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VUK (Vertical Up-Kicker) VUK (Vertical Up-Kicker) Hot

A VUK, or vertical up-kicker, is used in pinball games to--wait here it comes--kick the ball up.  In most cases the pinball will enter a saucer (a circular area just slightly lower than the playfield) and the VUK will fire, either immediately or upon some other sequence being completed.  The pinball will be kicked up and typically through a wireform, and in the following example out the skeletons mouth  (see Images 1 - 3 from a Data East Hook).

The other use of VUK's is when a ball has gone below the playfield and through a habitrail and needs to be kicked back up to playfield level.  An example of this is Baywatch from Sega.  Image 4 shows a diagram of the VUK in Baywatch.

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VUK (Vertical Up-Kicker)
VUK (Vertical Up-Kicker)
VUK (Vertical Up-Kicker)
VUK (Vertical Up-Kicker)