(Topic ID: 230059)

Rally pinball club - Voulez vous flipper avec moi?


By SergioJ

10 months ago



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  • Latest reply 7 days ago by SergioJ
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    #1 10 months ago

    Thought I would start up a club for the owners and fans of these rare and hard to find games from this french manufacturer. They did a lot of innovative things while they were in business, and parts and help can be tough to find so thought this could be a spot to collectively pool resources/parts and tech help, oui? Say hello if you have one.....

    #2 10 months ago

    I'll get the ball rolling with a couple pics of the Playboy that I've got....picked this one up from someone in Chicago many years ago. The flippers are not original but everything else is......love the nixie tubes!

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    #3 10 months ago

    Beautiful.

    #4 10 months ago

    The Rally games are great, especially Play Boy & Comics. I know of only 2 out here in Australia, one Play Boy & one Comics.

    I would love to own either one.

    #5 10 months ago
    Quoted from SergioJ:

    I'll get the ball rolling with a couple pics of the Playboy that I've got

    Can I ask, is the backglass actually "glass" or a plexi on both Playboy & Comics?

    #6 9 months ago
    Quoted from Joydivision:

    Can I ask, is the backglass actually "glass" or a plexi on both Playboy & Comics?

    Hey! Yeah, they’re both plexi. Plus for shipping though. I think the other Rally backglasses prior to the Nixie tube/Fliptronic era were traditional glass, but I’m just guessing there. Anybody else know for sure?

    #7 9 months ago
    Quoted from SergioJ:

    Hey! Yeah, they’re both plexi. Plus for shipping though.

    That's what I was thinking with that question as plexi takes the risk out of shipping.

    #8 9 months ago
    Quoted from Joydivision:

    That's what I was thinking with that question as plexi takes the risk out of shipping.

    Definitely. The Fliptronic pins are also smaller in body depth so I’m assuming the shipping cost would be less as well, less weight and less bulk. Years ago, I was looking at bidding on a Rally Girl on EBay and the shipping cost from Germany was pretty reasonable at the time as I recall.

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    #9 9 months ago

    Great to see Rally Fliptronic represented on the forum.

    Sadly, I haven't got one at the moment, but would love to have! (If anyone's got one for sale, particularly West Club, I'd be interested)
    In the late 1960's and early 1970's I used to have several Rally machines, including Playboy, West Club, Schuss and Flower's Child.

    They weren't well liked by operators as they found them tricky and expensive to maintain. I devised several mods to make them more reliable, including relay circuitry to prevent problems with the tracks on the nixie tube boards burning-out.

    I've attached copies of the only two photographs I took at the time.

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    #10 9 months ago
    Quoted from KingKool:

    I devised several mods to make them more reliable, including relay circuitry to prevent problems with the tracks on the nixie tube boards burning-out.

    Nice! I’d be interested in hearing more about the mods...

    On the subject, does anybody have an extra lock down bar laying around! The one on my Comics is missing.

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    #11 7 months ago
    Quoted from SergioJ:

    Nice! I’d be interested in hearing more about the mods...

    I've no longer got the details, but the main mod was to use the narrow pad (used when that particular tube went from 9 to 0) on the Nixie score mini-selector board to pull-in a relay, which then incremented the next decade. Originally, that pad drove the next decade directly, taking much more current and eventually burning-out.

    Some other mods centred around the micro-switches on the pops, which had a habit of sticking and locking-on the coil; can't remember what I did, though.

    On Flower's Child, the star rollovers in the right-hand channel powered powerful magnets to propel the ball up the field. I used those rollovers to drive power transistors instead, which made the thing more reliable.

    These Rally machines were extremely unreliable on site and operators hated them. Many machines were unceremoniously thrown away, which was my gain as I collected them for zero cost. Unfortunately, I had limited space and was able to take only about a dozen, leaving many behind! More unfortunately, I got rid of the lot in the 1970's!!!

    #12 7 months ago

    Many years ago, when I lived in England, I owned both a Playboy and West Club.

    I marveled at how 'before their time' they were. Not only the Nixie tubes but the electronic sounds, whenever a target or bumper was hit.

    It is cool to see that Stern has simulated the Nixie tubes on the match sequence, on Batman 66.

    Ah. Fond memories!

    7 months later
    #13 11 days ago

    So happy to find this club as I recently took the plunge, and waiting for my Rally machines to ship in from France. The style and beauty of these Rally machines is incredible, and I can't wait to have them here to enjoy and share.

    #14 10 days ago
    Quoted from doghouse:

    So happy to find this club as I recently took the plunge, and waiting for my Rally machines to ship in from France. The style and beauty of these Rally machines is incredible, and I can't wait to have them here to enjoy and share.

    Nice! What did you get?

    #15 10 days ago

    I am getting a Playboy, a Rally Girl, and a Happy Papeete. Very excited!

    #16 10 days ago
    Quoted from SergioJ:

    Nice! What did you get?

    I also would be interested as well as to where you got it & the shipping cost/logistics?

    I would love a Play Boy

    #17 10 days ago

    Shipping is expensive and a little bit complicated. I mitigated that by buying a total of 7 machines. Shipping worked out to be about $500 per machine, with crating an additional $200 or so per machine. Worth it if the machines arrive here safely. I did it before about 5 years ago when I shipped in a Spooky and Zankor from France, so I had a little experience with the process.

    #18 7 days ago
    Quoted from doghouse:

    I am getting a Playboy, a Rally Girl, and a Happy Papeete. Very excited!

    That’s awesome! I almost got a Rally Girl from Germany a few years ago but couldn’t get the total price to a place where I was comfortable with it. Great looking game !

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