After conducting a feasibility study into building a Razzle Dazzle fruit machine
from scratch, I hit one mighty obstacle and that was the glass or in my case the
lack of it. I looked at scanning an existing glass but this was impossible, the results
were terrible. I looked at reproducing the artwork from photographs, but this was
too expensive. I had quotes in the hundreds (£££’s) from graphic designers. Steve
Lancett was most helpful in providing photographs of his machine, but photographs
are just not good enough in the world of printing fruit machine glass. There was
also the problem of transparency and 'secret images' which have to be built up in
layers so the wording only appears when light hits it. (example the TT light on some
machines) and the black out opaque mask.
Then last year, by chance, I came across
someone who actual had the full top and bottom glass artwork as vector image files
in illustrator which were as near as perfect to the original artwork as it was possible
to get. Unfortunately, for reasons I won't go into, I wasn't able to get hold of
the artwork which was a shame.
I got prices for printing on plexi glass (plastic),
around £150 per glass for one off’s and that wasn't on real glass and that wasn't
going to have mirror finish or any of the opaque masking required.
As far as parts
were concerned, I had the donor MPU4 cab and a donor MPU3 machine for looms, mpu,
alpha, psu, reels and switches.