Unfortunately, Oddballs run decals when HE sees fit to, not necessarily when the customer orders them, despite what his webpage states. I ordered some David J. Joseph decals from one of his listed dealers, and it took what seemed like forever to get them. He does have some interesting decals however, but I'm sure the decal business is just a sideline as the demand seems to have dwindled since the coming of factory painted cars..... I'd shoot him a note just to see what is up.
It is encouraging to hear that he is working on decals yet. His communications skills are not terrific. He's provided both good decals and a unique service and his decals are especially useful for modern freight cars. Good luck getting back to business. Yard Bull.
I have been waiting for Rock Island decals from him for months now. He took my check cashed it and then clams his printer is dead. He said he had a new one on the way. This has been since November. The amount of money wasn't worth messing with but he will get no more orders from me.
I suppose if I don't get anything soon, I will start posting around HO areas and asking how he's treating them.
I'd guess that lacking a printer that they are getting the same treatment and responses and posting there will not really accomplish much other than to annoy a sizable number of electrons that would otherwise be resting quietly....
No, no, no.... You obviously have not been paying attention to what I'm about to tell you...
if it was indeed sent to Japan and it was i the sunami area then I can see the delay, as other companies are in the same situation. one of the Komatsu construction equipment plants was their and their stuff was delayed for a long time, just saying
Alps printers are no longer supported except some models . Your only option is to get Tom to send you the file and then have someone else make them. Thats what I did as I had ordered several sets from him. I was originally selling him a new MD 5000 but I could not get the proper drivers as these printers like Windows 98.
Tom had paid me for the printer but being I could not guarantee it would work , I refunded him his money after 2 weeks of futility. I did sell the printer to another guy who makes decals for me now and he got it working fine.
He uses an Alps printer. His decal sheets are expensive - $30 - but the quality is excellent. He ships in 1/3 sheet segments so he can go with a simple stamp so shipping fees are nothing. However but always order a full sheet. If you order a 1/3 sheet you still pay $30.
PS - I found that using warm to hot distilled water on Stans decals along with those I print out on my computer makes them conform to irregular surfaces right away thus eliminating the need for a decal softening solution.
I will go ahead and tell everyone that Tom was nice enough to send me the artwork for what I ordered and I will work on getting it printed after the holidays. Don't have much time now for that. It is in Corel format and you need to have that program to access it and then convert it to O along with having the required fonts. I doubt a lot of customers are set up to do this.
I consider for the price I paid, both monetarily, emotionally, and time-wise that this was worth it, since I can adjust the artwork slightly and get the car numbers I want. I am not proceeding with any legal actions or anything further. I am done with this and wish the rest of you all luck.
Pictures of my repainted cars will appear here or on my blog at some point. I'm pretty excited to do that part.
As far as I am aware Tom has been divorced for more than 10 years from Cynthia and has no significant others that I know of. His father died a few years back, and he sold off all but 5 acres of the family farm shortly thereafter. What he did with most of the money I am not certain, other than an outbuilding for his layout which the building leaks and the layout was never finished. Then there were a few railfan trips here and there ... not sure how many. But ... he hasn't gone much of anywhere the past year and a half or so as he took out a loan on his pickup which he could not repay, so it was repossessed. Just surprised his house hasn't been condemned with the stench from feral cats and a kitchen that should have caught the place on fire by now.
The last I had heard, his Alps printer has been dead at least the last two years, and I have received a few emails asking for money to either allow him to purchase a new printer, get his old one repaired, or provide gas money to his "girlfriend" from Washington State to come to him with a working Alps printer and a cashier's check in varying amounts of money.
Can't really say much more than this ... as this is about all I know first hand.
I think that those of you owed money or decals can forget about recovering anything from this business. I guess just look at it as a learning experience. Sorry to be the bearer of the bad news.