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Bon Voyage Club - Because we want a club of our own too

By xsvtoys

3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

There doesn't seem to be a Bon Voyage club, so I'm starting it. Maybe Bon Voyage owners are few in number but we are proud! Now let's have our own club area where we can discuss all things Bon Voyage (BV for short).

The club is open to Bon Voyage owners, fans of Bon Voyage, or really, anyone who wants to join and is willing to meet the sign-up requirements.

How do you sign up for the Bon Voyage club? Its very easy:

Just Insert Coin Here. That's all you gotta do, and you're in .

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#2 3 years ago

Fairly attractive game, but a so, so player. I had a chance at a nice one years ago from a local homeowner. It was extremely clean, but the woman selling it was out of her mind with her asking price. I finally found a "Delta Queen" which is from the same era, but is a better game.

#3 3 years ago

Most Pinside BV owners already know this, but for the club here is a link to my BV web page with all sorts of custom documents. This includes corrected operating instructions (original is riddled with errors), a rules sheet, and various playfield diagrams showing the rubbers, lamps, posts, and more. Enjoy.

http://www.xsvtoys.net/bon_voyage_pinball_documents.htm

And if you haven’t seen it, here is my thread where I described the entire schematic from beginning to end along with the function of all 300+ switches. BV was my first EM pin and when I got it I was determined to figure out how it all worked, so I did.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/em-schematic-fully-described-from-beginning-to-end-bally-bon-voyage

And here is my quasi restoration thread showing some work I did on mine along with a few mods to alarm the purists.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-bon-voyage-restoration-lite

Stay tuned for more BV goodies.

3 weeks later
#4 3 years ago

I’m looking for a few playfield inserts for my Bon Voyage as well as a decent backglass.

#5 3 years ago

I don't think there is any way to buy the inserts. The only route I know of would be as dfrazer did it where he made his own letters for the inserts and made the inserts himself. Those discussions start here in my original BV restoration thread, he gives a pretty detailed overview of how he did it there.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-bon-voyage-restoration-lite/page/3#post-3295700

The Word doc with the letter templates is at the bottom of this web page:

http://xsvtoys.net/bon_voyage_pinball_documents.htm

#6 3 years ago

Bgresto.com does show the BV backglass as being available on their website. Not sure how much it costs.

#7 3 years ago

I need the actual playfield inserts. I have no problem making the letters.

#8 3 years ago
Quoted from NinJaBooT:

I need the actual playfield inserts. I have no problem making the letters.

I haven't actually torn any out or replaced any, but I measure them at 5/8". It seems like these should work?

https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/03-7640-5

#9 3 years ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

I haven't actually torn any out or replaced any, but I measure them at 5/8". It seems like these should work?
https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/03-7640-5

Yes, I believe those are the ones that I ordered.

1 year later
#10 2 years ago

I just bought a Bon Voyage. Yay!

#11 2 years ago

I’m in!

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#12 2 years ago

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#13 2 years ago

Here us my current instructions card for the left side of the apron. I decided on these settings after playing a lot of Bon Voyage as I have had it for a while. One problem I found is that if you play it too much, it gets too easy, especially if you can constantly light up the special by getting all the letters. One time I rolled it over 3 times and still had something like 7 balls when I quit. So to cut that back I took away the award of a free ball.

So it is a 5-ball game (this keeps it better for guests) and if you get the special or the high score you add a credit to the credit wheel. This gives me something to shoot for to keep it interesting, I try to get the biggest number I can onto the credit wheel and stop it from going to zero. Which is kind of dumb because its on free play anyway, but hey I need something to entertain myself. So far I haven't run the score over the 199,000 max with these settings which is good.

So to go along with this, this is how all of the Jones plugs are set.

Balls per Game to 5.
3-5 Ball Setting to 5 (the harder setting, requiring all 9 letters to be individually hit by the player rather than giving some away in pairs).
Special and High Score to Credit.
Match is On for thrills.
High Score 125,000 (plug the orange-black wire into the lowest left position).

Bon Voyage Instruction Card 5 ball credit.pdf
Here is my Free Play card for the right side, still the same as before. I might spruce it up some day, and suggestions are welcome.

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#14 2 years ago

I’m in!

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#15 1 year ago

Hey guys, I wonder if anyone in this thread could help me out.

I'm looking to build a hi-res version of BV as a virtual pinball table. However I can't find good images for the plastics anywhere. Would anyone be able or willing to take me some glass off, lights off, top-down photos for me? Condition doesn't really matter, I can touch them up afterwards. Unmounted scans would be even better but beggars can't be choosers and I'll take whatever I can get!

If anyone can help out, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

#16 1 year ago
Quoted from beowulf99:

Hey guys, I wonder if anyone in this thread could help me out.
I'm looking to build a hi-res version of BV as a virtual pinball table. However I can't find good images for the plastics anywhere. Would anyone be able or willing to take me some glass off, lights off, top-down photos for me? Condition doesn't really matter, I can touch them up afterwards. Unmounted scans would be even better but beggars can't be choosers and I'll take whatever I can get!
If anyone can help out, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

I have these images, PM me your email address and I will send them.

At one point I took all of the plastics off the machine and photographed them.

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