Paint Experiment....Floquil to Badger Conversion
Referencing the dilemma mentioned previously about the demise of Floquil Paint, I have decided to search for a match to the green paint already used on T&GN and NT&O locomotives. The pros and cons of looking for a new scheme vs. maintaining the same have been considered and I have decided that practicing due diligence to find a match is best.
Today I made a trip to Discount Model Trains in Addison, TX. Scalecoat II is my current brand of choice, however, Scalecoat II failed to obtain license for sale in the state of Texas and thus is not available for sale in local hobby shops. And that is too bad.
The largest selection at Discount Model Trains is Badger Precision Design Model Flex brand. Several months earlier I had purchased a bottle of their Katy-Green (16-80) and Olive Drab-FSC (16-96) and had experimented with different mixes of the two. As it turns out the Katy Green by itself is not that far off from the original Floquil formula which was a 50/50 mix of MKT Green and Depot Olive.
Determined that the right formula had to be somewhere in the bottles on the shelves in this store, I purchased about a dozen bottles of greens as well as a few other basic colors to experiment with. It is time to jump out of my comfort zone and learn to use a different brand and base of paint....