Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:36

Ben Heck enlists Jeri Ellsworth for pinball machine build

By Liz Hartney

Longtime rivals bury the hatchet to conquer Ben's latest pinball challenge

London - 3rd May 2011 - element14, a collaborative social community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, race against the clock to add some essential features to his 'Lost-inspired' pinball build in today's episode of With only a few days remaining until the Midwest Gaming Classic, Ben calls on pinball extraordinaire Jeri Ellsworth to assist with preparing the build in time for Ben's annual gaming and modding experience at this year's conference.

'The rumors are true,' said Ben. 'I teamed up with my long-time arch nemesis Jeri Ellsworth to work on the 'Lost' pinball machine. We laughed, we cried, we partook in an epic battle to the death - well, not quite to the death. In the end we fought and won a greater battle, finalizing the necessary components for the pinball machine just in the nick-of-time.'

The show highlights several critical components of the pinball machine build process, including the design and routing of the ramps, installing one-way gates to direct ball flow, programming modes for some of the sound and moving elements of the machine, and adding a motor to control a hatch on the playfield. Jeri is instrumental in the design and building, helping to incorporate some of 'Lost's' signature elements, including a polar bear ball trough and ball hatch.

'The true essence of collaboration is captured in this episode as two talented professionals with a history of friendly rivalry come together to work toward a common goal,' said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. 'Casting their differences aside, the duo inspires one another through their passion for pinball.'

The episode culminates at the Midwest Gaming Conference where viewers get a firsthand look at Ben's pinball collection on display. Fans of the latest episode are invited to join the discussion online at to register for a chance to win one of Ben's builds.

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