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CONGO CLUB....Owners Only!

By kidpinballwizard

9 years ago


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#2451 7 months ago

Looks amazing! Welcome to the club. Now go find some diamonds.

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#2452 6 months ago

Hi Congo owners, Where do you get the plastics at the out lanes. Mine has just metal as many seem to have.Thanks

#2454 6 months ago

Zigzagzag
Just wondering if you have used those plastics on your machine and how the color match is compared to the others originally. Does it blend right in or stand out because I to have the metal ones
Thanks for your input

#2455 6 months ago

I think they are OK, but then again I'm not the most picky person when it comes to colour matching.

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#2456 6 months ago

I looked around quite a bit trying to decide what I wanted to do at the in lanes. Here is what I did. I used plastics from William's Indiana Jones. The left one is a direct replacement. It's a little long, but I feel looks good. The right one was a bigger project. I still used IJ plastics, but a number of them cut to fit, but again feel turned out great. Hope this helps with your decision.

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#2457 5 months ago

Finally found myself one after years for looking…..and it was only 11 miles from my house. What a fun pin! I love the theme and had never played one before I bought this. Fortunately it was a great as I hoped it would be.

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#2458 5 months ago

Looking for one to restore if anyone has any leads. Thanks Mike

#2459 5 months ago

Ok guys thanks for the info and pics
Both of the plastic mods look good and blend nicely

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#2460 4 months ago

I think I want to add some art side blades. What are others using?

#2461 4 months ago
Quoted from Platypus:

I think I want to add some art side blades. What are others using?

Check out Tilt graphics “jungle theme”
They originally started out for Jurassic park. They ended up tweeking them for me to use on my Congo!

#2462 4 months ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Check out Tilt graphics “jungle theme”
They originally started out for Jurassic park. They ended up tweeking them for me to use on my Congo!

I used these as well and they came out amazing. Couldn't be happier with them.

#2463 4 months ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Check out Tilt graphics “jungle theme”
They originally started out for Jurassic park. They ended up tweeking them for me to use on my Congo!

Quoted from BozoTheClown:

I used these as well and they came out amazing. Couldn't be happier with them.

Pics or it didn’t happen

#2464 4 months ago
Quoted from freddy:

Pics or it didn’t happen

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#2466 4 months ago

I'll go take some in a few.

#2467 4 months ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Check out Tilt graphics “jungle theme”
They originally started out for Jurassic park. They ended up tweeking them for me to use on my Congo!

Of the options out there I think I like them the best.

My machine is a reimport that had a lot of shoddy repairs. The upper flipper bracket was replaced and never modified and resulted in gouging the left side pretty badly. Time to cover it up.

Thanks for the responses.

#2468 4 months ago

Completely forgot to take pictures this morning, sorry. If you want any more just let me know.

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#2469 4 months ago

I acquired a Congo almost twenty years ago as part of a package of various games.
Finally I find the time to start shopping. The playfield and ramps are still in a good condition, though very dirty.
Really looking forward to play my first game on it.

Unfortunately part of the Backbox Insert Panel has deformed by heating. I've searched on the Internet whether I could buy a new one. Negative. Unfortunately they are sold out already quite a while ago.

Who can help?

Thanks,
Erik

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#2470 4 months ago

That does not even look like a the correct Congo part. It should have a vertical line of lights on the left side:

https://www.ipdb.org/images/3780/image-20.jpg

You should be able to use just about any insert panel from this era games. You can drill extra holes where needed.

#2471 4 months ago

Funny to see it's even a wrong insert panel. You might be right any panel from this era games might do.
Though it's very hard to find a panel. I did a search at the internet. There is really nothing to get.
Let's see whether I can beef up the current panel. The picture you sent, is really helpful.

The rest of the game is in a good condition. PF is completely undamaged. No broken plastics.

#2472 4 months ago
Quoted from ELA:

Funny to see it's even a wrong insert panel. You might be right any panel from this era games might do.
Though it's very hard to find a panel. I did a search at the internet. There is really nothing to get.
Let's see whether I can beef up the current panel. The picture you sent, is really helpful.
The rest of the game is in a good condition. PF is completely undamaged. No broken plastics.

Just convert to older wpc style wooden light board on hinges. You can use led strips or your own bulb configuration.

#2473 4 months ago

I’m not much for buying frivolous stuff for others at Xmas. Instead I buy frivolous stuff for myself.

Congo got a new toy. I’ll post pics once I figure out the mounting.

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#2474 4 months ago
Quoted from Platypus:

I’m not much for buying frivolous stuff for others at Xmas. Instead I buy frivolous stuff for myself.
Congo got a new toy. I’ll post pics once I figure out the mounting.
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The airplane looks nice. Does it have any lights on it?

