Himself has begun the process of painting 143.
We'd had a debate about whether grey or red oxide primer was the way to go and it appears he's chosen the latter.
I've also been called upon to make the decision on the shade of green it will be finished in.
That's something of a poisoned chalice because it's one of those colours which, to me at least, appears different depending on the light conditions, and even more so if involves a photograph rather than using the naked eye.
There's also the issue that over the years the colour on some parts of the locomotive have faded.
At these points my mind always goes back to the discussions we had on what colour to paint our DLG many years ago.
Various mixes were brushed onto a piece of card which was posted up to me to peruse.
Unfortunately the colour I chose looked very much lighter and brighter when painted on the model that it appeared on the test card, and I've never lived it down.