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  • Small scale candlepin bowling

    Thought you folks would like seeing our 3/4 scale candlepin bowling lanes with our home made pinsetters.102_0228.jpg102_0230.jpg102_0231.jpg102_0232.jpg102_0233.jpgJason's lane.jpgnew lane.jpgnew lane 2012.jpgP1010003.jpgP1010004.jpgP1010005 (2).jpgP1010012.jpgP1010013.jpgP1010017 (2).jpg

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    Absolutely amazing work...do you have any video of these lanes in action?
    Check out my YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/cmp128

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    • #3
      The only video right now available is what is on you tube " 3/4 candlepin basement bowling". I will have to get my son to get a good video of his lane in operation and get some good shots of the machine in operation, he's more adept to putting video on the computer than I am, but I will get a video on.

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        • #5
          Wow, excellent job on your pinspotter. I am sure I will have questions for you in the near future. BTW, welcome to Bowltech. I know it's a little belated, but better late than ever.
          If it can't be fixed with a hammer, try a bowling pin! They're heavier and more surface area for whacking!

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          • #6
            Thanks Andy, P M or e-mail me any time. Hunnemanco@yahoo.com

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            • #7
              I'm confused....It looks like there are two different lanes, one shorter one near the steps of the basemenet, and ther other is on against another wall and seems longer??? Hmmmm? Can you tell me if I'm just not visualizing correctly?
              --- SteveJT66

              82/70's,kickers,Kegel Kustodian

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              • #8
                Yes Steve you are visualizing correctly. The one that is shorter is at my house it is the first one built, the longer one is at my sons house and it is about 10 ft longer it is the second one I built. Both are 3/4 scale except of course the lengths. These are also the pics with the lane specs I sent to deberber to be put in the AMBC web site he is putting up. Both lanes are in operation.
                Rob

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                • #9
                  Wow..two lanes each with a fully automatic machine!!! Were they hard to build? Are they the same as the full size machines?
                  --- SteveJT66

                  82/70's,kickers,Kegel Kustodian

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                  • #10
                    They took a lot of figuring ,a lot of time spent at the drafting table. Oh yes, and plenty of trial and error testing of parts. Did not realize, until recent when I was actually taking a tally of what it cost to build one, that the cost is up there ( about 3,000 ) and to think that when I built the first one I had this idea in my head to build 4 machines but didn't. The first one was for the grandson when my son bought a house that they could put the lane in, well, one year latter he did but all us adults were having so much fun with the machine that I built another one so the promise to the grandson was kept and we get to keep bowling here too. Also still able to boast how we have had a lane here in the basement since June 1969, full size candlepins and balls ( had to stand them up by hand ) until scaling the lane down and built a pinsetter 3/4 scale, summer of 2008.
                    It took about 40 years but finally ahhh just push the button and let the machine do the rest. Rob

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                    • #11
                      Oh Steve , and the other part of your question are they like the full size machines. I think pretty much so with some variation i.e. the conveyors to the chutes, mine uses rollers instead of belts. The guys at one of the candlepin houses down buy where my son lives thinks they would like to use my idea. ( lot less maint. and less to go wrong)

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                      • #12
                        Wow!! That is great!!! Geez, I wish I had the room for another lane! I'd put in a candle pin one also, and pay you to make another machine and come over and install it!! That is so awesome!!! Great job!!!!
                        --- SteveJT66

                        82/70's,kickers,Kegel Kustodian

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                        • #13
                          Hey, GFD! I'm in Augusta! You got that in your Gardiner house?

                          Doug

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                          • #14
                            Well, Hello Doug. Yes I have one at my house in Gardiner and my son has the other one at his house in Gorham. His is about 10 feet longer because his basement is a lot bigger than mine. I have been reading your threads on here, I know that at one point I think Moosehead had connected with you about info for his 1/3 scale candlepin project I told him you only live about 12 miles from my place. Did I see it right, on another thread tonight I read you had a stroke recently? If so, sorry to hear that. I have been wondering where you had been getting some of the parts and materials you have been working with, like you say we have no hobby stores close by. Anyway, yup this lane is at the gardiner house. Rob

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, I had a retinal prolapse. Left me blind in one eye. I bought all my parts when I lived in Ft Myers Fl. I shopped at the Hobbie Warehouse and bought all R/C model aircraft parts to built the thing. They carry K & S Brass stock as well, and that's where I got that.

                              Gotta use the internet now, my friend! Up here? Siberia.

                              Doug

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