EmpireAndrew wrote:I have many old computers from the era in question and by far the worst quality case is that of my Amiga.
They yellow a lot worse than the ST case but more importantly, they are brittle. Of everything I've shipped across the US the only stuff to break were 2 Amiga 500s on 2 seperate ocasions. They are very sensitive to any form of stress. It's different material to the ST and thinner.
Don't be too jealous, they need new cases more than we do...
I fully understand what you are saying... However, I have the oposite problem!
I have an A1200, non yellowing and in great condition. I havent kept it in any especially careful way
However, I have 2 Mega ST keyboards and the case plastic is very brittle on both.
I believe the culprit is not C= using better plastic than Atari or anything like that, but SUNLIGHT!
The reasoning behind this is because I have a motorbike that was made in 1986 and the original plastic coolant tank that was on there when I bought it about a year ago is like glass paper. I could crush it into pieces by hand very easily. To me, this looks like exposure to sunlight.
I suppose different plastics react differently, but this seems to be the same sort of effect, but perhaps more intense as the motorbike tank is in direct sunlight every day.
Computers are not generally stored outdoors
but obviously they can be next to a window. This can cause the bromine to react causing the browning effect. However, one thing that still puzzles me about that... Isnt glass meant to filter out UV light?