watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby 1th » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:11 pm

Hello watling boy by the sound of it iv bought a bad merchian and it sounds like it's not worth much now I did want to restore it so it was like new so I think I'm going to try and track down the parts do you no anyone with the lower casing
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby Richard13 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:32 pm

Wow what a lot of posts in this thread just gonna throw in my 2 cents worth now. A lot of us have made purchase decisions on machines to buy that we have regretted. We all have paid more than a machine was possibly worth also! If you bought that machine because you loved the way it looks and it plays ok then enjoy it and remember not to buy from that seller again. Expensive lesson bought and paid for learn from it.

I cannot see a broken casting in these low resolution photos but I'm in the hospital using my small phone screen. Castings can be repaired and repaired well so don't despair yet. If you cannot find a reproduction casting find a great welder that specializes in funky repair work. He or she could remove the old repair and do it right but the expensive part is the final grinding and polishing if the repair is not painted over.

Closer inspection is always advised prior to buying and testing it out too sort of like before you get married so you don't have a trainer wife before you move on to wife 2.0 or 2.5 or higher...
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby clubconsoles » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:38 pm

Hi Terry
I am in the UK and I also have a French Rol a tor.
looking at yours, as watlingboy has already mentioned, you have components missing inside the case.
I do believe, however, you should not be downhearted and this is definately worth restoring!
You will struggle to find a lower casting but the crack is in a inconspicous area, so why not just get it welded and a repaint,it would look fine!
Ok, it is incomplete, but is not a bad 1st machine and if the reels spin round then that's even better, does the rotary escalator move the coins around?
you could have bought a mills or sega and had a MUCH easier time getting the spares, but if you like a challenge, then this is the machine for you!

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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby Richard13 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:54 pm

Like I said I could not see the crack or repair on my cell phone but after reading the last comment I assume it is not exposed. We have a guy over here in the states called the Vegas Butcher. If he could get away with making an machine out of bondo he would! So do what the car guys do a dab of bondo some fine sanding and a repaint after would looks good.

If you are going to strip buff and polish and repaint the whole thing everything will match and only you will know about the repair. ENJOY IT AND TAKE YOUR TIME figuring out what you need and acquiring one part at a time and enjoy the hunt.
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby clubconsoles » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:03 pm

As previously mentioned, this machine was recently purchased on eBay Italy.
You can do a search to see the price and the price it sold for is not so expensive, in my opinion!
I think if you parted it out, you would get your money back, but I DO NOT think this machine should be parted out.
Seems like a crack in the top casting half way down the horn but still very restoreable.
Shame about missing jackpot, put keep hunting, you never know?
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby Richard13 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:08 pm

I did not see about the missing jackpot but here is how you fix that....put a bug in it so it never lands on the JP! End of problem lol! Too much pain meds I'm feeling too good now!
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby 1th » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:14 pm

Thank you for the replys there is a crack at the bottom where the coins come out but the bad one is the alloy lip above the mint dispensers it looks like that it was broken off and not repaired right I will put some photos up
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby 1th » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:22 pm

Thank you for the replys there is a crack at the bottom where the coins come out but the bad one is the alloy lip above the mint dispensers it looks like that it was broken off and not repaired right I will put some photos up
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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby 1th » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:28 pm

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Re: watling rol-a-top bird of paradise 1934 need help

Postby 1th » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:32 pm

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