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So as I said yesterday I wanted to develop a new and easier method to create custom rail car patches. I think I found a way to do this without much effort.
Printing them on Testors white decal paper would be the easiest method. I say white because you eliminate the see through problem. The other problem was to make sure the lettering would be crisp and defined. I used my graphic program to set the page pixel resolution to 300 and the lettering resolution 700. This seems to work then scale everything down to the HO scale size. You could make the patch background and lettering any size or color to fit your need. I printed some out on normal printing paper to see how they looked. I think this will work. Once I find real quick way to do this is should be a snap.
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So as I said yesterday I wanted to develop a new and easier method to create custom rail car patches. I think I found a way to do this without much effort.
Printing them on Testors white decal paper would be the easiest method. I say white because you eliminate the see through problem. The other problem was to make sure the lettering would be crisp and defined. I used my graphic program to set the page pixel resolution to 300 and the lettering resolution 700. This seems to work then scale everything down to the HO scale size. You could make the patch background and lettering any size or color to fit your need. I printed some out on normal printing paper to see how they looked. I think this will work. Once I find real quick way to do this is should be a snap.
George

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So I just ordered 10 sheets of white decal paper. Let's see how the real thing works out?
 

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I just realized the letters may be a little large for most HO cars so I reset the text resolution. The new letters and numbers will be half the size as in the above photo.
 

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I just realized something. I use a graphic's program for most everything but the simple Wordpad program that comes with windows will do. It has the ability to put any size colored text on any color background and that's all you need. Just print up lots of RR letters & ID numbers on white decal paper and you have your patches all ready to go. Very simple thing to get done. My white decal paper will be here Thursday and I'll see how it all works out.

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So the first patch decals created with Window's Wordpad are finished. I'm very pleased with the results. Wordpad comes with Window's so you don't have to buy anything. The white decal paper was $11.00 for 10 sheets. You can combine any color text with any color background with the 15 colors Wordpad offers. I decide to use a grey background. I think it fits with the car being grey.

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