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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Things of Beauty
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 11:55:04 AM
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@David: PS I think it's prowl.  Even in the US....

Karen is one who has donned the undergarments of authority and strides the corridors of power  -- who are we to tell her what to say? Cower before her lest she smite you soundly for your arrogance.

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Re: Things of Beauty
David Ashton   8/31/2014 5:53:40 PM
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@Karen, funny, my wife thinks like that too.  Must be a girl thing..... :-)

PS I think it's prowl.  Even in the US....

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Things of Beauty
kfield   8/31/2014 10:56:17 AM
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Old stuff like these analog meters are so beautiful, but I have to say I'm glad that my husband does not prowel flea markets in search of things, we'd have even less room than we do now!

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 12:48:45 PM
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@Rcurl: I just watched it with Cynthia- but my lips are sealed until you let me know that you've seen it.

I still haven't watched it -- hoping to do so sometime today...

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Rcurl   8/29/2014 8:28:27 PM
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@Max: As an aside (since I know you like Dr Who), did you see the new one on Saturday? I missed it (preparing for my trip) but I just downloaded it to my iPad as a treat for the return journey.

I just watched it with Cynthia- but my lips are sealed until you let me know that you've seen it.

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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 2:01:20 PM
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@dwhess: ...instead of paper or white film for photographs, I print reversed on a transparency film...

Very interesting -- I'll have to try this technique also -- once I have the tex t/ images I need, it will be easy to reverse then and try this -- thanks for sharing

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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
dwhess   8/29/2014 1:45:14 PM
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I have used the same technique to make front panel art for prototypes but instead of paper or white film for photographs, I print reversed on a transparency film intended for overhead projectors which I turn over when spray attaching to the front panel.  That allows the tough and chemically resistant Mylar transparency film to protect the printing.



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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:20:22 PM
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@dwhess: The results in both cases looked as good or better than the original faceplate but had the advantage of color printing if neccessary.

Thank you so much for sharing this -- it gives me a lot more confidence to hear from someone who has already done this.

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Re: Laser engraving
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:19:03 PM
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@Tom-ii: Also, they're only about a mile from my house, so you could make a field trip...

Or you could wear a webcam so I coudl see what you are seeing and we could link up by Skype and you coudl act as my remove Avatar LOL

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Replacement Meter Faceplate
dwhess   8/26/2014 12:18:52 PM
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I have done this in the past in the same way you basically describe.  I scanned the original faceplate and used the image to create vector artwork in AutoCAD.  A test printout on plain paper allowed precise measurements to be made for correcting any scale errors.

 

Then I either printed the final image on high resolution flat paper or glossy photo paper intended for inkjet printers and used spray adhesive to attach it to the original metal faceplate.  The slight added thickness of the paper has never been an issue.

 

The results in both cases looked as good or better than the original faceplate but had the advantage of color printing if neccessary.

 

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