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Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby pinjuke » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:38 pm

I have fixed this machine but it has no reel strips or reward card. Anyone know this machine?
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Belly glass for above

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Re: Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby treefrog » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:47 am

I did respond on Facebook, but have you got a picture of your machine? Are you saying you have no real strips at all?

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Re: Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby pinjuke » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:37 am

Yes, unfortunately.
It's a compact, I think last of Mills machines. Are there any markings on reels or chassis that will help?

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Re: Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby coppinpr » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:36 am

Yes a compact I agree, and that's going to make it hard to identify the reel strips and payouts. These were made during the TJM Corp era and seem to have been made as a "jobbing" project in much the same way as Sega made the "Windsor". They were sold on as basic machines to suppliers who added their own belly glass, payouts, special features and reel strips.There are at least a dozen different ones.

But never fear, the strips can be built... just, and it's going to take you time to work them out, and even then some symbols might be wrong or even different from the originals, but the payouts would be correct.

You need to add plain paper strips to all three reels then work from the payout discs. Start with the single cherry (if it had one) and the jackpot; set up the payouts by hand, and mark the paper strips. It gets easier as you go.

If there was a symbol that never appeared as a winner, we will never know what it was, unless another similar machine turns up, but most likely a lemon. Clearly the jackpot symbols were stars the others very likely fruits (although some were made as jackpot pay only, much like a "O" and "X" machines, but that's not likely as those were mostly USA casino machines). Can you see if there was an award card mounted horizontally just in front of the reel window? If so, that is easy to make once you know the payouts.

If you ever need a new belly glass and reel strips I'm your man. :lol:

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Re: Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby pinjuke » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:09 am

Thank you, I've identified the reels from discs but certain pays are in any position, making it harder. I'll draw up the table and try from there and then order strips from you to suit.
Thanks again

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Re: Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby coppinpr » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:46 am

Shouldn't be a problem, only the stars are "any position" so the payout disc will normally be cut as a long slot for the JP line and the reel strip position for the star will be the middle one of the slot.

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Re: Mills Bell O Matic Star

Postby pinjuke » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:38 pm

Thanks for reply. Yes, position 6 is jackpot; the rows above and below it are slotted in 3 positions.


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