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  • Birthday 11/05/1946

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    Wallburg, NC
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    early USN Naval History & Warships, post-WWII U.S.N. Warships
  1. Robert, Once again, Thanks! - I'll look into this (Openoffice) and their vector graphics Draw component. Quite professional the way that fellow had laid out his artwork and so forth on the Hampton Roads example. I do understand your comment re. the gray background - I had another modeler draw up some similar type graphics for me for a different ship model (can't recall the program he used but I think it was Illustrator) and he sent the .pdf to me with the objects placed on the sheet with various shades of gray as a "surround". These were not decals but printed on regular white paper. It worked great as the actual object was raised from the mounting surface and this gave that effect on the model. The gray I picked was almost invisible after placement. Looks like I've got some "schooling" to do and since this isn't a current on-going need, I should have time to research, download, study, etc. all the items that have been presented so far. Hank
  2. Michael, I appreciate the link and info! I'll look into that avenue although I don't have Adobe Illustrator (just Acrobat Reader) at present. It's quite possible that one of these fonts can be imported into my CAD program and used like any of the included fonts. I use the same program at work and can stay late and experiment - esp. during these cold nights!!! Hank
  3. Gentlemen, et al: Thanks so much for the advice, info, etc. First, almost all internet programs are going to the cloud (actually, IMHO they are going to Hell in a handbasket!) and it is for one reason only - $$$$$$!!! My CAD program is trying it's best to get everyone licensed on a cloud-based platform, which is why I don't have a current license. It's ridiculous! My only need at the moment is to create some 1/144 scale hull numbers for one of my ship models. These are black, military block numerals with a white shadow (you've seen them I'm pretty sure) - that's it! So, I'll take all the advice, info, instructions, etc. into account and go from there. I do have the official USN drawing that illustrates the proper size, styles, etc. so it's just a matter of creating a CAD file that I can print on decal paper and get it to come out correctly. FYI - this particular scale is an odd-ball in the hull no. decal world - none currently available that I know of. There are a few other items to be drawn up (also numerals and simple symbols, etc.) which I'll include on the sheet, but the hull numbers are the main attraction. Once again, thanks! Hank
  4. Pete, Thanks for the reply! I am not at my workshop (where all my decal printing kit is located), but will check out the YouTube tutorials you suggested. I am familiar with the Win10 photo editor as it is a pretty good editor compared to earlier versions. When I get back to my shop next week, I'll look to see if the decal paper had any instructions with it. Perhaps by then I will have decided on a particular .jpg to use for the new decals and will have scaled it according to my needs. Hank
  5. OK, I'm at a total loss as to how to even BEGIN to use this software. There are no instructions about anything - PERIOD!!! Help doesn't work on Windows 10 O.S. At this point, I would just as soon uninstall and figure the cost of this piece of S$#%%!!! program down the drain!! I've just spent 2 hours trying to figure out ANYTHING about how to import existing photos for making them into decals without any form of success. It went downhill from there!!!! If anyone has a CLUE about how to go about starting this thing, please let me know!! Thanks, Hank
  6. Nick, I ordered it from Hobbylinc online - www.hobbylinc.com Hope this helps! Hank
  7. Rusty, Thanks for the reply. This will be a new facet of model building for me. I've had others create decals for me from my CAD drawings, but this will be a first for me. I expect the kit in the mail within a week or so. We'll see what happens at that point. Hank
  8. I just purchased the Testors Decal Making Kit (Tes 9198) which includes a software CD - two questions come to mind: 1) Has anyone had any experience using this kit for making Custom decals? 2) If so, can online clip art/designs be imported to use with this software? Thanks, Hank
  9. Michael, This website is quite useful!! Thanks for the find. I usually draw up scales in CAD, but this will save time. Hank
  10. Thanks, Mark - much appreciate the comments. Hank
  11. Gil - appreciate the comments! I wish I had time to keep up w/2 or 3 forums, but still working full time leaves little time for posting in more than one locale. Hank
  12. SJ, Thanks for the reply, but after checking Starfighter website I see they don't offer the hull numbers, etc.- only flight deck & hanger markings for a 1/144 scaled carrier.
  13. Gil, Thanks for the welcome. To be honest, building an IOWA class bb is not a simple affair. To be accurate in representation it takes research, time, patience, and I've found that in the 5 years I've been working on this model (yea, I'm not in a rush!) I'm still finding new items to research that had not yet presented themselves. Having served on BIG JAY 68-69 was a big help, but my scarce photos and cruise books were really not anywhere sufficient to provide me the correct info/drawings, etc. to do it right. While from 1st glance the ship doesn't seem to have many alterations from her Korean War config., that's a misnomer. I, as a professional 2d Facilities CAD designer/draftsman (the corp. titles me an "engineer" :smiley13: ), I have drawn up quite a number of CAD drawings in order to create parts needed that aren't available and also have designed 3 sheets of PE that none of the 3rd party vendors have available (my 3rd sheet is awaiting printing). So, bearing all this in mind, I am just now getting the main deck equipment in place. I'll stop the dissertation here, because I could write a book (fairy tale? :smiley5: ) on everything that's had to be modified in the kit to get to this point. One other thing - I built this model Top Down - i.e. the superstructure first because it took a couple of years to decide how to try to correct the misshaped hull - Trumpeter seems to have made a career of hulls that are incorrect in their ship model line. These photos were taken at various stages and the 3rd and 4th photos are a mock-up of the model to take to a meeting of the Carolina Ship Modelers a year or so ago at their Dec. meeting in Beaufort, NC: I post a build of this kit on The Ship Model Forum so that's where you can find "the rest of the story". Hank Please excuse my photography - that's also a work in progress :smiley29:
  14. I am looking for Modern USN Hull Numbers/Names Decals for 1/144 scale. While a couple of vendors list them for sale, they are NOT! Either the decals are out of stock or have never been offered for sale. Thanks very much!
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