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Old 06-29-2009, 12:39 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where I can get plans enlarged and printed in the Edmonton area?

I have some magazine centerfolds that give permission to enlarge to full size, and would also like to copy some that are currently fullsize. Any help is appreciated.


P/S - This is a 2nd post, the first one is probably in the wrong section
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:13 PM   #2
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Re: Plans Printing & Enlargement

When you find a copy shop that can handle this, I'd suggest that you do a small test first.

Enlarge just a section of your plan to the intended size and see how you like it.

You will most likely find that many of the lines which should be straight are not. They also tend to be fuzzy when enlarged from dinky magazines to any useful size.

Another option is to scan them yourself or have someone with a high end scanner do it for you. During scanning or later on you can adjust the size and print in small pieces - called tiles - if you do not have a large size printer. This will work if you allow some overlap for assembling the sheets. Then it's an easy matter to see what needs adjusting due to distortion in the original.
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Re: Plans Printing & Enlargement

I'm assuming that you've been reading RCM&E magazine with the almost-tissuepaper plansheets, or one of the other English magazines that do that on a regular basis. QEFI (Quiet and Electric Flight International) did various Ron Laden designs and there was no mention of massive distortions in any of the threads on RCGroups (PushyCat and Eurofighter park pushers).

I'm going to make an assumption that the English magazines are full-digital enterprises, so reducing the plans is merely a matter of dialing in the reduction factor and VOILA! exact copy in smaller size without any distortion of the lines. Either CAD or images scanned on a digital scanner, no photographic processes involved.

I've enlarged several of the designs featured as free plans and the distortion is minimal, contrary to what Mattew says. If you were enlarging from the Flying Models plan copies found in the magazines, I'd agree with him on the distortion.

Check in your local Canada411 under "reproduction" of "blueprints"
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Re: Plans Printing & Enlargement

If you want a copy of a full size plan, ask if they use a 'flat bed copier'; they introduce little distortion but there is a limit to how big a plan they can manage. The other copiers do introduce a bit of distortion lengthwise, generally. Not much though - would it matter? Not cheap, generally!
Some plans (R/C Modeler f'rinstance), have an inch scale rule at the lower right - measure that on the sheet you want to blow up and work out how much you need to enlarge it to be full scale, then take the square root of that factor and dial it into their copier and enlarge twice - has worked several times for me in the past. Check the intermediate result and tweak the enlargement factor so that the end result is as close as you want! Stick the tiles together with glue-stick. Seems complicated but isn't really - a pocket calculator can help! My H-P Scanner/Copier/Printer can do 2x, 3x and 4x enlargement (Poster) and you can dial in a % reduction so manage most jobs much as DO335 suggests.
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Re: Plans Printing & Enlargement

I've always used the local Kinko's. After resizing you should check the accuracy by measuring something horizontally and vertically. I've gotten resized plans back that were way out and pretty much useless. Most of the plans I resize at Kinko's are withen 1/16" of what my math tells me they should be.
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