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Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby pennymachines » Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:53 pm

Catalogue of the Amusement Equipment Company Limited, Hong Kong Works, Exhibition Grounds, Wembley.
This was reproduced by Mike Monaghan and John Hayward in 1980, but has not been made available again since.
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Re: Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby 13rebel » Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:37 pm

Thanks for posting Mr PM. The 'Navigation' looks similar to Steer a Ball. Do we know the manufacturer? Essex? - because of the coin cup? Drooling over many of the items here :cry: , still, I do at least have a Pussy Shooter. :D

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Re: Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby pennymachines » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:38 am

I don't know who made Navigation and this is the only picture I've seen of it. I wonder if it could be something AMECO made themselves.

It is very different from a Steer a Ball. Over several years, I acquired parts of the game, first the mechanism, then, from the same source, the little ship (which is on wheels), then a suitable Essex-type payout cup and miniature ship's wheel. I advertised for information about it in the Vintage Amusements Magazine years ago, hoping someone else might have one, so I could figure out how it all worked.

Basically, there's a large green glass disc with a flat and ribbed side which is driven round from below. An electromagnet controls the ship and the idea must be to safely navigate it through the harbour. The image above shows what appear to be three-dimensional land features. I don't have that and can't quite imagine how they would work anyway. Surely they would dislodge the ship from the magnet? :!?!:
It's frustrating not to have the last parts of the puzzle.

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Re: Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby gameswat » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:36 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:38 am

I advertised for information about it in the Vintage Amusements Magazine years ago, hoping someone else might have one, so I could figure out how it all worked.

Sooooo........you have your own website devoted to the history of British penny arcade machines and you never bothered to post about it here.....ok...?? :burp: !OMFG! !PUZZLED! :o !!SUICIDAL!! :oops:

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Re: Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby gameswat » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:40 pm

Just counted 14 of the machines pictured that I own or have owned, still a ways to go to compete the set it seems. |/XX\|

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Re: Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby brigham » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:30 pm

Both Robot and Eric are well-known, yet I've never seen an example of either.
Are there any known survivors?

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Re: Amusement Equipment Co. Ltd. catalogue

Postby pennymachines » Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:45 pm

At least one example remains, I believe, but not sure which one. Few of these large novelty arcade pieces were made it seems, and they tended to end up in the scrapyard when they retired.
gameswat wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:36 pm
...you have your own website devoted to the history of British penny arcade machines and you never bothered to post about it here...
You know how it is. Out of sight, out of mind. Posting the catalogue reminded me. !!UHOH!!


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