Monday, June 26, 2006

A grand day out

Braunston: beer, beanburgers, boats - what more could a girl want?

Lots of other things that don't alliterate satisfactorily but were also present: sunshine, friendly people old and new, engines, morris dancers (OK, I can take or leave them), teenagers scarily good at handling boats; boats and more boats (although perhaps not quite the numbers they were hoping for? I confess I didn't count). Well worth the 320 mile round trip and £10 car parking charge.

But, I hear you ask, what about the National Paint Colour Mystery? It deepens (or lightens). Apparently it should be neither bright green nor dark green, but according to someone who ought to know (just what is the protocol on naming people?) 'a sort of dirty lime green with black in it' and 'really horrible'. So horrible that it seems no one has attempted to reproduce it on a rebuilt engine. The colour he picked out on our chips was more what I'd call a sort of darkish eau-de-nil - a good thirties colour for a thirties engine. So what we need to do now is to track one down (possibly our own) with some original paint still on it and try and find a match. It might be argued that it really doesn't matter - people could paint their engines any colour they liked and it needn't try to look as if it's straight out of the box. But if we're going to do it, why not try to get it right - tracking these things down is so much of the fun of it. Of course, that might not be the last word on the subject - someone else again might have other ideas about how it should be. Anyone got any ideas of other ways of finding out?


MortimerBones said...

you could go to the local university, see if you can find someone with a chromometer, get them to come out to the boat and point it at your engine, that gives you the xyY co-ordinates of your colour which you can then reproduce... either by generating it on the computer and printing it out on a good printer or..erm..

Hmm - I wonder if this is too technical? Can you get a colour mixer to do it if you take a good photo?

S said...

My first comment! How exciting; thank you Mortimer. As it happens, I work at the local university ... but the problem is not so much reproducing the right colour, as identifying it in the first place; knowing which bit of green paint is the original one. Going back to read some more of your blog now.