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    Hello,
    I would like adding a decal on one of my loco. Do you know where I can buy very good quality ones?
    Thanks for your help.

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    Microscale is top of the line. There are other companies that offer decals for N scale as well.

    The trick with decals in any scale is availability. These things are mass printed. And until enough demand is evident that another printing is needed, some of the rarer or less-popular roadnames or "detail' decals can be hard to find.

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    Thanks for your answer.
    I specify that it is graffiti decal I am looking for.
    The reason is that during a weathering process I left my fingerprints on the shell of the locomotive. I know, well done!!! �� ���� It is not very visible but now that I have seen it, I can't leave it like that. So the better way is to hide with a graffiti decal. I saw Microscale has some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood View Post
    So the better way is to hide with a graffiti decal.
    I did a quick Google search for a graffiti decal that WAS a fingerprint, but no luck. Would be funny to cover your oops fingerprint with a tagger painted one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    I did a quick Google search for a graffiti decal that WAS a fingerprint, but no luck. Would be funny to cover your oops fingerprint with a tagger painted one!

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    Good idea...

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    How about this one?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    How about this one?
    Gets my vote!
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    Graffiti is not very common on locomotives. I recommend fixing the error. Blend it or remove it.
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    Yes, but it is the way to use a new technic. Usually I don't like a lot decals. But in this case, this is the opportunity or never. So why not...

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    If you can't find a suitable decal to cover, what about going back and re-weathering it or even paint a patch on it as if they've repaired some damage?
    Mask it off and shoot or brush some primer over the area and re-weather?

    Of course we don't know the location of the Oops.
    And I'm not trying to push you one way or the other, just another suggestion.
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    Think outside the box...I call it the new guy privilege. Hot Rod Flames...

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    I'd second starting over. My method for stripping is to get some 90+ % Iso alcohol from Walgreens and put it in a small tupperware container. Immerse your shell in there so it's completely covered, seal it up and set it aside for a day. Then go at it with an old toothbrush and scrub all the old paint off. It doesn't have to completely come off, just so that there's no rough edges between paint and no paint. Once it's stripped, let it sit a day. Then blast your base coat with a rattle can. Depending on the road, you might be ready for decals or you might have to mask off a stripe or something. Wait about 3 days before putting on another layer of a different paint for the first layer to completely cure. I often do masked stripes with a smooth wide brush rather than spraying. I do not have an airbrush set up...no room or ventilation for one, so I do all my spraying outside on a tree stump. In the winter, I do it in a big box over the (not hot, electric) stove after taking the filter out of the hood and running the hood on high. I spray from about 2 feet away on days that it's not humid and there's no wind. I do 2 or 3 very light coats. I spray the can upside down away from anything for several seconds before pointing it at my work, to make sure the nozzle is clear. I work with decals using small brushes and a pair of tweezers. Definitely get some of that setting solution from Microscale, it makes decals conform around rivets and ridges. Apply the decal. Wait til completely dry. Dab on the Microscale solution carefully so as not to reposition decal. Let dry again, wait a day. Then seal with clear coat...I use a flat clear coat. You can brush or spray it on. If you look at my thread in Layouts "The Soo's P-Line" you can see my work. I'm just a person like you, I started doing this 3 years ago with no experience whatsoever. I use Walmart brushes, cheap Testors model paints and rattle cans from Rustoleum. If I can do it, so can you. Good luck!

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    Here is the result , under the "P" (handrail is not in place):



    Very visible...
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    If not graffiti, maybe fire damage like this one:

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...spx?id=2561454

    In that picture they've replaced the damaged access panels, but I've seen other similar pictures of fire damage without the panels replaced.

    And here's a UP one: http://eddiesrailroad.blogspot.com/2...ic-diesel.html

    Or on this one, looks like they repainted the whole damaged area: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...spx?id=2491356

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    They are good prototypes for another project. Thanks a lot.
    But for this UP one, that's not what I wanted.
    If I consider decal, it is only because I never tried to apply them. So, it is just an opportunity not only to hide a mistake but also to try something new. Fire damages, I have already done them on a Kato ES44 SP.

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    You could put a scratch along the bottom of the lettering and have rust streaking down from it going right over the blemish to hide it. There are weathering decals on the market with rust streaks. A quick Google search will give you some ideas.
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    I'll take look.

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