Discussion in 'F7' started by Friscorpb, Jan 12, 2016.
What is a good color match for anti glare nose?
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.
If you can find it, Floquil Dark Green. Otherwise Model Master Field Green. Failing either of those, here is a link to Model Master color chart for green. I would go with Dark Green.
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??
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
Microscale was the brand that Paul mentioned.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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