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Old Store Signs...an easy way to make them
Mark B
Joined: Oct 13, 2011
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posted Oct 19, 2011: 

Placing era appropriate advertising can help make a layout's buildings stand out and look a bit more real. My town is just being built so please accept the 'vacant' brick building,etc. The signs on my building side here are from the internet. I just Googled i.e., '1950's soda Ads' and picked the best ones from Google Images. I then put them in a PowerPoint program to resize them (if you know how to do this make sure you use the grid pattern to size them up exactly); if you don't know how, you can most of the time just print & cut or shrink on a copier.

End result is some pretty cool and very cheap billboard signs. Another additional step would be to place them on some cardboard backing and make a wood frame out of hoppy wood, or like I like to use... Starbuck's coffee swirlers made from wood!

For aging the pictures, see last picture below(I ended up using the non-aged ad's as I just liked the way the color stand out + since I'm modeling mid-1950's they work as 'new' advertisements) you can crumple up each one, ran it under a little water to make them appear aged. Next, you spry some 50/50 water-white glue on the back and place them on. You don't have to but you can also squirt some water-glue on the front to help it stay on & stress it a bit more.


Hope this was enjoyable!

Mark B.









 
Hartman
Joined: Sep 20, 2008
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posted Oct 25, 2011: 

Nice signs and thanks (to another train fan) for more ideas. I have picked up more ideas because of the 'net' then I would ever have thought of on my own.
Dennis
 
Mark B
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posted Oct 26, 2011: 

 
Mark B
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posted Oct 26, 2011: 

Thanks Dennis. Best part of this hobby is finding junk, od household items, or free anything and making it to something that looks realistic on our layouts.

Mark B.
 



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