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A4 in Primer, now to get the right Blue


Matthew Cousins

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blog-0857026001328181440.jpgI have assembled the loco and tender briefly to check heights etc. and to see the overall impression in primer.

My intention is for this to be in BR express loco Blue, which is enjoying a bit of popularity of late and to weather it a bit to try and get an authentic look.

The problem is that The correct blue seems to be a real issue at present and Precision paints have withdrawn their colour, stating that it was not popular.

Currently I am testing out a colour called Roundel Blue - which I take it is the RAF marking colour and to overspray with a Ford colour and then weather it all...

It will be interesting to see how this all works out!

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Any thoughts on trying some colour samples - sprayed onto primed sheets of plastic/brass etc... to try outside in daylight to see what "looks" right.

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Any thoughts on trying some colour samples - sprayed onto primed sheets of plastic/brass etc... to try outside in daylight to see what "looks" right.

I seem to have a myriad of test pieces and am not really confident of any them and having looked at several models in this colour there does not seem to be a consensus on the colour. Even when they painted the full-size King, which I think looks superb, there is even criticism of that, with some saying that there is a paler blue used by the Western region which may or may not be true!

Anyway I shall finish it to what I think looks nice, if not absolutely right!

The problem will be that any photo, even digital, seems to have colour rendition problems, so when I take pics for this blog, I shall do them in daylight and take whatever flak gets thrown at me!

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Hi Hilbert, the loco will be 60027 Merlin in the experimental purple/blue livery, if I can get the colour right that is!

Which A4 shall this Be?

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