 24 hours to completely remove any traces of moisture. A reflow oven or even a household oven set to no higher than 45C will also achieve the same goal. 4. Coating (optional) Finally there is coatings available which will help prevent moisture, dirt and grime from causing problems in the future. Unfortunately these products are generally quite expensive, so not something the home user will be able to afford. Chemtools DEOX R70 is a great example, but at over $120AUD per litre its out of the price range of most. A cheaper alternative is the Chemtools DEOX R44 which can be purchased from Altronics for around $13.00 AUD.
    16 points
  39. Took a chance and ended up getting it for $2500 Seller had it for 17yrs originally from Townsville Yes needs work but fires up game starts but balls (rusty!) dont always come out Crane and deadworld both work which I was pleased about Playfield seems good with no noticable wear but im no expert and a few bulbs not working and also one of the top flippers Im sure I will find plenty more issues Will post some more pics when I have a chance Anyway another project Thanks again for all the advice
    16 points
  40. Believe me mates, if we could find an affordable venue with 1-2 km's of the CBD we would. But with the required bump in and bump out time, 99% of normal function spaces are simply out of the question from a financial sense. Event spaces can vary from $500 per night to $20,000. Consider that we run for two weekends plus a bump in either side, even the cheapest spaces are out of the question. Add power needs, overhead lighting issues, bathrooms, food and beverage deals etc to the negotiation. Finding a venue is easily one of the most stressful parts of my year. Absolutely happy to palm this off to someone else next year. Brewdog are giving us the space for free. Simply because they love pinball. And they know we are all beer pigs. Glorious.
    16 points
  41. Well it’s the night before HouseBall and everything is working A1 for now Play tested them all Can’t wait see you all Tomorrow
    16 points
  42. Well I started tearing into the gutted Aero City cab today. Bought it totally empty, not a single original part inside. First job, use a heatgun to strip off the god awful decals. Second job, use paint stripper and a scraper to take off the glue residue and loosen up the paint. The paint job was a terrible rattle can job with runs everywhere. Whoever did it clearly did not give a shit what it looked like. Third job, use an orbital sander to bring it back to bare metal. ​​​​​​I spent around 5 hours working on it today and I have most of the cab back to metal. Next job is to finish the rest of the sanding, then give it a light finishing sand, then a coat of primer. Gotta love all metal cabs. So much easier to work with than plastic or fibreglass candy cabs.
    15 points
  43. What an adventure definitely a mission the whole process nearly broke me the masking and prep being the worst part. This poor thing had a hard life here were the problems -Monitor anti-glare/static coating very patchy all over -Rust in and around each door -Surface rust on the monitor frame -Surface rust on the power supply -Very filthy inside with nuts/bolts/wire off cuts/random junk like a cigarette packet lolly wrappers and broken quick disconnects all kicking around in the corners and wedged behind the transformer. -Drink stains down both sides of the front and rear inside shell -AC wiring looked messy and unsafe and no inline fuse -Jamma loom and rest of the wiring just filthy everything caked in grime -One of the mounts where the inlay bolts to the CP was broken off -Wiring coming off the underside of the Jamma connector worn to bare wire from rubbing on the rough edge of the PCB mounting frame (about 8-9 various wires needed to be spliced here and soldered and heatshrinked) -Missing screws all over the machine -Back AC panel was badly bent in one corner in order to access the back AC panel from the rear of the machine it looks like someone had just forcefully bent the panel back because they couldn't be bothered getting a tamperproof tool to get it off correctly. -The only things that were earthed/grounded were the coin door and coin box, all others non existent & under the CP non populated grounding 2 pin AMP connector First job was the monitor, the anti-glare/anti static coating had been rubbed off in places all over it looked very unsightly. Went and bought a cheap car buffer from supercheap auto, it came with a terry towel sock pad/microfiber socks and a buffing sock. Got some Auto Glym windscreen/glass polish while i was there and got into it. Dampened the terry towell sock and liberaly applied the Auto glym. With quite firm pressure i went over the face of the monitor multiple times until i could see all the purple/pink residue starting to come off. Kept rinsing the sock and repeating until it was all off and then with the buffing sock gave it a final once over, took about 20mins below is the result. The monitor face looked very clear and flawless now I was happy, the Auto glym even took the swirls and light scratches out of it. Next wife and I put the cabinet on its back and pulled the CRT and chassis, brushed the entire thing down to remove all the soot/black build up and using a lot of damp paper towels deep cleaned the back of the CRT. With the monitor and chassis cleaned I was itching to get it cranked up , re-assembled and did and initial power up. It looked quite vibrant and colours were good pre-colour calibration was happy the monitor didn't look to tired at all. The cabinet stayed like this for a few months now in the living room in this state, I got irritated and decided it wasn't near good enough. Sent the power supply and chassis off to the legends at Jomac and gutted the wiring and everything in the bottom cavity of the cabinet, took off the CP and bezel and all doors/hatches marquee light, coin chute etc etc, we pulled the monitor out again and got it into the garage. Whole cabinet inside and out was wet sanded with 600grit and then washed down and dried. Next was all the plastics/fiberglass material shell with plastic primer quite a few coats (3 or 4) inside and out which was then lightly wet sanded with 600 grit and washed down and dried thouroughly. I masked the front half inside of the shell and re-did the black rear half in gloss black. Let that sit for a few days and then masked the rear inside half and re-did the front inside half of the cabinet in gloss white. Paints used -Dymark acrylic gloss white spray cans from Bunnings (in the end used about 13 cans for the whole operation). Good paint in my opinion this stuff very hard to make it run and you can go heavy with it. -Duplicolor autospray Gloss black spray cans from supercheap for inside back half of the shell and the power supply (would of been better to get a Dymark equivelent for this one) -Dulux duramax plastic primer -Supercheap primer/surfacer for the metal bits Let this all cure for a few days and then the next mission. The metal doors, bezel, monitor frame, coin box, coin chute, CP and entire outside of the cabinet. Doors were a mess sanded these with 340 grit and primed the bare metal spots, rubbed down the monitor frame and primed that too (forgot to get pics of this) in my haste with the monitor frame i forgot to mask the metal on metal areas and where the frame bolts into the machine fixed this later on as i was putting it back together and sanded all those spots back for ground continuity messed the new paint job up a little in those spots but at this point i'd had enough. CP and bezel were easy same process as the rest of the plastics/fiberglass materials re-did all in again Dymark gloss white. Entire outside of machine re sprayed quite alot of coats (6-7 cans worth) Assembled all parts back on and did around 3 more final coats to blend everything in. Few days later wet sanded entire outside and parts with 1200 grit as the finish had quite a rough texture on the plastic/fiberglass ready for polishing in a few weeks. AC wiring redone and cleaned up a bit with proper screw down connectors (used the heavy duty double screw types to be safe) new noise filter (originals terminals snapped clean off inside their quick disconnects (were white with corrosion). Added an in-line 3A fuse on 240v hot line coming in to the step down transformer. Just a note with the fuse, i ordered a cheap one from eBay and the gauge of the wire wasn't great, went to supercheap and bought one of the inline fuses there with the clear casing, from there i used the thicker gauge wire & its terminals from the supercheap one (pretty much matched the 240v line gauge) and put them in the original smaller screw casing connector and used the original's spring). So pretty much just used the smaller casing to suit smaller fuses and its spring with the super cheap larger gauge wires put in it. At this point i worked on all the earthing/grounding and made it all reticulated (coin chute/monitor frame/all doors and hinges etc etc) and double checked the existing ground wiring. Went to Bunnings and got a big sheet of nice 13mm Plywood took my templates with me and got the staff there to cut the plywood sheet up, new PCB mounting boards made. Everything got re-assembled over a few more days and we got the cabinet back inside. Was pretty excited at this point as this was the first power up with the serviced chassis and power supply from Joe & Sonya, the team at Jomac does a fantastic job and they are really nice people. I thought the monitor was decent before now its very vibrant I was beside myself. New side art and pretty much the end of the journey here as in the following days I took some more pictures. The feeling when the entire project was over and sense of relief that washed over me really was amazing I'm really happy I did this and urge anyone who wants to jump in and freshen up a cabinet like this to go for it, this was the first time I've done something on this level and I'm no pro painter but I'm really happy with the result. All the best everyone and thanks so much for looking Tom, Bec & Baby Samuel
    15 points
  44. oh god no. terrible news. condolences to allison and mark's family. here is the photo i posted when yee passed away. mark is far left.
    15 points
  45. Just found this photo taken 26 years ago. It's just after delivery of our new pinball machine purchased for $2,899 delivered. Photo was on colour film...lol
    15 points
  46. Still cant believe it aye....far out...just gutted. He's one of those people that impact you. You know, theres people in your lives that you dont cross every day (years?) and when theyve gone its like...***** this Shite! Not many people in this world that have such an impact on so many peole - just sayin. Had to work all day...watched the stream....blondes bourbon nuff said...Love ya Yee....like everyone else you touched . Kua hinga te t�tara i Te Waonui-a-T�ne - English - The t�tara tree has fallen in T�ne’s great forest - someone of mana (spiritual, super spirit - loosely translated) and of great importance to the tribe has died. Yes you were the leader and great importance of the Pincade tribe and the Pinball community that reached the globe.
    15 points
  47. Pincade 2011 - Hamish's place Sneaky Meet 2011 - hiding in the background (I've got so many photos where he's lurking in the background Pincade 2012 - nick64 Pincade 2012 - nick64 The Barn 2012 - via Mal (spacies), my f**king lounge room 😂 http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad208/spacies/IMAG0637.jpg The Barn 2012 - the very first circle of trust - via Paul (Rollerball) http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z314/rollerball230967/SAM_2207.jpg Expo 2014 - setup Expo 2014 - 3am Kebabs Expo 2014 - 3am Kebabs part 2 Expo 2014 - fixing shitters (aka Dan's machines :) ) Expo 2014 - Day 2 Expo 2014 - some of the kiwi crew Expo 2014 - the work health and safety how not to crew (packing up) Expo 2014 - the boys about to throw me in the back of the truck and ship me off to the gulag for doing this to them ...... Just because I had to ..... and who could forget the Solidarity Brothers - Sneaky Meet 2011
    15 points
  48. Mayfield AMF Bowling center. Long gone now. The Alien Star was a pretty good machine, (breakdown wise), and lived a long life. Not so the Zac. That Zac playfield, yes, just the playfield sat in our workshop for spare parts for years before it got thrown. I think that was about the last non major brand pin we operated in NSW. That center went on to have such machines as 8 Ball Champ, Kings Of Steel, Cue Ball Wizard and Spy Hunter before it was closed down. The bowl was renovated at a later stage and the arcade took up the end that is bowling cabinets in that picture. Funny how in that picture neither pinball has a locking bar fitted. Mayfield bowl near Newcastle was a bad site for breakins back then and neither of those machines show any signs of bars ever being fitted. Just to give you some idea how bad that site was theft wise, that red phone was there until it got stolen. Telecom I geuss it would have been back then never replaced it. I was on my way, about 5kms away from that bowl the day of the Newcastle Earthquake to service and clear the machines. Pretty sure that bowl closed about 3-6 months later because of earthquake damage done to the building. For those looking for an approximate year of that picture, we operated NIB to 3 year old machines before they were sold and Mayfield being a shit earning site machine wise only ever got around two year old machines.
    15 points
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