I plan to make custom clear and colored ramps for Swords of Fury soon. I wanted to start a thread specific to this project as I am looking for input from the group. I have recently created a clear ramp for High Speed which eliminated the ramp cover as well as both clear and dark transparent blue ramps for Space Station.
User, Nelly, was kind enough to loan me one of his SOF ramps to use for modeling my own. I will be interested in any tweaking of the current design to improve it as well, and probably more importantly, what colors would be desired. This game is unique in that it has one ramp over another.
Christopher Hutchins had provided a link to his restoration of a SOF and I was pleased to see there is nothing "ugly" under these ramps. In fact there is a good deal of lighting that will nicely illuminate transparent ramps.
Some input I got in the New Space Station ramps thread had indicated some desires on colors for the ramp. I plan to make the upper ramp available in at least in red, clear and blue. The interesting part will be perhaps a combination of the colors in the two ramps.....Both one color.... One clear and one colored.... quite a few possibilities.
The Space Station ramp, as far as colored, was done in a dark transparent blue. Some of you have seen this first hand, but for reference I've attached a photo of the blue stock I used as well as the new dark transparent red I will use.
Nelly also provided me with some photos of the lower ramp to present....uh, so you don't have to remove your upper ramp to see it. Those are posted here as well.
I've also attached a photo of the upper ramp removed. There is a lot of "stuff" attached (riveted) to this ramp, so I expect I will offer assembly service like I did for High Speed for this one, for those that do not have a rivet press... BTW...if you are interested in building a rivet press, I will gladly show you what you need, where to source the parts and how to make one.
The SOF ramp is next up after I complete the one I'm working on forming now.
I wanted to get this post out, I guess a little early, as I am very interested in what you think for colors. For clear I use PETG...for colors I use acrylic. PETG is far more durable than acrylic but generally not available in colors...unless I order around 2,000# and that is from overseas.. Acrylic is similar in durability to the original black ABS. I can add some ramp protection to the acrylic ramps once the areas prone to damage are identified.