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flash rebuild, general illumination, hardware, LED lighting, pinball repair, playfield.

By Dermot Tynan, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

So now that the playfield has been stripped bare (on the under-side at least), cleaned, and prepped, we've been focusing our attention on the general illumination. So, a few thoughts on GI...

General illumination started out as a series of 6.3 volt incandescent bulbs mounted underneath the playfield but peeking through the business-side, to light it up. Most often, they appear under playfield plastics, lane guides, and anywhere light can be added where it isn't shining in the player's face.

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flash, flash rebuild, pinball repair, playfield, Rebuild Tuesday, TP400.

By Dermot Tynan, Tuesday, September 3, 2019

So, the playfield is a mess. OK, we'll have to deal with that. We can start with the top of the playfield or the bottom. Seeing as this blog is called "Life Under The Playfield", guess where we started!

The big decision here was whether or not to remove the wiring harness. It seems like a drastic step to unsolder the harness because the chances of being able to ever solder it back, are infinitesimally small. Impossible, even. So this is a definitive, never-to-be-undone decision. I did think about doing the playfield first, so I could skip the big harness decision, or at least postpone it, but no...

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By Dermot Tynan, Thursday, August 29, 2019

So, the Flash playfield has arrived. The packaging left a lot to be desired, but overall the playfield is in better shape than I expected. Sure, two things strike you immediately. First, this machine was routed. By that, I mean it was placed in the wild to make money. That's no bad thing. Most of us first encountered pinball in an arcade somewhere, provided and maintained by a route operator. Second, since it was removed from its original cabinet, it has been used as a source of spare parts for other machines. I know it was routed because there are...

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em, hardware, jones plug, pinball, pinball repair, silver ball, smart set.

By Dermot Tynan, Friday, July 19, 2019

So, a couple of years ago, I came across a Williams Smart Set on a for-sale web site. As you can expect, the machine wasn't working. The machine is an Electro-Mechanical monster, which means it operates on relays and score motors. (Check out my earlier post on the subject of EM pinballs). Fun, fun, fun! Anyway, the machine had originally lived in an architects office where they turned on the General Illumination each day, and there it sat, unplayed and unloved. The previous owner had rescued it and had hoped to restore the game to her former glory. Alas, the moving...

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bally bongo, boolean algebra, em, hardware, pinball, pinball repair, silver ball.

By Dermot Tynan, Friday, June 21, 2019

My father liked fixing things. When he wasn't teaching others how to fix television sets (something I myself have never mastered), he would spend evenings and weekends fixing the problem children of manufacturers like Bush and Telefunken. The local TV shop would set aside the really nasty problems, just for him. Often, he would fix weird and wonderful pieces of equipment as a favour, and in return he would be rewarded with some sort of bartered payment. So it was, he arrived home one day in the mid seventies with a Bally Bongo EM. In the style of Professor Caractacus...

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