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Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow"

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:49 pm
by john t peterson
Friends, I have a Brenner "Ball Past the Arrow" with some missing parts. There are two different models and mine is the one with the "star wheel" to the right side as opposed to the model where it is centered, photos attached. I am seeking anyone who can provide me some close-up photos of their mechanism so that I might then be able to fabricate the parts that I am missing. Thanks in advance for your support. Your Yankee correspondent, John Peterson.

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:27 pm
by pennymachines
Hi John,

Actually, there were at least four versions of the Skill Fun. It seems it remained a good seller from the 1930s right into the late 1950s. The earliest version had a tap-shaped handle you had to crank to set the arrow and another had a token payout mechanism. The most common variations that you refer to differed greatly. The earlier version had at least twice as much mechanism, with a thick, three-dimensional arrow casting and required the player to pull the trigger once to set the arrow and again to release the ball and shoot it. The later version, with a flat arrow, was in a case no deeper than a standard allwin and only needed one flick of the trigger to set the arrow and fire the ball.

As a preliminary, here's a picture of the upper part of the mech. (later version - like yours). It looks like you're missing various bits of bent tin that guide the coins towards the hopper, cash box and payout.

I'll take some more pics.

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:53 pm
by pennymachines
They're quite complex shapes. I hope this at least helps to show the task ahead.

Terrific photos!

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:17 pm
by john t peterson
Thanks for the great photos. I can see that I have my work cut out for me (although not yet.) This site is simply the best of its kind. Passion for this hobby shows through in all the support you members consistently demonstrate for one another. Thank you to one and all. John Peterson, USA

Re: Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow." Have one?

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:00 am
by slotalot
Hi :D , And I must say it's good to be up and running again, that's the Forum, not Me!!!
I have just managed to find a Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow" machine, or should I say the door from one :D
It is missing some of the parts, so using John's photos, I have marked the missing bits with white arrows, I could have taken a photo of my machine, but as I say the bits are missing !PUZZLED! , so not much point in that :lol:
Anyway the two main areas are the coin trip, and the "reset??" bar at the bottom, and from John's photos I can't quite see what is happening behind the other bits, so I wondered if anyone could take some good clear photos showing how the two bits work? so I can remake them... or better still, has anyone got any of the missing parts that I could buy??? :tarah:

Re: Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow"

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:59 pm
by pennymachines
Here are some close-up angles. Let me know if I can aim the camera more usefully.

Re: Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow"

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:24 pm
by slotalot
!!YIPPEE!! Thanks for that Dave, very helpfull !THUMBS! it tells me everything I need to know !!CHEERS!! I will be in the shed if you need me! :tarah:

Re: Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow"

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:09 am
by grabber
Hi,
My Brenner Ball Past the Arrow seems to have a ball that's a little too big. Can anyone tell me the right size ball for this game?
Regards, The Grabber.

Re: Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow"

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:05 pm
by slotalot
Hi Grabber, I found that a half inch diameter ball was a little light to trip the mech :oops: , so I use a 9/16 inch diameter ball on mine and it works fine. !THUMBS!

Re: Brenner "Ball Past The Arrow"

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:49 pm
by grabber
Thanks for that, I'll give that a try.