Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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tim575
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Re: Need Fan info for Ruffler and Walker Helicopter Race

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Hi Treefrog,
Yes, I had seen that a while back and went back to look closer, and it appears those (fan) brackets were at one time in mine, but are gone now - just the cleaner area on the bottom supports where it was. I think a lot of the 220V parts were just stripped out and not put back, but there were pencil markings on the coin box indicating the fan was 220V, so I am sure it used to have one, either original or a retrofit. The design of the waves seem done to allow vertical updraught of air, so I think it was designed for a fan, but I wonder if that was not shipped on all units or an option, or unpopular and removed for some reason?

Also, there are no general illumination lamps in mine and I don't really see screw holes in the wood at the top, but other R&W models usually have them, so I am thinking someone just pulled them instead of retrofit 120V back in. I plan a full rewire using modern (safe) replica cloth covered wire, and just procured a vintage NOS bell transformer to make the win lamp circuit safe. The fan brackets will be easy to make, but I am having trouble locating a suitable size fan. I want to find one that is ~1945-1955 vintage to match the rest of the machine. It looks on the bracket like a single 3 screw mount fan or blower was used. Modern muffin fans would fit the bracket but be out of place date wise. On my other machines from overseas I usually use a step up transformer to keep the machines as original as possible unless they were already converted. I will likely also convert it back to the large penny use, although it works correctly on nickel play. I have not identified who owns the other racers in the US, so unable so far to get internal photos of those, but may try posting on some of the US forums. I was hoping someone here might have some leads.
mr merrivale
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Re: Need Fan info for Ruffler and Walker Helicopter Race

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Hi Tim
I own two helicopter racers and neither have fans, but both would have had fans I now think, and worked off a large lever micro switch on the mech as it's pushed in.
Both helicopter racers only worked on 240v when new, but I have put both of mine on to door bell transformers as per all the other Ruffler & Walker racers.
My latest racer (the lost scooter racer) may have been 240v, as there are only a few signs of 240v, but it's currently on a 6v battery, but when restored it will be on a door bell transformer.
tim575
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Re: Need fan info for Ruffler and Walker Helicopter Race

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There is the normal wire rod on right side to hold the 2nd coin till a win, on the left side is the same type of wire rod but it does not control anything. However the lever for it does work well for controlling a micro lever switch, which is activated when the player releases the push in rod until a win. I wonder if the original used a micro switch or some other leaf contact associated with that second push wire, or maybe it was just some option for different coin hold, although all other R&W I see have the 2nd held coin on the right side. Should have mine modified to restore lighting and fan within a few weeks, several vintage parts for that on order. Unfortunately whoever converted to 120V didn't keep the original parts in the base of the cabinet but must have just tossed them. Sounds like there are at least a half dozen of these games still around. Mine is not the one that was listed on Ebay in the US by Mike/Todd so at least 2 different ones in the US.
tim575
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Re: Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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Using vintage electrical parts I added back the 2 general illumination lamps and fan where I think they originally would have been and converted the win lamps to low voltage for safety. Replaced cord and all wire with new cloth covered wire, and a new pair of "Lid Support Hinge" Right and Left type to keep the front glass up when working on it. Fan was an old exhaust type and is not too loud but keeps rotors spinning even when raised to the top. It is currently setup for use in USA as 115VAC and Nickel play (2 coins as originally done). I am attaching photos for reference and a link to UTUBE vid of it running. I need to do some adjustment on the right Heli rotor.

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moonriver
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Re: Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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Super! Great job
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Re: Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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They look amazing all in the lineup, nicely done! Only negative I have to say is what the hell are those tiny ridiculously out of scale ships doing under the coptors!? Maybe find the very rare Submarine Race and sink those lil' buggers.......
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!!GOODJOB!!
!THANKS! For sharing.
scorpa163
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Re: Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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What a super job on the racer.
What a fantastic line up of machines. I could not get those big machines past the wife.
Once bought a Steer-a-ball (one of my favourite machines) and she was not impressed.
tim575
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Re: Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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Just noticed I left out the photo of the Low Volt rewire, attached now. The tiny ships were there when I bought it, don't know what prior collector or operator may have stuck them in, but looks like they pop right out so will probably just store them in the bottom of the machine when I adjust the right Heli rotor. In one picture I saw what looked like a buoy in the waves on one machine, but don't know if that was original or like the tiny ships just something added later. I understand the comment about trying to get big machines indoors, but in my case they are not in the house, I have an out-building with about 2500 sq-ft of A/C & Heated arcade space in total (~1900 antique to ~1975 vintage machines)
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mr merrivale
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Re: Ruffler & Walker Helicopter Race

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Please could you post some photos inside and out plus the history of your Greyhound Racer.
Thanks in advance
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