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A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« on: June 10, 2009, 12:17:06 AM »
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Over on the MR board someone was nice enough to post a jpg of some pretty decent looking road signs.  I took the images, scaled them down closer to N scale, then went hunting for a few things that I noted were missing.  Since I'm modeling WM country, I went along the line and found the major routes that are likely to cross my layout at some point or another, and made up signs for them.  I also found some better cross bucks than what I'd been working with.

Now, just because I like you, here's a link to the pdf I made...
http://www.wildcardgraphics.biz/media/Road%20Signs.pdf

You can print them out "okay" on an ink jet, but I've found that a laser writer gives very good results, especially when using heavy coated photo paper.  I left enough space around the image area to let you print the pdf without any "shrink to fit" stuff going on.





I use some .010 piano wire with a dot of CA to mount the signs, and if you use a foam base, you can pretty much just stick 'em in the ground.  To tidy them up, use a silver Sharpie to color the back to look like aluminum.  If you're modeling an earlier time, you might want to paint the back yellow or white to match the front.

Now send out your work crew, and don't be standing around leaning on your shovel!

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« Last Edit: June 10, 2009, 08:07:18 AM by wm3798 »
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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 08:46:52 PM »
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Nice Lee , funny you have Interstate 81 , and Route 11 on that sheet , I was on both this weekend near Lake Ontario and north to Adams NY where Trooper Wolff decided to help fill the Adams coffers with some of my dough , he did let me off on getting points . Route 11 up there has 2 speed changes per block , and written on various signs , in various colors , and various sizes . Boss Hogg has nothing on Adams NY . Thanks for sharing the sheet .

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 07:04:46 PM »
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Awesome!

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2009, 04:14:04 PM »
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Awesome!

who did hi-jack Robbs login... ?   ;)

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2009, 08:58:54 AM »
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You can use those signs for NZ, Steve... just mount them upside down ;D

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009, 08:40:06 PM »
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Awesome, just wish they were larger.  ;)
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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2009, 11:32:35 AM »
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Arnt those just scans of the Blair Line sheets?!

If you want high rez graphic use the MUTCD
http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm
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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2009, 11:41:38 AM »
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Arnt those just scans of the Blair Line sheets?!

If you want high rez graphic use the MUTCD
http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm

The warning sign PDF is pretty useful!   http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/SHSe/Warning.pdf

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009, 11:37:59 AM »
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finally making use of that PDF Lee  :)

I printed on standard laser paper, taped it from the back with metal tape.   Then, just colored them with a yellow highligher.  

« Last Edit: September 05, 2009, 08:34:39 PM by diezmon »

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009, 08:37:58 AM »
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finally making use of that PDF Lee  :)

I printed on standard laser paper, taped it from the back with metal tape.   Then, just colored them with a yellow highligher. 

Careful... highlighters fade very quickly.
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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2009, 02:17:17 PM »
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Pretty cool Lee.

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2009, 08:35:02 PM »
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finally making use of that PDF Lee  :)

I printed on standard laser paper, taped it from the back with metal tape.   Then, just colored them with a yellow highligher. 

Careful... highlighters fade very quickly.

really?  Does dullcoat help at all?

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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2009, 08:45:52 AM »
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finally making use of that PDF Lee  :)

I printed on standard laser paper, taped it from the back with metal tape.   Then, just colored them with a yellow highligher.  

Careful... highlighters fade very quickly.

really?  Does dullcoat help at all?


Don't know if Dullcote helps, but the stuff seems to fade on its own without exposure to light. I pulled some things out of a drawer the other day that were highlighted and the highlighting was almost completely gone. It was less than a year.

Also, I think the signs should be a much warmer yellow. Why not just print them on colored paper, like goldenrod?


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Re: A little something from the Department of Public Works...
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2009, 10:38:59 AM »
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finally making use of that PDF Lee  :)

I printed on standard laser paper, taped it from the back with metal tape.   Then, just colored them with a yellow highligher.  

Careful... highlighters fade very quickly.

really?  Does dullcoat help at all?


Don't know if Dullcote helps, but the stuff seems to fade on its own without exposure to light. I pulled some things out of a drawer the other day that were highlighted and the highlighting was almost completely gone. It was less than a year.

Also, I think the signs should be a much warmer yellow. Why not just print them on colored paper, like goldenrod?




I think I'll just print it at work, on our $$ color printer :)