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by DrDude
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Pinball machines (SS/DMD)
Topic: question for board expert in bally/stern mpu 17
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: question for board expert in bally/stern mpu 17

Fix it was the rectifier that on the verge of going replace the rectifier for f3. the c5 its like a warning i think Thanks for confirming: Yes, a dying rectifier would put a lot of AC ripple into C5, possibly even some reverse current (it's a polarized capacitor), which would be very bad for it ind...
by DrDude
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: RESTORED AND CUSTOMIZED PINBALL ARTWORKS
Replies: 49
Views: 1366

Re: RESTORED AND CUSTOMIZED PINBALL ARTWORKS

This is not Pinball and Videogame Tech. How about just posting a link to your website rather than spamming all the rest of us with additions to your own thread EVERY DAY? (Same comment applies to your other thread.) Enough already. Thank you for saying out load what I'm sure a LOT of us were thinki...
by DrDude
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Comments and suggestions
Topic: Drain thread
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: Drain thread

cait001 wrote:
Azatotht wrote:
semicolin wrote:Hrm. Can I pay you to delete threads I don't like?


I received a cease and desist letter once, it was pretty effective to make me delete a specific thread.


Ha, I think I know which thread...

You & me both!
by DrDude
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Comments and suggestions
Topic: Drain thread
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: Drain thread

Hrm. Can I pay you to delete threads I don't like? I received a cease and desist letter once, it was pretty effective to make me delete a specific thread. Hah! Is it even allowed to mention the C&D without potentially invoking another C&D? Thin ice! I do agree with SemiColin as to the utili...
by DrDude
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Pinball machines (SS/DMD)
Topic: Interesting Paragon Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Interesting Paragon Mod

Saw this post on Pinside about a Paragon modified to have a ball-return gate: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/odd-bits-on-my-paragon#post-5096191 Very interesting! Quite professional job, but as Greg Kmiec notes, there are several clues that this was not a Factory Conversion. In particular, ...
by DrDude
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Pinball Machines for Sale / Machines à Boules à Vendre
Topic: Mystery score for sale / trade
Replies: 10
Views: 743

Re: Mystery score for sale / trade

OMG that’s an amazing piece of HW! Tempted to violate certain spousal concords..
by DrDude
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Pinball machines (SS/DMD)
Topic: Price check - if allowed Eveil Knevil, Bobby Orr, Capt. Fantastic
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Price check - if allowed Eveil Knevil, Bobby Orr, Capt. Fantastic

Well, "not working" Bally's are usually in the range of $500 to $1000 (excluding KISS and other high-end titles), but a lot depends on the nature of the "not working" (how long has it been since the game worked? If it recently stopped booting, could be just a small problem or two...
by DrDude
Thu May 30, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Bally Playboy rebirth log (Atown 2019 pick)
Replies: 19
Views: 495

Re: Bally Playboy rebirth log (Atown 2019 pick)

So all boards back in the game, it was now time to progressively connect everything. Everything went fairly well, observations: The good: MPU: 7 flashes, boots perfectly GI is working (few bulbs to replace, probably few sockets to fix) Controlled lamps all working All switches tested good after adj...
by DrDude
Wed May 29, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: Dealing with the wife
Replies: 30
Views: 736

Re: Dealing with the wife

On the other hand, if anyone is buying pins left-right-and center with a massive line-of-credit then ... well just try not to. Let her see your happiness (might take time so be patient). Good luck. Those two lines capture it for me. First, the hobby is largely expense-neutral, since over time I hav...
by DrDude
Wed May 29, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Bally Playboy rebirth log (Atown 2019 pick)
Replies: 19
Views: 495

Re: Bally Playboy rebirth log (Atown 2019 pick)

After all voltages were good, next was to work on the MPU. Original battery was cut off, there was no real acid damage anywhere except for the very bottom of the PCB which was scrapped off, neutralized and re-thinned. I took no chance: replaced all headers because they looked like sh&*" Fo...
by DrDude
Thu May 23, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: Got The Grail
Replies: 44
Views: 1149

Re: Got The Grail

Congratulations, Chris! Very interesting game indeed.
by DrDude
Wed May 22, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: Best lubricant for clockwork/gears?
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Best lubricant for clockwork/gears?

semicolin wrote:Lest it need repeating, Astroglide is terrible lube for *all* applications, including the ones it's intended for.


