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    Just would like to know what most of you use on your rolling stock? I have always used decals but I am giving dry tranfers a close look. Let me here the pro's and con's!!
    Andy Kramer -- Modeling the Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin

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    Andy,

    Up until now, I have used decals on rolling stock, and have used dry transfers only on structures. Now that I am more comfortable with both, I think that I will use them interchangably.
    Bruce

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    • #3

      I have used both with good result. What determines which I used is based on availability. If I run into problems, a little weathering goes a long way to cover up mistakes!

      Paul

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      • #4
        Like Bruce, I had always used decals for rolling stock and dry transfers for structures. I like them both, so the choice of which to use is usually dictated by what it's being used for.

        I designed and printed my own decals when I built my OVT&L worktrain. I had never tried making my own before, but it worked well.

        Here's a question related to Andy's original topic: has anyone looked at Clover House's catalog of dry transfers? I keep intending to order it but never get around to it for some reason. I have heard they have a large selection of transfer letter sets and signs listed in their catalog.

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        • #5
          I prefer dry transfers. I just like the look. You do have to be careful because once you start there is no turning back.

          I also use decals. The problem I have with them is trying to keep them in place and fine tuning them.

          My first choice is go with dry transfers but if they are not available I will go with decals. One of my future projects is a LNE boxcar. The roadname set is from Champ. The boxcar data will be WS dry transfers.

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          • #6
            I've used both and I guess I prefer decals. It's a matter of what's available. A couple of years ago, I wanted to do an Old Frothingslosh Beer car and the only thing I could find was a Clover House dry transfer. You have to work to get dry transfers down tight around details like rivets, other than that it isn't difficult. Here's a picture of an Athern car with the dry transfers.


            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • #7
              quote:


              Originally posted by MikeC


              .....Here's a question related to Andy's original topic: has anyone looked at Clover House's catalog of dry transfers? I keep intending to order it but never get around to it for some reason. I have heard they have a large selection of transfer letter sets and signs listed in their catalog.



              Mike,
              I have ordered the Clover House catalog & their decals before. I like them a lot. They are very well done. Their selection is outstanding. I talked to him 2 years ago & he was thinking about retiring. So, you might not want to wait too long. He does not have a website & you have to order direct. You have to buy a catalog, but it is a work of art & worth it.

              Paul

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              • #8
                Thanks guy's, Guess I might try a few tranfers just to get a feel for them!
                Andy Kramer -- Modeling the Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin

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