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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby slotalot » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:01 pm

gameswat wrote:Hey Slotalot, did you end up adding any more winning combos to your friends flasher? Was it possible to do this easily enough or not? Often I've either made a game harder or easier depending on what it was like when it arrived here so that the players actually get some decent fun and thrill.
Hi gameswat, :D
I think it would have been quite easy to add more winning stops, but I think he was just happy to have it working again. !!YIPPEE!!
Mind you, I did get an email from him a day or so after I had fixed it, saying that he had managed to win his penny back quite a few times !THUMBS! so I think he must be blessed with more good luck than me !PUZZLED! as I never got it to stop on a win, no matter how many times I tried :!?!:

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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby wb » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:21 pm

lol - so he won all your money!!!!!!! !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby treefrog » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:07 pm

slotalot wrote:Once I got the design ready, I desided on the finished size and converted it to PDF, I took the PDF to our local print shop and had it laser printed onto white crack-back plastic, (sticky back plastic), I stuck this print to a sheet of 3mm glass, I then put a second sheet of 3mm glass over the print,I sealed the edges of the 2 sheets of glass with a very small amout of clear silicone sealant and let it dry, once dry the rear of the glass should be blacked out in the areas were you dont want any light to shine through :~: you could use paint or thick card to do this
I had thought of making graphics for machines using some kind of sticky back plastic that will work in an inkjet or colour laser... anyone know a source? !PUZZLED! ...Slotalot this looks good and certainly a lot cheaper than silk screening. I guess the question is, how good it is when a light shines through. Does it look "wishy washy"?

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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby operator bell » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:30 pm

Here in Las Vegas is a company called Suburban Graphics that specializes in one-off slot glass - curiously for a graphic arts company, they don't have a web site. They print on a thin sticky plastic film that laminates on the back of a sheet of glass. I'm sure there must be other companies offering the same service, since Suburban buys its printing machines somewhere and there must be other customers. This would be a fairly expensive way to fix up a single machine, but the results are very professional.

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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby slotalot » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:06 am

tree-frog wrote: I guess the question is, how good it is when a light shines through. Does it look "wishy washy"?
Hi tree-frog :D
All I can tell you about the sticky back plastic is it's called "crack back" and the print shop I used got it for me. As for what it looks like when it is lit up !SUN! , I can't show you the Wild West glass, but I have put a link to my website that shows another machine that I restored. I even managed to get the mirror effect as well. Best thing to do is give it a try and see how you get on !!THUMBSX2!!

http://www.slotmachines.bravehost.com/page5.html

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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby wb » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:34 pm

I thought it was just my machine, but the wiring in these is appalling. It is like a birds nest.... I am tempted to gut it and build a microprocessor to control the game with a universal hopper payout. Then you could run it on any denomination. Something nice like a PIC 16F874 would look nice driving this and you could also save on those expensive 12v bulbs by using white LEDs like I used on my Final Tooty Fruity project.

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby pennymachines » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:52 pm

Gleaned from the comments in the Vince Landa piece at http://www.coin-opcommunity.co.uk/
Frank Hoy (who) started Cam Automatics together with Bob Murray.
I'll put a link to the site in the Archive. We could do with some input here from these old-timers - they know all this stuff that we can only guess at.

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Re: CAM AUTOMATICS?

Postby dobo » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:03 pm

Hi,
I worked for CAM Autos from 1963 to 1967. I started when aged 15. There were just five of us then back in '63-ish. Just to correct a few things: They were known as MAC Automatics up until '63-ish when Frank Hoy and Bob Murray bought the company and reversed the name. Frank and Bob employed a few mechanics, namely Johnny Peach, Tony Clark, Tommy Murray (Bob's Brother), David Stevens, John Dobson, Charlie Stewart and myself. Later employed was a salesman called Brian Lane, and Bill Todd.

Frank teated me like a son, Bob was the same. Actually Bob's brother Tommy took me up to their home in Scotland, and Frank brought his brother and father to Seaham in later years.
These were the greatest days of my life and I only wish I could see any of those people again.

Things went downward after articles in the People newspaper and the murder of Angus Sibbet, a collector from rival company Social Club Services in Sunderland (which is now next door to the Lambton Worm pub). Frank bought Bob out and in came another person from Frank's home town of Sherringham in Norfolk called Ray Young. Any more info, I will be happy to help.

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby treefrog » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:25 pm

Welcome to the site, I suspect there will be many who would love to find out more about the company. In fact there was enough interest in another British manufacturer by previous employees at Brenco to create a site based on the history and machines.

Also interesting is the story of the killing you refer to from the late Sixties, known as the "One Armed Bandit Murder" and from the articles on google, including Wikipedia, this was a big thing at the time, having a lot of impact locally and being one of the first underworld killings in the North East. Reading the stories and potential miscarriage of justice that may have happened, it is almost reminiscent of the Michael Caine film Get Carter... Especially as the Krays were involved.

I guess the other side of our hobby is that a lot of the gaming machines were operated by the gangs/underworld at the time. I had mentioned in a previous post, discussing the same with a retired engineer I bought a bandit from earlier in the year, who had worked for a group that ran clubs in London where he would maintain machines (obviously illegally) in the '60s and often helped shift them when likely busts would occur. All part of the history I guess.

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby slotalot » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:29 am

Hi Dobo, welcome to the forum :D
Very interesting and nice to find someone who actually worked for them. Maybe you could settle a little puzzle that I have about Cam Automatics; did they actually make any machines of their own? Or were they just agents for other slot machine manufacturers? If so, can you remember who they were?
I am sure we are all keen to know more :byee:


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