Now for a more serious post here. Below are a series of photos as a continuation of the Fred Flintstone Egg Laying Machine project. I really did not like the old school look and it actually lacked enough lights and sounds. Daniels Woodland is notorious for whimsicle designed tree houses. So I am going for originality for a chicken coupe type vending machine and whimsicle too.
As you can see I have added real wood shingles to the roof of the old Flintstone machine. As I said before I am turning this into a chicken laying machine. I have added old growth red wood siding. You cannot find that wood around much any more. The plexiglass was removed but Fred still remains. I am going to add a chicken in his place.
The new plexiglass was taken from an older candy crane machines. If you ever have plexiglass to cut I was able to cut mine with a band saw. it worked perfectly you just have to go very slow. One trick was to have a small piece of plywood that I ran partially through the band saw. I ran the plexiglass over the top of the ply wood. The wood really provided some stability for the blade cutting the plexiglass.
As you can see I was able to repaint the prize door and also ad real chicken wire to the plexiglass. I need to ad more lights to this machine but it is really coming along. One thing is I do not have the sound figured out yet. Not sure if it is the speaker or the circuit board that is bad. Also I am not sure that I am able to alter the sound that is on the board. Perhaps a motion activated noise system will be the best retrofit because the chicken will spin around. Post some comments and let me know what your ideas are and what you think. Thank you.
I just have to share this with a friend.
It’s one of those things that you complete and makes you feel like your not alone.
If it wasn’t for a friend what I am about to show you will never have come to be.
I don’t know how many of you operators have been in the vending business. Perhaps long enough to have equipment that has become old and out dated.
Exactly like the Fred Flintstone Egg Laying Machine I have pictured above. Kids growing up right now have no Idea who the Flintstone’s were and to think that this machine would even be able to make money is a complete sham.
This Flintstone machine does make money believe it or not. I do not think it should but I think the kids are just attracted to all of the eggs hiding prizes for them.
Basically how this machine works is the kids put a quarter in the machine and then Fred spins around and says yabadabado until an egg with a prize rolls down the price shoot. It is setup to vend eggs however it will also vend 2 inch capsules. The Fred Flintstone Egg Laying Machine
This has been a great way to get rid of stagnant product. You know the stuff that doesn’t sell. There is a new version of the egg laying machine that has a bill validator and two coin mechs and looks really awesome. Lights and the whole works.
My personal opinion is that if you can add lights to a vending machine it will sell, sell, and sell. Anyone else notice you sell more vending product through your vending machines that have lights?
So, I have gone a different direction in my restoration process thanks to my friends at Daniels Woodland. They are notorious for creating Disneyland caliber products and have killed it in the shooting gallery arena.
In the next few days I am going to share with you a post by post update on how I went about restoring my Fred Flintstone Egg Laying Machine. I have the machine out on location now and it really is just killing it. From mediocre to great this machine is now bringing down the house with quarters.
Another company has taken an approach to re-creating the Egg Laying machine and I love the direction they have taken. Feel free to view their Egg Laying Creation here. If you have one post a link and show it off in the comments below.