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why are model locomotives painted a dark gray instead of black?

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Posted by selector on Friday, January 1, 2021 6:22 PM

It's very obviously (to those who do post-production processing) a matter of exposure settings and then shadow enhancement using software such as Gimp, Fast Stone, PhotoShop, Lightroom, or Affinity.  The first image of the Northern is indeed underexposed, and then the slides in shadow adustment are moved to the right.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, January 1, 2021 7:55 PM

For their builder's photos the PRR used a low-reflectivity gray paint and they even white-washed the headlight and cab glass.

 PRR_Q2 by Edmund, on Flickr

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, January 1, 2021 8:30 PM

gmpullman
and they even white-washed the headlight and cab glass.

Ed, did they actually do that?  (The pre-white highlighting, I mean; I've confirmed the photo grays, including the practice of 'doing' only one side in some cases...)

The headlight and cab windows in that PRR picture look like ordinary photo retouching of the period to me.  There's some other detail and highlighting that loks like it got the treatment, too...

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, January 2, 2021 2:29 AM

Overmod
Ed, did they actually do that?

Based on dozens of PRR photos of special-built locomotives coming out of Juniata Shop I would say yes. In order to confirm this I'll have to pose the question at the PRR IO list. I have seen some high-end brass models painted in the "photo-gray" paint and I seem to recall Al Stauffer mentioning the whitewash (maybe it was white shoe polish?) painted over all the glass surfaces, including the lenses of the pilot-mounted markers and class lights.

https://digital.hagley.org/PRR_11050

 

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Posted by PM Railfan on Saturday, January 2, 2021 6:33 PM

Because Lionel tried pink, and it went over about as well as a Lead Zepplin.

 

Just for Laugh,

PMR

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