Gord

#2475 4 months ago
Quoted from GRB1959:

The airplane looks nice. Does it have any lights on it?
Gord

no it's cast steel, I've just always wanted to replace the plastic plane

#2476 4 months ago

Hello, I recently acquired a Congo and I’m getting a lot of vibrations/buzzing from the GRAY up post near Amy. It’s very loud like gears grinding. I’ve checked connectors and swapped the coil but it’s still doing it. Any suggestions from the owners group? Suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

#2477 4 months ago

The power to the coil is duty cycled (pulse-width modulation) to reduce the chance of it overheating. The buzzing is normal and expected. With the glass on, it's much less noticeable. You still should make sure all of the parts of the up post are correctly assembled to minimize the buzzing.

#2478 4 months ago
Quoted from jackbot:

The power to the coil is duty cycled (pulse-width modulation) to reduce the chance of it overheating. The buzzing is normal and expected. With the glass on, it's much less noticeable. You still should make sure all of the parts of the up post are correctly assembled to minimize the buzzing.

Understood, but this is REALLY loud. Did you watch the video? Yes the glass is off, but you can hear how it’s drowning out the music/sounds. I’ve played a few Congos in the past and have never heard anything like this before.

#2479 4 months ago
Quoted from Marty_Graw77:

Understood, but this is REALLY loud. Did you watch the video? Yes the glass is off, but you can hear how it’s drowning out the music/sounds. I’ve played a few Congos in the past and have never heard anything like this before.

Your correct. This is not how it’s supposed to be. Unfortunately I’m not sure how to resolve this.

#2480 4 months ago
Quoted from Marty_Graw77:

Understood, but this is REALLY loud. Did you watch the video? Yes the glass is off, but you can hear how it’s drowning out the music/sounds. I’ve played a few Congos in the past and have never heard anything like this before.

That sounds like the post is "chattering" under normal AC frequency (60 Hz). Looking at the diagram in the manual (page 2-25) it looks like the spring might be the issue if it is there to suppress the vibration.
Does your mechanism look like the one in the manual, including the spring?
Try activating the post during a test, with the playfield up. Push / poke the post and see if that stops the noise - not a cure, but you might learn what is causing it.

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#2481 4 months ago

I got my DC3 model installed in Congo

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#2482 4 months ago
Quoted from Platypus:

I got my DC3 model installed in Congo
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Looks good! How do I get one?

#2483 4 months ago
Quoted from mollyspub:

Looks good! How do I get one?

It is the Air Lingus DC-3 model made by Herpa. They make a few other DC-3 models also. The Scale is 1/200. They make a 1/144 scale but I felt that would be too big.

After cutting the plastic I drilled a few holes and used monofilament line to attach. You can not see it in the pics.

I did the hippo a few years ago.

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#2484 3 months ago

Just joined the club with a wonderful congo.

Two questions

1- I seem to be unable to get volume below 8? Is there a limiter that I need to turn off

2-the sounds/music that come on during attract mode is annoying. Can turn it off?

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#2485 3 months ago
Quoted from Jeffswack:

Just joined the club with a wonderful congo.
Two questions
1- I seem to be unable to get volume below 8? Is there a limiter that I need to turn off
2-the sounds/music that come on during attract mode is annoying. Can turn it off?
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Yes, all this is possible.
You can find the manual here : https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=3780
It describes how to adjust the settings you are after and much more

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#2486 3 months ago

Is the "perimeter defence" target also a ball saver?
I had a left side drain directly from it and the game put a ball into the shooter lane.

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#2487 3 months ago

I have about 10 backback clip connectors that need replaced...Do I need to get them with, or without the diode?

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#2488 34 days ago

Couple questions for Congo owners, any help is appreciated.

1. Is there one way gate for this game that can be purchased somewhere? My game has the actuator coil but is missing the gate and spring that connects them. It's the one closest to the volcano. Parts number from the manual matches up with this but I asked Pinball Life and they said it wasn't compatible. https://www.pinballlife.com/controlled-ball-gate-assembly-left.html

2. The ball popper that directs it to the jump ramp is no longer working. The switch is fine and detects the ball but it never activates the coil. Ball search releases it but its the other up popper that sends it back to Amy. So one works and one no longer does. Does this sound like a board or coil issue?

Thanks!

#2489 34 days ago

Jumper a wire (hot to hot and ground to ground) from the working coil to the suspect coil and trigger the working coil. If the suspect coil fires along with the known good coil, you either have a board problem (most likely a bad transistor) or a broken wire or bad connector. If the coil does not fire, you may have a bad coil.

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