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by tinyrodent
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1981 Bally Fathom
Replies: 56
Views: 2352

Re: Shop Log: 1981 Bally Fathom

Thanks for the thread , your one was in nice condition before you started to take it to the next level :) any progress / updates ? Sure some parts are nice but soon would be ruined by playing with filthy rusty mechs! :) This project is still on hold along with a couple of others due to problems wit...
by tinyrodent
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: Black Knight issues
Replies: 55
Views: 1403

Re: Black Knight issues

At this point with power on I would test for DC solenoid voltage using a multimeter. First at the power supply test point, next at both sides of the fuse, then under the playfield on any coil lug. Next step would depend on what is found.
by tinyrodent
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: Black Knight issues
Replies: 55
Views: 1403

Re: Black Knight issues

You've given some conflicting information which makes it hard to imagine what is going on. You say "no coils operating" but also "flippers work" and "The coil lockout relay does click on". So clearly some of the coils are working. Not sure why you are focused on the K1 relay - the manual describes i...
by tinyrodent
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Finally some nice weather! I spent about 3 hours soldering outdoors today. New rectifier kit is completely assembled. rectifier assembled.jpg Transformer assembly rebuilt and reinstalled. Test point voltages all check out. transformer rebuilt.jpg The other two connectors were missing key pins and it...
by tinyrodent
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Knocker rebuilt. knocker rebuilt.jpg I scuffed the solder pads on the rectifier board using a lamp socket cleaning stick . It seemed to help, but I was still struggling a bit to get nice solder joints. scuffed pads.jpg Did not get far with soldering before it started to rain again. :( I sure wish I ...
by tinyrodent
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

It's been too rainy to get much soldering done, so I proceeded with the next step - prepare the transformer assembly.
transformer assembly.jpg
Teardown complete.
transformer teardown.jpg
Transformer and wires all clean, colors actually visible now. :)
transformer clean.jpg
by tinyrodent
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Rectifier kit arrived today from barakandl . At first I wondered why there were no instructions, but it's pretty clear how to assemble from the printing on the board. kit parts.jpg The sun came out so I setup the soldering station, but did not get far before the rain returned. kit progress.jpg Solde...
by tinyrodent
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle

Drop target assembly rebuilt.
clean targets rear.jpg
New prototype decals are on order.
clean targets front.jpg
The targets really snap now, I look forward to playing again after the board repairs are complete.
by tinyrodent
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle

I got this replacement for the drop target lift plate, wasn't sure if it would fit. Only later System 11 games are listed as compatible, so that was a bit of a gamble, but it looks good - time to tear down the drop target assembly. drop targets removed.jpg Typical items of note: dirty, missing screw...
by tinyrodent
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Returning to this project, I was a bit embarrassed to find my own test results ignored and some confusion resulting in previous posts. TP1 on the rectifier board is feature lamp power, no voltage, no surprise the feature lamps are not working. :FP: However the GI problem was just a loose cable, so u...
by tinyrodent
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle

Board pulled, to replace the faulty lamp transistor. Now it's possible to test the pre-driver transistor as well (can't reach from the front). Sure enough, it's blown, and I don't have an equivalent on hand. :( Well at least there's not too many hacked connections. board back.jpg This board uses a b...
by tinyrodent
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle

Sadly after only a few games, the ramp has broken. It obviously wasn't a great repair job.
ramp falling apart.jpg
Fortunately a replacement is available.
by tinyrodent
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: Shop Log: 1984 Williams Space Shuttle

With Slap Fest concluded, and a new parts order arrived, it's time to return to projects at home! :D This one has been bugging me for a while. I finally gave up trying to remove the tapered rubbers non-destructively, and just cut them free. cut free.jpg Posts get chucked into the drill for a quick c...
by tinyrodent
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Pinball Machines for Sale / Machines à Boules à Vendre
Topic: 5 EM's For Sale
Replies: 40
Views: 1888

Re: 5 EM's For Sale

That's a sweet Volley! :D
by tinyrodent
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Final Results: Craig's Covid Slap Fest
Replies: 64
Views: 3698

Re: Pinballers Presents: “Craig's Covid Slap Fest" - August 25th to 30th

To be clear: the game in the middle of the picture (Stranger Things) will be moved to another location. There will be lots of room between players.
by tinyrodent
Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

I decided to go ahead and test with playfield installed since things have been going fairly well. It lives! it lives.jpg It's not thriving though. First problem: noisy buzzing from the lockout coil on the coin door. coin lockout coil.jpg Coin lockout is not a useful feature in a home environment. So...
by tinyrodent
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Pinball Machines WANTED / Machines à Boules Recherchées
Topic: WTB Dracula Pin
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: WTB Dracula Pin

JuicyJ wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:54 pm
My brother has been looking for awhile, what is he expecting to pay?
Depends if you are talking about Stern Dracula, or Williams Bram Stoker's Dracula.
by tinyrodent
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Time to deal with the head. No key, lock has been drilled, can turn it with a flat bladed screwdriver. Not sure whether I have a replacement the correct length, head locks usually have an extra long barrel compared with coin doors. head lock.jpg Backglass looks decent. Some missing art around the pl...
by tinyrodent
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Let's look underneath the playfield. playfield underside.jpg The flipper hardware and switches are filthy and worn out, these will have to be rebuilt. underside top.jpg Elsewhere things look remarkably clean. underside center.jpg Hardly anything amiss at first glance. I hope the beauty is not only s...
by tinyrodent
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

For those drag damages, I wonder how you are going to tackle restoration. Is this the case where someone could fill the damage with some kind of epoxy, then actually match the paint colors and, with a fine brush, redo the missing art.. or could sections of the playfield art be replaced with some so...
by tinyrodent
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Bottom of cabinet repaired, armor removed. cabinet bottom repaired.jpg First look at the playfield. Dirty and somewhat worn. playfield.jpg Worst damage is near the flippers - some drag, some screw holes, some ball wear. Apron and lockdown bar pretty good. apron.jpg Inside the cabinet, less of a mess...
by tinyrodent
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Finally got a minute to look at this project. Let's start with the bottom of the cabinet. Surprisingly clean and solid overall. Some areas of note. cabinet bottom.jpg The red button on the left is probably an add credit mod for home use. Not sure what the armored speaker cover is for... rodent prote...
by tinyrodent
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: How do I unstick a star rollover?
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: How do I unstick a star rollover?

I can't remember the type of glue, sorry! It was a while back
by tinyrodent
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: How do I unstick a star rollover?
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: How do I unstick a star rollover?

[EDIT] So after you use too much pressure and break off two of the legs under the insert... How do you remove the insert? Does anyone have one of those deep clamps that can be used for installing a new insert in the middle of a playfield? I had this problem before. Old inserts are often brittle if ...
by tinyrodent
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Shop Log: 1980 Stern Big Game

Another new arrival! 1980 Stern Big Game . I'm not very familiar with this title. Condition looks good - original with a bit of wear. Not previously restored. The playfield will be receiving a clearcoat. new arrival.jpg It might be a couple of days before I start looking at it in detail though. It i...

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