In a thread re: the 50 FAT MAC, I mentioned that there were fake cartridges in circulation as a warning to those who might encounter them. One reader, who I do not know, e-mailed me asking how someone would go about making a fake FAT MAC. I declined to answer and simply deleted his e-mail.
But it got me to thinking. About ten years ago there was an article in the IAA JOURNAL describing how to “make” a cartridge from available components to fill a void in your collection. The article was not very well received by the membership since it basically was a “how to” on constructing a fake cartridge, even though I don’t think the author intended it to be such.
I know that Chris P is always looking for new and interesting material for the JOURNAL so for those of you out there who are of the wannabe-writer persuasion, it may be time to revisit the subject of fakes. On the surface it may seem cut and dried but I don’t think it is. Sure, there are out and out fakes, but there are also legitimate reproductions, replicas, educational displays, reconstructions, and extensive preservation techniques that new collectors should be informed about.
Chris will edit your pore grammar and misplelling (although he has never had to do that for me) and, if you’re reading this, you already have a word processor. So why not try it.