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[CBQ] Pre Chinese Red Boxcar Color Using Acrylics

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Subject: [CBQ] Pre Chinese Red Boxcar Color Using Acrylics
From: "John Moenius via" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:11:58 -0800
I've started modeling a CB&Q branch line and am building some boxcars.  The CB&Q Historical website lists the appropriate color as Floquil ATSF Mineral Brown.  The MRH conversion chart lists the acrylic equivalent as either Vallejo Air 71.080 Rust or Modelflex 16.74 Illinois Central Brown. 

I am a member of Prototype Modelers and the preferred paint seems to be Tru Color.  However over the last two years I have had great luck with Vallejo and Modelflex.  Clean up is easier for starts.  So, can someone confirm the paints above are close, or other suggestions with Vallejo and Modelflex.

As an aside, I started another conversation on group io about paint color last year.  Consensus seemed to form around worrying too much about getting it exactly correct due to weathering, fading, and railroads at times were not that particular on what paint they used.

Thanks for responses.

John Moenius
Bluffton SC
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