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Kevin Murrell21/09/2021 13:32:10
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Dear all

Just completed my Stuart Half-Beam and it's time to paint. Frankly I am fed up with my usual green, black, and the occasional bit of red!

Can anyone offer suggestions that have worked out well?

Pink and lilac are out of the question! Obviously needs something that suits the period.

Thanks all


pgk pgk21/09/2021 14:02:23
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Shame about the pink and lilac..
Practical answer may be to look at the pigments available during the era and their cost. Raw or Burned sienna/umber would have been cheap enough. lead/tin yellow or for the really wealthier owner perhaps a purple.

A chestnut and light brown combo might be quite tasteful


Journeyman21/09/2021 14:20:43
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I favour a dark maroon but this:-


could be good if just the right shade is chosen.


JasonB21/09/2021 16:11:13
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Black and blue or a two tone blue can look good as DocG's 10V below. I also quite like the much lighter colours such as pale green or pale blue, even an off white /cream can look good, have a look through this album of mine for a few choices

Tomek21/09/2021 16:39:56
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Here is my beam in humbrol no.20 crimson gloss.


John Purdy21/09/2021 17:51:01
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Here is my ST#1 in cream and chocolate brown. (What looks like white in the picture is actually a light cream, further pics in my album.)


Edited By John Purdy on 21/09/2021 17:52:14

Anthony Knights21/09/2021 17:53:43
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Here's my beam engine painted in Red Lead Primer. Looks functional.dscf0008.jpg

David George 122/09/2021 07:54:07
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Hi Kevin this is my colour scheme.



Kevin Murrell22/09/2021 09:06:50
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Many thanks all.

Can I ask David George 1 what is the exact blue colour used on your engine? Looks very smart!


David George 122/09/2021 19:32:23
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Hi it's a can of aerosol Halfords enamel engine blue. On sapele wood base.


Edited By David George 1 on 22/09/2021 19:34:27

Nigel McBurney 122/09/2021 20:52:43
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Hi I painted my wifes Stuart 600 horizontal o/c petrol engine with navy blue enamel,looks very nice.

Neil Wyatt23/09/2021 12:09:22
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I was going to suggest cream. Anything between maroon and crimson looks good.

Brighter greens lined with white and or black can look good.

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