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    Has anyone used a label maker with clear "tape" to numbers and/or put road names on? It seems to be a simple idea. Does sealing help hide the film like a decal?
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    Never used one to replace decals but think the tape might be a bit thick and be too obvious for the hobby?
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    It could be fine for signs or something with a defined edge, but too thick for labeling rolling stock.

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    I believe he's referring to a thin-film label tape printer, such as a Brother.
    https://www.uline.com/BL_4685/TZe-La...SACEgLqhvD_BwE

    Yes, those would look very good on a fascia. Not sure if a matte tape is available. I'm going to buy a yellow on clear if I can.

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    Yes, I am referring to something similar to a Brother. Mine is a Dyno...can't put my hands on it right now to get model number. Might be feasible in those "other" scales. Will have to check online to see if there's a matte clear. Thanks for all the advice.
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    Used a P-touch label maker to print a road number for an N scale GP7. When applied to the cab side, the carrier film was way too thick and I didn't even try to reduce the glossy appearance.

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    When I eventually start operating (layout needs a bit more progress first) I may have to resort to putting labels on undec or "foreign" locos that I need to use but haven't gotten around to high-hooding/detailing/painting yet. But I agree that even the thin film would be too thick for a finished car or loco. There are decal sheets available that are just number jumbles. Those would be better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim R View Post
    When I eventually start operating (layout needs a bit more progress first) I may have to resort to putting labels on undec or "foreign" locos that I need to use but haven't gotten around to high-hooding/detailing/painting yet. But I agree that even the thin film would be too thick for a finished car or loco. There are decal sheets available that are just number jumbles. Those would be better.
    Have you considered this method, Tim?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-Scale-Bac...4383.l4275.c10

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    Quote Originally Posted by trnsrus View Post
    Used a P-touch label maker to print a road number for an N scale GP7. When applied to the cab side, the carrier film was way too thick and I didn't even try to reduce the glossy appearance.

    Barry
    Rats...that's what I was afraid of. Guess I need to dig out some junk and brush up on decalling. Haven't done it at least 30 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Have you considered this method, Tim?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-Scale-Bac...4383.l4275.c10
    Show me a prototype for that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Have you considered this method, Tim?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-Scale-Bac...4383.l4275.c10
    I think that my label maker will do a little better job than that.
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    What I actually did once: Used my inkjet printer to make "patches". Took a boxcar, applied graffiti decal over the old number and patched a ~2mm x 2mm square patch of printout on top of the graffiti for each of the digits.

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    Hi Heiko,

    What a great idea! It eliminates the color and font matching issues.
    Happy Modeling

    Bruce

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