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    How do I figure out which font numbers I need to buy/print to renumber my locomotives? Here are the locos I need to renumber.



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    @Heath N Scale

    If you look at Micro Scale Decals, I think they have a "Generic" Diesel decal set for numbering.
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    So I do not need to worry about matching fonts? Or do they all use the same font for numbering?
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    ??? humm waiting

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    They don't use the same fonts. If it were me I'd look at the following decal sheets from Microscale.

    Boston and Maine RS2 & 3 diesels maroon and gold http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/...tegory_Code=BM
    NYC cab diesels http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/...egory_Code=NYC

    These decals should be close if not a match to the font and font size used by Bachman and BLI. Being from different mfg's there could be variations. Take a look though and decide if they work for you. I am a bit concerned that the NYC decal sheet might be too different in font size to the BLI NYC heritage unit as the Microscale sheet is made for 1st generation diesel cab units and the BLI loco is an adaptation of that scheme on a modern locomotive as painted by Norfolk Southern. It's hard to determine the font size from the photo. It might be worth asking if anyone has parts of these sets left over from projects they have completed and if they are willing to part with just what you need. It could save you from buying a whole sheet for a few numbers. Good luck!

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    I find it's dam hard to match the manufacture printing, letters or numbers...if you find the right font or color...the size my be different...kind of a pain...Jim

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    I did purchase some blank clear water slide decal sheets, so I might just attempt to print my own. I was hoping it would be easier to find something already made.

    If I print my own, I can try to figure out the font and then print every number as I need it in multiple sizes and hopefully one of them will work. I wonder if BLI would tell me the font and size of the numbers.

    Is there anything about this hobby that is simple and cheap?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heath N Scale View Post
    Is there anything about this hobby that is simple and cheap?
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    Hi HeathNscale,

    The B&M and NYC historical websites may have the font information you seek.

    I suggest you remove the existing number(s) and create a complete new number, rather than trying to replace a single digit. That will make the "exact font size" a moot issue. You'll be able to print and apply a single decal containing the new number. That will make your life much easier.

    The Boston and Maine will be VERY difficult. Yellow decals fade terribly when applied over dark colors. The only way I've had any yellow success was to apply two decals. Either white + yellow, gold + yellow, silver + yellow or yellow + yellow.

    I do a lot of these "one-off" decals for friends. If you need assistance, you can contact me via this forum or email at: BruceNscale@Yahoo.com.

    Good luck with your projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    The Boston and Maine will be VERY difficult. Yellow decals fade terribly when applied over dark colors. The only way I've had any yellow success was to apply two decals. Either white + yellow, gold + yellow, silver + yellow or yellow + yellow.
    I've not experienced the fading you mention with yellow decals from Highball Graphics and Microscale. The thin stripe, barricade stripes, and lettering on the 2 locos below are Microscale products. They are straight from the sheet and a single application. I did these and a few others years ago using paint and decals I happened to have on hand. The font is close but it's not a perfect match.


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    Hi Bman,

    Commercial decals are usually silk screen or offset press printed.

    That provides a much thicker coat of pigment than a laser, thermal or inkjet printer can apply.
    Happy Modeling

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    Commercial decals are usually silk screen or offset press printed.
    So even though I would not be able to print out the numbers and number boards exactly as I want them, I would be better off buying the commercially printed decals instead of printing them at home?

    How hard is it to align two decals on top of each other in N scale? This sounds like it would be difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heath N Scale View Post
    How hard is it to align two decals on top of each other in N scale? This sounds like it would be difficult.
    Challenging, yes, but doable with the aid of good lighting, Microset and Microsol, and Opti-visors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Opti-visors.
    This is on my list, but not something I have purchased. There are so many choices, I cannot figure out which one to get.

    And unfortunately my eyes are definitely not what they used to be, so even with my glasses, the finer details are not easy.
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    Hi HeathNscale,

    You can practice by painting a piece of styrene with the base color(maroon) and applying decals. That will allow you to see if fading is a big issue, how hard is stacking decals, etc. The experimentation may be worth your time.

    If you weather your equipment, the yellow fading may not be an issue. I've been known to apply rust stains over a damaged decal.

    If you prefer "wet paint prototype" or are building a contest grade model, the fading is a problem.

    The biggest issue with commercial decals...you'll probably have to apply separate numbers(1+23+8 or 12+38) to get the one you want(1238)...tough to get them straight and evenly spaced.
    Happy Modeling

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