You guys are going to have to help me because I am about to lose it. I have been looking for a paint color for my Hogshead boxcar. Some of you may have seen it in the Workbench thread. Yeah, it still not done. Here is the car I am modeling: And now my problem: The one with the 2003 watermark matches the color of the car next to it and the one on display in Bramwell, West Virginia. But the second darker photo is the exact same car just 4 years earlier. Is the difference due to camera/slide type or fading paint? The 1999 photo is obviously a slide, but the newer one looks digital. What do I trust and match to? Does anybody have a model paint they would use to represent either of these photos? I am leaning toward the accuracy of the digital photo, and the best colors I have found so far are Model Master Earth Red or Tamiya NATO brown. Earth Red: Tamiya NATO brown: A match to the older photo may be Tamiya red brown. If anybody has any other ideas that they would like to share, that would be great. The boxcar color is weird- it's more orange than the regular 'boxcar red.' I can't find much on painting Southern Railway boxcars or what colors people use for their models. I haven't looked into Scalecoat and Tru-color yet, but I have never used enamel paint either. I know that Tru-color has a large range of 'boxcar red' but none are specifically this red (or at least none are named for the Southern Railway). I pulled the model photos off of various blogs and scale kit forums because they seem to be using Tamiya more than us railroaders (probably because they are branded for military models to begin with).