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Hey everyone!  I'm proud to present my latest project; a full sized, playable, arcade-style K'nex pinball machine!  It took around four months to complete and way too long to film.  Feel free to ask any questions and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed building it!  Comment and subscribe!

A couple notes:

There are three main "features" of the machine.  There are two holes in the floor leading to lifts.  The first path shown in the video is one of these holes, and it leads to a chain lift.  Out of the lift, the ball drops into a flipper and onto a tubed path which winds its way around the entire machine, then back into the middle of the machine where it gets slightly more complicated.

Another feature is next to the left flipper.  The ball drops underneath the machine, and a lift carries it all the way back to the top, where it drops onto the red/green track.

The last feature, which I spent the most time on, is the other hole in the floor.  The mill lift carries the ball to the top, and the ball then drops into a holder.  A second ball is required to release the first one, and both are carried up the back by two small chain lifts.  Once they drop off, they both descend the entire machine, going through a double loop, then another single loop to reach the table.  An interesting note about this feature is that one motor powers all three lifts.  There's a picture showing the gearbox that transmits power to the two small chain lifts.



 
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Angelbane1 year ago
This is awesome but ... where are the instructions
torstenp161 year ago
This is amazing! I have a friend who used to be totally into k'nex, but he never got into stuff this awesome, he kind of just moved on...

I like how you were able to make all the different devices and features flow into each other. All the stuff I've been able to make is very modular and boring, because that's usually all you can do with k'nex.

I think you would make a fortune if you sold this to k'nex and they gave you royalties and such. you should definitely try!
alcurb1 year ago
That is so fantastically amazing. You hit this one out of the park! An even higher dimension to pinball machines!

I like the video shoot and editing. Very nice.

If you could scale one up, 50x or bigger, you will have designed an incredible amusement park ride (minus the flippers of course). The rider sits in a well-padded rolling cage.
shaune231 year ago
Fantastic work. You amaze me with your ability to construct the whole thing.
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!! I would never have the patience to make something like that.
Great Job!!!!!!!!!
MarkPowell1 year ago
Beautifully Done!
jameshond1 year ago
awsome
KneXtreme1 year ago
Wow! Awesome job! By far this is the most epic pinball machine ever.
This is a great combination between a pinball machine and several ball machine components. Definitely my favorite pinball machine. :-D
Alocke (author)  Shadowman391 year ago
Thanks man!
Sorunome1 year ago
This thing is far to awesome! Greate work!
Alocke (author)  Sorunome1 year ago
Thanks Sorunome!
Wow, thats amazing! What a huge mill lift!
Alocke (author)  sandroknexmaster1 year ago
Thanks!
Wow, what a great build!

I suggest adding a picture of the entire machine as the intro shot to show everyone the scale and awesomeness of this. You should also include some description of the different elements, there's a lot going on and I'm not sure I caught it all in the video.

Amazing job, thanks for sharing!
Alocke (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
Done! Thanks for your input!
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