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Helpful resource for vehicle modeling
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:24:43 PM »
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I have some vehicle kits from before that need painting (with more on the way), so I decided to start researching the original factory color options. I found this website that lets you search by year, make, model to see what the paint options were:

http://paintref.com/
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Re: Helpful resource for vehicle modeling
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 10:10:28 PM »
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Thank you for posting; for those who wish to be prototypically accurate, it is worth remembering that our vehicles really shouldn't be just any colour.

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Re: Helpful resource for vehicle modeling
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2017, 08:48:20 AM »
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Thanks, Sean. That will come in very handy.

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Re: Helpful resource for vehicle modeling
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2017, 10:08:57 AM »
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Thank you for posting; for those who wish to be prototypically accurate, it is worth remembering that our vehicles really shouldn't be just any colour.

Tim

Tim, not following you on this.  Car colors come in thousands of different shades, hues, and one-off's.  So what exactly does being "prototypical" really mean in this case?  As long as a vehicle is in the basic colors, can you really argue that it's not proto?  The list of Camaro colors is a good example: yellow   red   blue   green   black   white   orange   gold   silver   brown   gray   purple

"Purple Haze" would not be my first choice for a 1992 Camaro, but here it is...

http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?type=sample&ditzler=4466&syear=1992&smanuf=GM&smake=Chevrolet&smodel=Camaro&sname=Purple%20Haze&name=camaro1992purplehaze&scomm=Z28

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Re: Helpful resource for vehicle modeling
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2017, 11:53:54 PM »
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Tim, not following you on this.  Car colors come in thousands of different shades, hues, and one-off's.  So what exactly does being "prototypical" really mean in this case?  As long as a vehicle is in the basic colors, can you really argue that it's not proto?  - snip -

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Brian

I think I know where Tim is going with this.  He has expressed an interest in having a model of my Volvo 245 on his layout - and has already acquired an N-scale model of a Volvo 245 from a Shapeways seller.  He has a problem, however, as his layout is set in 1977 and my 245 is a 1982 model.  The Shapeways 245 could probably pass as a 1977 model as it has the single 7" diameter headlights rather than the paired rectangular headlights of the '81 and later cars and the narrower taillight cluster of the earlier cars.  However, my car's colour is "Red Cinnebar", aka "Tomato Red" (code 173) which was not available in the 1977 model year. So, does he paint the model in a relatively bright red to give the appearance of my car or does he use the only red that is correct for a 1977 Volvo 245 - a burgundy (maroon) colour (code 120)?   Prototype modelling does have its pitfalls!

Of course, he could always scrap the idea of having "my Volvo" on his layout and find an N-scale 1972 Datsun 510 wagon and paint it "Moss Green" with a white vinyl top and roof rack.  That was the car I drove in 1977 and, in fact, I actually made the trip to Chetwynd and Dawson Creek in it (although 2 years prior to his modelling era).

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Re: Helpful resource for vehicle modeling
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2017, 12:48:31 AM »
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I think that the largest library of scanned color paint chips for automotive colors is on http://www.autocolorlibrary.com/ .
While I realize that scanned color chips viewed on the computer screen aren't the best reference, at least they'll give you the idea of what the colors look like. Plus the scans provide the paint code so one can order some custom-mixed paint which will have the proper color.

Custom model paints are available from:
http://www.gravitycolors.com/us/
http://www.mcwautomotivefinishes.com/
http://www.scalefinishes.com/welcome.html
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