Sunday, May 21, 2017

Picked Up A New (to me) Pachinko Game today

Nishijin Napalm Hanemono (Mid 1980's)

Very dirty and jammed up bad!

After about 2 hours of work we are clean and running.

All of this had to be disconnected to get to the center payout section as most of the bulbs were burned out and it sounded like a rock crusher.

5 years of cigarette smoke anyone?

After about 3 hours we are looking good!

This was less than a joy to disassemble and clean!

After a total play-field cleaning this thing is looking brighter!

A Craigslist find that I picked up for $60!
This early modern Machine was made by Nishijin. It is basically a Nishijin Model C with the modern shooting handle and electronics overlaid.  Unfortunatley I can not determine the year it was released but I am guessing mid 1980's.

A little about Hanemono Pachinko:

Considered more the 'Nickel Slot' (more play for less money) of the pachinko parlor today, they were all the rage in the late 70's through mid 90's when the Digital (having to match 3 numbers or symbols to win) machines took over. New models are made by most of the major manufacturers each year to bring in the nostalgia player, but it is a small fraction of the total production.

The older models are getting very hard to find in good shape, here and abroad, still demanding high prices in Japan, as so many were either destroyed or shipped to the US, and the newer models are also rare in that they are made in such small numbers and are generally destroyed (recycled) after their usefulness to the parlors.

How to play: 

Play looks easy, but it takes timing and skill to win big! At the bottom of the play-field are three pockets, two labeled with “1” and one labeled with “2”. When a ball enters one of these pockets, mechanical arms or 'wings' in the center feature of the play-field will open once for one second for a '1' pocket and open for two seconds for a '2' pocket.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Las Vegas - Disneyland Two Step

This interactive map of our trip will be updated over the next week as I add more information so check back from time to time.

After 2,200 miles and 40 hours of driving and we safely back in Kuna, Idaho!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Seven Magic Mountians


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Grand Canyon Skywalk: Guano Point

Guano Point features panoramic views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. It is named after the Bat Cave Mine 2,500 feet below, across the canyon.

The cave was discovered in the 1930’s by a young man on a river trip. Harold Carpenter was sailing in Granite Gorge and noticed a hole in the north wall of the canyon about 600 feet above the water. He climbed the cliff and reached the cave after three days. Harold explored the cave finding a large chamber rich in guano (bat droppings).

Bat droppings are rich in phosphates and nitrates which are used in fertilizer. In 1957, the U.S. Guano Corporation estimated that the cave held 100,000 tons of guano with a net worth of $12 to $15 million. They saw dollar signs but the hard-to-reach cave held challenges for recovering the black gold.

The first attempt at mining the guano involved building a tramway to connect the cave with the barge dock below. The company went bankrupt because of expenses due to motor repairs and sunken barges.

The second endeavor was to fly the guano out of the canyon. The King-Finn Fertilizer Company built a landing strip on a sandbar upstream from the cave. They used the existing tram to lower the guano to boats that floated it to the landing strip where helicopters brought it up to the rim. Finally trucks would drive the product to the west coast. This turned out to be too expensive and the effort was abandoned.

The next project was to build a tram across the canyon. Cables stretched from Guano Point at the south rim to an intermediate tower 850, feet below” then 7,500 feet across the canyon to the cave at the north rim. It was an engineering marvel. The guano was vacuumed out of the cave, transported to the south rim where it was trucked to the Kingman Arizona airport.

In 1959, the cable cars were used in the film Edge of Eternity, The film, which also was shot in Kingman, involved a mystery of three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. The sheriff’s efforts lead to the killer fleeing with a socialite as a hostage, and after a chase by car and helicopter, the movie climaxes with a fight in the cable car a mile above the canyon floor.

In the end, the amount of guano had been overestimated. It contained a mear 1,000 tons, not 100,000 tons as estimated. The unprofitable mine closed in 1960. The nail in the coffin for the tramway came when a U.S. Air Force jet clipped its wing on one of the cables. The pilot survived, but the tram did not.

In 1975 the mine site became part of Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service later proposed removing the tramway remnants within the park, but there was public protest against demolition of these interesting historic relics. As of 2007, some remnants of the old operation remain at Bat Cave, and on the South Rim in the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Grand Canyon Skywalk: Eagle Point

The Eagle at Eagle Point.

Grand Canyon Skywalk: Hualapai Ranch

A Joshua Tree Forest.

What Is A Road Trip Without Some Road Trip Food!?

Stone Crab!  Unbelievable!