The AFM Expansion Kit is designed to add new functionality to the existing Attack from Mars Mini-Saucer LED Kit. Since the kits are intended to work together, it is assumed that your AFM also has an AFM-LED kit.
The original plan for the AFM Expansion kit was to add a highly requested feature to the original AFM-LED kit: The mini-saucer LEDs will now go dark during Strobe Multiball and Video Mode.
As long as I was building an add-on board, I decided to see what other things I wanted to add to Attack from Mars. Several additional features have been included in the AFM Expansion Kit, many of which are shown in the YouTube video below:
New Feature Details
The AFM Expansion Kit takes this a step further. I re-wired the orange insert flasher, as well as the General Illumination (GI) bulbs in each jet bumper.
Now, when you reach "Super Jets", the GI lights in the three Jet Bumpers start an animated chase light show.
In addition, each Jet Bumper hit activates the orange insert flasher, providing even more visual feedback.
With the AFM Expansion Kit, I have restored the control hardware so that backglass GI animations can once again be performed. The kit detects saucer hits and flickers the backglass illumination, providing more visual effects and also making the flash lamp "explosions" stand out more.
To add a little more lighted animation, the AFM Expansion Kit includes two new custom designed metal sidewalls that replace the original sidewalls in the AFM machine. The new sidewalls (produced by Mantis Amusements) feature a row of LEDs that line the bottom edge of the Attack Hallway. The LEDs display different animated patterns, while not interfering with the path of the ball.
The Attack Hallway LEDs are available in a variety of colors: click here for more info.
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