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Author Topic: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic  (Read 2411 times)

Offline Turbo27

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Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« on: January 27, 2017, 02:35:21 AM »
Finding it increasingly difficult to hold a ball into Merlin Magic.

A sweet shot particularly from the left flipper fires straight through. About the only way I seem to hold a ball in there is from a miss-hit after it hits something else slowing the momentum of the ball.

Anyone else ??? Any modifications suggested???

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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 08:49:16 AM »
I don't know.  Any place to stick some foam back there?
Mine stays in the hole 95% of the shots.

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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017, 10:08:30 PM »
Same on the original. Some drop dead foam on the back of the metal will help a lot.

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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 12:48:25 AM »
Thanks for the replies.
Tried the foam and even re-tensioned the spring on the gate entrance.

No improvement

Almost as frustrating as mode start on Indy!

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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 10:20:44 PM »
There must be something that isn't set right or is off a bit near the hole. Based on what people say on here I expected it to be a lot worse when I got mine, but it stays in 99% of the time. I should add that I have the Mantis protector and the front comes up a hair higher than the playfield, which may help deaden the ball, but it doesn't impede it's path in any way.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 09:23:00 AM by whoeverwhocares »

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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 04:41:17 PM »
Dead foam. just make sure you position it far enough up the pole so that it doesn't interfere with the kickout.

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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 10:17:20 PM »
I too have this issue....shot tends to bounce out to the pops. I plan on dropping the seat it sits in using washers....worked great on avengers. Foam dis not fix my pop.out issue on mmr
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Re: Difficulty shooting Merlin Magic
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2018, 05:22:32 PM »
Update on this problem.

Foam didn't work, so I removed the entire VUK Merlin assembly. 4 screws from the underside. I do love how all the electrical components are plugs or sockets for easy removed !! Nice

There is a curved metal scoop, half moon piece that directs the ball into the seat.

I'm guessing that I made too many direct hits with the ball into the metal scoop, cause it had bent.

To fix, I obviously bent it back, but in a clockwise direction. Wish I had taken a photo to better explain.

Now, Merlin is keeping the ball seated, 9 times out of 10. Big improvement.