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Richard Simpson20/08/2021 19:50:14
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To start with:

What goes from Forward to Aft on the Port side and goes Aft to Forward on the Starboard side of a ship or boat?

Answer, The ship's name.

Which brings me to my question, has anyone ever come across a supplier of model ship's or boat's names? Say you supply the name and someone produces a name board either engraved or in relief etc?

Ray Wood 221/08/2021 17:14:38
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Hi Richard,

Blackgates Engineering made me some nice photo etched name plates for a 3 1/2" gauge loco in brass

or you can make your own with Letraset on the brass plate with a painted margin around as a border and paint the back , dipped in Ferric Chloride solution for 20 minutes a couple of times, rinse and use paint stripper, this works quite well for some reason beyond me the chloride won't eat the paint !! but does like eating away the brass, fill in the etched area with paint and polish the face on a surface plate or a piece of glass with 1200 wet & dry paper.

It does work a treat.

Regards Ray

Richard Simpson22/08/2021 11:04:28
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Thanks Ray, I hadn't thought of Blackgates. I've used them for steam spares in the past and they are very good. I have also made contact with a couple of wood engravers but I suspect my needs may be too small for them to handle. We shall see.

Edited By Richard Simpson on 22/08/2021 11:04:40

Malcolm Frary22/08/2021 22:01:30
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When making printed circuits, the "etch resist" is basically paint. The etching solution is formulated to attack metal, usually copper, but it likes brass as well, but paint isn't metal, so is let alone by the etch solution. The result being a lower surface where the paint (resist) wasn't.

Whatever Letraset is made of might have the required properties.

As long as the surface is lowered by more than the thickness of a coat of paint, painting and abrading the surface should, in theory, leave brass letters on a coloured background.

I have usually cheated by making a vinyl sticker using a colour laser printer, but then, I keep my standards in check.

Trevor Drabble 125/08/2021 12:31:30
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Would sugest you also try B H Lowe 01922 479737 / 07860 422098 or www.lowebrass. com

Richard Simpson25/08/2021 13:06:08
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Many thanks Trevor

Trevor Drabble 125/08/2021 15:11:33
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Richard , you most welcome . Also , please note that Timpsons ( near M&S) within Meadowhall have an on-site computerised engraver , which you may find of interest.

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