Diesel Locomotive Nameplates

Discussion in 'Resources' started by Mr Grumpy, 19 November 2015.

  1. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    I'm looking to buy some nameplates for my DJH class 47.
    I need Isambard Kingdom Brunel plates and makers (crewe) plates. I think I used Severn Mill plates on my Heljan loco a few years ago and they were very good. ( See below...) Things move on and manufacturing processes change, so I wondered if anyone could advise on manufacturers they have used? I want the plates to be the best quality available and as I mentioned will require the makers plates as well.
    Thanks in anticipation for your help!
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  2. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    I've heard good things about Narrow Planet, especially for bespoke plates.

    Guilplates still have their place, but for what you want, Severn Mill. No question.
  3. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Thanks Heather!
    I was very happy with my Severn Mill plates. I seem to remember they came un-painted, which isn't a problem though. :)
  4. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

  5. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Hi Richard,
    I had sent an email to ask if they provide the works plates.
    I saw that they are considerably cheaper than Severn Mill, so I'm wondering if the works plates are not included.
    Hopefully I will receive a reply soon.
  6. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer


    Severn Mill are still the best if you ask me, well worth the extra money.

  7. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Thanks Richard,
    I have just spoken to Chris, and he says he won't be going to the Reading show, so he will post them out.
  8. Compton castle

    Compton castle Western Thunderer

    Severn mill all the time
  9. J. Edgar

    J. Edgar Member

    Agree with the above.
  10. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Thanks for your thoughts every one !
    Severn Mill it is!:thumbs:

    Edit for usual iPhone (non) predictive spelling :rant:
  11. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Can I slightly move the focus of this Thread (still about nameplates though ;) )

    Question - "How do you fix yours?"
    I'd like to hear what everyone does. I've seen matt varnish recommended, & tried it with Narrow Planet plates (very nice :thumbs: ) on my lad's Ixion Hudswell Clark, only to 'lose' a plate recently. We used enamel matt varnish but it still doesn't seem too secure. I'd prefer a bit of superglue so as to withstand handling, but fear the dreaded white 'blush' it can leave.
    I have my Hymek etched numbers to fit, & don't want to have to be searching the layout or floor for ones that go AWOL.... :(
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  12. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    Good question.

    For an industrial locomotive you might consider doing things as the prototype and using Scale Hardware simulated nuts / bolts... dependent upon size these items have 0.5mm or 0.8mm diameter spigots of about 5mm length. Drill holes in the tanks or similar, insert fixing and apply CA from the rear.

  13. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    I used double sided tape, both on my live steam locos and station signs in the garden and on my Heljan 47.
    None of the plates fell off. When I changed the plates on my live steam loco, I slightly raised one end with a scalpel blade, and used some fishing line pulled gently along between the body and plate.
    I used a tiny amount of white spirit on a cotton bud to remove any sticky residue.
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  14. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    I like that idea for nameplates; might be a tad tedious for Hymek numbers :confused: ;)
  15. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    looks nice ;)
  16. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    You might try canopy glue for the numbers - I have found it very tenacious in small quantities - no bloom and dries clear; the excess can be rubbed/wiped off with a cocktail stick before it sets.

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  17. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Thanks Richard, good idea! Amazingly I also happen to have a bottle of canopy glue as well.!!
  18. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    I use canopy glue as well. Works well for me!

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  19. warren haywood

    warren haywood Western Thunderer

    Evostick, thin film, let it go off then press in place and adjust
    Never use superglue, sticks too fast and if you get a splash or a smear of the stuff it's almost a full repaint.

    For names on a splasher using a bracket it's evostick then araldite rapid to make sure.
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