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QUOTE (class91boy @ 20 Jan 2009, 02:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>hi could any tell me if there out i can get for road markings as i have no art skill at all lol

I would suggest that **if at all possible**, you avoid road markings altogether. Unless you extensively weather them, they never look convincing and always cry out 'toy trainset' - even worse if you haven't used a textured material for your roads ie you just used paint on the board.

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I would be inclined to agree with Graham - road markings if done well can look very good, but they are IMHO one of the features that are better left out if you cannot get them just right.
 

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My girlfriend makes wedding invitations etc... she made me a stamp scaled down from real white lines which I practised on scrap bits of road with the same texture as my layout, the size is good but you have got to get the colour/shade right, I used a mixture of tipex and several different dull colours to get the worn out look. After practising lots the end result was in my opinion (and several other modellers) more than acceptable,but be carefull because once you lay them down its a hell of a job to alter or remove them. I agree with the others that most road markings ive seen look too toy like and can ruin an otherwise good layout,(road repairs also give a touch of realism but these too took me weeks of experimenting)
 

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I was driving down a local road at the weekend and realised that the dashed centre-line was not very straight - even each dash had a slight curve on it! (Must have been done after a Friday pub lunch?)

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 20 Jan 2009, 14:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was driving down a local road at the weekend and realised that the dashed centre-line was not very straight - even each dash had a slight curve on it! (Must have been done after a Friday pub lunch?)

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I've often see the same - but it's one of those odd times when realism just does not always look right on a model.
 

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There are some continental makers that produce road markings as rub-on transfers- Noch do I think, and also Faller and Busch. One or more of these companies also make self-adhesive road strips, pathways and cycleways and mats which include roundabouts and T-junctions.

Woodland Scenics also make a Road Kit whereaby you paint the surface with asphalt and then apply the stripes with a 'striping pin'. It also comes with a ruler that determines the width of the roads, parking spaces and pavements by each scale. Being American, 'OO' Scale is 'HO'.

Hope some of this helps.
 

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Faller do indeed supply some "Letraset type" with their Car System start sets. A little too "white" but if the roadway itself is toned down after application they look pretty good.
 
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