N at W Tuscan Red and Pevlar Blue

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Mon Mar 14 12:04:28 EDT 2011

There has been some discussion of late about Tuscan Red and Pevlar Blue. Of late I have painted models using suggestions that I gathered from this sight. My first model was a GP-9 that I painted Pevlar Blue using NASON brand paint code 76547 IE, GM National Fleet Color. NASON is a brand of paint that is marketed by DuPont. Last week I painted another GP-9 Tuscan Red and again using the NASON brand code 43498 IE, 1975 Chrysler Vintage Red. Both of these colors are in Acrylic Enamel orange label fast dry and I used NASON 441-21 reducer at 35%. If you decide to use these colors I did not use the available hardner in my painting. I have used the hardner in painting full size automobiles but did not feel that it was necessary in this application. I had a half pint of both colors mixed at a cost of about 10.00 per and so it wasn't much more expensive that model paint.

In both cases both colors are just exactly as I remembered them back in the day. In the case of the Tuscan Red this is the old red not the new one. Both colors are very high gloss and the Tuscan Red has it's metallic base. After applying decals and weathering I toned both models down by using a very diluted 50% mixture Floquil flat finish , I wanted to retain some of the gloss but not all of it. I'm a happy camper with the results on both models.

This week I am going to paint a few more models using other paints. We all know that both of these colors changed as soon as the spray guns were turned off. I'm going to use the Floquil Enchantment Blue with 10 drops of Engine Black for one and as Microscale Decals suggests Floquil Light Blue for another. I've tested both of these paints and can also relate to both of them being the proper Blue. The Light Blue sort of represents a sightly faded version of the Blue. I'm in the process of trying out the suggestion of 1 part Milwaukee Red and two parts SP Daylight Red for the Tuscan Red.

I live in Bellevue,Ohio and I'm modeling the transition period of the mid to late 60's when The ready tracks had a verity of different fallen flags ready to pull freight in any direction. If I were to model today's diesel pit and ready track it would be the same as one can see 6 to 8 different road names ready to pull North,East, South and West at any given time. The Main yards are a half mile behind my house and as I look out over the grain fields I may not have the Grand Canyon or the Purple Mountains but the scenery in my back yard changes every hour. From the days of the Nickle Plate to todays Norfolk Southern it has never been dull watching trains in Bellevue,Ohio.

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