Edistan Skittles

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Edistan Skittles

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Not seen one of these before: Skittles, what looks to be an old '60s penny roll down game, but I cannot work out how it works, e.g. where the coin goes etc....

Sold on a buy-it now on ebay for £100..
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What a great machine and in great condition. No wonder it went straight away - I would have bought it. I guess the coins had to hit or knock over the pins (closing a switch as they went over?) reset by a pull string? The fact that the highest winner is almost totally hidden by the balls would make it look something like that. My question is what happened to all the losing coins on the play field? !PUZZLED!
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I saw one of these at the top of Dave Hooper's Regent Street emporium in Leamington. I don't recall the maker - possibly Shields (looks like a Krafts Automatics distributor badge in the picture). It wasn't in such good condition, was missing some of the skittles and wasn't plugged in, so my assessment of the game was based purely on a close-quarters visual inspection. My conclusion was that its mode of play did not match its interesting appearance.

I believe it's just a glorified "flasher". You roll your coin down the slide, but it doesn't actually enter the playfield. Instead, it drops straight down to trigger a microswitch and set light bulbs beneath the balls and skittles flashing. I'm not sure whether you could swivel the roll down chute - I think not (the above pictures seem to confirm this). It would have made no difference, as the outcome was entirely determined by the electrical gubbins which probably resembled the inside of a Rotolite. Very odd really. !PUZZLED!

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Looking more closely at the pictures, I'm not sure you actually drop your coin into the wooden roll-down. There seems to be a standard coin slot to the left of it, beneath an "Insert Penny" instruction and notice the familiar chrome button on the other side, beneath a "Press to Stop" instruction and the LIGHT-A-SKITTLE-TO-WIN title. £100 seems very fair if it's working.
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Yes PM, I think you're right, they would have been very big skittles to knock over and, as Coppin states, the coins would have just blocked the field.....

Looked a clean item - here is the link to the ebay listing. The seller states it was made in London on a sticker on the inside:

SKITTLES RETRO AMUSEMENT ARCADE GAME 1960 End Of The Pier Style for spare/repair
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It was missing its pay out mech, and maybe other bits??? I was sold off Ebay in the end :cry:
And no I didn't get it :oops:
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slotalot wrote:.......................... I was sold off Ebay in the end :cry: :oops:
I do hope Elaine bought you.
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I WASH DAVE WOOD GET THE SPILL CHUCK FEXED!!! !!JUNK!!
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slotalot wrote:I was sold off Ebay in the end
I can't see any spelling mistake in that sentence. :!?!:
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I was sold off Ebay in the end
Was this an "auction" or a "Buy me now" or... dare I say it... "make an offer"? :#:
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I bought this, looked cool, although I was surprised when the coin didn't actually enter the field but I still think it has a lovely look about it.

It was sold as non working, although the back of the machine looks complete enough, the front payout and push to start button is just a mass of wires, well OK, not a mass but a few. I take it nobody has one of these and could send me a few pictures? Would a schematic be like winning the lottery?

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