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I am thinking for my collection of purchasing another Virgin liveried class 57 that I can have as a runner seeing as the other in my collection needs some work to get it running again. What I have done is remove the numbers and plates from the non runner thunderbird ready for renumbering. I have found that Fox do the numbers ok in N gauge but I can't find anywhere that do the nameplates which has left me in a little of a quandry. Something I should have taken note of before I had removed the plates from the loco.

I've checked the shawplan site and they do the thunderbird nameplates but only in OO. And fox don't do the nameplates for that loco either.

Any help appreciated to get me out of this self inflicted pickle I find myself in.
 

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After looking at shawplans site again they don't do the nameplates for the thunderbirds but just the other class 57's.

I might just get the Fox renumbering kit and then maybe just try my hand at something to replace and give the impression of a nameplate if I can't get hold of them.

If I can get the dimensions of the actual plates themself I might be able to knock something up on my printer.
 

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Thanks dwb that would be brilliant if you could attach it to a pm that would be brilliant.

I mean I do have pictures of the thunderbirds myself but very few if any are actually side on. Most are front views or at an angle so it would be very helpfull thankyou.
 

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Well I thank everyone that has posted an answer to my query and I think I am going to have to go forward with the photographed nameplate.

The one thing I've noticed is that the real namplates are all the same size but seeing as I have already removed mine so I can't get the measurements I was wondering if anyone who has one prefferably in N gauge could give me the dimensions that I can copy onto a paint program and then print off to be stuck to the side of the loco.
 

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Thanks for that nick I'll bare that in mind when I manage to get the sizes sorted.

Does anyone have one of the virgin liveried class 57's and help me out with the measurements. I don't mind if they are from OO gauge models as I can convert it from the dimensions you can provide.
 

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Does that then rule out me wanting to do make a nameplate for my own loco then and if not can anyway supply me with the OO or N gauge dimensions seeing as I live on the east coast and cannot easily get next to one for long enough that I can take the measurements of the real thing.

Thanks for everyone who has helped me thus far.
 

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Yeah you may have been and sorry to sound rude but that doesn't help me out with my original request for dimensions as from my way of taking what has been said doesn't apply to the everyday modeller just the main companies that are going to make money out of it.
 

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Managed to get the nameplate measurements from Chris at North Eastern models albeit in OO gauge. I've scaled it down for the N gauge loco and I just need to get them printed off now in colour and find a suitable backing for the transfer once printed so that it sits proud of the body like the etched plates do.

I'll get some pictures done when I get a chance to show the results so far.
 

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Thanks for that Richard. I've been looking around and it seems a little steep price for the paper though. Is it just because of the quality of it that makes it so expensive?
 
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