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  • Fish Tales - Williams

    Title : Fish Tales
    Manufacturer : Williams
    Year : 1992


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    Quote from Tony at The Pinball Shed :

    Worked on 8 of these in the past year. 4 had a broken belt that drives the ball locking reel on the left handside. You need to remove this assembly from underneath, bit of a tricky one, just take your time. The belts are available here in Aust and are under $10.
    The boathouse on the righthand side has a small single drop target that also seems to give a bit of trouble, underneath it drops down onto a switch and has a spring attached to flick it back. Have had to either adjust this switch or in some case replace it, spring also known to snap or jump off.
    3 of these games also had the flapping fish topper not working, there is a coil behind the fish that causing the slapping effect. In all cases, a wire had come off the coil.
    Overall a good family game, that is fairly reliable with not too many problem areas.
    Last edited by MrMaloo; 21st August 2009, 03:59 PM.

  • #2
    Problems I have noticed.

    Missing flapping fish and/or plastic bubble cover (often damaged). Missing pistol grip shooter handle, often substituted for a manual plunger or a large press button. Decals nearly allways faded, often one side worse than the other. Playfield wear around the large fish inserts, wear around the boat ramp. Little gate that opens for long cast (at top left of PF) often not working (activated by roll-over switch at top right if PF). Like Tony said reel belt needs to be kept good. Optos on reel need to be cleaned to maintain proper function. Bottom corners of slingshot plastics dont last long. All in all a very reliable machine really.

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    • #3
      Both plastics either side of the boat ramp get smashed, also the boat ramp plastic and both slings. Fit fender (mudguard) washers to all these places. Also blow a 240V surge protector on this machine, never done one before.
      One of the most reliable games I've owned. Great family game, my kids love it.

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      • #4
        The damn cast button sticks all the time and Im too lazy to buy a new one.
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        • #5
          +1 to the above probs. Apart from the parts missing thing (topper etc) both my FT have had broken belts,boat plastics,blue plastics on both sides of ramp,finicky caster house drop target adjustment,dirty optos esp.reel as greg said(they are hard to get to so a good chance no-one has ever cleaned them) and one had a broken leaf on the VUK but all in all apart from insert wear and cab fade never had an ongoing problem. My guess is with the amount of FT made and a pretty good reliabity it would have made a lot of money on-site.
          http://www.aussiearcade.com.au/forum.../138-RAIL-WAYS

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          • #6
            +1 for the topper, mine had broken off, nothing that a bit of solder didnt fix.
            +1 for the belt also and the optos, as mine also had this issue.
            otherwise a good fun simple machine to play and everyone always enjoys it.
            Aussie : (Australian Slang) - a native or inhabitant of Australia
            Arcade : (Generic) - A type of game genre that is a fast-paced action game
            Forum : Noun (Latin/English) - A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

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            • #7
              Problem with FT Reel

              Hi - I am new to the site but have a problem with my recent purchase of a FT. Everytime you shoot a ball into the reel it pops it straight out again making it impossible to load 3 balls for multiball.
              Appreciate some advice from anyone that has had this problem and/or may have solution. Cheers, Flipperage

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              • #8
                Run the diagnostics from the menu - there is one that tests the reel and indicates the state of the optos - this may reveal your problem.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fire_Power View Post
                  Run the diagnostics from the menu - there is one that tests the reel and indicates the state of the optos - this may reveal your problem.
                  i had this problem last week. the switch on the x-over rail just b4 it enters the the reel had a wire break loose and was not registering the ball passing thru the switch which tells the reel to lock it. a dob of solder to replace the wire and all working again like it should have. check that switch for adjustment and/or wire adrift would be my suggestion.
                  Aussie : (Australian Slang) - a native or inhabitant of Australia
                  Arcade : (Generic) - A type of game genre that is a fast-paced action game
                  Forum : Noun (Latin/English) - A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

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                  • #10
                    Anyone have any idea why when the ball pops into the shooter lane, about 50% of the time it fires itself without me pressing the button?

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                    • #11
                      it does this if Auto cast.ie:if you lose the ball too early it gives it to you again
                      PIMP YOUR PINS

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                      • #12
                        Yeah even when you start a new game it will often just shoot the first ball out without pressing the button.

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                        • #13
                          There is also a setting to let the flippers cast the ball instead of pushing the button.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fishburgr View Post
                            Yeah even when you start a new game it will often just shoot the first ball out without pressing the button.
                            Sounds like your button on the reel shooter could be stuck . It's a pretty common problem . Remove the whole shooter handle assembly , pull apart and give everything a good clean . If it's not the actual button that's stuck it could also be the switch directly under the button .

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                            • #15
                              Rod 71, yeah Ive checked that one too thanks. Cruiser, the switch test for the button seems to be working but I guess it has to be a problem in there somewhere. I will investigate and report back if I find anything useful that someone else may use in the future.

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