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    Hello I have three building kits one is a grain elevator one coal mine the last one is ottoparts I can't figure out what colors to paint them any input would be appreciated thanks. Paul

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    There is a prototype for everything. You can probably get away with anything, though if you are working off a prototype, you can look to pictures for a guide. And if you don't have a prototype, you can still use google images to get some good ideas.
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    The color you choose may be determined by the era you are modelling. For example, buildings in the 50's were generally a reddish/brown brick color with some other color for the trim work. Coal mines and elevators were most likely built from corrugated iron or similar and pretty grubby when all's said and done.
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    When in doubt, I use the picture on the front of the box

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    Good advice ...
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    Unless I'm working on something prototype based or a building that requires it, like a fast food restaurant, I avoid using bright colors and mostly stick to more natural colors. Browns, dark reds, grays, etc.

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    Don't forget the weathering! Plenty of weathering.

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    Use only mat colors and as said no bright colors , don't use different colors on every building , and always weather with powders for example to dust it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Use only mat colors and as said no bright colors , don't use different colors on every building
    Agreed 100%. Try keeping the main color of your structures the same or similar colors. Apple Barrel has a "Brick Red" color which I use for most of my buildings and it seems to work well. You can make each building distinctive by changing the contrasting colors.

    The only other thing I do, regardless of the paint type I use, is give the buildings a light coat of dull coat to "flatten" the color and seal the paint work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    When in doubt, I use the picture on the front of the box

    -Mark
    Don't take that too far - a colleague actually painted a structure some tan/grey mix that was blue in the prototype - because "blue looks too much like Pikestuff"

    But yes, ask bing or google maps for the type of business you are modeling and check the colors on street view. If you do that with five different buildings, you'll find five different styles

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