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  1. This is just a quick video in response to a couple of inquires about the Proton Gun Mod: - Shows that the ball can still go down the outlanes when the Proton Guns are not used or not activated. - Shows that the proton guns can stop the ball by blocking the outlanes - Shows that you can use the Proton Gun Mod to hit the ball and with the right timing and deflect away from the outlane. - Shows that it can catch the ball midway down the outlane with no issues or damage. And lastly shows that I can't always direct the ball to the outlane :D https://youtu.be/I_ztvN6D4yU Here is the second showing a test rig used to house the LHS and RHS servos as well as the servo driver boards in their simulated installation position and then I preset the servo driver boards so the servo horns are set at the correct angle. The rig still needs an angle guide added but this video gives you the idea of what I will do requiring you to do very little except install and fine tune adjust as shown in the video - no programming needed - just a screwdriver. Please excuse my voice.... https://youtu.be/Xvnxf634zTA
  2. nice work @thegrunta666, somethings do take a bit of effort to get to the finish like - but with each one you get faster and learn little design tricks. I did that one a while back too https://swinks.com.au/ss-parts
  3. good to catch up Edy, and finally deliver a few parts to you for the CFTBL's The Funhouse and 1 x CFTBL are looking good, nice work
  4. if you need any parts CAD drawn up for laser cutting, just let me know, happy to help out
  5. Video of the Proton Gun Mod ready for production. https://youtu.be/AN4CV7_rFq0
  6. Also big thanks to @Railways (Jeff and Mark) for helping me out with the custom coin door plate which mounts the servo driver boards, on / off switch and power light. Much appreciate the help guys. And also some people have asked how are the proton guns activated - via a foot switch (ghost trap foot switch)
  7. Proton Guns are charged and ready
  8. when you do a part search in "Pinball Search" it finds the coil, https://www.pinballsearch.com/#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=Stern N-26 1200
  9. most parts are in from the various places and almost there for installing and testing the professionally printed parts along with @Railways help to make some custom coin door plates.
  10. yeah the price hike is not good and then to get your value apparently there is a $40USD per month access fee = $480 USD per year or about $650 AUD per year and for older games - spike 2's you need to pay for the apron and wifi link upgrade so probably another $100-200USD per game note sure if the proposed monthly fee is per game or multiple games ???
  11. No offence taken mate, all good, just thought to explain That is disappointing that CPR missed that with the 3's Thanks for the explanation - great to know
  12. I found a image of the comparison of the Stern Tombstone against a Hooded Bally Drop. The rod mounted point in relation to the spring and even the shelf are all the same dimensionally but the Stern tombstone stands higher and does not have the nub on the bottom where the Bally has the nub on the bottom and hood and shorter in the top. But I suspect when installing a Bally target into a Stern game they will sit differently. hope that helps
  13. hey @Rich a little bit of info on the targets, even my repro's are not exact in the way that the surface finish as slightly textured as Laser Sintered 3D printing (solid nylon particles joined together with a laser) is not like the injection molded parts but is a better than nothing. Also many of the reproductions I have to offer are made by Shapeways in the US as no one in Australia can match the price and when a part is sold I get 15-20% of the sale and almost all my parts were designed and made available to help pinheads and friends out and not for profit reasons - I think 95% are still in the red - if I looked at get my time back in sales. I just finished for fun to help a US pinhead create a custom nylon rod and ring to replace the Gen 1 Stern Drop pop bumper as the metal rings are NLA and included a custom Jet Bumper base and while not cheap and took about 15hrs for the various parts I earnt $15USD - so it is for the love and fun of it. When I did these drop targets repros an aussie pinhead sent me his mech and some original targets and I reverse engineered the targets with the 2 different ledges and discovered that some games had the metal bracket reversed hence the different ledges. I like to do upgraded version of parts if I see a way to make it stronger and then last a lifetime - so with these drop targets I filled in the back. I typically add a "U" to the part number which signifies that I have strengthened the part like the Bally Ball Launch Arm. The photo with the 2 arms is the original and the photo with 3 arms is filled in and larger internal radius. Also I learnt through the modelling is that the Bally and Stern brackets are almost identifical BUT one brand has a extra nub on the bottom which lifts the targets up higher when ready for play. Hence most of the repro Meteor drops with the hood are Bally's with the stamping and not true Stern repros. Some people when reproducing don't research the other parts and do the comparisons. While it does take an average of 10-12 hrs to design one part and then get samples you start to see the minor / major differences. Not everyone does this and this is where crappy reproductions creep in. Hope my discoveries and info helped. Here is link to current repro's https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?q=swinksreproduction&sort=newest
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