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Prospector & Rolitina

Postby brigham » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:58 pm

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Does anyone remember an interesting single-player machine called 'Prospector'?
It had a roll-down coin chute, fairground-style, and your penny rolled into a slatted wooden belt, moving across the field of play. If it happened to be the winning distance into the belt, it struck a payout trip.
I've seen exactly two, both side-by-side at Butlin's Filey. They were a regular fixture for a year or two, then they were gone. I found them in a little yard behind the arcade, with the glass missing, and the wooden slats scattered over the playing field. A depressing sight among all the jollity.
The sound they made in operation was distinctive. The whole thing reminded me of the escalators I'd met on the London tube, during our regular Motor Show week-end.
The chances of one turning up are probably remote. They may have been the only two!

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Postby badpenny » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:13 pm

I recall that, now you've mentioned and described it, strangely I saw them in Butlin's Ayr (early 60s I guess).

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Re: Prospector

Postby pennymachines » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:23 pm

Yes, I know the game. They are quite rare. Last time I visited (many years ago) there was one operating in the arcade at Watermouth Castle. One turned up on ebay in 2003 (didn't sell for much) and on ebay USA in 2015. This latter one was repatriated to the UK and appeared at the Elephant House in November 2016. It didn't sell and reappeared there February 2017. Again it failed to sell. I guess the reserve reflected the cost of buying it from the States and shipping. I was tempted to bid, but like others, I guess, was afraid of the flack I'd get for bringing such a 'monster' home. There was also a multi-player prize vending version in a different cabinet.
brigham wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:58 pm
I found them in a little yard behind the arcade, with the glass missing, and the wooden slats scattered over the playing field.
No chance of rescuing them?
Roll coins into slots in a continuous moving belt in order to reach the payout points, whereupon coins paid out tumble down glass above playfield and into the payout cup. Working on old penny play, currently on 110v operation
Size approx: 23.5 inches (59.7 cm) wide by 69.5 inches (176.5 cm) high by 32 inches (81.3 cm) deep

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at EH 2017
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at EH 2016
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on eBay US 2015
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on eBay US 2015
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on eBay US 2015
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on eBay US 2015
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on eBay 2003
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on eBay 2003
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on eBay 2003

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Re: Prospector

Postby badpenny » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:13 pm

It looks as if Gunther Wulff castings have been recycled to be employed as pay out trays.

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Re: Prospector

Postby daveslot » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:52 pm

I have owned two of these, so there should be a couple more out there. There is also a version with a circular turntable which turned up at the Elephant House, the Rolitina, went for £50.

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Re: Prospector

Postby brigham » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:43 am

So there are some known to exist! I wasn't expecting that!
I tried to rescue one of the Butlins ones. I asked whether it would be possible to buy one for use at home, but my grandma just said "come away from there".
I don't remember the payout mech. There again, I didn't often win. Looks like winning was fairly rare.
It's now high on my list of things to find. All sightings gratefully received!

PS. The payout castings recovered from scrapped machines...
That sounds like Oliver Whales.

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Re: Prospector

Postby pennymachines » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:59 pm

As BP says, the payout castings are definitely reclaimed Gunter Wulff, but what we haven't established is who made the Prospector. If I once knew I've forgotten...
As for chances of winning, there's a rheostat. Slowing the travelling slats would surely make it easier to roll a coin between them.

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Re: Prospector

Postby rippyspennyarcade » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:56 pm

I enclose an original letter and B/W Picture from January 3rd 1964, this will hopefully answer the question of who made Prospector.
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Re: Prospector

Postby moonriver » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:46 pm

I shipped the EH Prospector back from the US along with some other machines.
The exhibition photo and letter are great, I love the animated figures above the play field.

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Re: Prospector

Postby jingle » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:43 pm

I bought the rolitina for £50 😱
At the EH
It's was packed and the machine was facing the auctioneer side on and know one could see
It. It started at 50 and I was the only bidder
U were about to put your hand up PM
I was next to you and I held your hands down 😂
And told u it was another machine and not this one we were both leaning on 👍
Big machine got it home and plugged it in and worked perfect think it was one of Clive's off southport pier
It's got is stickers on
Big old pennies only
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