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I have a new set of the MTH Premier Santa F7's that just came out. Both my A units are the same road number. I wonder if anyone has any good tips on what to use to change the lighted number boards on the nose? I know they're just an insert. MTH's website doesn't show the number boards in the parts breakdown. I am going to call MTH and see if they sell replacement numbers.

 

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You can reverse print them on paper and glue the paper to a piece of plastic. I use Evans Hobby Cal instead of paper as it takes a sharper image with denser black and will adhere to plastic without additional adhesive.

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You can reverse print them on paper and glue the paper to a piece of plastic. I use Evans Hobby Cal instead of paper as it takes a sharper image with denser black and will adhere to plastic without additional adhesive.

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Pete, what is Evans Hobby Cal? Never heard of it...
 

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My technique is similar to Pete's. I print the numbers white on black on plain laser printer paper. I cut them to size and attach them with Tester's Clear Parts Cement. If I have to put them on the surface and not behind the plastic, I do a couple coats of clear coat spray on them.
 

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My technique is similar to Pete's. I print the numbers white on black on plain laser printer paper. I cut them to size and attach them with Tester's Clear Parts Cement. If I have to put them on the surface and not behind the plastic, I do a couple coats of clear coat spray on them.
I assume when you do them like this they look ok when lit up from behind?
 

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Yep, they look pretty much like the ones in your picture, white numbers lit on a black background. I have to check out the Evans Hobby Cal stuff Pete uses to print them. I do it on standard paper and I use the "LABEL" setting on the laser printer to get dense print.

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Pete's stuff is for ink jet printers, and it pretty spendy, I think I'll keep doing them my way. :)
 

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Hobby cal is apparently NLA. Evans designs, the LED guy, used to offer it. Its a decal paper. Its too thick to use on trains but good for buildings or applications like this. Its white paper and the white will turn clear if coated with a solvent varnish.

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