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Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby treefrog » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:04 pm

A Hi Top appeared on eBay today and before I hit the buy it now, I realised half of it was missing. But looking at the pictures closely, the mechanism star discs and reel stops I did not recognise as they are rounded, not angled. The mechanism look Mills from back, but not sure from the side. Anyone know the origin !PUZZLED!
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Mills Black Beauty on eBay - Yeah My A***

Postby slotsoffun » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:12 pm

Topic moved & merged - Site Admin.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mills-Black- ... %7Ciid%3A1

What's it all coming to now... Find any old high top case, stick a name tag Mills Black Beauty on the front, find a rusty non complete mech and sling it inside. Cabinet has no base plate, no jackpot, no escalator, no back door.. shall I go on...
I'm sure someone will buy it.. Laughable... but made me smile tonight! :HaHa:

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Re: Mills Black Beauty on eBay - Yeah My A***

Postby JC » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:17 pm

Yes, this appears to be a collection of Hi-Top bits slung together, but what really caught my eye is the mech. - is that a Mills mech.? I don't think I've ever seen star wheels like those.....on any bandit, Mills or otherwise.

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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby JC » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:36 pm

This machine is the subject of another thread, * (now merged above - Site Admin.) and I see I've made a similar observation about the star wheels as you Tom.

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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby treefrog » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:51 am

Yes I noticed someone else had posted about the same machine after I had posted this and was intrigued by the mechanism. Thought BP might jump in, but maybe he is stumped too, so here is another challenge for the bandit fan, who knows who made the below mechanism I am restoring at the moment, again a slight variation on the reel stop method........ !!IDEA!!
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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby badpenny » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:36 am

No response from me as I'm stumped.
Personally I'm astonished the first one is intact, I'd have expected the points to have shattered/sheared off. I guess the design indicates the reels don't spin very fast.

The second one reminds me of German approach to gently stopping a spinning part. I'd be interested to learn more.


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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby JC » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:50 am

Yes, it is very reminiscent of the arrangement found in Wulf mechs. I note it utilises roll pins, which I find a little puzzling. As it is a 10 stop mech., I assume it would date to the 1920s or very early '30s........did we have roll pins back then?

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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby treefrog » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:53 pm

Very good, it is German, but not Gunther Wulff, but Merkur. Finally getting around to this machine, think I am going to leave it’s original distressed look as I like the look and get the mechanism smoothly running and tidy the cabinet......
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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby badpenny » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:01 pm

That I like.
Is that a restart button on the front?

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Re: Unusual Mills mechanism

Postby treefrog » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:12 pm

As is typical with the Germans engineering, unlike most bandit makers just using th reel rubbing and oil as a bearing, they had to add proper race bearings. Mostly this is similar to standard 3 reel bandits, but with a few variations. The skill stop parts lower down are missing, I think it is a bar that rests on reel one, probably could make something as I have a picture of a mechanism with one.
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