So... I'm making some progress on my 1:24 garage layout (or the garage portion at least). I've got shiplap up in about half of it and I've hung a full bank of NewAge cabinets on the wall opposite the layout location. Given that I'm not a linear builder, I've turned my attention over the long weekend to a few signs for the wall that leads into the house. I'm copying signs around the door to the Silver Plume depot as shown in these photos:
I created the files in full 1:1 dimensions (8 x 48 inches for the depot sign and 24 x 36 for the PTB) and sent the files to Craft Cuts in Idaho as EPS files and asked them to convert the images into single use stencils. The Silver Plume and Black Hawk depot signs were inexpensive ($21 and $26) but the Passenger Train Bulletin was more complicated and the stencil for that ran ($135). I had the stencils within a few days.
For the Adams Express sign, I'm having a guy I found on Etsy do that as a 15 x 15 metal sign. Sent him a full size JPG and I'm expecting a finished product shortly.
Now THAT’S a cool fact, Rick! I just took a good guess as to the actual dimensions. Knew that I needed the town name boards to be 48 inches wide when finished and the Passenger Train Bulletin 36 inches. That dictated the final height. I searched in vain for a good match for the PTB font and in the end just ended up messing with something close. Since I am modeling the 1899-1906 period I decided to paint the PTB text in metallic gold. The end result is really sharp. I’m out of the country for a short trip. Hope to get these finished on Sunday.
Finally got time to paint the frames. Last things to do are paint the backs and give em all a protective gloss coat. I’m sure glad I took this project on! Really dresses up the wall. My metal signs should be here tomorrow. Yeah!