(Topic ID: 113581)

NEW PRODUCT, Dracula plastic protectors (BSD)


By indypinhead

5 years ago



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#1 5 years ago

I'm proud to announce my latest creation:

Playfield plastic protectors for Dracula.

This is a 6 piece set made from 1/16 polycarbonate, not PETG.

A lot of work went into designing these. The offset edges of the protectors evenly follow the contours of the playfield plastics. They fit like a glove.

Since these are made on a cnc machining center, the edges have a smooth, machined edge to them. This allows the edges of the protectors to give off a very slight glow. The edges don't have that clear, flame-polished look.

This set is available for $46/shipped, continental US.

I've done my best to keep the cost reasonable. Fixtures had to be created for each plastic set I make. The cost of the material is much higher than the cost of PETG, and much more durable.

Please let me know if you're interested.

Here is a link to more pictures:

http://s1126.photobucket.com/user/indypinhead/library/Protectors

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#2 5 years ago

another bump for the night crowd.

#3 5 years ago

Excellent Work! Nice Price too!

I look forward to more titles...

#4 5 years ago

Hey Hey...I'd post more pics like the last one that has the GI turned on. You can see the blow edge glow in that pic.

That being said, I'll take a set.
Want to invoice me at chibler@charter.net ?
I can send PP.

Thanks!
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#5 5 years ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I look forward to more titles...

They are in the works.

These really look nice.

#7 5 years ago

Very nice! I bought a set and they are not evenly proportioned all the way around for the slings. Kind of ruins the looks of them.

#8 5 years ago

Just what I needed to be able to install BK's repro plastic set! Nice job. I'd also like to see more lit pictures.

#9 5 years ago
Quoted from ChrisHibler:

Cash sent...and a free bump.

shipped

#10 5 years ago
Quoted from mmuglia:

Very nice! I bought a set and they are not evenly proportioned all the way around for the slings. Kind of ruins the looks of them.

That's exactly what drove me to design my own.

I bought a few sets in the past...I was never happy w/ them.

I was really hoping there'd be more interest in the protectors sets I have for sale.

I'm out a LOT of money and was hoping people would consider these.

These are probably the best looking protectors you can buy...(not bragging)....

#11 5 years ago
Quoted from mmuglia:

Very nice! I bought a set and they are not evenly proportioned all the way around for the slings. Kind of ruins the looks of them.

To clarify, you bought a set from someone other than indypinhead, right?
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#12 5 years ago

I will definitely be ordering, please send me the details.

#13 5 years ago

Sux I already have others or id be in

#14 5 years ago
Quoted from bigd1979:

Sux I already have others or id be in

I didn't know that others made protectors for Dracula.

#15 5 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

I didn't know that others made protectors for Dracula.

Hmm yea I bought some months ago along with some plastics? I cant remember who I can probably go look tho

#16 5 years ago

Cant find or remember who from but its a 4 of 5 piece set it was around 20 bucks it definitely was a shop not a pinsider tho

#17 5 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

I didn't know that others made protectors for Dracula.

I'm not sure about complete sets, but there are a few for the slings and center.

Why polycarbonate instead of PETG? Does it bend as easily as PETG or is it rigid? How is it more durable? I thought this stuff broke at some point, where PETG just really bends for the most part, though I have seen some people report crack. I have no idea really though, looking forward to your answers.

#18 5 years ago
Quoted from Atomicboy:

Why polycarbonate instead of PETG? Does it bend as easily as PETG or is it rigid? How is it more durable? I thought this stuff broke at some point, where PETG just really bends for the most part, though I have seen some people report crack. I have no idea really though, looking forward to your answers.

For starters, I don't have a laser cutter. I'm having to machine these on a cnc machining center.
PETG has 70% the strength of polycarbonate. I've been designing/machining these protectors for the machines in my collection for about 6 years now. I've designed protectors for 25 machines and counting. I've never been happy with the geometry of the protectors I've bought in the past. I know I can do better. Even though my machining methods can't hold a candle to the speed/ease of laser cutting, I think my protectors are superior to others.

