What did you do today in the hobby?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:05 pm

I want to take a few minutes to thank Slacker for making an old dream come true. I now have an awesome Gottlieb totem in da house!!

Yeah, I know... Totem doesn't always get some love, but in my early days into the hobby, I played Visual Pinball on a nightly basis (hmm... I will have to get back into that... I miss it) and I discovered Totem on it. Never played one physically, but Totem became a favorite. Fast-forward 14 tears later, and I know have a nice one! And I enjoy it just as much in reality as I did virtually! DAMN it isn't easy to get a strong shot on that vari-target!!!

So many years into this hobby, and I still have stuff to discover, and still have stuff to make me smile!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Slacker » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:33 pm

Hey Man it's least I could do for all the years of free advice and people I've met thank to this site and all you have done for pinball, It's Good to hear it got set-up and didn't just get moved in and covered for "Later"
Like you said some love it some hate it but that off-set flippers and Vari-target make it a bit different. I'm sure you can dial it in even more and it will play sweet.
Glad to also hear the hobby still makes you smile.
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Sparky wrote:I want to take a few minutes to thank Slacker for making an old dream come true. I now have an awesome Gottlieb totem in da house!!

Yeah, I know... Totem doesn't always get some love, but in my early days into the hobby, I played Visual Pinball on a nightly basis (hmm... I will have to get back into that... I miss it) and I discovered Totem on it. Never played one physically, but Totem became a favorite. Fast-forward 14 tears later, and I know have a nice one! And I enjoy it just as much in reality as I did virtually! DAMN it isn't easy to get a strong shot on that vari-target!!!

So many years into this hobby, and I still have stuff to discover, and still have stuff to make me smile!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby OTTOgd » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:48 pm

I just redid the chrome on my Wildfire. 8-)

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:45 pm

I got a DMD pin. It's a learning curve. LOL
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Dave W. » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:59 pm

Sparky wrote:I got a DMD pin. It's a learning curve. LOL

What game did you get?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:17 pm

Dave W. wrote:
Sparky wrote:I got a DMD pin. It's a learning curve. LOL

What game did you get?


It's a secret. LOL
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cait001 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:24 pm

Sparky wrote:
Dave W. wrote:
Sparky wrote:I got a DMD pin. It's a learning curve. LOL

What game did you get?


It's a secret. LOL


the secret that Sparky put in his signature :)
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Dave W. » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:17 pm

cait001 wrote:
Sparky wrote:
Dave W. wrote:
Sparky wrote:I got a DMD pin. It's a learning curve. LOL

What game did you get?


It's a secret. LOL


the secret that Sparky put in his signature :)


Hah... right, just noticed. Should have looked there.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:36 am

Dave W. wrote:
cait001 wrote:
Sparky wrote:
Dave W. wrote:
Sparky wrote:I got a DMD pin. It's a learning curve. LOL

What game did you get?


It's a secret. LOL


the secret that Sparky put in his signature :)


Hah... right, just noticed. Should have looked there.


WRONG! BSD is my first DMD. I just got a second. LOL

I got an X-Files.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby uberhare » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:25 pm

BSD is my current favourite pin.
Now playing....Dr Who, Pinbot, Black Hole, Mars GOW, Star Race, Stargate, Lucky Ace, Cyclone (on loan, now with a certain screw removed)
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cap » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:00 am

My right flipper was machine gunning. :rifle Found the diode had broken loose and was barely making contact. :idea Resoldered the diode. Flipper fixed. :thumbup
I know, the problem was trivial, but I love it when pinball makes me feel like a genius for 10 seconds. :bananadance
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Azatotht » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:23 am

Took the time to fix my Alien Poker.

Symptom: would not kick a ball out after starting a game. Flippers working, other solenoids not.

Fix: it was just a solenoid fuse ! :FP: :lol:

Total time: 5 minutes

Total down time before fix: 2 months :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby pharoah007 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:32 am

Fixed a broken slingshot link by replacing it with a zip tie. Holding up so far, 50 plays or so.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby steamfitter » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:57 am

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Dave W. » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:01 pm

NBA Showtime had vertical collapse last night... straight thin horizontal line across the screen.
Popped by Playdium in the afternoon and picked up a TDA1771 IC, and had a good chat with Rob and Michel. Great lineup of machines in the showroom BTW!

