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  • Transit Custom side & rear panel contour cut line required

  • Richard Thompson

    Member
    January 13, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Hello

    Just a quick one,

    Does anyone know where i can download accurate contour cut lines for the SWB Ford transit Custom van sides and rear panels.

    We have a design that needs to fit accurately within the recess of the panels.

    Regards

    Richard

  • David McDonald

    Member
    January 13, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Richard

    We have a template for this van and loads more. We have spent many many hours, costing us money, making these so they cut and fit perfectly and give us an edge over our competition who haven’t invested in the time and effort it takes to make them – we won’t give them out or sell them etc. Others may have done their own versions and choose to give them to you and that’s up to them. Why not ask questions on the best way to template a van, or search as its been discussed a fair few times.

    Cheers

    Dave

    • Richard Thompson

      Member
      January 13, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Hi David,

      I was just asking a simple question, sorry to upset you. maybe someone else an help me?

      Richard

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 13, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Don’t be offended RIchard, but group rules expressly forbid the swapping of copyrighted vehicle outlines which are licensed to the owner of the disc and book only.

    I just upgraded my impact outline books with http://www.vehicleoutlines.co.uk for around £125. worth every penny.

    Hugh

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    January 13, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I think Impact do single outlines, but I could be wrong.

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      January 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      I am sure, you are correct Jamie. I can’t find a working link though!

      I know Silverskies was selling the software, as is signmaster.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    January 13, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Might be worth checking Hugh, but I think this is NOT brian hays, owner of Impacts Software mate.

    This is the original software.
    https://www.signmaster.co.uk/hardware_item/impact-vehicle-outline-library/

    • Darren.Summers

      Member
      January 14, 2021 at 9:19 am

      Pretty sure Brian lives in Australia and the day to day running of impact has been taken over by someone based in the UK. Both links that yourself and Hugh have posted are for the same product – just branded differently.

      I have the 2021 Impact library and the branding has been updated.

      • Chris Wilson

        Member
        January 14, 2021 at 8:44 pm

        Ah day to day running then is done from brora/Dornoch.. might be Golspie actually.. Hour north of us, if you went another hour you would run out of mainland Scotland and in the North Sea.

        I just thought the lad had moved there. Shock to the system seeing the area code when we needed to call.

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    January 14, 2021 at 8:27 am

    How often do you guys purchase the impact outlines? every year?

    Ive been doing it every other year. Seems strange that you cant just pay an update fee (half price for example) Ive got past years sitting on the shelf which i keep meaning to stick on ebay

    • Darren.Summers

      Member
      January 14, 2021 at 9:20 am

      We buy it each year and sell (with permission from Impact) the previous years edition on eBay.
      Get it on, they soon sell.

  • David Stevenson

    Member
    January 14, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Richard, the biggest problem we have found that even with our “Impact” & “Sign Elements” templates neither are 100% accurate. We would generally make the panels slightly larger, put knifeless tape around the edges, apply the panel, then use the knifeless tape to trim them back to size. We wouldn’t do enough of the same vehicles to justify the time to make custom templates however if you’d a big fleet coming in it may be worth your while. If you’re working on vehicles a lot then the above named templates are well worth the investment. If you have a look on eBay you can sometimes pick up a slightly older version however the vehicles would be slightly out of date.

  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 10:05 am

    These vans have a slight ‘dome’ effect on the panels which outlines will not compensate for, example being if you cut the top line dead straight it will start to drop as you go along. Also the rear panels are even more domed, mainly the bottom outer parts. I use knifeless tape on these vans as I don’t think there is an accurate way of doing it otherwise.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Not ever been a fan of the vehicle outline libraries, as said previously in the thread, never scaled up accurately enough for me. Whenever I have a client with a vehicle that I haven’t encountered before (preferably a white one) I’ve attached a metre ruler to the van, photographed all round & scaled to my preferred scale in illustrator. A bit of photoshop to delete the ruler & I can make the scaled images any colour for any future enquiries going forward. Got a fairly comprehensive library of most common vans now. It gives the most unimaginative clients a far better preview of his proposed livery than the outline images ever do

  • Richard Thompson

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Hi

    Thanks everyone for your advise,

    I currently use the “impact vehicle library” publications and have found them very good, but unfortunately no accurately enough for what i’m trying to do. I do appreciate the constructive help from those concerned Thanks again. 🙂

    Richard

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