Thursday, May 29, 2008

Orbitor 1 speaks

My Orbitor 1 speaks !

Sterns Orbitor One pinball machine was designed to have a speech board, but not every game had this one installed.. like my machine. It only had a soundboard.

Last year I had already bought a speech board from a Flight 2000 but I had only the board itself, and not the flatcables to connect it to the lamp driver board. And I had once read on from someone who also wanted to upgrade his machine, that there was an additional connector needed in the wiring loom which wasn't present.
So it wasn't a matter of just plugging it in, therefor I never put any time in it.

Last week however I acquired a Stern Freefall. This game also had the sound and speech board installed and had the complete wiring in the backbox. Its condition is too bad to repair (very worn playfield, ..) so I was going to use it for spare parts.
Now I had a full set of board and the complete wiring.. so this week I worked every evening on retrofitting the speech board in my Orbitor One.

I'll make detailed pictures and write an article for my website in a few days..
but the good news is that it was much easier to connect the soundboard than I thought it would be, as the missing connector actually was present in the wiring !!
It was just very well hidden :)

Update: here is the article on about adding a speech board into a Stern pinball machine.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More Space Station pictures

Testing with photography, made some HDR processed Space Station pinball pictures..

Space Station will be leaving soon btw, not enough room in the gameroom and it wasn't quite what we expected from it. But that's a total different story :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

I found Rudy from Funhouse pinball

Funhouse RUDY

A picture I made yesterday at the Open Air Jukebox show in Rosmalen..
I'm sure this is Rudy from the Funhouse pinball machine..

Sure he looks a bit older and clearly had a bad hair day.. but it's really him !

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Monday, May 5, 2008

repair melted plastic

How to repair melted plastic parts - when flamepolishing goes wrong.

New article how to fix melted plastic ramps.. they won't look like new but at least you'll be able to play the game again and don't have to spend over $100 to get a new ramp (if it's available.. or part out the game because ramps cannot be found).

Btw about the HUO Harley Davidson from my previous post, the owner doesn't want to sell. And I'm not that interested in the game to make him an offer he can't refuse :)