DP Passenger Cars

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Fri Oct 16 21:39:27 EDT 2009

What about the "color card" someone mentioned at the pullman archives.  Wouldn't this be a good place to start?


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From: NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
Subject: RE: DP Passenger Cars
To: "'NW Modeling List'" <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
Date: Friday, October 16, 2009, 6:17 PM

Jim is right as is Bill McClure.  The best that a paint committee can do is provide a model standard color to manufacturers so, hopefully, the models all have a similar color.  It may or may not be prototypical- and it shouldn’t be due to lighting differences from sunlight to indoor lighting.   Is this what the modeling community is seeking?  What do you think? 
Gary Rolih
Secretary N&WHS


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Subject: RE: DP Passenger Cars
The alternative, of course, is for each modeler to paint his own. I do that, but obviously a lot of people don’t want to or don’t feel competent to do so. We could have a self-appointed “paint” committee; but my guess is that they wouldn’t be able to build consensus either. Otherwise, why has this argument gone on for twenty five years? We just have to live with it, and rejoice when somebody paints a model in a shade which looks good to us. The color on the DP car could be better, but I don’t think it is unacceptable. But then, I don’t intend to pay that high a price for an M1. I will build one with plastic and paint it with my personal version of N&W Tuscan. BTW, the detail work on the DP model is excellent.     Jim Nichols

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Subject: DP Passenger Cars
There is no question the NWHS Modeling Committee should be flogged then fired for not getting the color "right". Again!

But, then, we wouldn't have the cars at all without their efforts...

What good is having the cars if they can't get the paint "right"?

But they provided the data to the importer....

Yeah, but what good is that if the builder ignores it or gets it wrong!

Yada, yada, yada.... Boring!


Some builders are committed to accuracy and are willing to work with folks; some are not. Rich Yoder worked tirelessly with a group of members to get his VGN gons as "right" as possible and should be praised for so doing. Sunset is doing the same thing for its VGN AE project. But at the end of the day, the projects belong to the vendors, not to us. We vote with our pocket books.

Just a thought: if we can't agree on N&W Tuscan...and I have yet to see a consensus...then how is a manufacturer to know? (Don't tell me color drift cards, because there is a big difference between that color...pick a color...and the same color on an HO model under indoor lighting.) The Pennsy group has worked for years, without a conclusion, trying to build consensus on scale mixes for PRR Tuscan, Brunswick Green, and Freight Car Color. At the end of the day, ya' likes what ya' likes. I'm just thrilled that in 2001 a builder is willing to tackle something as obscure as a one-off class of N&W RPO!

Now about those VGN heavyweights....

Bill McClure
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