Marklin modern signal tower kit-bash

bostonjim Oct 22, 2018

  1. bostonjim

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    I kit-bashed a Marklin modern signal tower into an American-looking building. This kit is still available on-line and is pretty easy to make into something else. I have kitbashed 2 of them. The sign is from an old matchbook. I find matchbooks to be a treasure trove of great period advertising. The size is almost perfect for z-scale images and they represent an actual establishment from days gone by.
     

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  3. Kurt Moose

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    The matchbook cover for billboard signs!!


    Level: genius!!(y)(y)
     
  4. bostonjim

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    Thanks, Kurt. I don't think it is an original idea. I'm always on the lookout for signage matter. A good source of really good color graphics are from the pages of glossy books on any subject matter in print. My favorite is a book called "The great State of Maine Beer Book", by Will Anderson. It is full of dozens of Maine breweries, old and new, as well as ads for prohibition-era businesses. Many of the signs on my buildings come from this book with dozens more waiting to be used. You probably know this. I print the image on a regular copier and sand the back with K&S (S&K?) sanding film until it is almost sanded thru. Next I cut the image out and I wet the spot where it will go with diluted white glue and place the decal on it. I dab it with a wet brush to flatten it out and let it dry. I think you can get it as thin, or thinner than an actual decal. They cost pennies. The glossy images are very high-resolution and make excellent quality z scale decals. Books on motels, gas stations, saloons, etc...are found in these books. Jim
     
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    Looks great!
     
  6. Kurt Moose

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    That's a winner, and just about every railroad had they're own matchbooks they handed out, plus lot's of other companies as well. (y)
     
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    That's right. Go to the marketplace and enter "vintage matchbooks" and you'll be amazed at how many are out there in so many different categories: nightclubs, taverns, restaurants, you name it. Narrow your search to your city or town , etc...some are sold as entire matchbooks with matches and many are just the covers. There was a time when every business handed out promo matches. They are interesting little glimpses into the past. Jim
     
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