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Customize Tail Number on CH-47F

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Customize Tail Number on CH-47F
Posted by RobertT on Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:14 PM

I am looking to put a specific tail number on a Chinook CH-47F 1/48 scale model I am building for someone.  I have been looking to find the appropriate decals, but have come up short on pre-printed.  Does anyone have a source for Army aircraft tail numbers?  Or know what font to use to print my own?

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, January 11, 2021 3:32 PM

I make my own decals using home computer ink-jet decal paper.  The font is called Amarillo USAF and available for free from many online font places.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:01 PM

Also, make sure you use a vector-based illustration program, otherwise your letters will have a jagged appearance to them when you print them out.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:16 PM

Eaglecash867
Also, make sure you use a vector-based illustration program, otherwise your letters will have a jagged appearance to them when you print them out.

I use MS Power Point (.ppt) and they come out fine every time.  I don't know if it is a vector-based program or not, but it works.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:32 PM

I believe Powerpoint is vector-based.  I had been using Draftsight from Dassault Systemes, but now I can't activate the outdated version of that software due to some subscription changes they made.  Don't want to use the new version because its so clunky.  Might have to learn to use Powerpoint now.

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:40 PM

Eaglecash867

Also, make sure you use a vector-based illustration program, otherwise your letters will have a jagged appearance to them when you print them out.

Good advice to be sure, but not always necessary. I do most of my decal work in plain MS-Paint, then paste images into a document to resize for printing. If you start with a very large image, then shrink it down, there will rarely be any pixelization or "fuzz" visible at the edges.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:45 PM

gregbale

Good advice to be sure, but not always necessary. I do most of my decal work in plain MS-Paint, then paste images into a document to resize for printing. If you start with a very large image, then shrink it down, there will rarely be any pixelization or "fuzz" visible at the edges.

Cheers

True.  I guess it depends on scale.  I've mostly been making tail codes and low-vis TAC shields for a 1/32 scale CAS Viper I've been slowly piecing together.  Those are huge letters, so it has to be vector-based.

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Posted by RobertT on Monday, January 11, 2021 9:12 PM
Thanks everyone for the insight. I will post a picture with finished results...
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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:10 AM

I use my Pages word processor, which has impressive font/image-handling capabilities. I search for appropriate fonts on-line and screenshot or download them, or scan documents or decal sheets, using the resulting images to create and print the registration numbers in the size I need in points, using diy decal sheets. The trickiest part is trimming letters printed on white decal paper so the white doesn't show against dark backgrounds.

Bob

 

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