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by gameswat
Wed Apr 17, 2024 11:45 pm
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Morphy April 2024 auction catalogue
Replies: 14
Views: 891

Re: Morphy April 2024 auction catalogue

Tried emailing and PM but neither seemed to work? I have a nice copy of the first book I'd sell, Every picture tells a story, 2006. Purchased in the states in 2007.
by gameswat
Thu Apr 04, 2024 7:16 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Fremont Hotel Mills High Top
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Fremont Hotel Mills High Top

Most likely a US 1 cent play machine as almost identical in all sizes to a 6d, 5 cent is slightly larger diameter and almost twice as thick. 6d is 19.41mm, US 1 cent is 19.05mm and US 5 cent is 21.21mm. Many machines were exported to Australia from the US running on 1 cent and were just run on 6d wi...
by gameswat
Sun Mar 24, 2024 7:24 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Sega token?
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Sega token ?

I Googled Sega award token and multiples of this came up at 31mm diameter?
by gameswat
Sat Mar 23, 2024 9:23 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Rheostat repairastat
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Rheostat repairastat

Hey Tim., no problem at all! Your restorations are above reproach. Sadly too many owners of these rare British pieces decide to add their own "flavour" which is not accurate but feeds their desire to add their own touch!? As you yourself have proven multiple times you try to keep things as...
by gameswat
Fri Mar 22, 2024 8:55 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Rheostat repairastat
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Rheostat repairastat

Hey Tim, I've just had a good friend and customer from Melbourne come over to Perth to visit me for the first time. He's interested in a handful of major pieces, many of which I've already invested much time and effort into. But on counting up i still currently own 65 project machines needing work! ...
by gameswat
Fri Mar 22, 2024 4:58 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Rheostat repairastat
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Rheostat repairastat

Hey Tim, the machine is still far from finished, needs maybe 50 hours plus? I only restored the machine enough 10 years ago so that it safely worked to lend it along with many other pieces to a good friends 40th b-day party that was circus themed. Since then I've just not had the time to invest into...
by gameswat
Fri Mar 22, 2024 4:26 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Rheostat repairastat
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Rheostat repairastat

I removed this burnt out rheostat from a very art deco 1935 Gipsy Fortune teller 10 years ago. I used a spare in it's place to make the machine run. A little later I purchased a roll of very fine nichrome resistance wire to rewind the burnt out side, the other side just had a couple tiny breaks I wa...
by gameswat
Mon Feb 26, 2024 3:01 pm
Forum: Mechanical Memories Magazine
Topic: Peerless Pictures
Replies: 8
Views: 6746

Re: Peerless Pictures

Cleaning up a machine for a customer I'd sold him nearly 20 years ago, time flies! Anyway, noticed an interesting range of serial numbers on it: #78 - #80 - #83. Obviously the operator had a handful of machines with sequential serial numbers and happily swapped parts around after seasonal repainting...
by gameswat
Sat Feb 24, 2024 5:49 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: The Forum's yearly check up
Replies: 26
Views: 4130

Re: The Forum's yearly check up

Just taken photos tonight to post later on the forum about a sequence of serial numbers on a single Peerless Pictures Stereo viewer I've been working on. Got me thinking that possibly a new category for the site might be an alphabetical listing of machine names with known serial numbers sent in to a...
by gameswat
Sat Feb 10, 2024 3:23 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Harpoon or Shaft ???
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

Re: Harpoon or Shaft ???

"What are the effects of this type of bidding? Power-bidding often drives auction prices up higher than they otherwise would go" Ha, what a ridiculous article - boo hoo, the "power" bidder has more money to spend than me and the price went up. But... if only that bidder had lifte...
by gameswat
Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:21 pm
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Fruite Whirle
Replies: 12
Views: 2346

Re: Fruite Whirle

As far as I'm concerned, four known examples of any machine in the world would constitute great rarity! In 1989 I got seriously interested in collecting machines for myself, though had been restoring them since 1979 for the family business. I met Bob Klepner in 1991 and we quickly became fast friend...
by gameswat
Wed Feb 07, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet

Yes one 'engineer' on Salvage Hunters described rust as patina! You do realise that the classic use of the term is for the green corrosion that formed on antique bronze and copper. Etymology. The word patina comes from the Italian patina (shallow layer of deposit on a surface), derived from the Lat...
by gameswat
Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:48 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet

Here's the Muto as found, was terribly rusty under the red overpaint so had to be sand blasted. Rather than trying to fill all the pitting I used it to my advantage with my aging techniques. I actually removed all the paint in the badly pitted areas and then lightly wet them for an hour. Then used a...
by gameswat
Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:03 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet

@Gameswat Do you have any name, manufacturer or color code/number on the vintage gold for me? No, I have actually collected old paint over the years for this reason. The old metallics are really hard to match with modern stuff. Though I also add powdered metal flake to get closer with my lacquers, s...
by gameswat
Sun Feb 04, 2024 10:28 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Harpoon or Shaft ???
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

Re: Harpoon or Shaft ???

Roger, you recently had nice things to say about your old buddy Ken Rubin, who could never be considered anything but a major " Blue Whale" with his many world record buys at auction! I'm sure quite a few of us are wondering how did/do you differentiate which collectors were good or bad &q...
by gameswat
Sun Feb 04, 2024 10:23 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Help needed on pinstripes and flowers on Mills War Eagle cabinet

SlotJ - it's an old fashioned gold, a coarse grain that isn't so easy to find these days. I think they commonly added brass flakes to make it back then. Of course likely much brighter to begin with but has aged over time when original as the brass tarnishes.
by gameswat
Sun Feb 04, 2024 12:48 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Jupiter Rustique jukebox identified
Replies: 5
Views: 1617

Re: Jupiter Rustique jukebox identified

A decent amount of the Jupiter machines came into Australia to be operated in the 60's and early 70's. It eventually became well known in the industry that they were terrible machines and had basically no resale value. I think the last one I was offered 20 years ago was eventually given to me free, ...
by gameswat
Sat Feb 03, 2024 5:26 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Harpoon or Shaft ???
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

Re: Harpoon or Shaft ???

Years ago I was attending an Arington auction in Las Vegas to which I had consigned several coin-ops. There were no reserves but it was accepted practice for owners to bid for their own machines. Sure enough, a Whale shot his hand into the air for one of my prized machines and remained there for th...
by gameswat
Tue Jan 30, 2024 6:19 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Machine Conversions
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: Machine Conversions

Roger, you seem to be confusing collectors with operators. Brit collectors wanted to leave the machines original. In the US it was really only the dealers that converted some of the machines to Yank coinage, to make them more saleable to US collectors, not to make money operating. And one of the big...
by gameswat
Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:57 pm
Forum: Let's Talk about Slots
Topic: Nice row of cast iron machines
Replies: 23
Views: 4741

Re: Nice row of cast iron machines

treefrog wrote: Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:41 pm What was the bucket for
I imagine the instructions told the user to wash the finished plate after it was vended? Likely chemicals still attached....... !PUZZLED!