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How to print scale drawings from pdf files
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Lima, Peru
Member Since: January 01, 2005
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 09:00 AM UTC
Dear Sir:

Does anyone can tell me how to print scale drawings from pdf
files, a close friend in Russia send me a book in pdf , inside there
is a couple of drawings labeled 1:35, but I don't know how to print
them in 1:35 scale without distortions, Please help me

Thanks in advance

Juan Palomino
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Sorry for my english ...
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England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Member Since: April 29, 2004
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 10:47 PM UTC
Provided that the pictures were correctly scanned, a .PDF will print out correct size,
ie same size as book.
Make sure you don't choose 'shrink to page' option on printer.

If your pics have a scale printed on the drawing, this will make it easier to compare to known measurements,
eg if 1:1 wheelbase is 2.5m then 2.5 / 35 = 0.0714m or 7.142cm

a very good tool & BETTER explaination here: Scalecalc http://www.largescaleplanes.com/tips/RatoMarczak/scalecalc/scalecalc.html

Now when you have compared your printed .PDF with KNOWN dimensions, such as wheelbase or wingspan, & then it doesn't match, then your fun starts!

Some (but not all printers) will allow you to adjust size of print in 1% +/- increments, experiment!

Otherwise, use a image program, such as CorelDraw or Photoshop to adjust printing.
good luck