I want to have a large fleet of SR&RL friend cars, and all of them will need to be painted. Much discussion related to model colors has occurred in M2FQ, and on the various Maine two foot yahoo groups. The On2 FAQ site has recorded some of the most valued content for modelers to read, read the post on Tin roofs and colour schemes. However many of the recommendations are for older obsolete painted and/or complex mixes. So I decided it was time to find paints acceptable to me. My preference is for acrylic paints in an airbrush or spray cans.
So, I decided to do a number of test shots for my own evaluation. To do the shots I cut styrene sheet into 1.5×4″ pieces around the size of a boxcar side. Then I primer them with krylon great primer and finally sprayed them with the candidate colors. Here are the results.
Which one do you like? Rendering may not be accurate. Upper left of unpainted. Next is primer grey. The image below has them all flipped over so you can read the names.
It was Gary Kohler’s recommendation to use the dupli-color primers. I do like the results they give and will likely go with one of them for my SR&RL freight car red. If for nothing else they are in a spray can. I’ll probably not stick to one color for all equipment, as the color likely varied some over time. I’ll choose a roof color from there’s too. It may be same car sides or vary, time will tell what I do.