You know when your hobby has become too much of a sad obsession when one can profess the variances of models of a machine produced in their thousands, I wonder if I am turning into the bloke shown on channel 4 "obsessive collecting disorder" where he had two houses stacked to the ceiling with newspapers in every room and a garden full of junk and the neighbours in their tranquil surrey picture village were trying to get him to clean up his act, well my neighbours are ok with me at the moment, but it won't be long.,
So of the 25 hi tops I have, about 4 are Mill-O-Matics with the wide plastic award strips, painted as per the machine above reel window with black lines, the award holes are actual holes, not the same as a normal mills or sega badge. They have a plastic square display of the Mill-O-Matic insignia and award value attached from behind. Many of these plastic inserts replicas have been sold at the Coventry auction over the last 3 years, as they do fade. The other key identity on these is the Mills plate, which always has a ® symbol after the Mills name
This machine looks genuine to me, it is just a case of whether the mechanism is a real Mills or not, easy to change the escalator.