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Smurftastic Hopper
« on: February 18, 2008, 04:42:13 PM »
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The most popular car on RailcarPhotos is this graffiti'ed up hopper:

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=19034

I sized the artwork to fit an IM ACF car, and printed the decal on an HP2605 Laser printer.  Wheels are FVM, of course.

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008, 04:50:38 PM »
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Get the smurf out!  I think I just smurfed my pants.

Is that even real?  They must have needed a 12' ladder to do that...  ...plus a helluvalot of time!

Seems to me a railcar sitting around that long isn't making the railroad any money.  But if it's for grain loading I guess its usage is seasonal.

No smurfin' way.  That smurfs a$$!

I like how they were kind enough to repaint the reporting data.

Oh, and great smurfin' job Tom!  You're the smurf!
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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008, 04:51:19 PM »
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Back working in N scale I see. What does the other side look like?

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 04:54:39 PM »
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Back working in N scale I see. What does the other side look like?

Thundercats!

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 04:56:12 PM »
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Back working in N scale I see. What does the other side look like?

Thundercats!

Seriously, I made billboard-style UNION PACIFIC lettering.

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 05:14:19 PM »
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I like how they were kind enough to repaint the reporting data.

It's not an issue of kindness, the "smart" taggers have realized that if their graf obscures the car's reporting marks and weigh data, the car will become a prime candidate for a patch job. So chronic taggers started incorporating the reporting data into the graf, so the cars don't "HAVE" to be patched...
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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008, 05:57:56 PM »
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Smurfette is hot.  :o

(Great job!)
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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 06:34:41 PM »
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Looks like a new line from MTL .

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2008, 02:16:14 AM »
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Nicely done Tom!
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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2008, 02:17:24 AM »
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  I'am waiting for a Japanese Anime car maybe "Kurau" or "Cowboy Bebop", but seriously that car looks nice, I saw the same photo of the car about a month a go on the Dome Car rail art, photo,and literature group. Yes it must have been parked for quite awhile, and the art? on the sides might be a group or team effort.  Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2008, 08:09:29 AM »
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Nice job .. but the decal still looks like it is made out of dots .. would a different type of printer help>

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2008, 09:30:56 AM »
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Nice job .. but the decal still looks like it is made out of dots .. would a different type of printer help>

Yeah, one that can blend colors with white!

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2008, 09:46:16 AM »
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Seems to me a railcar sitting around that long isn't making the railroad any money.  But if it's for grain loading I guess its usage is seasonal.

A 2-bay hopper probably isn't used for grain loading. Grain is usually in larger 3-4 bay cars. This car would probably be carrying a heavier, denser material.

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2008, 10:18:33 AM »
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Nice job .. but the decal still looks like it is made out of dots .. would a different type of printer help>

Yeah, one that can blend colors with white!

How about a photo printer?

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Re: Smurftastic Hopper
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2008, 10:21:19 AM »
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Nice job .. but the decal still looks like it is made out of dots .. would a different type of printer help>

Yeah, one that can blend colors with white!

How about a photo printer?

I have one and it still has dots.  The problem is that the ink dots are spaced to allow the white background to show through to give the illusion of a lighter color...for every color but black.