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semicolin wrote:
Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:36 pm
but for all intents and purposes the hard work is behind us.
I've never seen someone so confident about Game Plan boardwork ;)

epic renovation, it looks amazing.
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semicolin wrote:
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still have some art to hang and a couple of paint touchups but for all intents and purposes the hard work is behind us.
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Mrhide wrote:
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NICE CARPET!! HOW MUCH !? WHERE?! :o
Astro Carpet Mills. It ended up being a little over USD$700. Shipping and customs another $250-ish. Installer found on Kijiji, $500 or so.

All in all, the whole renovation was about $2500 once the lighting, paint, carpet, furniture, etc are all factored in. I also installed a Japanese bidet toilet on the floor above since I was opening the ceiling to pull wire anyway.

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the results are GREAT. Love it! Congrats!

ps: I have the same Ikea sofa bed that's taking all of my gameroom space ;)
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Mrhide wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:43 am
ps: I have the same Ikea sofa bed that's taking all of my gameroom space ;)
I actually had to order the pink slipcover on ebay because it matches the decor better and it's been discontinued in Canada!

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semicolin wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:38 am
I also installed a Japanese bidet toilet on the floor above since I was opening the ceiling to pull wire anyway.
If your gameroom ain't squirting yr toosh you're doing it wrong.

Seriously people, get one of those fancy bidets. 8-)
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semicolin wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:38 am
Mrhide wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:18 am
NICE CARPET!! HOW MUCH !? WHERE?! :o
Astro Carpet Mills. It ended up being a little over USD$700. Shipping and customs another $250-ish. Installer found on Kijiji, $500 or so.

All in all, the whole renovation was about $2500 once the lighting, paint, carpet, furniture, etc are all factored in. I also installed a Japanese bidet toilet on the floor above since I was opening the ceiling to pull wire anyway.
Love the carpet/black light setup. Showed the GF. It's a no go. Damn.. Complex/busy patterns giver her headaches/issues. Kind of like strobing lights can make folks have seizures. I should have known. She can't VR either.

Oh well. At least she loves pinball lol :D
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mrmikeman wrote:
Thu Aug 26, 2021 10:44 am
Love the carpet/black light setup. Showed the GF. It's a no go. Damn.. Complex/busy patterns giver her headaches/issues. Kind of like strobing lights can make folks have seizures. I should have known. She can't VR either.

Oh well. At least she loves pinball lol :D
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semicolin wrote:
Thu Aug 26, 2021 12:05 pm
There comes a time in everyone's life when they need to make a choice...
You mean at the point when she says: "It's either it or me".
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Spent a few hours screwing around with some Bally/Stern displays last night. Brought back two of them from the dead with a couple of transistors and a driver IC. Third one kicked my ass for a couple of hours... turns out that I hade a strip of counterfeit MPSA42 transistors. They test fine at low voltages, read as NPN on the tester, but when the base lead is properly biased there is almost no gain and no current flow.

And it's always fun contorting myself over a display that's powered up at high voltages probing around with test gear. No zaps though. (For today.)

I wish I knew where I bought the transistors. I've had them in my parts drawer for two or three years now so they really could be from anyone. They're the kind of thing that I just toss on the end of another order. I thought maybe AliExpress (I know) but the only time I ordered MPSA42 from there I disputed them as undelivered. Maybe they arrived anyway?

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finding how pervasive counterfeit and shoddy components are in the supply chains fills me with low-level dread
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Well, it’s not like it’s impossible to find other ones. Yet, anyway.

For that game plan repair, I needed MAN6660 7-segment LED displays. They haven’t been manufactured in years, and new LEDs are just put out so much more candela than older ones, and when you’re just replacing a single element it has to match. AliExpress had new old stock ones delivered to me in two weeks. Not counterfeit, not refurbished.

On another note… I’m a believer in trifurcon crimps now.
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Installed engraved side armor from Pinball Center on my LOTR. Put orange reflective tape behind. The effect is awesome! Way better than I expected.

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My Xmen finally went to a new home yesterday so I had room to set up my last remaining folded pin - TFTC. Set it up today and despite being folded since May 2020 it played like a clock. First game I got to Crypt Jam and I have only ever done it twice before! It must have missed me. Played 2 more games and they sucked. Great game, looking forward to playing more as the fall sets in.
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tom_454 wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 12:26 pm
My Xmen finally went to a new home yesterday so I had room to set up my last remaining folded pin - TFTC. Set it up today and despite being folded since May 2020 it played like a clock. First game I got to Crypt Jam and I have only ever done it twice before! It must have missed me. Played 2 more games and they sucked. Great game, looking forward to playing more as the fall sets in.
Games are like that sometimes lol. My MMr which I play every GD day has been handing me my ass for months now. 3 days ago I walk downstairs after supper, decided to warm up with MMR as my games tend to be very short on this thing. The warm up game lasted about 45 mins. Not only did I win BFTK (1st time since Feb) but almost started it a second time on the same game. Go figure…

I just walked away after that - done for the day lol. Might as well end on a high note!
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I took apart 8 games and put in transport position. I now have to go over all my parts to see if I sell some.

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Having an open door to my workshop didn’t fit the look of the arcade, so I dusted off the sewing machine and banged out some Japanese-style noren curtains.
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Finally finished installing the blacklight projectors and getting the other finishing touches in place. I think the arcade is finally done enough to give you all the video tour:

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semicolin wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:01 pm
Finally finished installing the blacklight projectors and getting the other finishing touches in place. I think the arcade is finally done enough to give you all the video tour:
BAO!
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Hey can you tell us more about the centaur art you got on the back wall?
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Hey can you tell us more about the centaur art you got on the back wall?
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Paul Faris signed a set of prints of his Centaur and Xenon concept art a few years back and I picked them up!

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- 6 more pins out the door.
- One Final Lap is now at the Ecocenter. Kept all the parts. Good thing too... it was falling apart.

Down to 4 pins. Once the dust settles, I might bring that down further.

Vids are still plenty. I will assess what I do with them as well once I clean the basement up. The 2 Final Laps, Wizard of Wor, Space Attack, Mouse Trap and Subroc are not going anywhere. Stargate, Robotron, APB and others are in project stage. TBD.
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Wel, I finally put most of the finishing touches on a work colleague's 1979 Star Trek today. Everything is 100% except for a tricky stand-up switch gap and a display with a wonky "d" segment. Those new transistors from Marco finally arrived to replace the counterfeit ones I had. Display seems to work at home, so I'll see how things go at the other end.

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