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Bally Gay Cruise running on unusual coin

Postby coppinpr » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:23 pm

I'm sure some will have, but I've never seen a slot running on a 1/2np. I was working in a cash business when decimalisation came in and on day one I was sent to the bank for the week's change. This included 2 bags of half NP. We never ever used those two bags. In fact, one bag was untouched when the 1/2np went out of service in 1984. I know we have seen this machine before and I believe this model Bally was made for cruise ships on 6d coins but I can't imagine it was ever a big earner on 1/2np. This one was later converted to take 1np and ended its working life on a south coast pier. The model name has certainly changed its meaning since it was made.
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Re: Bally machine running on unusual coin

Postby malcymal » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:03 pm

I have seen this once on a third party converted Sega Continental with very strange fruits on reels; in fact the guys still got it in his garage a mile up the road. Was asked if i wanted to buy an old bandit in his garage, didn't know the make, got all excited, went round and firstly it was a Continental which I would not touch with a barge pole. Secondly would never attempt to lift one again and third point, on new half pence coin. I had to do a double take, what???? half pence. Very disappointed. :NBG:

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Re: Bally machine running on unusual coin

Postby cheeky » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:44 pm

The only arcade that I have every come across using the ‘new’ 1/2p was based at Margate. It was called the Sun Deck and had a huge number of vintage slot machines. I’d be interested to see a photo of the arcade from the inside if anyone has one.

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Re: Bally machine running on unusual coin

Postby brigham » Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:01 am

That sounds like the famous (and fast becoming fabulous) 'Arcade at Margate', well known in these circles.

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Re: Bally machine running on unusual coin

Postby cheeky » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:03 pm

Are we talking about the same one that closed in the '80s?

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Re: Bally machine running on unusual coin

Postby brigham » Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:20 pm

I don't know a lot about it.
I get it confused with the famous 'timewarp' arcade at Mablethorpe. I've not seen photos of either, although there is film of the interior of the Margate one.

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Re: Bally Gay Cruise running on unusual coin

Postby cheeky » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:41 pm

The film sounds interesting. Is it on youtube?

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Re: Bally Gay Cruise running on unusual coin

Postby brigham » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:53 am

Good question.
I saw it online...


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