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Pinball Fantasies – Update 2015-07-04

Time for an update I think.

The last thing I wrote here about this project was regarding the apron design.
I have not solved that problem yet, but many others…

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I ordered a widebody lockdown bar, only to realize that the playfield is too wide (super-widebody, anyone?), so I’ll have to cut that one up and lengthen it at some point in the future.
I considered making a new playfield, but I eventually opted to keep this one.

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Mounted the upper playfield temporarily.
The lane dividers have been replaced with yellow Williams-style ones, I think they look better…

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Doing some polishing work on the bumper rings, the left one is polished on the picture.

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I designed a small led-board in diptrace, and had them manufactured by iteadstudio.
It’s really just a pcb for connecting cables to a WS2812B addressable led.

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(Oops, I forgot the capacitor)

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It looks good (colours look a bit off in the picture though)

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A new, corrected version, was sent to itead, and then the leds and capacitors(120nF) were soldered on.

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I also designed some solenoid drivers, they are just mosfets(currently 75N06) and some resistors.

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A parallel to serial shift register (74HC165) is used to read the switches.

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A box made out of wood, for casting a plaster mould for the Drop Zone-VUK-trough.

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It broke when I was a little too forceful removing the wooden box, but it should still work.

The idea is to heat a sheet of plastic, and then vacuum form it over the mould.

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Built a frame for holding 2mm polycarbonate-sheets.
It’s two frames made out of 12mm MDF, held together with some wing-screws.

The vacuum table is three layers of MDF, where the bottom has a hole in the middle for the vacuum, the middle is a frame, and the top is filled with 256 holes

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Heating with a patio heater.

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The result was not good. At all.
I even tried heating from both sides, but the result was the same.

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So I abandoned the vacuum forming (at least for now, I am going to need to vacuum form the cyclone and skyride ramp later on, but one problem at a time)

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So I bought some steel sheet and cut out some troughs instead.

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Ta-daa!

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Drilling some holes for opto switches.

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Mounted on the playfield…

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…and wired up.

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Printed a light guide for the P,A,R,T and Y letters.

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And this is how the playfiled looks now.
Most of the stuff is wired up, and the main issue now is the programming.
I have a thought of running most of the code on a Arduino Mega 2560, we’ll see how well that works :)

And here is a little video of the attract-sequence:

Pinball Fantasies

Pinball Fantasies – Party Land

 

This is the page where I post pictures and updates about my Pinball Fantasies project.

My goal is to build a real version of the popular table Party Land, from the game Pinball Fantasies.

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Pinball Fantasies was released in 1992 for the Commodore Amiga, as well as other platforms such as MS-DOS.
It was designed by the Swedish company Digital Illusions, consisting of Andreas Axelsson, Olof Gustafsson, Fredrik Liliegren and Ulf Mandorff.

In early 1992, they released Pinball Dreams, followed by Pinball Fantasies later in 1992,  and then Pinball Illusions in 1995.
They later changed their name to DICE, releasing Battlefield1942 in 2006.
But enough history, let’s get on with my project.

Chapter One

2012-10-??

I started searching for information about the Party Land table, that wasn’t clear from just playing the game, such as dimensions etc.The result? I found Felipe Sanche’s pages. He had already started building the exact same table as I wanted to build – Great!

http://code.google.com/p/how-to-build-a-pinball/This  is a Google Code page, containing all of his work on this project, everything from vectorised art, to more or less complete 3d models.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/diy-pinball
And this is a mailing list, where some ideas are discussed.

I contacted Felipe and exchanged some ideas, and then found his blog http://jucablues.blogspot.com.br/

2012-10-28

I printed out one of the bumper caps

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It turned out quite well, especially since I was new to 3D-printing.

2012-11-15

I purchased a 12mm thick plywood board, and got it CNC routed according to Felipes Drawings :)

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Before and after sanding.

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Done

2012-12-15

I used my own CNC router for the much smaller upper playfield.

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2013-01-13

I made the left wire guide, just as it was depicted in the game.

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It did not turn out to be such a good design. Will design a new one using four rods instead of three.

2013-01-24

I bought some used parts.

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These will be mounted later…

2013-02-08

Printing the new Bumper Cap.

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Much better than the first one.

2013-02-15

More parts, yaay! :) This time from pinballlife.com

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One of the VUKs Sega P/N 500-6179-00-56 with sensor 180-5145-02…

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2013-02-17

Test mounting of flippers, bumpers and drop targets. (Note the christmas curtains – in february??)

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2013-02-23

Not until now did I notice there was something missing from the upper playfield – the P,U,K and E inserts!

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Test mounting lane dividers and switches

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And some Pop Bumpers, Slingshots and a VUK

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Chapter Two

2013-02-28

Most pinball machines have lights under the playfield, shining through a coloured plastic insert.
This game is no exception, however it does have some non standard shapes, so using off-the-shelf inserts just won’t do.
After many months of being unable to decide what plastic to use, I finally went for Clear Polyester Casting Resin from eti-usa.com

I took quite a while to get the polyester/catalyst proportions right – too little catalyst and it will never harden, too much and it will harden too quickly and crack the mould.

Another hurdle was mixing in the correct amount of colour pigment.

A bit of trial and error solved both of these problems though.

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Here’s a few different techniques I tried:

  • Placing a piece of sheet plastic on the front side of the playfield, and filling the plastic from the rear. – A disaster. It was impossible to get a tight seal between the wood and the sheet.
  • Placing a piece of tape on the front side of the playfield and filling the plastic from the rear. – A bit better, the polyester did not leak this time, but it ended up being concave on the tape side (no idea why though)
  • Placing a piece of tape on the rear side and filling from the front, and slightly overfilling to form a convex shape. – Worked well enough, some of them I hade to ”refill” a second time, but no major hiccups.

2013-04-20

Today we are mixing the red and blue plastic.

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2013-05-04

Green and Yellow

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The green thingy in the letter A is modelling clay/playdoh.

2013-05-10

The last two colours, Purple and White

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As you can see, they are all above the wood surface – they are meant to be sanded down to be perfectly flat.

2013-05-17

Like this!

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Here it is sanded with a belt sander, and then I filled in any missed spot with some clear polyester.

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Looks really good.

2013-05-22

Sanded down again, and some wooden sides mounted.

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2013-05-26

A piece of pipe, a drill and some sandpaper can be made into a tool like this:

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For making these:

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2013-06-09

The Outhole in Felipes drawing was just a hole, and it needed to be modified.

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It’s a bit short, since this will be a widebody game, but it’ll do.

2013-06-29

CNC routed polycarbonate!

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2013-07-13

Got some 33mm wide stainless steel, 1mm thick and formed that to make the outer loop.
I also spotwelded some hinges to make some sort of gate for the Drop Zone and the shooter lane.

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Also made a new left wire guide

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Like the first one, it’s not perfect, but it will do for now.

2013-07-19

More polycarbonate

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And made a loop thingy for Arcade.

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2013-08-02

More stainless steel (too much?)

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2013-08-22

Working on an apron design, might make one from stainless steel, or just use plastics…

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That’s all for now

Next up: Apron, Ramp for upper playfield.

//Emil