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Program to Create US 45 Degree Text

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  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Program to Create US 45 Degree Text
Posted by 68GT on Sunday, January 28, 2024 2:37 PM

What program are you guys using to creat letters and numbers in scale?  I have to make some NJ ANG decals and was going to use Word but its just not right.  Bought some AeroMaster 45 Degree ID Numbers and Letters but there really isnt enough letters.  It only gives you two sets of 24" and 18" letters.  Gives you a ton of numbers but not enough letters.

 

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 28, 2024 5:02 PM

This place says they have the USAF Amarillo font that also allows the 45 degree style.

https://www.tlai.com/med_des/modeling.html

Can't remember where I got my USAF Amarillo font from years ago though, and never tried seeing if it also had the 45 degree letters because my project at the time was all straight lettering.  So, that's the font you need to look for, and with that, you'll need to look for a drawing or publishing program that uses vector-based drawing rather than raster.  Raster-based will give you jagged lettering and graphics.  I was using DraftSight for a while because it was free, but now they have a subscription fee that's just too costly for me to justify for the rare occasions I need something like that.

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Monday, January 29, 2024 7:53 AM

My Paint Shop Pro has a function fpr placing text on a pre-defined curve.  However, for angled text i use a different method.  In PSP the text function  allows you to adjust the position of each character.  That is, that chacter is selected until you type the next charactor.

 

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, January 29, 2024 9:17 AM

Hello!

I do it in Corel. I can even draw it up for you, if you send me some scans and tell me what you want.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Monday, January 29, 2024 5:28 PM

I believe the "45 degree" he is referring to is the corner cut on USAF Amarillo, not actual slanted characters.

 

I'm using Adobe In Design

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, January 29, 2024 6:38 PM

MJY65

I believe the "45 degree" he is referring to is the corner cut on USAF Amarillo, not actual slanted characters.

 

I'm using Adobe In Design

 

 

Ahhh!  Got it.  I thought he was referring to the slanted lettering that some AF and ANG aircraft have on them.

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  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 12:02 PM

Yeah, its the Amarillo.  I'm not sure on the scale size but 18" is about what I need.  Was thinking of making up a bunch of different size NJ ANG letters.  I've made decals in the past with mixed results so I'm reaching out.  I tried to make some small 1/72 scale US Coast Guard home base text but couldn't get them small enough due to the limited capability of the program I was using.

 

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    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 7:08 AM

Yes.   The key (for me) is to produce them in the proper size font in the program rather than trying to reduce them.   

 

In 1:48 those 18" fuselage letters would be 3/8" tall, 24"= 1/2" tall.  Drop to 1/4" for an 18" 1:72

Multiply the decimal fraction (.375, .5 or .25) by 72 to get the font size in points.  

  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 4:15 PM

So in 1:48 scale an 18" is about 3/8" and 0.375X72 will get me that font size in points?  Then I need the Amarillo to be 27 points to be about right?

Looks like Word is giving me a choice of 26 or 28 points.

 

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