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Canopy Lettering

Post  prince of wales on Wed 16 Jan 2013, 12:27 pm

Has anyone decided how they will letter the showman's canopy? Professionally signwritten or stenciled....vinyl letters? Some ideas of how the originals were painted here.
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Post  lynnr on Wed 16 Jan 2013, 12:31 pm

Sign writing myself with first time try at gold leaf.

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Post  highpressure on Wed 16 Jan 2013, 1:04 pm

Cant afford a professional job, not confident enough to get a good finish on my own efforts as I cant come up with a suitable method for controlling a tape idea so I have had vinyl letters cut. I expect to upset all the purists and rivets counters but I dont care, its my engine and I'm happy with it, it looks fine to me and I didnt want letters that look like a five year old had painted them on the canopy. Should be able to collect the uprights from the platers tomorrow so will finally have a fully compete engine to post up. Not an SRL I know but lining and lettering just as important for the Road Locos

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Post  Adam Brown on Wed 16 Jan 2013, 2:02 pm

There isn another way to Vinyl that is I think cheaper than a signwriter but a little more authentic than vinyl letters

You can get 'reverse vinyl' which is a vinyl sheet with the letters already cut out. You apply it and paint over it, you can even have extra peal off options for shadowing if you so desire. I think its known as a vinyl mask. Its meant to be low tack so you can just pull it off and 'presto' instant signwriting


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Post  Robfishman on Wed 16 Jan 2013, 2:50 pm

I went on a sign writing course last year and its not going to be easy to sign write the 60+ letters but that's my plan. Vinyl masks are an option which will get the main body of the letters, but you would need a simple form.

My font at the moment look like this.....although if I can't do them and get it right ill change it.

Signwriting by Robert R&N, on Flickr

I'm not going to be able to use a mask for these.

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