Does anyone actually make a prototype clock decal or plate for TZ that's worth a damn?
I bought a reverse printed PETG plate version from The Pinball Wizard. The kindest thing I can say about it is that the holes are all precut and in exactly the right places. The print itself is poor quality, the symbols are poorly defined, as if it was printed on an inkjet printer, and the "gold" of the clock is not very good either.
Figuring that maybe a decal would be better, I bought 3 of them from Marco Specialties. First off, the image on the website is different to what I received. The alignment on each of the decals is different, and none of them are centered properly on the opto cutouts...
The decal is larger than the clock plate on all sides, meaning I would have to somehow cut all around the clock, and make the holes for the centre spindle and the screw holes myself somehow. I have no idea how I'm supposed to do that cleanly, even with a scalpel.
Again, the "gold" of the zodiac part of the clock is not gold. I'm not expecting sparkling gold leaf here, but it would be nice if it looked vaguely gold coloured.
I realise pinballs are a niche product, but is this basically the standard of aftermarket parts I should expect? To make matters worse, I've had to wait weeks for these things to arrive, and in the case of Marcos got hit with a £14.07 customs charge (the order was only $29.97). That is my problem living in the UK I guess, but still - it grates.
Or are my expectations just too high?