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Fruit Machine Chat / Bell-Fruit closing
« on: 09 December, 2019, 10:25:55 »
Some sad news folks..... looks like most of BFM's site next to the QMC hospital in Lenton, Nottingham is closing!

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: 10 Year Party extravaganza
« on: 14 November, 2019, 11:23:32 »
Ahhhhhhh B*llocks!

Already arranged to go over to Bristol on the 30th..... sorry guys! :(

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: KERCHING AMUSEMENTS
« on: 11 March, 2018, 20:09:02 »
As for location, it's over in Worksop, just down from the bus station.

S80 1JE

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: KERCHING AMUSEMENTS
« on: 11 March, 2018, 20:05:24 »
I know the owners very well, to the point myself and some of the FME folks have been assisting them with some machine issues.

Have had the owners visit my place (They live very local to me), talking over ideas etc.

Introduce yourself / Re: New to all this
« on: 12 July, 2016, 23:27:01 »
Heh, well the date says it all frankly, as the more modern reel sets did not start to make widespread appearance till the early 80's, however when MPU controlled stuff first started to appear, you used to see a lot of hybrid setup's before the more modern stepper motors came to being, just like you see now, and it would not surprise me that on this machine, the reels would have been supplied by the likes of Carfield or Bell-Fruit (My betting is Carfield), or used their licence design.

Hi,  I would love to be able to correct you but I haven't got a clue lol. First machine I have owned so it's all new to me. I did remove the reels and it has the date 1976 on the side of them so least that puts the date thing to bed.

Introduce yourself / Re: New to all this
« on: 12 July, 2016, 22:41:53 »
The only sort of Barcrest I do like, and it's a corker!

Maybe best to have a chat with Ron (BF74), whom is best place to help.

I don't know a great deal about this machine, other than from a similar one in the same cab etc, in that I think (Correct me if I am wrong), but it's a sort of old style electromechanical / electronic hybrid setup.

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Cleethropes
« on: 17 May, 2016, 08:58:28 »
Place is pretty easy to get to on train (Took me from East Mids Airport area via Sheffield, around 2.5 hrs, not much more than Skegness would, at just under £30 open return, though if you can book early, singles from Sheffield on nominated trains can bring that cost down) from Doncaster / Sheffield / Lincon, 2 trains an hour at least from what I can work out (From Sheffield)..... nice small place, that reminds me of Hunstanton, and if in car, about 25 miles north of Mablethorpe and on towards Skegness (Probs takes around 40 mins tops, depending how bad roads are especially towards Fantasy Island).... if staying in the area for a few days, there are buses that run from here via Louth towards the Skegness area, but can take over an hour or so to get between these points.

A16 from Boston, or A46 from Newark / Lincon strait in (Can also do the M180 if coming in from the north / Hull), parking seams to be easy enough at most sites for a fiver all day.

Just beware the cash points can be a pain in the arse to find (Arcades charge £1.50, and in the case of my Natwest card, refused to work), but if you go strait up from train station, got a Barclays and Post Office cash points, as well as a few others in the main town centre drag (Santander, Nationwide, Sainsbury's)..... also a Witherspoons for their well known breakfast going towards where Barclay's is.

Arcade wise, one right next door to train station bit a bit of a dump (Spot the working bulbs basically), a number of arcades along the main sea front and one just across from where the buses q up, and also a Teddy's up on main high street.

Machines worth of note to us.....

(Rare) JPM Popeye Lo-tech (Poss on Impact, in a Vogue cab)
snake and ladders slide again (Turned off)
cops and robbers qps
2 pacman pluses qps
carribean cash qpa
viva espania
lucky strike   both bwb
haunted house orginal empire
haunted house  empire hopper version
baby take you pick
super breakout [turned off]
x5 tupennys
deal um rebuild
pinball wizard

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 01 November, 2015, 01:41:42 »
'kin hell, and this board still works? I'm surprised! :o

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 31 October, 2015, 03:02:02 »
It's on 25p at the minute, just got it home, yet to look fully.

It can be made switchable, from £5 upwards, and stakes from 5p up to 30p, using a switchable key.

As this will be running Maygay's Epoch system, there are a few things you need to watch out for, the first being this tiny nasty green battery (Get it wired off the board ASAP!), that sometimes even with a slight leak, can kill a systemboard (One with the ROM's in), also checking the state of the lamp board and PSU

If you don't already have a copy, general Epoch field guide here, that shows you the general in's and out's of this operating system, what all the PCB's are in side, common faults etc.

