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Offline russ57

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A new project
« on: July 07, 2018, 06:10:35 PM »
This has been at a local antique dealer for close on a year. I finally gave in, and she reduced the non-negotiable price. I guess we are both happy..

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Re: A new project
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2018, 06:12:56 PM »
So, it is the display part of some sort of early 'betting' game. There are 4 lights, numbered 1-4, a big solenoid which rotates a drum showing various 'odds'. The drum appears to have a number of connections - not that dissimilar to an 'enigma' style encoding drum.

I'm open to any guesses as to how it was played, I'd love pictures of anything similar

My plan is to make it 'function' in some way..

This is the back showing the drum and the solenoid.


Russ


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Re: A new project
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2018, 10:18:45 PM »
Very intriguing! Maybe a sailboat race of some kind where you move pieces around a board according to the numbers? Not sure how odds work in though. Maybe it was just a betting odds tally for a real sailing race?

I wonder if Chris (Raynerd) could help. He once made a very cool arcade game.  :beer:


ps, looking at the style of the airplane and boats, I'm going to guess '30s era.
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Re: A new project
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 11:25:29 PM »
There's also a horse racing version according to the seller.
I just can't fathom the columns numbered 1-16 around the 'odds' row.
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Re: A new project
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2018, 02:04:44 PM »
It looks like there are eight electrical contacts, as a guess these went to lights? Half of 16?
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Re: A new project
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2018, 09:14:57 PM »
The lights (4) are brought out separately
I'll have to trace the drum wiring to make sense of it.


Russ