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Old 12-10-2018, 09:05 AM
sawdustdad sawdustdad is offline
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Yes, there is a compatibility mode for executables. But I'm not sure this applies to printer drivers.

The readme file with the downloaded driver package says it works with Win7. So I'll give it a shot. I may even try with Win10.

Re: Win10, I was hesitant to move from Win7 to Win10, but I've migrated 4 of my PCs to Win10, leaving a couple on Win7. I've really had no issues with Win10.

I used the heck out of that ALPS printer for all sorts of photo printing when I first got it. Ink jets tended to get clogged jets if not used daily, which was never an issue for the ALPS wax transfer process. I put it away when I got out of rocketry some 15 years ago (save for a few interludes) and they discontinued the printers.

If it weren't for the ability to do metallics and white, I'd use the laser or inkjet printer I think. I think I have 3 or 4 white cassettes left of the 20 or so cassettes remaining.

Interesting that no one has come out with a replacement for printing white?
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:25 AM
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You mean like this?

I haven't tried one (yet) - the cartridge for my printer is special order.

But my printer is near EOL. When I have to get a new one, I'll try to get a model that has US distribution for ghost toner.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:26 AM
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I normally use Krylon UV resistant clear for clearcoating my decals. I do multiple light coats and let it flash between them. Last coat or two is pretty heavy.
I love sanding.
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:41 PM
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Some of you may know Randy Gilbert. He does a lot of upscales and his own designs, and they are always nicely decaled. I asked him what decal paper he uses, itís Papilio, printed with an inkjet printer. I have notes somewhere, but I believe he clearcoats with Krylon UV-Resistant Acrylic Clear prior to using them. Iíve had great results with these clears on old decals, and as protective coats after applying decals.

I have an old Samsung color laser printer, but quality is poor for decals. I bought a cheap Canon inkjet printer to test. It did a great job test printing on the photo paper I had, so Iím going to try the Papilio.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:13 PM
sawdustdad sawdustdad is offline
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I was unable to successfully load the new downloaded ALPS drivers on an old XP and a current Win10 laptop.

I found an old 600E Thinkpad that had Win2000 on it, and it had a semi-functional driver embedded, and I was able to install the printer on that laptop. It only has partial functionality as far as the printer's options are concerned.

As a final last-ditch effort, I found the recovery disk for my 20 year old IBM Thinkpad 770 that has Win98 on it and the correct printer driver for the ALPS printer. This is the laptop that I used 7 or 8 years ago to print Taurus II decals.

I put the recovery disk in the CD drive, and after a couple Bios updates, it booted up off the hard drive! A couple re-boots confirmed that it is still functional. Printed a test page from the ALPS printer. So I think I'm golden at this point.

I have 30 cartridges for the ALPS printer, 6 of which are white cartridges. One metallic silver cartridge.

I have 20 years of Thinkpads--about 8 of them, with various operating systems (mostly XP actually) in an old file cabinet. Every single one booted right up (except for the oldest, a 1998 model 770 which eventually did boot) though the batteries are mostly dead.

So now I think I'm set up for making my own decals for a while at least.
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