What did you do today in the hobby?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby tom_454 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:26 am

cap wrote:
tom_454 wrote:I was pretty nervous so I decided to buy a Haku desoldering iron - what an awesome tool!

A desoldering iron is on my wish list, probably for next year. Which model did you buy?


I bought the Hako FR-300. It seems to have been highly recommended by Pinside members and MAACA members over the years. Desoldering irons are a little pricey unless you are doing a lot of work with them but board work is something that I have wanted to learn more about and learning for me is the most fun part of the hobby.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Fifty » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:18 am

Sparky wrote:We never retire. Merely refocus and realign. ;)

You got that right! :D

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby OTTOgd » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:46 pm

cap wrote:
tom_454 wrote:I was pretty nervous so I decided to buy a Haku desoldering iron - what an awesome tool!

A desoldering iron is on my wish list, probably for next year. Which model did you buy?

I bought a Hakko 808 over 5 years ago and it's still awesome. But I'm pretty sure there's a newer version though. Tonnes of positive feedback: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic ... ost-716027

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cap » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:12 pm

OTTOgd wrote:I bought a Hakko 808 over 5 years ago and it's still awesome. But I'm pretty sure there's a newer version though. Tonnes of positive feedback: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic ... ost-716027

It appears the 808 was replaced by the FR-300 which was replaced by the FR-301. Thanks for the recommendations, I will definitely consider a Hakko if I decide to splurge.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cait001 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:39 pm

Woooooooot!!!

Thanks to semicolin for the shipping help
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby semicolin » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:12 pm

cait001 wrote:Woooooooot!!!

Thanks to semicolin for the shipping help


I didn't really enjoy Connecticut all that much but the place where the cheeseburger was invented was swell and so was the arcade whose staff directed me to it!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cait001 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:34 pm

Connecticut probably has lots of mediocre Yelp reviews.
PINS: GTB Super Soccer (lent), BLY Mousin' Around, WMS No Good Gofers, WMS Triple Strike (loan)
COUNTERTOP: 2004 Apollo 1 Arepachi (CRアレパチ アポロ1号), 1932 Gottlieb Cloverleaf, 1964 Wulff Rialto, 2015 Ranma 1/2 pachinko (CRA羽根らんま1/2R), Sammy Miracle Hustler Arrangeball, Glory Ball Deluxe, スマートボール (Smart Ball) (lent), 1934 PAMCO Contact Master, 1936 Bally Challenger (lent), 1934 Rock-Ola World's Series (out for restoration), 1934 Bally Signal Jr, 1950 Culp Bridge Ball, 1964 Daiwa Pachinko, 1972 CC Mini-Baseball (loan), 1975 Satomi Arrangeball, 1930 Fields Five Jacks, 1931 Pace Base Ball, 1931 Pace Whiz Ball, 1932 Bally Goofy, 1978 Haiwa Pachinko
WANTED: スマートボール (Smart Ball), payazzo/kronespill, Bell-Fruit Cascade, 1932 Ballyround, 1935 Cannon Fire, 1934 Fleet, 1935 Impact, 1935 Spot-Lite
backglasses wanted: Fairy, Fire Queen, Out Of Sight
marquees wanted: Cosmic Avenger, Varkon, Dark Planet, Strider, Astro Invader, R-Type (w/ship)
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby OTTOgd » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:45 pm

To my collection I added a Home-Use-Only pin. 8-)

Jealous???

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Guard » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:51 pm

Finished rubbering and waxing up my Hit The Deck....what a great pin. Now working on Capt Card,I have never seen plastics so dirty with an almost red soil on them.
I thought the "wow" stepper was going to be a pain as it's right in the back of the cabinet but *crosses fingers* so far just the alcohol/qtip cleaning has got it counting again.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Blackghost4 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:51 am

I went over yesterday to work on a Williams Expo that a sold to my friend. It was quite challenging but managed to fix the issues.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:32 am

I had the pleasure of helping Heisenberg move around some games. We set up Space Shuttle and played a game, tripping balls over it all over again. LOL.

Great conversation, especially talking about his Camaro restoration. I need to dabble with cars again. I left cars to work on pinballs, but I do miss rebuilding and tuning engines.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Guard » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:20 am

Disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled a score reel for the first time.....
PINS- Hit The Deck/ Buccaneer/Sure Shot/Fire Queen/ Volley/ Tee'd Off/ Rollergames/ Star Trip/ Flip Flop/ Combat/ Flash Gordon/ Capt.Card/Bluenote/ Space Shuttle/Strange Science/Card Whiz/ Genesis/Bally Circus / Bally Beat The Clock/ Spanish Eyes/ Outer Space/Bronco
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby singlezero » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:29 pm

Today I finally hung the raiders of the lost arcade sign. then after pulling out. The 6 or 7 machines underneath I decided I would finally redo the numbers sign on my bally batting practice . I had made one a few years ago But the material was too thick to shine the red through. I had gotten another decal made quote awhile ago. But never got around to installing it with its mask until now.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby OTTOgd » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:13 am

singlezero wrote:Today I finally hung the raiders of the lost arcade sign. then after pulling out. The 6 or 7 machines underneath I decided I would finally redo the numbers sign on my bally batting practice . I had made one a few years ago But the material was too thick to shine the red through. I had gotten another decal made quote awhile ago. But never got around to installing it with its mask until now.

