Late December 2007, some friends i met on an arcade forum and myself
met for real in Sydney, Australia. As well as spending time drinking
drinking and playing MAME
on the hosts awesome cab we
went on a little day trip to the Blue Mountains . Which was cool,
especially the train ride down the side of a
cliff! But even cooler for a bunch of guys (and gal) who've gotten
together for the love of arcade machines is the redemtion machine we
discovered in the cable car station thingo.
A placard on the machine tells us it was manufactured in France by
Bonzin & Sopransi in 1936. And it still works! Inserting 20c
gets it started. the crane is positioned over a rotating tray of
sweets. there are two controls, which are cast metal turn wheels.
left one rotates the table to get the most favourable position for
crane. The right one moves the crane backwards and forwards. A timer
kicks in to let the crane lower its 3 jawed scoop, raise it and then
take it to the center of the sweet tray. it then drops the sweets
you picked up any). Of course with my consummate skill i was the
one in the group NOT to pick up any sweets :(
Now with twelve more words at the bottom of this here page!