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Well thank you, nice to be appreciated by a very few who know and care about our arcane interests. I'm usually far too enthused and busy in the jobs to think about documenting them, often occurs to me far too late. But occasionally I do notice methods that will likely interest other collectors here. Sadly when I'm working on other peoples machines I'm always having to watch the time, which I never do for myself, so rarely if ever do I document what doesn't belong to me. So there are literally hundreds of rare machines I've worked on around the world which i have barely even one photograph of. But having said that most of those were so scarce I knew I'd likely never lay hands on another, and in probably 98% of the time I've been right.
After getting this thing all back together there seems to be only one logical use for the missing flap (A), which is a coin lockout. The flap can only come into contact with the wire running under it from the coin lever to ball release. I've mocked something up and if it's spring loaded it will place pressure on the wire the whole time the payout handle is in use, the shaft it's on rotates to some extent on turning the handle after a win. I assume the same system was also used on The Hat Trick, but have yet to see good photos of either that mech or this one. I did actually own and restore a Hat Trick back in 2007 but just cannot find any photos other than exterior when I imported it from the USA. No idea who i sold it to either...
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Completed machine with blonde finished oak replicated as original, which I think very much suits the artwork and furniture fashion of late 1950s. Cabinet was 14 separate pieces of wood when I started - and never touched it with a piece of sand paper!
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