RFM Prototype Differences:
Version 2.00 for pinball2000.de
There were several RFM machines build with a prototype playfield and
cabinet that were used on test locations and shown on ATEI in London. As
the playfield layout for the tasks (BigOBeam, Paris...) changed (I suppose
with SW version 0.5 or even less), I suspect that most of these prototype
machines were smashed or whatever. With great luck I got into posession
of a prototype machine in parts that was delivered to europe (france version).
This machine is still not complete (monitor) but I already took a lot of
pics (thanks to Gerhard Goller for the camera - Canon Powershot S10). The
sideart of the cabinet and the backflash show for my eyes no visible differences
to the series version. Within the cabinet I found only two major differences
- the cover for the powerdriver seemed to be a metal cage??? (none in mine
but I've seen one) and in series version WMS prepared the tin where the
transformer is mounted with an openable hole for ethernet cable output.
The playfield has many many artwork detail differences but nearly no mechanical
difference that I found. Only reasonable differences are the spots on the
slingshots, the cover of the right ramp, which was cut out of one promo
I found out, that there are different versions of RFM ROMs with different
versions of initial game code. I found a version with code
The prototype playfield has 5 (GI) lamps less than the final version. Missing are 57A, 48A, 47B and the 2 spotlights on slings.
The following pictures show mainly the artwork differences of the PF.
Always find the prototype on the left and the series
version on the right side
Cabinet hole for ethernet on series version
Ramp cover made of the promo plastics in series version
The upper playfield area color green begins later on series version. The center Targets are flat!
The Left return lane contains trademarks and no longer the Joe Dillon memory
The right return lane containe (C) 1998 on proto!!:
The Drains look much better on proto with Drain-O BEAM:
The Stroke of Luck hole has now an inscription:
The engine beam of martian saucer (I find proto much better):
The left task section.
The center task section, even the color is different (prototype with 'Siemens' color).
The right task section.
The credits of Pin2000 crew did change.
To be continued. M.Wiest