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 on: Today at 09:47:24 PM 
Started by Hydrostat - Last post by Ray Dunakin
I'm surprised that such small lettering can be cut out of foil for use as a stencil. I didn't think that such fine details could be achieved that way. I'll have to look into this as it would be very useful for my models as well.

 on: Today at 12:10:07 PM 
Started by Hydrostat - Last post by Bill Gill
Volker, Yes, I understand completely what you said about being nearly impossible to align both foils to create the exact offset that you want. I once worked with a prototype of a very simple plotter that cut self adhesive vinyl film for signs and projects like you described. I think you have the steady hand to be able to paint in those 'conjunctions' on your sign. Perhaps a little masking tape on the outside of the connecting corners will help.

 on: Today at 07:46:12 AM 
Started by Hydrostat - Last post by Hydrostat
Bill, you're completely right and that's the way it is recognizable at the prototype pictures, too. I'll have to add that manually later on; it takes a steady hand. Indeed there's been a technical reason to do it the way i did. It's nearly impossible to consecutively place both the foils at exact same position and even a tenth offset would be very clearly visible when using those 'conjunctions'.

 on: Today at 06:02:20 AM 
Started by Hydrostat - Last post by Bill Gill
Volker, I really appreciate that you took into account that the sign was hand lettered and therefore not a match for any font, so you duplicated the actual lettering instead of coming close with some font.
Your replication of it is very good. May I offer one small suggestion? Where you superimposed the black lettering on top of the red drop shadow, if you could join the corners of the shadow to the corners of the black letters as in my crude depiction below. I also extended the red on the top of the ball for the first stroke of the "A" and also on top of the dot of the "i". That would be how most signwriters would do the shadow. (Click image to enlarge.)

 on: Today at 05:12:26 AM 
Started by Hydrostat - Last post by Hydrostat
The building had advertising inscriptions on two opposite walls. This one is towards 'Maiplatz'. Alpina is a watch brand still existing today and the letters say something like 'Alpina - the key word for good watches. Selling point. Louis Lohmann. Optician.' and below, well, don't urge me to translate that.   

(Photo courtesy of Albert Middelmann 10/1941; W. D. Groote collection)

At the model the inscription will be slightly higher positioned. I wanted to include the sign for the hotel, which had been there before it was been replaced by the 'Optician' lettering. A rectified picture of the identic lettering at the opposite wall was scaled down in Illustrator (there's no good picture of the other wall available). The screenshot shows the original picture right hand, the rectified one lefthand and the final lettering on the building lefthand again.

Those are sign painters' characters, which aren't available as fonts. So all letters had to be traced manually. Or digitally. Feel free to chose.

There's an advertising technician round the corner where I had the artwork cut from self adhesive foil. Removing the 'positive' elements from the cut foil is a job the service provider usually does, but he was happy about my offering to do that myself after he had binned two plots. The foil usually serves to decorate cars and other even surfaces. It is no special stencil foil, but it works very well on that surface of wall paint and silicon carbide of the model.

The 'Alpina' cypher hat a red shadow; see today's Alpina emblem. For that I had a file with a slightly offset cypher, but identical square outline. There' s a self adhesive application paper to be fixed to the front side of the foil. Now the backside carrier paper can be removed. After sticking the foil in place the application paper can be removed: it is the upper one in the following picture, the carrier paper is seen below.

A front flattened brush serves to dab paint to the foil.

When paint is dry ...

... the next foil without offset is placed.

Black color for the cyphers.

Result without further treatment:


 on: March 21, 2019, 11:30:17 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by Ray Dunakin
The model is looking great too!

 on: March 21, 2019, 11:29:24 PM 
Started by fspg2 - Last post by Ray Dunakin

 on: March 21, 2019, 11:27:48 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by Ray Dunakin
That McCormick-Deering loco is way too cool! Definitely would be awesome to model, and might be doable in 1/24th.

 on: March 21, 2019, 11:22:44 PM 
Started by fspg2 - Last post by Ray Dunakin

 on: March 21, 2019, 10:51:19 PM 
Started by Barney - Last post by Ray Dunakin
Very cool project, and you're already off to a good start!

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