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Making models larger
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Author:  topgunner [ Sun May 17, 2009 11:25 am ]
Post subject:  Making models larger

If a planes scale is 1:144 how do you print it out at a larger scale?

John :?

Author:  craftyDan [ Sun May 17, 2009 12:58 pm ]
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You don't give much to go on (and some models at 1:144 are still pretty big).

In case you're the "point-in-the-right-direction-and-I'll-figure-it-out" kind of guy, I've recommended in past a PDF reader alternative called "PDF-XChange Viewer". What this provides over acrobat reader is enhanced printing options including user defined scales and large image tiling.

I'm assuming you've got the math down so I'll save you the drawn-out and likely-to-confuse math lesson.

Now this won't improve poor resolution of the source model. if it's tiny at 1:144, then it's probably not very detailed. enlarging it should be easy-peasy, but if it wasn't very detailed you might not be happy with what you get. it's like enlarging a 1 megapixel image -- 3"x5" prints might look just fine, but a poster print is likely to look terrible. Not a lot can be done in that case . . .

Happy Printing!

Author:  Rob [ Thu May 21, 2009 2:54 pm ]
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I recommend using a program like Photoshop or GIMP (freeware) to create an enlarged version of the original, then, use the cut, copy and paste functions to move each enlarged part to a new document (properly dimensioned for a printed page--I use 7.56 x 10.5 inches--the same as FG). Then rotate each part to take advantage of the paper's grain. Using programs like these, you also have control over dpi, as well as size.

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