Re: [Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] Rapido X31a PRR boxcar - roof question

Tim O'Connor

Dennis that's outstanding and even more amazing that's it pad printed. Might be worthwhile
to buy a laser printer... 😁

Tim O'Connor

On 10/26/2021 5:56 PM, Dennis Storzek wrote:
On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 01:30 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
try laser printing "ghost" decals that are so light the weathering shows through them... 😁
Accurail actually did something like this a number of years ago on a custom job for the Soo Line Historical & Technical Society. The prototype was a group of almost new hoppers the Soo bought second hand from the BRC. Since the paint was like new, they just painted over the lettering and re-stenciled them. Twenty years later, the original lettering was showing through.

While these were done by pad printing, the same steps could be done for art for "Ghost toner" decals. This artwork was done in Adobe Illustrator, but Corral Draw and others should have similar settings. The "fill" color was set at a transparency setting somewhat less than 100%, and Eric found a setting that gave a mottled effect. I think they turned out well.

Dennis Storzek


Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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