Re: SP transition-era paint?
A freshly painted SP freight car looks significantly different than a
car that is faded or dirty. The fresh paint to my eyes is a very rich,
deep oxide red. But in less than a year that fades to something close
to Scalecoat's box car red. If I am modeling a car that's going to be
several years old I rarely use only one color. I find that applying
slightly different shades -- prior to decals and weathering -- really
helps to make the car look used. In general, I think the color that
IMWX and Red Caboose applied to their SP box cars is very good for
representing an SP paint job anywhere from 2 to 10 years old (after some
added weathering of course).