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Classic Space PINBALL Machine [With Alternate Blacktron Base]
Hey everyone, here is my latest moc: A Classic Space Pinball Machine!!! I must say, I am really happy with the way this build turned out! I was inspired to build this after I watched some videos on youtube about these LEGO pinball machines. I watched a tutorial on how to build one. My design is based on that one, but I made many many modifications such as the stand that hold the box in an inclined postion. That's just one out of many modifications which you will see below. Enjoy! Please rate and comment if you like this build!
About this creation
Some shots of the whole build:













Some close up shots of the base:

At first, I had originally built a rocket ship and launch pad to go on top of the rocks. Unfortunately, it was so tall that it prevented the player from seeing the rest of the base easily while playing. After that, I built this little buggy to take its place on the rocks.


On the right we have a pair of antennae used for transmitting signals and other means of communications, and on the left we have a spinning radar dish used for scanning the nearby area for approaching life forms... or enemies... ehem... BLACKTRON...


Here's the command center, complete with power generators on the back, a communications tower, a satellite dish (spacemen have to watch TV somehow), and a spacecraft flying by.


This little box extending from the actual machine is where you insert one of the little balls to start the game. As soon as the ball is inserted, it makes its way into the base and rolls between the rocks onto one of the levers that you press to play.


When not playing or when carrying the game from one place to another, the little dish that extends from the box can be used as a lid. Pretty neat huh?


This is your goal. To win, the ball has to go in through it.

Features and Mechanisms:

This is probably my favorite feature of the entire build. Here's why:


It's a storage compartment for the balls! I love opening and closing this thing. Not sure why, but it gives me this nice, smooth sensation. It's almost relaxing :P
In case you're wondering, those balls are plastic BB gun pellets. I know, NOT LEGO, but I don't have any LEGO piece of that size that would work properly for the game. And besides, I tend to lose these balls all the time while playing... I wouldn't risk losing any lego piece.


On the front of the box, this little hatch can be opened for the balls to make it back to the player. When you play and the balls make it into one of the holes, they roll through the inside until they come out through the hatch and fall onto the large, tiled base below the hatch

Disassembly and base-changing.

First, you remove the 1x3 bricks located over the levers you use to play. Second, you remove the levers. Lastly, you simply pull out the base.


Here's a shot of the interior. The mechanics are very very simple. Whenever a ball falls through any hole in the bases, it falls on the center pathway that leads straight to the exit hatch, or it falls on one of the slopes on the sides that leads it into the center path.


Here's an interior shot with the storage compartment pulled out. As you can (hopefully) see, the storage compartment forms part of the walls that keep the balls on the path. Therefore, it must remain closed while playing.

Alternate Base:

Yep, I built a second, much harder, Blacktron-themed base!


Here's a closer look. This alternate is much harder than the previous because it has more obstacles, more holes (that make you lose a lot), and the goal is placed on the side.


One of the obstacles is a Blacktron fighter situated on a landing platform. The fighter was originally bigger, but since it took up so much space and also made it difficult for the player to see the rest of the base, I resorted to making it smaller. It looks much cooler now than it did originally.


On this side we have the command center. This building serves the same purpose that the rocks do in the CS base: transporting the ball from the insert box onto the levers on the bottom. I think it looks really neat. Gotta love those Blacktron colors.


Here we have the research facility, complete with a radar dish, communications antenna, and some other sci-fi looking features. The power generator is a transparent neon green bar situated in the back of the building.


Here's your goal.

Separate shots:

Bases:




Main Buildings:




Vehicles:




Oh, remember the two little technic pins on the back of the box? This is what they do:

Easy to carry everything all together.

That's all, folks! I hope you enjoyed viewing this moc! By the way, if anyone knows how to upload videos to a MOCpage, please tell me how it can be done. I would love to provide a video showing how this can be played and how fun it is.

Thanks for stopping by! God Bless & Keep On Brickin'!



