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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby pennymachines » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:05 pm

Yes, they were reproductions (without top signs), as described in the Arena Reproduction British Slot Machines article. A couple of original Bolland wall machines, complete with marquees are also pictured there for comparison. Here's a different shaped marquee seen on some of their games, with dimensions. 3/4" oak, joints are tongue and groove (tongue 1/3 thickness of timber, 1/2" deep). Rear oval inset for glass is 3/8" from edge and 1/4" deep.
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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby gameswat » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:57 pm

Thanks PM. I'll mock one up to fit in cardboard and see how it looks. Any chance of a reverse image please? And same thickness as a side panel I imagine.

And interesting to re-read the history in Arcades book about Bolland partnering up to help BMCo from folding in the late 30's, newly named BMC Ltd. Makes a lot of sense to me now about the two companies products overlapping. This "Lifeline" belonged to Jon Gresham and from memory the marquee and sign was original. But in his museum guide he stated it was by Bolland, but that marquee letting looked just like BMCo to me, so I'd always presumed it was a case of Bolland adding his name to an older machine when he operated or sold it. But there's the name Lifeline listed under Bollands machines list. Jon had at least one or two other similar Penny tap machines that aren't listed by Bolland.
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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby pennymachines » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:00 pm

Rear view with ugly modern brackets. Thickness is 3/4".

You can see, in the first image I posted, an unfinished curved area on top of the frame. I assume there was a wooden arched moulding applied to that surface originally.
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Close up tongue & groove
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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby gameswat » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:45 pm

Hey, those brackets aren't ugly, they're just the way god made them that day.

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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby pennymachines » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:55 pm

Ha ha - I did wonder about deleting the word 'ugly'. I'm not completely wed to the past, and can appreciate good modern design too. Those ('70s?) brackets are just fine, only not with that marquee.

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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby gameswat » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:04 pm

Looks like your marquee is missing a piece of trim on the top edge PM?

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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby pennymachines » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:08 pm

Yes, I mentioned this in my post above (probably edited after you read it).

I just looked up those old shelf brackets - apparently they're called London Brackets, and they're:
Very popular
Low cost pressed metal brackets
Medium load ratings
Unattractive
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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby gameswat » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:20 pm

Good photo of the marquee on this site in the museum! Though on measuring my game it's smaller than whatever your marquee belongs to PM, my case is only 19.5" wide ( the case sides that is which is normally where the marquee matches to). I wonder if the different style marquees were originally each suited to a particular size cabinet? !PUZZLED!
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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby gameswat » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:00 pm

Well damn PM, it's almost as if you know what you're talking about! Early days, but if you stick with this hobby you might just get somewhere. ;-) I found this great photo of the BMCo "Wineasy" which is almost identical to my cabinet style with the curved wood pieces top left and right of the centre glass. Like mine it also has simple curved vertical side edges, not the usual moulded edges. Though my case does have the same simple curved top and bottom edges while the other has the usual moulded edges. Anyway on making the Win Easy image the same width as my game the height is identical to mine! So as PM guesstulated earlier this is more than likely the original marquee style!! Yet again this site has filled in the missing info for me and made my life and work a lot more interesting, cheers everyone!
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Re: Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!

Postby gameswat » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:08 pm

One thing I've noticed recently is that as this site is filling up with great information it's getting harder and harder to find it when you want or need it. Because some great stuff is hidden under totally unrelated headings that you'd never find without already knowing or being told. So maybe with things like images of marquees we could make some new postings and lump each maker all together? Like BMCo machine images showing marquees etc? Otherwise it might be hard for people to find this under my goofy heading, Bang! Zoom! ...........


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