Discussion in 'General' started by Joe Lovett, Jan 15, 2016.
Sure looks like the N scale folks are stepping up.
Is anyone having problems with the "hyperlinks" I posted above? I have had a report with someone having a problem.
They work every time I click on them.
works for me tom
Ditto Tom. Works fine.
OK out here, TOM
It's working fine now, Thanks Tom.
Has anyone received their GP-7 decals from Mask Island?
I got mine. I have not put them on anything yet. Seem nice enough.
They are a lighter shade of yellow than the switcher for what its worth.
Sounds like the yellow stripes may be too light. I haven't received my N scale GP-7 decals.
I like the yellow of the switcher stripes better but that is opinion, not necessarily meaning they are more accurate. I was 11 when the FRISCO merged so I never saw many black and yellow locos in my life in person. The GP 7 decals are a light yellow like the oddballs sets. The SW7 a little darker like a microscale set.
Here is an comparison of a factory painted N scale GP-7, a Mask Island decal GP-7, and a mostly Oddball decal RS-2M. I like the color the Mask Island decals, but not in love with the graphics. Will probably use a combination of Mask Island stripes and Micro Scale names & numbers. You be the judge. Ed
Interesting. Thanks for the pic Ed.
Here is an U25B with all Oddball decals. Like the graphics, not in love with the color. Ed
Thanks for the comparison images Ed. What about the graphics on the Mask Island decals, they seem a little thick to you?
Yes, they appear thick and the numbers are not the correct font. I will use the chevrons with micro scale graphics. Ed
I ran into the same font issues with Mask Island's Switcher set, hence my hesitancy for a repeat.
It looks like F units A and B are next in line for decals. What various paint and stripes information do I need to know so I can send it to Hubert Mask? Also, what needs to improve on the decals for the next run?
I'd advise Mr Mask not to mess with MicroScale. Their set 87-85 is about as good as it gets for Frisco's EMD F's and Alco FA/FB's, plus some cabooses. It is without a doubt my favorite decal sheet. No need for anything else to do these units, except for the yellow bands. We tried working with Oddballs for a band set and it was not a success.
Just my opinion.
I will likely do what Ed is talking about and use the MI chevrons and MS #'s. Although if you look at the bottom of pages 72, 73 in the FIC book those numbers look thick too.. I remember seeing an image of guy standing on a step ladder hand painting numbers on the side of a cab, that might explain the difference in some number thickness and style. Good old leaded paint, go over black with yellow in one coat. If you really study the images in the GP7 section of FIC book you can see differences, at least I think I do, and no Scotch yet. But thats gonna change right now.
Ed and Tom:
What chevrons are you guys referring to above? (i.e. "MI")
Agreed on the F comments of Ken.
As for the fonts used on the b&y block-style "FRISCO" hood/side lettering: There were different styles used on the sides of the b&y diesels. Some were quite stretched (extended) and not as tall, others not so stretched and taller, etc. I suspect there are about 3-4 different styles for the block lettering.
Of course, I'm not in a diesel modeling mode right now, so my opinions as to decal sets are somewhat moot!
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