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Bill Paxton Pinball

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Since 2005 I have been working on building my own custom pinball machine and now it is finally finished. It is based off the endlessly quotable films of Bill Paxton and thus is called… get this… Bill Paxton Pinball. (Very creative, I know)

Aside from “stock” items such as flippers and solenoids it has been completely manufactured from scratch. Most of the artwork is from his movies and has been assembled in stylized montage form as is typical for a pinball machine. It is controlled by a single Parallax Propeller CPU which runs PCM audio music & voice clips as well as handling game logic, I/O and driving the custom LED display. I did the mechanical design, layout, construction & programming all myself, except for the sound player libraries that I got off the Parallax Object exchange website.

I’ve prepared all sorts of stuff for people to check out, so please check out the links below. Also, I did consider creating a “Virtual Pinball” version of this machine but ultimately didn’t have the time. If anyone is well versed in that tool and wants to take a crack at it, let me know, I can supply with you specifications.

“Making Of” Story
A four part article that describes the making of the machine in great detail. Includes photos of the guts, making of video links and source code.

Bill Paxton Pinball Photo Gallery
Contains lots of photos of the machine and its various parts (finished condition).

Demonstration Videos
See the machine in action, and check out descriptions / demos of the specific modes and toys.

Bill Paxton Pinball Evolution
A downloadable video demonstrating the process from start to finish.

Notice: Bill Paxton Pinball is a personal project and therefore is not for sale or duplication. All music / images / audio used on it are owned by their respective copyright holders.

 

101 Responses to “Bill Paxton Pinball”

  1. eagle5953 Says:

    Fantastic!

  2. Cprossu Says:

    Very cool, well worth the wait…

    Just out of curiosity,
    I wonder how hard it would be to make a visual pinball (vpinball) version of this table?

  3. Kyosho Says:

    Congrats on finishing an awesome awesome project. That thing looks sweet. I haven’t read the making-of yet, but I’ve followed the process up until now. And just watched all the new videos you posted on youtube. Really wish I could go to MGC and see it/play it.

  4. Hossrex Says:

    “Some celestial event. No – no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should’ve sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful… I had no idea.”

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    Who remembers when Ben first showed the back glass when he made the Arcade Cabinet?

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  29. Anti Says:

    You are crazy.

    I love it!

  30. Kingpin Says:

    Just Incredible…. Its a BenHeck allright….

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  37. passmadd Says:

    Sir, you are a god!

  38. Nissa Says:

    That is sooooo cool!

  39. Wryker Says:

    Oh my sweet sweet goodness….I……MUST…………HAVE………..IT!!!

  40. Ben Kittrell Says:

    Very Nice! Is the Bill Pullman grocery store kiddie ride next?

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  42. Mike K. Says:

    When are you making a Bill Pullman Pinball?

  43. Alain Says:

    Bravo !…..

  44. Steve M. Says:

    Excellent.
    Although…
    Has Youtube sent you a threatening email yet warning of the impending deletion of the audio in your videos? I used a few seconds of violin from an old movie and YT told me that Sony required that it be removed. Stupid thing only had 13 views after a week and I didn’t tell anybody about it. They either have an army of music experts listening to every single video that is posted, or they have “melody recognition software” that analyzes every clip that exists on their servers.

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  47. Ara Garabedian Says:

    Bravo my good man. Absolutely gorgeous. Bill Paxton… of all people… ahahhaha…
    GAME OVER MAN!

  48. Kevin Says:

    Please tell me someone here has Bill Paxton’s contact info and get him over there to play his own game. Would be completely awesome plus he could sign it.

  49. Andy Says:

    OK Ben, you were already my hero for all the cool portable hacks you have done, but this is simply amazing. Not only is it a technical feat to make your own pinball machine, with the physical machine and the computer processing, but by picking Bill Paxton as your theme, you have left no doubt that you truly are king of the geeks, and we are all merely your subjects! Excelsior!!

  50. Lauren Says:

    phenom.

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  54. Chico Rulez! Says:

    Dude, that’s amazing. You’re insane! hahaha

    Congratulations for finally having finished it!

  55. Cletus Says:

    THey’re gonna come in here… they’re gonna come in here and they’re gonna kill us…

    This made my day. Bill Paxton pinball… wow.

  56. mitch Says:

    I don’t get excited by many things. But this is definitely one of them. Bill Paxton will be forever immortalized in your machine. You should talk to an arcade games manufacturer about getting into mass production for arcades across the world. What kind of world would we live in if a kid had to grow up without experiencing the wonder and excitement that is Bill Paxton.

  57. rivera82falcon Says:

    Congrats!!! Excellent work there sir…excellent work!!!

  58. Harlequin Says:

    Great machine Ben – been a long time coming. I noticed two things missing that I would have liked to see, one being a circular tube that would go large and then smaller for Twister mode (ball going around like in a twister) and a Terminator mode or bonus or sound bite since he was in T1 for 15 seconds..

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  66. Aaron Says:

    I have been toying with the idea of trying to build my own pin but I am curious if you would be posting any schematics for your I/O boards or any of the custom boards you built. Amazing job!

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  68. Matt Says:

    This MUST COME to MGC this weekend.

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  74. RC Says:

    That’s undeniably cool. If I was Bill Paxton I would want to play.

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  79. sweetongeeks Says:

    It tis magical.

  80. legman2 Says:

    I once wrote to Bally to see if they’d do an Eddie Feinor machine (he was the famed fast pitch softball pitcher called “The King and His Court” who with 4 players (pitcher, catcher, first baseman, and fileder) would regularly beat all comers at softball). It had potential. Bally quit making them shortly after my suggestion. I have been to MGC but have not been able to attend for the last few years. I have a few machines from the 70′s and one from 1942. Good job, Ben! Like Ferris B., you are my hero. I saw your feature in Isthmus and found the web site off The Daily Page.

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  82. Rick S. Says:

    I’m a huge pinball enthusiast and I have to say this is one of the most creative tables I have ever seen. Plenty of modes to keep people entertained and to spend more money on. A lot of thought went into the creation of this table. Its a shame that pinball is dying out and that there is only one major manufacturer anymore producing tables (and even they are not that great of quality in my opinion).

    I would be fantastic to see your table converted for virtual pinball.

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    I think Billy would benefit from having this machine, and in return he has to play it 1 hour a day for a year.

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  92. Robert Says:

    Why are there coin slots on this machine?

    I would love to have my own custom pinball machine. I would make it perhaps the world’s only pinball machine with no theme. (Why do pinball machines need themes, anyway?) I also might not have a scoreboard — can’t look at it when the action’s too intense, anyway — and just tell you your score thriough the speakers.

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  101. ccipher Says:

    Brilliant! I wish I could play it!

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