First Pinside post. Greetings to all.
Anyway, hello. We've all had it happen to us. You have just one plastic that is totally trashed. Either the plastics are totally impossible to find or a whole set would cost you more than the whole pin is worth. So what do you do?
If you're like me you aren't quite happy with any of the options currently available. Printing to paper and gluing to a piece of Plexi will do in a pinch, but it's not professional-looking. Putting packing tape over your smashed-up plastic isn't a great solution. But neither is begging for a reproduction to be created.
I think a good answer has finally arrived. If you google "Direct-to-Substrate Flatbed Inkjet Printer" then you will see what I mean. There is now an affordable process that will print in small runs and will produce the high quality results we finicky pinballers demand. This is the technology used on subway and bus translights, so it's actually meant for light to pass through. IMHO, this is the silver bullet we've been hoping for for quite some time. Take a quick look at the images of my DIY Jolly Roger Backglass plexi proof, and you get some idea of the quality we're talking about... rgparchive.com/rgpforum/showthread.php?t=387343 ...
At any rate, I am writing this post to announce a "proof of concept" or pilot project. Here is what I propose...
1. A small group of pinsiders sign up to be part of the pilot.
2. I collect/prepare all the artwork and send out proofs for review.
3. Pinsiders have an opportunity to review and suggest corrections prior to printing.
4. I order up a small run of plastics by working with my local printer.
5. I cut the plastics up and send them out to pinsiders. Each pinsider pays his/her share of the total run. This is expected to be a few dollars. Costs are ACTUAL costs to the printer. Nobody profits from the project. Also, plastics you get are for PERSONAL USE only.
6. Each pinsider agrees to post back an extensive review of the plastic they get. You'll be expected to review everything from installation process to resolution of image to opacity vs. original screened plastic.
7. Nobody can be a d*ck. This is a community-based project to try to develop a better mouse trap for we pinballers. Please remember that we're trying to improve the tools that are out there currently, not simply replace your broken plastic.
So...PM me to sign up for the pilot. I'd like the know the following...
1. Which plastic do you want to include in the pilot?
2. Why would this plastic make a good addition to the pilot?
3. Do you have a scan or can you get a scan of the plastic?
4. Are you able to vectorize (trace) the scan or do you have any Illustrator/Inkscape skills to contribute?
Can't wait to get started!