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Re: Can anyone tell the brand/make of this Australian bandit

Postby pennymachines » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:30 am

Hey - welcome back Andy. !!WAVEE!!
While you're on, have you got anything on this Ace-Hi bandit, like the original whereabouts of Ace-Hi Amusement Co. Pty Ltd.?

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Re: Can anyone tell the brand/make of this Australian bandit

Postby coppinpr » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:20 pm

As for parts they should be no problem, let us see the mech and we can say for sure, if it is a Mills mech in there then usually no problem at all.

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Re: Can anyone tell the brand/make of this Australian bandit

Postby ybot » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:09 am

Here are a few snaps of the internals of this guy. Had a bit of a squizz last night and there seems to be some snapped springs and stuff. I cannot believe how cool this thing is inside, like a robot. When I was a kid I would have loved to see inside one of these. Guess nothing has changed. Reminds me of cars in the sense that now they are all plastic and electrics and back when they made nice cars they were mechanical and metal. I swear I was born 20 years too late.
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Re: Can anyone tell the brand/make of this Australian bandit

Postby andydotp » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:57 am

Hi again,
The mech in ybot's pics looks very Nutt & Muddle/Jubilee(ish) to me and it wouldn't surprise me if Sapphire (Apex Amusements - Ray Smith) simply re-cased Jub mechs in their own cabinets. Tooling up to produce mechs was a rare event indeed.
As for mr pennymachines' Ace-Hi well, Ace-Hi (Vic Walker Mfg. Co, Australia) produced both three and four reelers in 1959 so a little later than I thought.
Info sourced from Mead's Blue Book,
T'ra,
Andy.

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Re: Can anyone tell the brand/make of this Australian bandit

Postby ybot » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:59 am

Thanks for that. Is there any sort of mechnical guide to these or anything like that? Parts guide or service manual? It's not working and I can see where the parts lock like they may be missing or broken but really know nothing yet. Or would that book have some info?

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Re: Sapphire (Apex Amusements) bandit identified

Postby ybot » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:34 am

So I have worked out why this machine will not cycle over. If you're looking from the back of the mech on the left hand side there is a right angle bracket that pushes 6 or so arms that seem to release the wheels so that they spin. This bracket has a large crack running through it and is sitting at an angle as to not press the arms and let the wheels spin.

Have any folks on here got spares for the Jubilee mechs at all? I also need the large spring on the back of the mech that can be seen just hanging down.

I'm sure you guys have a hoard of parts. Easier than welding and bending...

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Re: Sapphire (Apex Amusements) bandit identified

Postby ybot » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:15 pm

This is the broken part.
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Re: Sapphire (Apex Amusements) bandit identified

Postby treefrog » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:15 pm

Picked this one up today from a nice couple originally from Aus. It was brought into the country many years ago, and been in the family for almost 40 years. This one is a 4 reeler and has an incredible 2 shilling play. As per the glass front it is a Sapphire Star Deluxe.
Not had much of a chance to do a lot yet and will need a good clean up and the electrics sorting. There are triggers on some wins for the Jackpot light, but is a manual machine. The overall size is actually quite small, smaller than a Aristocrat Clubmaster.

I have hunted everywhere and no makers stamps anywhere, just serial numbers. Does not look like Jubilee of origin, closer to a Mills, but it not a Mills. I believe this has been made by the manufacturer. The reels are very unusual, they are solid tin. On the machine at the beginning of the thread I noticed the reels were covered in foam. The of the inside of this machine is caked in crumbling foam for insulation, like Clubmasters had.

Anyway probably one of the only one's in the UK hopefully can bring this one fully operational soon.... :D
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Re: Sapphire (Apex Amusements) bandit identified

Postby badpenny » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:09 pm

You sure do find the unusual when it comes to bandits TF.
The overflow square profiled down chute and the cast deflector it's attached to has a flavour of Aristocrat but that's about it really.
From what I can see anyway.

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Re: Sapphire (Apex Amusements) bandit identified

Postby treefrog » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:51 pm

badpenny wrote:You sure do find the unusual when it comes to bandits TF.
The overflow square profiled down chute and the cast deflector it's attached to has a flavour of Aristocrat but that's about it really.
From what I can see anyway.

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You're right, some parts are very similar to Aristocrat. Also I think the clock is from them. Makes sense to buy parts in I guess. The machine was in fact briefly on ebay, I happened to be the only one with a bid on and the seller sold to me. It is growing on me, I like the profile of the machine...
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