I have the artwork if you still need it, but since Donnie has been
copied he'll probably sort you out very quickly.
Printing decals to work on black backgrounds normally requires you to
use a special printer that can lay down a perfectly registered opaque
white backing for the coloured inks . Inkjets and laser printers only
use transparent inks and rely on the white paper to show the colours -
if you apply them on a dark surface the decal will simply disappear.
If you know someone who has an old ALPS printer which is still in
working order, that is one way, but they are getting a bit thin on the
ground, being rather old technology and rather fragile to boot. If
you are really into printing your own, there's quite a market in
refurbished ALPS printers in Japan, and a strong enthusiast community
but it's certainly not a hobby for the impecunious.
Companies like HighBall graphics can do custom runs in reasonably
small batches, which would still be a lot cheaper than finding,
recommissioning and learning to use an old ALPS.
> 1. Several years ago, someone (Donnie Dixon, I think) offered artwork for SOU steam decals, to be printed for personal use. Are these still available, and where can I find them?
> 2. Back when I printed them, the black-background, freight, decals "disappeared" when applied to a locomotive/tender. I had to paint white the areas where decals were to go in order for them to show up. I'm wondering if I used the wrong (clear) inkjet decal paper, or if there is a way to only print the numbers, letters, etc, and not the black background??
> Thanks for any help you can offer.
> Michael Dunnington
> St. Louis, MO, area