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How I add custom lettering to my model trains

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hello,

I got asked a few times, how I custom letter my garden railroad trains. So here’s a short description of the technique I use. The last days, I finished my rolling stock for the “Southern Palatinate Narrow Gauge Railway”. I use CorelDraw and a stencil-type font to create the text I need. In my case, I use font “Stardos Stecil”. From this CorelDraw-file, I export a DXF while I convert all text into curves.

My dad bought a laser cutter some while ago for thin materials. He converts the DXF-file for the laser and cuts the stencils from thin cardboard.

These stencils are cut to size, taped to the model the letters are sprayed on with the airbrush. Use many soft layers to avoid bubbles of paint, which might sneak under the stencil. Once done, remove the stencils immediately and let the paint dry. If you handle the stencils carefully, they can be reused several times.

I use CorelDraw as well to create the homemade stickers. These are printed on a usual laser printer to self-adhesive white sticker foil. Once cut to out, I blacken the edges with a marker pen and glue them to the models. I used such stickers also to letter the locomotives.

BTW, I use the same stencil-technique on my 2″-scale trains, but I use cnc-milled stencil from 1mm styrene instead.

Bye, Gerd

[LVLC] Woodburning Climax

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 (Comments Closed)

Good morning,

since I got the two Bachmann “geared steamers”, many years ago, I was in trouble with two different fuel types on a single logging railroad. While the Shay was equipped with a wood load, the Climax was a coal burner. Now I found the time to rebuild the Climax as well.

I still need to touch up the weathering, also to blend in the re-newed road number.

Cheers, Gerd

[LVLC] adjusting the log car length

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, since I seem to be in “Logcar-buliding-mode” at the moment, I just switched scale and spend some attention on my 1:20.3 skeletons. I original build them with 18′ length to make them suitable on 3′ radius curves. Since I moved on to 4′ radius, I did some test runs if I can enlarge my […]

[LVLC] Sawmill construction stopped – Climax back in service

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 (Comments Closed)

Good morning, since I started to realize, how big my small sawmill will become, I came to a very import question – where to store the sawmill once finished? Since I don’t have spare room at the moment to store such a huge construction, I decided to take a break on the sawmill project. We’re […]

[LVLC] Finding the footprint (size) – Sawmill #2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 with 1 Comment

The template from last week worked very well and the following timber frames were assembled with half an hour each. With the five frames done, I figured out how big my sawmill will be. The main building will be 85cm by 50cm (33.5″ by 19.5″) with the log deck and carriage loading outside of the […]

[LVLC] Preparing the sawmill construction #1

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 with 1 Comment

After some research, I found a nice prototype sawmill, which will be used to build the Louise Valley mill. The Pine Ridge Lbr.Co. was a very small logging operation in California’s Sierra Nevada. The mills output was rough cut timber only, which got sold to the nearby …. The lumber was send down to the […]

[LVLC] Sawmill kit by Garden Textures

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 with 2 Comments

Hello, some while ago, I found this sawmill kit on eBay. It’s in new and unbuilt condition and after a check, all parts are there. It’s a basic mill with a simple interior, but such kits allow a lot of customizing and bashing. After a first view to the plans, I’ll stretch the whole mill […]

[LVLC] We’re knitting some water piping – Dolbeer part 3

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 with 2 Comments

Hi folks, before I proceed with the next set of details part, I decided to give all components a basic coat of paint, since its hart to paint them, once the details are in place. Later, I’ll spend a weathering to the whole Steam Donkey. The last bag of parts holds the water piping between […]

[LVLC] Dolbeer Donkey – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 (Comments Closed)

Welcome to part two of the Dolbeer build-log. After finishing the wood sled last week, I continued with the boiler. Looked like a simple straight-forward “drill & glue”-job… Well, a test-fit of the smoke stack showed, that the hole in the boiler top is to wide. To make it fit nice and keep the stack […]

[LVLC] A Dolbeer Donkey from Ozark

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 14 August 2017 (Comments Closed)

Hi, since I’m fully in Fn3-scale-mode, I decided to start the next project for my LVLC. Some month ago, I ordered a Donkey kit from Ozark-Miniatures , which recently arrived. Such early steam Donkey were used to haul wood from the cutting area to the log-landing. I ordered the simple version without haul back, since […]