Fish Tales shop job is complete! It plays GOOD!

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Fish Tales shop job is complete! It plays GOOD!


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    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Well, I have been hard at work shopping out the FT I picked up last weekend.

    Rebuilt flippers including coils (had incorrect mediums on it.. put the high powers on it)
    Re-sleeved all other coils
    Replaced many playfield plastics including the clear boat ramp.
    Polished everything else...
    Repaired J115 trace and replaced J115 and J121 connectors on power driver board.
    Installed Cointaker cool white frosted in lower GI.
    Installed PBL 3 led white in upper GI under plastics.
    Installed Cointaker warm white frosted in boat GI
    Installed Cointaker flashers

    It plays like the DEVIL machine is it. Very FAST, and unforgiving. Short ball times unless you get on a roll. I really enjoy this machine. I have been destroying TZ recently and I needed some variety in the game room. Think I might keep this one a while and see if I can't master it.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Look's Great Shane.. Sorry i haven't been by lately.. I have a Bone in my back ,,ouch !!!

    Will be by 1-nite this week.. Will call 1st... TMZAGYTRE


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Here are a few more with the lights on....


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    BLACK_ROSE said:

    I have a Bone in my back ,,ouch !!!

    Like a foreign bone of some sort impaled into your back??? ¡¡¡That doesn't sound good at all!!!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    But yeah, come on over. TZ and FT await...


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Will be there soon... Should i bring a Few Thousand ? Is it 4-Sale yet.. FH

    Also ,, Man that Mother's Polish Really make's those Chrome habitrail's Shine !!!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Nice job

    I always thought TZ was hard until I played FT!

    Brutal at times but soooo addictive


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    BLACK_ROSE said:

    Should i bring a Few Thousand ? Is it 4-Sale yet.. FH

    Mmmm... probably not yet

    Maybe one of these days. I would have to have something GOOD lined up to replace it first. Like AFM, MB, TAF, etc... something I could keep for a while and enjoy.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    What a beautiful looking playfield!!!! That's why I want a FT.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    hey shanetastic i am spending a little bit on my Fish Tales to make it look a bit better. i got ripped off to start with and the lights and what not are making the overall cost well over the odds.What have you spent on this machine all told??


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    That FT looks GREAT shane!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    mickthepin said:

    hey shanetastic i am spending a little bit on my Fish Tales to make it look a bit better. i got ripped off to start with and the lights and what not are making the overall cost well over the odds.What have you spent on this machine all told??

    If the game is already playing as you like, really making everything look better is more labor than anything.

    I purchased new star posts, pop bumper caps, the plastics on either side of the boat, the slingshot plastics, the clear boat ramp plastic, a few decals, and the pinbits clear plastics kit for the rest of the clear plastic bits. I removed pretty much everything from the top of the playfield and cleaned the playfield surface with Novus 1. Then I polished all of the metal parts and posts with Mothers and reinstalled. Don't remove all of the metal guides and posts at the same time, because it would be easy to lose track of where everything went. I just strip the playfield to that point and work my wy around a piece at a time polishing and cleaning. Finally, reinstall each playfield piece, polishing with novus 2 for plastics, and mothers for metal.

    I would say that I spent close to $200 on parts (the clear plastic ramp was half of that cost) for the playfield shop and the rest was just my time. Maybe 20hrs on the actual playfield part. Led lighting is another big improvement in my opinion. Cointaker and Pinball life have some good solutions. There are kits available and they usually turn out good, but desiging your own kit through trial and error can yeild better results if you are willing to invest the time.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    You didn't mention the under p/f component's.. I know you Rebuild the Flipper's , Pop-bumper's , sling- shot's , Etc.... telll , Keep Goin !!! More info...


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    You have standard flipper bats and not the "W" logo ones?

    Looks great otherwise. FT was made for LEDs!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    GoneFishinLvMsg said:

    You have standard flipper bats and not the "W" logo ones?

    Yeah, I noticed the non "W" bats the other day.

    So, I guess add $6 more or so to the total cost...


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Looks amazing!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    nice


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    BLACK_ROSE said:

    You didn't mention the under p/f component's.. I know you Rebuild the Flipper's , Pop-bumper's , sling- shot's , Etc.... telll , Keep Goin !!! More info...

    I was assuming that mickthepin was content with the way his FT was working otherwise... so I was just explaining what I did to the playfield itself.

    There is a lot of work under the playfield if you want to be overly obsessive like I get sometimes. I like to target the components that provide most of the action in the game... flippers, pops, and slingshots at least. If they are all in tip top condition, the game really comes alive... and of course, fresh rubber!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Looks great, I will find one someday


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Very nice and very clean - nice job


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    "WOW, what a beauty!!"


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    shanetastic said:

    GoneFishinLvMsg said:

    You have standard flipper bats and not the "W" logo ones?
    Yeah, I noticed the non "W" bats the other day.
    So, I guess add $6 more or so to the total cost...

    You need to go for the lighting flips, if you're into a challenge


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    How bad do the LED's ghost?


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Looks nice, but those flippers
    i like the warm or yellow lights under the boat.
    I'll be ordering some of those noflix for my lower playfield tomorrow.
    Do you have any strobe/flicker issues?


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Actually, the only time I notice any ghosting is during video mode when all of the lights turn off. But it is not bad at all. During regular play, I don't notice any at all.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    RawleyD said:

    How bad do the LED's ghost?

    Mine ghosted bad, especially the fish inserts and the "LIE" inserts. Some ghostbusters from Pinballlife took care of it. I do not have any flickering.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    nice looks like i need to get LED for my Fish Tales, there must be alot more lites in FT then others due to cost of the kit


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Pardon me for being 2 weeks late... Just wanted to a 'Day-um!! That looks good!'. Nice work!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    FT is such a beautiful PM all around!


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    great job.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Lighting looks amazing, wish I owned it.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    You did a great job on that. My Fish Tales is in very good condition and I thought it looked good, but yours really SHINES!!! I need to put some LED's in mine and clean it up some more. Don't think I'll ever sell it.
    Mike


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    dvandentop said:

    nice looks like i need to get LED for my Fish Tales, there must be alot more lites in FT then others due to cost of the kit

    they always like to charge more for the kits..


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    More inspiration to clean up and sharpen up mine.
    I've just put a few LEDs in mine so far and it helps so freak'n much.


    donjagra

    Pinball master
    3,002,000 4
    2 years, 7 months ago
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    GoneFishinLvMsg said:

    You have standard flipper bats and not the "W" logo ones?

    I think you mean the ones with the lightning bolts.

    Looks great Shane.


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    can you scan and email your cointaker order form showing what exactly you ordered for this game to me? want to do LED on my FT

    dvandentop@msn.com

    thanks

    also what are correct coil #'s for flippers so i can check mine


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Fast-4-Ward to almost the end and some of shanetastic's FT footage is Available..

    .. » YouTube video


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    The backbox was still standard bulbs in the video. Leds really helped the colors pop out better... check the before and after...


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    Oh and yeah, don't worry, I am NEVER gonna sell this one! There will never be a price dispute. I love FT!!! :D


    2 years, 7 months ago
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    wow amazing difference! yeah i am not planning on selling my FT either



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