US Road & RR Signs...WOW...what a find
- Hi All:
Did I ever stumble into something outstanding for Z modelers who follow US
prototype scenery. I can hardly believe the results:
First, visit this outstanding website put together by a Department of
<A HREF="http://members.aol.com/rcmoeur/signman.html">Manual of
Go to the bottom. He has over 220 highway and RR signs in GIF format, all in
identical 200x200 pixel format, in the absolutely correct colors, size,
lettering, everything. Click on any thumbnail picture to make it expand to
200x200 before you save it. Unbelieveable amount of well done work. This
guy is great. Hours and hours of great work.
Take one of the GIF images, and put it into your Graphics software package.
I use Paint Shop Pro, but there are a ton of graphics software packages out
there, all about the same in features.
I set the print setup to output the 200x200 image in a 0.15 x 0.15 inch
format, at 1440 dots per inch on the printer, and hit Print.
When I picked up my 10x pair of extra eyes, I fell over. A perfect Z scale
stop sign. A perfect z scale crossbucks. A perfect speed limit sign. WOW.
Now for my second round of effort. It gets better.
Assemble a single GIF image which contains a hundred or so signs you might
Test print it on paper and set your graphics processor to output it in
whatever size it takes to make the signs come out z scale. Use the highest
resolution your printer can take. Now take the plain paper out of the
Use plastic transparency film made for "view-graph" projectors. Yes, I know
the wet ink won't absorb in the plastic. Not to worry. Just carefully take
the "wet" printout out of your printer and let it dry for a hour. If you are
in a real hurry, get out a hair dryer and dry it with hot air. Once dry,
turn it over and spray the backside with a 99 cent can of silver or grey
spray paint. When that's dry, lightly spray the front size with dull coat to
protect the inkjet paint.
Now cut out hundreds of perfect z scale signs....on plastic....with a metal
looking back. The plastic will be stable over time. Can be glued to a wire
or square post, and put right on the layout or RR right-of-way.
Signs included are RR crossbucks, RR warning, road-to-RR intersections, and a
very, very complete set of speed signs, highway signs, stop, yield, no
parking, one-way, etc. This site has it all.
Thank heavens for the web.