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Beachcomber build

Postby kingchristo » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:54 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm looking at building a Beachcomber machine. I can't find much information or pictures about these machines from the few pics I have found. I think I may have figured the mech out - not sure yet. If anyone knows how it works, or has a picture, it would be great, thanks.

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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby slotalot » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:09 am

Hi kingchristo, welcome to the forum :D
I can't help with the mech, which I think will be quite simple. !PUZZLED!
But I have managed to find you a good photo of the artwork. !!THUMBSX2!!
Good luck with your project, don't forget to keep us up to speed with your progress. :tarah:
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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby pennymachines » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:13 pm

Hi kingchristo,
Received your PM today. Unfortunately, although I said I worked on two of these in the past, it was a long time ago and my memory is fuzzy. As Slotalot says, they're pretty simple, but the exact design of the coin release trips beneath the columns escapes me. Maybe some kind soul can take a picture with the glass out, although that's not a trivial task, besides there are very few of these games around.

I seem to recall the trips were made of white nylon or similar and the picture below (enlarged from the previous thread) seems to confirm this. You can just make out the little paddle which the winning coin displaces as it drops down the chute at the back. Obviously this rocks the front of the trip clear of the channel to release the pennies. The triangular bit is just the counterweight to rock it back.
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Payout trips
The other thing you can just make out in some of the pictures are the pivoted chrome deflectors which, in the open position help guide coins towards the channels below. When a channel is full, the top penny rests against the side of the deflector, causing its upper edge to narrow the channel opening. This causes a bias away from full channels and a tendency for the other channels to fill.
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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby kingchristo » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:31 am

Thanks for your reply. I think you are right, these are very rare and I am finding it difficult to get any information, so any info would be great. Thanks for clearing up the triangle shape things on the back. The bit confusing me is how the coins at the front stay where they do and then get released. I am wondering if the counterweight is the same as the coins that fill up the front, although not sure about this. If anyone's got any ideas a good brainstorm would help. Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby pennymachines » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:51 am

I'm sure the counterweight is only sufficient to rock the empty trip back to the closed position. It would have to be very heavy otherwise and a single falling penny wouldn't budge it.

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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby kingchristo » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:14 am

This is true - thinking about it it's funny, I just can't work out what stops the front flapper from falling until the single coin hits the back flap.

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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby slotalot » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:27 am

I don't know if you have seen this video? but it might be of help?? :!?!:


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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby kingchristo » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:31 am

I have seen the video of the beachcomber machine at play. If I could just get a picture of behind the glass that would solve the mystery. :)

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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby wembleylion » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:19 pm

Just a thought; as the first coin falls into the empty column does the chrome deflector reset a stop (which we can’t see in the photo) and then the plastic triangle holds it in place. With the correct geometry between the stop and the triangle it would be easy for a coin to move the triangle and release the stop allowing the coins to drop from the column.

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Re: Beachcomber build

Postby rippyspennyarcade » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:53 pm

A nice thought John, but the deflector and the plastic triangle are not connected together. The holding and releasing of all the coins is all done via the plastic triangle.


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