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Decal Question
Posted by B Rutherford on Sunday, August 7, 2022 9:13 PM

I am getting ready to decal my first boxcar kit.  I have painted the boxcar and applied a gloss topcoat.

This particular car has fixed sliding style doors with decals the go right up and over the door.  Should I cut the decal into three pieces for the left, right and over the door or place the decal in one piece?

Thanks!

- Bill Rutherford Lancaster, NH

Central Vermont Railroad 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, August 7, 2022 9:39 PM

I do striped boxcars in multiple pieces. Usually two for each side of the carbody and three for the door.

-Kevin

Living the dream and happily modeling my STRATTON AND GILLETTE Railroad in HO scale. The SGRR is a freelanced Class A railroad as it would have appeared on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954, in my personal fantasy world of plausible nonsense.

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Posted by B Rutherford on Sunday, August 7, 2022 10:04 PM

Kevin,

Those look great!

Three for the door?

- Bill Rutherford Lancaster, NH

Central Vermont Railroad 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, August 7, 2022 10:07 PM

B Rutherford
Three for the door?

Yes.

I use two small sections for each side. I find that approach easier to get the decal the settle around all the complex surfaces on the door sides. Then I fill in the center with a long piece.

-Kevin

Living the dream and happily modeling my STRATTON AND GILLETTE Railroad in HO scale. The SGRR is a freelanced Class A railroad as it would have appeared on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954, in my personal fantasy world of plausible nonsense.

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Posted by B Rutherford on Sunday, August 7, 2022 10:23 PM

Got it. Thanks!

I am going to leave the stripes for last.  The last time I worked with decals like these was on model rockets probably 35 years ago...

- Bill Rutherford Lancaster, NH

Central Vermont Railroad 

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