Painting Caboose Models

Discussion in 'Cabooses' started by gna, May 22, 2020 at 1:49 PM.

  1. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Quick caboose painting question:
    Old Roundhouse wood caboose models. Should the roof be black? I've seen cabooses modeled all same oxide red, and some with black roofs.
  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Depends on the prototype you’re modeling. Frisco wood cabeese had black roofs. They used a type of tar paper material called mule hide or something like that I think.
  3. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Yes, Frisco cabooses (stand ins). Will paint the roofs black.
  4. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Hold on now - as that famous saying goes ..... it depends. I have three Overland wooden cabs painted expertly for me years back by Don Wirth. None have black roofs. If they should have had black roofs, I'm sure Don would have painted them that way. Probably depends on the age of the cab - when being shopped, if the roof needed work, they likely received the tar paper covering and got the black roof treatment from then on.

    As long as it shows that neat coonskin on the sides, I don't care!

  5. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I'll leave it oxide for now. Need to find decals next...
  6. This is from the Nick Molo book. This is the photo I used for mine.
  7. Here is one more, not even sure where I stole this pic? Looks like this roof is red oxide also..?
    meteor910 and Ozarktraveler like this.

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