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Re: Space Beromat

Postby operator bell » Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:40 am

I have a list of women I'd be quite happy for you to drag off back to the land of The Free.
An interesting proposition, Mr Badpenny, but one I must regrettably decline. They would not find America to be a purgatory, but a training opportunity against cutthroat competition from their own kind, some of whom took chunks out of me.

I do have a recommendation for you, which is to look to the East.

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Re: Space Beromat

Postby badpenny » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:15 pm

Scunthorpe?

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Space Flight Beromat

Postby bartleeto » Thu May 04, 2017 5:09 pm

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Hello, just joined this website so introducing myself. I am 57 male living in Teignmouth, ex armed forces, like all things mechanical. Used to restore vintage motorcycles but it's all got a bit silly with stupid money now. Very much into 1950s and always wanted a fruit machine. Stayed away from electrical ones as not my area so happy to buy just mechanical. Took the plunge last week on fleabay and bought a Beromat, Space Flight for £187. Cabinet is toast, full of woodworm, active, and the Formica is bust. Supplied by Ruffler and Walker and reading some posts on this website it was the normal Germany export thing as wood underneath is nicely veneered etc. Mechanism is all there and accepting old pennies. Read about pot metal and saw it for myself in that the mech arm has sheared off at the end where the pawl is located. The guide above it has metal fatigue also. Can I fix this with metal epoxy? It's not something I can weld and is under a lot of stress so would epoxy do it or do I need a replacement? Still chuffed with it and it's so ugly it's cool. All the front castings are sound, reels will need re printing and obviously a new cabinet. It's going to be a wall queen but I do like things to work so any advise about mech arm would be appreciated. Feel free to comment on my purchase, insult me if you think I paid too much, wife hates it, but I hope to accumulate a couple more as I find them fascinating. Love the website and all the historical and nostalgic info. Tony

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Space Flight Beromat

Postby treefrog » Thu May 04, 2017 5:26 pm

Welcome to the site,

You almost had more competition on this, but I could not justify the drive to Devon. Of all the Beromats, this model is by far the most desirable and valuable. Most I have seen over the years sell for more than £400.

Spares are easy for these as lots around, I have crates of them for these machines. In terms of cabinet, is the front really shot, as the back would be possibile to replace off a lesser machine and would be nice to keep original, of course in my opinion. Shame about the broken Formica, as I think they look better with this finish than boring wood, especially with the space ship theme....

Share some piccies of broken part.
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Re: new member , space flight beromat

Postby treefrog » Thu May 04, 2017 6:21 pm

Just to add, apart from the cabinet, I also prefer the casting plain metal, again a matter of opinion. Yours looks great, see below others later updated painted etc. and some originals. The one in the arcade looks unpainted to me...
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Re: new member , space flight beromat

Postby gameswat » Thu May 04, 2017 6:53 pm

Looking closely at that great old black & white photo it looks painted to me with the lettering polished, just as mine was, painted in hammerite paint. Definitely looked original on mine so left it be. And looking at the top photos that machine looks to be painted in silver hammerite with the high points polished as per normal.
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Re: new member , space flight beromat

Postby treefrog » Thu May 04, 2017 7:16 pm

You're probably right Gameswat, as all, apart from one, look to have original paint, but plain metal looks good as well.

One thing to avoid is the overpaint like the Carter's one at the Elephant below...

Your one looks great !!THUMBSX2!! One day I will get one when the right one turns up.
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Re: New member, Space Flight Beromat

Postby bartleeto » Fri May 05, 2017 7:56 pm

Hello, yes Devon is a long way for a lot of people and adds to cost. I thought I got it cheap but the listing wasn't the best advert in terms of pictures or keywords. As I am a novice and this is my first machine I will have a look at more examples and see what I think. Not in any rush and and don't want to cock it up appearance wise. The wood cabinet is really shot, woodworm have made the bottom dust and beyond repair. My next door neighbour has a lovely piece of ash that will do the job and he's a carpenter! But the Formica option appeals, maybe in yellow. The one overpainted black at Carter's is not my style but I like the bronze ? looking one. We shall see, first I must sort out the mech arm, the fatigue is similar to some '40s metal toys I have seen. I have posted an ad in Wanted and if anyone has one to sell please let me know I am old enough to remember life before the interweb and thinks these websites/forums are marvellous and a great help to beginners like myself. T

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Re: New member, Space Flight Beromat

Postby badpenny » Sat May 06, 2017 9:44 am

Hi bartleeto .....

If you post photos of the break we might be able to suggest something ..... no promises !PUZZLED!

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Re: New member, Space Flight Beromat

Postby coppinpr » Sat May 06, 2017 3:06 pm

Case is not a hard build especially if your going the formica way, if you really have to have new reel strips I can make them for you !THUMBS!


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