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....
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.