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 31 October, 2015, 02:52:23 »
Most of us with some machine experience, will at a minimum, either totally remove or wire these Varta batteries off the board as a preventive measure, or modify them to run CR2032 coincells (Same as you find in a PC tower), or go with one of Andrew's solid state solutions.

This is a typical Varta that is fitted...... this is the 2.4v 2 cell 3-pin type as found on Barcrest MPU4's, but you also sometimes find the larger 3.6v 3 cell (Common on BFM Scorp4's), and the tiny 3.6v 2 pin sort which is common on Maygay Epoch (Is also the worst of the lot when they leak).

I don't know about the battery. I think others will comment, but I think generally they are removed and put on a fly lead. Will leave for others for details.

It's a really good game on 25p. One of my favourites I think. Let me know what you think of it and maybe some pics or a video? :)

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 31 October, 2015, 02:42:57 »
Greetings from down the A52 from you @ Long Eaton.

Got a few machines myself, which run from a mid 70's BFM Electromechanical (Almost as old as me, and I am 41 in a few weeks), right through to a BFM Scorp4 machine, based on Horses and Frankie Detori, with this very horses based machine up for sale right now if anyone is interested :)

Welcome to pop down if needs be.

Do a lot of servicing and repairs myself, with most of the support / advice coming from MPU Mecca and here.

As others have said, better off buying from fellow collectors on forums likes this (May cost more), as the general standard of worthiness tends to be better than from sources like e-bay etc.

Introduce yourself / Re: An overseas Hello
« on: 08 October, 2015, 12:40:00 »
Some nice Dutch p.orn here folks!

Welcome to the dark side Rogier..... some of the lads from the Mecca are here (Including myself), so you will recognise some of the faces :)

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Gowerpoint
« on: 23 September, 2015, 22:31:08 »
Very few and far between GP's are now, but you do see the odd one pop up from time to time.

Got this vid of their factory in the 70's here worth a look.....

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Skegness
« on: 17 September, 2015, 10:27:00 »
Greetings your royal pervyness..... welcome to the dark side :)

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Mpu3 stay or go?
« on: 15 August, 2015, 00:37:39 »
Fact of reality, is MPU3 machines in general due to age, are a lot more work to keep going, for such little return, say compared to an MPU4, so your decision has to be based on business needs, and whilst I generally have a dislike towards club machines (Even at the local WMC, I tended not to play them at all), I feel even something like an MPU4 (Or even give that JPM Club Roller Coaster a go), would better earn it's keep on the floor.

So bottom line is..... what would earn you better income per square foot of floor space?...... the MPU3's, or something else?

I feel that Club Roller Coaster would work well, as you already have similar JPM Vogue games on the floor (Correct me if I am wrong, but did you have the standard non club version down at Gravesend?), it would fit in well with those.

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Hunstanton
« on: 12 August, 2015, 11:13:58 »
Yep..... judging from reports from Steve (Spa), Thomas's have sold out a few of their places to some odd ball outfit, and they have been merciless with what they have stripped out, and the Pier has not faired much better :(

Introduce yourself / Re: Newbie saying Hi
« on: 09 July, 2015, 21:17:51 »
Welcome bud, and nice collection you have there.

Regarding Gridrunner, I have the exact same machine at mine, and fully understand the grief the Epoch tech can cause, however there are a few of us here who can poss help out....... if you have any repairs advice , parts etc needed, best start a new thread in the repairs / help section of the forum :)

Fruit Machine Chat / Fantasy Island Ingoldmells gone **** up
« on: 04 June, 2015, 10:23:39 »
Ooooh bugger, did not know this about Fantasy Island Ingoldmells?????

Benjamin John Wiles and Paul David Williams were appointed Joint Administrators of Conduit Skegness Limited, Fantasy Island Ingoldmells Limited, Conduit Entertainment Limited and Intermarket Skegness Limited (All In Administration) (together “the Companies”) on 4 August 2014.

The affairs, business and property of the Companies are being managed by the Joint Administrators, who act as agents for the Companies and without personal liability.

They are both licensed by the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Astra coin pusher machines
« on: 20 April, 2015, 12:03:16 »
Yep, played them all including the Party Time version, at Shipley's and Quicksilver in Derby.

Jungle Jive had to be the best out of the lot, and pretty entertaining.

Fruit Machine Chat / ICE 2015 @ ExCel London, Feb 3rd 4th 5th
« on: 04 January, 2015, 19:40:09 »

Toying with the idea of attending again this year on the 5th (Subject to change)..... anyone considering going over and maybe want to meet up etc?

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