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Plaques for dioramas
Posted by panzermedic on Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:54 AM

Hello all,

I have often admired the nice little plaques applied to dio bases to title the vehicle or title of the dio. How does one go about making these or having them done. After a while I forget the exact name/make of the vehicle, planes, etc. or wish I could have a title on the diorama. Plus, the plaque adds a nice touch to the display overall. Any help much appreciated.

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Posted by Ixion on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 8:30 PM

Trophy shops can make whatever you want in a plaque.

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 9:59 PM

They can also be ordered online from places like this:

https://www.united-states-flag.com/enbrpl.html

A web search for 'engraved plates' should turn up a host of possibilities.

Greg

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:12 AM

I make my own, i find the engraved brass one expensive in the UK and by doing my own i can add peronal touches. I just make them up on paint.net and print them out on card. I then cut out a piece of balsa to match the card, stain it, cover the card in fablon and attach.

Here are a couple of mine, as you can see i add flags and emblems relevant to the subject.

I have also downloaded a range of fonts to match subjects.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by panzermedic on Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:40 AM

Wow Bish! Those look really nice! The flags and emblems on the sides are a nice embellishment!

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Posted by panzermedic on Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:41 AM

Thank you for the lead Gregbale! I am very appreciative of everyone’s ideas. 

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, October 4, 2018 6:21 AM

Bish
I make my own, i find the engraved brass one expensive in the UK and by doing my own i can add peronal touches. I just make them up on paint.net and print them out on card. I then cut out a piece of balsa to match the card, stain it, cover the card in fablon and attach. Here are a couple of mine, as you can see i add flags and emblems relevant to the subject.

I, too, am a big fan of Bish's method. With the ease of computer graphics, you can rather easily do some quite striking name-plates.

Here's my personal favorite---from a sadly now-defunct Lindberg Bismarck---showing a 'before and after.' All done up in a few minutes in nothing more complicated than MS-Paint:

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 4, 2018 6:36 AM

gregbale

 

 
Bish
I make my own, i find the engraved brass one expensive in the UK and by doing my own i can add peronal touches. I just make them up on paint.net and print them out on card. I then cut out a piece of balsa to match the card, stain it, cover the card in fablon and attach. Here are a couple of mine, as you can see i add flags and emblems relevant to the subject.

 

I, too, am a big fan of Bish's method. With the ease of computer graphics, you can rather easily do some quite striking name-plates.

Here's my personal favorite---from a sadly now-defunct Lindberg Bismarck---showing a 'before and after.' All done up in a few minutes in nothing more complicated than MS-Paint:

 

Now that i really like. I have been trying to think of somthing special for when i do my Revell kit. That is awsome, i may well be stealing that idea Greg.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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  • From: Bucks county, PA
Posted by Bucksco on Friday, October 5, 2018 3:17 PM

I use U.S.Brass Shop for my name plates. They are very fast and very reasonable.

https://www.usbrassshop.com/

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Posted by disastermaster on Friday, October 5, 2018 4:20 PM

I've been printing my name plates since I discoved my printer. I add a piece of clear plastic overlay cut to size and secure it with decorative furniture tacks.  

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         And sometimes I put smileys on them too.

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There are many more endless styles to make yourself a unique display

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, October 6, 2018 3:46 PM

Bish
, i find the engraved brass one expensive in the UK

This is an important point.

Here in the US, we are somewhat 'spoiled' in that every city or town will have a trophy shop which is turning out kid's sports plaques and trophies, ciis awards, adult sports awards, school sports awards and the like.  That volume means one-offs can be had relatively cheaply.

There's a shop near me that can turn out a black on any of their stock metal colors (chrome, gold, brass, bronze, copper, & black) of anyartwork I supply, and the price is per the area of the metal. 

We did a Recognition of Service plaqu for one of the Reserve unit members, 7" x 9" (19x23cm) on a stained wood plaque for all of $20 (±£17).  The laser-engraved retirement plaque we did which was 12x 9 (30x23cm) was a whopping $25, mostly for doing a full-color applique as part of the "second pass" printing.

That being said, I have used the printer and high-quality cardstock to identify things.  Or to add reference photos.  I've also used home photo-etch kits, too.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, October 6, 2018 4:12 PM

panzermedic

Wow Bish! Those look really nice! The flags and emblems on the sides are a nice embellishment!

 

Thanks, though i can't take credit myself. I saw a couple of other guys doing similar things a few years back. I just apadted it to suit my own needs.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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