Not to mention "Condom Compatible" is NOT a feature that one wants in a Pinball!
by DrDude
Wed May 22, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: Best lubricant for clockwork/gears?
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Best lubricant for clockwork/gears?

You need something super-light and with stability. I would probably recommend a Silicon-based lubricant, e.g. https://www.homehardware.ca/en/311g-3-in-1-silicone-lubricant/p/8640278 as these don't tend to gum-up the way mineral oils do. You could also go with a dry lubricant such as graphite, e.g. h...
by DrDude
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Pinball Parts Wanted / Pièces de Machines à Boules Recherchées
Topic: LF : Volley Backglass
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: LF : Volley Backglass

Excellent game! I didn’t know you picked one up: another reason besides your excellent company to consider dropping by your digs to check out your collection!
by DrDude
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Recycle bin
Topic: FS: Gottlieb Spirit - SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: FS: Gottlieb Spirit - $600

Check the date, people! As Mr. T said: I pity the "fool"!
by DrDude
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: Speaking of projects...
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Speaking of projects...

LOL! I admit I do have a problem: I'm pretty much (or slightly beyond) the capacity of my house/basement, but if a game from my short-list came along in project state I'd buy it in a heartbeat. But I'm not totally sick, which I would deem to be pulling the trigger on a random MPU-100 Stern project j...
by DrDude
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Pimpin' a Mystic
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Pimpin' a Mystic

I've never "lifted the hood" on a Mystic, and did not realize there were early production differences. Did you remove the silk-screened eye from the BG and make a new insert eye?
by DrDude
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again
Replies: 189
Views: 6242

Re: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again

Visually, Nineball is easily one of Stern's best complete packages: Simply stunning looks with all the saturated colours, making maximum use of that big, wide-open playfield layout. Even in a row as illustrious as yours, Gino, Nineball stands out like the gem it is, especially with the fantastic job...
by DrDude
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Stuff Sold and Old Ads (>6months)
Topic: Bally Rolling Stones sold
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: Bally Rolling Stones

Wow, Dave, that is just stunning! I don't think I've ever seen one so nice. I know a few people who have this on "their list" and this should be super-tempting to someone. GLWTS
by DrDude
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Poll: 80's pinball retheme, what would you do?
Replies: 32
Views: 618

Re: Poll: 80's pinball retheme, what would you do?

"Das Boot" 1981. they basically already made this! https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2603&picno=14698&zoom=1 Cute: it certainly has that tacky 80's "big hair" vibe. I prefer Sea Wolf https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2088 which has the really neat disappearing bumper ...
by DrDude
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again
Replies: 189
Views: 6242

Re: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again

Congrats, Gino! It's good to see that all your hard-work has results!
by DrDude
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again
Replies: 189
Views: 6242

Re: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again

Confirm succes! I change the switch an everything back to normal! Yeah! Plating look ok, maybe the isolation paper or something else Yeah, you probably got the equivalent of a high-resistance connection between two or more of the switch blades via the drop-target housing and the bakelite insulators...
by DrDude
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Poll: 80's pinball retheme, what would you do?
Replies: 32
Views: 618

Re: Poll: 80's pinball retheme, what would you do?

BTW, everytime you add a new entry to the survey, it resets all the old votes!
by DrDude
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again
Replies: 189
Views: 6242

Re: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again

redketchup wrote:Thank you very much for your help... I feel less alone with this!

Gino, it's your Nineball that we care about, not so much you!

(just kidding..)
by DrDude
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again
Replies: 189
Views: 6242

Re: Nineball... try to make the magic happen again

I run an original MPU 200. game was working before playfield swap and coin door resto... everything was disassemble for 4 month... so I assumed anything can happen... Will try the coin switch test before and try to swap the MPU for an other one know working Yeah, the RAM theory was a stretch, but M...

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