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I'm building the Northeastern (aka Ambroid 1 of 5000) Pennsylvania Outside Braced Reefer. I built one in 1959 when they first came out, long ago disposing of it, now I'm doing it again.

The color of the car is reefer yellow sides, box car red roof, black hardware and black under body.

BUT, the instructions indicate the lower side sill is Indian Red. That has me stumped. Does anyone know what color Indian Red actually is?

Sounds colorful, and it's a beautiful car, but I'd like to get the color correct.
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Indian Red is a brownish red kinda like boxcar red or oxide.

BTW if you simply googled "Indian Red" you probably could have had your answer in 30 seconds flat instead of asking the forum and waiting for a reply.


Thanks Chris. I don't know why I didn't think of using Google. Searching with Google is usually about the first thing I do. Somehow, this time I was thinking vintage railroad colors and Google didn't occur to me.

Just tried it and it is indeed rich with response.

BTW, that's a rich resource of information you have on your site.
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