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Welcome to Pinball Intrigue, where I indulge my fascination with the silver ball. Here you will find posts regarding my pinball experiences, pinball machine repairs and mods, a virtual pinball build, and links to other pinball sites.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

The Virtual Pinball Cabinet Takes Shape


Here are some great photos of the cabinet with the veneer applied. I was fortunate to have the help of my friend Andrew, a custom cabinet builder who did much of the work in getting the veneer on. He then routed the holes for the flippers and the front panel. To the left is a photo of the cabinet, and the image to the right is the backbox. No more Lethal Weapon 3 graphics! I think it turned out great...



The next step is to do some light sanding. Then I'll make a trip to Woodcrafters and see if I can find a stain that appeals to my sense of color. I had bought a fruitwood stain some time ago but it turned out a little too orange and I'm looking for more of a reddish color. Progress has been made!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Steampunk Materials for Virtual Pinball

Due to some unforeseen work required on my house, and some beautiful weather lately that calls for spending time outdoors, I haven't had much time to work on the Virtual Pinball Machine. I have been drawing up diagrams and should be able to post those soon. I also eliminated the use of some materials such as the Weeden Steam Engine and the Model T Buzz Coil, which will be funneled to other steampunk projects. Also, I'm not sure if the gyroscope will also be incorporated into the design yet.

In the meantime, here are some other parts that will be incorporated into the machine:


A knife switch in beautiful condition, with the fuses still attached. Electrically, I'm not comfortable with having exposed metal conducting current. Instead, it will actually be the door & handle that opens up on the front panel, and allows access to the inside parts.

Here we have a "smart" power strip. This has a "always hot" outlet than detects when the power of the device is turned on. When this happens, it switches on the other outlets as well.

Some valve handles that will be repainted and used with copper pipes...

Finally, the guts of an old Crosby radio. I will dismantle the face and incorporate the tubes into a visual function - they won't actually do anything except glow and look pretty.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pinball machines at Disney World

Here's a photo I snapped coming out of Space Mountain at Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld Florida. The ride disembarks you into a gift store/arcade which is where I took the photo...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I'll be resuming work on the virtual pinball machine in June, it should finally be warm enough around here by then. In the meantime I'm headed to Florida for a much-needed vacation...