Re: Colors by Freight Car Type by Railroad

Bill Keene

Architects … before the current high tech tools were common … would model their concepts in white models with dried plant material providing the ‘growies’. 

I must confess that i have thought about modeling the railroad rolling stock, railroad structures, and right of way with colors and textures as we currently do. Then the modeled world being all in white/off white/light tans and grays with dried plant materials … Baby’s Breath, shrub clippings, etc. … for everything that was non-railroad scenery. 

Have not yet done this but might give it a try on the 2’x 8’ bit of benchwork that is stored out in the garage. 🥴🤪😁

Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Jan 24, 2023, at 12:43 PM, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:

Of course, you could always just model in black and white (grey tones actually).  Now, before you snort in derision and suggest I might need more ventilation at my modeling bench… this approach has been seriously proposed by at least one modeler. I have not heard if they even managed to execute it, as it would be potentially very challenging.
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL
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Thanks everyone for your responses....quite a lot of info to peruse! The central problem, of course, is that those of us who choose to model a period before there was color photography faithful to the subjects photographed the world appeared as a black and white one. Although, as you say, there may not be data specific to my modeling period I think I can come up with some plausible color choices using the info you provided. 

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