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mmagliaro

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Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« on: April 30, 2013, 12:40:58 PM »
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I am looking for a set of decals or dry transfers for the lines and the big "RR XING"
markings that are placed on the pavement right at railroad crossings.
Does anyone make such a thing?  I seem to remember seeing it somewhere, but I don't remember where.

Thanks.

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 12:45:59 PM »
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Don't know about decals, but you can get an etched brass stencil from S&S Hobby for less than $5. Just tape it in place on the road and hit it with a spritz of white spray paint.

https://www.nscalesupply.com/ssh/SSH.html

BTW, these markings are generally not located right at the crossing. In most cases, they're located around 100 feet from the crossing; there are no markings at the crossing itself.

« Last Edit: April 30, 2013, 12:51:52 PM by David K. Smith »
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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2013, 01:00:20 PM »
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If there ever was an ideal use for dry transfers this is it .

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2013, 01:05:07 PM »
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If there ever was an ideal use for dry transfers this is it .

I tried using generic striping dry transfers for road stripes, and it's a PITA. Most road surfaces are just a tad too rough for the transfers to adhere well, so they tended to break up and crumble, and making gentle curves was next to impossible. Of course, YMMV.
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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2013, 01:16:07 PM »
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There are people that make custom rubber stamps . Thoughts ?

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 02:21:45 PM »
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A vendor called "Scalelike Industries" sells a decal set for these markings through eBay (they do not appear to have them
anywhere else).  So for under $5, I plunked down my money and I'll see how they look.  Thanks everybody.

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013, 03:30:54 PM »
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I've found automotive pin striping makes good road markings. As for the RXR pavement markings, I'd think a stencil would be good. Some smart airbrushing could make it look quite worn.
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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 03:48:48 PM »
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I used the stencil on the WR&N. Masked off the area, then lightly sprayed with flat white paint, which made it look worn already. Then I applied some black chalk powder for road dirt/oil stains.

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2013, 03:52:55 PM »
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A vendor called "Scalelike Industries" sells a decal set for these markings through eBay (they do not appear to have them
anywhere else).  So for under $5, I plunked down my money and I'll see how they look.  Thanks everybody.

In case anyone else wants to look:

]http://stores.ebay.com/SCALELIKE-INDUSTRIES/N-SCALE-SCENERY-AND-SIGNS-/_i.html?_fsub=5561021&_sid=130801716&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322]
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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2013, 04:29:16 PM »
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 :ashat: mode: The problem I have with the decals (and the same problem exists with the stencil) is that they are "normally proportioned," whereas in real life road markings are almost always stretched or elongated so they're easier to read from the low angle of a driver. Notice their appearance in the satellite image I posted earlier.
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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2013, 04:37:24 PM »
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There are people that make custom rubber stamps . Thoughts ?

My Mother ran a craft rubber stamp company for fifteen years (just retired in January).  Good luck finding a white ink that works well. 

That being said, I've seen guys use stamps of trees for backgrounds. 

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2013, 05:26:08 PM »
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My Mother ran a craft rubber stamp company for fifteen years (just retired in January).  Good luck finding a white ink that works well. 

That being said, I've seen guys use stamps of trees for backgrounds.

Not ink. Paint. Dip the stamp in the paint, then blot it to a paper towel. Kind of like dry brushing, but with a stamp. (dry stamping?)

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2013, 05:32:33 PM »
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My Mother ran a craft rubber stamp company for fifteen years (just retired in January).  Good luck finding a white ink that works well. 

That being said, I've seen guys use stamps of trees for backgrounds.

White water paint is what I was thinking of , just rinse it off right after each use .

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2013, 05:33:34 PM »
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David , your results are perfect .

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Re: Seeking RR Xing road decals or transfers
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2013, 07:01:37 PM »
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I was told by Microscale years ago that decals require a very smooth surface to go onto, an unless  you're using styrene for roadway, not going to work well. The stencil works great as long as you hold it firmly against the surface so paint does not "under"spray.
DOT websites can be used for info about lettering size and placement, I like the stamp idea.
Rick