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Way back in the 50's/60's the firm I worked for built many locos and I particularly remember a 'OO' Schools class,to paint this loco we actually used a tin of paint supplied by Eastleigh SR loco works,it looked black,you could see no green at all,so we had to repaint it in a lighter green to look accurate.
I also remember a customer of ours who modelled the Great Eastern,but could never get the GE blue looking right.He quite by chance met someone who used to work in the GE paint shop and told him that the colour was made by using a top coat of blue over a base coat of red(I cannot now remember the actual shades).
Just 2 other examples of how difficult it is to get the paint finish accurate on models.
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