What can I use for raised letters?
Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:53 AM
I've recently started playing around with scratch building wheels in various scales, and now I'm starting to think about scratching some tyres too.
I'm confident about getting some form of generic tyre shaped up, but I'd like to go a bit further with the detail if I can. All potential copyright infringements aside, what could I use to get the raised sidewall letters?
I've spoken to a mate who does vinyl cutting, but his attempts to cut stuff that small have proven unsuccessful. Now that I think of it though, I'm not sure if it's like that with all vinyl cutters or just the bigger ones? He has a pretty big one I think, for doing signs and stuff.
I've looked at resin decals, but it seems no one does even generic letters.
Custom PE would be awesome, but I imagine getting that done would turn out expensive. Even doing it myself with one of those kits would probably cost a bit by the time I finally got a useable piece(s).
Obviously cutting the designs from styrene wouldn't be impossible, but it certainly wouldn't be easy.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 04:50 AM
these are 2 mm which is about 2" in 1/25 scale. style leaves a little to be desired
pickup an Optivisor if you don't already have one!
Edited by southpier, 30 September 2012 - 04:54 AM.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:10 AM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:28 PM
you can do the scrip in solder .015 and it comes out real nice. This is how I change the engrave valve covers to a raise letters for the valve covers.
Photos please.....I'd really LOVE to see the technique.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:34 PM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 01:05 PM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:04 AM
Yea, I'm on the lookout for an Optivisor, ever since I saw Dr Cranky using one in his vids At least I think it was an Optivisor lol
Genius idea Chas, thanks
Thanks Harry, you're probably right actually. I'll get my mate to do up a few tyre decals soon and try those out. If I were to sell at some stage though, would people rather use decals or raised letters? I suppose like you say, they'd be too thick to be realistic, so most serious modellers would probably rather use decals.
Thanks Joseph. I don't suppose you sell any of your PE work? I can think of many parts other than tyres where raised letters/designs would be useful too.
Thanks for the replies and suggestions fellas, I appreciate it