Re: Ancient photos in color



I did not mean modelers of the era where black and white photos were the norm that they should model black and white. I know there were color charts in some cases that could be referenced for color matches (if available). Now there are forums such as this to learn from.

In any case, we do the best we can with what is available. Its that availability that is the issue. If items are put "out there" for people to see and use as a reference, we could be drawn further off base. I have models myself that I know are incorrect but close. I too have a limited amount of time and budget for research. I have found the internet to be a great source of information and if it contains inaccurate information that is a chance we take. I get on a forum such as this and find out what the majority has to say. If you are only referencing an image for detail placement that is one thing but if you are using it as a color guide you are taking chances. If the image were labeled "Enhanced" then the viewer would know up front the image has been altered. Ideally, the person offering the image could tell if the image was only color enhanced or physically altered (such as added sand domes, etc).

The concept of modeling in black and white though would be something different (just kidding). And the name is Robert.

Thanks and I'll leave the rest to you guys.

Robert Federle
---- Spen Kellogg <spenkell@...> wrote:

With apologies to Roger Federle for subverting the meaning of his
e-mail, I'm waiting for someone to suggest that those of us who model
railroads before the days of color film should model in black and white
and shades of gray. I am sure that some of my models will have the wrong
colors or shades of colors, but there is a limited amount of time I can
put into research (there is even a limit to how many books I can buy
(known as a budget). I will do the best I can with what time I can spend
on the modeling, but there is also scenery, operating, trackwork, etc. I
will never be the modelers that Mike Brock and Ted Culotta are, or the
historians that Tony T. and Richard H. are, and I greatly appreciate the
directions that they take this hobby. The editorial referred to the two
camps on either side of the river drinking from the same stream. I like
to think of myself as a whitewater kayaker working my way down the river
playing in the holes and paddling from one backeddy to the next (none
paddlers should not try to infer deep meanings from the paddling terms
"holes" and "backeddies," they reflect short term goals or objectives
for padding).

Regards, Spen Kellogg

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