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Hi everyone.

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What better way to spend a summer Tuesday evening? Alice Cooper on the tunes, testing out decals from a new supplier. I've got to say, I'm well impressed. Those of you who are NGS members will have seen Duncan's review of my upcoming BBA decals, and that he mentions that in places the white isn't as crisp as I'd like.

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Well, I don't think we have a problem here! Bear in mind this is N scale, so the 'Not in public use' text is teenier than tiny, and is legible, well, near enough legible. The down side (and isn't there always one?!) is, it's not a miracle cure as A) supply is more restricted and B) they need cutting out individually rather than just floating off the sheet. I definitely think it's the way to go for small white text (such as the BBAs) but will stick with the existing supplier for graffiti and larger decals. 
I'm also pondering 'hybrid' sets, where small white detail is printed like this, and the rest of the set is done with the other style of decal. Obviously if I go this way, I'll make it clear which sheet needs to you cut out individual decals, so you don't end up with a whole sheet stuck to the model!
 

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Hi everyone,

In between staring at the computer screen still tweaking that BBA artwork (we're getting there as BR used to say) I've been testing a new concept this that I can roll out to other designs too. The IOA 'Mussel' wagons used on the bulk ballast services are very scratched from the body metal bending as the wagons are unloaded with 360 grab machines. Here's a bit of a before and after picture, or maybe after and before, of a test set of decals. Each panel between the ribs is a separate piece.

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They're a touch flimsy so you need to go steady applying them, but slide them off the paper straight onto the model and they're fine. This is traced from a real wagon, all seem to vary slightly. The real wagon is a different one, but you get the idea hopefully.

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Finished it! Here's the other side, with a complete set of scrape decals. I like the ones on this side, as it's noticeable how the scrapes run across multiple panels

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On 15/08/2021 at 00:15, Steadfast said:

Finished it! Here's the other side, with a complete set of scrape decals. I like the ones on this side, as it's noticeable how the scrapes run across multiple panels

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Jo

Hi Jo;

 

Those look the absolute business....will be so much easier than trying to replicate with paint.

 

Later;

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On 17/08/2021 at 08:32, Stu from EGDL said:

Hi Jo;

 

Those look the absolute business....will be so much easier than trying to replicate with paint.

 

Later;

Stu from EGDL

Thanks for the comments chaps.

 

That's the idea Stu, and faster too. Needs a few blobs of brown on the top rave and ends, then washes and dust as required. They're not too bad to draw up on the computer either, so a sheet shouldn't take too long to compile.

I'll try to have the scraped Mussel with me at Leamington.

 

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8 hours ago, Ingleborough said:

Hi Jo,

Any chance of a 4mm version to fit the Dapol IOA? It would help to tone down the 'plasticky' look of the model.

 

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Jon

 

Hi Jon,

 

Yeah definitely possible. Once I have the N pack finalised I can look into scaling it up. I'll need to have a look (or confirm measurements) with a 4mm wagon too. The Dapol 4mm JNA Falcon has discrepancies on the panel sizes that don't match the N scale one...

 

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Something else to come off the same batch of test bits as the Mussel scrapes are these small decals for the Kato class 800.

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I'm surprised how much the little bit of colour really lifts the model, despite the tiny size.

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I've developed destination display artwork for a pair of 5 car 800s (cars A-E and G-L) as well as doing the red fire pull signs for the underframe of the engine fitted vehicles.

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Although the destinations are indeed on the Western region, they're barely legible in this tiny size so would suit the LNER model too.

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What do people think, worth me making these available?

 

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Thanks @Claude_Dreyfusand everyone who's liked and comments on the Kato 800 thread too. I'll let everyone know once I've got the packs ready then.

 

If you've been following the Road Vehicles section of the forum, you may well have seen I've done a pack for the Osborn's 3D printed modern trucks. These are in stock now, £2 a pack plus P&P.

 

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All being well, I'll be attending The International N Gauge Show at Leamington on Sunday, demonstrating on the DEMU stand. There's a few lines that I have some stock of and if anyone would like anything, drop me a message by 19:00 Saturday (tomorrow) and I'll bring them along Sunday. If for for any reason I or you cannot attend, I'll post them next week, post free.

 

Items in stock are:

 

The truck decals illustrated above (6 sets)

 

All Cemex HOA blanking and graffiti sets (1 x bulk pack, 2 x pack 001, 2 x pack 003, 9 x graffiti)

 

EWS HOA graffiti packs (4 sets)

 

HTA graffiti pack (2 sets)

 

Engineers wagon markings (N-Misc001) (6 sets)

 

JNA Falcon graffiti pack (4 sets)

 

Details of the pack contents here: https://steadfastmodels.wordpress.com/about/

 

I was hoping to have some more things, but sadly it looks like delivery will be the beginning of next week...

 

I'll have some bits and pieces with me (including development bits) so do drop by the DEMU stand on Sunday for a chat if you're about.

 

All the best

 

Jo

 

 

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 Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat earlier at TINGS, nice to have some positive feedback on the decals and also some interesting product ideas to develop. It was great to catch up with friends, met some new faces and have a little bit of normality with a thoroughly enjoyable day. Tea from Gloucester services farm shop on the way home to cap it off.

 

Time for an unwind with a Rattler and some Revolution Trains reading material

 

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A quick one tonight, I've added the class 800 page to the website, including instructions.

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A heads up - these are not currently available to purchase, but will be going for print as soon as I have IOA Mussel decals ready to send off at the same time.

Here's the pack contents and the instructions, any questions fire away and I'll do my best to help.

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All the best,

 

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Mussel-ing in? Dapol's IOA Mussel wagons are nice models, but the real things don't stay pristine for long.

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The scratching seen on the real things where the diggers scrape the sides during offload are a distinctive feature of the weathering on these wagons. Coming soon is a pack of decals to add these marks to your wagons.

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Each pack covers six models, and because each side is unique that's a train of 12 different wagons before they start repeating. All traced from photos of the real thing, each wagon side is rather like a finger print or zebra stripes, no two are alike.

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They're with the printers at the moment, so initial stock should be with me in a few weeks.

 

Jo

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