Well after recently selling a batman cabinet to a fellow forum member and having a discussion around visual pinball and how I first played with it during its early years to get a feel for how the real machines played before I went and bought one, I have caught the bug.
6 years ago I used to build and sell the classic pacman cocktail tables and dabbled in pinballs on the side. Now in the final months before i relocate from the UK to the USA I bloody well get the virtual bug
I---> 2 sheet 3/4" Plywood
---> used legs
---> new widebody lockbar
---> new "old" bally siderails
---> used coin door
---> used pinball shooter
---> pinball service buttons
---> new playfield and backbox glass
- 46" 16:9 lcd Samsung full hd 1080p screen
- 32" 16:9 lcd Sony hd ready 720p screen
- 17" 4:3 lcd Dell monitor dmd-screen
---> winxp sp3
---> Quad core Q6600 3ghz
---> 4gig ddr3 ram
---> 64gb ssd Oz Agility (read: 230MB/s - write: 135MB/s)
---> nvidia gtx250 with 1gb ram (for playfield and dmd)
---> nvidia 9600GT with 512mb ram (for backbox/backglass)
---> soundblaster x-fi crystalizer pci soundcard
---> 2.1 Altec Lansing sound system with subwoofer
---> 600 watt 80+ arctic psu / 86% efficiency
- 2 industry relay for flipper-force-feedback
- 2 mercury switches for nudge left/right
- all connected to an ipac
- 3x 220mm artic silent fans for cab ventilation (2x cabinet / 1x backbox)
- Decals reproduced using Illustrator/Photoshop by myself and printed by local sign company
Build History (Days are working days on the build not calendar days)..
Day 1, Get pointed in the direction of the Hyperspin website by someone picking up an old Batman machine i had.
realize how far Visual Pinball has come since i last played with it on my pc 5 years ago. See the amazing machine
Chriz built, and get inspired.
Day 2, measure the Twilight Zone machine i have to get exact measurements and draw up dimensions.(pdf now attached for clear view)
Day 4, run down to local wood yard and get plywood cut to size.
dig out tools needed (wood glue, air compressor, air stapler, clamps, straight edges ,etc,etc)
Day 5. schedule a 'work from home day with work' and in between answering emails, start marking out the smaller cuts that need
to occur and assemble the cabinet.
Day 5, 8 hours later stand back and admire handy work.
Day 6, after acquiring the screen for the backbox, take the backbox apart and widen the top, bottom and back due to seller
of the monitor not knowing he had a 32" screen not a 30". ARGHHHHHHHHH.
Day 7, install the de-cased 32" and 17" DMD monitor.
Day 8, take MAC clone apart and use it for donor PC. setup Win XP and software.
Day 9 install the PC, pinball legs and take it for a test run.
Day 10, order up the parts i didn't have already.
Away for 2 weeks due to work
Day 11, sand cabinet down and prime.
Day 12, sand primer to find low spots and fill with auto filler.
Day 13, sand auto filler down and prime again.
Day 14, sand primer down and apply 3 coats of gloss black
Day 15-17 let it dry
Day 18, test fit repro bally siderails. Find they are too long and need to be cut down, also hole precut in siderail for flipper buttons are in the wrong place. Decide to swap sides on siderails so section I need to cut off is the part with the flipper button holes
Day 19, Since the backbox had to be wider to accommodate the 32" screen I could not use a std speakerboard so I need to make one. Measure up the TZ one so i know where DMD hole needs to be and how high it is. Cut a new one out of 12mm mdf.
Day 20, decide to make dealing with DMD hole easier, I would do as Williams did and put a plastic cover over the speakerboard. Got a sheet of 2mm plexi and cut to size. Then cut out speaker holes and masked off the location of the DMD area. Sprayed inside of plexi black.
Looked for options for channel for bottom of speakerboard to sit in, found a plastic channel in hardware store that would work. Also needed something H shaped to sit over the top of the speakerboard and also accept the backglass. Could not find anything H shaped so got 2 more sections of square channel and glued them back to back to make an H. sprayed all these bits black.
Day 21, once I had speakerboard installed and found a trim piece of wood to sit in front of the top edge of the monitor, I measured the size i needed for the backglass.
Day 22, had Backglass cut by local glass company, masked of centre and painted outside edges black to hide screen surround.
Day 23, Started down the road of doing a Transformers theme for the artwork. There has never been a transformers pinball and I had access to some really high res images so thought it would look good.
Day 30, pretty much completed the artwork for Transformers and then see the sneak peak video of oooPLAYER1ooo's Doctor Who table on Hyperspin's forum. Reminded me of the Dr Who machine I had and how much I loved it. Also with the new Doctor Who series out it just felt right so I parked the Transformers artwork and started designing a close reproduction of the original Dr Who artwork from the pinball machine.
Day 33, send the artwork to the printers to get it printed out.
Day 34, artwork back, pinball legs off and time to sand the cabinet yet again. once sanded a good wipedown to remove any dust and start applying decals.
Day 35, Trim decals and fit legs. put playfield monitor etc back in and test run.
Day 36. Sit back and enjoy. Send picture to mate who has the Dr Who real table and when asked about the pictures believes it to be a real machine
finally got around to getting the coin door painted.
1 weeks from now, load into a container and ship to North America when we move
Edited by mameman23, 10 January 2013 - 03:07 PM.