Heey guys. I still own and love my Virtual Boy even though I own a Oculus by now. Fixed by our EU ribbon cable solder god TheForce81 it still has flawless screens after one year.
BUUUT one thing already was not that nice a year ago and now goes on my nerves too much.
*put right naming here* made of red see through plastic are in sorry shape, one with scratches and one halfway broken from the very beginning I think it might need a replacement. Anyone having some left for me?
OT: Why is that guy pulling plastic parts off of working VBs?! Also, that price is ridiculous.
I have already made accurate 3D models of these. If anyone has experience working with CNC-machined injection molds (or with the companies who produce said molds and plastic parts therefrom), I can send you the file and we could get some reproductions made.
I was actually thinking once of seeing if a local art-glass studio would be able to make glass versions of them, which would be much more sturdy and scratch-resistant (but also quite expensive, of course; though maybe not even as expensive as the ones from that eBay lunatic :-P).
I don’t support what this guy did to a working system at all aaaand I’m not in the US, so, this is no option for me. I have a 3D printer, but as precise it ever might be… (Precise enough to produce a refraction due to the thin layers) not precise enough for optical stuff to look through (and I have no transparent filaments). If anyone has the right stuff to do that (SLA printer anyone?) or has a dead VB with parts for me … I want one pair ^^ In that case even for that price seen on ebay.
I just found out about this: http://www.apsx.com/APSX-PIM-s/110.htm
Anyone have an extra ten to fifteen grand kicking around? 😛
As near as I can tell, you still need to make molds for this, so you have to add the cost of a CNC or manual milling machine (unless you want to carve them by hand).
BTW, I’m guessing that “removed from a working VB” is just boilerplate meaning “these parts are known to work” (which doesn’t really make sense in the context of a piece of clear plastic, but whatever…)
I managed to remove some very deep scratches with toothpaste: http://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=5532&viewmode=flat&order=ASC&type=&mode=0&start=0
Yours looks like it is broken all the way through though.