Re: Vallejo Paint Colors

Ralph W. Brown

Hi Bruce,
Thanks for the info and the images.  I’m new to Vallejo paint and thus far have only Amaranth Red Model Color that I ordered from Walmart of all places (last bottles so the website said), and intend to use as a starting point for early PRR freight car color, but I yet to give it a try.  I’ve found no retailers in this area that carry the line, and haven’t found an online retailer that stocks the Vallejo color charts for Model Air or Model Color.  Walthers lists “Acrylicos Vallejo SL” as a manufacturer on its advanced search, but lists none of its products!  I’d be interested in knowing your source of supply for these paints.
Also, which yellows are you using for FEGX reefers, and do they pertain to any particular eras?
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532


From: Bruce Griffin
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:04 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Vallejo Paint Colors

i am not trying to start another ongoing color war, but since I really enjoy airbrushing Vallejo paints with my Awata double action airbrush (I haven’t enjoyed airbrushing in the past), I thought I would offer two photos of my crude test strips. And yes I am a member of ASTM and I know how to do this the right way, this is a hobby and I want to relax and unwind. 

I am slowly collecting Vallejo browns and reds (there are two yellows for FGEX) to see what works for me for my freight cars (and cabooses). I think I included the product numbers on each to make it is easy to replicate.

The only help I think this can be for you is if you use the approximation that Floquil 10074 boxcar red is a super close match to Vallejo 71271, Model Air German Red Brown. From that you could make some assumptions about other colors.  Or not. The Vallejo line of railroad colors is limited but there seem to be many appropriate colors in their entire line of paints.

I have no affiliation with any paint or airbrush company, just sharing my preferences and some information that some Freight Car Modelers might find helpful. Now I will duck for cover.

Best Regards,
Bruce Griffin
Ashland, MD, near Cockeysville. 

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