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Making stencils

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JRP
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Making stencils
Posted by JRP on Friday, May 14, 2021 1:53 PM

Hi.  Does anyone have a good and fairly easy way to make HO scale stencils for road markings (ie: RR crossing, one way, stop, etc?).  I will be spray painting the stencil on to the roads.  Thanks.

JRP  

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, May 14, 2021 2:12 PM

I use 3M Delicate Surface Painters Tape 2080, works good for making weird shapes on my locomotives.  Should work OK for making road stencils.



I made the template on my CAD then used the template to cut out the masking tape.





For straight lines on roads I just use the masking tape.




 

Mel



 
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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, May 15, 2021 2:40 AM

I made a stencil using a fairly thin but relatively stiff piece of cardstock.  It had a metallic coating of some sort on one side, so I applied some Letraset rub-on lettering to create the words for sign, then used a new #11 blade in my X-Acto to cut out the letters.
The signs were for some fences at a number of coal and ice dealerships, so I had the fences all built and ready to be installed once the signs were painted.

I used my airbrush to apply the paint (Floquil), then used some lacquer thinner to clean the overspray off the stencil. 

Here's the results...

Since I still plan to add a couple more dealerships on the partial upper level of my layout, I'll have to figure out where I stored the stencil...Bang Head

EDIT:  Just for clarity's sake, the lettering on the fences was done using the homemade stencil, while the lettering on the signs attached to the structures  are all printed.  My brother does the layout work, on his computer, to match the specifications that I request, then sends the data to a printer whom they use regularly, for a home-based business.

My brother has also done the artwork for all of the lettering for my freelanced railroads, including three orders of dry transfer lettering from C-D-S, (50 sheets each) and two orders of custom decals from Rail Graphics.

He also did a large multi-piece sign for me, on his printer, with a black background on clear decal paper, with the lettering left clear.

Applied to a painted-on white background, it looks like this...

...and from the street side...

Wayne

 

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Posted by PC101 on Saturday, May 15, 2021 3:08 AM

In a box marked ''Templates"?

PS: doctorwayne, it's 0422  here and I can't sleep, it is such a joy to look at your pictures.

It's really great to look at everybody's pictures of their layouts and such that they post here.

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, May 15, 2021 12:43 PM

Do you know anyone with a Cricut machine? That would be a great way to make accurate stencils in a hurry.

I still have a set of Greg Komar dry transfers that had highway markings in the set including the RXR street markings. I'll see if I can find them. Unfortunately, Komar closed up shop in 2013.

Good Luck, Ed

JRP
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Posted by JRP on Saturday, May 15, 2021 12:48 PM

Beautiful work Wayne.  Thanks for sharing.  I should add that I can't use decals because I'm using 2mm foam for my roads and I don't think that decals will adhere to it.  So, the necessity of having stencils.  I hope mine come out looking as good as yours.  JRP

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:35 PM

PC101
In a box marked ''Templates"?

Yeah...I should be so organised. Whistling

PC101
PS: doctorwayne, it's 0422 here and I can't sleep, it is such a joy to look at your pictures.

For a second-or-so, you caught me off guard there...I was worried that the pictures were interfering with your sleep.

Thanks for your kind words.  I'll have to see if I can come up with something that's more serene.

Wayne

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:14 PM

 Perhaps this will be a little more conducive for a good night's-sleep...a pastoral scene....

...and I'll say, without hestitation, that I've never heard a peep out of any of them, let alone a "moo".  Sleep well.

Wayne

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Posted by maxman on Monday, May 17, 2021 2:09 PM

Mmmmmmm .   Cow pies.

Now where in the fridge did I put my can of GernWhip?

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