Maybe a new way to make Decals?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Colton_modeler, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. I think I may have made a very cool find ... possibly a new way to make custom decals. It's some sort of a mini silk screen setup, that appears to be very easy to use. I have no idea what the price might be (but I should know soon...) This is cool, because, like the Alps printers (which are getting harder to find (as are the inks), and more expensive), it can print white & metallics & pearlized (especially interesting to me, as I am trying to replicate the Scotchbright effect seen in the lettering of so much modern equipment).

    What do you all think?

  2. hminky

    hminky Member

    It looks interesting to me. That is how decals used to be printed, silk screening. If I didn't have an ALPS and ink i would probably look into the system

  3. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    That does look interesting --- if not too expensive.
    Please let us know if you find out more.
    Bill S
  4. The Gocco printers are temporarily unavailable (in the general marketplace...they're on eBay), as an Austrailian company has bought the manufacturer...and made the product even easier to use, more versatile, and CHEAPER (my understanding after conversing with a local retailer).

    Here is a great link to the current manufacturer, with videos of each step of the process. It's very cool - the screens come pre-coated with dry emulsion, and old-fashioned single-use flashbulbs expose the screen & remove the material from the image area in one step - no wet chemicals or emulsion washout involved. The other cool thing is that multiple colors can be printed at the same time (and traditional multi-layer prints can be made as well).

    As for the cost, the large "professional" system was priced on the net at around $600 (and unused sets were selling on eBay for $150), but the redesigned smaller units (which should handle model RR decals nicely) should retail new for between $100 - $200 (numbers given to me by the retailer I talked to). Plus the expense for expendables (more screens & flashbulbs).

    Seems like a good deal to me.

  5. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    That machine looks pretty sweeet !!!!!!! I wanna get one as soon as i can get my hands on one. Ill do a product review for you all once i get one.
  6. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Sheesh, if ya do, lemme know how well it works!
  7. I'll offer up a little review once I get February, I'm going for one of the ones on eBay.
  8. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    Look forward to your review.
    Thanks, Chris.
    Bill S
  9. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Interesting......very interesting!

    Let us know.


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