F7A paint colors

Discussion in 'F7' started by Friscorpb, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Friscorpb

    Friscorpb Member

    What is a good color match for anti glare nose?
     
  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Good question, Robert. I'd have to do some digging around - unless others can come up with a quick answer - but for my one-and-only F-unit, I just went with some acrylic green and added some white until it looked good enough to my eyes. I've seen several photos where the shade of green seems to vary drastically: a darker hue if it was recently painted, or a lighter shade if it had been exposed to daylight for a while.

    Best Regards,
     
  3. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

  4. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Airplane modelers probably have a paint or decal film solution that would work (Like whatever was on the nose of a P-51 Mustang). Also Paul Bender recommended some model RR decal film that could be used, I forget the brand he used??

    Tom G.
     
  5. Larry F.

    Larry F. Member

    Micro scale makes a solid dark green sheet of decals. I just make a cardboard template and trace it to the decal sheet--no masking or clean-up. Larry
     
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  6. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Microscale was the brand that Paul mentioned.

    Tom G.
     
  7. Friscorpb

    Friscorpb Member

    Thanks, to all responses. I used a dark green with a hint of white to chalk it off for fading and dull coat many years ago. What made me post the concern was seeing the F3A's by Athearn, they used a much blue / aqua shade of green. I may paint over those with my mix just so when they are near each other it does not look so odd.

    Bob B.
     
  8. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Sounds like a good plan, Bob. "Chalk" is a good way to describe its appearance after a while.

    I did some further searching in the "FMIG Newsletter" index and in past threads here, and could not find anything thing in the various paint formulae. I'll keep looking, but I think the ideas by Tom, Greg and Larry are all good for getting a start.

    Best Regards,
     
  9. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Here's what MR had in the Aug '58 issue on painting a Frisco F unit:
    Pactra - Anti-glare Green
    Floquil - 1 part diesel green & 1 part Pullman green
    Roundhouse - 2 parts medium green & 1 part Pullman green
    410-M - 2 parts box car green & 1 part coach green
    :cautious:
     
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  10. Friscorpb

    Friscorpb Member

    What I'd like to find are the color reference numbers for federal color standards or sum other color systems used in current markets. A physical match is what I'm looking to use.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2016
  11. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Maybe write to MR? They stated that they color-matched against the reference numbers or chips. I was being a little snarky in my response as I couldn't find a dang thing either that was current.
     

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