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Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:38 pm
by coppinpr
Here is the mech parts of which may have been in a goose neck machine once upon a time as it's a straight 10 stop and does not use the cheat 10 stop but it doesn't have the goose neck coin accepter of course as (a) it wouldn't fit in the case and (b) a simple single drop coin accepter would do the job. I'll pm you anyway. I can make any award card you need.

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:29 pm
by treefrog
Just finished this one bought a year ago at auction. Everything is original, except changed handle for genuine Mills dagger handle due to poor quality of what was there. Have left strips original, so not mint, but authentic. Problem with Bolands castings are they are generally poorly cast and getting smooth finish takes a lot of work. Mechanism was missing parts and had to buy a doner. Complete strip down and run smoothly now

Onto the next one.....

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:38 pm
by widget2k4
Well done Tom !THUMBS!
First of many I hope, see all that sanding etc pays off to get a good finish :)

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:47 pm
by coppinpr
Very nice Tom, I think best one of those I've ever seen. I like the colours, suits it. !THUMBS!

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 7:55 pm
by treefrog
There must be an easier way in preparing for paint, I got through 5 cans of filler primer performing 3 coats per can and sanding between each one. And three final top coats wet sanding between each one......now I know why it takes so long. Fortunately I have four other projects running in parallel while coats dry.

Next one :lol:

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 7:35 am
by brigham
Better than when it left Bolands.
I'm not sure about the reelstrips. Are there any other Tom Boland revamps with German symbols? All the three-reelers I've seen have either Mills fruits or Samson Novelty Co. numbers.

EDIT: I'm assuming it has a Mills or Jennings mech., not a Beromat.

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 7:51 am
by widget2k4
Same reel-strips as one I done ?

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 8:35 am
by treefrog
Very nice Keith, I have yet to get that sort of finish, but one day.

Yes these are original Boland strips which I admit looked similar to the German ones. They also used numbers, but I question a lot of the machines with traditional fruits as reckon a lot were replaced later. Most of these were Mills and 10 stop '30s items like my one is. Bolands did seem to make their own handles, often very poor quality castings, of the Hi Top type handles and was not sure what was on this machine as it had a hub like a Jennings, but pot metal. They also had the unusual club handles with the small ball on the end.

I always find colour choice difficult and almost painted castings 3 times, from Carters Cream to white and was going to do light blue, but got bored. In terms of enamel paint, I bought loads of high quality sign-writers paint from Carters Fairground (Joby) after going on a course. Have done little fairground artwork yet, but these are great thick lead based paints for this type of job. You can mix obviously to get shade you want.

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 11:33 am
by brigham
Looking at the proportions, those must be actual 10-stop fruits, then?
That must be another Boland specification; ever since Mills came up with the fruit symbols, there were always 20 to the reel, even in the 10-stop days.
Boland was keen on downplaying the 'seedier' aspects of the machines, hence the numbers, and the 'totalisator' and 'skill' references. He always used 10-stop numbers on the old 10-stop mechs, but I hadn't realised he had produced 10-stop sized fruits.
Another one to look out for!

Re: Boland Black Beauty, Screen Stars, Brooklands, White City...

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 12:39 pm
by badpenny
brigham wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:35 am
Better than when it left Bolands.
I'm not sure about the reelstrips. Are there any other Tom Boland revamps with German symbols? All the three-reelers I've seen have either Mills fruits or Samson Novelty Co. numbers.

EDIT: I'm assuming it has a Mills or Jennings mech., not a Beromat.
I've only ever seen Boland machines using Mills, I once had one of the single reel "Film Stars" that apart from the Mills mech also incorporated parts of a bicycle!
Have others seen Jennings or other common machine mechs used?

BP