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Reply to "Building a PRR/PC/CR G39 Ore Jennie - Scratch building with a laser, Part 2"

Good idea George on steel weight before I glue in a floor.  That’s a very nice car PRRK4.  How did you do the foam insulation.  I’d like to do a few cars with the foam, but hadn’t wrapped my head around a technique yet.  Lots of tests and experimentation down the road no doubt.   Speaking of experimentation - while working on the part designs for the end details, I am also playing around with the idea of using stencils for the lettering as opposed to decals.   I primed and sprayed the latest test body black, and then used laser cut stencils to test spraying the lettering via an airbrush, just like the real railroads.  

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The results were not as good as I’d hoped, but there is a lot of room for improvement in the stencil/lettering design and the masking/spray technique.   I also, in a rush, grabbed the crappiest 0 brush on my bench to paint out the stencil lines, making things worse than they should have.   If I can tighten things up a bit I think this is a viable method.  To be sure, printed decals would be crisper, however I apply 5-10 layers of filter weathering, along with oil paint, and chalks, which would mute most of the deficiencies of the stencil method.  On the plus/pro side of the equation - no decal film to attempt to make invisible - quicker application of lettering - lower cost - super accurate alignment of lettering, without touching a ruler.  

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For a multiple car run like I am doing, having decals made would be economical, but if refined, this method would really be useful in one-off car builds.   And again, this is just a test car - sloppy glue up, rushed paint job, etc.  

I just guessed, but does anyone know the correct PRR or PC lettering sizes?  I did 12” for the PC, 8” for the numbers, and 4” for the car data.  

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