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F14 Tomcat Owners Club Fans Also Welcome.

By Hellfire

6 years ago

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#212 5 years ago

Has anyone placed a Shaker in F-14?

#227 5 years ago
Quoted from graystarsfan1:

Just bought my F-14 yesterday finally!!!! I'm locked on....

Hey great for you! Where did you find it?

I placed a little F-14 on the top PF today. It looks good but it needs a light. I'll be doing a LED upgrade soon, I need to find a way to brighten the top flipper area.


#230 5 years ago
Quoted from zippydapinhead:

I added flex led's by the stand up targets and tied them into the GI. Does the trick nicely.

That looks nice. Please be specific, I see cointaker has many Flex LEDs to choose from. Are yours white or blue and how many did you install? Great job!

#231 5 years ago

sorry... my reply was in your quote.

3 weeks later
#255 5 years ago

My pop-bumper has stopped working. The coil works, I think it's just not sensitive. Is there a quick way to fix, or do I need to completly take apart?

2 weeks later
#303 5 years ago

Does anyone know the size of these post? I've got a couple broken ones.

1. Post that hold the rails near the pop bumper
2. Post near the left TOM targets.



#318 5 years ago

I was able to find my specific post part number from this Instruction Manual, (page 46 for playfield posts)


1 week later
#345 5 years ago
Quoted from Jumping-Box:

Does anyone know the size of these post? I've got a couple broken ones.
1. Post that hold the rails near the pop bumper
2. Post near the left TOM targets.

Found an answer for my own question: The post that holds both rails:

Part number 02-4036-1


1 week later
#365 5 years ago
Quoted from Fifty:

I have a question for all the F-14 owners. Occasionally a second ball will launch out of one of the ball locks, essentially creating a 2 ball multiball. This happens very rarely, but often enough that I thought I would bring it up. Is this part of the gameplay or is it a malfunction?
Unfortunately it happens so rarely that I don't have many details. I don't know which of the ball locks it fires out of or what is triggering it. When it finally happens I'm usually in the middle of the game and I'm focused on the main ball and don't see the 2nd fire onto the PF.
Anyone else?

This is a post or rail problem, because there is no 2-ball mutliball. When a ball is launched from the center locks, sometimes the rail pops up and causes the incoming ball to land onto the playfield. This is due to a loose or broken post that holds down the center rails. Make sure those rails are nice and snug, and that should fix your problem. Also check if the rails are sitting on top of the ball lock, and not in the ball lock.


#373 5 years ago

Well the other guys may be correct about a diode issue, but this fixed my problem.
On the left side, look at the little gap between the rail and the ball lock. IMO, the rail needs to slide over to the left and sit on top of the ball lock. The righ side looks correct. Also, make sure the ball launch does not hit the bottom of the rail.

I had a broken post that caused the rail to be unstable. Whenever a ball was locked and a second ball came into the same lock, the launch would hit the bottom of the rail and cuased the incomming ball to jump out.


2 weeks later
#449 5 years ago
Quoted from mbott1701:

Did the obligatory jet mod to the Tomcat.
F-14 over the upper right flipper, with color changing spotlight.

Looks great. However, does the plane block the view of the flipper.

1 week later
#471 5 years ago
Quoted from Fifty:

I can't decide if I like it or not.

Yea... I purchased this as well, and then took it off. I just like watching the ball more.

1 week later
#476 5 years ago

For Flasher LEDs, I believe you need to first make an adjustment to the board by removing the warming resistor. I don't know how to do that, do there are threads about it.

1 month later
#613 5 years ago
Quoted from Rec:

Greetings to all F-14 fans, from Hungary!
F-14 was my first pin. Picked up eight years ago, one week before my wedding. Worked for only one hour, then all of the flippers were weak, and something smelled in the backbox. I didn't have any knowledge at that time, so repair was challenging.
It's an early version, all flashers are in, has proto labeled eproms, and white flasher domes on the backboard. The display panel was the bigger one (Millionaire style, without 5th display).
Now it has a clearcoated playfield, and LED displays. All bulbs replaced by LEDs. The two rectifiers got their 8 AMP S-B fuses.
Two years ago I had a chance to meet Steve Ritchie at Neu-Ulm, who signed the translite and two promo plastics for me. It was an honor to meet the creator of my all time favourite pin.
Next project will be testing LEDs as flashers, and building in the CPR plastic set.

I suggest getting one of these pop bumper lights. I really like mine.

I also got Steve's autograph on my Firepower BG. But as soon as I get home, the signature was smudged and I had to it wipe off. I guess we used a cheap pen.

4 months later
#883 4 years ago

Look what Gen. Yagov did.

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#890 4 years ago

Yagov kept his promise... I died.

Now, I need to reread Vid's tutorial about rebuild flippers.

#907 4 years ago

I know it's armature stuff.. But I was able to replace and align my broken flipper on the my first attempt. Thanks Pinside!

5 months later
#1390 4 years ago

My F-14 is causing pinballs to look like this. I think its dirt or something, because I can wipe the balls clean. Any ideas where this would come from? The playfield seems clean...


#1393 4 years ago

These were new balls, I noticed the marks after ten or so plays. You may be right about the lubrication. I remember that the balls were fairly oily, but I did clean them before use.

11 months later
#1891 3 years ago

Within my pop-bumper, the wedge light has a bad connection. The light does not work, but the pop is fine. Am I able to fix without removing the whole pop bumper?


4 months later
#2057 2 years ago

I dig that yellow.. Gives it a nice color pop. How does that vinyl feel to the touch?

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