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Q: As my interest in adding details focuses on smaller and smaller areas, I’d like to start adding a finishing touch that’s often overlooked in modeling: state inspection stickers on the windshield.

I’ve tried drawing them and cutting up little sections of nondescript decals, but nothing looks right. Any ideas?

Chester  Dawson
via E-mail


Ken: Chester, the boys here in the Workshop salute you for taking your modeling to the next level, which usually means zeroing on smaller areas to make them look better the closer you get.  

Illegible scraps used for inspection stickers will look okay from a distance, but up close (or in a detail photo) they just don’t cut it.

Fortunately, the Internet once again comes to the rescue: I did an online search for “Vehicle Inspection Stickers” and came up with dozens of sites, from Flickr to eBay and beyond, that display photos of all types of inspection and identification stickers suitable for use on our models.  

To transfer these images from the computer screen to the windscreen, right-click your mouse on the image and (if you’re allowed) hit Save Image and file the photo in your computer.  

From there it can be transferred into a document (a blank sheet of paper) by whatever means you have at your disposal.  

The simplest way is to import the photo into an MS Word document, where you can reduce the size to fit your needs.  

If you can’t get the image small enough in your particular program, print it out and get it reduced on a color copier at the local copy center or office-supply outlet.

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