I hope you can help. I've just bought my first Oliver Whales Playball machine. I'm fairly sure I've already called it the wrong thing so apologies in advance! I originate from Redcar (about 200 yards from where it was made) and I bought it in Holland so it's come full circle! I was hoping the learned amongst you may be able to help answer a few questions I have?! I've attached some pictures but it has been cleaned thoroughly since they were taken and chrome and cabinet have been very carefully polished (and it's come up exceptionally well).
1. What years were this model made or how old is it likely to be?
2. Is it possible to replace the 'win' decals with the correct (or close) foil embossed versions or is my only option internet printed copies/print my own?
3. It needs glazing and I was considering using 6mm glass does that sound about right and is there anything I should know about glazing it in general?
4. The mechanism appears to be in generally good order and it works consistently and the case is in great condition but it has no keys. Would you recommend changing both locks or is best just to leave it? I'm not worried about it being locked but I'm just concerned that I won't be able to get any coins out that drop into the cash box (which is locked)!
5. I think I am only looking to semi-restore it as I would prefer it to have a characterful charm! However, I do have one dilemma given what I've just said... The coloured interior backing has clearly shrunk over the years, I assume it has spent some time without glass. Should I consider replacing it and, if so, how and how difficult would it be?! There is a little cracking but it's mainly shrinkage and I shan't worry too much if I have to leave it in place. I don't intend re-chrome any parts (but you never know) so it may always look a little careworn!
6. Finally, are their any views on semi- or full restoration that may sway me?!
I appreciate that is a lot to ask and any help would be most gratefully accepted! I hope I am not breaching forum first-timer protocol!