Paint Scheme opinion

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  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    I am experimenting on a paint scheme for the Canyon State Railroad and a GP-38 is my first guinea pig. Since the CSRR is located in Arizona, I picked the Arizona state flag for the basis of my paint scheme. I also came up with a simple logotype for the name. Since a lot of you have been at this point before and have seen a lot of attempts at what might be overkill, your honest opinion is needed if this is going to work or am I going to get laughed off the boards...:rolleyes: :eek: :rolleyes: :eek:

    Is it too busy, too bright, too colorful? Or is an an absolutelly stunning idea:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: I'm open to suggestions, opinions and ideas..... :)

    Thanks,

    D:cool:N

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  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    That Paint Scheme will "keep 'em awake" :) :) looks Good from here in PA!! :) :) :D :D :) :)

    but how about this one :) :)

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  3. shaygetz

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    I like the first one...if there were any adjustments to make, I'd maybe take out the band of red behind the cab. Cool beans...
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    NGauger,

    Nice touch, I like it, but I would have to do something different with the lettering, like white, whereas the black shows up better against the red and yellow. I haven't made any decals yet, but want to start off the cowards way, black on clear....:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Here's a few more variations. I though maybe the rays should originate from the front, kinda implying speed, and I changed "that band".

    Don

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  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    I see (Said the blind man) :) :)

    I like the "top one" in the last post - If you have the Yellow instead of the blue, you can try continuing the red through it. :)

    Nice work, I was trying for a "Pinstripe" effect behind the letters. :D
  6. billk

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    WHAT - I DIDN'T HEAR YOU - SOMETHING'S TOO LOUD!!!

    :D :D :D

    Either one is a standout - but I'd probably pick something easier to do.
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah, I like easy.:) :) Painting the rays beyond where I have them is not a easy task, for me that is..... Too many levels to get them to look right. Maybe someday, but not for somone still working on their first layout...:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    D:cool: N
  8. Blake

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    Don't want to rain on your parade, but those red rays remind me of the Japanese "Rising Sun" flag that was painted on their plane for the attack on Pearl Harbor. You might want to alter them a bit so that WWII vets don't throw stones at it. Otherwise it is very modern and cool looking. You won't be loosing THAT in the yard!!
  9. Blake

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    Like this maybe?
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    Or maybe it would be better if I actually included an image!! (I'm such an idiot sometimes).

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  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah, I thought of that which is one of the reasons I asked, but if you look at the Arizona flag, the rays emanate from a copper-color star and no one has compared the two. The red and blue of the AZ flag are the same red and blue in the United States flag and I want to be true to that. A less muted yellow might be the answer. The orangy color you used in your rendition might be closer to what I could use and still be in keeping to the AZ theme. :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

    Dunno, if I knew the answer I wouldn't have has to ask. So keep those suggestions coming. I'm getting ideas.:)

    Don
  12. DanRaitz

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    Don,

    Veerry Interresting!:eek:
    Have you thought about painting the unit in a base color or two and appling a Arizona state flag to the side of the long hood? i.e. UP's current flag scheme
    When it comes to designing a paint scheme for a freelance railroad there are no boundries.
    I had a lot of fun designing the one for my Minnestoa International Ry. I just down loaded a few of the diesel drawings from http://paintshop.railfan.net took them into MS paint and started painting.
    The one thing that I have noticed, through trail and error, is that a paint scheme that looks good on paper does not always do so when it is applied to an actual model.
    I hope you have as much fun as I did.:D
  13. Russ Bellinis

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    What sort of railroad are you freelancing? How financially solid is the railroad? That paint job would be expensive for a railroad apply and maintain. It would probably rival any of the schemes of the Santa Fe or now the BNSF. Only a strong railroad with deep pockets would use a paint scheme that complicated, in my opinion. It looks good, but a bit "busy" for my taste.
  14. ezdays

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    Hokey Dokey

    Based on comments and suggestion both here and by email, I have concluded that the CSRR is in no financial position to mainain a gaudy paint job on all their engines. As was pointed out, that can be a heavy burden on a small start-up operation. We have also reconsidered the walnut paneling and plush pile carpeting in our offices. But the pool tables stay.:D

    Here are two more attemps to tone things down a bit and to make things easy. yeah, easy, I like that......:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Any more opinions would be appreciated before I go off the deep end.:eek: :eek:

    Don

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  15. Blake

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    You nailed it!!!

    The top one is it!! Simple, colorful but not too loud. Kind of like adding some blue and red to the Genesee & Wyoming only better. And with the money you save, you can keep the paneling and maybe even the carpet!!
  16. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    I'll second Blakes okeeee dokieee for the first "new" image!! that Red line (Triangle) sets it off :) :) :)
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    the top one looks like it belongs there.:) :)
  18. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah, a lot easier to do too, and copper-color paint is cheap here in Arizona, the "copper state". Based on those changes, we here at CSRR should be able to save enought for that wet bar we've always wanted to put in the rec. room at corporate headquarters.:D :rolleyes: :D :rolleyes:

    thanks guys for the input....

    Don
  19. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Woah!! Pool table?? Wet Bar???" You guys hiring down there??? ROFL I'm willin' to re-locate! :) :)
  20. Russ Bellinis

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    I like the top one, but I would also suggest that you might want to consider dropping the brown and go with a solid blue body with the top scheme.