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The reanimation of Gen. Yagov - An F-14 Tomcat restoration


By cletus14

1 year ago



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#101 10 months ago
Quoted from heni1977:

Did you replace the big capacitor in the head or just remove it?

I replaced the big blue capacitor. I had no idea that there was an upgrade. I guess I don't really need it, but where is the upgrade information?

#102 10 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

I replaced the big blue capacitor. I had no idea that there was an upgrade. I guess I don't really need it, but where is the upgrade information?

There is a board available that adds the missing fuses for the bridge rectifiers and replaces the big cap and bridge rectifiers all in one neat package.

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#103 10 months ago

grumpy thanks for sharing that! I realized that inkochnito 's board added the fuse protection, but was unaware that it also replaced/upgraded the big blue cap AND the rectifiers! Sweet! I'll be ordering these on the go forward rather than simply adding the fuses.

#104 10 months ago

I got the new ramp all riveted together. This clear ramp from freeplay40 is fantastic looking. Of course, I polished all of the metal parts first.

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#105 10 months ago

I used an Exact-o knife to cut away all of the blue parts of the sticker that dreg604 makes. I really like the added artwork and lamp labels, but I also want much of the clear ramp and colored flash strips that I’m going to add under the ramp to shine through.

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#106 10 months ago

All of the new GI lamp sockets are wired up and tested. I also added four lamps between the TOMCAT targets on the upper playfield. Now the upper targets will match the lower targets.

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#107 10 months ago

Looking good, you are way ahead of me now!

#108 10 months ago
Quoted from heni1977:

Looking good, you are way ahead of me now!

Ah-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!!!
YOU CAN'T WIN!!!

Actually, I might never finish if I keep modding and re-redoing things.

How long until you get your playfield back from the clearcoat process? Who did you send it to?

I'm going through some options right now for speakers. I'll add an external amp and upgraded speakers all around and rebuild the speaker panel to accommodate two 6.5 " speakers.

Also, I think I fried my MPU. I was having problems with the sound cutting out and other random issues before I tore down. I replaced some suspect chip sockets and tried to power up a while back and it didn't start up. I started to debug the traces for each of the sockets I replaced and everything looks okay so far. It's not the original MPU and it looks like it was repaired a few times before I hacked it up, so I'm kind of just ready to go for the no-future-hassle option of a new a Rottendog board.

#109 10 months ago

It will be a couple more months. Final coat will be applied soon and then sit to cure out, then final sand and buff. Can't say as of yet who is doing the CC for me.
I was missing both the cpu and display boards when I purchased my F-14. So I ended up with a Rottendog myself.
I did manage to get the old pf torn all the way down, and taking a step from HEP, sanded the back of the old pf down and made some markings so I know where the parts go. I also sent my rails of to reese rails so those should be back soon and now he has a jig for F-14.
So, slowly but surely I will get there!
I like the idea on the clear ramp and trimming out the blue, will def stand out!

#110 10 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

I'll add an external amp and upgraded speakers all around and rebuild the speaker panel to accommodate two 6.5 " speakers.

Why external? There is plenty of room in the cab.

#112 10 months ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

Why external? There is plenty of room in the cab.

I guess external isn’t the best description. I’ll add it inside the cab. 8” sub probably. We’ll see how it sounds. I can always keep upgrading.

#113 10 months ago

I don't know if it's worth it. I got the upgraded speaker kit from flipper fidelity and it sounds basically the same. I don't think there is enough in the sounds to really pump out the bass.
Also just so you know xpin is doing a run of early edition blue displays if your interested hit him up.
brett@21-electronics. c o m

#114 10 months ago

Got one of the more complicated plastics put together. The more plastic I put on the more the brighter blue is growing on me. I know the flasher domes aren’t the same style as the original. I wanted to hide the somewhat ugly LEDs flash lamps.
Also, got my custom plastic model F-14 with custom light up jets mounted. I wired the jets to light with the left Bonus X light.
I have a Top Gun “Soviet MiG”(F-5E Tiger II) as well.

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#115 10 months ago

GI light test.

I added a spot light pointed at Yagov’s head. What a difference! I’ll definitely have to add some more. The rest of the controlled playfield lights will light up some of the dark spots, obviously, but this is one dark game.

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#116 10 months ago

I added a piece of Mylar at the business end of the Yagov kicker and attached a piece of black extruded aluminum led strip holder. You can barely tell it’s there with the cover on.

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#117 10 months ago

Can you see the Yagov coil because of the clear ramp? If so are you going to cover it up with something, like a black piece of plastic or cardstock?

#118 10 months ago

I like the clear blue flippers. I will be adding lite as well, will prob follow your process.

#119 10 months ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

Can you see the Yagov coil because of the clear ramp? If so are you going to cover it up with something, like a black piece of plastic or cardstock?

I’ve been trying to figure something out for that. It won’t be too visible because I’ve got sticker over most of the clear plastic cover for the ramp. There is an extra plastic piece in the CPR plastics set that might look good under there, but it’s mostly clear with the paper backing removed.

I’m not sure. It looks funky.

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#120 10 months ago

Slight upgrade on the woofer in the bottom of the cabinet.

Pic: Old vs New

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#121 10 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

Slight upgrade on the woofer in the bottom of the cabinet.
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Now your talking!

#122 10 months ago

I can’t bring myself to potentially destroy the original speaker panel so I’m going to create a new one with two 6.5” speaker holes in it.

