Mike Brock wrote:
> Anyhow, believing that 99% of frt cars
operating on our layouts should be weathered and, following Richard's lead,
given that the time is between 1900 and 1960, the cars should be rather
heavily weathered. Given that, and suggesting that those nay sayers review the
photo on the cover of the May 1992 MM, I would suggest that the paint's
apparent color covered with various amounts of coal smoke, oil smoke, acid
rain, non acid rain, and any of about 53 other types of grime, will
vary...even on the same car. IOW, why worry about an exact match when, after
matching, you then slop various weathering paints or chalks on the poor car
which then kind of blends the whole mess together.
You are right, Mike,
that Richard would have agreed with most of what you say, and so do I. But.
But, the starting color DOES matter, since color photos from the transition
era DO show that adjoining freight cars exhibit varying shades of BCR, notably
some you may know yourself, like UP, with a much more orange "Oxide Red"
color. So yes, weathering mutes and conceals SOME of the differences in car
color, but by no means all. I believe it is still worth shooting for a good
starting point, even if I find obsession with prototype paint chips to be, in
most cases, a "bridge too far" for me. Still, I do want to start in the right
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