Available to purchase is a replica nameplate of class 50, 50027 ‘Lion’.
The nameplate measures 665mm x 253mm and comes in kit un-finished format allowing you to prepare, glue, prime and paint it. The nameplate is made using an MDF baseplate, MDF outer frame and letters.
Make 2 small holes in the top template each side of the letters and put 2 small screws in (DO NOT SCREW RIGHT THROUGH!) You can then lift the template out easier when required. Lightly sand the bottom base and remove any dust with a dry brush.
Take all the letters out from the top template then glue the underside of the outer border (PVA is fine) and offer it up to the bottom base. Then use the top template back in place to guide it into its correct position and using your hands, feel around the outer edge to make sure it’s nice and flush. Secure in place with masking tape or clamps but be careful that it does not move! Remove the template with the screws you placed in. Adjust the outer border if necessary and allow to dry.
Once dry, then put the template back in and then glue the letters into place. You don’t need a huge amount of glue otherwise it will leak out under the letters and glue the template, but you dont want to remove that until the letters have started to bond to the base.
Once that’s all done, it’s a case of giving it some light coats of primer to build up the layers. Allow the primer to dry for a minimun of 24hrs. Lightly sand and REPEAT this process until happy with the result. You can then spray/brush paint it. I don’t mask the letters as you want the plate colour to go up the edges of the letters. Allow to dry fully.
I then simply brush (carefully) on each letter with Hammerite smooth silver paint to finish.
Paints we have used have been:-
Halfords Grey Car Primer for the base, border and lettering
Plastikote enamel spray paints for the base top layer.