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Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby coin-op » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:23 am

Can anyone supply pictures of the mechanism of this machine? Thanks

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby pennymachines » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:38 am

Good luck with that! The example pictured in the Museum, from the infamous Victoria Pier auction, is the only one I recall. I notice the tubular ball lift means the mechanism will differ from other Steer-a-Balls.

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby geordy55 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:41 pm

I see one of those sold at Auction last weekend for only £280 plus fees, I was watching it but missed the bloody auction ! Was it not complete or working ?

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby coin-op » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:28 pm

geordy55 wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:41 pm
Was it not complete or working?
It was working, but had been modernised with micro switch, relay and motor and works on a 20p coin mech. However, the original parts are in the cabinet (well done whoever converted it for leaving them!). So haven't studied the parts to see that all are there; hence my request for photos of a complete mechanism.
pennymachines wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:38 am
The example pictured in the Museum, from the infamous Victoria Pier auction, is the only one I recall.
...and this is the same example - so I can see why you aren't optimistic that my request for pictures will bear fruit :!?!:

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby pennymachines » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:58 pm

Yes, I thought odds were in favour of it being the same machine.
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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby coin-op » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:37 pm

I see one of those sold at Auction last weekend for only £280 plus fees
Actually, it was £260, plus fees.

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby pennymachines » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:43 pm

Now don't gloat... !UPSET!

Further pictures, added to the Museum entry, courtesy of coin-op.

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby coin-op » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:54 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Now don't gloat...
Ah, it's all in the name of historical accuracy!

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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby JC » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:15 pm

I'm a little confused with the track layout in the picture posted by coin-op (in the museum). It appears to be more or less the same as a Steer-a-Ball, but with a squiggly bit that doesn't seem to do anything. One can clearly see the path the ball has taken, and I really can't see what the squiggly bit does.
Compare this with the original picture that can be found in the Hawtins catalogue, which doesn't appear to have a similar Steer-a-Ball path on the playfield.
Congratulations on your acquisition coin-op - what a surprise!
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Re: Hawtins Rolling Road

Postby coin-op » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:37 pm

It would seem from this example that the Hawtins machines in production ended up varying from the catalogue images. I'm sure that wouldn't be the first time this happened (just as machines occasionally deviate in one way or another from their patent). The playfield follows the catalogue image enough to my mind to definitely be a 'Rolling Road'; the 'squiggly bit' is merely a road over the mountains, but as it is a raised section of road, the ball cannot take that path. As you say, it is just a steeraball and the only real difference to standard steeraball playfields is the mountainous terrain.
On a related note, I did wonder if the steeraball in the museum section tentatively attributed to Ahrens is, in fact, the other steeraball featured in the Hawtins catalogue. Certainly the top back box of the machine in the museum is similar to that in the Hawtins catalogue as is the 'feel' of the artwork.


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