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Post  reeft1 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:28 am

I'm sure I am going to embarrass myself by asking this question, but is there a trick for printing white lettering on a home printer (over a clear decal background for things such as driver names on windows)?
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Post  Cowley on Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:24 am

You cannot print white ink on a normal 'home' inkjet or laser printer mate, because they print in four colour process - cyan, magenta, yellow and black. As there is no actual white ink cartridge, it cannot actually print white on your clear decal paper. Crying or Very sad That's why all of the models you see with 'homemade' decals have their window crew names on a black block - looks bloomin awful as well! Shocked

The only way to print white 'at home' is to buy a specialised ALPS printer, but they can be both temperamental and expensive. There might be one or two chaps on here who have them, and they might be better advised to pass on their own thoughts of these 'fairly trick' printers.

Good luck mate, but if you do find an economical method for doing it at home then you'll probably be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Modellers! Wink
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Post  mcm motorsport on Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:59 am

As david says if you can find a way of doing white you have
a customer here!

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Post  modelrallysport.com on Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:02 pm

ALPS is the only way--------------give Diego [racing decals 43] on here and see if he can help

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Post  Admin on Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:49 pm

I was looking the other day on the net to see if there are any companies out there that will print white decals. I have found it and they do a minimum order of £10 which I think is fair enough. I have got a few things I need printing in white so I will give them a try first and let you all know what they are like. I would rather be the one to say they arent any good than put the link up and find I have wasted someone's time and more importantly money.

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Post  Cowley on Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:14 am

Nicky, if you have indeed found an economical service for producing white decals on clear mate, then I think you will be held aloft by every member and paraded through the streets of the world with grateful thanks and acknowledgment to your discovery!

Maybe even the Model (pronounced 'mow-del') Peace Prize should be awarded under such circumstances? Wink

Nice one fella - please keep us posted....
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Post  Admin on Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:01 pm

Cowley wrote:Nicky, if you have indeed found an economical service for producing white decals on clear mate, then I think you will be held aloft by every member and paraded through the streets of the world with grateful thanks and acknowledgment to your discovery!

Maybe even the Model (pronounced 'mow-del') Peace Prize should be awarded under such circumstances? Wink

Nice one fella - please keep us posted....

That made me chuckle David Smile

I was just looking on the site of the company and they have some example images. Look pretty good to me. I will get some logos sorted that will come in use with some 6R4 models I plan on doing and get them orderd with them. Good to know they also do silver Smile

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Post  Cowley on Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:12 pm

Lol - glad it made you lol Nicky! At least I have achieved something today.... bounce

Red Firecracker eh? Zeus told me about them a while back - but not for white lettering but number plates instead. I never did follow them up for any number plates, and I make my own now anyway... ...how times change eh? Wink
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Post  mcm motorsport on Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:44 pm

certainly do keep us informed nicky,top work in finding this service,hopefully all works out ok in the end!

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Post  newt5550 on Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:29 pm

Try lindsay@code3models.com They can do as many as you want. 1/43 to 1/18. Done by emailing art work if you can via jpeg or PDF.
They are not waterslide but very thin clear vinyl so easy to apply. If you want to ring and dicuss your wishes/wants telephone 01792797007 and ask for Lindsay or email above address.

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Post  Admin on Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:31 pm

Cheers for the info Newt, will give them a try if Red Firecracker are not any good Smile

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Post  mcm motorsport on Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:39 pm

6r4nicky wrote:Cheers for the info Newt, will give them a try if Red Firecracker are not any good Smile

i was thinking the same Very Happy

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Post  Admin on Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:34 pm

Great minds and all that eh Paul? Very Happy

I am currently doing my art work that I need doing for my one 6R4 model. Its taken 3 hours so far and still havent finished it lol Either I'm a perfectionist to get the logo drawn spot on, or I have way too much time on my hands! The other few logos wont take as long, hopefully Smile

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Post  mcm motorsport on Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:35 pm

6r4nicky wrote:Great minds and all that eh Paul? Very Happy

I am currently doing my art work that I need doing for my one 6R4 model. Its taken 3 hours so far and still havent finished it lol Either I'm a perfectionist to get the logo drawn spot on, or I have way too much time on my hands! The other few logos wont take as long, hopefully Smile

ooo yes nicky! Very Happy

it wont take me as long to put a list together....only need name decals for rear side windows Very Happy

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Post  reeft1 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:21 am

I'm glad I asked now! Thanks gents - extremely helpful.
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Post  reeft1 on Tue May 22, 2012 7:31 pm

How did the company you were looking at for white lettering pan out? Worth a try?
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Post  Ryan_C on Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:16 pm

I think I'll try that red cracker site as I need a few white decals for a project I'm at
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Post  newt5550 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:38 pm

Hmmmm that reminds me. You need an ALPS for white letters, am i correct?
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Post  Cowley on Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:09 pm

You do indeed Chris, but Red Firecracker - www.redfirecracker.co.uk - can supply white decals for model makers - and that's what Ryan was referring to. Wink

Nicky used the same company to supply his white decals for his Willie Rutherford 'Sanyo / Comet' 1986 RAC 6R4 model.
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Post  newt5550 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:04 pm

Got an email to send first and if nothing happens plan b.
Might of found a supplier right on me doorstep. Looking into it asap!
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Post  Cowley on Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:06 pm

Cool! afro Please keep us posted... Wink
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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:19 pm

Paul Robson Models can print white if needs be
so if you need things like window names etc he can sort it

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