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3 September, 2017

Almost finished

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 13:08

So, I’m not sure if I’ll add a glass or not. I should however put on those side rails. I haven’t really taken any pictures showing the artwork on the sides. So, here is a few pictures that should at least show some of if.

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8 August, 2017

Almost there …

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 01:14

So, today I’ve put together the last parts of my build. I was curios, would I manage to get all the additions working ?
Short answer … pretty much.

Testing Monster Bash and ACDC

There is still some tweaking to do, tilt and nudge adjustments and I forgot a critical part. To extend the on/off button for my damn computer. Don’t know how many times I’ve told myself I needed to remember that. Sigh, must be getting old.

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6 August, 2017

Soon ?

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 23:29

Some progress during this weekend. I just wonder what will happen once I turn the power back on. Still have a few things to do. And I know that I’m not going to be happy with my play-field solution. I’m going to redo it. Probably using Plexiglas or something in that direction.

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27 July, 2017

A lazy build day

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 20:44

Today I was tired and had me a long afternoon sleep. So, I only adjusted the monitor and put up the side graphics. Tomorrow, if the weather is fine I will probably not touch this project. BBQ at a friends place sounds like a better way to spend the friday afternoon.

Hope to continue on the cab on Saturday.

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Backglass almost finished … or ?

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 08:37

So, I’ve spent quite a lot of time on the back-glass. This is the current result. I’m not 100% happy with it yet. The monitor is a bit crooked, but, that should be a easy fix. Just was too tired after struggling with things I simply hadn’t planned for.

I’m beginning to wonder if this needs to be re-done in another way. I’ve used magnets to hold the front panel in place. Will the sound and vibrations from the speakers affect how these are holding up ? Is the DMD too near the speakers ? I guess I’ll have to run some tests.

If I’m pleased with it, then I guess it is time to add some graphics to the sides.

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24 July, 2017

Updated status on my Pincab

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 23:12

So, I’ve made some progress. Not much to say really. I’m still thinking about how to attach the backglass apron. At the moment, magnets seems like a good idea. Time will tell I guess.

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21 July, 2017

So … back to start ?

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 10:20

Used this morning to tear down my cab to the bone. It is finally time to start the final build. Last time, it was winter and I really didn’t have all the parts. Now, I believe at least to have all the parts needed and ready. So … current status pic.

Current status.

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4 January, 2017

DOF installed

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 08:19

So, last time I had some issues. I don’t know the reason for it – but suddenly PinballX didn’t want to start and it was related to a hang provoked by pindmd.dll distributed by that software. Took me awhile to figure that out.

So, well. Since then, a new year has arrived and turkey dinner has been devoured. I started setting up DOF (Direct Output Framework) that adds feedback to the cabinet two days back. It was a whole different experience I can tell you. But, I had a small issue with the night-mode that in effect turns off the noisy parts. A short mail to Steve in Canada and a bit of poking around with at small screwdriver following his directions and I had if fixed.

Ended up playing for a couple of hours yesterday with night-mode on. It was really fun. Headset + the backlight you see in this short video really changes the experience. I have a day off on Friday, and I can tell you now that it is going to be used in front of the cabinet with the night-mode off.

The cabling inside the cabinet doesn’t look very nice at the moment. That I’m going to address next week.

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31 December, 2016

Even more progress

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 06:32

So, the ugly beast has got some legs now. Added a button and put in the long awaited coin door. Did play for a couple of hours last night. Was very fun even thouh I haven’t connected any of the DOF hardware.

Suddenly the power went and all kind of weird stuff started to happen. At first I didn’t manage to get the backglass monitor start. Once that was resolved – and I don’t know why it came back all of a sudden, then PinballX, the frontend that I’m using is refusing to start.

Hope to get it up and running again today. No clue what might cause it.

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28 December, 2016

Even more progress

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 21:05

Might not look to be much difference from yesterday, but now at least the buttons are attached. I still have to cable them to the controller. I’ve decided to first get the computer up and running and only connect the plunger/nudge controller. Once that is working I’m going to attach the DOF controlled kit.

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