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F-14 Tomcat playfield swap club


By damageinc55

4 years ago

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2 months later
#202 2 years ago

Doing teardown now in preparation for my new play field and CPR plastics.hopefully I do everything perfectly, but I know where to turn with questions. Thanks in advance, haha

1 month later
#203 2 years ago

Anyone else having this problem with the buthamburg f-14 playfield? This seems like a major major showstopper and I don't think it's anything I could have screwed up. That's because there is a hole in the playfield for the tnut and holes for the wood side rail. Never was an issue in the old game.

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#204 2 years ago
Quoted from PinballTilt:

Anyone else having this problem with the buthamburg f-14 playfield? This seems like a major major showstopper and I don't think it's anything I could have screwed up. That's because there is a hole in the playfield for the tnut and holes for the wood side rail. Never was an issue in the old game.
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I thought it was just me, but yes it's a tight squeeze on one out of ten rescues on mine after some adjustments.
I sanded and polished the side rail before I knew there was an issue. After I noticed the problem, I also filed and polished the lane guide down a bit. It helped. I also moved the switch closer to the rescue plunger. It pushes the ball now instead of hitting it.

It's still not perfect, but those are the things I've tried so far.

#205 2 years ago
Quoted from cletus:

I thought it was just me, but yes it's a tight squeeze on one out of ten rescues on mine after some adjustments.
I sanded and polished the side rail before I knew there was an issue. After I noticed the problem, I also filed and polished the lane guide down a bit. It helped. I also moved the switch closer to the rescue plunger. It pushes the ball now instead of hitting it.
It's still not perfect, but those are the things I've tried so far.

Thanks for chiming in. I'm also upset because I put the screws for the inlane bracket through the
dimples and that wasn't enough clearance on the topside. So now I have two holes in the playfield I need to figure out how to hide.

For the bottom side I'm going to try notching the bracket for the tnut holes and your suggestions

#206 2 years ago
Quoted from PinballTilt:

Thanks for chiming in. I'm also upset because I put the screws for the inlane bracket through the
dimples and that wasn't enough clearance on the topside. So now I have two holes in the playfield I need to figure out how to hide.
For the bottom side I'm going to try notching the bracket for the tnut holes and your suggestions

You might want to try opening up the holes on the lane guide first. Those are easy to replace from Cliffy if you mess them up. I’ll look at my t-nuts and see if there is room for adjustment. I’d really like to put the switch back where it was. I like the snappy rescues.

#207 2 years ago

Is the wood rail even with the edge of the play field?

#208 2 years ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

Is the wood rail even with the edge of the play field?

There is maybe 1/16 inch gap. The holes were predrilled in the playfield for the wood rails though. I broke out my measuring tape, comparing to original, and I couldn't find a smoking gun for why it was so tight.

I didn't explain myself well, I notched the inlane bracket and forced the rail over as much as I could and the ball is now barely fitting down both the inlane and outlane. Going with these spacers to hide the holes as much as possible

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#209 2 years ago

The rails need to be flush with the edge of the play field. You will have to redrill the holes. A 1/16 is a lot when it comes to a tight ball.

#210 2 years ago

If anyone is curious how these hold up over time... Here's mine after a little over 6500 plays on location. Holding up pretty well aside from normal dimpling, the only real trouble spot I notice so far is a very shallow trough starting to form at the outlet of the right edge lock spot where the ball gets kicked out. Right now it's still nearly imperceptible unless you look at it from the right angle but I'm going to put some mylar over it just to be safe. There's also some visible settling around the arrow inserts but it's imperceptible to touch and hasn't affected play at all.

Prior to the swap the playfield was sitting for several months (mainly because I didn't get my act together doing the work ), and has had no additional clear coating applied other than what it got from the factory.

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10 months later
#211 1 year ago

Hello F-14 Swappers,
Curious to know, was this your first playfield swap? What would you do differently if starting again?

I have the repro playfield and I think I’m going to attempt this myself. Obviously we all have different skill sets but I’d love to hear your input!

#212 1 year ago
Quoted from chadryan44:

Hello F-14 Swappers,
Curious to know, was this your first playfield swap? What would you do differently if starting again?

It was my first. I detailed mine pretty extensively on this site. I would definitely get a tumbler for all of the little parts next time. I changed many of the light sockets, but I think I would do them all next time.

#213 1 year ago
Quoted from chadryan44:

Hello F-14 Swappers,
Curious to know, was this your first playfield swap? What would you do differently if starting again?
I have the repro playfield and I think I’m going to attempt this myself. Obviously we all have different skill sets but I’d love to hear your input!

It was the first once I've done. I took a lot of pictures, but I'd take even more. The other big thing I would do is throw away the bare wire braid used for some of the common lighting connections and redo it with insulated wire.

4 months later
#214 9 months ago

Bit of a thread resurrection but it's been quite a while since I received my playfield and am just now looking to do my F-14 restoration. Other than a cursory "ooh and aah" glance when it arrived I didn't inspect thoroughly - just enough to ensure it made it to the US intact.

Seems I have two issues and hope they've been solved by someone on here.

1. My playfield is missing the orange highlights on the jet at the playfield bottom
2. I have 3 inserts that should be blue but are instead clear

I'm doing a complete rebuild (given my flying for Uncle Sam background) and want to make it perfect. I'm even overkilling by ordering all new bolts, nuts, etc, etc.

Any help appreciated.

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