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ednadolski

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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2020, 10:23:10 AM »
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... the ink jet is unquestionably the best method for printing graffiti and weathering ...

As long as you're not taking closeup pics.  Then the graininess does show up.   But for that sort of thing, hand-painting is probably the only way to go.

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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2020, 12:00:28 PM »
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As long as you're not taking closeup pics.  Then the graininess does show up.   But for that sort of thing, hand-painting is probably the only way to go.

Ed

True, since the printed image is a scattering of very small CYMK dots over a layer of white in.  After all, those printers (just like most computer color printers are CYMK printers.  I was mostly comparing the MTL-printed graffiti to what my Alps Micro-Dry printer can do.  They are 1000% better. 

Mayny graffiti images have color gradients. I don't see how one could hand-paint that well in N scale.  As I see it, the only realistic way to achieve better results would be to use a printer with the dot resolution and size small enough that even in close-up they would still appear as solid colors.

Manipulating the photos by selectively applying little Gaussian blur to the graffiti areas is also another option.
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2020, 01:13:12 PM »
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I don't see how one could hand-paint that well in N scale.

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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2020, 07:00:04 PM »
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Unaware that the Micro-Mark Micro-Miniature Paint Brushes existed, I am going to have to purchase a set of these.

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2020, 07:51:24 PM »
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Just returned from Hiawatha Hobbies in Pewaukee Wi. with a set of these. They do not show up on the website, but believe they have several additional sets available and ship if you call and ask for anyone interested, IIRC, $ was around $96 for the three cars, pretty nice!
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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2020, 08:09:39 PM »
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At 30/0, I think those can paint things I can't see.
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« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2020, 02:36:12 AM »
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The last item Ed presented in his post is indispensable for microscopic-painting.  :D
And here I thought he would come up with tiny spray-bombs for N scale graffiti. Of well, tiny brushes it is.  ;)

Then of course we also have Willard Wigan who uses singe hairs as paint brushes.

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« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2020, 09:34:14 AM »
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Then of course we also have Willard Wigan who uses singe hairs as paint brushes.

Wow!

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Re: M-T TBOX
« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2020, 10:01:48 AM »
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Peteski, that's an eye of a needle?   :o

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« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2020, 10:07:05 AM »
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Then of course we also have Willard Wigan who uses singe hairs as paint brushes.

Is that the guy who paints the MTL cars without removing them from their jewel cases?

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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2020, 03:56:07 PM »
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Peteski, that's an eye of a needle?   :o

Yes!  Just do image search for Willard Wigan and see his other microscopic creations.
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2020, 03:57:04 PM »
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Is that the guy who paints the MTL cars without removing them from their jewel cases?

Ed

No, he once tried to decorate T-Scale car but he didn't like that - it was too large.  :)
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Re: M-T TBOX
« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2020, 05:29:23 PM »
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The metal wheels look very similar to their last attempt at those. Hopefully these are better looking up close, but they still look to be diecast (not machined).

Seems to be fine with the Code 40 flextrack, quick test shows no problem with contacting the plastic spike heads:


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« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2020, 07:27:02 PM »
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Hey look, another fan of AMSI groundfoam.  I like their product because of their slightly muted colors.
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Re: M-T TBOX
« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2020, 12:12:58 AM »
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Kudos again to MT for their design of this car:  the coupler pockets are a snap-fit, which makes it easy to pop them off and replace them without damaging the car, or having to cut material away:



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