Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Mi-Jack Paint Color Mix

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2020
    Location
    De Soto, MO USA
    Posts
    208
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 282 Times in 87 Posts
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Mi-Jack Paint Color Mix

    I tried searching through to find the color mix for the Mi Jack crane. It looks like Caterpillar yellow. I tried a few color mixes with no luck. I hate to keep using up paint to try and match it. I am using Nail Art acrylic paint. Leftovers from wife's business. Here are some pics.
    Edit: I can't seem to upload pics from my phone. I will attempt the upload after loading Pics on the computer.
    amstilost

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    southeast michigan
    Posts
    2,058
    Thanks
    1,699
    Thanked 4,091 Times in 1,217 Posts
    Mentioned
    103 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    How close a match are you looking for? If you accept as "real enough" whatever color the pixels on your screen are showing you, any flat yellowish works. If you are looking for an exact match, Rustoleum makes a spray paint. Or https://www.myperfectcolor.com/paint...rpillar-yellow. Or create sample swatches from your paint and visit the local CAT rental store. You have to hold the swatches next to the actual surface, same angle, same lighting.

    I ended up using Testor's yellow. Not accurate but nobody will notice once you weather it.
    Moving coal the old way: https://youtu.be/RWJVt4r_pgc
    Moving coal the new way: https://youtu.be/sN25ncLMI8k

  3. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to NtheBasement For This Useful Post:


  4. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2020
    Location
    De Soto, MO USA
    Posts
    208
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 282 Times in 87 Posts
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Let's see if this upload worked. I tried everything I could to either rotate or delete the larger image. As you can see I had no luck.

    Edit: I deleted the photos and will keep trying.
    Last edited by amstilost; 16th Mar 2021 at 05:08 PM.
    amstilost

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2020
    Location
    De Soto, MO USA
    Posts
    208
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 282 Times in 87 Posts
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    You are probably right on the 'close enough' statement. I might be overthinking this a bit much. Thanks for the reply.
    amstilost

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2020
    Location
    De Soto, MO USA
    Posts
    208
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 282 Times in 87 Posts
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Posting pics, take 7,8, and 9....
    I have tried and tried and I can't get the image to load in the right orientation. I have set the image size to the same 800x1422 size that I used on all my other pictures. No luck. I make the image as small as possible, no luck. I have read the instructions. no luck. I made a new album and posted all 10 new pictures to it, all 10 pictures appeared rotated 90 degrees. I could not find any way to rotate them back. I'm not Johnny Tech but I have never had this much trouble with images. Calling any Moderator....what am I doing or not doing????
    amstilost

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Florida, USA
    Posts
    1,251
    Thanks
    246
    Thanked 2,021 Times in 598 Posts
    Mentioned
    56 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Don't overthink it, railroads barely care, there have been times I've been at work, boss man hands me a can of rust-oleum and tells me to cover the graffiti on a locomotive. First time he did I questioned if it matched, his reply was "It's white, paint on the locomotive is white, we're good"
    :gp38::chop::beam::box:

  8. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Intermodalman For This Useful Post:


  9. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2020
    Location
    De Soto, MO USA
    Posts
    208
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 282 Times in 87 Posts
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    Don't overthink it, railroads barely care, there have been times I've been at work, boss man hands me a can of rust-oleum and tells me to cover the graffiti on a locomotive. First time he did I questioned if it matched, his reply was "It's white, paint on the locomotive is white, we're good"

    That is hilarious.....I ended up mixing a new batch of paint and I will use your quote..."we're good". I will post some pics no matter how they are rotated. I thought I got it pretty close.
    If anybody has any Nail Art acrylic paint, here is the mixture for Caterpillar Yellow I used for the airbrush.
    Yellow: 35 Drops
    Sunset Orange 1 Drop
    Cloud White 10 Drops
    Water 4 Drops

    First 2 pics are the first tries...
    The last 3 pics is how it will stay.
    I still need to put decals on and weather it.
    Still not sure why pics are rotated 90 degrees to the left. No political statements here.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    amstilost

  10. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to amstilost For This Useful Post:


  11. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Surrey, BC, Canada
    Posts
    2,081
    Blog Entries
    5
    Thanks
    27,260
    Thanked 3,860 Times in 1,164 Posts
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Just couldn't let it go could you. I probably wouldn't either truth be told. That new mix does look spot on though.
    Grant.

  12. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Silent1961 For This Useful Post:


  13. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2023
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    Don't overthink it, railroads barely care, there have been times I've been at work, boss man hands me a can of rust-oleum and tells me to cover the graffiti on a locomotive. First time he did I questioned if it matched, his reply was "It's white, paint on the locomotive is white, we're good"
    Hi everyone
    While it's true that some tasks at work may seem trivial, it's important to maintain a level of professionalism and attention to detail.

  14. #10
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    CHICAGO!
    Posts
    11,049
    Thanks
    1,576
    Thanked 9,104 Times in 4,935 Posts
    Mentioned
    296 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Depending on the era you are modeling and the age of the Mi-Jack matching the factory color may be the wrong tack.

    Many yellows are notorious for fading very fast. Before the sixties this was very apparent. Artificial pigments and UV protection were introduced during the 60s and 70s that made the paints less prone to fading. With the exception of Zeto Yellow, more recent paints are more durable.

    Plus you have to add the scale factor. Remember, you have to multiply your actual distance 160 time to get the scale distance you see. At two feet (fairly close up) you are 320 (s)ft away. There will be a slight amount of natural atmospheric fading. So, you need to add slightly more white, than you would in a side by side comparison.
    Use what you know about the world to model
    Learn from modeling what you don't know about the real world.



  15. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    5,265
    Thanks
    18,788
    Thanked 10,283 Times in 3,605 Posts
    Mentioned
    261 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by amstilost View Post
    That is hilarious.....I ended up mixing a new batch of paint and I will use your quote..."we're good". I will post some pics no matter how they are rotated. I thought I got it pretty close.
    If anybody has any Nail Art acrylic paint, here is the mixture for Caterpillar Yellow I used for the airbrush.
    Yellow: 35 Drops
    Sunset Orange 1 Drop
    Cloud White 10 Drops
    Water 4 Drops

    First 2 pics are the first tries...
    The last 3 pics is how it will stay.
    I still need to put decals on and weather it.
    Still not sure why pics are rotated 90 degrees to the left. No political statements here.
    Remember, yellows in particular fade under UV light. So if you're a bit light, no worries. And give it some weathering -- just a simple thin India ink wash will tone things down.

    If you really want a perfect match, head to a good paint store and see if they have some spare industrial paint chips for Caterpillar.
    "The number of model railroads I have seen covered with the dust of apathy is directly related to the number of modelers who told me that they weren't interested in operation." -- Tony Koester

    Realistic model railroad operations do not involve switching puzzles!

    NSMR #1975, RMR #4

  16. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to The Ol' Curmudgeon For This Useful Post:


Similar Threads

  1. Thru-color Paint
    By Elwood in forum Modeling Techniques
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17th Nov 2020, 03:51 PM
  2. paint color difference
    By oldscout50 in forum Modeling Techniques
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11th Mar 2019, 12:49 AM
  3. How to mix the paint color you are looking for.
    By MooseID in forum Tutorials
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16th May 2014, 12:05 PM
  4. Tru-Color paint?
    By spiralcity in forum Modeling Techniques
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 12th May 2014, 08:07 PM
  5. paint color match
    By MooseID in forum Modeling Techniques
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11th Apr 2007, 07:38 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •