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    Default Making N scale Decals from HO scale set

    I model an obscure shortline that lasted from 1982 to 1992. I have been unable to find any decals for it in N scale. I have found Miller Advertising did a set of HO scale decals in the mid 80's for the locomotives and another set for a caboose but they are no longer produced. I have a locomotive decal set from that time. I was wondering if there is some way to use them to create a set in N scale for my own use? Has anyone managed this before?
    BTW, the shortline is the Pocono Northeast Railway. Slide from my collection, unfortunately, photographer unknown.
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    You could scan them, reduce them to 54.44 percent, and then print them out on a laser-jet printer using clear decal paper from Microscale.

    As long as you're not selling or giving away copies, personal use only, you're not violating copyright laws.

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    Hi Maurice,

    If you don't see any flaws in the original HO decals under magnification, go for it! If the originals don't pass a close inspection, then redraw them.

    I usually draw the originals 8-10 inches wide and reduce them to the final dimensions when printing. Larger originals are easier to work on and will give better results.

    Yellow decal warning! Windows "shifts" color values during printing and yellow fades terribly when applied over dark colors. I'd paint the yellow stripe on the loco.
    Happy Modeling

    Bruce

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    Moose no have luck with printing decals, so has resorted to having them custom printed by this here feller: https://www.pdc.ca/rr/custom_decals/
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    I was going to say, the image work on a PC is no problem, it's printing them that will cause the most trouble.
    Daniel Dawson

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    Yellow decal warning! Windows "shifts" color values during printing and yellow fades terribly when applied over dark colors. I'd paint the yellow stripe on the loco.
    Apparently, they thought the same thing. Here is the locomotive set. Obviously, they intended the modeler to paint the yellow stripe and apply the large green lettering over it. Only some minor lettering in yellow. No idea why they included the yellow safety striping. I checked photos of all three locomotives that were painted and the caboose, none of them had it. There were several other locomotives but they were not repainted other than patching over the previous lettering (mostly Conrail).
    Unfortunately, I do not have access to a color laser printer. I do have a color inkjet printer.
    I have a caboose, and the three locomotives in hand. The caboose is in the scheme prior to repaint. The SW-8 (currently a SW-9, minor changes needed) is the farthest along, just needs the yellow stripe. The SW-1 is in the scheme on another unit (ex-Penn Central black) and the GP-9 needs total paint job and replacement of rapido couplers. Just realized, the decals must have been drawn before they acquired the GP-9 as it's number(1751) isn't there. Side note: the GP-9 is the only survivor of the line, now serving the Luzerne & Susquehanna R.R.
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    Good Morning Maurice,

    Based on the image you provided I have drawn the green Pocono Northeast name and loco numbers for you.

    If you provide a mailing address and the number of sets you need, I'll mail them to you.
    Happy Modeling

    Bruce

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