How to make a scale license plate for your Radio Controlled car or truck

 

 

 

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It's easy to give your RC vehicle a touch of realism.  Only takes a few minutes and costs next to nothing.

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Here's a close-up view of the license plate.  Mine was made a couple of years ago, and it still looks good.

 

Here's how to make yours

  1. Go to http://www.acme.com/licensemaker/ and type in whatever name you'd like on your plate.  You can even select the State, which makes it look even more authentic.
  2. The website will automatically generate the plate for you.  Right click on the image it creates, and save it to your computer.
  3. Resize the image for your needs.  You can use freeware, such as http://www.irfanview.com to shrink the image.
  4. With a color printer set in the highest resolution, print the image onto a piece of photo quality paper.  Let it completely dry
  5. To protect the print, it will need to be laminated.  Several options here.  You can use a hot laminater for best results, or buy a sheet of the cold laminating material (Office Depot, Staples, etc.), which is peel and stick, or even use a piece of heavy duty clear tape (3M brand packing tape).  Apply it carefully, making sure not to get any bubbles trapped.
  6. Apply a layer of double backed tape (not foam tape) to the back of the license plate.
  7. Carefully cut the license plate out.  Cut the corners round, just like a real plate.
  8. Peel the backing off the double backed tape, and apply the license plate to your vehicle.  Viola, you're done!  Go show off your custom ride to your friends.

 

 

 

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