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UKGuy Posted - 01/12/2008 : 08:29:33 AM
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sgtbob Posted - 12/28/2010 : 4:43:52 PM
Karl (and anyone else), I have a TON of old commercial graphics on my computer, I use them for signs on my railroad all the time. Most are pre WW II with a few WW II posters. If any of you are ever looking for something I may have it, free for the asking at santmin@aol.com

Bob Santos
Jerry M Posted - 12/28/2010 : 4:28:41 PM
That wall is great, another great build. Like the awnings nice touch.........Jerry
UKGuy Posted - 12/28/2010 : 12:42:23 PM
You're welcome Arthur, thats what the forums are for, helping and sharing, IMO.

Rick, when I get my other computer working (which is where all the sheets are stored) I'll post them at the end of each of the build threads.

My windows are all scratched for each structure.

rickb326 Posted - 12/27/2010 : 11:27:50 PM
If you are offering your sheets to anyone then I wouldn't mine a copy.

What do you use for windows?

CieloVistaRy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 11:16:22 PM

Thank you for your patience with me and taking the time to explain these things to me. I will have to give this a try!


UKGuy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 7:44:54 PM
The back of the sign is smeared with elmers and a fingertip. The sign is then applied from the top down, pressed onto the top board and then worked into the groove with a fingernail or tooth pick. Press down onto this next board and then push into the groove again. Repeat all the way down the sign to make the sign contour to the clap boards. It doesnt take as long as it sounds.

When the sign is almost dry take a new exacto and slice the sign along each clapboard, the sign MUST be dry or almost dry for this and a very sharp blade or it will tear. This gives you the sign on the indivdual boards.

When the sign is fully dry/cured you can then lift a few clapboards for some relief, cut in the board ends, add nail holes, etc. The Brite-Aid sign was also dry brushed to accentuate the edges and to make it appear faded/worn.

I'm sure I picked up the slicing method from Brett in one of the SWSM manuals.

CieloVistaRy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 7:09:31 PM

I apologize for being dense- I was not able to find out where to read up on how, for example, in the case of the Brite-aid cleaner ad above, how you were able to get the lines of the clapboard to show?

Many thanks for your responses.

UKGuy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 6:07:10 PM
You're welcome Arthur. Actually I have never sanded any of my signs, just print'n'stick.


CieloVistaRy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 5:35:28 PM

Thank you for the explanation.

I suppose that you must sand the paper pretty thin. I could not tell that the three signs on the front of the building (black background/white letters) originated as a piece of paper!

UKGuy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 01:17:26 AM
Many thanks for your kind words Arthur.

You should give it a try, even just one wall to see how you like it can be completed in an evening. Even using the backside of a cereal box for the card.

All the materials for a simple structure like this will cost less than $5 as with most of my others that are built like this. So there really is very little to lose, except some time.

For each of the builds I do like this I make up the individual signs in photoshop and then transfer them all to one sheet for each build as I'm building it, stored with everything else for that build in a separate folder on the computer. Then I can print the single sign sheet on my printer when I get to that stage of the build.

I probably have around 9 or 10 builds like this on the forums, Lightmann's, Testards, Pressmans, Bagly's, Ludlow's, Crispy's, Hook Line Sinker..... etc.... mostly in 'Scratchbuilding' that I can give you my sheets for, if you decide to do the builds.


CieloVistaRy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 12:35:10 AM
Also, Karl.. did you print all the signs and the store name on your printer?

CieloVistaRy Posted - 12/27/2010 : 12:18:18 AM

What a fantastic job! This is inspiring me even more. After seeing the ease with which you and Troels turn posterboard into great structures, I am so tempted to take a stab at it!

UKGuy Posted - 12/24/2010 : 6:29:54 PM

Many thanks Greg and Neil I appreciate it.

Rick, the poster board was sprayed with grey auto primer and left to dry. Then the white was dabbed on using an old sock inside out in three layers to get the peel effect while the sheet was... still a sheet.
The sheet was then cut into strips 9"x16' (scale) and the pile of strips mixed up. The strips were then applied individually to give the random peel.

Neil M Posted - 12/24/2010 : 5:48:46 PM
that looks great Karl. It's nice to see this one being finished off. I think it looks lovely
rickb326 Posted - 12/24/2010 : 4:42:56 PM
How did you achieve the peeling paint look on the poster board?

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