Nice Cold PEPSI, Anyone?

Discussion in 'The Academy' started by Arlaghan, Dec 8, 2003.

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  1. MarkB

    MarkB New Member

    Another neat project you have come up with. I captured the Pepsi one, but where can I find the Coke and DR Pepper ones or could you post those here?

    Another project I will have to add to the list.
  2. Catt

    Catt Guest

    What I have to play with for graphics are MS Paint,Photo Stacker Pro,and Futuris Imager.I really think the problem is my Compaq computer .The MS Paint is most uncooprative pos.

    When ever I try to print out your images I have to resize them first and for weirdass reason the image keeps shifting to the left ,right off of the sheet I think if I went small enough.
  3. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Here's the Dr. Pepper machine:

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  4. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    And the Coke machine:

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  5. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    If you look closely, you'll see that the buttons on the right are actually for Pepsi drinks! (This is because I took them off the pepsi graphic and only changed the main image.) Obviously, this makes no difference when it is printed out in N scale as you can't make heads or tails of the buttons any how.

    Catt, I'm not familiar with the other two programs but I'm pretty sure you will NOT be able to get a decent printout from MS Paint. You would need a more sophisticated program that allows you to set DPI values for your document.

    Basically, for those who want to know the formula:
    First you determine what DPI resolution your printer is capable of outputting. Say it is 600dpi (as most usually are nowadays). Next, you create a new graphic document with those same settings. (This way, each pixel of the graphic equates to one dot of ink on the paper. This is likely where you are having the problem, as MS Paint doesn't allow you to specify a document DPI setting.) Once those settings are in place, it's a simple matter of determining how many pixels by how many pixels your graphic should be so that it prints out to proper dimensions on paper.
  6. Tad

    Tad Member

    This is some really nice work.

    Would it be possible for you to scan and post one of your template cards?

  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    If you search Yahoo for "pepsi machine" you get some vending machine companies selling machines that have usable images that can be reduced to N or HO and look acceptable to me. DASH

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  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thank you Arl and Dash for the images. I don't know how a modern layout could exist without a few of these.

    In the inteest of fairness, there must be some around for RC Cola and a few lesser brands.:D :D

    And Arl, I am really impressed not only with the modeling, but with the idea in the first place. I know my Exxon station will now have a couple of vending and an ice machine around.

  9. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Here an odd ball sign I ran across several years ago for a cola, but I think they predated machines. DASH

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  10. Lemur

    Lemur New Member

    Cool, now my LPP’s can get something to cold drink :D

    I loaded the images into an illustration program (Macromedia Freehand) without having to adjust the images. I then copied multiple images in a single row. Then copied the row until I had as many as I needed on the page.

    MS Word has an insert picture function that will allow you to pull in images and do the same thing. I assume that most other word processors have similar functionality. Some even have some basic scaling tools for the graphics if needed.
  11. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Yep Dash, I've got tons of pics too. I've even been able to salvage one's that weren't "straight on" like the one you posted. In fact, the pepsi and coke machines were both at an angle. (You gotta love Photoshop Free Transform feature!)

    Jason, I do the same thing! :) I make sure and line them up with each other as well, so that you can align your ruler over a greater distance and ensure a perfect 90 degree corner. It also makes it easier to cut them out as you don't have to be constantly adjusting the ruler to line up each image. Just a Tip! ;)

    Tad, Here's a drawing I made up in Photoshop that gives dimenstions for a posterboard "box". I've been wondering if it would be easier to just chop a piece of wood or styrene to make a block, but this is definitely a cheaper source of materials. Please note I had to make this diagram at 300dpi, as 600 would have been over the limit for what I could post on The-Gauge.

    Dimensions are as follows: the width of all the parts is 5mm. The height of the smaller ones are also 5mm. The height of the center row is 12mm. When you score the fold lines, and fold it up, you will end up with a corner that looks like the little drawing I made lower left. The measurements take this extra width into account. (The width of the machine becomes 6mm.)

    The solid lines get cut, the dotted lines get folded. 1 gets folded down onto T (Top) and glued. (This gives thickness to it, you will need it for gluing.) Do the same for 2 and B. 4 gets glued to the back of 3. Try to center it vertically. The extra space on the top and the bottom is to accomodate T and B. Once you've glues all the pieces, fold up the box and glue the edges. F will be the front and R the rear. Spray paint it black, and then apply your image printout. I find that it's much easier to make a bunch of these at the same time and do an "assembly line". In other words, cut out several cards 20mm x 32mm... then do all the cutting... then all the gluing, the folding... etc. Then you can spray paint them all together and things go quickly.

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  12. Tad

    Tad Member

    Thanks, Arlaghan.
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Hey Arlaghan, those graphics were so well done that I did up a sheet of them in Word for HO scale. It's just what I've been lookig for to flesh out some scenery on my module, thank you for your work on this. They came out beautifully on photo paper. With your permission, I'd like to offer the file download to any HOers that would be interested.
  14. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    That's a great idea! This forum is an interchange of ideas, after all! :) It would be a great way to say "Thank you" to all those who have helped me with advice, or otherwise, in the past. Plus, it feels good to know that some idea of your own (no matter how little) is being used by others and appreciated. :D
  15. MarkB

    MarkB New Member

    I have lots of scrap lumber laying around so I cut out 16 small blocks of wood and painted them black.
  16. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Great way to shake some little plastic coins outa yer LPBs! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Next you want a vending machine with salty snacks... keep 'em thirsty :D :D :D
  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, appreciate that. For those HOers who don't have the toys or the patience, I've sized up 18 of each machine on one page, enough for all kinds of experiments. PM or email me and I'll send one off to you.
  18. Javern

    Javern New Member

    what about 7 up?
  19. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    Arlaghan thanks for the work on them, and posting them. Was up till 2am printing some out these look great.:thumb: :wave:
  20. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Here's an old style coke machine I'm doing for Dick. It's somewhat more suitable for 50's era layouts. :D

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