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Favorite Hacks Part 1
In order to make hacks more fun I always try to figure out the thinking of the person doing the hack. While in some cases the thinking is fairly obvious, in a large percentage there is either no logical reason or the person actually put more effort into the hack than the proper solution would have taken. I don't even know what to say about the allen wrench hack in the first image, other than why leave a perfectly good tool behind. On the second image the person managed to solder one side of the...
 
 
Junkyard Pinball
It's not often I run across a game I haven't played before, but it does happen every so often. Such is the case when I attended Pin-A-Go-Go a couple of weeks ago in Dixon, California. The game was Junk Yard, and Williams only manufactured about 3,000 of this game. I spent a couple of hours playing Junk Yard, and in my opinion it has one of the top five pinball toys ever. The general idea of the game is to collect Junk to complete various contraptions. For example, with the hair dryer and...
 
 
Soldering Circuit Boards
I don't really care if you want to turn a minor problem into a major problem by overestimating your soldering skills, or thinking soldering a pinball circuit board is easy. Although I would recommend against it. I do care that OEM pinball circuit boards are becoming a scarce commodity and you just ruined one. At least 75% (and maybe as high as 90%) of the people currently soldering pinball circuit boards, shouldn't be. As a result, the board repair shops have all seen a dramatic increase in hacked (non-repairable) boards in the last few...
 
 
The Best and the Worst of Pinball
I attended the Pin-a-Go-Go pinball show in Dixon, CA last weekend and found it to exemplify the best and worst of pinball. First the best. As always the people at Pin-a-Go-Go did an excellent job and put on a great show. Plenty of pinballs on free play and a friendly and helpful staff. Not much else you can ask for. On the other hand, I was disgusted by the lack of consideration shown by players when others where waiting to play a game. Of course you always get a few idiots who...
 
 
Any paint job is better than bare wood...
During a discussion on one of the pinball forums about touching up a playfield, I was told that any paint job is better than bare wood. After looking at the photo of this firepower (image 1) I'm not sure how anyone could make that argument. At least bare wood has character. The paint job actually looked much worse in person. I can never imagine the thinking behind this kind of hack-job, but here's my best guesses. Pick your favorite. I don't have any red paint, but maybe that red...
 
 
LED Articles
Just completed a series of articles on LED's. The first, LED Selection and Usage Part 1, covers the variety of LED's available, general pricing and the differences between them. Also discussed are the differences between incandescent bulbs and LED's, which should be considered when upgrading to LED's. Includes an extended video. The second, LED Selection and Usage Part 2, takes the lessons from the first article and puts them in action as I upgrade a Sega Baywatch to LED's. Covers GI lighting, inserts and flashers. Includes an extended video. The...
 
 
Soldering Tutorials
Just finished up our basic and advanced soldering tutorials, including videos. The Basic Soldering Tutorial and Basic Desoldering Tutorial are oriented towards beginners who want to repair wiring or replace solenoids, diodes and switches. Both are structured to get you soldering quickly and properly and include quizzes to measure your progress. Our three part advanced series is oriented towards hobbyists with some soldering experience who want to move on to repairing pinball circuit boards. The first tutorial, Advanced Soldering - Tools and Supplies, provides you with all the information you'll need to select quality...
 
 
 
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