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 Post subject: Pickfords blue
PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul 2017 19:46 pm 
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Hi All,

First time on here, I'm not a kit modeller, I collect and build/alter 1/50 scale trucks and also build very large models to scale in Meccano. I am asking for information on paint colours, in particular the dark blue used by Pickfords on its Heavy Haulage Fleet through the 1950/60's.. Does any one know the paint shade, code, RAL number of this paint and does any one know if I can purchase it in aerosols..

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 Post subject: Re: Paint Colour
PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul 2017 22:02 pm 
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Take a sample into Halfords; they'll mix you up an aerosol can full, ~or as much as you like

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 Post subject: Re: Pickfords blue
PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul 2017 20:11 pm 
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Around these parts Halfords don't have a good name, any other ideas/suggestions

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 Post subject: Re: Pickfords blue
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Where are these parts :help:
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 Post subject: Re: Pickfords blue
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I used to do conversions of 1/50th lorries into the BRS fleet.(Still got a 100 in display cabinets). I started a BRS forum Group many years ago but it has now faded away sadly. The photographs below show the Pickford Blue I used on a couple of the container loads. The aerosol colour will be in the loft so I shall have to dig it out.
I also had numerous decals done for the numerous regions and also types to apply on the containers etc as well as BRS codes for the associated areas. Good luck with your builds.
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 Post subject: Re: Pickfords blue
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@texfit - Not as such, but IME commercial vehicle restorers are a friendly bunch, so if you can find someone who's "done" a Pickfords vehicle they'll happily tell you what they used for both the bodywork blue and the chassis red.

Personally, I've always used Humbrol Midnight Blue and Post Office Red, partly because I'll mix up between plastic, resin and metal kits, and modelling enamels are the only things I can be sure will stay on all three materials!

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Post Office RED is definitely the wrong colour.
You would be surprised just how dull it is compared to the BRS colour.

I have just got back in from being away so I will come back with the appropriate colours.
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I'd try Vallejo Model Air steel blue.

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You may find the blue needed has been used by a car manufacturer and an aersol tin of the colour is on the ready-mixed stand.
~~ as an example my 1930 Austin Ulster is red, an Austin red, but the exact same shade was used by Renault, Datsun, Ferrari and Lamborghini [I took a 2 inch square bit of original A7U paint to ICI paints for colour matching]

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