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Can any body tell why we dont have models produved with a gloss paint finish as you'd fine in real life?
 

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QUOTE (Rubberdongle @ 19 Feb 2007, 15:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Can any body tell why we dont have models produved with a gloss paint finish as you'd fine in real life?

I think it's all down to the effect of colour and scale. High gloss looks fine on an ex works loco in real life. However when you scale it down by whatever ratio is being modelled it actually ends up looking wrong. The light refraction is totally different on the model. In actual fact most model manufacturers now use satin finishes which replicates the shine much more effectively.

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I would have doubted that until I actually saw a gloss finished model with my own eyes.
It didn't look at all realistic and I'm totally convinced now.

In addition to BRITHO's comments, I rather think that full size locos are not very glossy in the first place and, what gloss there is, fades rapidly. Even satin finished models often look a bit too shiny to me. But, as usual, this is very personal taste and we are allowed to differ.
 

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QUOTE (Rail-Rider @ 13 Mar 2007, 12:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I would have doubted that until I actually saw a gloss finished model with my own eyes.
It didn't look at all realistic and I'm totally convinced now.

In addition to BRITHO's comments, I rather think that full size locos are not very glossy in the first place and, what gloss there is, fades rapidly.

Ex works locos, certainly in the BR blue period were varnished, however, as Rail-Rider has suggested the gloss soon faded with day to day running and a layeer of grime.

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Models of any description in a high gloss finish, to me is "toy like" and spoils the image of the real image. A model railway layout is or should represent as near as possible a replica of a real live scene.
 

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QUOTE (double00 @ 16 Mar 2007, 19:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Models of any description in a high gloss finish, to me is "toy like" and spoils the image of the real image. A model railway layout is or should represent as near as possible a replica of a real live scene.


My point exactly - they really just do look like toys.

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