Comments

 I made it 
  August 16, 2016
Quoting Daniel H. Oh, good point. Unless they scaled up the whole thing, and used Bionicle Zamor balls/soccerballs. If it ever became a set, I would most DEFINITELY buy it.
That would be cool! I totally agree.
 I made it 
  August 16, 2016
Quoting Justin Li This looks so much fun to play. Would be a great follow-up to the Ideas maze.
Thanks! I'll have you know, before creating this, I wanted to build the maze. Although the lack of parts for a properly sized maze drove me to this.
 I like it 
  August 14, 2016
This looks so much fun to play. Would be a great follow-up to the Ideas maze.
  August 10, 2016
Oh, good point. Unless they scaled up the whole thing, and used Bionicle Zamor balls/soccerballs. If it ever became a set, I would most DEFINITELY buy it.
 I made it 
  August 10, 2016
Quoting Daniel H. Oh dang, you should totally submit this to Ideas! :D
Hmm, not a bad idea actually. I'll consider it. Though LEGO's gonna have to make new tiny pellets cause the ones I used here are BB gun pellets.
 I like it 
  August 10, 2016
Oh dang, you should totally submit this to Ideas! :D
 I made it 
  August 10, 2016
Quoting Daniel H. Oh my... This is so freaking awesome! Dang, I want to build a pinball machine now. :P
Hahaha it is much fun to play as well! Thanks, Daniel! I am happy to know that you like it.
 I like it 
  August 10, 2016
Oh my... This is so freaking awesome! Dang, I want to build a pinball machine now. :P
 I made it 
  August 10, 2016
Quoting Per Bonde Hi Gerald. Great job. And Blacktron!
Hello, my friend! Nice to see you around! Thanks :)
 I like it 
  August 10, 2016
Hi Gerald. Great job. And Blacktron!
 I made it 
  August 4, 2016
Quoting David Roberts Either of the two bases would be super micro builds but the fact that they're part of a pinball game is just brilliant. I like your use of BB pellets to get a small diameter ball for the game. Aren't they quite light? They must fly around the table. I couldn't spot a link to video to see it all in action but I am on my 'phone viewing this. Great fun and very original.
Hello, David! Thanks so much for the kind words. Surprisingly, the pellets rarely ever fly off the board. It's like the gravitational pull on whatever moon those CS and Blacktron bases are set is super strong. The game works very very smoothly. As for the video, I have not yet been able to prepare it because I am currently working on a brickfilm, which is almost done! I will get to the video shortly afterwards.
 I like it 
  August 4, 2016
Either of the two bases would be super micro builds but the fact that they're part of a pinball game is just brilliant. I like your use of BB pellets to get a small diameter ball for the game. Aren't they quite light? They must fly around the table. I couldn't spot a link to video to see it all in action but I am on my 'phone viewing this. Great fun and very original.
 I made it 
  August 3, 2016
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Wow! This is absolutely brilliant! I love the alternate base idea, the blacktron being my favorite. The little ships and rovers are magnificently detailed on such a small scale. Here's my stack of quarters! :-)
Hahaha thank you so much, Clayton. I hope you're well :). How is your daughter?
 I like it 
  August 3, 2016
Wow! This is absolutely brilliant! I love the alternate base idea, the blacktron being my favorite. The little ships and rovers are magnificently detailed on such a small scale. Here's my stack of quarters! :-)
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting VAkkron It almost seems unlikely that a pinball game this small could be effective, without over-powering the balls relative to the obstacle course. I'm pleased to hear that isn't the case. Your layouts are very well decorated, and I am particularly fond of the mini vehicles and the CS satellite dish. Well played Gerald!
Hey, Vakkron! Thank you very much for the kind comment. Yeah, for the scale of the build, it seems hard to make it work. I had to make several modifications after finishing the build to get all the functions to work flawlessly. I hope to add a video soon showing the gameplay. Thanks again!
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting VAkkron It almost seems unlikely that a pinball game this small could be effective, without over-powering the balls relative to the obstacle course. I'm pleased to hear that isn't the case. Your layouts are very well decorated, and I am particularly fond of the mini vehicles and the CS satellite dish. Well played Gerald!
Thanks, Vakkron! Very glad you liked the build! It's small, yes, but I managed to make it work just right :)
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting VAkkron It almost seems unlikely that a pinball game this small could be effective, without over-powering the balls relative to the obstacle course. I'm pleased to hear that isn't the case. Your layouts are very well decorated, and I am particularly fond of the mini vehicles and the CS satellite dish. Well played Gerald!
Thanks for the nice comment, Vakkron! I'm glad you like the build :)
 I like it 
  August 2, 2016
Nice! It's gonna be fun shooting the balls with your design!
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting Hildigrim Took Brilliant! Really inspiring too, I might have to make a Lord of the Rings one ;)
Now that is something I would like to see! Thanks my friend!
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting D H Absolutely brilliant build! Very creative and I love the alternate base. The micro is excellent, and the colors and designs are just a pleasure to view. Great job!
Hi, D H! Thank you for the kind words, my friend! I can agree with the visually pleasant colors. This build is fun to look at :P
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting Luuk S Lovely little machine! Adding video can only be done by linking to a third party service (youtube, vimeo etc). Uploading here isn't supported.
That'll have to do. I'll add a video however I can after I finish my brickfilm. Thanks for the nice comment :)
 I made it 
  August 2, 2016
Quoting Marley Mac I agree with Werewolff, it's a very cool idea and you executed it greatly. I also really like how much you thought how the your parts would affect the game. Now I want to try playing it! P.S. Did you notice that the CS command centre looks a bit like a robot's head?
Thanks, Marley! And yes, I did notice that the command center looks like a robot's head. My uncle actually thought it was a robot when I first showed him the game :P
 I like it 
  August 2, 2016
Brilliant! Really inspiring too, I might have to make a Lord of the Rings one ;)
 I like it 
  August 2, 2016
Absolutely brilliant build! Very creative and I love the alternate base. The micro is excellent, and the colors and designs are just a pleasure to view. Great job!
 I like it 
  August 2, 2016
Lovely little machine! Adding video can only be done by linking to a third party service (youtube, vimeo etc). Uploading here isn't supported.
 I like it 
  August 2, 2016
I agree with Werewolff, it's a very cool idea and you executed it greatly. I also really like how much you thought how the your parts would affect the game. Now I want to try playing it! P.S. Did you notice that the CS command centre looks a bit like a robot's head?
 I like it 
  August 1, 2016
It almost seems unlikely that a pinball game this small could be effective, without over-powering the balls relative to the obstacle course. I'm pleased to hear that isn't the case. Your layouts are very well decorated, and I am particularly fond of the mini vehicles and the CS satellite dish. Well played Gerald!
 I like it 
  August 1, 2016
It almost seems unlikely that a pinball game this small could be effective, without over-powering the pinballs relative to the obstacle course. I'm pleased to hear that isn't the case. Your layouts are very well decorated, and I am particularly fond of the mini vehicles and the CS satellite dish. Well played Gerald!
 I made it 
  August 1, 2016
Quoting Werewolff . What a great idea, and you've executed it perfectly! Great microbuilds all round and well done on the inclusion of actual play-ability. Nice work!
Thank you very much, my friend. I am glad you like the game :)
 I like it 
  August 1, 2016
What a great idea, and you've executed it perfectly! Great microbuilds all round and well done on the inclusion of actual play-ability. Nice work!
 I made it 
  August 1, 2016
Quoting Caleb Walker Very nice! I like the themes!
Thank you :)
 I like it 
  August 1, 2016
Very nice! I like the themes!
 
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