Artifically aging a Mimeo Board

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So I finally received some new Mimeo boards and decided to do some experimentation before I begin sales of the boards.

One of the things about most replicas is how new they look. You can build a beautiful reproduction using date correct parts, but too often it all looks too clean and neat. Another problem is that you have a shiny new board and scavenged date correct parts.

Here is an aged board

and a comparison

When I was working on Scelbi reproduction boards, I spent a lot of time experimenting on how to make them look old as in 1973/74 old to match the components being put on them. The Scelbi boards are much smaller than the Apple-1/Mimeo, so I couldn't just do a Mimeo the exact same way...

I've documented the process here

http://myapplecomputer.net/artificially-aged-mimeo.html

Disclaimer: If you try this yourself at home, I take no responsibility for damage or injury so please use common sense.

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Re: Artifically aging a Mimeo Board

In my opinion, this is a slippery slope and you are going to make it hard to identify counterfeits. There was another thread here earlier in the year where someone was forging the Apple text on chips. I don't know why you would show others how to do this.

I don't own any of this stuff, though, so it doesn't affect me personally.

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Re: Artifically aging a Mimeo Board

rittwage wrote:

In my opinion, this is a slippery slope and you are going to make it hard to identify counterfeits.

True, that could be a problem. But the boards are marked in other ways.

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Re: Artifically aging a Mimeo Board

The experts can easily tell a real vs reproduction, there are things I won't share we use to indicate a board is real.

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Re: Artifically aging a Mimeo Board

Q) whats the difference between a reproduction and fake?

A) the intent of the seller

You should expect that there will be excellent and not so excellent reproductions/fakes of any high value item. Just because Corey shares his work, doesn't mean that there isn't someone else isn't doing an even more incredible job. I think it's good that Corey shares his efforts, cause it raises awareness of the possibilities.

It's important for the buyer to know how to tell the difference or buy from a reputable dealer that does.

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