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by semicolin
Wed Feb 07, 2024 12:31 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

Sanded down to bare wood. Next up will be repairing the saucer.
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by semicolin
Sat Feb 03, 2024 3:04 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

Filthy and naked.
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by semicolin
Sun Jan 28, 2024 12:57 pm
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: Just picked up my first pinball machine
Replies: 51
Views: 1815

Re: Just picked up my first pinball machine

Never shotgun board swaps. That's an expensive proposition. Every individual component on that board is available for pennies from companies like Mouser and Digikey. You could buy spares of every component, plus a soldering iron, for less than a replacement board. If you're going to be a pinhead, it...
by semicolin
Mon Jan 22, 2024 9:19 am
Forum: MAME - Virtual Pinballs
Topic: It's time to mod Sparky's beast!
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: It's time to mod Sparky's beast!

Alright, well, pull the control panel off, but don’t smash the rest. I’m sure someone will take it off your hands.
by semicolin
Sat Jan 20, 2024 4:34 pm
Forum: MAME - Virtual Pinballs
Topic: It's time to mod Sparky's beast!
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: It's time to mod Sparky's beast!

I think you're probably much better off selling it to someone who wants it the way that it is, and using the money to build something new. Changing it from what it is to what you want involves reusing very little, and destroying a lot. Just start from scratch. There are half a dozen outfits in town ...
by semicolin
Tue Jan 16, 2024 4:28 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

This is the Aussie version of the game.
by semicolin
Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:10 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

I know these mech pics get a little repetitive, but sometimes the transformation is so incredible that I just have to post them. Check out this kicker: IMG_3148.jpeg IMG_3158.jpeg After running the coils through the ultrasonic, I use the compressor to blow the cleaning solution out. It smells like a...
by semicolin
Sat Jan 13, 2024 9:46 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

My good friends: buy yourselves an ultrasonic cleaner and vibratory tumbler and you’ll never again worry about what to do with your hours and hours of free time. IMG_3141.jpeg IMG_3145.jpeg It’s an improvement! Now I just have to repeat that with every mech left in the game. Slow and steady wins the...
by semicolin
Tue Jan 09, 2024 12:10 am
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: What did you do today in the hobby?
Replies: 5318
Views: 343948

Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Built a tester for 6800 CPU chips.
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by semicolin
Sat Jan 06, 2024 11:26 pm
Forum: Pinball and Videogame Tech
Topic: Black Knight,no sound or speech.
Replies: 14
Views: 786

Re: Black Knight,no sound or speech.

HPR Pinball wrote: Thu Jan 04, 2024 2:30 pm Laisse-le comme ca ou achete un hacko pour desouder.
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by semicolin
Thu Jan 04, 2024 11:36 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

Aaaaaand I just realized reading the labels that the incorrect knocker coil was previously installed too. Should have taken a closer look when evaluating the machine. Going to have to order up the right ones. Rookie mistake.
by semicolin
Thu Jan 04, 2024 11:31 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Mata Hari

Here is the first coil mech to take a bath: the knocker, which will close the work on the head for now. I already reworked the displays and boards a few months ago. Before: IMG_3124.jpeg After: IMG_3131.jpeg There wasn’t much to do. Everything got a dip in the ultrasonic, and after a rinse the coil ...
by semicolin
Sat Dec 30, 2023 9:58 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Mata Hari
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Mata Hari

Getting started on a Mata Hari that I picked up a year ago. It’s been staring me in the face, and over the holidays I got enough of my loose ends tied up that I can finally get started. Ultrasonic cleaner is fired up, and now I’ll break it down bit by bit. First job is always to start with the deep ...
by semicolin
Sun Dec 10, 2023 5:07 pm
Forum: Pinball Machines for Sale / Machines à Boules à Vendre
Topic: FT / FS Stern Cheetah
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Re: FT / FS Stern Cheetah

Perhaps you'd have better luck if you posted a price, or games that you're willing to trade for.
by semicolin
Sun Nov 19, 2023 3:25 pm
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: Back in business
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Back in business

Those big tiles are brutal to set. Bravo.
by semicolin
Sun Nov 12, 2023 1:12 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Better alternative for removing RUST
Replies: 37
Views: 2999

Re: Better alternative for removing RUST

It's not fear, it's respect. Not all chemicals are the same. That's why we have safety data sheets. When you know what's in a product you can take precautions. This product, you don't know what's in it, and more importantly, the vendor is refusing to tell you. I work in construction, and this attitu...
by semicolin
Thu Nov 09, 2023 12:32 pm
Forum: FREE STUFF!!!
Topic: FREE : Misc. Arcade Hardware (MUST pick-up in Ottawa)
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: FREE : Misc. Arcade Hardware (MUST pick-up in Ottawa)

Oooooooooh I don't need another project right now. There's some good stuff in here!
by semicolin
Mon Oct 23, 2023 3:12 pm
Forum: MAACA Forum and Chat
Topic: JJP Elton John
Replies: 16
Views: 830

Re: JJP Elton John

I should install a disco ball on top of my Captain Fantastic.
by semicolin
Sun Oct 22, 2023 2:05 pm
Forum: Pinball Parts Wanted / Pièces de Machines à Boules Recherchées
Topic: 6 digit Bally / Stern displays
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: 6 digit Bally / Stern displays

Wondering if anyone has a set of these lying around, would need 5. I'm leaning towards Pinscore, Xpin or Wolffpack but going to see what parts are out there before I jump. I'm located in the GTA I put Pinitech Uno displays in my Xenon and they look phenomenal. Easily better than anything else out t...
by semicolin
Tue Oct 03, 2023 10:00 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Better alternative for removing RUST
Replies: 37
Views: 2999

Re: Better alternative for removing RUST

It won't go through gloves if it's only a few seconds, it needs more time than that to chemically go through........ There are many rust removing chemicals used in industrial processes that can penetrate through latex or nitrile gloves in seconds, and even a couple of drops can absorb through your ...