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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, mechs, playfield, Rebuild Tuesday.

By Dermot Tynan, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Not a huge amount to report on the Flash rebuild this week. I completed the wiring harness removal, and ended up dumping a lot of good but smelly copper wire. I briefly thought about re-using the copper wire, but it stinks. Years of cigarette smoke and that strange, ozone smell which lives beneath the playfield of all pinballs. I spent a lot of time removing mechanisms after that, and cleaning (with a toothbrush!) the underside of the playfield. It looks a lot better, now. It's not factory condition by any means, but it's presentable.

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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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coils, flash, flash rebuild, flipper coils, mechs, playfield, Rebuild Tuesday, TP400.

By Dermot Tynan, Monday, August 19, 2019

We just acquired a very old "Flash" playfield in not-great condition, but with all of the original coils and mechs, including the pop bumpers and flippers. We're always on the lookout for old playfields, because they make interesting wall-art. Well, it's interesting wall art if you're into pinball machines. This one came to my notice, and what was interesting about it was the fact it was still fully loaded. I have yet to receive the playfield, it is being shipped as I type this, but the photographs show a playfield which has seen a lot of play, and by the...

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