I was wondering if this printer from Olympus would work in place of the
Alps as it too is a Dye-sublimation print process also. Here is a link
to their webpage about it:
Brian Paul Ehni wrote:
The January 2004 issue of MR has an article about N scale bridge modeling
that discusses how to print your own decals - and references earlier
articles that go into greater detail.
The results looked pretty nice - some of the best N-scale modeling I've
As for undecorated cars, most trains that I see have reporting marks only.
No fancy logos. I know a few guys who *must* have a herald on every single
car - but those are the type of people who run an entire train with nothing
but Chessie cars or some other silliness. Most trains I see have a variety
of roadnames from all over North America - including those without logos.
As for the UP problem, you can do whatever you want with their logo in your
own home. If you try to sell it, you have to pay royalties, which seems
fair to me.
I did some checking and found that they have special online content related
to this article. You can find it here:
Tips for creating your own decals as seen in the January 2004 issue of MR
by John Socha-Leialoha
Amazing ..... thanks and timely too.
As I model in 1:1 scale I usually use drafting tools to create stencils that
I need, then follow thru with the old hand paint brush. I've found that
tractor implement paints stand up best in the sunshine especially with a UV
Clearcoat. In HO I'm not active although years ago I was and used Champ
decals. Around Christmas every year I get the yearning to set up a couple
ATSF old Atlas O gauge around the tree for the neighbor kids and visit the
local hobby store to order some cars (AGPX string of CH's this year in HO)
and usually pick up the Dec and Jan Model Railroader. For some reason I
didn't this year ... now a priority in the next few days.
The logos and markings on RR cars used to be taken care of with more care
than the last 10 years or so. Some of the remarking jobs today are really
ratty so no matter how good or bad you might be at creating your own decals
you can find a prototypical match in the real world now a days.
My point would be on the UP issue ... they really have better things to
worry about and get fixed than the model RR logo issue. The fact of their
investment of time and energy into this rather than the railroading problems
Some days "Quick Service" isn't so quick.
I have used Evan Designs Software Depot, and there is a serious bug in the
text application. It would make it quite impossible to use the program for
printing car data. ED is aware of the problem and will hopefully have it
corrected in the next update.
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