Re: Color of B&M flat cars - Sunshine Kit 45.7

Dave Parker


I have the same kit, and have long wondered how Martin deduced that the 1923-built B&M flats arrived in FCR.  The builder's photos from the Cycs and a 1924 Railway Age piece are all ambiguous to my eye.  Even if they appear lighter than "straight" black, I have grown wary of BPs generally as there are hints that they were sometimes staged in a faux color to enhance details.

Rightly or wrongly, I am painting mine black, and I model 1934.  In part, I can justify this based on the lettering makeover that would have occurred in the late 1920s.  The one relevant in-service pic that I have seen doesn't contradict this (nor does it fully validate it).  As always, YMMV.

You might want to also post this query to the B&M Yahoo group.  Perhaps someone has some information that I have not seen.

Best regards,

Dave Parker
Riverside, CA

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