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Old Mar 06, 2014, 12:33 PM
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Dry Transfer decals

Many years ago (1970's), I recall seeing ads in Model Railroader magazine for custom dry transfer decals... something like $10 (a whole lotta money to a kid at the time) for a small sheet of single color.

I like dry transfers, and these would be handy for things like white markings... but when poking around recently, I only found sites geared to industrial sized jobs, with several $100's for minimums... nothing geared to hobbyists.

Anyone know of someone doing small lot custom dry transfers?

Anyone even know what the process is for creating these rub-ons? I have no idea what the sticky ink stuff is that they use... I think I heard that it's a silk screen process maybe...
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Is that the stuff MicroMark sells ?

http://www.micromark.com/decaling.html
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 02:20 PM
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No.

You're looking at water slide decal film which is available in inkjet and laser versions. You cannot print white markings with either technology.

Dry transfer, as sold by Letraset, was widely used in old-school graphics layout... sheets of letters in different sizes, fonts, and colors allowed text to be built up letter by letter (painful!), by rubbing the letters onto your work. Woodland Scenics still offers a variety, including with white text, for model RR use:
http://woodlandscenics.woodlandsceni...raphics/page/3



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Old Mar 06, 2014, 03:21 PM
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http://callie-graphics.com/index.php
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 03:53 PM
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Try this search entry, dry rub down transfers
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 04:53 PM
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Thanks nope, she does cnc cut vinyl, which is not capable of the fine detail required for stuff like plimsoll marks and 1:96 draft numbers...
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 05:33 PM
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Try this search entry, dry rub down transfers
Exactly!
This video is tedious to watch, but it explains (without naming the secret sauces) how it's done and why it's so expensive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nOxS6x05Eg

The production house in this case is Cliff Digital:
http://www.cliffdigital.com/services...s-and-letraset

I'm sure they'd do the custom work required, but at no small price... actually, given that a film is required followed by all the hand work, maybe $50 or so for a small 1 color sheet isn't so bad... it goes up quick as you add colors, but could still be within reason for commission work...
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 06:21 PM
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All the Art supply and stationery stores , large and small, used to sell a product called "LETRASET", the dry rub transfers you mention. I had an old set and used it for draft marks, plimsoll marks, etc. The stuff is actually quite durable...... it's been on some of my hulls for years, not coated over with anything, and still looks good, even after being repeatedly immersed in water. http://www.letraset.com/
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 07:33 PM
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Archer Dry Transfers have a range of them, mostly for the armour modeller crowd, but some generic block lettering
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Patmat, the guy that you were referring to, no longer does Rub-On graphics. If you find a source, please post, as I have been looking to get some done for my logging RR equipment. I have used "Letraset" lettering for quite a few projects, NOT CHEAP, and getting very hard to find. Thanks, CB
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 05:54 AM
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There are systems out there for producing dry-rub decals, but for home users who need white or light on a dark background, nothing. All of the printer inks/toners are basically pigment optimized for a white background. Years back, when learning to be a clerical person rather than a techie, I was shown how to use a "correction sheet". Basically a sheet of white carbon paper (if that makes sense). Since it was intended for use with a typewriter, and PCs and wordprocessors were rapidly taking over I didn't take too much notice. Doing corrections on screen was so much easier.
Some stationery stores might still have some on a hidden shelf under a thick layer of dust. Not a proper answer, but maybe a step.
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Unfortunatly stationary and art stores seem to be going the way of the T-REX. There were several in this area but are now gone like hobby shops. There was a very large one where I got 2 4'x8' sheets of 6mm and 3mm sintra but it closed up several years ago. A.C MOORE and MICHEALS craft stores may have rub-on stuff but not much of a selection.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 09:49 AM
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Here's an outfit whose price is not crazy money. http://www.drytransfer.com/index.html
Googled dry transfer.
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Here's an outfit whose price is not crazy money. http://www.drytransfer.com/index.html
Googled dry transfer.
But these appear to be black/dark over white/light background. White printing is the real problem.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 11:18 AM
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But these appear to be black/dark over white/light background. White printing is the real problem.
http://www.drytransfer.com/Pricing.html

Looks like they do white.
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