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jschumaker
Fireman



Posted - 11/29/2011 :  4:04:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,

How about white lettering on a dark background? Since you are using white printer paper, select white for the font color. Choose a background brown that comes close to your paint color. Since most ink jet printers don't print white, the lettering will be left clear, allowing the white paper to show through.

Jeff S.



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mabloodhound
Fireman



Posted - 11/29/2011 :  4:27:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeff had the same thought as me when I first looked at it. Most RRs painted there sign boards the same color as the car. Just do waht Jeff said to get a colored board and white letters.


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Jerry Kitts
New Hire



Posted - 11/29/2011 :  5:21:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom:

We have a color printer and I can print the back ground very close to the color of the car, which is a big help.

I would also suggest you throw in the last period and perhaps the lettering would look a bit more balanced.

Another possibility would be to use a font more in line with railroad roman.



Jerry
Diamond Springs and Fiddletown Ry.

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Martin Welberg
Fireman



Posted - 11/29/2011 :  6:04:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Martin Welberg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Tom, if you own a scanner I would suggest to scan a piece of scrap wood weathered the same way you did the boxcar. Fool around with white or colored fonds you like and then print them. Think you wouldn't see the difference..


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Tommatthews
Engineer

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Posted - 11/29/2011 :  6:19:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Guys,

Thanks for the replies ...

The lettering was done as a trial by Richard at my request.

Couple of problems I have:

1) the color cartridges for my printer are low and not printing properly. I was to go to the city tomorrow when I was going to pick up cartridges but that trip has just been cancelled. I'll mail order some new ones. So much for my 2 sided tape as well.

2) I do not have the software to edit pdf files.

3) I find the "Paint" program very frustrating.

I like the idea of scanning a stained piece of wood and lettering on the copy.

Man am I handcuffed ......



Tom M.

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morganhillmodels
Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/29/2011 :  7:49:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit morganhillmodels's Homepage  Reply with Quote
again, why not use dry transfer lettering? solves all problems.


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Tommatthews
Engineer

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Posted - 11/29/2011 :  8:04:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why not dry transfers ....

I would need 4 numbers per car plus the letters.
As I would have to mail order them it would cost about $40.00 or more to letter 4 cars.


Tom M.

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morganhillmodels
Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/29/2011 :  9:56:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit morganhillmodels's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I didn't consider cost, but that seems really high.
Clover House sells a set of roman numbers in 4" or 7" high and contains over a dozen of each number for $3.75 and a set of letters that has about 160 characters for 2.75. postage is probably a couple bucks. that is probably enough for 2-3 cars. its the two L's that are a problem.
The color matching and printing could show a lot of promise and ultimately be the way to go.



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Tommatthews
Engineer

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Posted - 11/29/2011 :  10:00:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jon,

I'll check them out. Woodland Scenics has only one "V" on a sheet so I need two sheets for each car.

Thanks ...


Tom M.

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morganhillmodels
Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/29/2011 :  10:23:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit morganhillmodels's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was intrigued by the scanner idea and made this





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morganhillmodels
Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/29/2011 :  10:44:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit morganhillmodels's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom,
Tried to match the your color a bit better







Edited by - morganhillmodels on 11/29/2011 10:49:59 PM

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David Butler
Crew Chief



Posted - 11/30/2011 :  07:06:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,
Here's a nice free PDF editor PrimoPDF.
I used to use this, when I was employed, to create instruction sheets for A/V equipment.

Here's another nice freebie that works well.
http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp
I used this one to convert all of Harold Minkwitz 's web site when he took a temporary absence.

This freebie was recommended for MAC owners
http://code.google.com/p/formulatepro/downloads/list
Cheers
David(UK)



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jschumaker
Fireman



Posted - 11/30/2011 :  08:16:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
I'll check them out. Woodland Scenics has only one "V" on a sheet so I need two sheets for each car.




That's the disadvantage of dry transfers - not enough of the letters you need.

Jeff S.



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Tommatthews
Engineer

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Posted - 11/30/2011 :  10:45:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jon,

I like the color of the first sign, the darker background. The white letters certainly stand out. Very nice work. What program do you do the editing in?

Peter,

I downloaded the programs. Not sure how easy they are to use but I will try.

Thanks for the help, eventually I'll get this matter sorted out.


Tom M.

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mabloodhound
Fireman



Posted - 11/30/2011 :  11:55:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,
I've read a lot of folks use GIMP (free) and like it for photo editing http://getgimp.com/lp/index.php?pid=TR&s=google&c=getgimp&pk=279

I may give it a try myself. Also, if you plan ahead you can find your printer ink a lot cheaper online. I get most of mine from Amazon.com, but not sure how cost effective that is for Canadians.

Retail stores suck you dry with their ink prices.



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