Banzai Run Club - Banzaiiiiiiiiiiii!!!

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Banzai Run Club - Banzaiiiiiiiiiiii!!!


By phillymadison

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

I couldn't believe there wasn't a Banzai Run club before today, but each club starts sometime right? I got my BR over the summer. It was my 4th pinball machine and I hunted for this one. Though both the lower add upper playfields are pretty basic alone, when you add the two together you have one of the most unique pinball machines ever. With 3 lower and 3 upper flippers, 3 captive balls, and one of the most satisfying final shots (The Banzai Cliff jump) makes BR a pin that I keep coming back to. I also like getting the victory lap after you become king of the hill. What's some of your BR stories?

#2 3 years ago

If anyone on the west coast wants to exit the banzai club I am looking for one.

#3 3 years ago

It took me 3+ years to finally buy mine. The guy never played it and it was covered with piles if work papers. He owned it for 12 years and bought it from an operator in 1990.

Fun game for sure.

#4 3 years ago

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#5 3 years ago

It's funny cause I never knew about this pin until I bought This Old Pinball #7 Banzai Wars DVD http://www.pinrepair.com/top/ because I wanted to learn more about system 11's. They did a full restoration of a Banzai Run on it. I was blown away with how cool it looked and that something like this was ever made.

#6 3 years ago

LOVE my Banzai!

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from pinlawyer:

LOVE my Banzai!

LOVE my Banzai!!!

#8 3 years ago

Glad to be a member of this club. I'm very proud of my BR. Bought it in parts, clearcoated both fields myself (my first cc project). Very happy with the result!

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I love this game. It is truly something else. The gameplay, the music, the light show, et cetera. It all blends together so perfectly. Wow.

#9 3 years ago

Love this game, played one on location at the strong museum of play. Great theme, gameplay, sounds... Total package IMO. Very unique. I'm jelly of all you with HUO machines

@sk8ball.. Great looking machine, thanks for showing it off :]

#10 3 years ago

Fun game and not too many around. I'll bring mine to the TPF again this year. It was played constantly last year.

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#11 3 years ago

Does anyone know where to buy the coiled cable that powers the magnet that transfers the ball to the upper playfield?

#12 3 years ago

I think I saw where someone bought one of those old headphone cords with the 1/4" jack one one end from an online stereo store. Then cut the jack off and stripped the wires. They probably come in all sorts of lengths.

EDIT: Something like this:
amazon.com link »

#13 3 years ago

I'd love to pick up another one some day -- excellent game!

#14 3 years ago

I have a good friend that has a Banzai run I get to play often so does that count

#15 3 years ago

Still looking for a Banzai if anyone is looking to trade or sell.

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#16 3 years ago

Just picked up a Banzai Run! Anyone have any spare parts, plastics, or oddities they have for this game that they might be interested in selling?

#17 3 years ago

If you will it dude, it is no dream. See my post from 17 days ago, re-joined the club today. Happy to have it back, though I've definitely got work to do to get up to speed and with my current queue that may be awhile.

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#18 3 years ago

Thinking about selling or trading my Banzai. A little help with value? 4500 to 5500? My is Cosmetically great and plays well. Some cab damage, but just a few scuffs.

2 months later
#19 3 years ago

Joining the club this week

Also, just bought this vintage metal sign 28". Pretty sick!

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#20 3 years ago

Joined the club last month! Looking to do an epic restore of it over the winter!

#21 3 years ago

Long time member with XR-7 playfield here!

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#22 3 years ago

The Silverball Pinball museum in NJ got one in this past month if anyone wants to play one on location. It was having some sound effect issues and for some reason someone put Demolition Man flipper handles on it. But other than that it's a really nice looking machine.

#23 3 years ago
Quoted from Hammerhead:

Joined the club last month! Looking to do an epic restore of it over the winter!

congradulations, I know you've been looking for one for a long time, patience is always worth it.......

Here's mine, been owning one for at least 5 years.

I'm sorry but I could'nt find 1 picture of it complete so here are a few...

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#24 3 years ago

Officially joined today!!

As well, just changed how I move pins today. No more ramp into my arcade and I don't need any help! woot! May be awhile till I build a new deck. I had this French Door installed that opens out as it was the only way to get pins into the Arcade.
Pixelated for some reason

AS WELL!!! Great news...... I just beat the Factory Score #1. lol

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#25 3 years ago

I just put my beloved BR at my parents place. I'm moving into a smaller appartment and they have the space for it. No way I'm selling it. I see it as an extra reason to visit them once in a while .

After placing it there I played a few test games. MAN this game is great.

To all of you that have a mylared BR: I definately recommend clearcoating it. If done right, the game will play all the better for it. Mine 'feels' like a WPC-game now. Hard to describe, and different strokes for different folks, but I LOVE it.

#26 3 years ago
Quoted from Jappie:

To all of you that have a mylared BR: I definately recommend clearcoating it. If done right, the game will play all the better for it. Mine 'feels' like a WPC-game now. Hard to describe, and different strokes for different folks, but I LOVE it.

Mine was mylared about 10 years ago when I bought it, I removed the mylar and clearcoated it and I don't regret the hard work at all, the game plays much better.
Mine will be in my testament for my kids......and I'm not kidding.

