This picture is of a prototype machine installed in a Canadian expat bar, The Brew, Guangzhou China for testing purposes.
Thunderbirds celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and many related products have been released under license for the franchise. The first series of 'Thunderbirds Are Go' TV series screened in 2015, was very well received and a second series, as well as many other exciting releases, are planned. Thunderbirds is a show that has stood the test of time and has been enjoyed by children and adults across the generations.
Homepin has secured the worldwide rights to manufacture Thunderbirds Pinball, negotiating the rights with the owner of Thunderbirds to be able to supply licensed parts such as playfield toys and cabinet decals for the life of the machine. This means that, unlike many DMD era machines where original parts are no longer allowed to be made, parts will be available legally for as long as you wish to keep the machine going.
About Thunderbirds Pinball
Thunderbirds Pinball will be based upon the following conceptual ideas.
(all concepts & prototyping is subject to change as this project develops)
- Standard pinball cabinet dimensions
- Real mechanical pinball action - (this is NOT a video game)
- Single level playfield with ramps & subways
- LED DMD (no distracting and unreliable LCD screens)
- Embedded Microcontrollers - (there are NO personal computer parts used)
- Homepin legendary bulletproof electronics
- Easy to understand rule set with added depth for experienced players
- All the action of the International Rescue team and their machines
- Eye catching graphics & animated backbox action
- Spare parts available for the life of the machine
- The most substantial warranty in the industry
Homepin is not trying to re-invent pinball, far from it. The most popular machines are standard cabinet, DMD pinballs. There are very valid reasons for this. They are not too heavy or awkward to move around yet provide a great playing experience without taking up too much space.
Homepin is using time tested and proven electronics for the control system (called 'embedded controllers') the same as all Solid State (SS) pinball manufacturers have used since the inception of SS machines and which the largest pinball manufacturer in the world still uses to this day. Embedded controllers are industrial quality and are used in many things you use every day such as remote controllers, air conditioners, microwave ovens, cars, TV & stereo systems and countless others. They are reliable and proven to the point that you probably didn't even know they were used in these everyday products.
Homepin has some innovative ways to implement this embedded system that will make servicing and fault finding more straightforward than in any other machine. The Homepin control system will NOT use any personal computer (PC) parts as these parts are not intended for use in industrial applications such as pinball machines and would create longer term repair issues.