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Has anybody made their own 1/32 slot car decals ie.using their lazer office printer.PARMA used to make fantastic decal sheets with all the most popular sponsor logos.
regards.Hilton Melck South Africa.
 

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Hilton you can buy inkjet and lazer printer decal paper - it comes up on eBay and there are some online paper suppliers that sell it as well.

Use a drawing program or a paint program to set out your decals - print - seal and apply - the only issue is you can't print white lettering or logos on a clear background. You can get white decal paper and print a colour around the white logo or letters

DM

Here are a couple of cars I have done:

 

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Hello Hilton,

I bought an entry level Samsung colour laser and have used it many times to print on decal sheets. I find that using Microsoft Word allows easy layout and sizing of the images.
Using a laser means you don't need to spray the sheets with sealer (so the ink does not dissolve when soaked in water).

The basic printers are not reccomended for use with "specialist papers" and can void the warranty, but I took the chance and have not had any problems so far (over a year and about 20 sheets later).
Its a Samsung CLP-310, cost under £200. The cost per decal is quite high but the ability to produce my own brand at good quality is worth it. As Dangermouse says, cannot print white though so needs clever thinking to use white background decal sheet for that.

Decal sheets from http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/ in the UK

Leo
 

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Having trawled the net looking for 'freebies' re decals with a view to printing my own came to nothing, I did end up re sizing various bits I found which were suitable (manufacturers logos etc), I wonder if people who have created their own decals would be willing to post them on the site (if its allowed) to share with the wider community. Any volunteers........
 

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I have collected most my logos of the net - google and brandsoftheworld.com/ are good sites.

I have also made some using paint editing software. I don't know if you can post the decals up here due to the file type. Most of mine are in formats such as jpeg, postscript, vector or layed out in a specific program

Typically when making decals I collect all the images I want from the internet or asking on the forum here. I then layout 4 or more of each decal on an A5 sheet using either a page layout program (Pages on my Mac) or Word. Others I know use a vector program like Illustrator or Inkscape (free)

I then fill the page with a range of decals - sometimes for a couple of cars to use up all the available space.

I am happy to help out with decals and can email a file if you want - I have done quite a few cars - the 2 above - a couple of GT40s and some Tamiya 1/24 classic cars.

let me know if there is something you are chasing re-slotted

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David
 

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Hi

It's a great idea to share decal images. I've made many (mostly 1960s - 70s sports cars) and it would be great for all of us to share them. I suggest a new 'Decals available' Important Topic in 'Scratch Building'.

To start it off, here's some for Dennis Hulme's CanAm Lola T70 (1966). As mentioned above, you could capture the image off the web page, copy into Microsoft Word or suchlike and adjust the size until its right for the model.



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Very good idea sir!

Dont happen to have Toyota 88C Daytona 1989 'southeast Toyota dealers' do you!?

Sorry had to ask - I'm on the hunt for them!
 

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Aw c'mon! I said 'many', not a million!

I'm looking forward to the Slot.It Toyota Group C - they are a big gap in the list. But I guess your one is the next year body shape? It's also missing in 1/32 - is yours 1/24?

Coides
 

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Great idea for a ' Decals Available ' topic - there are so many liveries out there!!!!
Be nice to see some ' out of the ordinary ' stuff especially if its available from the UK

Who knows the decal that someone wants might just have been sourced already!
 

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QUOTE (dr vanski @ 22 Jun 2011, 12:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Teach a man to fish...
... And next thing you know he'll want a 30ft half cabin cruiser, with trailer and probably a new vehicle with which to tow it.

Cheaper just to give him the fish!


As DM suggested, it's hard to go past Brands of the World for quality source logos in vector format. Most of their files are current logos. You will have to create an account these days, but access is still free.

Historic ones will take some more hunting. Rebuilding them from decent source photos is not impossible.

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Probably far cheaper to get them from pattosplace in Australia .He does most of the F1 teams car decals going back years . A bit pricey at $8-16 per sheet but he does all scales down to 1/64
 

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I would rather just buy decals and Pattos can do special orders for you besides the stuff that is listed on his site. Vector graphics are great because you can resize them by an infinite amout without degrading them, but not all image editing softwate can handle vector graphics. From time to time I print my own inkjet decals and I have written an article on that. Most of the tips in the article would apply to laser printed decals. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzLR42Nth...RkFFdE5TVHcybDQ
I will have to take a look at the article, it is probably due for an update.
 
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