hi all - just a post to show another 'experiment / idea' i have been noodling with for some time
my first pin was actually inherited from my father - my brother and i bought him a beautiful gottlieb spin out in the early 90s as a surprise retirement gift for a dad who did everything for us, but never anything for himself
he loved that pin and took great care of it - it eventually came back to me a couple of years ago and is still one of my favorites, for its play and graphics (i'm an old car guy ...) and of course for its sentimental value and memories too
at any rate - with my explorations into possibilities for laser cut vinyl decals ... and the enjoyment i get out of a 'design challenge' or graphics challenge i finally got around to take a run at a 'protector decal' concept
em purists hide your eyes !!!
most spin outs suffer from an ugly blemish in the undecorated blue field area under the kick out hole - although my playfield is near perfect .. my bionic eyes are always scanning for even the slightest signs of wear in that area - and i had come up with the idea / challenge to try and create a non-obtrusive, non permanent decal as a 'protector' for now so i can play away contentedly knowing my playfield was safe (i don't like or have the means to clear coat ..)
could i come up with a graphic that 'respected' the original art and 'fit right in' ...?
i think so, but will let you be the judges - the image below is simply a first 'concept' pass - not the actual drawing or completed yet with shading, no color matching or proper line weight matching etc etc - just a laser color print out of a test file i did, with the center insert cut out - tacked in place loosely over the playfield to get a sense of where it was at ...
playfield with test decal in place
i figured, there are 3 cars on the backglass, so lets put another car on the playfield (and detail simple like the other two but make it 'unique' as well)... since the game is called 'spin out' lets have that car having a mishap - gottlieb liked a bit of story and comedy / action didn't they ...?, and since the 4 rollover is the 'key' one to get for the magical machine gun of specials if you have the rest lighted, lets emphasize it a bit ... and lets keep the colors etc true to the rest of the playfield - so here will use black with two of the playfield colors, so as not to have the decal stick out any more than the other art
all in all i'm pretty pleased so far - and hopefully won't upset any em purists too much!?!?
let me know what you think