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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby jonesthegarage » Sun May 12, 2013 4:03 pm

Not another contender for the ugliest Beromat derivative - this isn't a contender, it's the undisputed champ! Close to some of our members though so sure will find a home.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Fruit ... 35c777108f
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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby badpenny » Sun May 12, 2013 7:56 pm

It has to be one of the easiest modernisations ever.

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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby treefrog » Sun May 12, 2013 10:53 pm

Jonesthegarage wrote:Not another contender for the ugliest Beromat derivative - this isn't a contender, it's the undisputed champ
:#: Oh dear, I have one - same yellow plastic surround, but called Alpine...... I quite like mine in an odd way and, yes, if this was near me I would buy, as usual.

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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby jonesthegarage » Fri May 24, 2013 5:44 am

....and the King shall return

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/vinta ... 1019527857

don't recall seeing the blue one ending on ebay. Was it removed by gaming police?
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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby treefrog » Fri May 24, 2013 8:31 am

Another one on Gumtree....A Gold Rush....

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/vinta ... to-content
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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby badpenny » Fri May 24, 2013 9:39 am

Not seen that one before.

We should be compiling a collection of all of these pictures........ where would we keep them Museum? Archive? Cupboard under the stairs?

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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby gameswat » Sat May 25, 2013 4:40 pm

I think it would be remiss of me not to add a pic of this gem to the pile. About as classic as the UK revamper got me thinks! Can't remember exactly what model this started as, but had figured it out when restoring. The nice original german veneer was still hiding under that sky blue Laminex.
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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby badpenny » Sat May 25, 2013 7:44 pm

I have seen one in the flesh and decided I shall have one one day.
Then again I was going to retire at 30 and marry Catherine Zita Jones. :#:

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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby treefrog » Sat May 25, 2013 10:10 pm

There was a separate thread on these a couple of years ago as a couple came up for sale, including one at Coventry....did take my fancy except for the price :#:

https://pennymachines.co.uk/Forum/vi ... f=9&t=2675

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Re: Revamped Beromat-type Bandits

Postby badpenny » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:07 pm

malcymal wrote:I came across a Las Vegas, last picture, exactly the same colour, perhaps same machine, at the Brighton jukebox fair. It was selling for £170. It's a bit of an oddity, because it looks like a Beromat mech but it has 20 stop reels, not 10. Puzzling.
I've always been fond of these British re-vamp machines as they are straight out of my youth.
I'm now bringing together two different stories from that time.
1 The previously mentioned Las Vegas re-vamp
2 My comment I'm more interested in how something has accrued individuality during its working life. My Uncle used to spend spare moments in his arcade constantly prettifying the machines that put bacon on the table.

One of the jobs my Uncle had me doing during the Summer hols working in his arcade in Paignton in the '60s was to make his bandits appear more attractive to play than those the competition had across the road.

Along with the truck load of bandits he'd bought from the shifty looking bloke who made his deliveries on a Sunday evening !!UHOH!! he also bought a big box of Günter Wulff bits and bobs. His original idea was to have enough spares to do his own maintenance (errr ... for me to do his own maintenance). Initially he was hacked off to discover that mainly he'd bought the first reel respin levers that had been removed during the conversion.
Then he realised he could make his bandits seem easier to win by me putting the mechs back to re-spin and connecting up a button to the front to activate it. For years he had a sign outside that said something like .....
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Still once you learn how to do something you tend to remember it.

Now the second part.
It seems I've bought the Las Vegas that malcymal talks about seeing at Brighton. If it's not the same machine, it appears identical.
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I bought it from one of new members. It was through going to collect it that I introduced him to Pennymachines.
Getting it home I found........
It does have double the reel symbols than stops.

Had been converted to 2np by sleeving the tube, cobbling the slug rejecter and melting a massive glob of solder to the bottom slide to prevent the smaller coins falling through, unless there's a win.

It was paying two coins every play regardless.

The handle was staying down until the cycle ended and then slamming back up.

The timing clock had been speeded up by wiring in the weights.

The brake on the first reel wasn't aligned to its stop, so the moment you played it, its brake immediately engaged.

Tackling the above list, I decided to revisit my formative years and after carefully chucking everything in my spares box onto the floor, by upending it from a height, I found I had enough spares to replace the respin function and installed a button on the front above the V of Vegas.

So it now works on old penny, rejects slugs properly, runs a perfect cycle in 15 seconds, pays out as it should and respins the first reel as if it was one of Uncle Gordon's.
Uncle G is now in his eighties and when I told him of this latest project he looked dreamily at me and with a tear in his eye he asked me wot the 'ell I was blethering about. He has no idea who I am, he thinks I'm somebody he sold a Ford Pilot V8 to in 1956 and wants his money back. Although I tell him I wasn't in the habit of buying cars when I was two, he's quite rightly very suspicious of me.
Mind you my memory is also collapsing for if I ever knew the manufacturer of this particular re-vamp then I've long since forgotten so, if anybody out there has any ideas, please shout out.

They are one of the better attempts to rehouse a Günter Wulff mechanism and update it. Someone has taken a lot of trouble repainting it. The handle is Günter Wulff style yet longer and the case is very robust with a folding side on the left to allow for tinkering and easy removal.
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The only thing left to do now is alter the denomination badge from 2np to real money

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