Category Archives: DIY

Star Trek: The Next Generation Klingon Bird of Prey Mod

This MOD is of a 1994 Hallmark Klingon Bird of Prey. These Ornament are typically used to replace the smaller less detailed counterpart on the Star Trek: The Next Generation Pinball machine. The Author details his modification of this ornament and provides the PCBs and schematics to fellow Pinheads under the TAPR/NCL license. Continue reading

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EagleCAD Tutorial: Custom shaped PCBs

Learn how to take a DXF (CAD) file and convert it to a custom shaped PCB in EagleCad. The author used this technique to generate custom LED board for use on his Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball project. In 10minutes; you should be able to utilize this technique in your own designs. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe will be at Texas Pinball Fesitival

Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball debuted at Texas Pinball Festival on March 27. 2014 where it won the Grand Champion / Best of Show award.
Checkout the entire documented Phase 1 worklog here. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball – Cabinet work (Part 3)

Stenciling the Bally Star Trek Cabinet with custom stencils from Twisted Pins into a usable base for the Star Trek: Mirror Universe Pinball project this Author continues the work despite having to redo part of the previously laid cabinet art in Part 2. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball – Head work (Part 4)

After restoring a near worthless Bally Star Trek Cabinet and Supersonic head into a usable base for the Star Trek: Mirror Universe Pinball project this Author continues the work by beginning the Stencil work on the head. Continue reading

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Bally (AS-2518) Audio Card tester

Arduino Nano based Pinball Audio Tester w/ opensource code provided. This Audio tester sequences thru the 32 tones in the soundcard PROM at 1.5second intervals allowing debug and adjustments. This Tester should work with any AS-2518 Bally sound card including the -31 and -50 designs. Pinball machines such as the Bally Star Trek and the Paragon. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball – Head work (Part 3)

After restoring a near worthless Bally Star Trek Cabinet and Supersonic head into a usable base for the Star Trek: Mirror Universe Pinball project this Author continues the embellishments in the form Impulse Engine Stenciling via a Laser Cutter, some Airbrush work, and finally some laser cut plastic grills. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball – Cabinet work (Part 2)

After restoring a near worthless Bally Star Trek Cabinet and Supersonic head into a usable base for the Star Trek: Mirror Universe Pinball project this Author adds a couple of embellishments in the form of water slide decals, some airbrush work, and finally adding some metal flake via poly-acrylic clear coat. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball – Cabinet work

Restoring a near worthless Bally Star Trek Cabinet and Supersonic head into a usable base for the Star Trek: Mirror Universe Pinball project. Author Strips existing paint; repairs cabinet damage, and stains the wood black (as in space). Initial Stencil designs created for the side art and front of the cabinet. Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Pinball – Insert artwork

For the last couple of years; I’ve been wanting to do a custom / unique pinball table. This post details how I went about creating custom Pinball table Inserts using the Laser Cutter at Techshop.ws here in Austin. These inserts were cut from 1/4inch acrylic using the laser cutter. Custom inserts created for the warp Nacelles on the Mirror-Universe Enterprise. This post continues the process of creating this one of a kind machine. Continue reading

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