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Flash Gordon Question


By timab2000

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Hey does anyone know all of the phases that are said on the Flash Gordon game? And if so, what are they.

#2 2 years ago

Not sure about "all', but here's some:
Press Start: "Flash"..."Emperor Ming Awaits"
Ball in Saucer: "Flash"
Enable 2X playfield: "Miserable Earthling"
Enable 3X playfield: "Lucky Shot Earthling"
Ball in saucer w/2X,3X lit: "Ignite Death Ray...15 seconds".
End of game: "Try Again Earthling."
Tilt: "Laughter"

#3 2 years ago

Cool got it. I am looking at one to purchase, and want to make sure all that is working.

Thanks!

#4 2 years ago

I got another question. I picked up the game today so I am pretty excited about that, I' ll post some pictures later. Does anyone know when is the strobe light on the back box supposed to light up??

#5 2 years ago

IT should flash when you start a game

#6 2 years ago

It flashes as part of the boot up sequence and sound test at powering on.

#7 2 years ago

Strobe also flashes when the ball goes in the saucer.

#8 2 years ago

Ok thanks for the info. I don't think that it is working, I'll have to report back and let you know.

#9 2 years ago

Sometimes if the strobe board isn't working...it can be a good thing. I have to remember NOT to look up when starting a game or when the ball goes into the saucer....blinding.

#10 2 years ago

The strobe wasn't working when I got my game...it was a reimport and the transformer that provides the high voltage for the strobe was still wired for 220V. Swapped it to 120V and FLASH!

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

Sometimes if the strobe board isn't working...it can be a good thing. I have to remember NOT to look up when starting a game or when the ball goes into the saucer....blinding.

I got a replacement strobe board that is even brighter, so I cut out a piece of one of those plastic gallon milk jugs and made my own custom diffuser.

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

I have to remember NOT to look up when starting a game or when the ball goes into the saucer....blinding.

I wish i could go back in time to when this thing was actually considered bright Those were the days!

Congrats on the pick up; this game NEVER gets old.

#13 2 years ago

Should the strobe light up on the coin door button test??

Everything else seems to work. It's a little rough on the outside and real dirty on the playfield but not too much wear on the playfield paint. And it plays so can't ask for much more than that. And I did not have to drive across the planet to get it.

#14 2 years ago

yes, it should flash along with the controlled lamps during the test.

#15 2 years ago

Ok strobe does not flash, so I am not going to worry about right now, but is it normal to have the backbox lights be different brightness (see pic)

Does not seem to matter if I change bulbs, same result.

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#16 2 years ago
Quoted from timab2000:

is it normal to have the backbox lights be different brightness (see pic)

Those dim ones across the top and on the bottom are controlled lamps that are supposed to go on and off. The brighter ones in the middle are GI.

#17 2 years ago

Ok thanks! I really appreciate the help.

#18 2 years ago

No worries. If you spent as much time as I did trying to get that strobe to work making sure all input voltages and signals are correct, and everything else looks OK, K's Arcade is a good source for the replacement strobe board and bulb assembly.

https://ksarcade.net/new-replacement-flash-gordon-strobe-as-2518-62.html

#19 2 years ago

Shots of the new machine...kind of dirty

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#20 2 years ago

As long as the playfield and backglass are decent, which yours appear to be, that's all that really matters. Now get ready for the game to kick your ass!

"Emperor Ming Awaits"

#21 2 years ago

I think I'll play some tonight in honor of our new member.

#22 2 years ago

I got to admit it does like to drain a lot

#23 2 years ago

Just fired it up... So to speak.
Daughter was crying off the chain... Tried to sooth her with a DVD but she wasn't having it. So now I gotta drink this beer and finish Hardware Wars before I can play Flash Gordon.

Such are the hardships of a Flash Gordon owner eh?

#24 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I got a replacement strobe board that is even brighter, so I cut out a piece of one of those plastic gallon milk jugs and made my own custom diffuser.

I have the new strobe board installed....I may have to look into a way to dissipate the light as well...thanks for the idea.

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Just fired it up... So to speak.

I played mine last night too, but I barely remember doing so.

Quoted from Captive_Ball:

I have the new strobe board installed....I may have to look into a way to dissipate the light as well...thanks for the idea.

Yeah the piece of milk or water jug works great and it is still plenty bright, but not blinding. It's a very affordable solution.

#26 2 years ago

Found a new strobe light online. So we'll see how the install on that goes when it gets here.

New question.....see pic what is supposed to go on that shaft?? SOme sort of bushing or something. It on the upper flipper. You can see where someone wrapped copper wire around to serve as some sort of, something??

A picture of whatever is supposed to be there would really help, so I know what to order. Thanks

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#27 2 years ago
Quoted from timab2000:

Found a new strobe light online.

