Help needed with colour scheme

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by interurban, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Folks,

    I am scratch building this model and the shell is ready to paint.

    I think it is 1306 B C Electric, as I have researched all I can to make sure.
    Texas Electric was an other option but I could not find a picture with the same front doors.

    So the problem is paint colours.
    I know I could try and match it, but would like the right paint if possible.
    Thanks for any help in advance.



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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Chris, I can't tell you the "correct" colours, but I will offer my opinion on colour matching.

    Suppose in a perfect world you could get the exact paint that was used for the prototype. On the model it's going to look darker because of the "scale effect". In real life, there is always some atmospheric perspective, which makes things look duller, lighter. The there's the difference between real sunlight and layout lighting.

    To get a model to "look" like the real thing, the paint has to be a couple shades lighter. I have this problem with CP grey - always looks too dark to my eyes when compared with prototype photos.

    Then you have the effect of paint fading over time to consider. My advice is to go ahead and pick the colours you think match the photo you have.

    BTW - nice looking unit!!!!

  3. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb:

    Thank you Val and Bill.
    Your paint info Val is what I usually do, just wondered if I could start with the right colour for a change LOL!

    That link to Central Hobby in Vancouver is interesting Bill.
    The list the price as $39.00 Can.

    NWSL page on MacGregor kits List it as $99.50

    Am I missing something?:oops:
  5. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    The MacGregor prices are for the O scale kits. It appears HO prices aren't posted.
  6. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

  7. Peter Witt 2424

    Peter Witt 2424 New Member

    Hi I can't find my colour chart, but here is the man that can help it is Bob Webster in Kamloops B.C. You wil find me N.W.S.L. does have Decals for the model Don
    Help needed with BCER Colour
  8. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks for the info:thumb:
    I love Peter Witt 2424, you must too:D
    I have a feeling you may know a bit about the Streetcar`s History?
  9. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    Just so the list knows (I sent the info to Chris earlier this week) the colours are:

    Exterior: Medium dark vermillion with off-white trim and gold lettering.
    Underbody and fittings: black
    Roof: tan
    Doors and sashes: cherry

    Interior: dark mahogany with cream ceiling with dark green trim and arm rests

    Source: October 1973 Traction and Models
  10. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Many thanks Bill,
    Possible colours could be otained by=-

    CREAM- Humbrol #41 plus a little #103 Lining Cream added.
    RED- Accu-Paint #AP10
    TAN ROOF- Humbrol #26 or #29
    WINDOW SASHES- Patra #M19 Terra Cotta or Red Oxide Primer

    I will experiment soon.

    I will build my second coach soon so that when the colours are mixed I will have the two car bodys matched.

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