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by tallstory
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)
Replies: 115
Views: 36127

Re: Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)

Dirk 55 - brilliant work on the Cresta Run case too. Did you rebuild it from scratch?
by tallstory
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)
Replies: 115
Views: 36127

Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

For my latest project I used ChromeFix. Although they quoted 2 to 3 weeks, it was nearer 6 weeks before the parts were returned. From what others have said, that sounds pretty good. They use cyanide based copper plating which means they can plate alloy as well as steel and brass. They weren't cheap ...
by tallstory
Thu May 20, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Discoveries
Topic: 1954 Seeburg Coon Hunt shooting gallery refresh
Replies: 32
Views: 11341

Re: 1954 Seeburg Coon Hunt shooting gallery refresh

I knew a guy who restored old radios. When he needed to replace a capacitor with a new (smaller) one, he would encapsulate it in the old can so it looked like the original. Over the top do you think?
by tallstory
Fri May 14, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Duo Mat clockwork question
Replies: 13
Views: 1913

Re: Duo Mat clockwork question

I put the whole clock unit into an ultrasonic bath and then lubricated the pivot points as I didn't want to disassemble the mechanism. I had visions of springs and wheels flying everywhere. However the governor is easy to remove and take apart without undoing the main clockwork parts.
by tallstory
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Exacta lock picking
Replies: 23
Views: 3249

Re: Exacta lock picking

Now you have the back off (well done) you can get at the Zeiss locks. You should see the serial numbers stamped on the side - both lock are usually the same. The upper one is the serial number that identifies how the key is cut and the lower one is the key blank reference number.
by tallstory
Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Exacta lock picking
Replies: 23
Views: 3249

Re: Exacta lock picking

Don't think it's an anti tampering device - probably the handle mechanism is jammed. It would be best to take it apart and clean and oil it - that should reveal the problem. Hopefully nothing is broken. The Regina machines I bought, which have the same mechanics, also had this mould inside. A spray ...
by tallstory
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Exacta lock picking
Replies: 23
Views: 3249

Re: Exacta lock picking

I have never had a machine with a back glued in and that's why I suggested this option. TF of course has lots (and lots) more experience than me on this so its worth a little caution if you decide to try this approach. I just wanted to pass on a little tip that might help loosening the rusty screws....
by tallstory
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Exacta lock picking
Replies: 23
Views: 3249

Re: Exacta lock picking

Drilling the lock is difficult as well and, of course, destroys it. As BP suggests getting the back panel off for access is the best idea. Then you can disassemble the lock and find its part number to get a locksmith the cut a new key for you to reuse the lock.
by tallstory
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Let's Talk about Slots
Topic: Harper Vending Machines
Replies: 71
Views: 30510

Re: Harper Automatics De Luxe saleman's mechanism

What a fascinating device. I'd love to see it working |/XX\|
by tallstory
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Beromat bremse one arm bandit
Replies: 15
Views: 2345

Re: Beromat bremse one arm bandit

What concerns me most in OP's photos is his first one. I can not see the hinged hook that swings forward as you pull the handle. Isn't it hidden by the rusty vertical bit of metal? I can see the top of the assembly above it. In mine that rusty bit (except mine isn't rusty) keeps the coin out of the...