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Spry-Ball pinball

Postby junior » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:20 am

Hi, I came across this Spry Ball today. I would be grateful for any information on this machine. It doesn't work. Can you tell me what's missing, age? It's on 1d, Midland Components, Ltd., Coventry, Patents Pending - that's all I've got. Help !PUZZLED!

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Re: SPRY-BALL pin ball

Postby widget2k4 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:26 am

No picture?

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Re: SPRY-BALL pin ball

Postby junior » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:41 am

That would help,
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Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:03 pm

Here's the IPDB page:
Made 1933... 10 balls for 1 English penny. The game pictured here is missing its legs and a stick of wood was later attached to the cabinet bottom to provide playfield slant. The cabinet measures 32 inches long (not including the ball plunger assembly), 20 inches wide, and 14 inches high at the front end.
It appears to be a British clone of Keeney & Son's very popular Rainbo pinball of 1932, with exactly the same playfield layout. I used to have a different British clone of this game, which even imitated Rainbo's paintwork.

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Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Postby junior » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:02 am

Spry-Ball is now working. Only 6 balls not 10. Thanks for information.

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Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Postby briggal1 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:51 pm

Hi

Do you have any photos of the mechanism to explain how this works?

I like building replicas and this would be a great machine to replicate for my grandchildren.

Any photos and info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Postby slotey » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:44 am

Strange, an identical machine was on the repair shop yesterday, you wait for ages, then two turn up.

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Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Postby pennymachines » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:46 pm

briggal1 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Do you have any photos of the mechanism to explain how this works?
These are quite simple, the most complex bit being the ball lift mechanism. There is a nice video showing an isolated mechanism in detail here: Fun with Pinball
See Ball Lift (Requires Flash Player)

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The other part is releasing all the balls upon insertion of a coin. The easiest (and usual) way to achieve this is with an Essex (or similar) coin acceptor. This device will allow the player to push the lower ball trap to the open position (against a spring) upon insertion of a suitable coin.
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Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Postby cait001 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:23 pm

These are the most basic of coin-operated bagatelles with countless variants and bootleg versions. They can be had rather cheaply, but also are fun things to try and build oneself, whether with nails on a board or with Lego or other construction toys.


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