Mr. Pinball Tip:

Most Williams electronic pinballs suffer from extremely weak flippers, particularly Black Knight and similar games. This is due to wear in the flipper linkages, and can be corrected easily. On early Williams electronics, raise the playfield (with the power OFF) and locate the flipper assemblies. Attached to the flipper shaft and the flipper itself is a bakelite disc. Hold the disc in the "at rest" position, while with the other hand you attempt to move the metal rod into the coil. You don't want to find any play here at all. If you do, you'll have to replace the bakelite link and shaft. For Black Knight on, you can use the same link that is used on a Fish Tales, Addams Family, etc. They are available as an assembly, and all you need do is remove the small metal piece on the crank arm that the spring would attach to on a new game. With these modifications you won't believe how good a Williams game can play.

Pete Schmitz

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