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#123 10 months ago

I have a new found respect for the people that had to build these speaker panels on the Williams factory. Mine turned out pretty nice though, I must say.

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#124 10 months ago

The new speaker panel is put together. I had a leftover piece of plastic glass trim that I cut up to block light from the new led strip that now lights up the Williams sign on the speaker panel. It looks pretty sweet. The little controller can even be set to RGB dance with the music.

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#125 10 months ago


Awesome, I was thinking the same thing, but using just white. I have a blue display coming so maybe I will use red instead. Show us a pic of it lit up in the dark.

#126 10 months ago

My F14 display board has holes for twist-in lights already, but they don’t work. I forgot about them until now. I wonder if anyone else with a board like mine has found a way to power them. Looks great.

#127 10 months ago
Quoted from heni1977:

Awesome, I was thinking the same thing, but using just white. I have a blue display coming so maybe I will use red instead. Show us a pic of it lit up in the dark.

I’ll take a dark room shot tonight. Even with the plastic baffle, there is still a little light bleed into the score displays. It is very minor. White and red light is the brightest.

#128 10 months ago

Progress!!! I love it.

#129 10 months ago

Here’s the lights at full bright in white and red. That looks like a lot of light bleed, but it’s not really that bad in person. I probably add some weather stripping anyway.

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#130 9 months ago

I couldn’t find anything else to fix so I removed the playfield from the rotisserie and dropped it in the cabinet.

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#131 9 months ago


That looks so Awesome!!!!!

#132 9 months ago
Quoted from heni1977:

That looks so Awesome!!!!!

It was a very exciting moment for sure!

Now I need to sit and ohm out the MPU and see if I can figure out why it won’t boot.

#133 9 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

Now I need to sit and ohm out the MPU and see if I can figure out why it won’t boot.

Is this something that just happened?

#134 9 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

I couldn’t find anything else to fix so I removed the playfield from the rotisserie and dropped it in the cabinet.
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Oh so beautiful! SHINY

#135 9 months ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

Is this something that just happened?

I was having issues with the sound not working before I tore it down. I noticed that if I pressed on the chips at U42 and U51 the sound would either start working or random solenoids would fire.
I replaced every IC socket on the board and now it doesn’t work at all. My soldering skills are pretty good, but I did have a hard time removing U51’s socket.
Right now, at power on, LED1 is solid, LED2 blinks three times, and LED3 is off.

#136 9 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

LED2 blinks three times,

3 blinks = U-51

#137 9 months ago

I was getting the wireforms cleaned up and installed and got a little aggressive with the big one. The ball was rubbing at the launch end. I tried to pry it open a little at the top and this happened.
Luckily, I’ve got a buddy that specializes in precision welding. He said he could repair it easily.

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#138 9 months ago

Here’s another shot of the freshly mated cabinet and playfield. I can’t stop staring at it.

I’ll wait until I get everything working before pulling the protective film off of the side mirror blades. I’m expecting to have to lift the playfield a million more times before completely debugging everything.

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#139 9 months ago

Wow! Nothing more to say just Wow!

#140 9 months ago

Welcoming a new member to the family today!
A near barn find Paragon. I still can’t believe the find. It needs some cleaning up, of course, but she’s in fantastic condition. I love this game!

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#141 9 months ago

Cletus, when you reinstalled your wiring harnesses on the play field, which of the three did you start with? After looking mine over it seems like I need to start with the lights. But I can see benefits to starting with the switchs also.

#142 9 months ago
Quoted from cletus:

Here’s another shot of the freshly mated cabinet and playfield. I can’t stop staring at it.
I’ll wait until I get everything working before pulling the protective film off of the side mirror blades. I’m expecting to have to lift the playfield a million more times before completely debugging everything.
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This machine is gorgeous.... Congrats for the awesome work! If you want a new translite, shoot me a PM:

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#143 9 months ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

Cletus, when you reinstalled your wiring harnesses on the play field, which of the three did you start with? After looking mine over it seems like I need to start with the lights. But I can see benefits to starting with the switchs also.

Honestly, I moved everything over in one shot. I hand cleaned my playfield harness, because I already spent a bunch of time debugging the wiring when I first got the machine.
I would say a good order is lighting, then switches, then the high power stuff.
But yes, both lighting and switches are tighter to the deck.

#144 9 months ago

Here’s a decent pic that shows the harness order. It’s lights, then switches, and solenoids and flashers last.

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#145 9 months ago

Here’s my completed sound system install. I’m pretty sure that I used the same amp that’s in #TNA. If you’ve played that, you’ll have an idea of how loud this is going to play the crap quality system 11 sounds that are waiting for it!

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#147 9 months ago

The new apron from merfeldma is nice and shiny to match everything else. It’s a #HS apron, but it’s practically the same. The rescue kickback hole and the part number are the only differences. Whatever, it looks amazing!

Edit: I made some black rule cards printed on high gloss photo paper to finish off the shiny theme.

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#148 9 months ago

Every visible screwhead gets a heavy polish from the dremel.

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#149 9 months ago

Shiny!!!

#150 9 months ago

I rang out the pins between U51 and U10 and found that I had a couple of not quite good enough solder joints on U51. The MPU booted and I actually played a few games. Perma-grin engaged!!!
The only issue I have now is the match sound number 15 doesn't play. I'm not sure where to start looking on that one.
I also need to adjust the spinner switch so it isn't as tight. The spinner really slows down the ball in the top orbit.
It's unbelievable how smooth this thing plays. It's a beautiful thing.

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