N&W Pass Red.

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Tue Jan 23 20:01:52 EST 2007


I've mixed acrylic paints before (Pactra when it was available), but the
latest one I thought worked out reasonably well was a gloss black basecoat
with a topcoat of Polly Scale acrylic Lehigh Valley Cornell Red. After
completely dry, I use glosscote over the top to give it a glossy finish. It
worked well for me and seemed to closely match other cars that I painted
with a mix of paints no longer available. I've used those for NW excursion
models and NS business cars. I can't vouch for color accuracy other than it
seems to match other models I've seen and works for me compared to various
photos I've seen. I'm sure there are 1000 other answers to this question.

Phil Miller

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Okay, but say I/m 28 years old and only saw excursion Tuscan red passenger
cars. I have a few color photos and have seen a few color movies. I am a
grad student and have limited resources to obtain more color photographs.
Yet I want to model the old N&W Powhatan Arrow and wish to paint the
passenger cars in an appropriate color that is at least close to 'correct'.
Telling me that there was significant variation in red may be factually
correct, but doesn't answer the basic question which is , "How do I make a
reasonably accurate Tuscan Red paint from model paint sources?"

What do you modelers use to make your Tuscan Red?

Gary Rolih



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The correct color discussion has gone on and will go on for years. I have
heard that at a Convention years ago, there were numerous color chips
available and you were lucky to get more than 2 people to agree to any one
color. In this case, as with any paint, you have to consider weathering,
paint lot number, paint manufacturer, time of day photo was taken and
lighting at time. You also have to consider type amd maker of the film used
and the development process. I know one local modeler who painted a N&W
passenger car under one type of light and when viewed outside in sunlight
and under another light source, it took on a different appearence under
each. Color is subjective. It is up to the individual and if he likes what
he has, who cares. Even in photos of the real trains, there are subtle
differences between cars. I don't know how true it is, but it has been said
that aluminum chips were added to the paint prior to being used and it
depended on what was used to add these chips. Some grabbed a handful, others
two or a scoop. What ever was handy. Again don't know if this is true but
I'm sure someone out there can clear that up. What ever was added if it was,
would also alter the color osmewhat depending on how much was added. This
last part is something I would welcome comment on just to get the recoed
Alan Cox

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