The money I'll be making from these are going back into the pinball community. I'm just doing this on a limited basis in hopes of partially funding some pinball projects I have.

#19 5 years ago

That's great. I'm glad you are making these. I'm just curious.

When you say it's stronger, is that in the sense of breaking, or just bending at all? I recall hearing that polycarbonate was more brittle, which is why it's not used for plastics. Sort of like tempered glass as opposed to plate, tempered much stronger on the surface, but weaker for direct hits at the sides. Again, I have no idea if that is true, just curious.

I'm an interested person as well. I use plastic protectors on all games available, so if you have them or are going to make them for games I need, I'm very interested, but just want to clarify that they are in fact much better in every way than PETG. I've never had an issue with one PETG piece of plastic, either protector or repro'd PF plastic.

What other sets do you have available, and what are you intending on making? Do you keep a certain wider outline to each (where possible, as sometimes you can't) or are they all the exact same size as the original PF piece? I prefer the wider outline myself.

#20 5 years ago

Pinball Decals has the 3-piece protector set: http://pinballdecals.com/PartsByGamePages/BSD_Page.html

#21 5 years ago
Quoted from Atomicboy:

When you say it's stronger, is that in the sense of breaking, or just bending at all? I recall hearing that polycarbonate was more brittle,

There's been a few discussions on polycarbonate vs. PETG

Here's one:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/remaking-playfield-plastics-petg-vs-acrylic-vs-polycarbonatelexan

Quoted from Atomicboy:

What other sets do you have available, and what are you intending on making?

I haven't decided just yet. Honestly, I'd have to see how these first sets sell before doing others right now. I have a ton of money already wrapped up in these few few sets.

Quoted from Atomicboy:

Do you keep a certain wider outline to each (where possible, as sometimes you can't) or are they all the exact same size as the original PF piece? I prefer the wider outline myself.

I offset the edges .100"

#22 5 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

I haven't decided just yet. Honestly, I'd have to see how these first sets sell before doing others right now. I have a ton of money already wrapped up in these few few sets.

BSD may not have been a great first choice, given the new plastic sets made of PETG and that many don't bother protecting PETG plastics sets. That may be why you haven't got the interest.

I personally protect all plastics I can. Less work and worry down the road for the little cost, and the fear of out of stock later.

What's the cost shipped to Canada?

#23 5 years ago

Hi Tim,

Your BSD plastic protectors look nice. Payment sent via PayPal for a set.

Gord

#24 5 years ago

Nice, Indy.

#25 5 years ago
Quoted from Atomicboy:

BSD may not have been a great first choice, given the new plastic sets made of PETG and that many don't bother protecting PETG plastics sets. That may be why you haven't got the interest.
I personally protect all plastics I can. Less work and worry down the road for the little cost, and the fear of out of stock later.
What's the cost shipped to Canada?

The point being is that many people will buy plastic protectors because it is cheap insurance in the long run. New plastics means people are thinking about protecting them so it wasn't a poor choice. Besides he has had these things for years on his, *cough* my old *cough*, BSD.

1 month later
#26 4 years ago

An updated, (corrected) version of the center spot target protector has been shipped to all of those people who previously purchased the BSD protector set.

#28 4 years ago

Fwiw, it was a very minor correction, so thanks for the effort to make it perfect!

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#29 3 years ago

Just thought I'd bump my old post.

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#30 1 year ago

are these still available ??

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

Just thought I'd bump my old post.

What protectors sets do you make now? I bought your Congo and would really love to see some for Shadow, TZ and Whirlwind. I like that you make all of them. Most out there don't get it right on which plastics really need protection.

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from bartron:

are these still available ??

Yes, I have them ready to ship.

#33 1 year ago

I make protectors for:
Diner
BadCats
Congo
TSPP
Fishtales
BSD
WOZ
WPT
DH

I have the files for several others. Just haven't had time to work on pinball stuff lately.

#34 1 year ago

P.M. sent

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#35 29 days ago

PM sent

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