Working Models & Automata

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That’s a serious project there Moonriver,p (assuming you now own it) Were there no automatia specialists in the U.K......I remember on one of the Salvage Hunters The Restorers series there was a couple I think in Scotland who restored a rare machine which looked good.

Anyway that guy has done a fabulous job !!THUMBSX2!! Looking forward to see end result
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Yes, they're mine. There are automata specialists in the UK, Michael and Maria Start at the House of Automata who are experts in their field. I assume you're referring to the drumming bear or the magician featured on Salvage Hunters which they restored and turned out spectacularly.
I passed the Opera Singers to Austin Phillips as he is a friend of mine and we share an interest in Insull figures particularly.
I'm going to start on the cabinet rebuild now which will be another challenge, and I've stopped counting the cost of it all :!?!:
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Keep us posted as I am sure it will be worth it and a staggering transformation :shock:
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Yes, an exciting project. When returned to their original glory, those Insull figures are quite something, with their subtle features and movements.
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moonriver wrote: Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:54 pm Yes, they're mine. There are automata specialists in the UK, Michael and Maria Start at the House of Automata who are experts in their field. I assume you're referring to the drumming bear or the magician featured on Salvage Hunters which they restored and turned out spectacularly.
I passed the Opera Singers to Austin Phillips as he is a friend of mine and we share an interest in Insull figures particularly.
I'm going to start on the cabinet rebuild now which will be another challenge, and I've stopped counting the cost of it all :!?!:
What a Job, they look amazing now. Real rescue mission. I don`t think I have ever seen the machine they are from. Would you be willing to post before and after pictures of the case etc. I would love to see it. Well done by the way!
" I've stopped counting the cost of it all :!?!:" :shock: I think we all know that feeling, perhaps not on quite such a scale, ah well it's only money.
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What a Job, they look amazing now. Real rescue mission. I don`t think I have ever seen the machine they are from. Would you be willing to post before and after pictures of the case etc. I would love to see it. Well done by the way!
" I've stopped counting the cost of it all :!?!:" :shock: I think we all know that feeling, perhaps not on quite such a scale, ah well it's only money.
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Thanks! Here is the cabinet before I had it shipped from Australia. Fortunately the steel case was in sections bolted together so Simon @ Simon's Salvage was able to take it apart and flat pack it all. The wood fame and shelves were riddled and eaten away, and glass is cheap enough so didn't bother saving and shipping those. Everything else was salvageable and can be reconstructed just as it was. The typical Modern Enterprises record deck, amp and power supply, cams and motor are all there.
I like the cabinet colour and curves, reminiscent of 1950's Odeon Cinema lobby decor.
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Thank you for sharing. It's going to be fabulous when finished. This is a real case of having to restore a machine, you don't have an option if you wish to save it.
I am always interested on your opinions on machines as you have a different point of view as an operator, rather than my view as a collector. Keep us posted on the work as it progresses.
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!THUMBS!
Will do
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