#27 3 years ago

Mine is out right now getting clear coated and put back into a nice fresh stenciled cabinet! Can't wait to get this "new" one home!

#28 3 years ago

I don't have any Mylar.. "just by slings" did they ship some with and without?

#29 3 years ago
Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

I don't have any Mylar.. "just by slings" did they ship some with and without?

I'm not sure what the possibilities were, back in 1988. Maybe some were shipped with mylar and some without. But I've also heard stories that mylar was shipped seperately with the game, so operators could make their own decision to install it or not.

Either way, examples both with and without mylar exist (and the XR7 clearcoated sample games, of course). I actually sold my first BR fairly quickly after buying it, because that was a non-mylared game with damaged insert decals. This was before the time that insert decals became available.

#30 3 years ago
Quoted from wcbrandes:

Mine is out right now getting clear coated and put back into a nice fresh stenciled cabinet! Can't wait to get this "new" one home!

Congradulations, I'm happy to see that you found a 100% working BR!
I'm sure you'll love the game, it's a simple game but it always keeps me coming back....

#31 3 years ago

After removing the mylar, the whites are still white except for outside the mylared area where it has yellowed. Can you ever bring this back to white before you clear?

#32 3 years ago

I kinda like the yellowed white. It fits the dirt bike theme. The bright white vibrates a bit. That said, I am ok with my imperfect playfield . BTW, you guys put super bands on the upper playfeild yet? It is a must...

#33 3 years ago
Quoted from Hammerhead:

After removing the mylar, the whites are still white except for outside the mylared area where it has yellowed. Can you ever bring this back to white before you clear?

Power sponges in combination with Naphta and lots of patience will get rid of some of the yellowing and ball swirls. It does weaken the top layer of the paint a bit, so be very careful. Once clearcoated, the field is protected again. Good luck!

#34 3 years ago
Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

BTW, you guys put super bands on the upper playfeild yet? It is a must...

Yup, mine has super bands on all flippers. And silicone rubbers from Led4pin.eu everywhere else. It looks and plays beautifully.

#35 3 years ago
Quoted from Jappie:

Yup, mine has super bands on all flippers. And silicone rubbers from Led4pin.eu everywhere else. It looks and plays beautifully.

Yeah without them, I had a hard time getting enough oomf to make the loops. Even with brand new traditional rubbers, I could not manage the shots.

#36 3 years ago

Most of us either are missing the Magnet decal or it is worn down. I found a scan in another post but it was a bit blurry. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/banzai-run-magnet-decal I wanted a crisp decal so I re-drew it in vector.
UPDATED: Right Leg... The Scan had a reflection so you did not see pink

Each color is on its own layer, so if anyone wants to change/adjust the colors you can download the PSD. The layers are Vector Smart Objects.

PSD/TIFF: http://jean-luc-picard.com/Banzai_Run/

#37 3 years ago

Looks like the scan had a reflection on the right leg. I will update the above post in a few mins. The leg should have pink and yellow going up, without that reflection.

#38 3 years ago

What about that white horizontal line in the dirt to the right of the wheel? Otherwise looks real nice!

#39 3 years ago

Not sure if that was part of the decal. The scan from the other thread was a bit hard to see details. I dont have one on my machine and I was unable to find any images of it online.

#40 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing that image, JLP! It's very helpful!

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#41 2 years ago

Does anyone here have a good list of LEDs for the controlled lamps?

#42 2 years ago

Retro's. For GI. And just count But use super-brights for your modes. No list....

#43 2 years ago

I'm still looking to join the club. If anyone knows of a game for sale for a reasonable price let me know. Thanks

#44 2 years ago

Just noticed this club! I've owned two Banzai over the last few years. My current one has an XR-7 playfield but still needs overall restoration to make perfect.... one day

I love the game. Simple and fun... great callouts and music.
I hate how most people dismiss it as a gimmick. Yeah, the upper playfield doesn't play like 'traditional' pinball, but the hill is the key to some high scoring opportunities. Once you master the technique, you will own this game!

Bowen does a great PAPA tutorial too. Highly recommend watching it!

#45 2 years ago

One of my first memories of playing pinball at the local arcade I use to frequent. Would love to own one.

#46 2 years ago

Banzai is the most elusive pin I have every sought out. People want crazy money for it in beater condition. One day I will own this game.

#47 2 years ago

Getting one redone for me as we speak. I couldn't get off this machine when was at PNW show a few years back. So excited for this one!

#48 2 years ago

Love mine. Have had it for a few years now but need to set it back up as I have moved to another house and it is still packed. You guys have inspired me set it back up sometime this weekend. Not likely to leave my collection unless something forces it to.

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#49 2 years ago

Have any of you sent your Banzai main playfield out for Touch up and clear? Recently purchased a nice Banzai, except it has some missing insert decals and some missing paint from Mylar removal. Looking for a suggestion on who to send it to that might already have the missing insert artwork scanned.

Thanks

#50 2 years ago

You can get insert decals and apply them yourself. Congrats on your Banzai. I was going to buy that one but you beat me to it. I'm sure CPR will make the playfield hopefully soon as im also looking at one that could benefit from a new one as well

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