Prior to any committed pinball machine repair I finished the first initial cleaning to get an idea of how the game will look. The amount of grime that came off was pretty impressive.
I still need to decide if I want to do any touch-ups at this point cosmetically or not. I’m inclined to just apply wax to it at this point and let it be, and come back to this in the future. The cosmetic issues on the playfield are not as important as dealing with the switch and battery issues.
I’ve been considering migrating my games at least partially to LEDs
The technology has improved greatly over the last few years since they were initially introduced for use in pinball machines. Particularly where older pins not designed for them are concerned.
My thoughts fall into the following catagories:
- The introduction of Frosted dome bulbs helps with the hot glare points.
- Much lower power consumption – GI and playfield lighting can be your biggest power draw.
- Less heat output – protects valuable game resources.
- Colors – Colored LEDs below playfield inserts can really brighten up a game and enhance the feel
- The bright light points can be VERY annoying – particularly on playfield GI where the bulb is visible to the naked eye.
- Old LEDs didn’t have the same light dispersion directional control as bulbs.
- Light can be very harsh – bulbs are a softer yellow light that our eyes are accustomed to seeing
Today a friend sent me some information on a Dolly Parton pinball machine. Of course I had to call and find out more about the opportunity.
It resulted in my purchasing the game. I’ve started a dedicated page for Dolly Parton along with the associated Task List tracking for things that I need to do, and have accomplished.
Jeremy and I have an agreement to max the Pin collect at 8 machines as that fits comfortably in the space allocated. With this change I now have 9 – must resolve the overage soon.