6 Roll Ultimate LT U866

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6 Roll Ultimate LT U866
6 Roll Ultimate ex London Transport U866, with cosmetic restoration. Replica 'ULTIMATE' plate fitted. (Plate produced at home using Microsoft Excel).
Posted by juanito on March 3, 2010 Slideshow

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Reply juanito
11:52 PM on November 13, 2010 
Needless to say, the repro Excel artwork is only necessary if you don't have a decent photograph or indeed an original plate to scan!! .... the only picture I had at hand was distorted, blurred and was off a quite badly scratched and dented original plate, so it was quicker to produce a new artwork master using the 'draw and shapes' tools in Excel, than it would have been to Photoshop the original image ... the new Excel artwork is also 100% sharper than one could likely achieve with a tarted-up scaned photo .... I was pleased with the results too.
Reply juanito
11:44 PM on November 13, 2010 
Quite simple in Excel, ... import a photograph of the plate your require to reproduce, scale it up to 1:1 (full size), use the 'shapes' tools in the 'Draw' tab, match the shapes and text as over lays to the original imported image, then when you are happy with the fonts and alignment of the linework, delete the image layer and hey presto one replica sign artwork master is complete! .... print it off on 'hi-res' glossy photo paper, laminate the outer face with self adhesive clear plastic film, carefully cut out the image with a craft knife, and 'Pritstick' it into place. Good enough for a cosmetic overhaul says I ...

A better plate could be used by printing the Excel artwork off onto tracing paper, then running it through a Dyeline printer with photo-sensitive aluminium sheet, we used to do that where I worked years ago, but these days maybe a high street print shop could offer a cheap metal faced film printing option using a digital negative of the same artwork ....
Reply I hate you Butler
3:03 PM on April 9, 2010 
Excel for creating that? How? and more to the point why?

It's a lovely job, but your choice of software leaves me mystified :)
Reply mark
7:01 PM on March 22, 2010 
what material did you print the replica plate on? it looks pretty authentic