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ARTWORK BY MIKE MILLS, CPR ART TEAM

THE FOLLOWING PHOTO SERIES USES UNCLEARCOATED REPRODUCTIONS




SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON with an unused NOS Original.



This is the reproduction that uses 2-Tone Blue (light blue with deep navy dots overlaid).



This is the reproduction that uses Spot Blue (single tone of blue) that gives the same tone.



The backside of the reproduction.  SOME SCREW HOLES may have to be added during the swap.
We duplicated the NOS, which has a bare back as seen here.



A look at the NOS sample we used for artwork and design.



A CLOSE-UP LOOK allowing you to see the difference between Original, 2-Tone Blue, and Spot Blue

Sit back from your monitor 2+ feet, blur your eyes a little, you'll see how they are all equivalent in tone.



WE REMOVED THE MYLAR MARKINGS that were silkscreened on the originals - for assistance of the mylar placement.
Since we have eliminated the need for mylar, we did not reproduce the mylar markings - for a cleaner look.
NOS Original (left) - - - CPR Reproduction (right)



MESSY MYLAR - Yucky and curling on most Time Expanders.  No longer used on the Reproduction.
Again - mylar placement marks are removed on the reproduction.
NOS Original (left) - - - CPR Reproduction (right)




NOS (ABOVE) vs. REPRODUCTION (BELOW)
Messy mylar and inserts popped - vs. Cleeeeean






WHY DID WE DO TWO BLUE VERSIONS?   This is why :
Two-Tone blue IS original, so we had to make the majority this way.  But the results are risky when you're trying to be a perfectionist.
Enamel halftoning (dot arrays) laid in large continuous patterns such as on this playfield are VERY revealing of any tiny anomalies.
Wood surface (grain bumplets, density changes) have a strong effect on how the dots look sitting on top.  Halftoning that is this uniform is
more suited for PETG or glass - where it turns out perfectly.  On raw wood, even sanded smooth, dots can have slight bleed and smooge
together like "frog eggs" when the ink is screened.  The results are seen above, as on our near-mint NOS specimen.



Here is our reproduction in comparison.  Some of you may find this REALLY anal... but as much as we meticulously screened the
dark blue dots, we too suffered from some tiny dot-smooge on our prints.  Just like Midway did.  See the photo above as an example.
Ours are waaaay cleaner than originals - but the tiny smooging is still there in the odd place on nearly every "WHO-2TONE" version.
Because of this, we also expanded the run into Spot-Blue versions - so we had bona-fide PERFECT BLUE as a choice for you.
It's a matter of taste - if you want original 2-Tone, you also get the historical smooge here and there.  Tiny, but typically there in 1 or 2
places on every 2-Tone print we did.  Are we too anal ?  :)




After silkscreening, the rack of Dr. Who Time Expander playfields.





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