The Raiders of the Lost Arcade sign is very nifty. So tempting. But I knew I would obsess about getting the 'Arcade' neon redone. I'm clueless about that. Are you going to redo it, singlezero?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby novaguy » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:27 pm

3 Shay glasses and 1 set of plastics ready to go.still waiting on 2 more glasses and 3 sets of plastics.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby sylvain » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:52 pm

Playmatic Space Gambler plays!

After some troubleshooting, found a few intermittent cold solder joints on the transformer Jones plug in the head. Fixed.
Next issue: some targets did not score. Luckily the schematics proved them to be on the same switch matrix row.
Actual issue: it appears the wire for that switch row was incorrectly pinned at the factory in the connector housing.
Moved the circled wire to its expected proper spot one pin below, now all targets properly score.

Still a few minor issues, but will not do much more work, as the machine will be for sale as-is for cheap shortly. I need the space.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby WARLOCK » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:29 pm

Nice Sylvain.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:31 am

I ordered a new playfield for SORCERER!!! Yeah baby!!! She is gonna be sweet!! The game deserves it.

So once installed, by bargain Allentown purchase will be complete.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Pinoffski » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:14 am

I had to place another order for parts for fathom
Opened the package and :brickwall
Don't you just hate it when you miss some parts on a order ...DOH..

:FP:

Still need a blue 5X target as it was not in stock...

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:57 am

Pinoffski wrote:I had to place another order for parts for fathom
Opened the package and :brickwall
Don't you just hate it when you miss some parts on a order ...DOH..

:FP:

Still need a blue 5X target as it was not in stock...


On a positive note, a very angry monster-biker is heading your way. LOL

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby dr.nybble » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:32 am

Been buying a lot of little things to fix up BSD -- man it adds up! Just had to buy a rivet squeezer die, looking forward to being able to do my own rivets.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby MIkea » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:52 pm

dr.nybble wrote:Been buying a lot of little things to fix up BSD -- man it adds up! Just had to buy a rivet squeezer die, looking forward to being able to do my own rivets.


Which rivet setup did you get?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Chris Silver » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:15 am

I don't really come to this thread often but probably should a bit more. It is massive and topics intertwine.

As for today in the hobby, I played a couple games and could use a little time for playfield cleaning and adjustments. I'm content at the moment.

I'll be on my way to Ottawa this morning to see my accountant this afternoon. I'll be looking into doing something pinball related while I'm in town.

Today, I just put some more money aside for a very big and very important grail pin I've been waiting on for many years. All I can do is quietly wait for things to sort out at the other end. It's a hard to find oddball that I'm sure you guys will quite enjoy if it pans out. I will definitely be bringing it to the Hawkesbury Flea Fair if I get it and have time to fix it before then. This year's Flea Fair is going to be fantastic. Being a relatively "closed" event, I expect to see quite a few higher end and unique samples for our collector community to appreciate.

Besides that, today is a good day for some pinball. :)
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cait001 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:08 pm

for someone who doesn't have a lot of money I've been doing a lot of wheeling and dealing and negotiating and trading and bartering.
By the looks of it I will have helped like 7 new oddball machines get here for OPGS by the time summer ends, thanks to a wide roster of other collectors who share the same passion.
PINS: GTB Super Soccer (lent), BLY Mousin' Around, WMS No Good Gofers, WMS Triple Strike (loan)
COUNTERTOP: 2004 Apollo 1 Arepachi (CRアレパチ アポロ1号), 1932 Gottlieb Cloverleaf, 1964 Wulff Rialto, 2015 Ranma 1/2 pachinko (CRA羽根らんま1/2R), Sammy Miracle Hustler Arrangeball, Glory Ball Deluxe, スマートボール (Smart Ball) (lent), 1934 PAMCO Contact Master, 1936 Bally Challenger (lent), 1934 Rock-Ola World's Series (out for restoration), 1934 Bally Signal Jr, 1950 Culp Bridge Ball, 1964 Daiwa Pachinko, 1972 CC Mini-Baseball (loan), 1975 Satomi Arrangeball, 1930 Fields Five Jacks, 1931 Pace Base Ball, 1931 Pace Whiz Ball, 1932 Bally Goofy, 1978 Haiwa Pachinko
WANTED: スマートボール (Smart Ball), payazzo/kronespill, Bell-Fruit Cascade, 1932 Ballyround, 1935 Cannon Fire, 1934 Fleet, 1935 Impact, 1935 Spot-Lite
backglasses wanted: Fairy, Fire Queen, Out Of Sight
marquees wanted: Cosmic Avenger, Varkon, Dark Planet, Strider, Astro Invader, R-Type (w/ship)
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby WARLOCK » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:15 pm

Welcome to the important thread (bro) Chris Silver.
Cait, Keep it up. The faith and all that you do is excellent.

I continue to do what I do...(Quietly, offline mostly.)
And I do declare that I I not quite ready to discuss it, yet.

Writer's privilege...
More soon...

Cheers.
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