Jump to content

Recommended Posts

There's several ways...one way is use Word and then go through  the photo etch process.  Another is to print it out on decal paper.

 

And then there's these:

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/7947-where-can-i-get-tiny-letters-for-my-ship/

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/6178-spacing-of-letters-in-ships-name-on-stern

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Or much easier and less work involved which I love, I order the lettering and waterline markings from Cornwall models in England. Yep, takes a few weeks to get to the U.S., but if I have a few ships in the wings at different scales, I can order most in one order and the shipping isn't that bad.

 

 

mike 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I used Word for my Revenue cutter. In this case the whole piece was printed with a black background. Getting the "right" curve and letter-spacing took a lot of fiddling - I'm a bit of a perfectionist with this stuff (and it's easier to redo 20 times on a computer and printer  :)).

 

post-12980-0-86045800-1451440498.png post-12980-0-75953800-1451440511_thumb.png

 

Richard.

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have not made any decals, but to get the lettering curved correctly. I would use Microsoft Publisher :  "Word Art" feature  lets you put a word on sentence into any shape you want. and then prints this o decal paper. The real problem might come with exsteamally conpound surfaces. In that case you may have to put one letter at a time. I would think that if you can lay a piece of paper on the surface the Word Wrt thing coud do.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What do you do for white letters on a black hull? 

 

Bob

 

Hi Bob,

 

to overcome the fact that the printer ca`nt produce white ink.......

 

I had that need for application with the white lettering on black / resp. red background with the depth marking scales....

When using Excel for doing the depth scales, by normal printing on white paper, I colored the cells (backgrounds) black above the waterline and red beneath. The lettering in white color for both backgrounds. There is also white decal paper available for ink jet printers, but I did`nt try it yet, probably that would work out even better, due to the thinner material

 

Nils

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Richard, is that piece of paper covering the whole transom, or just the area where the letters are? What do you use to glue that on?

 

Yes, that's a single piece of paper. It was printed on white paper (black background/yellow letters). It was glued using an Elmer's Extra Strength glue stick (which is acid-free). I then put a coat of the same matte polyurethane varnish (Varathane brand) used on the rest of the ship. Getting the font, color, curve, and size took a lot of tries. To get it looking just right (to me anyway), I also had to fiddle with the kerning (letter spacing) for the 'D' and 'S'.

 

I had considered using individual letters but decided that the chances of getting them lined up correctly was exactly zero (although I know some people here have achieved that feat). The letters are also flat which I felt was probably correct because they were most likely just painted on).

 

Richard.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...