Anyways, back to the repair... this evening I replaced the IC and I'm back in business... until that U5000 decides to fu** up on me again. I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cap » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:59 pm

Look at what I found in the game room on the 4th floor of the Concorde Hotel in Quebec City.
Two pinball machines set on free play, grooming a new generation of pinball players.
I was told the hotel rents the machines a few times a year when they expect a lot of kids.
This week is spring break. I imagine they might rent again for Christmas or during the carnival.
I was told it is unlikely to be available during summer because they host plenty of conventions.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:14 pm

Right now, I am seriously questioning why I do it all. Maybe it's the long drive from Milwaukee, and just arriving in London. Maybe it's the fact that I find myself running a virtual daycare because some shit disturbers cannot help themselves and cause chaos on a near daily basis that I have to clean up. Maybe because I seem to only reap grief out of all the work I put in. Maybe I should just focus on other things.

Ah fuck it. I will just go to bed and let the animals run the zoo tonight. Others can say whatever pleases them, regardless of the lack of respect to others, while a simple comment from me only breeds angry PMs and more posted comments.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:31 am

OK. Feel better after watching this. ROTFLMAO...

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Slacker » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:37 am

What did I do today? same thing I do everyday wake up check Maaca be thankful its here. Then before bed I check again and see this post from Ian seeing he is dealing with shit again and get a bit pissed that he has to deal with this shit daily. Hey Ian I get it you put up with allot of BS and all for no reason. I think because I'm "Not sure" but this could be about an ad from a long time member who has not posted in a long time but when they do almost every time someone pokes the bear for no good reason looking for a reaction. Because people are asshats the reaction is not good. Hence Ian tries to be the good guy and gets shit on. Fuk Guys come on.... all that happen is the poster stops posting making less content, no content no site. Simple For all the Fuktarts keep it up and when you click on Macca.org a splash page that's says "Gone Fishing" or "under constriction" until further notice is all we are going to get and I for one will miss it! Ian hope you had a beer and said Fuk it and went to bed. tomorrow is a new day!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Guard » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:09 am

I did the Mod thing on army.ca for quite a few years. We had a team of Mods that had NO problem banning the IPs of fuckwads. Do it here.......
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby OTTOgd » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:34 am

Sparky wrote:OK. Feel better after watching this. ROTFLMAO...

lol. That was silly, thanks.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:12 pm

Time for me to go to bed again... Prayers to wish me harm, daycare pissing contests... never a dull moment. Lol

Back home. No travel scheduled until the end of the month, due to a colleague being on vacation. Gonna work on the gameroom and get it done. I wanna set up pins and finally play a bit.
Now playing in Sparky's Power Station: Way too much shit...

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby hyann » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:10 am

Petite soirée au North Star avec une amie, on s'est fait du fun et j'ai mangé du cornichon sous des airs de punk rock :) Comment bien décrocher! :)
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Blackghost4 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:35 am

Finally pimped my Spiderman with LED's. Picked up 2 EM's this week and working on them.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby sylvain » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:40 am

Just finished repairing a hacked/basket-case 1978 Gottlieb Joker Poker for a MAACA member.
Game had a cut harness, numerous corroded/broken Molex pins, burned coils, shorted drive transistor,
cut Germanium diode for switch matrix inside cabinet, three broken drop targets, broken flipper caps, overfused,
relays under playfield had contacts mangled, etc.

Many parts replaced: two coils, sleeves on a few other coils, a drive transistor, two switch matrix diodes,
50 Molex pins, few springs that were missing or incorrect, replacement drop targets, flipper caps, fixed the cut harness,
installed proper fuses, reflowed cold solder joints under the power supply board, battery for memory, few lamp sockets,
performed Ground Mod, etc.

That was fun! Now onto the next machine needing TLC.
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