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Hi from Hampshire and looking for advice

Postby keith-78 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:01 am

Hi Keith here from the New Forest, have just found this great site / forum and looking forward to learning lots from it.

I've always had a fascination with anything coin-operated (my parents banned me from the amusement arcade as a kid as I was becoming hooked) and in recent years have dabbled with a few machines and only electrocuted myself once.

Aside from my beloved jukebox (a Sound Leisure 'Entertainer' CD one with the twinkling lights in the door), I have discovered a real passion for mechanical one arm bandits - I just love the engineering behind the mechanism and the fact that they can run seemingly forever, with electricity only needed for the light bulbs.

I've adopted three machines within the last couple of years and hopefully have managed to upload a couple of pics below. The 'Carousel' one is my most recent arrival and after buying some missing bulbs and spending last night drilling a hole in the back to wire up a power lead I now have it lit up for the first time in I wonder how many years (the guy I bought it from had it in his garage for at least 30 years and never tried to get power to it).

As you can see there is one thing missing from this machine however which is a graphic (or 'decal' perhaps?) for the illuminated strip at the top. Could anyone possibly help / point me in the right direction of where I could get one? I'm assuming I would be looking for a generic Arcadian / Aristocrat one (is it an Arcadian or Aristocrat or both?) Please excuse my ignorance as I'm very much a newbie.

Any advice much appreciated,

Many thanks

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Re: Hi from Hampshire and looking for advice

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:26 am

Welcome to the site Keith and thanks for showing us your line-up of Aussie bandits.

The composite image below shows some of the Arcadian Carousel variants posted to this site over the years. It looks like there was a multicoloured graphic logo designed specifically for the Carousel and Carnival models (although a more standard one was also used). If you can't source one, you could make it. As you see, there was originally a light-up top-box, like the one on your other Arcadian.

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