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    One thing I learnt with the battle Pinny, what looks good on paper sometimes does not match what our friends gravity, velocity and vectors like to do. The paper layout is the start. Then a rough prototype playfield with 2 working flippers is the next step. Then you can tweek the angles of things to make it work. Only a few mm more in angle can make a big change! But that is all part of the fun of building a homebrew pinny , have fun !

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    @Autosteve please clear your inbox.
    Cheers Trev

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG Trev View Post
    @Autosteve please clear your inbox.
    Cheers Trev

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    Done

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    I'm glad I didn't rush into this project. I'm up to the 3rd cabinet design to allow for what I am planning as a conventional pinball cabinet simply can't be used.

    Probably done close to 5 playfield layouts. It seems I keep thinking of different portions of a playfield to make this machine totally different from other machines but then the whole playfield needs to change to accommodate these portions of playfield.

    Anyway, at the moment I have a collection of "playfield portions" drawn out, a cabinet design in my head and a heap more enthusiasm to get something out there that will be totally different and a true one off.

    My aim is to create something totally different for pinball that probably isn't what the purists would agree with but my intent is an interesting game for those that don't play pinball already.

    If the purists do like the game, that is a bonus.

    It may be a lemon to play, the rules may suck but I promise you, it will be different.

    The ball will go in places you have never seen a pinball go before inside a machine design you have never seen before either with the emphasis on flipper skills rather than luck of the ball.

    I figure I can't compete with the electronic complexity of a modern machine but I can do things that are interesting and different to attract interest.

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    Although I don't wish to make my own boards for this HomeBrew, I do want to bring in some new mechanisms to get the ball to do things not seen before on a pinball.

    Once again, I may or may not use them on this machine but more to give some ideas of what I am thinking.



    I'm also looking at a better design for a slingshot mechanism that has the coil under the slingshot playfield plastic rather than under the playfield to reduce delay from slack in the mechanism.

    A different drop target design. (totally different)

    A different ball rail diverter. (for overhead rails)

    You can see now why I don't want to get bogged down doing board electronics for this machine, everything else is likely to be custom HomeBrew already.

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    Well I picked up a playfield today for parts for the HomeBrew.

    Pity they are the wrong parts to those that I actually need.

    Ow well, still heaps of parts I will use I guess, wiring, screws, bolts, cable clamps, some of the inserts, lamp holders maybe some of the red posts. They seem to be in excellent condition it's just that I was after Gottlieb clear posts for the HomeBrew.

    Can't complain really. The screws and light sockets have no rust on them.

    It actually looks like the playfield was pulled out in the late 80s and stood on it's end in a workshop with only the plastics and bumper caps removed. Not a bad find. I just wish it had the parts I'm after on it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Autosteve View Post
    Well I picked up a playfield today for parts for the HomeBrew.

    Pity they are the wrong parts to those that I actually need.

    Ow well, still heaps of parts I will use I guess, wiring, screws, bolts, cable clamps, some of the inserts, lamp holders maybe some of the red posts. They seem to be in excellent condition it's just that I was after Gottlieb clear posts for the HomeBrew.

    Can't complain really. The screws and light sockets have no rust on them.

    It actually looks like the playfield was pulled out in the late 80s and stood on it's end in a workshop with only the plastics and bumper caps removed. Not a bad find. I just wish it had the parts I'm after on it.



    I'll take any parts you're not using Steve.
    I'm sure you could use most of what's on that playfield.

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    Thatís a bloody nice original Firepower playfield


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    Quote Originally Posted by ddstoys View Post
    Thatís a bloody nice original Firepower playfield
    Yer it isn't bad at all actually. I've been cleaning it to have a good look and it has a low half mylar so the bottom half is near perfect, just a couple of inserts dropped and #1 target insert is bent in the middle but I just so happen to have one of those as a spare. Who would have thought.

    The top of the playfield above the top bumpers around the 50000 light has the normal black paint cracking, ( must be a FirePower thing because not many I have seen without that), but it is also about the only part on the playfield that has no mylar of some kind in it.

    All the lanes, the lane through the spinner all mylared but the mylar has yellowed over time.

    Not perfect but I have see a whole heap worse.

    The underside looks excellent. All the screws and light sockets with no rust of any kind, perfect, exactly what I wanted.

    Just a shame it is a Williams and I need Bally mechs. All the mechs on it I already have but the coils will come in handy.

    I don't think the Williams coils will complain to much being powered by the Bally transformer's 43volts coil power I'm planning but maybe I will end up with a Williams transformer powering the Bally boards?

    Who knows, the price of trannys, I may be using a switch mode power supply to power the coils and another for the boards 5 and 12volt yet.

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    I'm not a huge fan of that game ...but it looks like it could and should be saved.
    fOr No rAIsOn

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