Monday, July 18, 2011

Suggested Paint Colours for WAGR Modellers

ColourApplicationPaint Brand and ReferenceComments
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Red/brownFreight wagonsHumbrol H70 "Matt Brick Red"
Revell R37
Floquil* "Boxcar Red"
Floquil* 60% "Boxcar Red"
40% "Red Oxide"
Exact ratio not critical due to prototype colour variation.
Holts Red PrimerIn spraycan
GreenPassenger CoachesHumbrol 76 "Matt Uniform Green"
Revell R48
GreenSteam LocosHumbrol H3 Gloss "Brunswick Green"Also railcars
Humbrol H105 "Matt Marine Green"
Humbrol H101 "Matt Mid Green"
Revell SM 364Semi-matt. Possibly too light?
Floquil* "Depot Olive"
CreamPassenger CoachesModel Master "Panzer Interior Buff"
WhiteSuburban Coaches and RailcarsHumbrol 22 "Gloss White"
SandCoach RoofsHumbrol 63 "Matt Sand"
SandWagon RoofsHumbrol 94 "Matt Brown Yellow"
CreamWagon and Coach RoofsHumbrol 102???"
Humbrol H110 "Matt Natural Wood"
Floquil* "Depot Buff"
RedEarly Passenger CoachesRevell SM331 (Semi-matt)Similar to historic coach at East Perth Terminal
BlackUnderframes/bogiesRevell R9 "Anthracite"Shows detail more than pure black.
Humbrol H33 "Matt Black"
Humbrol H67 "Matt Tank Grey"Slightly lighter still than R9.
BlackSteam locosRevell R9 "Anthracite"Shows detail more than pure black.
Floquil* "Dirty Black"
Floquil* "Engine Black"Satin finish.
Steam Era Models "Engine Black"
Tamiya TS-6 "Matt Black"In spraycan (also in bottles).
RedLoco Buffer BeamsHumbrol H19 "Gloss Bright Red"
Floquil* "Caboose Red"
YellowHandrails on Guard's Vans/DieselsHumbrol H69 "Gloss Yellow"
Humbrol H24 "Trainer Yellow"
OrangeLocos Westrail Era c1980 onRevell R30
OrangeLocos ARG "original" schemeHumbrol 50% H18 "Gloss Orange"
50% H82 "Matt Orange Lining"
Mix gives satin finish
BlackLocos ARG "original" schemeHumbrol H85 "Satin Coal Black"
YellowLocos ARG "original" schemeModel Master "Blue Angel Yellow"
YellowWagons Westrail Era c1980 onHumbrol H154 "Insignia Yellow"also Shunting Tractors and distant signal arms
SilverFurniture containers, ADE railcarsHumbrol H11 "Metallic Silver"
SilverEnds of Governor railcarsHumbrol H191 "Chrome Silver"Not too shiny
Dark pinkBrake hosesHumbrol H73 "Matt Wine"
Buildings and Lineside Equipment
CreamStation BuildingsModel Master "Radome Tan"
WhiteSignal PostsHumbrol H34 "Matt White"
Undercoats and Clear Coats
GreyUndercoatHolts grey primter"In spraycan
Tamiya Surface Primer LLight grey
ClearVarnishEstapol Matt Clear VarnishIn spraycan
Testors DullcoteIn spraycan
Humbrol 35 "Gloss Clear Poly"Ideal prior to decal application
Humbrol 49 "Matt Varnish"Final coat after decalling
Humbrol 135 "Satin Varnish"Final coat after decalling
MRWA Rolling Stock
Blue/greyFreight wagons and guard's cansHumbrol H79 "Matt Blue Grey"
Humbrol H96 "Matt RAF Blue"
Humbrol H144 "Matt Intermediate Blue"Possibly too light
RedCoachesHumbrol H107May no longer be available.

1. Paints are matt unless stated otherwise.
2. All colours are subjective so evaluate alternatives yourself before making final choice.

* Observe safety directions for Floquil paints due to different chemical composition from most hobby paints.
Older Floquil paints (pre 1995-2000) can attack plastics and may require a "barrier" coat first to prevent crazing.
Floquil colours are also available in non-toxic "Polly S" range.
The information in this table was originally published on my Marbelup Valley Railway web site in February 2010, and was based on input from several Sn3½ modellers. I have copied the information to the blog to make it more accessible. In time, I will remove this information from my web site and just include a reference to the blog page. If anyone wishes to contribute any further colour suggestions, I can add the information to the table.

Please also let me know if the table doesn't display correctly in your browser, as I simply copied the HTML code from my web site without alteration, other than adjusting the table width.

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