My name is Tim Carrillo. Ever since I was a kid I loved playing video games in the local arcade. There was also a small selection of pinball machines that I would occasionally play but never really understood what to do and how to progress in those games. In 1993 I was working at a local grocery store and they put a Jurassic Park pinball machine in the break room. This was the first game that sucked me in and I started to understand the rules and strategy. I was constantly late from break trying to get my initials on the high score. I played that game for a little over a year until I found another job in the electronics industry.
Fast forward to 2013, I was browsing the local craigslist and stumbled across a pinball machine for sale. I had completely forgotten about pinball but the ad piqued my interest. I started doing some research on pinball and was surprised that there were still companies making them. I thought it would be neat to own one so I found a local Freddy: Nightmare on Elm Street for sale. It was in need of some work but the price was right. Trying to figure out how to fix the machine I realized that this new hobby was right up my alley.
I've always been interested in electronics, mechanics and how things work. My parents bought me all the Radio Shack electronic experiment kits so I would stop taking apart radios, VCRs and other electronics around the house. I also had a bit of an artistic background. Pinball combined all my interests and soon completely took over all my free time.
Before you know it I was looking for my next machine and then the next and so on. I was fixing, restoring and flipping less expensive machines so I could buy more expensive machines. Finally I bought the machine that sparked my passion, Jurassic Park.
Once I was done fixing and restoring Jurassic Park I started thinking about what I could do to make it better. I started working on a functioning gate to replace the stationary gate above the ramp. Several prototypes later I made something I was happy with.
I then realized that designing mods for pinball machines was just as fun if not more so than fixing and restoring games. It allows me to be creative and not just figure out how things work but rather how I can engineer things to work.
After creating a couple more Jurassic Park mods, I started getting ideas for several other mods. I decided to form Tim's Pinball Mods as a way to share my mods with the pinball community. My goal is to design unique, creative and functional mods that look and feel like they could have been part of the original design.
Tim's Pinball Mods is located in Thornton, CO www.timspinballmods.com