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Help with Matching Lettering
Posted by FRRYKid on Sunday, July 17, 2022 2:00 AM

Yet another one for my Forum friends. Does anyone have a good idea on what font/ HO decals match the road number on this car: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3193827? The numbers don't seem to be on any NP set that I have seen (and I have seen quite a few). It isn't the standard numbers as the 7s don't match in the slightest. (The 7s for the rest of the cars have more of a curl on the base ie http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/np/np4279awb.jpg.) I am trying to build one of that series of hoppers and have found all the other decals I need except for the numbers.

As usual any assistance that can be provided would be most welcomed.

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Posted by ndbprr on Sunday, July 17, 2022 7:19 AM

There must be an NP historical society that can answer your question.  Historical societies have also been known to produce custom decal sets for various cars

 

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Sunday, July 17, 2022 7:33 AM

It's not necessarily prototypical-might be what the manufacturer or decaler had in stock. Don't expect 100 percent fidelity from anyone but yourself - and you may have to compromise

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Posted by doctorwayne on Sunday, July 17, 2022 11:27 AM

Champ Decals, now long gone, would have referred to the lettering on that NP boxcar as Railroad Roman, while that on the covered hopper would have been Modern Gothic. 

They made those decals in a wide variety of colours and sizes.

Beyond that, there's not much more I can add, other than MicroScale might have something useful, or you could contact Circus City Decals

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Sunday, July 17, 2022 11:50 AM

I miss Champ

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Posted by caldreamer on Sunday, July 17, 2022 8:07 PM

I have both the RailroadRoman and RailroadGothic fonts.  If you email me at igoldberg1@earthlink.net I will send them to you as an attachment in reply. An 18 point font is 1/4 inch.  You can adjust the size until you find the right one, then create your own decals.

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:48 PM

This?

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=87-837&Category_Code=NP

If the spelled out Northern Pacific is too large for that particular HO car try the N scale set. Although I see one line of the smaller size lettering included. The numbering seems to fall in the 75xxx series.

 NP_87-837-crop by Edmund, on Flickr

Are you trying to find the numeral "7" without the base serif? You might want to look at a separate sheet of Gothic block lettering:

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=90052&Category_Code=ALPHA

 —and even though this set is listed as "Euro Gothic" it has the more rounded numerals than the squared-off block Gothic:

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=90522&Category_Code=ALPHA

You may wind up cobbling together lettering from more than one set.

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Posted by FRRYKid on Monday, July 18, 2022 3:22 AM

gmpullman

This?

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=87-837&Category_Code=NP

If the spelled out Northern Pacific is too large for that particular HO car try the N scale set. Although I see one line of the smaller size lettering included. The numbering seems to fall in the 75xxx series.

 NP_87-837-crop by Edmund, on Flickr

Are you trying to find the numeral "7" without the base serif? You might want to look at a separate sheet of Gothic block lettering:

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=90052&Category_Code=ALPHA

 —and even though this set is listed as "Euro Gothic" it has the more rounded numerals than the squared-off block Gothic:

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=90522&Category_Code=ALPHA

You may wind up cobbling together lettering from more than one set.

Ed 

In looking again at the sets I have, I found that a set that I already have has the right 7s on it. http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MD&Product_Code=87-417&Category_Code=NP

It doesn't quite have the number selection that I had wanted but I have enough sets (3) that I have a resonable enough selection of numbers that I can still do one of most of the numbers I was looking at.

(I'm juggling enough car projects I forgot about the numbers in that set.)

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