Awesome. If that does not work, I can swap you with one that does work or fix it for you.

Quoted from timab2000:

New question.....see pic what is supposed to go on that shaft?? SOme sort of bushing or something. It on the upper flipper.

Yes, a nylon bushing. You should see that on one of the other flipper assemblies. It helps to guide the plunger straight in and out, out and in. I think that is what she said.

#28 2 years ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

Sometimes if the strobe board isn't working...it can be a good thing. I have to remember NOT to look up when starting a game or when the ball goes into the saucer....blinding.

You are very welcome by the way. So was the original strobe board I repaired brighter, or is the new Pinpoint Electronics strobe board? I didn't get many plays on the game with the original strobe board.

#29 2 years ago
Quoted from timab2000:

Found a new strobe light online. So we'll see how the install on that goes when it gets here.
New question.....see pic what is supposed to go on that shaft?? SOme sort of bushing or something. It on the upper flipper. You can see where someone wrapped copper wire around to serve as some sort of, something??
A picture of whatever is supposed to be there would really help, so I know what to order. Thanks

Wrong part. Even with the proper bushing, the hole is too big. That’s why they wrapped the copper around it to close down the hole size.

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#30 2 years ago

OK Thanks!!

#31 2 years ago

One more question for any FG owner....could someone post a picture of inside the cabinet, just looking down so I can see all the components.

The reason I ask is........ mine has 1 large transformer and the a 2nd smaller transformer, but I do not see anything in my manual for the smaller one so I am wondering if this is the correct set up or not. I am assuming it is since the game plays.

Thanks again for the help!

#32 2 years ago
Quoted from timab2000:

One more question for any FG owner....could someone post a picture of inside the cabinet, just looking down so I can see all the components.
The reason I ask is........ mine has 1 large transformer and the a 2nd smaller transformer, but I do not see anything in my manual for the smaller one so I am wondering if this is the correct set up or not. I am assuming it is since the game plays.
Thanks again for the help!

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#33 2 years ago

Ok Thanks! Couldn't figure out what the smaller one was for. Mine does not look nearly that clean and neat down in there. I'd post a pic. but it's kind embarrassing. Funking wiring and such.

#34 2 years ago

Well here are some pictures of what mine looks like. The wiring is probably a good example of how not to do it. Not sure what is going on with the red wire soldered to the thin wire coming out of the transformer.

I'm guessing those transformers are impossible to get now a days if I needed to replace it. Fuse did look ok but I have not checked it with my meter yet

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#35 2 years ago

Yeah, that is looking a fair bit dangerous with that exposed wire.

#36 2 years ago

Yeah... Not sure why Star Pinballs picture has 2 red wires coming out and mine has just the one. Anyone have a good one they want to get rid of??

#37 2 years ago

Something be screwed. Where does the other end of the red wire go to other than off the picture?

#38 2 years ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

Something be screwed. Where does the other end of the red wire go to other than off the picture?

You mean the opposite end of the one that's manually lowered to 30AWG?

#39 2 years ago

That red wire is hooked into this connector.

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#40 2 years ago
Quoted from timab2000:

That red wire is hooked into this connector.

That's the connector that feeds the high voltage to the strobe board.

The transformer is shown on the strobe board schematic took me a while to find it when I was troubleshooting my strobe. Would have made more sense to have it on the main power wiring diagram.

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#41 2 years ago

I have that diagram in my manual. I am wondering where the 2nd red wire is?? Down inside the coil of wire in the transformer or what???

#42 2 years ago
Quoted from timab2000:

Down inside the coil of wire in the transformer or what???

It appears that way. Good hunting. A replacement transformer seems to be the safer option. I hope one can be found.

#43 2 years ago

You can actually see a short wire down inside the transformer, which could be the other red wire, I guess. Not sure if I should try to dig that out and and see what it is, or just leave it.

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#44 2 years ago

You will be messing with AC voltage here. I would just find another transformer since I would not want to start a fire if something goes wrong.

#45 2 years ago

Does anyone know if transformers can be sent somewhere and be repaired??

Or to get that strobe working do you have to use the transformer listed by Bally or can a different Bally transformer work??

#46 2 years ago

Hey... I am in need of a picture for the right flipper wiring for my Flash Gordon. The wiring on mine is questionable, and there is a short orange wire that is unhooked and I am unsure as to where it goes. Flipper works, but upper flipper gets stuck every now and then. Not sure if it is related to the weird wiring.

If anyone can help me on that I would appreciate it. Thanks!!

Oh yeah, update on strobe light.....it is fixed and working. Dug that small wire out of transformer and soldered a wire to it and hooked it to the plug for the strobe and it works!

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